Ren Drake

Ren Drake

Do I Really Need a Visa To Live Here?

Only if you want to have legal status

The exact number of foreigners living in Baja is high, but there is no way to tally them accurately unless they are registered with INM, the National Institute of Migration. Perhaps as few as 10 – 15% of foreign residents possess a valid visa. INM is equal to the United States’ Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), except for customs issues that are conducted by SAT, the Tax Administration Service. Read more

Santa in September

Let’s help out the kids early this year

Christmas shopping comes early this year. Hearts of Baja Children’s Homes Network is operating a toy drive the month of September, requesting new, unwrapped toys that DON’T require batteries, for children aged 0 – 16 years of age. Read more

Art Workshops Coming to CEART

Artistic classes have returned to CEART Rosarito. Beginning and intermediate classes and workshops include ballet, tap,  and flamenco,  painting, sculpting, mosaic, photography, writing, theatre, piano, guitar, accordion, and more. Read more

Border Carmaggedon

It’s Worse Than You May Think

You have all heard about the 57-hour south-bound closure at the Tijuana/San Diego border set for September 23, 3:00 pm, until noon on September 25. Hey folks, there’s more than meets the bumper, here. All south-bound traffic will be routed to nearby Otay Mesa that has only five to nine lanes open. Some of the heavy vehicle lanes will be used for passenger vehicles during this time. Read more

Medical Conference Comes to Rosarito

And it’s free if you register now!

Are you in the market for a doctor or dentist in the northern Baja area?  Maybe a little nipping and tucking? Are you interested in purchasing a Mexican health care plan?  Good news! The Baja Health and Wellness Forum is coming to the Baja California Center in Rosarito July 27 & 28, featuring 75 exhibitors and numerous conferences and panels presented by medical professionals of Mexico and the United States. Subjects will include medical, dental, body imaging, pharmacies, travel accommodations, and more. Read more

US Consul Speaks With Expat Community

Better read this if you live here

Over 80 Rosaritense Americans were in attendance at a Town Hall-style meeting with the local US Consul General, Mr. William Ostick, at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. His primary responsibility is to United States citizens living in the region. Mr. Ostick and his team report to Washington DC and the US Embassy in Mexico City, and are very involved with Chambers of Commerce on both sides of the border. He was accompanied by SES Assistant Jorge Reyes, and American Citizen Service Chief, Nancy LaManna.  Mr. Ostick commended FRAO (Foreign Residents Assistance Office) on their outstanding liaison between the Mexican government and Rosarito Expats, proving the concept of the bi-national region of “Cali-Baja.” Read more

Quality of Life in Baja

More Than Merely The Cost of Living

Rosarito real estate mogul Luis Bustamante sought the help of several Expat Rosaritense to ask their opinions of the cost of living in Baja in comparison to that of the United States. Volunteers from Cruz Roja Primo Tapia Voluntarios completed a survey questionnaire that compared previous surveys of Los Angeles and Ensenada. The volunteers were asked their views of price comparisons in the areas of housing, dining, clothing, entertainment, and personal care. Read more

Helping Children With the Blues

And have fun while you’re at it

The 6th Annual Baja Blues Fest returns to the Rosarito Beach Hotel this August 18, 19 and 20. This end-of-summer musical event is one of the most popular events in Baja, and it’s all for a great cause… to help local children beat “the blues.” Read more

Rosarito Kids Need Your Support

A few options to help the Boys and Girls Club

A few weeks ago a troop of trolls broke into the Club de Ninos y Ninas at their new digs and stole everything that was not nailed down… and even a few things that were.  Musical instruments, costumes, computers, kitchen equipment and supplies, and sporting equipment were among the items pinched. Read more

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