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MAPS / Mapas San Felipe: 686-230-9933

Email: sanfelipebaja@gmail.com Website: www.sanfelipebaja.info

Puerto Penásco: 638-109-4771

USA Phone: 800-576-0919 Ext. 3 Published by Pack Publishing. Publishers: John & Rachel Pack Copy Editor: Larry Arredondo Sales: Bill Maine, Rachel Pack, Roberto Rodriguez. Photography: Victor Rodriguez Ratliff, Ron Saunders, John Pack, Rachel Pack. Writers: Robin Waters, Larry Arredondo, Lee Lyons, Bill Maine, John Pack, Benjamin Eugene, Rachel Pack. Translation: Danira Ochoa Customer Service: Armando Rubio Distribution: Danira Ochoa. Mailing Address: John Pack/Yetmail #460, Av Mar de Cortez Sur #1049B San Felipe, B.C. Mexico 21850. USA: PO Box 9019, Calexico, CA 92232. Puerto Penasco: 638-109-4771.

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Publisher’s Note

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Festival de Camerón was a great success to many, a great deal of wo to others and a great time for all. Thanks to all the participants, sponsors, and attendees for giving San Felipe another

Map.........................................6 Welcome .................................8 Tidbit .....................................10 Calendar ................................12 Art.........................................14 Golf Results ...........................16 Dining Guide ..........................18 Cover Story............................22 Rowing Team .........................32 Building & Design...................34 Development Guide ................38 Shopping ...............................40 Lodging Guide........................44 Green Sheets .........................46 Gallery ...................................58 Business Profile .....................60 Yellow Page ...........................61 Classifieds .............................70

memorable weekend. Whether you’ve been coming to Baja for years or have only recently had your life enriched; we’ve all experienced Baja roads and have our own stories to tell. In this edition, we look at the history of the Baja Highways; the early travelers to the current expansion and what the future may hold. We’ll give you updates from the celebrity charity golf tourney, San Felipe Disposal, Artist Juan Gomez, San Felipe Championship Rowing Team, plus the virtues of an outdoor kitchen and so much more. San Felipe Magazine is proud of our involvement in the San Felipe Blues & Art Fiesta to be held April 19th, featuring 8-10 blues bands from Mexico and the United States and artists of all genre from across northern Baja, Sonora and southwestern United States and The San Felipe Home Show coming March 1st. If you’re considering moving to Mexico, buying in Mexico building in Mexico or vacationing in Mexico – YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW. Absolutely everything you will need to live in Mexico. We’ve been working non-stop putting this edition together and hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it for you. John & Rachel Pack

CORRECTIONS Robin Waters wrote “All That Wonderful Shrimp” and provided us with the recipes. In October’s story on the Rotary and the Caminata project, the article failed to mention that Las Amigas is also involved.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES FREELANCE WRITERS For Ensenada Baja, San Felipe Baja, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) Sonora. This is a freelance writing position for writers passionate about Baja and northwest Mexico. Nearly every topic covered. Work from anywhere on your own time. ADVERTISING SALES For Ensenada Baja, San Felipe Baja, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) Sonora. Long-term income, job security, and unlimited growth potential. Must be self-motivated, have reliable transportation, good communication, and Internet skills. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR Applicants must be familiar with basic accounting, have good Internet skills, be highly organized and have good people person. Bilingual helpful but not required. Must be self-motivated, have reliable transportation. GRAPHIC DESIGNER This position is for San Felipe Baja only. Applicants must be familiar with Adobe publishing products. Applicant must be self-motivated, creative, and meet deadlines. DRIVERS Drivers needed monthly. Three Routes Avail: 1. San Felipe to Riverside; San Felipe to Ensenada; 3. San Felipe to Puerto Penasco. Applicants have legal residence (FM2, FM2 or national) own truck or van with cap. of 1 ton and legal ownership of vehicle and be fully insured. All applicants must have a working FM3 or other legal residence; Serious Only: 686-230-9933 packmagazines@ gmail.com.


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WELCOME / Bienvenido

The Road to San Felipe San Felipe’s first camp was formed in 1904, but it was not until 1925 during the administration of General Abelardo L. Rodríguez, territorial governor, that the first sub-delegation was created and San Felipe began to develop as an organized community. The first fishing society was founded in 1928, the first school established in 1929, and the completion of the Mexicali - San Felipe highway in 1951. This issue we look at the history of Baja’s inside highway and it’s route south. ABOUT SAN FELIPE San Felipe is a small town historically economically dependent on fishing and now on tourism, catering mostly to U.S. travelers. San Felipe is on the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in the Mexican state of Baja California, 118 miles (190 km) south of the US border and within the municipality of Mexicali.

DRIVING DISTANCES

UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM: Where the desert meets the sea. The 23-foot tides (7-meters) expose a kilometer or more of ocean floor. San Felipe experiences one of the largest tidal bores in the world due in part to the Colorado River delta to the north.

TIMELINE OF IMPORTANT DATES

TEMPERATURES: Averaging 75 degrees (24°C) yearround. Temperatures range from a night winter low of 39 (4°C) to high of 115 (46°C) in July and August.

POPULATION: The population was 14,831 at the 2005 census, and can increase by up to 7,000 from October through May with the presence of part-time residents or during holidays such as Semana Santa (Holy Week), spring break or Memorial Day.

NEED TO KNOW • A tourist visa is required if you are staying in Mexico longer than 72 hours. • A tourist visa is required if traveling south of Ensenada, San Felipe or Puerto Penasco. • ATV’s prohibited on beach. • Mexico Auto insurance is required. • Traffic laws in San Felipe are enforced. • Littering is illegal. • Using fireworks is illegal. • Fishing licenses are required. • Summers here are not nearly as hot as people say. ATM/GETTING CASH ATMs are available at Banamex Bank on lower Chetumal and Bancomer Bank, across from La Plazita on Mar de Cortez, or AM/PM next to PEMEX on Mar Caribe Sur.

