Info on San Felipe

The port of San Felipe is founded in the beginning of the XX century by fishermen motivated by the abundant wealth of the High Gulf of California; they arrived to places very close to the Machorro’s Hill. This is the way how dedicated and working people arrived to the region, and without sparing any efforts formed a humble village of fishermen that thanks to their vision, entrepreneur spirit, and the generosity of Mother Nature later on gradually formed it and transformed it into a tourist destiny for residents and visitors.
Nothing can be compared to a place that in a natural way keeps within itself a world of contrasts that easily captivates the interest of any visitor. From the most peaceful to the one that is highly passionate for extreme activities; the scope of possibilities to rest, relax, practice some sport, visit the marine vaquita (marine mammal), and carry out video recordings and photographs to unique places in the planet like the Valley of Giants confirm that San Felipe is diamonded by great magnitude and singular beauty attractions.
A realm with all the first world tourist destiny privileges in Baja California takes us necessarily to a port of singular beauty bursting with tourist attractions found from the sea to the mountains, streets full of color, a busy daily atmosphere, and with a quality and warmth of people that with their cheerful hospitality make the visitor come back to enjoy San Felipe, "The Beautiful Jewel of the Sea of Cortez."
The port of San Felipe, as a fundamental part of the Mexicali Local Government, is also a patchwork of traditions and habits because it is made out of Mexicans from all the country that decided to make their home here. It is a land of work and hope, and of working and kind people.
The several attractions of San Felipe have conquered the hearts of those that visit us. Its spaces for entertainment and relaxation and its warm and kind people make you come back.
Our local government blends its valley, its port that is our window to the sea, and a modern industrial city that thanks to the work, love, and dedication of all the cachanillas (nickname for the Mexicali natives after tumbleweeds) is better every day.
With the Joined Effort of its entire people from the local government, we will continue making of San Felipe a place where our dreams and desires come true.
San Felipe, B.C. invites you to know the riches of our land. We are sure that your stay will be a pleasant one because we have the infrastructure, services, and the warmth that is characteristic of the Baja Californians to make your visit an unforgettable experience in a reliable and safe environment.
We reiterate the warmest welcome and hope you visit us soon
A fascinating tale of epic feats and adventures could be described as the history of San Felipe. Firstly because the myths and legends had had a veil of mystery and magic over our peninsula that the ancients described as an island inhabited by giants that were governed in golden cities by beautiful women that were the leaders of our era. Daring Spaniard sailors, attracted by those stories and avid for adventures and riches in reckless voyages, traveled our coasts to what we now know as the High Gulf of California. This is credited to Don Hernando Fernando Cortes and Don Francisco Ulloa. Later on, Don Hernando de Alarcon and Don Domingo del Castillo arrived and made the first cartography of the area. They discovered a beautiful bay that christened it Santa Catarina. This is what we know today as San Felipe. Years later, and by the cartographic works carried out by the Italian Evangelist Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, it was proven that the discovered lands were a great peninsula.
To culminate this story, so that the historians and writers would accept the name of San Felipe for this Bay, it is attributed to the Missionary Father Juan de Ugarte for the big influence that he represented on arriving to this area on February 5, 1721. This date is the calendar day that celebrates the onomastic saints’ day of San Felipe de Jesus (Saint Philippe of Jesus).
We can’t stop recognizing the bravery and courage shown, as all his predecessors, by Father Don Fernando Consag that in 1746 carried out several detailed cartographic works locating San Felipe and the impressive mass of rock that emerges from the sea in front of San Felipe. It was known before as the Fragata Island, and today is named Consag Small Island in honor of that distinguished navigator.
Years ahead, during the Administration of General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Governor of the Northern Territory of Baja California, it started to get organized, and the first fishing camps were settled. By the year 1976 the first Sub-delegation was established, and it was represented by Don Octavio Vega Ruiz.
Its start as future tourist destination could be dated back to 1947 when the Compañia Industrial del Golfo de Cortez (The Gulf of Cortez Industrial Company), owned by Don Jose Ma. Rodriguez Lujan, purchased the land owned by Don Guillermo Andrade’s inheritance with the purpose to start an International type Tourist Development, and taking advantage of its closeness to the United Sates. Later on, and during the year 1947, the construction of the San Felipe Highway starts, ending in 1951.
On a symposium called by the XIII Local Government and carried out in this Port, it was established that the foundation date of San Felipe was on February 5, 1925.
