San Felipe Is “The” Place
As you may know, the investment potential in Baja is enormous
especially in San Felipe which is a small city on the tranquil, quiet
and warm Sea of Cortez just under two hours drive from the US border,
San Felipe’s close proximity to the Unites States provides the ideal
destination for many Americans and especially the millions of baby
boomers that will be retiring with a desire to live a comfortable and
1. Lately there have been very favorable articles in numerous
publication including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times
(Sunday Paper Frontpage) which speaks of the great investment potential
in Baja California.
In addition publications like the AARP magazine (the largest
circulation magazine in the USA) embraced Mexico as a very attractive
place to live and retire as the cost of living well in Mexico with above
average life style is about $500 a month.
If you missed the real estate buying opportunity in Cabo San Lucas
about 12 years ago and you regretted it San Felipe is the next Cabo do
not miss the boat this time.
Why pay the outrageous Los Cabos prices for properties when you can
buy in San Felipe at a fraction of the cost. San Felipe offers
investors, snowbirds and retirees the same warm climate, beautiful Sea
of Cortez beaches, but with the added advantage of border proximity.
The inevitable has happened. As of a couple of years ago the demand
has rapidly increased and Properties values have been going up in San
Felipe, Century 21, and Re/max have opened offices in San Felipe which
are full of prospective buyers. In addition big developers and investors
have been buying large parcels for developments.
Why has San Felipe finally awakened to robust investment? In speaking
with local businessmen, developers and foreign residents the following
reasons are given:
77 million baby boomers are now at retirement age. Southern
California-Nevada-Arizona boomers, are like the 700,000 U.S.,
citizens already living in Mexico, desiring a less expensive and
more tranquil retirement.
San Felipe now has a state of the art hospital. The hospital
advantage helps realtors sell retirees on San Felipe's ability to
meet their health care needs in a facility that surpasses even some
of the best U.S. hospitals.
An 18 hole championship golf course was opened in October 2004.
Re/Max and Century 21 are in San Felipe because they see the
future and it is bright.
Puerto Penasco, in the neighboring state of Sonora , is the
closest beach community to Phoenix and Tucson . Arizona buyers are
willing to travel the extra one and half hour to San Felipe to take
advantage of real estate prices that are one half of those charged
in Puerto Penasco. Last year Penasco prices were triple those of San
San Felipe currently has less than 500 hotel rooms. Playa del Paraiso
will offer tourists the much needed luxury hotel resort.
Geologically, San Felipe is spectacular. beautiful beaches, desert
floor and a 10,000 foot high mountain range surround the town. San
Felipe is located in one of the two sunniest places on the planet (the
west coast of Chile is the other).
It is often possible to sit on your deck and enjoy a view of
snow-capped mountains while you sip a cool drink in 80 degree
The nautical ladder (sp. Escalera Nautica), is a joint project
between the three states, adjoining the Sea of Cortez , and the Federal
Tourism development office, FONATUR. This project includes a string of
marinas around Baja that will allow mariners to arrive in one day from
one marina to the next. This will make sailing around the Peninsula more
accessible and safer for yachts. A coast to coast Baja road has been
built in the middle of the Peninsula. It allows for easy transport of
vessels from the Pacific to the Sea of Cortez and back eliminating the
long trip around the tip of Baja
This will bring about 70,000 yachts a year to Baja.
Why San Felipe Makes Sense
Many U.S. citizens are expressing a desire to leave the stresses
of the United States. They are looking for a more tranquil
lifestyle: free of traffic and high crime rates. San Felipe is very
much a quiet and well protected fishing village with population of
28,000 of which 10,000 are Americans and Canadians, it is definitely
Because of the internet and digital, satellite technology, folks
can work from home anywhere, including remote beaches North and
South of San Felipe. The fiber optic phone system in San Felipe
allows high speed data transmission
San Felipe is a great getaway, in which the air and water
temperatures are about 15-20 degrees warmer than our brisk Pacific