...San Felipe?

topic posted Mon, March 29, 2004 - 3:47 PM by  dmf...
i'm thinking of heading that way next week. i'm looking for cheap lodging, hostels, hotels, motels, or will i be able to find something upon arrival?
Also, what should i do? see? eat? not miss? Best travel route from San Diego?
i'm excited about the drive, San Felipe looks like a great place to get away.
Any input is much appreciated, tips and tricks always helpful...


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    Re: ...San Felipe?

    Mon, March 29, 2004 - 11:12 PM
    Unless it's a big holiday or spring break, you can count on finding plenty of vacancies throughout Baja whenever you show up.

    You can do some research on the web for hotels or just be adventurous and show up.


    • Re: ...San Felipe?

      Wed, March 31, 2004 - 1:12 PM
      i'm thinking of heading to Ensenada, and cutting across.
      then returning up the east side, and across the top of Baja...

      any input or advisory is much appreciated. experience on those paths, places not to miss or to avoid...

      anyone want to meet up in San Felipe? Not sure what i'll be up to.

      • Re: ...San Felipe?

        Wed, March 31, 2004 - 7:29 PM
        Would have been happy to meet up with you but have just returned to Oregon after being in San Felipe since end of September. As mentioned in earlier post, during Easter week the motels, hotels, RVs/Campos are usually sold out.

        As a tourist, I'm not sure what I'd recommend to you. If you are young and like to party, the Rockodile seems to be the spot and the Beachcomber. Since I live down there, I tend to be more into outdoors stuff: fishing (although not very good this time of year), exploring by sandrail in the desert and the beaches and socializing with friends in their homes. I live on the Ejido but bought a cheap lot on El Dorado Ranch to have access to the pool for swimming and water volleyball, tennis, beach etc. Their restaurant and club (Juanito's Cantina) is open to the public and they have activities every night (dancing, karaoke, etc.) but it is 95% snowbirds. AT 53, I'm one of the youngest people there. San Felipe is more of a snowbird town and less resorty than many of the other tourist places on the Baja. I don't know what kind of activities you like. YOu can rent quads for exploring on your own or sign up for a desert or beach tour but they're kinda spendy.
        • Re: ...San Felipe?

          Wed, March 31, 2004 - 8:32 PM
          Thanks for the tips...

          i'm not sure what im looking for, mostly just to get away. i'll be traveling by way of a 1979 Jeep CJ-7, no doors, no top. Just felt like doing some driving, and San Feipe is the right distance away.
          • Re: ...San Felipe?

            Wed, March 31, 2004 - 10:15 PM
            That's a good vehicle for Baja travel. Visit the Valley of the Giants south of San Felipe to see the big Cardon. There is a turquoise mine north of San you're heading south on hwy5, around KM 169, you'll see a RAncho on the left, and a turn-off on the right side of the Highway across from it. Follow that back to the hills and there's a turquoise mine. A little hard to find if you don't know where it is, but just follow that road back until the end when it comes to a turn-around and there's two hills on the left. Drive up between them and that's where it is. There's no caves or tunnels or anything, you'll just see where people have been digging on the hillside. The turquoise is very soft, not gem quality, but quite nice for garden decorations. There are also geodes to be found in this area.

            Another place right near there is "shell beach". AFter you pass the large hill and the rancho (going south) at KM169 you'll see a road on the left (referred to as the shrimp farm). Turn into that road, go straight until you see a group of buildings. Turn left there, follow the fence line, at the end of the fence, turn right, continue on. The road branches numerous ways but continue on turning towards the north when you can and the east. You'll travel maybe 6 or 7 miles in all over the mud flats eventually coming out on the Sea of Cortez at a spectacularly surreal beach (be sure to go when the tide is out and allow enough time to leave before it comes in all the way). When you've gone as far as you can go, you'll see a couple of beached old wooden boats. This is my favorite place in San Felipe area. Clamming is superb here ( you'll see mountains of clam shells).

            Another trip is to the fossil beds: go up Saltito Road (turn left (west) at the giant Rockodile sign) and through all the El Dorado communities up into the heights. Wish I could give you better directions but I know the roads by sight, and don't have the distances written down. Perhaps someone in town can give you better directions or you might be able to find it on a map or in a book. I would not go any further into the desert than that if you are alone. If you have another car to go with you, go all the way west to the hills and there are some very cool places along the base of the mountains, some waterfalls, etc. They all have nicknames like the Secret Garden...unfortunately, you really need to have someone who's been take you or go exploring if you have another vehicle with you.

            If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.

            PS. Santa Semana (holy week) is why town will be filled up next week.
            • Direction Correction

              Wed, March 31, 2004 - 10:20 PM
              oops...going south, you'd turn RIGHT at the Rockodile sign to go up Saltito Road
              • Re: Direction Correction

                Thu, April 1, 2004 - 5:42 PM
                great info, i'm very excited...

                god bless the internal combustion engine, and get-aways...

                • Re: Direction Correction

                  Sun, April 4, 2004 - 11:24 AM
                  should i excpect problems with sleeping on the beach?

                  i built my Jeep with crawling back into my own campgrounds in mind.

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                    Re: Direction Correction

                    Mon, April 5, 2004 - 8:09 PM
                    NOt sure what kind of problems you mean. Most of the beaches around San Felipe are in "campos" where you can rent a spot with a palapa by the night. Most have toilets and hot showers and some have hookups for RVs. If you want to just be able to drive onto the beach and crawl into the back, you'll want to head south of town. After you get a ways out of town, maybe 10 or 15 minutes ( I forget which kilometer marker), there's another army checkpoint like the one near the intersection of hwy 3 and 5. I think once you get beyond that you should be able to find a beach you can drive onto. We camped one night on the beach north of Gonazaga, and north of Papa Hernandez's. Can't remember the name of it but it's the first bay north of Papa Hernandez's. NObody bothered us and nobody asked for any money. There's no facilities. We just drove down onto the beach.

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