It is mainly dry and hot during the months of May through September with a temperature that fluctuates between 80 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. From October to March the temperature drops drastically fluctuating from 35 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The circulating currencies are the Mexican Peso and the U.S. Dollar, without leaving out the Canadian Dollar that during the winter season circulates with greater frequency.
There are Banking Institutions with ATM’s that ease the exchange and disposition of money. There are also several “multi-service” establishments (Exchange Places) that as well facilitate the operations of cashing documents and currency.
San Felipe, as well as the United States West Coast, is set at the Pacific Standard Time making the changes simultaneously for the summer time.
Depending on the weather conditions of this Port, the most recommended one is light clothing and pastel colors, and trying to avoid dark clothing on the summer time. For the winter months, it is recommended dark sports clothing with wind breakers or light sports wear.
It is also recommended for formal situations suits for men and designer clothes for ladies.
If you are attending a sports event, you should dress according to the activity you will carry out, and by taking into account the season.
These are governed by the Department of the Interior through the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INM abbreviation in Mexico) that establishes that for a foreigner to get the correspondent permit and come into the country in a temporary way, vacationing, artistic activity, cultural activity, sports activity, non-profit or unpaid, and with a temporary stay extended by 6 months he/she must present the following requirements:
His/her current passport and/or Original Birth Certificate. Original Driver’s Licence or the Social Security Card.
The price for the immigration form today is $237.00 pesos (Two Hundred and Thirty Seven Pesos 00/100 National Currency. $22.00 dollars)
Besides the natural beauties of its sea, there are endless attractions in this area such as the closeness to the archaeological areas of cave paintings, the dessert flora and fauna unique in the world such as the Giant Cactus, the Wild Lamb, etc., zones with sulphurous water, mines, dry vessels from great lagoons formerly bottom of the sea, and great granite walls to practice mountaineering in the "Devil’s Peak" with more than 10,000 feet in height.
Also its night life, its gastronomy, its traditional events such as the Carnival, the famous Shrimp Festival, the Off-road races that are carried out throughout the year, and above all the warmth of its people.
SPORTS FISHINGIt is carried out mainly aboard small boats called "pangas" (small fishing boats) that are used by magnificent fishermen in the small Island of Consag that is a rock formation 18 nautical miles from this Port, in the Artificial Reefs placed only 3 miles form the beach, or in the islands located south of San Felipe.
There are also private boats and shrimp boats used that are equipped for sports fishing.
SWIMMINGSwimming in deep sea is regularly practiced, but the extreme tide variation makes it sometimes very tiresome. This is why it is more recommended to use the fine pool facilities that the majority of the developments and public pools have.
DIVINGSelf diving can be practiced in the archipelagos of the small islands located south of San Felipe in the area of Puertecitos. This place has a big variety of marine species.
WATER-SKIINGThis sport is still not very popular, but there are magnificent conditions to practice it because our bay has an approximate extension of 12 miles, and during many seasons its swell is at a minimum.
KITE FLIGHTIt is practiced in the summer time. There is a tourist service official agent that provides these services, using preferably the kite flight.
BOAT RIDE AND JET SKIThey are offered in the picturesque "pangas" at affordable prices as well as the "banana" rides. There are as well different places that rent motorcycles and jet skis.
ROWING AND CANOEINGSan Felipe has a magnificent Rowing School that is now-a-days the base for the National Rowing team that is the National Olympics Runner-up. You can get specialized classes and carry out tournaments throughout the whole year..
Fishing is a highly appreciated activity in the area. We can say that the San Felipe as a tourist destination was founded by sports fishermen that discovered the existence of a unique specimen in the world such as the Totoaba that is endemic specie for the region. Due to its commercial exploitation it is currently being protected as specie in danger of extinction.
Still, fishing has been getting more popular with species such as Corbina, Cow Fish, Cabrilla, Trigger Fish, Hake, Sierra Mackerel, Dogfish, and others that by their weight and size are priceless trophies for the sports fisherman.
San Felipe has a group of badge Hotels, and among the ones that stand out are Hotel Marina Resort & Spa, La Havana Club, Playa Club San Felipe, El Cortez, Hacienda de la Langosta Roja, Las Palmas, and Hacienda Don Jesus.
