Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tip on where to stay on the Mainland

From Baja Nomads message board. The ferry arrives about 10:30pm and you may not be unloaded 'till well after 11pm. Toplombampo, just off the ferry dock, does not offer much and is not that attractive. Driving all the way to Los Moches and looking for a motel in the middle of the night is not the most fun thing to do - Here's an option

We always go to Zihuatanejo from December to March cuz it's so friggin' cold here in Mulege. We use this ferry just for the reasons posted...always a great experience with five years history now for us. Here's a hot tip if you are going to do this to the mainland ... USE THE MOTOR MOTELS (NoTell Motel). They are always just outside of the citys. Case in point- when getting off the ferry at Topo, and about half way into Los Mochis, on the right side is a motel called POPEYE. The sign out front reads- 3 HOURS=150 PESOS. Trust me, on the mainland these motor motels are your best deal going. The Popeye will give you 8 hours for double the price- $300. They ALWAYS have a garage for your car in front of your room. The Popeye has an electric garage door and you get the remote. They have 56 rooms that turn over 2-3 times/night so the guys with radios and the gulf carts that run around are reallyy busy, but it's quiet anyway. For an extra 100 pesos ($400 total) you can have a room with your own swimming pool IN YOUR ROOM. They have four of these rooms with a pool at your bedside.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Baja Ferries crossing

Some pictures from my 2005 crossing. We left around 3 PM and arrived in Topolambampo around 11 PM. The building in the first picture is the ticket office as well as Immigration. Better to buy tickets the day before and then come early to wait in line and get your vehicle importation papers and sticker

Loading at Pichilinque (La Paz) with Ferry office behind

Out of the harbor

SKY Satellite TV that doesn't work

The bar and TV area

Somebody relaxing topside
Baja Ferries sails from La Paz to Topolobampo and from La Paz to Mazatlan. They took over the Mazatlan run from Sematur as of April 2005.

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