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Shelli Read enjoys traveling, writing, wine, golf, and livin la vida baja. She is an owner of San Felipe Vacations, a vacation home rental service, that offers you the home away from home experience so you can focus on having fun. For more information, go to www.sanfelipevacations.com or contact shelli@sanfelipevacations.com.

San Felipe’s South Beach Boasts Deli Delights

San Felipe’s South Beach Boasts Deli Delights

To some of the locals and expatriates, the area south of San Felipe proper is known as South Beach. This region is mainly housing developments, some more developed than others, and beaches. Lots of lovely beaches. It is lacking, however, in restaurants and markets. So I was pleasantly surprised when I recently went to KM 1 Deli & Market, a San Felipe establishment that has opened in South Beach.

KM 1 Deli & Market, a San Felipe


This delightful market and eatery is located at the entrance to La Hacienda and the 1 KM mark on Hwy 5 to Puertecitos. La Hacienda is a residential area with red-brick paved streets, a gorgeous golden sand beach, and a wonderful selection of vacation homes. How do I know? I was staying in one or the vacation homes, and the easy walk to KM1 Deli & Market was one of its more pleasurable conveniences.

KM 1 Deli & Market

The restaurant boasts a congenial  atmosphere, with  patio seating fringed by palm trees, and live music frequently featured on weekends. The menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a nice selection of meats, cheeses, and breads are available from the deli. Sunday is a terrific  day to sample the specials, particularly if you like comfort food favorites like eggs Benedict and barbecue ribs. But my favorite personal favorite remains the chipotle shrimp pasta, accompanied by a dinner salad topped with delicious homemade bleu cheese dressing.


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KM 1 Deli & Market is open Thursday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Monday from 8 a.m. to  3:00 pm.

San Felipe is right on the Sea of Cortez, with its sparkling waters and vast white sand beaches.  Want to visit?

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A Spontaneous Gonzaga Bay Adventure

A trip to Puertecitos turns into a food adventure at Alfonsinas in Gonzaga Bay.

 

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Puertecitos

I love those days when the unexpected happens and it makes for one of the best days ever…what is that saying about the best-laid plans?

We met up with our friends, Stephanie and Jesus, both chefs that live in San Felipe. Steph’s birthday was coming up in a few days and we all decided to head to Puertecitos and hang out at the hot springs. If you haven’t been there before it’s a must-do trip! Puertecitos is about 30 minutes south of San Felipe on Highway 5, a very good road. There are a few dips in the road that you can catch some air on, but other than that it’s well-traveled and well-maintained.

Thermal springs in the Sea of Cortez

Thermal springs in the Sea of Cortez

Puertecitos is home to rocky mineral hot springs. The best part is that these geothermally heated pools sit in the Sea of Cortez.  At times, it can be quite surreal to be sitting there, eye level with the sea, as the waves come washing in and cool off the water. Also it may be necessary to move, either from being too warm or too cool depending on the tide. There’s not much in Puertecitos so it’s best to bring your own drinks and food. We brought plenty of beverages but were a little light on food.

When we had finished relaxing in the hot springs and soaking up the sun, we were quite hungry. Jesus had the idea of traveling south a bit more to Gonzaga Bay. For six of us, it would be our first time going there. I was up for it and Jesus, being a chef, promised there would be delicious food once we got there -so that definitely sealed the deal.

Except for the very last two kilometers or so, the road was quite good, as the Mexican government has been working on improving road conditions. There was a military checkpoint along the way but it was no big deal and the Federales were very polite. One nice surprise was the change in scenery as we traveled south. There are many small islands in the Sea of Cortez and they provided lots of eye candy on the journey south.

Alfonsinas restaurant  in Gonzaga Bay offered up delicious fare.

Alfonsinas restaurant in Gonzaga Bay offered up delicious fare.

The trip to Gonzaga Bay was about hour, from Puertecitos, but worth the drive. The beach was pristine and we were the only ones on it, except for the seagulls and pelicans. There was even a sandbar that the tide had left completely surrounded by water. Our final destination was Alfonsina’s Restaurant and Hotel. As promised, Jesus spoke with the kitchen and arranged a family-style dinner of fresh shrimp, fish, tortillas, beans, rice and all the fixings. Add an ice-cold cerveza and it was a truly delicious meal shared by wonderful friends and family.

Alfonsinas chow made the travelers go 'wow'.

Alfonsinas fresh, tasty chow made the travelers go ‘wow’.

For most of us on the trip, it was most memorable because of the pure spontaneity of it. I personally can’t wait to go back and visit that sandbar.