Hotel San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa
No. of Rooms: 57
Address: Km. 4.5 San Felipe-Puertecitos Road
Tel: 577-14-55 y 577-15-68
Fax: 577-15-66
USA: 1-800-291-5397
Diamante Hotel
No. Habitaciones: 6
Dirección: Carretera Federal # 5 Km. 185
Tel: 576-0304
Fax: 577-15-66
Club Habana Hotel
No. of Rooms: 185
Address: 148 Mision de Loreto Ave.
Tel: 577-17-33 & 577-03-30
Fax: 577-23-77
Playa Club San Felipe Hotel & Suites
No. of Rooms: 8 Doubles & 28 Suites
Address: 148 Mision de Loreto Ave, Playas de San Felipe, Real Estate Development
Tel: 577-12-80
Costa Azul Hotel
No. of Rooms: 135
Address: 247 Mar de Cortez Ave. & Ensenada Street
Tel: 577-15-48 & 577-17-02
Fax: 577-15-49
Mexicali Tel: 568-32-20
El Cortez Hotel
No. of Rooms: 110
Address: Mar de Cortez South Ave. w/n
Tel: 577-10-55 & 577-10-56
Fax: 577-17-52
USA: 1-800-025-5082
Las Palmas Hotel
No. of Rooms: 48
Address: 1101 Mar Baltico Ave. & Isla de Cedro
Tel: 577-13-33
Fax: 577-13-82
Riviera Hotel
No. of Rooms: 43
Address: Mar Baltico Ave, w/n
Tel: 577-11-85
Fax: 577-11-86
Hacienda de la Langosta Roja Hotel
No. of Rooms: 37 & 2 for disabled persons
Address: 125 Calzada Chetumal
Tel: 577-04-83
Fax: 577-04-84
Hacienda de Don Jesus Hotel
No. of Rooms: 16
Address: 829 Mar Baltico Ave. & Ensenada Street
Tel: 577-00-80
San Felipe Inn Hotel
No. of Rooms: 23
Address: 472 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-16-08
Baja Palms Resorts Hotel
No. of Rooms: 20
Address: Km. 182 Federal Road #5 Mexicali-San Felipe
Tel: 576-02-76
El Capitan Motel
No. of Rooms: 45
Address: 298 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-13-03
Fax: 577-13-03
Chapala Motel
No. of Rooms: 33
Address: 142 Mar de Cortez Ave. Downtown
Tel: 577-12-40
Costa Azul Motel
No. of Rooms: 135
Address: 247 Mar de Cortez & Ensenada Ave.
Tel: 577-15-48 y 577-17-02
Fax: 577-15-49
Mexicali Tel: 568-32-20
Terraza Motel
No. of Rooms: 12
Address: 103 Mision de Loreto Ave, Playas de San Felipe, Real Estate Development
Tel: 577-18-44
George's Motel
No. of Rooms: 12
Address: 1073 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-19-70 y 577-19-71
Don Jesus Motel
No. of Rooms: 37
Address: 735 Mar Baltico Ave.
Tel: 577-22-66
Fax: 577-00-80
Villa Los Arcos Motel
No. of Rooms: 12
Address: Calzada Chetumal w/n
Tel: 577-15-88
Fax: 577-15-88
La Posada de Don Jesus Mini Motel
No. of Rooms: 6 (Trailers, for 3 persons)
Address: Mar Baltico Ave. w/n
Tel: 577-06-85
Don Trini Trailers
No. of Rooms: 8 (Trailers, for 3 persons)
Address: Puerto Peñasco Street
Tel: 577-40-00
Doña Ramona Motel
No. of Rooms: 14
Address: Mar Baltico Ave w/n
Tel: 577-03-14
Aragon Hermanos Motel
No. of Rooms: 17
Address: 293 Calzada Chetumal
Tel: 577-24-90
El Pescador Motel
No. of Rooms: 12
Address: 100 Mar de Cortez Ave. & Calzada Chetumal
Tel: 577-29-91
Estrella del Mar Motel
No. of Rooms: 9
Address: 401 Mar Caribe Ave. & Puerto Peñasco Street
Tel: 577-09-64
Playa Bonita Suite
No. of Rooms: 8 condominiums
Address: Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-12-15
Josefinas Suite
No. of Rooms: 11
Address: Mision de Santo Tomas Ave. w/n
Tel: 577-16-73
Careyes del Golfo Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 16
Address: De las Palmas Ave. w/n, Villas las Palmas, Real Estate Development
Tel: 577-13-46
Fax: 577-01-50
Juliet's Baja Beach Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 8
Address: Playas de San Felipe, Real Estate Development
Tel: 577-15-18 y 577-17-02
USA: 626-358-19-84
Web Site:
Casey's Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 10
Address: 8 Mar y Sol Mar de Cortez
Tel: 577-14-31
Web Site:
Alicia Beach Condos
No. of Rooms: 4
Address: De las Palmas Ave. w/n Villas de las Palmas, Real Estate Development
Tel: 577-22-21
Web Site:
Seaside Shangri-La Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 2
Tel: 577-15-73
Villa Mar del Sol Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 2
Tel: 909-593-23-45
Villas Las Casitas Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 5
Address: Airport Road
Tel: 558-44-80
Consuelos Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 5
Address: Airport Road Km.
