DOCUMENTS / CUSTOMS
We urge everyone traveling to Mexico to visit this link: mexican-customs-rules. This explains what can be brought into the country duty free. Customs is enforcing the law more then ever before and fines are stiff. If you are not over the limit there will be no hassle. Noteworthy is each person is limited to 1 carton of cigarettes and 3 liters of alcohol. If you are caught bringing in a second carton of cigarettes the fine is $254USD (573% of value). It is prudent to follow the rules.
Everyone in your party will need a passport.
Once in flight, you will receive your customs and immigration forms. Fill these out and sign the back in both spaces of your immigration form BEFORE you arrive in Los Cabos. Once you have landed, proceed to the immigration line. There you will be asked to show your passport and immigration form. From there, proceed to the baggage carousel to get your bags. Luggage attendants are available if you need assistance. Proceed to the customs line and push the button as instructed by the customs agent. After pushing the button, the light will turn either red or green. If it is green, you will be allowed to pass. If the light is red, you will be required to allow your bags to be inspected by the customs agent.
Once you have cleared customs and immigration, proceed outside of the airport doors. If you have prearranged transfers look for your name on the signs being held by the transport drivers. Once you have located your driver, introduce yourself and give him your transportation voucher at that time. Feel free to ask the driver to stop for a couple of cold cervezas and a couple of rolled tacos in Santa Anita (on your way to the East Cape). The ride will be about 45 min. Note: Customary tip for driver is $5 – 10dollars. (At your discretion)
You are going to be fishing in one of the most prolific big game fishing areas in the world. Black, Blue and Striped Marlin are regulars of the area, as well as Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Jacks, Grouper and many other in-shore species. Jen Wren boats are outfitted for off-shore fishing, and all tackle (Calstar rods, Accurate reels , lures, hooks, rod belts etc.) are included. Please feel free to bring any of your own gear with you.
Fishing licenses are mandatory ,one day, one week, one month, or one year. We are equipped to sell licenses
An ice chest with plenty of ice to keep your fish will be provided. Our boats always has a complimentary snack basket with chips & cookies but we do not provide lunch or beverage. It can be ordered from the resort you are staying or purchased in town. FYI , bananas are bad luck on a fishing boat. Don’t bring them fishing! On the morning(s) that you fish, plan on being at the place we have predetermined at about 6:30 am. We will be there to meet you, and assist you in boarding. Upon boarding your skipper will discuss a game plan based on what species you would like to target. Next stop, live bait (Usually $20 to $30 USD).
Off you go! Your fishing day is from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. (back on the beach). Enjoy the scenery and the ocean life as you motor out to the fishing grounds. If you plan on taking fish home The East Cape Smokehouse has inslulated fish boxes aproved for travel by the airlines. When you return from fishing, we recommend that you have your fish processed by East Cape Smokehouse. Their representatives will be at the dock upon your return. Tell them how you want your fish processed, either fillet and frozen, or smoked. Fish will stay frozen for 10 -12 hrs. Remember the 50 lb.weight limit for checked luggage. All of the fish caught, are yours to do what you want with. We do however; encourage the catch & release of all bill fish (Marlin, Sailfish) to preserve the fishery. Remember your camera.
*REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR BOAT CREW* You will be fishing with unquestionably some of the best captains and deck hands in the world. Their knowledge of our waters, as well as big game fishing, is unsurpassed. They will give every effort to provide you the best chance to catch that fish of a lifetime. When contemplating your tip, consider how hard the crew worked for you, as opposed to how many fish were caught. Normal tip: 15%-20% (solely at your discretion).
On days that you do not fish, you’ll find an assortment of other activities to keep you busy. ATV tours are available or, go off on your own and explore the area. Horseback riding and sea kayaks are also available as well as snorkeling and diving tours. If you wish to go to Cabo San Lucas, San Jose or La Paz rental cars and tour/shuttle service are available.
While in the East Cape, contact to the U.S. is limited. AT&T cellular service works in Los Barriles, as well as Nextel cellular and radio. As of this time, Verizon does not work in the East Cape area. Dialing the US from your US cell phone dial 001 area code and number. In case of an emergency, I carry a US cell phone that you can use. (310- 308-5841) If somebody in the States needs to get a message to you, I’ll be sure that you receive it. Many hotels and restaurants have wireless internet service available.
PAYMENT IN MEXICO
While in Baja, payment or purchases can be made in cash (Dollars or Pesos) or some establishments will take Credit Cards. (No travelers checks) There is one bank in Los Barriles, located on the main drag into town. You can use your credit card or ATM card at the banks to get cash. (Pesos only). There is also a money exchange house in town that you can exchange Dollars to Pesos.
WHAT TO BRING
Light clothing and casual dress are the normal attire while in the East Cape. Hawaiian shirts are great for dinner. Shorts, T-shirts, tennis shoes, sandals, sunscreen (anglers using alcohol based sun screen have better luck then those using oil based products), sunglasses, camera, batteries, reading material, hats and bathing suits. If you forget anything or find you need something, there is a large super market, a 24 hrs OXXO (like Seven 11) as well as 3 pharmacies and small shopping plaza for anything you might need.
We’d like to thank you once again for choosing Jen Wren Sport Fishing for your East Cape experience. Take lots of pictures and e-mail us your fishing photos. If,by any chance, you need to reach me during your stay call our Mexican phone at 141 0031, my US cell 001 310 308 5841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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