In The Desert
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San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
One ot the things that probably scares people from the USA the most is the military stops. They usually only stop you on the way back. Most of these soldiers are just young men. Most are either bored being stuck out in the desert and are very friendly. They are just doing their job. DON'T EVER take a firearm or shells or even empty shell cases into Mexico with you; and certainly no non-prescription drugs.
When you see the arches your here in San Felipe, Baja. Day trips here can be accomplished from San Diego, El Centro, and Yuma, Az. This is a pretty, clean and friendly town, with a lot of Americans living here full time.
Baja, Sea of Cortez
One of the most prominent structures in town is the Lighthouse. This photo was taken on an adjacent hill that has a shrine with a stair way leading to the top with a great view of the town of San Felipe and the surrounding area in Baja.
The Malecon, as it's called in Mexico is the main street in town that's right on the beach. A lot of shops and shrimp and fish sales out of the back of pick-ups can be found here. The best place in town to buy shrimp or fish is at Rubins. Ask anybody in town for directions. His shrimp are priced right and they are fresh.
On the Malecon there are a number of taco restaurants and they are famous for one special kind of taco, the fish taco!. And they are the best! They also have a great variety of other tacos that are good too. Even good burgers can be had here if your not in the mood for Mexican food. There are a number of other restaurants here in town that are outstanding and the prices are very reasonable.
The street right through the middle of town is full of shops and tables set up with, well you name it! Of course colorful pottery is always available from locals.
Down on the beach there are a large number of pangas. They are the Mexican fiberglass fishing boats that are used to fish here off shore. Here's a fisherman cleaning bait and the pelicans are really enjoying the scraps. The Sea of Cortez here is worth seeing and if you would like to go fishing, it can be arranged at most of the hotels and motels here.
Did we say pelicans? There are a lot of them and other shore birds here all along the beaches and always looking for a handout. There are too many birds here to mention them all, bu if your a bird lover then day trips down to San Felipe will not let you down.
How about day trips to see the world's largest cactus? In the Valley of the Giants just South of town there is a grove of them that are pretty spectacular. Here we are standing in front of one. This is not the largest or tallest one we've seen in Baja either.
Another unusual cactus that can be found here is the Old Man or Bearded Cactus. The spines at the top look like a beard.
Being able to find hundreds of fossilized shells in the desert in an area that hasn't been picked over is truly amazing. This is an area that will probably take a little time to find but just ask the locals for directions. The area is just to the West of the Eldorado Ranch north of the town of San Felipe. Everyone knows where that is just ask out there. Day trips into this area can be very rewarding.
Once your out near the mountains in the desert looking for the fossils you'll notice the highest mountain in the Sierra Madre. This is Picacho del Diablo. The elevation is 10,157 ft. and it is the highest peak in Baja.
The sunrises in San Felipe are just outstanding. Many photographers come here to photograph the Blue Flash that very seldom accompanies the Sunrise. We've never seen it ourselves but have heard a lot about it.
Taken from the top of the shrine next to the Lighthouse in San Felipe. This is one of the easiest day trips in the desert you could make. And it's a great place to visit for a while. Can't you tell we're having a ball.
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Thousands of people visit San Felipe every year, or at least use it as a stop-over on their way to other Baja destinations. We've met some nice people here. This is also a great place to buy seafood to eat or take home.