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Saturday, February 9, 2008

About San Felipe Baja California

ABOUT SAN FELIPE
San Felipe is a small town historically economically dependent on fishing and now on tourism, catering mostly to U.S. travelers. San Felipe is on the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in the Mexican state of Baja California, 118 miles (190 km) south of the US border and within the municipality of Mexicali.

UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM: Where the desert meets the sea. The 23-foot tides (7-meters) expose a kilometer or more 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.

TEMPERATURES: Averaging 75 degrees (24°C) year-round. Temperatures range from a night winter low of 39 (4°C) to high of 115 (46°C) in July and August.

POPULATION: The population was 14,831 at the 2005 census, and can increase by up to 7,000 from October through May with the presence of part-time residents or during holidays such as Semana Santa (Holy Week), spring break or Memorial Day.

NEED TO KNOW
A tourist visa is required if you are staying in Mexico longer than 72 hours.
A tourist visa is required if traveling south of Ensenada, San Felipe or Puerto Penasco.
ATV’s prohibited on beach.
Mexico Auto insurance is required.
Traffic laws in San Felipe are enforced.
Littering is illegal.
Using fireworks is illegal.
Fishing licenses are required.
Summers here are not nearly as hot as people say.

ATM/GETTING CASH
ATMs are available at Banamex Bank on lower Chetumal and Bancomer Bank, across from La Plazita on Mar de Cortez, or AM/PM next to PEMEX on Mar Caribe Sur.