Yes, as it should be with any race or event (other than a rally that includes it in the entry, like Dakar).Tim, I must be missing something because this is what the NORRA website says,...'
ALL hotel reservations and accommodations necessary to compete in the rally are to be made by individual race teams at their expense.
This is very frustrating to say the least. In 2015 we made reservations in person at a hotel in Loreto for the 2016 race, the week of the race we were notified by the hotel that we know longer had our rooms, they had been booked by someone else (planner). We were lucky enough to scramble at the last minute and get rooms. Last year when making reservations at Hotel Marina in La Paz we mentioned that we were racing NORRA , we were told they couldn't accept our reservations, we would have to go through the agent/planner. We made online reservations without mentioning NORRA. This year we made all our own reservations and are hoping for the best. Will take sleeping bags just to be safe.Am I the only one UNhappy about the hotel situation (NOT talking Bay of LA), having to go thru 1 agent to get a main hotel and pay +$$ for it?
Some of us are Baja regulars, have favorite hotels with good parking, and don't need help of a 'planner'.
We have close to 800 rooms here in Loreto.. there are so many options, not including casas on VBRO that could also provide space for entire teams.. Keep looking, as a lot places work off social media..In Loreto all the hotels are "booked" I have been trying since dates were announced with no luck and have been in contact with the "agent" and the price was a pretty penny for what you got. BTW i am still waying my options there.
I tried Expedia and such with no luck. The few I contacted on Air BNB wouldnt do one night. I was down there for Thanksgiving and went to a few hotels and they all told me the same that they were all full.We have close to 800 rooms here in Loreto.. there are so many options, not including casas on VBRO that could also provide space for entire teams.. Keep looking, as a lot places work off social media..
Since it is coming up fast, I have a "never been to SJdCabo" question; any suggestions on where to park two pickups with 24' trailers for the night? We plan on staying in the trailers overnight but I have no idea where to aim for. Is there a local version of the Wally World parking lot? Like everybody else, I just want to heave to, get to the party and back, and then head out in the morning.
Everybody I have talked to in person about places to stay during the race has said "just wing it, you will be fine." I have a plan (and a backup or two!) for Ensenada. And obviousely, BofLA is sorted. I would just feel better if I had a plan for SJcC.
Any advice greatly appreciated!