Felipe is a friendly community of about 15,000. Mexico Highway 5 ends
at Avenida Mar de Cortez, which parallels the shore and forms the
main street of the town.
There you can find a wide variety of facilities
such as; numerous hotels, trailer parks, markets, bakeries, restaurants,
bars, launch ramps, banks, clinics, auto mechanics and two Pemex stations.
The curio shops sell a variety of goods including; blankets, shawls,
shoes, beach wear, shirts, and pottery.You can use U.S. dollars almost
anywhere. Bargaining is expected at most of the shops and by all the
November through April is
the ideal time to visit San Felipe. Days are usually warm and sunny,
and nights are refreshingly cool. Summers, however, can be extremely
hot, with daytime temperatures sometimes exceeding 115 Fahrenheit.
Rainfall is less than two inches per year.
Nuevo Mazatlan is the nicest campground
south of San Felipe. The campsites are equipped with decent restrooms,
showers, running water from faucets, and a beautiful beach. Bring
firewood, le~na (lenya) is available in town but it is hard to find
and expensive. Also, bring your own toilet paper. Ice is available
in town.Trinket vendors are always around to sell you hammocks, silver
Farther south on Mar De Cortez
is "El Nido." offerings delicious steaks, seafood, and Mexican specialties,
great Margaritas. We go to El Nido at least once every trip to Baja.
Next door to El Nido is "George's." It is great for breakfast, but
be prepared for relaxed service. During the day and to a limited extent
at night there are many fish taco stands on the waterfront. There
is nothing like a fish taco at a stand in Baja.
There are many and varied bars,
most cater to the young college crowd from Arizona and S. Cal, but
all are welcome and the people watching is outstanding. Rockadile
is the most famous