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May 3, 1535 Hernán Cortés discovered the Baja California Peninsula. San Felipe’s original name was Santa Catalina. Christened San Felipe de Jesús by Father Ferdinand .RQåĀDNLQ Wenceslaus Linck was the first person to reach San Felipe by land. In 1772 Lt. Governor of the Californias, José Joaquín Arrillaga, named it a port and began using it as such, sending ships as of 1794. He also established the land route between San Felipe and Ensenada through Valle de la Trinidad. In 1925 during the administration of General Abelardo L. Rodríguez, territorial governor, the first fishing camps were established and the government organized the first sub-delegation and school. In 1920s, San Felipe had nearly 100 permanent inhabitants. In 1940, San Felipe appeared for the first time in the census with 287 inhabitants. In 1948, The Mexicali-San Felipe highway began paving. In 1951, The Mexicali-San Felipe highway began paving is completed. First tourist facilities in the early 1950’s. In 1959, the motel El Cortés was opened to the public. In 1963, the port had electricity. In 1967, piped drinking water. In the 1970s, the government building, a small boat anchorage, airport, sea walk, main boulevard and sewage system, restaurants, bars and gas stations. In 1980s, The La Hacienda opened. 1993, the Marina Resort and Spa Opened May of 1994, Pat Butler acquires El Dorado Ranch.


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TIDBITS

Hecho San Felipe:

For the Christmas season they will be offering a Margarita sea salt and a chef’s, stove side, “pinch” salt presented in ceramic containers. I’ve been told that much research and testing was involved with deciding the perfect size grain of salt for Margaritas. Must have been a real tough job but somebody had to do it. For such unique gifts the pricing is quite reasonable at around $10 for the Natural Sea Salt with grinder top.

Mar de Cortez Natural Sea Salt Been looking for a true souvenir of San Felipe? Need a gift for a friend or relative? You want to pass on the flavor of San Felipe? We’ve found what you are looking for. A bottle of real San Felipe sea salt. “Productos de San Felipe, Baja, S.R.L.” a local company is processing gourmet quality, natural sea salt from our own Sea of Cortez. The salt is packaged in a hand blown, marine blue, glass bottle with a grinder top so that you or the recipient of your gift can enjoy fresh ground natural sea salt. The embossed, hand painted labels are a work of art in themselves and show the San Felipe arches. This “San Felipe” gift is available at the “Bravo” shop located in “La Plazita” across from Bancomer and at the “Chiles and Beer” restaurant located on the second floor terraza of La Plazita. In addition to the ‘Mar de Cortez Natural Sea Salt, they also have a Garlic Sea Salt with crushed roasted Mexican garlic. A flavor you’ll absolutely love.

Las Amigas President Shirley Moore with husband Jim Moore (Jimmy’s at Playa de Oro) – Poker Run 2007

Opportunities Galore!! The Las Amigas mission is to provide 5-year scholarships for local high school graduates to attend universities. A recent meeting of the selection committee resulted in seven new recipients, bringing the total to 33 enrolled in 2007-2008. Las Amigas has just proudly completed its 20th year in San Felipe. Once the “only game in town,” Las Amigas is now proud to join with other local

THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES of Baja Desert Dog

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service groups to serve our community, assisting with joint projects such as the Cancer Walk. Watch for the popular Las Amigas events. You will not want to miss the famous annual Las Amigas Luau held in April or the Poker Run scheduled for March 1, 2008. All are lively opportunities to have a good time, meet lots of people, and raise money for a worthy cause. Las Amigas has coordinated private support for over 250 students this past year. During last months Shrimp Festival Club Las Amigas received the award “Friends of San Felipe” from the city in recognition of the hard work over the last 20 years. You can easily keep track of Las Amigas opportunities on its website www. clublasamigas.

Rotarians gearing up for another great season of service

Debbi and Dale Moore Christmas Shoebox Program Our mission is to ensure that every needy child in San Felipe has a gift this Christmas. Please help us accomplish this. All you need to do is find a shoebox or similar container and fill it with small gifts for a child. Ages - Infant to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to 9 and 10 to 14 years. Boxes should be wrapped – top and bottom wrapped separately please not until sealed till just before delivery, in case we decide to add things at the last minute. Specify if it’s for a boy or a girl and what age group. Suggested items for the shoebox are toys, school supplies, hygiene items, other items may include hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sun hats, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (wind up or shakey kind-so no batteries needed) Drop off Locations: El Dorado Ranch Pavilion – ask for Dana. Cachanilla Club House – see Rodger and The NET in town. Deadline 20 Dec. Contact Debbi and Dale Moore debrahmoore@yahoo.ca for more info.

Since April 2003, Rotarians have focused on the children—the future of San Felipe. Last season witnessed the conclusion of screening, testing and providing eye glasses for children in local primarias (grades 16). After a three-year cooperative effort with Mexicali authorities, a mammogram machine made its grand arrival at Central Salud on May 23—the first mammogram machine in San Felipe. Rotarians will again take the lead with other organizations in planning Cancer Walk 2008. Last season Rotary initiated a school dental project and a lifeguarding program for the beach near the malecon. Help support Rotary by participating in the January Taste of San Felipe and the Steak Dinner and Silent Auction in the Park in March or visit our concession trailer at the Shrimp Festival, Mardi Gras and El Dorado Vendors’ Market on Saturdays. San Felipe Rotarian meetings are held at Tattoo Rose Café each Monday at 8:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome. For info, e-mail rsmry_moran @ yahoo. com, call 576-0112.

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CALENDAR / Calendario

LOOKING FOR A GOOD TIME? LOOKING AHEAD TO GOOD TIMES

LOOKING BACK AT GOOD TIMES

November 5th - The Snarlin’ Cholla Racing Teams first party of the season in preparation for the Baja 1000 was held at the Flannigan’s at Playa de Oro. The ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’ theme was lots of fun and raised funds to help support the club. The Snarlin’ Cholla Team consists of George Jackson, Brian Siler, Smokey Hill, Belinda Eastman, Rocky Bosshardt, Jeff Ingerbrigesen and Pam Reilly.

