the premier destination on the west coast of the Sea of Cortez in Baja
is San Felipe. It is about 120 miles south of the border.
sleepy, in comparison to its west coast counterparts, San Felipe has
been a secret destination to those in the know. Activities for tourists
are many and varied. They include world class fishing, boating, hiking,
swimming, wind surfing, sailing, scuba diving, parasailing, and dune
buggy trips, with restaurants and night clubs for evening enjoyment.
Fishing Boats on the Beach
San Felipe Beachfront
a conference at El Dorado Ranch, Government officials offered
a very optimistic outlook for San Felipe. They were very encouraged
by developments such as El Dorado Ranch, and ensured the local community
that the government stood fully behind these developments.
Federal Secretary of Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo, told the audience that
the future of San Felipe was strong and that his office would be working
hand in hand with both state and federal agencies, as well as local
developers to get the new four lane highway constructed as soon as possible.
the State level the State Secretary of Tourism, Alejandro Moreno Medina,
mentioned that there were no government agencies standing in the way
of San Felipe's development and he assured the attendees that the entire
government was behind the local community and excited by its growth.
SAN FELIPE'S NATURAL ATTRACTIONS:
Today greater awareness and interest in Ecotourism is ensuring a different attitude to the natural environment. Now we have the Upper Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve which is run by the Unesco Natural Biosphere Reserves Program.
The Valley of the Giants: Natural Reserve of the thousand year old Cardon Cactus. This area has become a major visitors attraction due to the selection of one of these giant specimens that was transported to Seville, Spain during World Expo '92. The area has also become a favorite spot for photographers worldwide as it is a superb background for photo sessions.
Konsag Island: Konsag is plainly visible from the beach at any point around the San Felipe bay, appearing at first glance to be a sail. It is reachable by boat in 45 minutes or so under normal conditions and it is a great place to watch sea lions, seals and colonies of sea birds.
Punta Estrella: Punta Estrella has a breathtaking panoramic view beyond the meaning of the word as it encompasses the whole bay to the west and northwest and the Sea of Cortez to the east.
Puetecitos: Ninety kilometers south of San Felipe is a settlement called Puertecitos (little port) where thermal waters bubble and soothe. There is a small hotel, a gas station, a boat ramp and other services, including telephones.
Artificial Reefs: In March of 1991 the three levels of Government and the San Felipe community organized a Program of Artificial reefs to attract fish and provide better sport fishing, with the addition of more spawning grounds and of more natural production of biological resources.