Sunday, October 28, 2007

What’s New In Loreto?
Parties, Dog Walkers, and Insurance


We get many questions about insurance in Mexico. Many people do not realize that their health benefits in the USA and Canada do not cover Air Evacuation back home.

A few years ago, I was involved in handling an air evacuation in Loreto. The Canadian man had heart difficulties and it was best to have him air evacuated. The insurance company, doctors, and local clinic were all excellent and very helpful. From the time the order was given it was 2 hours and a fully staffed air ambulance was standing by at Guadalajara Airport and ready to take off for Loreto. They landed at Loreto at 11:45 pm, drove to the clinic, and by 12:30 am had the patient in the plane ready to take off.

When an unexpected critical illness or injury occurs, while you are many miles from home, your safest alternative is to be transported home in a medically equipped and staffed air ambulance jet to the care of your personal health care provider in the USA and Canada. Without adequate insurance, air evaculation can cost between $15,000 and $20,000 USD depending upon destinations.

Barbara Vandenberg has lived in Loreto for many years and now represents SkyMed offering air evacuation insurance. If you live in Mexico for less than 6 months a year, then the Traditional Basic SkyMed membership is designed for you as a vacationer. It gives you coverage for 6 months of the year. You must notify SkyMed of the 6 months you want to be covered. They do not have to be consecutive. Plans are $180 USD for a single; and $360 USD per year for the Family Plan.

If you live in Mexico for more than 6 months a year, then you must have the NATO plan. North American Transport Option that gives you coverage for the full year. Single is $480 USD; Family $780 per year.

SkyMed covers Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize and the USA including Alaska and Hawaii. For more information contact Barbara Vandenberg at skymedloreto@gmail.com or apply online at www.SkyMed.com/Loreto

Also offering full insurance packages for Homeowners, Auto, Aviation, Watercraft, Commercial, Construction, Life, and International Medical Coverage is West Coat Insurance Services. Their website is www.InsureBaja.com

I have used their services and can highly recommend Jason Wagner as a knowledgeable professional who is thorough and offers great customer service. You can reach Jason at his office (818) 788-5353 or by email at Jason@WestCoastRI.com

I have seen many friends in town this week and I am recruiting guest writers for my blog. Everyone seems to have such great ideas that I have decided to have guest writers share their thoughts, opinions, and photographs. If you would like to share your experience among friends, write me an article and send it together with supporting photographs.

My friend Susan Hill told me that they had the First Annual Dog Walkers Event in Loreto last week, and gave me this photograph. I expect it will be triple in size by next year! Many of these people did not have dogs when they arrived but could not resist helping the strays that are so appreciative of their new owners and life.

There are many visitors in town this week. Staying at Nellie’s Place was Bill Thompson of AV90 and his sons. They had a great time seeing the town, fishing, and enjoying all the best Loreto has to offer! I am sure they will be visiting often and bringing their friends from the Pacific Northwest.

It was very busy in town this weekend as the Baja 1000 Pre-Runners are arriving to check out the course for the 40th Anniversary of the race November 10 to 16. This year it will be from Ensenada to Los Cabos and a huge event. For more information check out: http://www.score-international.com/baja1000/index.ihtml

The Day of the Dead is observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries on November 2, although in some regions it is observed on November 1. In Spanish, it is known as El Día de los Muertos.It coincides with the All Souls' Day, a holiday of the Roman Catholic Church to commemorate the deceased so they might “rest in peace.” This celebration is closely linked to Halloween.

Nellie’s Place Bar is having Loreto Bay Homeowner Gathering on Thursday, November 1st from 6 pm to 8 pm. Come on down to the malecon and meet your neighbors, say hello and enjoy the views of Carmen Island. This will be an casual get together among friends and we can plan together as a community how we want it to evolve. Mi casa, Su casa!

One of my favorite things to do in Loreto on a Sunday morning is have a late breakfast and a Bloody Mary at Del Barracho Saloon on the road to San Javier. Here you find an eclectic group of locals, new residents, visitors, racers, all chatting about what is new in Loreto. It has a relaxed ambience, great food, and fun atmosphere to always guarantee a great experience. My friends from Montana, David, Mike and Andrew, are thoroughly enjoying the food as they replenish the alcohol in their bloodstream. It is deceiving that you have to learn to pace yourself in this sleepy little town because a party can happen at any moment if you are aware. As I say, You Never Meet Anyone Sitting At Home!

Next Sunday, November 4th will be the One Year Anniversary Party of Del Barracho Saloon. Owners Mike and Andrea will have their regular breakfast in the mornings, and then at 1 pm the Party starts. There will be a big BBQ out back, live band music, and cold beer. It will be an all day party until the sun sets! The weather will be wonderfully temperate as it is 80 degrees these days, the humidity and wind has decreased and it is the best time of the year. Bring your dancing shoes!

See you there!!

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