November 30/December 2 - The 2007 CODE Off Road Race Ready 275 Mexicali To San Felipe desert off-road race takes place at Laguna Salada, Baja California, Mexico and includes trucks, buggies, dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, quads, UTVs and sidex=sides. •

November 08 thru November 11 - Festival de Camarón is a 4-day event of live music, folk dancers and shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp. Live music was available throughout the event on two stages; offering groups of folk dance and music as well as Salsa Cuban to Rock & roll. The event featured amusement rides and attractions for kids on the south end of the Malecón and real estate, restaurants and tequila tasting on the north end. This was a good time for all the family.

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January 22, Tuesday - Taste of San Felipe The Rotary Club of San Felipe present “Taste of San Felipe” on Tuesday, January 22, 2008. Enjoy tasting the fine dining specialties of San Felipe restaurants. Tickets will be available December 15, 2007. March 1, Saturday – The San Felipe Home Show The San Felipe Home Show is an event designed for anyone considering Moving to Mexico, Buying & Selling Property in Mexico, Building a Home in Mexico, Owning & Operating a Business, Importing or Exporting, Remodeling, Landscaping or Decorating their homes. February 4-8 – Carnival Week Carnaval is the Mexican Mardi Gras and is a week long celebration that includes parade down on the Malecón, booths, amusement and more. March 1, Saturday - Las Amigas Poker Run A Poker Run fund raiser for San Felipe’s oldest service club. March 8, Saturday - Caminata – Cancer Walk A Rotary of San Felipe fund raiser. A walk from the Arches to the Melcon. March 11, Tuesday Steak in the Park A wonderful steak dinner and silent auction at Municipal Park. March 20 – Semana Santa / Holy Week The busiest week of the year. All lodging is booked solid and nearly all beach space is also taken. April 12, Saturday – Animal Rescue Woofstock Fund Raising Car Show and Comedy Show April 19, Saturday – The Blues & Arts Fiesta Festival of Blues Music and Art from around Northwest Mexico and the Southwest United States.


EVENTS / Eventos

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LOCAL ART / Arte

One Artistic Family: 3 Very Different Styles By Robin Waters

Ruben, Juan and Arturo Gomez

The Gomez family moved to San Felipe 10 years ago from the Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Juan, the father, and his sons were born in Taxco, that lovely mountain village north of Mexico City, that is the source of much of the best silver jewelry. He says from the age of 11 he followed

Juan, the father, with his rustico style

in another direction altogether, by painting the familiar local locations of San Felipe on tiles. He always liked to draw, and taught himself this unique style of artistic expression. His inspiration comes from his imagination, and for the sheer joy of doing it. When not designing tile art, Ruben is a Teaching Minister here locally. Arturo, the other son, has another style. He describes his work as typical Mexican. All of his pieces are done in the rich colors, so familiar in this country. He started drawing in school and found his own approach to art, but he gives his father, Juan, credit for teaching him his love of color. The historical streets and houses are what inspire him and fire his imagination. He gets ideas for new pieces from traveling in the areas of the mainland that are so rich in traditional architecture. The Gomez family can be found in The Art Studio on Mar Baltico 150 in downtown San Felipe. Their plans are to enlarge their small gallery

Ruben with his “roof tile” art

Arturo and his traditional Mexican style.

after and learned his craft from the street artists. on the existing property and create La Ramada Art Many of these talented teachers later gained Studio. Juan wants it to be a welcoming venue for popular recognition in the art world. His most art lessons, and gallery space for all artists who memorable teacher was Maya Figueroa O’Campo would like to join them. They Lucas. hope to put Juan’s experience Juan’s style is rustic to use and include a coffee primitive, and his medium shop as part of the gallery, is oil, watercolor or acrylic for the continuous display paints. His favorite subject of local talent. They invite is the colonial street scenes, all interested artists, or art but is very inspired by his lovers to join them with the walks on the beach, and the planning and development San Felipe village images. of the new project. Some of you may Stop by and enjoy some remember Juan from “Johns lovely local talent by Juan Coffee Shop” , which he Another example of Juan’s work Gomez and his sons. 656ran for several years when 182-2024 he first came to San Felipe, at the present gallery If you have a favorite local artist that you would location. Now devotes himself to his art on a full like to see spotlighted in this column, please time basis. call Robin Waters 577-0773 or email: robin@ Juan’s son Ruben has taken his creativity bajabuddies.com

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Attention All Artists San Felipe’s Lions Club and San Felipe Magazine are actively looking for artsts of all mediums and genres to participate in the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta to be held April 19th, in San Felipe Baja California. Space is limited so register soon.

Saturday April 19, 2008

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CHARITY GOLF RESULTS / Resultados del Golf

The Children are the Champions! By Hal “Paco� Clark

Casablanca Team Members(L-R): Greg Cobb, Hal (Paco) Clark, Steve Mueller, Russ Farrell, Sam Grubb, Jorge Gutierrez, Giovanni Abatti and Rafael Navarro.

The Children of San Felipe are the real winners in the TECATE 3rd Annual El Dorado Ranch Charity & Celebrity Golf Classic. The three day HYHQWZDVWRSSHGRIILQÂżHVWDOLNHIDVKLRQZLWKD lavish awards banquet on Saturday night October 28, 2007 at the Pavilion Restaurant in La Ventana del Mar at Las Caras de Mexico Campo de Golf LQ6DQ)HOLSH&HUHPRQLDOFKHFNVZHUHSUHVHQWHG by Pat Butler and Jesus Olmos to two deserving charities. One in the amount of $10,000 US went WRWKH6DQ)HOLSH6FKRORUVKLS)XQGWREHQHÂżWWKH children of San Felipe for their University and College Educations. Another $5,000 US to Casa de Paco, a hospice serving those who are suffering from terminally ill diseases in the communities RI0H[LFDOLDQG6DQ)HOLSH0U%XWOHUZDVTXLFN to point out to the gala crowd of celebrities and esteemed guests that these amounts merely UHSUHVHQW WKH PLQLPXPV DQG ZKHQ WKH ÂżQDO accounting is done the amounts are expected to grow. There were numerous winners in various categories of competition among the teams comprised of major sponsors and celebrities the winners of the lowest team scores were: Low Gross Team Scores; 1st Place score of 55, the team of Don Cavanaugh, Scott Ferguson, Larry Bonneville, Pam Teegaurden; 2nd Place score of 60 the Medical Group team of Dave Bondurant, &ULV &UHVZHOO /\OH )ULWFKH\ *UHJ *ULIÂżQ UG Place score of 62 Team Chevrolet, Elizabeth .H\V -RUJH 7UHYLQR 0DULR +HUQDQGH]$OHNVHL The Low Net Scores with First Place capturing the coveted Governors Trophy were: 1st Place Low Net score of 53 Team US Airconditioning/

