When you have the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez, the colorful and mysterious shadows of the desert and a 10,000 foot elevation of lush mountains, what do you call that?

Retirement Living in Mexico!

San Felipe, known as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, is rapidly growing in popularity among Canadian and U.S. baby boomers for both part time and full time residence. In fact, the economy of this Mexican pueblo that was formerly driven by commercial fishing is now fueled by baby-boomer investment and tourism. Of course, fishing is still an important part of the economy, but the free style living, magnificent beaches and fabulous weather is attracting more and more people who want a relaxed, yet active, lifestyle in Mexico.

San Felipe sits on the Sea of Cortez (aka Gulf of California) and has fairly stable weather conditions all year round. The summers can get hot and humid but enter The Santa Ana winds in October and you have a highly desirable destination for sailing, kite surfing and other wind propelled water sports. Spring Break attracts a lot of vacationing college students along the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez, which is dotted with hotels, bars, restaurants and water sporting activities. The winters are warm and dry, attracting a large “snow-bird” population.

In San Felipe, Baja California, you can find beachfront homes for sale at nearly half the price of shore- front property anywhere in the United States or Canada. If your budget is a bit limited, you can find a cozy home, with extra room for visitors, closer to the center of town. Home ownership in Mexico is covered in this site under “Houses for Sale in Mexico”.

San Filepe is relaxed but not lacking in great things to do and places to explore. There is a magnificent golf course grandly displayed at the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez. You’ll find wonderful shopping, lots of restaurants and, don’t forget, the seafood is catch-of-the-day. It doesn’t get any better than that.

There are ongoing tours of cave art in the desert for the archeological, Indian rock art enthusiast. Some of these are overnight tours, so check local San Felipe travel planners for information. Four wheeling is very popular both in the desert and on the beach.

There is an international airport, however, not for commercial flights. That may be the reason most people drive into San Felipe approximately 125 miles south of the border of Calexico California and Mexicali. You may fly your own aircraft into the airport at San Felipe according to all international airport regulations and standards. The traffic control tower offers bi-lingual operators.

Medical care is limited in San Felipe. To obtain major medical care, you will have to travel to Mexicali. If you have medical concerns, you will need to fully research the procedures of air transport to fully equipped hospitals either in Mexico or San Diego, California.

A great benefit to the retiring baby-boomer is that English is widely spoken in San Felipe.


  1. Just a two-hour drive from Mexicali, San Felipe is very popular for RVs and trailers and you can park them just about anywhere or rent space at local parks. NOTE: There are no gas stations for 120 miles from Mexicali to San Felipe…….so “fill up” before you drive!
  2. September is Off Road Racing. You can rent all of your equipment in San Felipe and start your own adventure.
  3. San Felipe is home to the Cardon Cactus, the largest of the 1200 cactus species grown in the world. They can grow up to 70 feet tall and weigh as much as 25 tons.
  4. Deep Sea diving for reef and island exploration is best in deep off-shore locations, but be alert and aware of locations of commercial fishing nets.