Active Recreation

San Felipe Recreation – Active  Different people interpret the perfect vacation and the perfect retirement in different ways. Some people see vacations and retirement as a time for utter relaxation, where you can spend your days enjoying gentle strolls and admiring fabulous scenery. Other people see vacations and retirement as a time to pack in as much fun and excitement as possible. Luckily, in San Felipe, you can enjoy a happy medium, with a range of both gentle and active recreational fun to suit all tastes and ages.

If you are looking forward to an active retirement or if you enjoy energetic vacations, then San Felipe will have plenty to offer in the way of excellent recreational activities. You can fill your days and your evening with a wide choice of fun-packed pursuits, and whatever your age or taste there is certain to be something that suits you down to the ground. You can select from activities such as:

ATV touring in San Felipe: If you fancy some real excitement, an ATV tour offers the perfect solution. You can cruise the San Felipe coastlines with this one-hour tour, taking in the scenery and enjoying the thrill. You can even rent your own ATV and try out the dry water tracks or the stunning sand dunes, where you can enjoy breathtaking views as well as exhilarating fun. 

Horseback riding in San Felipe: Horseback riding is a popular recreational activity, and you can enjoy admiring the beauty of San Felipe as well as the thrill of horseback riding. Whether you want to enjoy an exhilarating horseback ride alone or a romantic ride out with a loved one, you’ll be delighted by the facilities available in San Felipe.

Playing tennis is San Felipe: With La Hacienda, you will have access to excellent tennis facilities, and you can enjoy brushing up your tennis skills or enjoying an energetic game of single or doubles with friends and family.

Swimming in San Felipe: There are some beautiful waters in San Felipe, and there’s nothing more refreshing or exhilarating than a cooling swim on a hot day or a warm evening. Stunning beaches are plentiful in San Felipe, so you’ll never be short of places in which to enjoy a gentle paddle or an energetic swim.

Fishing in San Felipe: If you enjoy water-based activities, you’ll love the boating and fishing opportunities in San Felipe. You don’t have to own your own boat, as you can take advantage of locally available fishing charters. You can select from choice water activities, such as the waters off San Felipe or at a small island just offshore, known as Roca Consag.

Nightlife in San Felipe: If you enjoy lively nights then you’ll be delighted with the vibrant San Felipe nightlife. There is plenty of choices, so there will be something to suit every taste. You can enjoy energetic dance clubs that offer a range of musical delights from disco and rock to rhythm and blues. You can also enjoy relaxing at one of a choice of bars or enjoying an evening meal at a fine restaurant.

Shopping in San Felipe: There are plenty of excellent shopping opportunities in San Felipe, and whether you are looking for clothes and jewelry or gifts and bric-a-brac, you will find a wide range of shops and markets to explore and enjoy. You can even place orders for custom-made merchandise from the local tradesmen and vendors.

This vast choice of activity will ensure that your time in San Felipe is filled with fun, excitement, pleasure, and adventure. With so many pursuits at your fingertips, you can keep yourself as busy as your dare in this fabulous destination.

San Felipe and the Desert Corridor

Expansion and Improvements are just off in the Horizon.

Right now there is dire need for a road that will swing back from Puertocitos and reconnect with the Desert Corridor, which travels from Tijuana South through La Paz.   At this time, no such access exists between the serenity of San Felipe and the elaborateness of Ensenada.  This is soon to be but a memory.  The road linking these two spectacular cities is approximately 111km and hosts well over 150,000 tourists each and every year.  With the rise in people seeking out the fantastic real estate overlooking majestic sunsets and spectacular ocean views, the need to improve this stretch of road is long overdue. 

The San Felipe Corridor begins North of San Felipe and is divided into 7 sections: North, San Felipe, Corridor Sur, Percebu, Delicias, San Juan De Los Lagos, and Puertocitos.  Plans are already underway to begin the expansion of this well traveled road, turning it into a four lane pleasure drive.  The travel and investment advancements this will create are extremely exciting.  Being a Priority Federal Zone, it is supported by a raise in property taxes, an Aqueduct with enough water to last until 2020, and an electrical infrastructure.

Development of the San Felipe corridor is well desired and needed just in itself.  But what would Baja be without continued improvements in the Maritime Corridor.  Currently in effect, there is future planning of 10 new ports of call.  This is sure to enhance the already popular coastal travel in this huge area.  The first designated ports are Ensenada, Punta San Carlos, Santa Maria, Santa Rosalita, Bahia De Los Angeles, San Luis Gonzaga, San Felipe and Puertos Penascos.  It will ultimately end in the State of Sonora.  The potential for new business, ease of travel, and enhancement of an already popular Baja, are seeing developers and real estate investors on the edge of their seat.  Soon, the splendor of San Felipe and surrounding areas, will be more accessible than ever.

Las Casitas at La Hacienda

Las Casitas is managed by a La Hacienda representative. Imagine a place where the sky is painted with a palette of colors that astonish the soul.

Imagine a place where soft waves of the sea roll in as your mind is soothed by their elegant tumble. Imagine a place that allows you to view picturesque landscapes, horizons and skylines that resemble a coast off the Mediterranean. Now imagine you have a luxurious ‘casita’ surrounded by this remarkable environment…

Can you picture this place? We want to make sure you can. Come to Las Casitas resort villas, located in San Felipe’s south beach exclusive development ‘La Hacienda’ this secluded complex is the relaxing jewel for those who refuse to be drawn to the ordinary.

