The beach is the main attraction in San Felipe.
The water is warm and quiet, what makes San Felipe an ideal destination and one of the Baja California hidden treasures, just a couple of hours from the US
San Felipe gained much of its popularity with
the invention of the three day weekend. This charming beach side town is the first of many towns to be found as one travels south, down the east side of the
Baja Peninsula. It is just close enough to the U.S. border to make it a long weekend destination, and it's just far enough from the big cities for tourists to
feel like they really got away from it all.
San Felipe is a very easy two hour
drive south of the border from Mexicali ( about 123 miles) on a good paved road, and worlds away from any typical gringo environment. The road from Mexicali
is four lanes for the first 30 miles through the Mexicali suburbs and farmlands, and then it narrows down to two lanes when it reaches the wide open spaces.
Shortly after the road turns to two lanes, the unique Baja scenery begins, and the stark open Baja frontier is nothing short of spectacular!
The waterfront areas around San Felipe are
very active. The city has recently initiated a plan to beautify the waterfront area, and dozens new palm trees have been planted in 1998 on either side of the
seaside main drive. Both visitors and locals like to cruise the seaside drive near the center of town, and vehicles of all kinds can be seen parading
Basic services such as gasoline, ice, beer
and food are plentiful in the various markets located throughout San Felipe. One of San Felipe's claim to fame is the extreme tidal changes. When the tide
goes out, it goes way out! This makes for excellent beachcombing, but makes launching a boat more of a planned event than a random act.