Shelli Read is an owner of San Felipe Vacations. For more information, visit their website or contact randy@sanfelipevacations.com.  And to find out where to go and what to do, visit Baja.com.

San Felipe is right on the Sea of Cortez, with its sparkling waters and vast white sand beaches.  Want to visit?

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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San Felipe Spruces Up for Spring: Tourist-Friendly Changes in this Sea of Cortez Town

San Felipe Spruces Up for Spring:  Tourist-Friendly Changes in this Sea of Cortez Town

San Felipe spruces up for spring and the visitors who relish this jewel on the Sea of Cortez.

by Shelli Read

The Baja California government is working hard to complete improvements to the Malecón in San Felipe in time for the Tecate Score San Felipe 250 in March. As San Felipe spruces up for spring, this friendly town is a-bustle with activity and positive energy!

For cities along the coast in Mexico, the Malecón is the name used for the promenade along the waterfront. It is a vibrant place and the heart and soul of the community where friends and families gather.  It’s no different in San Felipe, and it’s the place to go to people watch, hang out at the beach, eat at restaurants, or shop. And recently, the state government of northern Baja has funded an improvement project in San Felipe to widen and beautify the Malecón. The hope is to have it complete for the Tecate Score San Felipe 250 in March and the work on it is going at a steady rate. For San Felipe restaurants and other businesses, the improvements mean a better and cleaner look to the downtown area plus increased foot traffic.

The Malecon is the main focus of tourist activities, including restaurants, events and shops.

Additionally, with the recent improvements finished on Highway 5 from Mexicali to San Felipe, visitors will have an even better experience for all the events and activities coming up soon like: Carnaval on February 8-12, the Paella Festival on March 2, the Tecate Score San Felipe 250 from March 8-10, and the San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta on March 22 and 23.

Shelli Read is an owner of San Felipe Vacations. For more information, visit their website or contact randy@sanfelipevacations.com.  And to find out where to go and what to do, visit Baja.com.

San Felipe is right on the Sea of Cortez, with its sparkling waters and vast white sand beaches.  Want to visit?

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411.

 

 

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San Felipe Shrimp Festival: Family Fun on the Sea of Cortez

Contributor, Shelli Read

Holy crustaceans!  The XX San Felipe Shrimp Festival is almost here.

 

The San Felipe Shrimp Festival is simply delicious fun. Photo courtesy of SanFelipe.com.mx

San Felipe is always a great destination for vacationers and the San Felipe Shrimp Festival is a perfect time to enjoy the fresh-caught crustaceans for which San Felipe is know.  This year’s 20th celebration is November 1-4, 2012. With local chefs creating delicious dishes, it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind culinary experience you won’t want to miss.   The best part is you won’t just leave and forget this festival!  After you’ve indulged in every kind of San Felipe’s famous blue shrimp you can imagine – shrimp wrapped in bacon, shrimp grilled, shrimp tacos, shrimp pipian, etc. – you can go home and create some of these dishes on your own.  This year, you can take up to four kilos of shrimp home with you — plenty to WOW your guests with San Felipe Shrimp Festival stories and recipes.

Making a Shrimp Cocktail

But it’s not all about the shrimp either. Enjoy wine and tequila tastings, San Felipe restaurants, music, and daily entertainment on the malecon. Throngs of people just meander along the waterfront, sampling shrimp plates, listening to bands and playing the ever-popular arcade games that line the sidewalks.   It is pure fun and the kind of festival that everyone enjoys.  For more information go to: www.sanfelipeshrimpfestival.com.

 

Children love the arcade games that are part of the San Felipe Shrimp Festival

How to get to the San Felipe Shrimp Festival?  San Felipe is about 125 miles south of the international border between Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California.  Highway 5 from Mexicali does the trick.  From the western coast of Baja, a scenic trip from Ensenada on Highway 3 and then cutting south on Mexico Highway 5 brings visitors to the town.  Marking the way are the dramatic craggy peaks of Sierra San Pedro Martir, the tallest mountains in Baja.

 Where to Stay?  There are lots of choices from great hotels to vacation rentals, and even beach camping.  Baja.com and San Felipe Vacations can help you find your perfect lodging.  For more information, contact  randy@sanfelipevacations.com.

For more information about San Felipe, visit http://sanfelipe.com.mx/.

Shelli Read is an owner of San Felipe Vacations, that offers you the home away from home experience so you can focus on having fun.  For more information, visit their website or contact randy@sanfelipevacations.com.  And to find out where to go and what to do, visit Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 

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