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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 12:30 PM
Living and working remotely in Baja


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I plan to live and work remotely in Baja California for a month in November. I would like to stay fairly close to the US border (less than 10 hours drive).
Do you have any suggestions for small or medium-sized cities (near the Pacific coast) that are not very touristy but still have good internet connection and amenities? I would also love it if there were some nice hikes or places to discover in the area (I would have my car).
I was thinking of Ensenada, which seems to me really too touristy, or Guerrero Negro. Maybe you will have better ideas :)
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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 01:16 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AlizeOeildeLynx  
I was thinking of Ensenada, which seems to me really too touristy...

Ensenada fascinates me: My experiences there have been that it's two different towns, one of them distinctly Mexican without a lot of tourist impact. You can probably experience either depending on your choices.




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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 01:35 PM


El Rosario is 5-6 hours from the border. It is at the end of the power grid and cell towers, which begins again at Guerrero Negro. That would be at the end or just beyond your 10 hour limit.
We love El Rosario as a non- tourist, get-away town. A nice sand beach is just a few miles away. Lot's of historical or natural wonders are there or in the vicinity. The many restaurants, stores, and excellent accomodations (Baja Cactus Motel, Baja's Best B&B, etc.) make El Rosario a great place to be part of a Mexican community experience.

You won't hear many other kind words for this town because most don't spend time there as they rush on to Cabo or other popular spots.




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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 02:32 PM


Quote: Originally posted by lencho  

Ensenada fascinates me: My experiences there have been that it's two different towns, one of them distinctly Mexican without a lot of tourist impact. You can probably experience either depending on your choices.


Oh that would be nice. Do you know wich areas are less touristy ? Thank you !!

Quote: Originally posted by David K  

We love El Rosario as a non- tourist, get-away town.


Thank you so much for this advice, I will definitly look into that !

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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 02:37 PM


Boy, if I were you, I would fly to La Paz where you definitely have the choice to be near gringos or very far away.

So much to discover. Super fast internet. In spite of having a large gringo population, La Paz maintains it's Mexican feel. Hiking all over the place.

You can fly then rent a car for a month. Flights are quite inexpensive.

Unbelievably beautiful beaches.

Ensenada and surrounding areas are very wonderful too.




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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 10:39 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AlizeOeildeLynx  
Hi !
I plan to live and work remotely in Baja California for a month in November. I would like to stay fairly close to the US border (less than 10 hours drive).
Do you have any suggestions for small or medium-sized cities (near the Pacific coast) that are not very touristy but still have good internet connection and amenities? I would also love it if there were some nice hikes or places to discover in the area (I would have my car).
I was thinking of Ensenada, which seems to me really too touristy, or Guerrero Negro. Maybe you will have better ideas :)
Thank you !
Alize


Look at La Paz and Ensenada. Nice nedium-size cities. Not sure why you are looking at GN, have you been there??

Ensenada is short drive to USA. La paz is short/cheap flight to TJ (or USA).

All nice cities in baja attract tourists to some some degree. Ensenada is not too touristy, just avoid the tourist street downtown…. If you want no tourists, choose one of the undesirable cities, if that is your cup of tea.






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[*] posted on 5-15-2021 at 11:46 PM


I'd pick La Paz over Ensenda in a heart beat.





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[*] posted on 5-16-2021 at 07:13 AM


I live and work south of San Quintin and north of El Rosario. Since I teach online for colleges in the US, internet was a major consideration for me, not had a problem with Telnor in my 4 years living here. I have the ocean at my doorstep and the mountains behind that provide me with swimming and mountain biking, my wife walks the beach and the dunes daily but this area has much less social activity than any of the towns, you get to figure out what works for you much like we did.
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San Ignacio, you can get there in 10 hours down Mex 5. Maybe La Bocana - Blanca, how if the wifi in your neck of the cactus?
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[*] posted on 5-16-2021 at 11:01 AM


Quote: Originally posted by AlizeOeildeLynx  
Hi !
I plan to live and work remotely in Baja California for a month in November. I would like to stay fairly close to the US border (less than 10 hours drive).
Do you have any suggestions for small or medium-sized cities (near the Pacific coast) that are not very touristy but still have good internet connection and amenities? I would also love it if there were some nice hikes or places to discover in the area (I would have my car).
I was thinking of Ensenada, which seems to me really too touristy, or Guerrero Negro. Maybe you will have better ideas :)
Thank you !
Alize


amenities? Only when tourists are around
good internet? in some surprising places, but often not where you would want it
hikes? translates to lotsa tourists

San Quintin seems closest for what you want
make absolutely clear that the place you are renting has fiber optics connected (a working contract) - "available in the area" mean only that. If they are out of capacity you won't get it.




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[*] posted on 5-16-2021 at 12:16 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
hikes? translates to lotsa tourists

Seriously? On my favorite hikes, I can't recall the last time I saw a tourist.




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[*] posted on 5-17-2021 at 05:43 AM


Thank you all for those recommandations !! :)
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