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Moving to Mexico: Baja California Norte & Sur – What you need to know!

There are many popular locations where people relocate from the US & Canada, and one of the most notable is the Baja peninsula – to the west of mainland Mexico.

Sullivan Moving & Storage is proud to assist in moving and relocation services in and out of Mexico / Baja California. San Diego, CA borders the Baja Peninsula making it easy to service Tijuana, Ensenada, Mexicali, Todo Santos, Cabos, La Paz, and Loreto to name a few.

Before relocating to any of these cities, there are some essential factors to keep in mind:

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Baja California Norte vs. Baja California Sur

It is essential to know that this Mexican peninsula contains two separate federal states:

Baja California Norte borders San Diego, California, and its capital is Mexicali. The proximity to the United States allows many to work in the US and live in Mexico. The beautiful coastline views, marine life, and plenty of gastronomic delights & social activities make this area a desirable place to live. In addition, there are many groups for ex-pats to join to help meet new friends and enjoy their retirement.

Baja California Sur is the southern part of the Baja Peninsula, with its capital in La Paz. Baja Sur tends to be warmer than Norte and a bit more laid back. There are many beautiful beaches, fishing, wildlife, whale watching, golf, shopping, and more.

People Love Living in Baja California

While there are some differences between the two states, there are enough similarities that many people enjoy relocating to either place.

  • Open and accepting, Baja is known for being a very welcoming place to live and visit. People of all nationalities and ages feel “right at home” here. Locals are always happy to help visitors, and there is never a shortage of new adventures, visiting sites, and meeting people.
  • Stunning national beauty, many move to Baja for the scenery and outdoor activities, clear water, snorkeling, hiking, biking, golfing, tennis, fishing, boating… it is easy to see the draw.
  • Beach life, with countless miles of coastline and perfect year-round weather, there is no shortage of opportunities for “fun in the sun”.
  • Nightlife: There are always many spots to choose from for those that enjoy music, dancing, eateries, wine tasting, and more.
  • Low cost of living in Baja California, a big draw is the lower cost of living. Utilities, housing, food, and general needs are affordable in Baja. Remote workers and retirees find this a way to live a full life on a budget.

Safety Considerations

Baja California and Baja California Sur are considered safe for residents and tourists. There will always be safety considerations to keep in mind when living in a new environment. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you visit

  • Common sense – the most critical piece of advice, use common sense as you would in any new city. Be aware of your surroundings, be cautious walking alone at night, and do not leave your belongings unguarded in public.
  • Theft and pickpocketing – as with any place with high tourist activity, there is always the potential for theft and pickpocketing in Baja, California. Keep your belongings close to you, especially in crowded areas, and always be aware of your surroundings.

Essential Tips When Planning Your Upcoming Move

  • Hiring Movers – a vital consideration when moving to a new place is how to get your belongings and household items there. Moving to Baja requires customs clearance when crossing the border. It is imperative to have a relocation consultant aware of the rules and regulations of that border crossing for both the United States and Mexican customs procedures. Be sure to look for a moving company with experience moving customers across the Mexican border.
  • Plan – as with any move, it takes planning and preparation, but with the proper knowledgeable guidance, problems, fines, delays, and frustrations can be avoided or minimized.
  • Passports and Customs Documents – you will be required to have a valid passport for everyone in your family. It will depend on the type of home you are moving into and the type of goods you are moving – new or used to weigh into which kind of visa will be required. Thankfully when you work with a professional company – they can help you navigate the documentation needs specific to your situation.
  • Non-Allowable Items – if you are working with a moving company, your consultant can help advise which items are not allowed to be moved across borders.

For more information on moving to or from Baja California, contact Sullivan Moving & Storage. We have extensive experience moving across the Mexico border and would love to assist you with your next move! Bienvenidas a Mexico!

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