Tel: 558-44-80
Carlotas Condominiums
No. of Rooms: 8
Address: Manzanillo St. & Mar Cantabrico Ave.
Tel: 577-00-01
Pancho Padilla Apartments
No. of Rooms: 7
Address: Puerto Peñasco St.
Tel: 577-12-93
Carmelita Apartments
No. of Rooms: 4
Address: Mar de Cortez Ave. Downtown
Tel: 577-18-31
Casa Grande Apartments
No. of Rooms: 4 doubles & 1 single
Address: Camino del Sur w/n, Playas de San Felipe, Real Estate Development
Tel: 577-15-08
Camp No. 1
No. of Rooms: 75
Address: 888 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-11-39
Services: Water, electricity, grills
Playa Bonita Camp
No. of Rooms: 27
Address: 787 Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-12-15
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, table, 10 bathrooms
Marco's Camp
No. of Rooms: 18
Address: Golfo de California Ave. w/n
Tel: 577-18-42
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, table, 4 bathrooms, 6 showers
Kiki's RV Park
No. of Rooms: 37
Address: 703 Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-20-21
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, double floor, table, 14 bathrooms, 6 showers, restaurant, bar, store
Ruben's RV Park Camp
No. of Rooms: 37
Address: 701-A Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-14-42
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, restaurant, bathrooms
Serenity Beach Tourist Camp
No. of Rooms: 12
Address: 800 Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-14-65
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, 3 bathooms,3 showers
Vista del Mar Camp
No. of Rooms: 21
Address: 601 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-12-52
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, table, 6 bathrooms, 4 showers
La Palapa Camp
No. of Rooms: 26
Address: 92 Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-14-45
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, 6 bathrooms, 4 showers
Posada del Mar Camp
No. of Rooms: 60 cabins, 15 rooms, 22 double floor spaces with room for 200 cars
Address: 555 Golfo de California Ave.
Tel: 577-15-43
Service of: Show Area, rodeos, palenques & festival
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, table, bathrooms, showers
La Jolla RV Park
No. of Rooms: 55
Address: 300 Manzanillo St. & Mar Bermejo Ave.
Tel: 577-12-22
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, grills, bathrooms, showers
San Felipe Camp
No. of Rooms: 14
No. of spaces: 38
Address: 301 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-10-12
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, bathrooms, showers
Web site:
Playa de Laura Camp
No. of Rooms: 43
Address: 333 Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 577-11-28
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, bathrooms, showers
Club de Pesca Camp
No. of Rooms: 46
Address: Mar de Cortez Sout Ave. w/n
Tel: 577-11-80
Fax: 577-18-88
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, store, bathrooms, showers
Bajamar RV
No. of Rooms: 60
Address: Mar de Cortez Ave.
