February 12th, 2011
Yes, it has been awhile. San Felipe, in many ways, is still the same, yet in many ways it is very, very different.
The economy has taken its toll on this sleepy little drinking village with a fishing problem, but many residents still enjoy all the regular benefits of San Felipe living.
On the other hand, property values have plummeted and events which used to attract droves of persons now attract handfuls.
Why? Besides the economy, there’s the exaggerations by the U.S media. San Felipe has always been, and for some time to come will be, one of the safest places to vacation or to live. I reside in Los Angeles, and I can tell you I feel more safe in San Felipe than any given day driving around the southland.
If you’re interested in affordable investment properties, now is the time! Many persons are looking to get out of their properties so badly, you can just take over payments. Not all of those deals are great, but there are some real gems to be found right now in San Felipe.
I’m looking myself at the possibility of buying soon…
November 1st, 2008
It’s been awhile since I”ve been to San Felipe. I can tell you that what I hear from the locals is that there is NOT the violence and other mayhem experienced in the border towns and up and down the west coast of baja.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again Thanksgiving Weekend!
September 25th, 2007
The part-timers are returning more and more. By the middle of October, most of the solar homes will be occupied.
While the weather cools off, the nightlife heats up in San Felipe. It’s always better this time of year through the holidays.
It’s time for another visit!
August 18th, 2007
It looks like a small turnout for the summer water volleyball tournament and La Ventana del Mar (El Dorado Ranch). Three teams, maybe four.
At least everyone will get a trophy…
I’ve never been on a first place team, so it would be nice–even with such a small showing–to take home the big trophy
August 16th, 2007
Yesterday, I finally made it back to San Felipe! The Mexican 5 freeway has A LOT of construction on it right as you are leaving Mexicali. Expect delays.
The four lane road going into San Felipe from about El Dorado Ranch is nearly complete. It’s open most of the way into town, and I have to say I am loving it.
Now if the Pemex station north of town would just open, we’d be all set.
Heading off to play water volleyball at La Ventana del Mar right now!
June 14th, 2007
Notoriously, the summer’s are scorching hot in San Felipe. This is why nearly all of those living in solar homes take off for the summer. In fact, most of them are gone by mid-May.
Having lived in San Felipe the entire summer last year, I can tell you that — at least last year — the summer’s aren’t nearly as bad as people make them out to be. Now, I wouldn’t recommend staying in a solar home all summer, but if you have a place with air conditioning, there’s no reason to not take summer vacations or live in San Felipe year round. The pool provides plenty of relaxation if you’re at El Dorado or another area with pool access, and the evenings are not as muggy as a midwest or east coast evening (I’ve lived through plenty of those, and while some of the San Felipe residents will complain about muggy summers, they are really NOTHING like the summers out East).
So if you’re thinking about taking a trip to San Felipe… or thinking about staying for the summer… my advice is to give it a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
May 9th, 2007
Mexicans don’t really celebrate May 5 like we think they do… It’s not their version of the fourth of July, it was just a battle they won with the French.
So in San Felipe, the party’s are more for the Americans who think it’s a huge Mexican holiday!
It was a lot of fun being in San Felipe for the weekend, but the weekend did not differ very much from any other random weekend I spend in San Felipe.
March 23rd, 2007
I’ve spent the past couple of Easters in my favorite baja town, and it looks like I’ll be making it three in a row this year.
What I like about Easter in San Felipe is the large number of Mexicans which flood the Malecon. It’s nice to see the citizens of baja california enjoying the wonderful fishing village I’ve grown to love.
It’s a little strange when the riot police for crowd control are lined up, but I’ve never seen them actually have to do anything. They’re pretty much prevention managers.
Of course, the bummer is there are fewer people you can talk to on the Malecon, because many of the Mexicans easter weekend do not speak English (or don’t care to speak to you casually and don’t let you know they speak English ).
I’ll probably be unable to convince my friends to make the trip to the Malecon this year, because they know it’s so crowded and with very few Americans to hook up with (which probably isn’t true, there are just so many more Mexicans it is hard to find the Americans!).
So if you like crowds, head down to the Malecon Easter weekend. If not, chill out in one of the campos outside of town!
March 5th, 2007
The Baja 250′s this weekend, and I’m going to miss it. Bummer.
Any one who made it this year, feel free to tell us all the juicy details.
If you’re not a race fan, you might want to avoid San Felipe this weekend!!!
March 3rd, 2007
At the end of the Malecon (the end you drive towards, as it’s a one-way street), lies one of the most fun bars in San Felipe, Bar Miramar.
On the weekends, Bar Miramar can be a nice alternative for dancing to the two bigger night clubs on the Malecon, The Rockodile and The Beach Comber.
Bar Miramar has a couple of pool tables (not in the best of shape, but they are definitely playable and better than a lot of bar tables I’ve played on), a ping pong table, and a small dance floor with a juke box.
Like most bars on the Malecon, things get hopping after ten o’clock. If you’re there early, check out the fish taco stand right next door called “Adriana’s.” This is owned and operated by a wonderful local woman, Maria. And they are quite possibly the best fish tacos in town! At a buck a piece, get three or four…
If you’re looking for an alternative to the extremely loud and crowded clubs on the Malecon, try Bar Miramar!