In only three hours we crossed the Baja Peninsula and went from the wild Pacific to the calm Sea Of Cortez. In those three hours I saw the land roll before my eyes and go from oak trees to a green valley, then came the nopales and finally the ocotillos and chollas. The closer we got to the other coast the smaller the vegetation became. After 3 days of gray June gloom skies in Ensenada the boundless turquoise waters from San Felipe provided instant happiness.
We proceeded to go to town and get some big straw hats to escape from the sun and some floats to keep us entertained in the water. Shortly thereafter we stopped at the coast where the skies melted into the sea in an endless teal created by the bright day.
Summer is San Felipe’s worst season with temperatures that reach 100 degrees. Because of that, our schedule was filled with palapa shade, water floats and air conditioned restaurants, really anything to stay cool. We ventured to go for a little hike for one afternoon only because we didn’t want to miss the giant sahuaros forest. The beauty and stillness of that centennial forest helped us forget the heat and the sun digging into our skin for the two hours of our visit.
Due to the extreme weather the town was deserted and so were the beaches. It was only after seven in the afternoon that we’d see people walking around and exercising on the malecon. Living in the urban sprawl of Orange County this last fact was the highlight of our trip. Emptiness, silence and a sense of calm set the mood in the harsh landscape.
San Felipe is known for having one of the largest tidal changes in the world. The picture below is at low tide, and the water was still going out.
Thanks for coming along!