Tel: 552-23-63
Fax: 552-23-63
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, 6 bathrooms, 6 showers
Punta Estrella Camp
No. of Rooms: 50
Address: Km. 13 Puertecitos Road
Tel: 565-27-84
Services: Water, electric plant, grills, bathrooms, showers
El Dorado RV Park
No. of Rooms: 100
Address: Km. 167.5 San Felipe-Airport Road
Tel: 577-00-10
Services: Water, elecriticty, drainage, grills, bathrooms, showers, pool, club house
Playa del Sol Camp
No. of Rooms: 40 & 75 for mobile homes
Address: Km. 182.5 Federal Highway No. 5
Tel: 576-02-92
Services: Water, elecrticity, drainage, grills, bathrooms, showers
Los Faisanes Camp
No. of Rooms: 50
Address: Plaza Fiesta Shopping Center Local H-11
Tel: 558-21-45
Services: Grills, restrooms, showers
El Paraiso Camp
No. of Rooms: 60
Address: Km.178 Federal Highway No. 5
Tel: 573-01-70 y 577-30-58
Villaz de Cortez Camp
No. of Rooms: 8 big palapas & 12 small palapas
Address: Km. 12 Federal Road #5 San Felipe - Mexicali
Tel: 554-52-22
Services: Water, electric plant, pool, bar, grills, bathrooms, showers, capacity for 2000 persons
San Felipe has a unique characteristic in gastronomy, and a great variety of excellent restau- rants with cuisine specialties on American, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese grills, and above all, Fish and Sea Food that, due to their fame, have placed San Felipe as a gastronomic center in this specialty. In addition, there is a traditional festival known as The Shrimp Festival that is carried out every year in November.
More On San Felipe
San Felipeis a town on the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in the Mexican state of Baja California, 190 km south of the United States border and within the municipality of Mexicali.
Temperatures in San Felipe average approximately 24°C year-round. The seven-meter tides expose a kilometer of ocean floor. San Felipe experiences one of the largest tidal bores in the world due in part to the Colorado River delta to the north.
The port of San Felipe is a small town historically economically dependent on fishing and now on tourism, catering mostly to U.S. travelers and containing an international airport.
San Felipe is located in a unique ecosystem, where the desert meets the sea. Temperatures range from a nocturnal winter low of 4°C to 46°C in the shade during July and August. The Bay of San Felipe is 3 meters above sea level. At low tide, the water can recede as much as 2 km.
The population of San Felipe was 14,831 at the 2005 census, and can increase by up to 5,000 during the presence of part-time residents (retirees and vacation homeowners) or holidays such as spring break or Memorial Day.
The Baja California Peninsula was discovered by Hernán Cortés on May 3, 1535. The history of San Felipe began later with the expeditions of Francisco de Ulloa's, one of Cortés's captains who navigated the bay in September 1535. In 1536, Hernando de Alarcón and Domingo Castillo explored the region and made the first detailed map of the peninsula, giving San Felipe its original name, Santa Catalina.
After the first expeditions were long forgotten, Father Eusebio Kino rediscovered the Baja California peninsula in 1701. Juan de Ugarte later built the first ship in Baja California and explored the area, arriving in San Felipe on July 5, 1721. Twenty-five years later Father Ferdinand Konšcak arrived and christened the bay San Felipe de Jesús. In 1766, Wenceslaus Linck was the first person to reach San Felipe by land, and in 1772 the Lt. Governor of the Californias, José Joaquín Arrillaga, named it a port and began using it as such, sending ships as of 1794. He also established the land route between San Felipe and Ensenada through Valle de la Trinidad.
It is not until 1925, during the administration of General Abelardo L. Rodríguez, territorial governor, that San Felipe began to incorporate, when the first fishing camps were established and the government organized the first sub-delegation and school. Octavio Vega Ruiz was appointed sub-delegate and the basis for the growth and development of San Felipe were established during his administration from 1926 to 1942.
The sea transportation of both people and cargo also contributed to the integration of San Felipe as a township. Among the most celebrated ships of the era were José Ascolani's Trieste, and Pacita and Río Colorado, owned by Arnulfo Liera. By the end of the 1920s, San Felipe had nearly 100 permanent inhabitants, and in 1940 appeared for the first time in the census with 287 inhabitants.
By 1947, the Compañía Industrial del Golfo de Cortés, owned by José María Rodríguez Luján, bought the land from Guillermo Andrade's estate to build an international tourist center. The Mexicali-San Felipe highway began paving in 1948 and was completed in 1951. At the same time, the 15-room Hotel Augies (later the Villa del Mar, Trucha Vagabunda and Las Palmas Inn) opened. In 1959, the motel El Cortés was opened to the public.
Many new hotels were established in the 1960s, including Hotel Riviera, El Pescador, Arnold's del Mar and Arco Iris, and the tourist camps of Costa Azul, Las Arenas, Miramar, Playa Bonita, Playa de Laura, and Rubén's. The port had electricity by 1963 and piped drinking water by 1967. The 1970s saw the establishment of the government building, restaurants, bars, gas stations, a small boat anchorage, airport, sea walk, main boulevard and sewage system, as well as the first four-star hotel, the Playas de San Felipe, followed by the Fiesta Hotel. The La Hacienda opened in the 1980s; the Marina Resort and Spa in 1993.
