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New Year’s 2015 – Camping in Ensenada, Baja California

Alex and I are blessed to live so close to Mexico. With the border only twenty minutes from our door, adventures abroad are possible every weekend. But for too many years we’ve taken Mexico’s proximity for granted.  In 2015 we intend to spend more time exploring our neighbor to the south – Baja California, Mexico.

As we’ve mentioned in our videos about Tijuana and the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico suffers from an image problem. For a long time it was treated as a playground for Americans in search of cheap booze and all the thrills they couldn’t get in the States. Then in 2006 came the drug wars, ravaging much of Mexico as cartels battled each other and the central government for control of the lucrative cocaine trade with America.

Things have since calmed down, but tourism has yet to pick up. Baja California is empty, begging for you to throw your things in the car and road trip down the coast. So we decided to start 2015 off by doing just that – getting together all our friends to spend the holiday camping at La Bufadora, near Ensenada.

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It was the perfect way to begin the year living with intention. We were surrounded by our closest friends from San Diego, all of us somehow able to get time away from work to enjoy time together. We were in nature, camping just meters from the Pacific Ocean. Our cell phones don’t work in Mexico and there was no WiFi, so it was a welcome sabbatical from the “Evernet” on which our job as travel vloggers depends. And for once, we traveled somewhere and didn’t make a video. We just enjoyed the moment.

Friends: Baja California, Mexico

We did, however, take these photos. The ones we’ve selected here capture what is the essence of Baja California – raw, naked, unadorned beauty. Coastline stretching for miles with few houses and no large developments. The ocean lapping against the rocks, a few fishermen’s pangas rocking in the shelter of a natural harbor. No one there but us and our friends.

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As the name suggests, “Lower California” was the southern half of a California united under Spain and Mexico. But history has cleaved them apart and today the difference between the two is marked. While activists fight to preserve the last undeveloped stretches of America’s Californian coast, Baja California looks how my home state must have looked 100 years ago.

Some of the first Americans to explore Baja California were surfers in the 1960s. As the sport went mainstream and beaches like Malibu got too crowded to surf, a few brave souls threw their boards atop their vans and pointed them south. It was coastlines like these that excited their imagination at the possibilities that lay before them.

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That’s how Mexico feels to us now.  So on New Year’s Eve we left our camp to explore a nearby cove – exploration on a much smaller level.  We walked up over the headlands and stood atop a windswept ridge line overlooking Puerto Escondido, Hidden Port in Spanish.  A winding dirt trail led us to a deserted beach, not a trace of humans save for a few fishing boats offshore.  Most visitors came to this place to see La Bufadora, a natural blowhole on the other side of point.  But for us, this deserted beach was the destination we didn’t know we had been looking for.

Despite living next to the US/Mexican border, this trip marked the farthest I’d ever traveled down Baja California. As we left we realized there is so much more to discover – not just geographically, but culturally. The “Baja Med” revolution we’ve explore in Tijuana and the Valle de Guadalupe is making exploring Baja California all the more appetizing.

And on the morning of New Year’s Day, that’s precisely what we promised ourselves we’d do in 2015.

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Melbourne: Surfing, Street Art & Swimming with Dolphins

This week we’re in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia.  From exploring street art to sipping quality coffee and going on a surf trip to Bells Beach, here’s our advice on why you should make Melbourne a stop on your next trip to Oz!

Thank you so much to everyone who made our stay possible – goodonya!
My Destination MelbourneJucy RentalsThe Red Shirt Ambassadors of MelbourneEureka Sky Deck 88University CaféMaria Paoli of Melbourne Coffee ToursBrunettiSensory LabKrimpersThe Vue Grand HotelMoonraker Dolphin SwimSearoad FerriesGreat Ocean Road Surf ToursMornington Star EstatesHot Springs Mornington PeninsulaMoonlit SanctuarySurf World Torquay.

Melbourne: Behind the Scenes (Episode 21)

This week we’re in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia.  We do a road trip down the Great Ocean Road, surf the legendary Bells Beach, and then swing into the city to dive into cafe culture, street art, and its excellent ethnic food.

