I want to fly into San Diego and rent a car to drive to Mexico. There are a number of local car rental agencies that will allow you to drive into Mexico. You will have to buy fully comprehensive Mexican car insurance - usually through the rental agency. Try these websites: A1 Rent-a-car, Courtesy Auto, California-Baja Rent-a-car, Bargain Autos, Rent-4-less. Note we have no affiliation with these companies and cannot vouch for their practices.
Are passports required to visit San Felipe? Passports and visas are not required by the Mexican authorities to enter Mexico and travel to San Felipe. However, for visitors driving across the border, passports or a passport card to re-enter the USA will be required starting June 2009. If you fly into San Felipe airport, you will need a passport effective 23 January 2007. See our "getting here" page for the latest info on what documents and identification is acceptable for re-entering the United States.
My family and I are planning to drive from Las Vegas to San Felipe along with our 25' fishing boat. My question is, can you help us is finding a suitable mooring or slip for our boat. SINGLAIR, the government development agency responsible for the "Escalera nautica" project has now installed a boat dock and some infrastructure in San Felipe. Yachts up to 60 feet in length can be accommodated. You can find some details on our news page of September 24, 2008 (...here). (Note that the original website for SINGLAIR seems to be defunct. Try the new site here. Allow around $16 dollars/night for a 35 foot boat to be birthed in San Felipe, $11/night for a 25 foot boat. You will need all your papers (ownership, proof of insurance, tourist visa) to present at the harbor masters office to be able to moor the boat.
My husband and I will be visiting your city this summer and would like to spend several days fishing. We would like to hire a panga and would greatly appreciate any information you could give us on how to do this. It is quite possible to hire a panga and a fisherman guide. If you stroll to the north end of the Malecon, opposite Rositas restaurant, you will find many fishermen that will take you out for a day trip. It is best to arrange a day ahead. You can negotiate a price based upon how many in your party and how far you wish to go. Rates go from about $50 per person for local trips around the bay (minimum 2 persons), or about $250 for a day trip to the Konsag rock, about 20 miles out in the Gulf. Food and beverages can also be provided. You should also buy a fishing license, around $15/week per person. If you are staying in a beachfront hotel or condominium, you can have your panguero bring the boat directly to your beach to pick you up. If you are adventurous fishermen and want a unique experience, you might also consider going out on a 3- 6 day charter ( for example on one of Tony Reyes boats ) These tours are very popular and whole families will occasionally go on such trips which cruise down to the Midriff islands about 100 miles south of San Felipe. The crew looks after you very well.
My husband and I are trying to find an R.V. Resort, we have 6 motorhomes coming with us. We would like it on the beach, can you help us with some information? Your options are very limited now that most of the campos are being converted to real estate developments. Recently, a new campground has opened up just north of El Dorado (Big RV's park) for stays of 1 month or more. They can take the largest of vehicles and you will find them in the listings. You can see the options at the bottom of this page.
is it a good idea to bring my jetski to sanfelipe for a few days in December? Jetskis are quite the thing, especially in summer when the water is warm (around 90 degrees). If you like cool (60-64 degree) water and occasional wind-blown waves you will be in Paradise in December. If you are in town, then you can launch from the El Cortez Hotel boat ramp or the ramp at the south end of the harbor. Don't forget to buy Mexican auto insurance that covers the trailer and jetski.
We are traveling from California to San Felipe, staying at El Dorado Ranch in December. I will be crossing the boarder at Mexicali with a small dog. We have a rabies vaccination certificate for the dog. Do we need anything more to bring the dog into Mexico and then back to the US? Do we need to stop somewhere when crossing the boarder into Mexico and show the papers for the dog? No. You have everything you need. It is very unusual to be asked to produce these papers but definitely good to have them with you.
We have a casa in San Felipe and visit 3-4 times per year. Is there a permit that can be purchased for special lane crossing at the border? If so, do you know the cost, and the procedure to purchase this permit or pass? - If you cross on a daily basis it is probably worth applying for a SENTRI pass. For 3-4 times per year you might have less aggravation just planning your border crossings - for example 11 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. If you are a frequent crosser look here for details of the SENTRI program.
Can you tell me where Campo Ocotillo is located in relation to San Felipe? - it is about 7 miles north of the Arches on the east side of the Mexicali road.
I am coming down with 7 friends and we were wondering if we should just bring American Cash with us or if we should bring Pesos down. We will pay our hotel by credit card (I assume this is acceptable) but do the smaller local merchants accept American or do they prefer pesos? We are from Canada so would like to know prior to leaving here what is best. It would be cheaper for us to change currencies once versus twice. - U.S. Dollars are accepted everywhere in San Felipe (except for paying the electricity bills). Merchants are glad to get your dollars. Also be sure to check with your hotel that they take credit cards. Some small places do not.
We are staying in Yuma and would like to visit San Felipe for a couple of days. Can I cross at San Luis or Algadones and get there without any bad roads or trouble ? - Yes. The roads are reasonably good but confusingly signposted if you take the Algodones route. Los Algadones is attractive mainly for its pharmacies and optical stores. If you cross at San Luis, You will get straight on Route 2 - the road to Mexicali. Then look for a sign "Libramiento a Mexicali- Tijuana" this is the new toll road that goes from San Luis to Tijuana and skirts Mexicali. It is well worth taking this route. It will cross the highway 5 to San Felipe just south of Mexicali and you will be able to avoid the traffic of the capital city.
updated June 2009
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