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0HWFUR'DYLG*RQ]DOHV)UDQN9LOODUHDODQGWZR unnamed stars; 2nd Place Low Net score of 54 Team InterceramicJaime Olmos, Rene Bejarano, (ULFN $FRVWD )HUQDQGR GH ODV &DVDV UG 3ODFH Low Net score of 55 Team Distrubuidora Superior – Roberto Quinos, Marco A Gutierrez, Pablo, Felipe. Accolades from the organizers go to all companies and individuals involved in this annual charity extravaganza – The Universal Golf Foundation, La Ventana del Mar, Las Caras de Mexico, El Dorado Ranch; Major Sponsors ¹ 7HFDWH =*DV ,QWHUFHUDPLF50DF 86 Airconditioning/Metcro, Cocinas Institucionales, Forsgren/Gardner, CasaBlanca, Cemex, Monex, La Sombra Elegancia, Medical Group, Perla del Mar, Chevrolet, Impulsa, San Felipe Storage, Distrubuidora Superior, Mi Casita, Nissan, Ford, California Realty, Cabo Baja, Santander Private %DQNLQJ+RQGD&ULVWD3XURDQGDOOWKHPDQ\RWKHU sponsors and contributors. Of course a celebrity event must have celebrities and indeed they came to San Felipe with all of the zeal and enthusiasm that we associate with stars and athletes. They LQFOXGHG 3DWULND 'DUER %ULDQ *RRGHOO 5RQ +DOH (IIUDQ +HUUHUD 5RODQG .LFNHQJHU .LP .RXZDEXQSDW%UDGOH\/RFNHUPDQ.\OH/RZGHU $ULDQQH =XNHU /DUU\ :RUPDQ 3DXOD 7ULFNH\ .DUUL7XUQHU%LOO\:DUORFNDQG%LOO\(ULFNVRQ 9HU\ VSHFLDO WKDQN \RXV JR RXW WR 6KDUU\ Appleyard, Director of Golf at Las Caras de Mexico, her entire staff and all of the volunteers from the community of San Felipe for the donation of their precious time and energy to this worthy event. SEE ALL TEAMS ONLINE: www.sanfelipebaja.info/agallery/index.htm


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Great pizza, full bar, cold cerveza, fresh salads, delicious hot and cold subs, with an incredible French Dip stacked high with moist beef thinly sliced on toasted rolls and hot au jus. Plus, a friendly bartender - no not Tom but Pablo the fisherman. Great location, delicious food, and colorful conversation, what more do you need. Next time you walk by his place, stop in, and tell him, we sent you.

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Spanish Miguel & Paco .............................686-111-2257 Steak & Seafood Jimmy's Backstreet Grill ........686-139-7373 Baja Mar Steak House ........686-573-0202 El Nido ...................................686-577-1028 Juanito’s Grill .................... 686-200-4059 La Vequita Resturant ..........686-577-2837 Lighthouse Restaurant .......686-577-2540 Los Archos .......................686-577-2585 Fine Dining Baja Mar Restaurant The Pavillion Restaurant 686-577-0022

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DINING GUIDE / Cenar la Guía DINING GUIDE

Running low on dinero or didn't get to the cambio? Then charge it! Here are a few locations around town that take plastic. Baja Java ..................................686-577-2465 BajaMar ....................................686-577-2648 El Capitan ................................686-000-0000 El Cortez...................................686-561-8324 Jimmy's Bar & Grill ...................686-576-0454 Juanito’s Grill ............................686-200-4084 La Langosta Roja ......................686-577-0483 La Palapa Bar & Grill .................686-200-4083 Tattoo Rose Cafe.......................686-577-6004 The Latin Garden Rest...... .........686-209-6369 Lighthouse................................686-000-0000 Los Arcos/Happy Jackass.........686-577-2585 Pavilion Restaurant....................686-576-4417 Rosita .......................................686-577-1903 If we're missing someone, please let us know: sanfelipebaja@gmail.com


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DINING UPDATES & NEWS

Grand Opening photo by June Snow

Great news! The Latin Garden Restaurant is now open and the reviews are off the charts. Visitors and locals alike are raving that every menu item from the finest steaks to the catchof-the-day grilled Sea Bass are done like other restuarant in town. Visit them at km 181, just in front of Baja Nueva studio (pink building).

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The Home of AL’S FAMOUS Homemade Tequila

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Burned out car on the side of Baja Highway.