Las Casitas will enchant you and remind you of the bliss one should experience when on vacation. This is a place to turn your phones off and to read that book you can’t finish and to fall in love all over again. Experience Las Casitas, everyone should at least once in their 

On the Road to San Felipe. Gateway to Paradise

As many of you already know, the road from Mexicali into San Felipe is in desperate need of improvement. Well, that time is very close. With the advancements and building along San Felipe Road, the need for improvement has become one of San Felipe’s top priorities.  The city of San Felipe wants to make sure that the road built will be safe and able to withstand the fantastic weather conditions that the beautiful city is known for.  The largest factor being looked at is the increased traffic flow over the years.  San Felipe’s real estate and climate are becoming more and more desired by future retirees, as well as families acquiring vacation property.  So, the enormous increase in visitors, as well as residents, along with infrastructures to integrate with any future building, are all being taken into consideration.  It looks like they have thought of everything.

The first stage plans are to develop 30 kilometers of San Felipe Road starting at kilometer marker 190 (at the beginning of town), and advancing North to kilometer marker 160.  The new modernizations will include a four-lane road (approximately 34 meters across), with a beautifully landscaped center median.  Considering that the current road is only 7 meters across, the future four-lane road (along with the beautiful flowers, bushes, and trees in the center median) will make entering San Felipe the pleasurable experience it should be.  The road will also have safe u-turn access and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks as needed.

They intend to divide the 30-kilometer project into twenty 1.5 kilometer sections.  Phase 1 of the project (which consists of the development, lab tests, and expected budget) is already complete.  The project budget is currently estimated at $175 M Pesos.  Phase 2 is the Environmental Impact Study, and Phase 3 is the Executive Study which includes results of Phase 1 and 2.  The blueprints, lab tests, and budget proposals have already been submitted to the government.  So, Phase 2 is soon to follow.  Pending Government approval and receipt of the first $50 M Pesos, the first 15-20 kilometers of the project can begin construction.

This is extremely exciting news for both residents and investors alike in San Felipe.  As the entrance into San Felipe, it will soon represent the paradise that it is.

Getting Here

Not only is San Felipe a stunning destination with incredible views and a range of activities; it is also very conveniently located. Driving to San Felipe through Mexicali is very easy, so you should have no problem navigating your way here. Below, you will find step-by-step directions that will make getting to San Felipe completely straightforward and simple.

Driving to San Felipe from old crossing in Calexico, via Highway 111

Take the Imperial Highway to the crossing and get into the ‘nothing to declare’ lane on the left. Once you have passed the green light and the inspectors, take a left turn onto Ave Madero and follow it eastwards for about a mile, past Calle K. Be prepared – this road does have a lot of ‘stop’ signs and traffic lights. Then take a right onto Calz Justo Sierra and follow the road south, past the monument, and onto Calz Benito Juárez. As you continue southeast, towards Lázaro Cárdenas and Sánchez Taboada, you will start to see the signs to San Felipe overhead. Cross the rail tracks, and continue straight. You should see Kenworth Trucks and Costco. You will now have reached Highway 5 and will notice kilometer markers to San Felipe. Driving to San Felipe from new crossing, Garita II 

Take Highway 8 West from Yuma and then exit south on to Highway 98. You will then need to exit south onto Highway 7. You should see signs indicating the Mexican border crossing. Once you have crossed through the border station, keep going straight on to Ave Colon. The turn right and head west along the international fence to Calz Gómez Morín until you reach the ‘stop’ (ALTO) sign. Take a left and head south for several miles along Calz Gómez Morín. As you pass the Sony plant, continue across the railroad tracks. At the next light, turn left onto Calz Benito Juárez. Follow the highway (Highway 5) past Costco and Kenworth Trucks, which should be on your left. You should now start to notice kilometer markers to San Felipe. The above directions should be easy to follow for anyone that needs to know how to get to San Felipe. Driving to San Felipe couldn’t be easier, and you should have a smooth journey.

You should bear in mind that there is a military checkpoint about thirty miles before you reach San Felipe. Although the military staff here does not speak much English, they are polite and friendly, so there is no need for any concern. Their purpose is to ensure that no drugs or guns are being smuggled in, so they may need to do a routine check of your vehicle.

San Felipe Information

San Felipe is a thriving community with more than 20,000 permanent residents, with an additional 10,000 from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The town is of sufficient size that has a significant variety of goods and services that are enjoyed by the entire populace.

The natives are friendly and very tolerant of the many outsiders that come into town each year. The residents also actively support the same kinds of community recreation that we are used to in the States. There are ball fields, basketball courts, a swimming pool, and of course soccer fields where young and old alike compete. There are several different denominations of churches here as well as doctors, dentists, engineers, and lawyers.

San Felipe encompasses beautiful silken and golden sandy beaches, warm and calm waters and it is the entrance to one of the most important ecological sanctuaries in the world. Its natural surroundings have turned San Felipe into a tourist destination as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, a panorama of new sights and experiences, and the natural reserve of the “Valley of the Giants” (thousand-year-old cactuses). Once called the “totoaba paradise” named after a giant species of giant sea bass now protected, fishing enthusiasts still flock to this Sea of Cortez port, because of its great sports fishing. Sections of boulders and volcanic rock provide a nice diversion to beach strollers. This makes for great clam hunting on a sunny afternoon. The dunes, the desert flora, and the mountains that surround San Felipe offer a spectacular view.

The Sea of Cortez is characterized by the 10,000 feet deep submarine canyons that nourish over 800 species of fish and a third of the world’s population of sea mammals (including eight varieties of whales). The stark, scrub-covered, islands off the coast play host to a variety of migratory birds, some of which, such as the elegant Tern and Laser Storm Petrel, nest only here.

With San Felipe’s proximity to the USA border and the new upscale housing development of La Hacienda, this area is rapidly becoming a very desirable, yet affordable vacation resort and retirement community.