If you’re not ready to drive all the way south, try a week-end trip in San Felipe; four hours away from San Diego, you can relax, eat great Mexican food and feel like you have really visited somewhere new. This town used to welcome many spring breakers but due to economic problems, now has a more quiet atmosphere. Nevertheless, you can`t go wrong with a week-end on the Sea of Cortez.
In San Felipe, fishing, relaxing and camping are popular activities. Just make sure you aren’t in town in the summer (tourist season) or you won’t be able to it peacefully. The temperature is very high and the tourists are loud and enjoy riding quads, not my idea of relaxation.
When in town, make sure to check out the many seafood restaurants, the fish is fresh and delicious. Try to avoid the ones that seem to cater to Americans, they are usually overpriced and not as good as local restaurants. We were kind of skeptical of eating at Rice and Beans but decided to try it and were pleasantly surprised, the food is delicious and cheap; my mom got a huge plate of steamed clams for 50 pesos (less than $5!). Our total meal was what her clams would have cost in the US. Delicious…
Around town, there are many campsites available, and who wouldn’t want to wake up right in front of the beach on a quiet winter morning? However if you do not feel like facing the cold winds and dark nights, there are plenty of hotels you can check into.
Driving directions: There are two ways of getting to San Felipe, you can go through Tecate and through the Rumurosa, an impressive mountain formation before Mexicali (the more expensive route as the tolls are pretty steep, between 50 and 90 pesos each way, only cash, no foreign credit cards) or drive down the Pacific coast (due to the San Andres fault you will have to take the “Libre” which is in pretty good shape). Both are pretty roads that will make you feel that you have left civilization.