If no one has ever said, “it’s a good thing Baja is beautiful, the weather perfect, and the people so welcoming, because it makes the trials of driving there all worth it”, they should have. Along with breathtaking mountains juxtaposed against ocean vistas and desert scenery, delightful yarns of life by the sea, fiestas, cantinas and friendly residents, there are tales of surviving the drive along Baja’s highways. So prevalent are harrowing “road” stories that websites on Baja travel routinely carry sections devoted to driving advice. Tourists and residents often post accounts of “roadway adventures”, warning others to drive slowly and

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carefully, to carry food and water (or beer) for long stopovers awaiting assistance or repairs, and to refrain from driving at night. Federal Highway One (La Carretera Transpeninsular) opened up the length of Baja to drivers and tourists in 1973. Running over one thousand miles from the U.S. border at Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas, Highway One offers magnificent scenery to tourists who want more of this picturesque region than a quick flight into Cabo can provide. Highway One follows the Pacific coast southward to Guerrero Negro, where it begins a leisurely eastward crossing toward the Sea of Cortez and Santa Rosalia. From there, the

Picture by Victor Rodriguez Ratliff


By Lee Lyons support research and archival photos by Victor Rodriguez Ratliff

San Felipe Highway circa 1950.

highway hugs the eastern coast, providing spectacular views of the mountains on the west, moves inland and down to the tip of the peninsula, ending at Cabo San Lucas. Federal Highway 5, connecting San Felipe with Mexicali, has an even older, more picturesque history. Begun in 1946, it promised new avenues for commerce, local growth, and faster travel in this sparsely-settled region. In those days, it was easier and faster to go by boat between San Felipe and coastal towns to the south. Everything that came in from outside the small communities—from manufactured goods to building supplies to foodstuffs—came at a heavy price.

Construction on Highway 5 began at Reforma Avenue in Mexicali near the old Farmers and Fishermen’s Monument. Local crews moved with each completed stage across the desert landscape toward San Felipe. One worker, Manuel Matias Monge Tamayo, brought in the first load of building materials on October 4, 1946. “Everything we needed, food, tools, and construction materials had to be brought in from Mexicali,” Monge says, sharing stories of building Highway 5. “As sections of the road were finished and moved away from Mexicali, crews established camps where they lived while working.” continued on next page

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Each camp was stocked So, Monge slept right there, “in with tents, food, first aid the middle of nowhere, alone supplies, and everything except for God.” At daybreak, else that might be needed. Monge completed his journey As construction progressed, to Mexicali. the camps moved to the About 100 km from San next location, often “to the Felipe, the smell of sea air and middle of nowhere”. The glimpses of the blue waters of road, the camps, and the men the Sea of Cortez re-energized experienced the many faces the workers. Workers were of Baja as they moved from even able to walk the shore at agricultural colonies in the low tide and pick up clams for valleys, to the mountainous Manuel Matias Monge Tamayo, brought in dinner. the first load of building materials on October home of the Cucapa peoples, 4, 1946. After trucks dumped the last to stretches of empty desert, load of building material near the and more than four years later, to the Sea of beach at San Felipe where El Malecon is today, Cortez coast and the small fishing village of San the workers went home or on to other jobs. Felipe. Work has begun to turn Federal Highway 5 into “The hardest part was about 62 km from a four-lane highway, joining in an ever-growing Mexicali, by the mountains, where we had network of modern highways throughout Baja. to use dynamite.” Monge explains. “For four But that’s the future. For Americans and months it was hard to notice any progress, the Canadians accustomed to superhighway work went so slowly.” systems, Mexican highways today can be a It was also a study in loneliness and isolation. shock. They often resemble two-lane rural “One day, I was going to drive to Mexicali for roads in “Grapes of Wrath” America: narrow, supplies,” Monge remembers, “but I started idiosyncratically marked, unlit at night, and out too late and it got dark.” Dark in the Baja occasionally obstructed by slow-moving desert of 60 years ago was a darkness no equipment, construction and repairs, and modern city-dweller can imagine. “It was wandering livestock. Road improvements too dangerous to go on. Even the headlights and construction appear disorganized with weren’t enough. If something had happened to notification of road hazards either ambiguous, me, there wasn’t another soul for sixty miles.” continued on next page

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Sept. 22, 1950 Attorney Alfonso García González accompanied by President Miguel Alemán Valdez inaugurate the Mexicali - San Felipe Highway.

difficult to see, or absent. Potholes loom large and seemingly every few feet. They are masterfully efficient destroyers of even the most well constructed tire. Randy Kerr, who operates blueroadrunner.com, likens the much-pot-holed road to the north as having “necrotizing fasciitis,” the asphalt form of flesheating bacteria. Tom Lindemann had two flats in one four-hundred-mile trip from Cabo to San Felipe, but says, rather gleefully, “I’d make the trip again.” Ambiguity is common among Baja drivers like Lindemann. They start out warning others not to attempt the trip but pepper their stories with such exciting adventures along the way that, by the end, everyone is convinced that the hearty, well-stocked traveler, armed with the right attitude, can not only make the trip but find it enjoyable. These same personal accounts routinely contain an important and encouraging message: help is usually as close as the next vehicle, with friendly locals much more eager to help stranded motorists than in the U.S. A rescue squad run

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by the Ministry of Tourism, the “Green Angels” are a radio-dispatched fleet of trucks that operate along Baja’s highways ready to arrange towing, tire repair, or other services as needed. That they operate daily from dawn until sunset is a tribute to both Mexican hospitality and a realistic understanding of Baja’s roads. Military checkpoints, while not designed to aid drivers, offer some security and contact with “official” Mexico. Several checkpoints are sprinkled across the Baja highways to control gun and drug trafficking. Disconcerting at first glance to Americans unaccustomed to gun-toting, uniformed young men manning checkpoints, seasoned Baja travelers agree there is nothing to worry about for those who observe Mexican laws. Cooperation and courtesy avoids checkpoint problems. Driving in Baja also means drivers should learn unspoken “rules of the road”. For example, a flashing left turn signal may mean a driver is turning left, but it may also mean that it is safe to pass. A driver doesn’t want


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Highway expansion north of San Felipe. Photo by Francisco Romo.

to mistake one intention for the other. Flashing lights from an approaching vehicle indicate that a particularly narrow area is coming up, where one vehicle will have to pull aside in order for the other to have enough room to pass. Local custom dictates that the first vehicle to signal with flashing lights proceeds first. If you love Baja and long to visit all of it, or call San Felipe your home, there is Good News, Not-so-Good-News, and Great News. The Good News: The Mexican government has comprehensive road improvement plans to make travelling from the U.S. border through Baja easier, faster, and more convenient. With over 1.7 billion pesos (170 million dollars) allocated, the Mexican government has ambitious plans to improve, extend, and repair the roads leading into and out of San Felipe. One leg of this commitment is already completed: an 80 miles stretch of new road linking San Felipe with Puertecitos. Planned commercial truck routes along and within the border towns of Tijuana and Mexicali will streamline border crossings, by-pass city traffic, and simplify commercial transport which is the supply line to residents and industries of Baja. The Mexican government has pledged millions of dollars for the improvement of San

