San Felipe Mexico.
If visions of warm sandy beaches, with miles of shoreline covered in exotic shells and colored sea life fill your dreams, take your next vacation getaway south of the border in beautiful San Felipe. A short 125 miles from the border crossing at Mexicali, San Felipe is a beach-lovers paradise, complete with soft, sandy alcoves just off the main highways and low tides that stretch nearly a half mile into the sea, revealing hidden treasures such as perfectly formed starfish or conch shells several inches across. As beautiful as her more famous sisters Cancun or Cozumel, San Felipe offers outdoor recreation and relaxation for everyone in the family, in less time and at half the cost.
Founded in the early 1900s as a fishing port, the village has grown into a modern, sophisticated resort community with luxury condos, fine restaurants, commercial sport fishing charters and off-road adventures that rival anything the southwest has to offer. Located at the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and the stunning Baja desert, San Felipe enjoys an average temperature of 75 degrees, with deliciously warm winters and Florida-style summers. San Felipe has become so popular among American retirees that villagers look forward to “snow bird” season, providing visitors with all the comforts of home while at the same time adding that classic Mexican style to every aspect of your vacation experience.
Things to Do in San Felipe
Whether you enjoy beachcombing for shells, snorkeling among pods of dolphins or riding your ATV through miles of off-road desert, San Felipe has what you are looking for:
Beaches – the shoreline in San Felipe is over fifty miles long! Whether you stop at one of the more isolated northern beaches or one of the dozens of “campos” located south of town, the beaches are what made San Felipe famous. Due to the extreme low tide, exploring the beaches for hidden treasure is exceptionally easy. However if you want launch a boat to explore the beautiful Sea of Cortez from the water, a little extra planning is in order. There are tide charts available at almost every seaside restaurant or shop and four official launch ramps are available for your use. These can be found at the El Cortez Motel, Club de Pesca, Kiki’s Motel and at the ever friendly El Jacalito RV Park. Of course many people find unofficial launch spots along the way; just be sure to check the tides so you are not left stranded far from shore when the tides recede!
Laguna Diablo Dry Lake Bed – where the need for speed meets everything from monster trucks to plastic discs pulled behind motorcycles. This crackled, hard packed lake bed located northwest of San Felipe is the perfect place to practice your racetrack moves or give the kids a turn behind the wheel. If you have ever wanted to try something crazy with the car, this is the place to give it a spin.
Off Road Adventure – it is no wonder San Felipe is home to the SCORE International Baja 500. The off road trails and desert terrain surrounding the town is perfect for ATV’s, off-road vehicles or your favorite dirt bike. The sand dunes south of town are a great place for motorcycles and ATVs while the trails north of town are better suited to sand rails or dune buggies.
Water Sports – the normally calm waters of San Felipe Bay are perfect for personal watercraft and if you head slightly east, will pick up some of the finest sailing winds in the western hemisphere. Whether you charter a boat in town or bring your own, the waters just off shore are perfect for sailing or windsurfing. Be sure to look out for those enjoying the smooth waters with their Jet Skis, Ski-Doos and Wave Runners, though. No matter how you like to spend your time on the water, San Felipe has something for everyone.
Shopping - Many people come to San Felipe just to shop, and after see the fabulous selection of curio stores, art galleries, craftsmen shops and clothing stores you will know why. Whether you are in the market for a unique piece of pottery or iron work, or just want to pick up a memento of your time at the beach, there are hundreds of shops throughout town with fine selections to suit every taste and price range.
Dining in San Felipe
San Felipe is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Fish Taco. Drawing on its rich history as a commercial fishing port, villagers created unique and flavorful renditions of this increasingly popular dish. San Felipe is home to so many Fish Taco experts that the village created a special courtyard just for them, called Plaza Maristaco, or Fish Taco Plaza. Here you can sample culinary creations made from shrimp and sea bass, as well as the traditional beef, pork and chicken.
San Felipe offers the traveler a wide selection of accommodations, ranging from dozens of campgrounds located up and down the sea shore to luxury hotels and vacation condos. If you are looking for a resort experience, San Felipe Marina Resort offers waterfront elegance, including indoor/outdoor swimming and fine dining. The El Dorado Ranch, located a few miles north of town offers beach front casitas and outdoor relaxation, a few steps from glistening sand and crystal waters of the sea. For a more intimate experience, try one of the charming Bed and Breakfasts, such as Castles, located just south of town. No matter where you stay, the people of San Felipe look forward to your visit and providing you with friendly faces and first class service.
San Felipe - A Place For Everyone
Hotels, resorts and condos are being built, or are in the works, as this little piece of paradise becomes the new vacation and retirement area for many North Americans. Beach homes, rentals, and vacation packages are also available. RV parks and camping areas are available for those who want to rough it at any chosen level.
San Felipe real estate
It's the latest craze in Mexico land opportunities. Homes and property for sale are offered with some beach property still available. Area builders will build you a custom home at attractive prices. There are also planned communities like El Dorado Ranch with lots and homes for sale. Find solar powered grow lights for indoor gardens. The sunshine is plentiful!
Things to do In San Felipe.
There's never a dull moment in San Felipe... even if you fill the moment with a nap, drifting off to the sounds of the ocean waves. There are great restaurants plus bars and night clubs. You can play golf, charter a boat for fishing or pleasure, scuba, snorkel, rent a jet ski or ATV, play volley ball on the beach and so much more.
San Felipe area and travel maps.
Rocky Point Mexico is another vacation paradise on the Sea of Cortez, and if you prefer the Pacific side of the Baha, visit San Diego CA.
The map section includes a variety of maps showing how to get to San Felipe from the states as well as local maps for navigating the town.