Club’s Newly Revised Baja Book Now Available
by connie ellig
If you have never acquired a copy of the AAA’s Baja
California guidebook, or are only familiar with versions from the 1990s
or earlier, you are in for a most pleasant surprise. The latest edition
of “Baja California, The U.S. Border to
Cabo San Lucas,” written by the Auto Club’s
Baja California travel expert David Brackney, is almost an inch thick and
contains a wealth of information for both families and off-road explorers.
Brackney’s writing style is both informative and fun reading, and reflects
his love and respect for Baja California, Mexico and its people. The 540-page,
5” x 9” paperback is well designed, nicely organized and features plenty
of color photos, maps and insider’s hints and tips.
Whether you are planning a trip to the Baja California
peninsula or are merely an armchair traveler, “Baja California, The U.S.
Border to Cabo San Lucas” is an indispensable addition to your Baja bookshelf.
It is available through Auto Club offices for $18.95dlls. ($13.95dlls.
members) or through retail outlets like Barnes & Noble or Borders.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, Sept. 20, 2004 – Sightseeing tiny fishing villages,
visiting spectacular resorts, eating in great restaurants, sleeping outside
in a beach cabaña and dancing in nightclubs beckon travelers to
the Baja California peninsula. To help travelers find these activities,
the Auto Club has published its latest edition of “Baja
California, The U.S. Border to Cabo San Lucas” color guidebook.
It’s now available in Auto Club local offices.
Club’s Newly Revised Baja Book Is Most Comprehensive Guide to Peninsula
courtesy of david brackney
Written by the Auto Club’s Baja California travel expert David Brackney,
the newly revised book offers plenty of travel adventures and an opportunity
to discover Baja’s people and culture. The 540-page book, published by
the Auto Club since the 1920s, provides comprehensive information for both
families and off-road adventurers.
“This guidebook is the only book about Baja California with hundreds
of color photographs, seventy maps, and an author who has traveled throughout
Mexico for nearly 25 years,” said Auto Club Editorial Director, John Austerman.
“This is the authoritative guide that offers hundreds of things to see
and do, driving logs, campgrounds, hotels, shopping and more.”
45, and a Whittier, Calif. resident, offers tips to aim travelers to spots
seasoned Baja travelers love to visit. He also offers an insider’s guide
to dining and nightlife. Brackney made his first trek to Mexico after college,
worked as a journalist in Mexico City for six years and has traveled to
Baja California for the Auto Club for the past eight years.
“My first trip to Mexico completely changed my life direction,” said
Brackney. “After that summer visit, I knew I had to figure out a way to
satisfy my spirit of adventure and love of Mexico and earn a living at
the same time.”
The guide features popular tourist destinations of Tijuana, Ensenada,
Rosarito, Loreto, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Tecate, Mexicali and San Felipe.
For tourists planning a visit to any of the peninsula’s regions, Brackney
presents descriptive information about Baja’s communities and leisure activities
ranging from shopping to roadside shrines, and local ancient cave paintings.
The guidebook highlights the region’s distinctive rugged desert and
mountain landscapes, recreation on the Pacific and the Gulf of California,
unspoiled beaches and Spanish missions. Key chapters feature wide-ranging
options for recreation that include boating, golfing, hunting, sailboarding,
scuba, snorkeling, sportfishing, surfing and whale watching.
book is built around travel on major highways. Auto Club expert cartographers
illustrated the book with 70 detailed maps. And travelogues are one way
to closely see the region. The logs explain the landmarks and junctions
seen while on the road. The book also contains side routes that describe
roadside and local points of interest. Detailed descriptions for backcountry
treks, trips that require high clearance vehicles or four-wheel drives
are included again in this edition.
Numerous restaurants ranging from casual to romantic are described,
along with the best parks, interesting local missions, fishing villages,
beaches, lodging and campgrounds, special events and holidays.
The book’s size makes it convenient to pack, carry and use. The guidebook
contains information about required Mexican auto insurance, traffic signs,
gasoline, emergency road service and road repairs and even where to locate
The book retails for $18.95 and Auto Club and AAA members may purchase
it for $13.95. The book is also available at Barnes & Noble or
Borders retail outlets.
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has served members since 1900. Today, Auto Club members benefit by the
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