Baja Norte’s Captivating Coast on the Sea of Cortez

Nopal cactus are found in the coastal desert along the Sea of Cortez

The Baja Coast along the Sea of Cortez offers treasures to the intrepid traveler by Tom Gatch Situated at upper end of the Sea of Cortez , the eastern coastline of northern Baja California supports an entirely different type of habitat and marine life profile than does the Pacific side.  Rugged volcanic outcroppings and occasional groups of small, rocky islands intermittently interrupt the many miles of warm, sandy beach that adjoin a tepid desert sea.   The narrow highway south of San Felipe that eventually meets the small settlement of Puertecitos some 50 miles away, runs parallel to long stretches of unpopulated beach.  The inshore waters nearby …

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

The San Felipe Shrimp Festival is simply delicious fun.

Contributor, Shelli Read Holy crustaceans!  The XX San Felipe Shrimp Festival is almost here.   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 …

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Ah, You’ve Found It: The Sweet Spot

Right on the malecon, The Sweet Spot is a cozy place for food and Monday night football.

by Shelli Read Monday night football, Sunday brunches and more…and all right in the little Sea of Cortez town of San Felipe ! When you’re looking for San Felipe restaurants , you might want to consider the Sweet Spot. Why? Because it offers just that – a sweet spot to have drinks and appetizers with friends, enjoy the big game on a big screen or dine on a scrumptious dinner prepared by Chef Jesus Camargo, winner of the 2011 San Felipe Ceviche Fest. It has a spacious outdoor patio and bar area or for a more elegant experience, an inside dining room. Often, the menu …

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The Noble Totuava — Fish Story with a Sad Beginning and (Maybe) a Happy Ending

Totuava

By Tom Gatch Nearly a half century ago, San Felipe was little more than a tiny, remote poblado at the northern end of the Sea of Cortez. Few people north of the border even knew that it existed, let alone entertained the thought of ever going there. The rare exceptions were dedicated anglers in pursuit of the mightiest croaker of them all, the giant Totuava. The Colorado River delta is the primary spawning ground for this indigenous species, and also serves as a nursery for very young fish. Juveniles begin migrating south after about two years, but then must survive for another …

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A Festival of Freshness: Ceviche in San Felipe!

photo by Héctor de Pereda

by Carla White Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 — the San Felipe Ceviche Festival! There is very little that piques my palate more than a heaping bowl of chilled ceviche, redolent of Mexican lime and cilantro.  For the uninitiated (seriously? If you don’t know what it is, you don’t know what you have been missing!), ceviche is a uniquely Central and Latin American dish composed of the freshest raw fish or seafood marinated in citrus (usually lime juice), and seasoned with bright green chopped cilantro leaves, chopped onion, sometimes bits of tomato and mild chili pepper and other spices.  It is often garnished …

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Ultralight in San Felipe, An Ultra-High

Ralf Sertkol gets ready for take-off!

By James P. White “You bet!”  The words were out of my mouth before I realized what I was saying.  What was I thinking?  I’d never flown in an ultralight aircraft before… heck, I don’t even ride go-carts, let alone one that flies.  But there I was, jumping into the experience with both trembling feet. I had just spent the past hour listening to Ralf Sertkol explain in great detail how ultralight aircraft work, how safe they are, and what a thrilling experience it is to fly in one (yeah, right).  So I had some knowledge (he’s flown more than 10,000 …

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San Felipe Traveling Tips

Ah...the white sandy beaches of San Felipe!

By Carla White Thinking about heading to charming San Felipe ? Here are a few hints for making your experience the best it can be. When to go:  The best time to visit San Felipe is in the fall, winter or spring, unless what you are looking for is the hot summer sun for which Baja is famous.  Then, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the aqua-colored waters of the Sea of Cortez, perhaps perched on some whimsical inflatable with a margarita in your hand. Each season has its own personality, but the real change in San Felipe happens in November with …

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Get to know San Felipe

The San Felipe Coastline

By Carla White “There is a nice way of both the American and Mexican way of life in San Felipe.  It is quiet here and relaxing.  There is lots of time to enjoy life and to make lots of friends.” – Francisco Subirats San Felipe , called the “Jewel of the Sea,” is not the easiest place to get to–perhaps that’s the reason it has retained the charm and serenity of the small fishing village that it is.  Yet those who make the journey to this isolated town at the edge of the warm, aquamarine-colored waters of the Sea of Cortez  always want to come back. …

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