Los Cabos US Consulate Office Is Open Again, Post Odile

It took them quite a long time to get back up and running. I heard that their basement location in the Shoppes at Palmilla flooded badly during Hurricane Odile. But as this notice from Feb. 25 attests, they are back in business now. So go renew those passports and register those new dual citizen births!

Tijuana, B. C., February 25, 2015.-  The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana
is pleased to announce the reopening of the Los Cabos Consular Agency on
March 2nd, 2015. The Agency will offer routine and emergency services for
American Citizens visiting or residing in Baja California Sur.

Document services will be available at new hours in the same location,
starting on Monday, March 2nd:

.         Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM to 2:00PM, except U.S. and Mexican
holidays.

.         The Agency will reopen at the same location: The Shoppes at
Palmilla, in San Jose del Cabo.

Available services will include passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad,
and notaries by appointment only.
The Agency is unable to provide any visa-related information or services.

The Consular Agency will perform notarial services and receive applications
for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. To request an
appointment for a document service, please write to
appointmentsloscabos@state.gov with your name, the type of service you
require and your preferred appointment date.

 

For further details on requirements for each of these services, visit our
webpage:

Passports:  http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/tijuana/passports.html

Consular Reports of Birth Abroad:
http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/reporting_of_birth_abroad.html

Notarial Services:   http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/public_services.html

For after-hours emergencies, please call the Duty Officer at the U.S.
Consulate General Tijuana. From Mexico, please dial 001 (619) 692-2154, from
the U.S., please call (619) 692-2154.

Winter Has Arrived In Todos Santos, Or Has It?

It’s not been a normal winter. You’ve heard this before. It’s just not getting seasonally cold. The ocean is warmer than usual. The winds keep finding some way to come from the south and southwest blowing warm moist air our way. We have even had some afternoons with NE winds coming hot and dry from the desert. Where are the NW winds that bring great surf swells and cool, relieving temps?

The last three early a.m. mornings of February brought us three below 60F lows. That’s about as consistently cold as it has been this winter. Our weather has been more like June (without the seasonal fog) with 80F+ days and nights in the mid 60sF.

Last night it did not get below 60F yet again. Today is partly cloudy and a bit chilly but the question on many minds remains, where is winter hiding?

Bad Week For Health Safety Concerns In Baja Sur, México

Two news stories this week concerning health matters that we aren’t usually concerned with.

First, two unnamed restaurants were shut down (unknown for how long) due to the presence of E. Coli bacteria in shrimp obtained from Sinaloa.

Two La Paz Restaurants Closed For E. Coli

Second, Loreto Bay has been closed to all recreational activities after high concentrations of Enterococci bacteria were detected.

Loreto Bay Beaches Closed

Los Cabos Is Almost Back To Full Strength Post Hurricane Odile

If you have been postponing your Baja Sur vacation with concerns about the area post-Odile, then worry no more. Todos Santos and Pescadero are nearly fully recovered with only a few businesses choosing not to repair/rebuild. Los Cabos is taking longer as more properties were severely damaged including high end resorts that remain closed for repairs.

From the LA Times:

Hurricane Odile struck Los Cabos late Sept. 14, howling at 125 mph. It killed at least five people and forced the evacuation of about 30,000. It tore off the roof of one airport terminal, shattered countless windows, flooded the desert with rain and high tides and scattered red roof tiles along the 18-mile tourist hotel corridor between the population centers of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo…

…As February (2015) began, about 20% of the 14,000 hotel rooms in Los Cabos were still out of commission, most of them in and near San José. With some exceptions, such as the Resort at Pedregal, which reopened Jan. 31, the fanciest hotels seem to be reopening at the slowest pace…

Read the entire article: Los Cabos Is Back In Business

When You Shop In Baja Sur, Better Double Check That Receipt

There have been a few recent incidents where PROFECO, the Mexican consumer protection agency, has closed La Paz businesses for not “respecting” the pricing shown to the public. These are not permanent closings. One previous closing involved the Mega store in La Paz. I think they are temporary suspensions while fines and details are worked out. My interpretation is that customers were being charged more at the register than the prices listed on the products but I don’t know this for certain. The latest incident involves an OXXO store on the Malecón in La Paz so a word to the wise, check that receipt for discrepancies.

La Paz OXXO Closed