Thank you so much to everyone who made our stay possible – goodonya!
My Destination MelbourneJucy RentalsThe Red Shirt Ambassadors of MelbourneEureka Sky Deck 88University CaféMaria Paoli of Melbourne Coffee ToursBrunettiSensory LabKrimpersThe Vue Grand HotelMoonraker Dolphin SwimSearoad FerriesGreat Ocean Road Surf ToursMornington Star EstatesHot Springs Mornington PeninsulaMoonlit SanctuarySurf World Torquay.

 

Brazil: Behind the Scenes (Episode 6)

BBBTV Week 6: Rio de Janeiro / Recife, Brazil

It was an incredible week for ticking off dream Brazilian bucket list items, as highlights included hang glides, helicopter rides and urban rainforest exploration in Rio, and an off the beaten track dune buggy beach tour in rural Recife.

Big shout out to these brilliant Brazilian folks for making our stay amazing:

RIO:
My Destination Rio de Janeiro, Lagoa Guest House, Jungle Me Adventure Tours, Carioca de Gema Samba Club, Hotel Praia Ipanema, Espaço 7zero6 Restaurant and an extra special OBRIGADO to Viator!

RECIFE:
My Destination Recife, SETUR: Pernambuco Tourist Board, Ipojuca Municipal Tourism Secretariat, Patuá Restaurant, A Oficina Brennand, Catamaran Tours, International Palace Lucsim Recife, Spettus Boa Viagem Churrascaria, Embaixada das Bonecos Gigantes de Olinda, and Restaurante Beijupirá in Porto de Galinhas.

In Search of the Perfect Wave

In search of a secret wave, Alex and Marko drive a 4×4 into the Osa Peninsula, one of the most bio-diverse and least-developed regions in Central America. Appeared on MSN Travel UK on 30 August, 2013.

I roll our truck out of the thicket of mangrove trees and wait at the water’s edge. The paved road ends here. I switch into four-wheel-drive while our guide Rama scans the far side of the river – not a soul in sight, just a rusty barge floating beside a narrow dirt track disappearing into the jungle. I look at my brother Alex and smile, pleased to have reached what feels like terra incognita. 

“¿Hay alguien ahí?” shouts Rama, a local surfer guiding us to a secret break on the undeveloped Osa Peninsula. Osa is home to the last great tract of virgin rainforest in Central America and described by National Geographic as the ‘most biologically intense place on earth.’

A moustached man appears from behind a tree and waves. He lashes a small fishing boat to the side of the pontoon and pushes the makeshift ferry across the mocha-brown river to our waiting wheels.

Alex turns to me, mouth agape.

“This is nothing – it gets way more gnarly where we’re going,” says Rama, smiling as he checks the boards on the roof. “Makes this look like L.A., dude.”

Read the full story on MSN Travel UK.

 

Costa Rica: Behind the Scenes (Episode 4)

BBBTV Week 4: Costa Rica

Come on down to Costa Rica as we whitewater raft through the jungle, cliff jump off a waterfall and head on a surf trip to the untouched Osa peninsula – one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet.  ¡Pura Vida!

Music from Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, ending freestyle from our resident rap man Stevie B.

Muchas gracias to these guys for showing us the true meaning of Pura Vida
My Destination Costa Rica, Villas Alturas Hotel, Rancho DiAndrew, Solid Rental Cars, Rama Surf School, & Stellar Yoga

Barbados: Behind the Scenes (Episode 3)

BBBTV Week 3: Barbados
Bucket List Items: Surf with a shredding legend, take flight in a microlight and drink local rum at a Bajan bar!  Marko also learns the local dance move… wukkin’ up!

Raps from the one and only Stevie B.  Big thanks to our sponsors in Barbados: My Destination Barbados, The Crane Resort, Harbour Lights, Brian ‘De Action Man’ Talma, Coconut Airways, and Champers Restaurant.