San Felipe is a sleepy village located on the eastern border of
California Baha, a state in Mexico, facing the Sea of Cortez. It's
an easy 120-mile drive south of the United States border on Mexico
Highway 5 through the town of Mexicali. The roads are good by Mexico
standards and you should arrive in San Felipe aproximately two
hours after crossing the border. Click here for detailed
directions to San Felipe. Be sure to get Mexican
insurance for the duration of your trip.
The town of San Felipe.
According to the 2005 census over 15,000 people call San Felipe home and
the number is constantly growing. Along with local natives, many
westerners are taking up residence here as winter homes or for
retirement. During spring break and other major holidays
the population grows to over 20,000 as tourists visit San Felipe.
Young and old alike come to enjoy the great weather and seacoast
lifestyle. During peak season be prepared for crowded restaurants,
lines for gas and an occasional unruly tourist.
Tourism and real estate are the primary source of revenue for this quiet
community. Long gone are the days when commercial fishing was
the sole purpose for San Felipe's existence. Sport fishing remains
a draw and seafood is major part of local diet.
Home builders are offering homes
for sale on custom home lots as well as
planned communities like El Dorado Ranch.
Foreign investment is modernizing the area with major resorts, condos and
planned communities open, under construction or in the planning
San Felipe has plenty to do. The beaches are lined with restaurants, bars
and night clubs. There are ATV and jet ski rentals available for
cruising the sand or water.
There is an International airport with car
Weather in San Felipe
Like Rocky Point the summers are warm and often humid. The best time to
visit San Felipe is October through March. Local weather is influenced
by the waters of the Sea of Cortez. Get current San
Felipe weatherand forecasts here.
Sea of Cortez
The waters of the Sea of Cortez warm considerably by comparrison to the
Pacific ocean on the other side of the Baha. The warmer waters
stay long into the Fall season extending enjoyable water activity
prospects. Early summer the water is still cool from the winter
season. The tides fluctuate over twenty vertical feet which is
one of the largest tidal bores in the world. At the extremity of
low tide over one mile of ocean floor is exposed in some areas.
These warm waters accellerate growth in fish and aquatic life making
it a good area for sport fishing and some commercial fishing.