Just a two hour drive south of the USA border lies the port of San Felipe.This friendly, hospitable town has depended on the sea for its economic survival. In the past 20 years its economic base has widened with the growth of tourist activity. Today, San Felipe is a thriving community of more than 20,000 permanent residents, with an additional 10,000 from the United States, Canada and Europe. As real estate is selling rapidly to foreigners, more and more people are making this their home away from home. The town is of sufficient size that a significant variety of goods and services are enjoyed by the entire populace.
Included in its many attractive tourist attractions, San Felipe offers silken and golden sandy beaches that include areas with sections of boulders and volcanic rock that provide a nice diversion to beach strollers. This makes for great clam hunting on a sunny afternoon.
The dunes, the desert flora, and the mountains that surround San Felipe offer a spectacular panorama. Once called the totoaba paradise, named after a giant species of sea bass now protected, fishing enthusiasts still flock to this Sea of Cortez port, because of its great sports fishing.
The Sea of Cortez is characterized by the 10,000 feet deep submarine canyons that nourish over 800 species of fish and a third of the world's population of sea mammals (including eight varieties of whales). The stark, scrub-covered, islands off the coast play host to a variety of migratory birds, some of which, such as the elegant Tern and Laser Storm Petrel, nest only here.