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Felipe’s infrastructure, including expansion of the airport and marina. The Not-So-Good News is that Baja road improvement history suggests that progress will be slow with some projects not scheduled to begin until 2012. The Great News? Highway 5 from Mexicali to San Felipe will be widened to four-lanes beginning in 2009, with an expected completion date of 2012. The road between San Felipe and Puertecitos will be extended to Laguna Chapala beginning in 2008 and eventually to Highway 1 near Santa Rosalia. It will allow drivers to travel both coasts with greater ease. The Fondo Nacional de Fomento Al Turismo (FONATUR), the government agency responsible for the development of tourism, and the Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR), foresee San Felipe and other communities bordering the Sea of Cortez as goldmines for tourism related to fishing, boating, nature study, and water sports. The Escalera Nautica, or Nautical Staircase, focuses on the promotion of “nautical tourism” with a concentrated effort to improve roads along the Baja coast and build modern marinas. Like the old Bob Hope and Bing Crosby “Road To…” movies, exciting adventures await those with the spirit to hit the road in Baja.


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SPORTS / Deportes

San Felipe’s Championship Rowing Team By Juan C. Tapia & Photos by Victor Rodriguez Ratliff

San Felipe Swim Team (L-R) Gabriel Silva, Victor Nicolas, Vianey Miranda, Martin Maduenias Portillo, Jorge Islas

Its September 16th, Mexico’s independence day, and we’re celebrating at the baseball park in San Felipe. A tall gentleman approaches with a bottle of wine in his hand and asks for a corkscrew in Spanish, but with a distinctly foreign accent. My old Swiss special in my camera bag solves his problem. He leaves with a smile on his face. That gentleman was Jose Manuel Loyola, the Cuban trainer of the rowing teams of San Felipe and the state of Baja California. Baja is one of five Mexican states to have a team with championship potential and is behind only Mexico City in medals won in the last National Olympiad. Jose Manuel and fellow trainer Rolando Manzano were hired because of the performance of the Cuban rowing clubs, which together with Argentina and Brazil, are the only Latin-American countries to have won medals in international competition. Jose Manuel arrived in San Felipe in 2005. Starting from scratch, with only a few boats, he visited the town’s elementary and secondary schools in search of candidates. In their first National Olympiad in 2006, with just 15 athletes, and only three months of training, they rowed to a silver medal in the 15 to 16 year old women’s category. This amazing debut attracted a flock of kids for training. At the next meet, 32 athletes rowed their way to seven gold medals. This, with just a year and a half of training. They beat four clubs

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from Mexico City and experienced teams from the states of Jalisco and Nuevo Leon, which along with Baja California Sur and Yucatan, are the only states fielding rowing teams at these national events. San Felipe and Baja were second best with Mexico City having won only one more medal. In a very short time, San Felipe has become the team to beat in Mexico. Besides them and Mexico City, only Baja Sur has won a gold medal. Mexico sent its team, which included four female medalists from San Felipe, to an international meet in Canada. They came back with bronze medals in the 13 to 16 year old categories. Bear in mind that San Felipe’s kids train in very light waters. The Sea of Cortez is known for its high salinity and things float easier here than in any other body of water in Mexico, thus, it takes less effort to row. Rowing athletes elsewhere are physically stronger and better suited for competition. This team, now 57 athletes strong, has participated in two national competitions besides the one in Canada. The infrastructure is not all that adequate as there are only 12 boats. The team is strongest in the four pair, short oar category with 7 gold medals won. They’ve also won four silver and three bronze in other categories. Very impressive for an effort that started less than a year ago. The next event takes place in May, 2008 in the state of Nuevo Leon.


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DESIGN

Outdoor Kitchens by Jon Spinner

When asked, many people will say the number one reason for being in San Felipe is the weather, so why not enjoy al fresco cooking and dining in your own outdoor kitchen. Many people already have. The trend is catching on for good reason. Nothing tastes as good as a meal prepared outdoors. Outdoor kitchens range from simple to extravagant. A small workspace and a grill are the basics, but many people are moving the whole kitchen outside. Sinks, built-in ice wells, refrigerators, grills, burners, warming drawers, woks and beer

drafts are all becoming popular today. And even baking can be accomplished with a wood fired oven. Cooking in a wood fired oven can be considered an art in itself, but the rewards are remarkable. Since a wood fired oven can reach much higher temperatures, pizzas, vegetables and seafood cook quickly and are additionally seasoned with that delectable fire-roasted flavor. As the oven cools, roasts, stews, and bread benefit from even cooking as the masonry of the oven slowly releases its heat. The outdoor kitchen is a natural for entertaining. No more crowds in the kitchen and food prep is easier in a roomy outdoor kitchen. Homeowners are finding the outdoor kitchen is an economical way to increase usability and add value to their properties. Combine your al fresco kitchen with a shaded seating area, an outdoor fireplace, and a television for a guaranteed home run, San Felipe style. About the author, Jonathon E. Spinner is President of Adobe Block Works, Inc. a San Felipe based, design-build firm specializing in adobe construction and dedicated to Old World ingenuity combined with Modern technology. He can be reached by email at jon@adobeblockworks.com

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The San Felipe Development Guide By Juan C. Tapia

e all came to San Felipe W for various reasons. Some just wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. Many more came here to escape the cold winter tundras they called home and found

San Felipe to be a great place to thaw out. Most are retirees considering building or buying affordable dream homes in this paradise by the Sea of Cortez. Who wouldn’t want to live with grand vistas of an endless stretch of beach sandwiched between the placid and warm waters of the Gulf of California, as the Sea of Cortez is also known, and the majestic Sierra de San Pedro Martir mountain range? The fall

Development:

Eldorado Ranch

Playa de Oro

La Perla del Mar

Playa del Paraiso

Owner Name:

Pat Butler

Parkstrong Management & Development

Andrew & Sorrel Wehe

Inversiones Soblar , S.A de C.V.