Currently, San Felipe’s income depends (in descending order of importance) upon tourism, shrimping, and fishing.
The Valley of the Giants
The natural reserve of the thousand-year-old Cardon Cactus has become a major attraction after the transport of one of these giant specimens to Seville, Spain forWorld Expo '92. The area has also become a favorite spot for photographers worldwide.
San Felipe is a popular spring break spot for residents of the Western U.S. states and northern Mexico, due to its many tourist attractions. Nightclubs and bars dot the beach areas. Some visitors enjoy camping on the beaches or off-roading on ATVs and dirt bikes in the adjacent desert.
Several hotels, ranches, camp sites and RV parks in or near the town boast volleyball, tennis, pools, bathing areas and fishing.
Other popular activities are off-road racing events such as Baja 250 and San Felipe 250, the former a spin-off from the popular Baja 1000 international race and the latter akin to SCORE's Baja Series but hosted by CODE, an off-road racing organization based in Mexicali. In 2007 CODE'S race was changed to Ensenada, but by racers' request CODE is considering to return to San Felipe. Currently, CODE holds two races in the San Felipe Desert: CODE McMillin 500 in March/April and the CODE Race Ready 275 in November/December; the first is a loop from Mexicali down to San Felipe and back, while the other is a one-way race from Mexicali to San Felipe at the end of the season.
Another visitor attraction are the hot, sulfurous, geothermal springs at Puertecitos on the Sea of Cortez, cooled somewhat by sea water. [1]
In recent years, San Felipe locals and tourists have enjoyed a new activity, Carnaval. It is often referred to as a Mexican Mardi Gras but the name is an exaggeration, since the locale is smaller than in other Mexican carnivals.
Due to heavy tourism at US holidays, spring break, races, Easter and thanksgiving, San Felipe can become overcrowded, leading to high traffic, unruly behavior, long gas lines and lack of space.

En Espanol
El puerto de San Felipe nace a principios del siglo pasado por pescadores motivados por la abun- dante riqueza del Alto Golfo de California, llegaron a puntos muy cercanos del cerro del Machorro. Es así como arriba a la región gente dedicada, de trabajo, que sin escatimar esfuerzos formaron una humilde aldea de pescadores que posteriormente, gracias a su visión, actitud emprendedora y a la generosidad de la madre naturaleza la fueron paulatinamente moldeando, transformándola en un destino turístico para residentes y visitantes.
Nada se puede comparar a un lugar que de manera natural guarda en su interior un mundo de contrastes que fácilmente atrapan el interés de cualquier visitante, desde el más apacible hasta el recalcitrante apasionado de las actividades extremas, la gama de posibilidades para descansar, relajarse, practicar alguna disciplina deportiva, visitar a la vaquita marina, realizar video grabaciones y fotografías a lugares únicos en el planeta, como el Valle de los Gigantes, confirman que San Felipe se encuentra diamantado por atractivos de gran magnitud y singular belleza.
Un ámbito con todos los privilegios de un destino turístico de primer mundo en Baja California nos lleva necesariamente a un puerto de singular belleza, desbordando de atractivos turísticos que se encuentran desde el mar hasta la montaña, con calles llenas de colorido, un bullicioso ambiente cotidiano y por si fuera poco, con una calidad y calidez de gente que con su hospitalidad festiva hacen que el visitante regrese a disfrutar San Felipe, "Bella Joya del Mar de Cortez".
El puerto de San Felipe, como parte fundamental del Municipio de Mexicali, es también un mosaico de tradiciones y costumbres, pues está formado por mexicanos de todas partes de la república que decidieron hacer aquí su hogar. Es tierra de trabajo y esperanza. De gente trabajadora y amable.
Los numerosos atractivos de San Felipe han conquistado los corazones de quienes nos visitan. Sus espacios para el entretenimiento y la relajación, su gente cálida y amable te harán regresar.
En nuestro municipio se funden su noble valle, su puerto, que es nuestra ventana al mar y una moderna ciudad industrial, que gracias al trabajo, amor y dedicación de todos los cachanillas es cada día mejor.
Con el Esfuerzo Compartido de todos los que habitamos este municipio seguiremos haciendo de San Felipe un lugar donde se cumplen nuestros sueños y anhelos.
