We spent 5 weeks in Colorado – celebrating Christmas with (some) of our kids, visiting with friends, re-joining our book club (10 year anniversary!), before deciding it was time for one more traveling stint before we settle down. This time, it will be Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala; roughly 3.5 months.
In preparation for leaving, we read through some of the travel information provided buy the US State Department regarding Mexico. Scary stuff: “defer all non-essential travel”, “gun battles in broad daylight”; but virtually all of the danger is associated with drug trafficking. We figure as long as we use common sense, (and keep Karen off her drugs…) the risks should be minimal. Btw, there is some scary information regarding the countries we traveled through in S America as well.
We were out of practice when it came to border crossings, and nervousness was present when we arrived at the border in Nogales. But, as usual, there were no issues and in less than 30 minutes we had passed through immigration and received our temporary importation paperwork for the Casa.
Our first stop was Bahia de Kino, on the Pacific coast, 390 km from the border, and the Islandia RV park. We will stay here for a couple of days to aclimatize to Mexico and get comfortable in the Casa. So far, a good choice.
Bahia de Kino has a large population, comparatively, of US and Canadian snowbirds. And why not? The weather is great, it’s a quick drive from the US, the village itself is cute with many restaurants. And the price can’t be beat: for less than $2,000, you can park your trailer year-round. And the price includes utilities and (a somewhat spotty) wifi.
And, in our case, the price of our camp site also included new friends, plenty of beer, plenty of tequila, and some very tasty shrimp…