Sales Contact:

Paul Halpin

Greg Anderson

Andrew Wehe

Eric Garcia

Sales Contact Phone:

800-404-2599 x4062

686-576-0595

760-458-7602

888-647-5292 Ext. 704

Sales Contact Email:

paul.halpin@doradoranch.com.mx

sales@seamexicorealty. com

laperladelmarsf@gmail. com

info@playadelparaiso. com

Largest/most populated

First completed/HOA

Small & Private

Luxury Condo/Hotel

Start Date:

1994

2002

2004

2005

Website:

eldoradoranch.com

seamexrealty.com

laperladelmarsf.com

playadelparaiso.com

Price Range:

$10k -$800k

$115k-245k

$140k - $425k

$276-$846

Kilometer (address):

176.5

179

6

4

Fideicomiso

YES

YES

YES

YES

Title Insurance

Stewart Title

YES - included

YES

YES

(F/C) Status

F-4

F-4

F-3

C-1

Resale Properties

YES

YES

NO

YES

Homeowners Assoc.

YES

YES

YES

YES

Presale Deals

YES

NO - pmly 16 left

NO

YES

Number of Lots

35,000 Acres

297

29

N/A

Fulltime Residence

YES

YES

Not Yet

Not Yet

CC&Rs

YES

YES

YES

YES

Models

YES

NO. Custom Only

NO

YES

Outside Builders

YES

YES

YES

N/A

Beach, Mount. or Both

BOTH

BEACH

BEACH

BEACH

Onsite Sales

YES

YES

YES

YES

Gated

YES

YES

YES

YES

Electric

YES

YES

YES

YES

City Water

YES

YES

NO

YES

Restaurant

YES (3)

YES

NO

YES

Market/Store

YES

YES

NO

YES

Golf Course

YES - Pro

NO

NO

NO

Swimming Pool

YES

YES

NO

YES

Club House

YES

NO

NO

NO

Tennis

YES

NO

NO

YES

On-Site Security

YES

YES

YES

YES

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course. You could also check out Playa de Oro, Playa San Rafael, or Pete’s Camp and many others that are opening up. For those folks who’d like to venture south of town, you’ll find names like Playa del Paraiso, La Perla del Mar, Diamante Residencial, La Joya del Mar, Casablanca and many other developments in various stages of completion. The airport and the roads south are continually being improved. Many more kilometers have been promised to be built by

and winter are the most favored seasons to be here, so wouldn’t a home nestled between these views be the ultimate Christmas gift you could give to that special someone? Someone you really love, even if that someone is you? Developers have been very busy over the last several years, working to make your Mexico living dream come true. North of San Felipe, you’ll find developments like San Marino, Desert Lakes, El Dorado Ranch and La Ventana del Mar complete with the Las Caras de Mexico 18 hole Championship golf

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La Joya del Mar

Casa Montana

Playa San Rafael

Casablanca

San Marino

Baja Diamante

Villas Alejandrina S DE RL DE C.V.

Parkstrong Management & Development

Parkstrong Management & Development

Casablanca Developments

The Solario Family

Grupo Constructor Ram, SA

Sean Harrington

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Russ Farrell

Uria Amor

Wayne Cobb Sales Director

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686-576-0595

686-111-0299

686-577-0611

686-577-0820

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South Beach

within Playa San Rafael

Dev of Playa de Oro

Mediterranean

North Beach

Marina Resort

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2006

lajoyadelmar.info

seamexrealty.com

seamexrealty.com

casablancasf.com

amorproperty.com

sanfelipemarina.net

$60k-$460k

$235k-$255

$70k-$625k

$55k-$450k

$30-$250k

$ 255-$750

11.5

178

178

5

172

4.5

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES - included

YES - included

YES

YES

YES

F-4

F-4

F-4

F-3

F-4

C2, C3, C4

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

157

24

338

210

300

500+

Not Yet

Not Yet

Not Yet

Not Yet

Not Yet

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

2008

YES

YES

NO

2008

YES YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

BOTH

BEACH

BEACH

BEACH

BEACH

BOTH

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

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YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

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NO

NO

YES

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YES

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YES

YES

YES

YES

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YES

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YES

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YES

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YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

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YES

YES

YES

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Hop to shop in San Felipe By Juan Tapia If shopping is your cup of tequila and you love this season for it, then you’ll love shopping in San Felipe. You see, we’ll help you forget the hassle of shopping in those over c r o w d e d mega-malls north of us, because what we have here is the laid back atmosphere of old town shopping of days past. San Felipe has much to offer shoppers from our regular shops, which are open all year anxiously waiting the yearly harvest season, to the ultimate shopping delight of inviting old Saint Nick in the front door of your brand new dream home in

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paradise. And, in San Felipe you’ll be able to save enough to afford the many items you’ll need to furnish and decorate your new abode. Just browse a copy of San Felipe magazine, or any of the other publications available in town, log onto the local websites or just go out and enjoy our sunny warm days, cruising the streets and checking out the many curio shops and I am sure, you’ll find that gift for that special someone in your life. For those of you who wish to fit San Felipe with the comforts of back home, there is talk of a shopping center to be built with all the amenities of a city mall. A mall, government center, and at least one small movie theatre to enjoy the latest Bolliwood premieres. Of course you can get up early this Saturday and drive to the Swap Meet and Vendor’s Market at La Cachanilla RV Park on Saltito Rd in El Dorado Ranch, which is jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, and if art & crafts fills your bag of tamales, there is the Peoples Gallery in town. Don’t forget to head out to the Malecón, where you can get your dose of shrimp and check out the curios shops, all on a nice walk along the shore. Happy Shopping.