San Felipe, B.C. los invita a conocer la riqueza de nuestro territorio. Estamos seguros que su estancia será placentera porque tenemos la infraestructura, servicios y la calidez que caracterizan a los bajacalifornianos para hacer de su visita una experiencia inolvidable en un entorno confiable y seguro.
Le reiteramos la más cordial bienvenida en espera de su pronta visita.
Un fascinante relato de epopeyas y aventuras podría describirse como la historia de San Felipe, primeramente porque los mitos y leyendas habían tenido un velo de misterio y de magia sobre nuestra península, ya que los antiguos la describían como una isla habitada por gigantes que en ciudades de oro eran gobernados por hermosas mujeres al frente de nuestra era. Atrevidos navegantes españoles, atraídos por esas historias y ávidos de aventuras y riqueza en temerarias travesías, recorrieron nuestras costas hasta lo que hoy conocemos como el Alto Golfo de California. Este crédito se le otorga a Don Hernando Fernando Cortés y a Don Francisco Ulloa, posteriormente llegaron Don Hernando de Alarcón y Don Domingo del Castillo quienes hicieron las primeras cartografías de la zona y descubrieron a una hermosa bahía a la que bautizaron con el nombre de Santa Catarina, la que hoy es conocida como San Felipe. Años después, y por los trabajos cartográficos efectuados por el evangelizador Italiano el Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, se comprobó que las tierras descubiertas eran una gran península.
Para culminar con esta historia, para que los cronistas e historiadores aceptaran con el nombre de San Felipe a esta Bahía, se le atribuye al Padre Misionero Juan de Ugarte por la gran influencia que representó el haber llegado a esta región el 5 de Febrero de 1721, siendo esta fecha el día calendario en que se festeja el santoral de onomástico de San Felipe de Jesús.
No dejamos de reconocer la valentía y el arrojo demostrado, al igual que todos sus antecesores, del Padre Don Fernando Consag que en 1746 realizó minuciosos trabajos de cartografía ubicando a San Felipe y a la imponente masa rocosa que emerge del mar frente a San Felipe, conocida anteriormente como isla de la Fragata, hoy nombrada Islote de Consag en honor a ese distinguido navegante.
Años más adelante, durante la gestión como Gobernador del Territorio Norte de la Baja California, del General Abelardo L. Rodríguez, se empezó a organizar; asentándose aquí los primeros campos pesqueros. Para el año de 1976 se estableció la primera Subdelegación, siendo representada por Don Octavio Vega Ruiz.
Su inicio como futuro destino turístico podría ubicarse a partir de 1947 cuando la Compañía Industrial del Golfo de Cortez, propiedad de Don José Ma. Rodríguez Luján, adquirió los terrenos propiedad de la sucesión de Don Guillermo Andrade con fines de iniciar un Desarrollo Turístico de corte internacional, aprovechando su cercanía con los Estados Unidos. Posteriormente y durante el año de 1948, se inicia la construcción de la Carretera a San Felipe, terminándose en 1951.
En simposium convocado por el XIII Ayuntamiento de Mexicali y celebrado en este Puerto, quedó establecida la fecha de fundación de San Felipe, el día 5 de Febrero de 1925.
Es principalmente seco y caluroso durante los meses de Mayo a Septiembre con una temperatura que oscila entre los 80 y los 120 Grados Fahrenheit; de Octubre a Marzo la temperatura baja drástica- mente, oscilando entre los 35 y los 60 grados Fahrenheit..
La moneda de uso común circulante lo son el Peso Mexicano y el Dólar Americano, sin descartar el Dólar Canadiense que en ciertas temporadas, principalmente en invierno, circula con mayor frecuencia.
Existen Instituciones Bancarias con Cajeros Automáticos (ATM Machines) que facilitan el cambio y disposición de la moneda, de la misma forma existen varios establecimientos de “multiservicios” (Casa de Cambio) que agilizan igualmente las operaciones de cambio de documentos y monedas.
San Felipe está regido, al igual que la costa Oeste de los Estados Unidos, por la Hora Estándar del Pacífico, observando los cambios simultáneos en el horario de verano.
De acuerdo a las condiciones climatológicas de este Puerto, lo más recomendable es la ropa ligera y de colores alegres, tratando de evitar la ropa obscura en la temporada de verano; para los meses de invierno se recomienda la ropa obscura de tipo deportiva con chamarras tipo "Wind Breaker" o conjuntos depor- tivos de entretiempo (Light sports wear).
También es recomendable para situaciones formales, la ropa adecuada para la ocasión como trajes de gala o etiqueta para hombres y conjuntos de marca o diseñador para damas.
Si se pretende la realización de eventos deportivos, la vestimenta deberá ser la adecuada para lo que se vaya a realizar tomando en cuenta la temporada del año.
Estas son reguladas por la Secretaría de Gobernación, a través del Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), la cual establece que para que un extranjero pueda obtener el permiso correspondien- te y pueda internarse al país en forma temporal, con fines de recreo, o de actividades artísticas culturales o deportivas, no remunerables ni lucrativas, con una temporalidad máxima de 6 meses prorrogables deberá de presentar como requisitos:
Su Pasaporte Original (Vigente) y/o su Acta de Nacimiento Original, su Licencia de Manejar o su Tarjeta del Seguro Social.
El costo de la forma migratoria es hoy en día de $237.00 MN (Doscientos Treinta y Siete Pesos 00/100 Moneda Nacional
Además de las bellezas naturales de su mar, existen un sin fin de atractivos en esta región como la cercanía con zonas arqueológicas de pinturas rupestres, flora y fauna desértica únicas en el mundo como Cactus Gigantes, Borrego Cimarrón, etc., zonas con aguas sulfurosas, minas, vasos secos de grandes lagunas otrora fondo del mar y grandes paredes de granito para practicar el montañismo en el “Picacho del Diablo” con más de 10,000 pies de altura.
También su vida nocturna, su gastronomía, sus eventos tradicio- nales como el Carnaval y el Famoso Festival del Camarón, los eventos de fuera de pista (off-road) que se realizan a lo largo del año y sobre todo la calidez de su gente.
PESCA DEPORTIVAÉsta se realiza principalmente a bordo de pequeñas embarcaciones denominadas "pangas", las cuales utilizan magníficos "pescaderos" en el Islote de Consag, formación rocosa a 18 millas náuticas de este Puerto, en los Arrecifes Artificiales instalados a sólo 3 millas de la playa, o en las islas ubicadas al Sur de San Felipe.
Se utilizan también embarcaciones privadas y Barcos Camaroneros habilitada para la pesca deportiva.
NATACIÓNLa natación en mar abierto es regularmente practicada, pero la variación tan extrema de mareas lo hace a veces muy cansado, por lo que es más recomendable utilizar las magníficas instalaciones de albercas con que cuentan la mayoría de los desarrollos y albercas públicas.
BUCEOEl buceo autónomo puede practicarse en los archipiélagos de pequeñas islas que se encuentran al Sur de San Felipe, en la zona de Puertecitos lugar habitado por una gran variedad de especias marinas.
ESQUÍ ACUÁTICOAun cuando no está muy popularizado este deporte, se ofrecen magníficas condiciones para su práctica, ya que nuestra bahía tiene una extensión aproximada de 19 kilómetros y por muchas temporadas su oleaje es mínimo.
VUELO EN PAPALOTEÉste se practica en temporada de verano. Existe un permisionario de servicios turísticos que lo proporcionan, utilizando preferentemente el vuelo en paracaídas.
PASEOS EN LANCHA O JET SKISe ofrecen en las pintorescas "Pangas" a precios accesibles, así como los paseos en "bananas". En la misma forma existen varios locales para la renta de motocicletas y Jet Ski.
PRACTICA DE REMO Y CANOTAJESan Felipe cuenta con una magnífica escuela de Remo, la cual en la actualidad conforma la base de la selección Nacional de Remo, Subcampeón Olímpica Nacional, en la cual se pueden recibir clases de la especialidad y realizar competencias durante todo el año.
La pesca es una actividad altamente apreciada en esta región, podemos decir que el San Felipe turístico fue fundado por los pescadores deportivos que se enteraron de la existencia de un ejemplar único en el mundo como lo es la Totoaba, especie endémica de la región, la cual se encuentra hasta nuestros días protegida por haber sido considerada, dada su explotación comercial, en peligro de extinción.
Aun así, se ha popularizado grandemente la pesca de especies tales como la Curbina, la Baqueta, la Cabrilla, el Cochito, la Merluza, la Sierra, el Cazón y otras, que por su peso y tamaño, son trofeos invaluables para el pescador deportivo.