Shopping In Mexicali By Larry Arredondo

Mexicali is home to a variety of shopping malls, department stores, specialty stores and restaurants. You might even recognize some of them. Have you heard of Smart & Final, Wal-Mart, Costco, or Office Depot? You’ll find them in Mexicali. How about Applebee’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Baskin-Robbins and Jack-in-the-Box? Yup, they’re here too. Many of us are in the habit of crossing the border to shop for even for our most mundane needs. In the process, we deny ourselves the rich shopping experience that Mexicali offers. Everything we find on the “other side” is available in quality and abundance on this side of the border. Groceries, clothing, jewelry, furniture, appliances, office equipment and supplies, toys and games, cosmetics, plus all the little knick knacks and household accessories we might need are right here in Mexicali. The malls offer the most interesting experience. Along with shops and boutiques, some of them have bars, bowling alleys, movie theaters and food courts. Except for the language, you might think you were in a mall back in the States. Plaza La Cachanilla on Blvd. Lopez Mateos is the most famous. Air conditioned and anchored by the Dorian’s department store, which stands up to any department store in the States, you’ll find virtually anything on your holiday shopping list. A newer mall is the Plaza Nuevo Mexicali on Lazaro Cárdenas at Calle Novena (right on the way to the East Gate), or Plaza Mundo Divertido (Fun World) that began as an amusement park and among its stores is a large food court offering a variety of international cuisines, a movie theater, and a state-of-the-art bowling alley. The Plaza Cataviña offer a mall with a modern, state-of-the-art gym with the latest work-out machines and free weights. Other malls include Plaza Juventud 2000, Plaza Fiesta, Pisos Y Recubrimientos, Centro Comercial Gigante, Plaza Universidad, and Plaza San Pedro. Then there are the stand alone superstores, like Wal-Mart or the modern superstores like Mega Store across from Costco and Sorianas on Lopez Mateos with full-service pharmacies, groceries including fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh baked goods, and anything else you need. Sorianas is fast becoming a favorite because of its modern design and product offerings, but also because it is across the street from Sanborn’s, one of Mexicali’s favorite places to eat. Most stores are open until 9PM and, in tourist areas, are also open on Sundays. Unlike San Felipe, you won’t have any trouble using your Visa, MasterCard or American Express in Mexicali. This holiday season enrich your Baja experience.


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Lodging/Alojamiento RV Park/Parque de RV Club de Pesca..................... 686-577-1180 Kiki’s Motel & RV ................ 686-577-2021 Playas del Sol ..................... 686-123-6452 La Casa del Coco Loco ....... 686-577-1442 Rentals Casa Cristal Beach Rental.... 686-115-6751 Casa Roja - Red House ....... 686-577-1713 La Casa Lejana ................... 686-577-0913 ... 686-231-4921 Rancho del Sol SF Paradise Rentals ........ 686 576 0154 Motels/Moteles Chapala .............................. 686-577-1240 El Capitan ...................... 686-577-1303 Mini Posada de Don Jesus .. 686-577-0685 Motel El Pescador ............... 686-577-2991 Posada del Sol .................... 686-577-1727

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Perfect for singles, couples, or families offering something for everyone. Rancho Del Sol is a new 1500 sq ft. single-family home with 2 BR/2BA that sleeps 6 with two queen size beds & queen size sleeper sofa. This is not a condo and you won’t be disturbed by comings and goings of neighbors. Priced less than comparable homes, clean and private. In terms of private rentals, this is a great home at El Dorado at a great value. See listings for contact info.

Hotel Baja Palms ................... 686-576-0276 Costa Azul ............. 686-577-1702 El Cortez ...... 686-577-1055 Goerge’s ...................... 686-577-1970 Hacienda Don Jesus ..... 686-577-0080 Hacienda de la Langosta Roja ...................................................... 686-577-0483 Las Palmas ........................ 686-577-1333 (See ad on page 58) Playa Club Hotel ..... 686-577-1280 Playa Club .................... 686-577-1280 Posada del Sol .................... 686-577-1727 .......... 686-577-1185 Riviera Hotel San Felipe Inn ............... 686-577-1608 Marina Resort ........ 686-577-1569 Credit Cards Restaurant

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Rosa Lina Ramos Lazcano By: Allen Shaw

nlike so many who come from humble beginnings and then go on to great achievement, architect Rosa Lina Ramos Lazcano has returned to her roots. Born 35 years ago in Rosalina Ramos Lazcano. Mexicali, she has Photo: Copicentro (Chuy) lived in San Felipe most of her life. She started her architectural career as a drawer 20 years ago working for architect Olivia Valdez Castellanos. Inspired by her work and encouraged by her teachers and family, she went to university. The financial challenges were met with contributions from a hard working mother; funds donated by her high school teachers and support from Club de Las Amigas in San Felipe. Motivated by so much support, Rosa Lina had a desire to achieve more and is about to earn her second university degree. The first is in Construction Administration and the second in Industrial Real Estate Estimating.

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During her studies she met her future husband, Francisco Sosa. “Even though he was 2 years ahead of me in school, at the university we would see each other in the library and we would talk about a lot of things,” she says. “Three months after earning my degree, we became a couple and we finally married in love November 16 1996.” Asked about her design philosophy, Rosa Lina tells us, “Architecture is a humanistic discipline as well as a technical one.” To achieve this balance, she interviews prospective clients to get to know their wants, needs and their ideas. She works up a couple of concepts and then works with them on modifications until the client is satisfied with the final plans. During the process, the client sees sketches and rough plans, elevations, a full set of plans, 3D renderings and a scale model, if required. She organizes the process through follow-up meetings and e-mails. And what do her clients provide? “Sometimes they show me magazines, books, pictures, anything to show their architectural tastes or specific detail.” How does she set her fees? “It depends on the square footage, the number of levels and the type of construction.” Rosa Lina contributes much to her hometown by being an inspiration to her family and her clients.

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FOR SALE: Best Buy In San Felipe! 3 Bdrm. 3 Bath 30,000 Magazines Monthly Beachfront Villa in a ONE Listings THREE Cities Resort w/Furnishings. Price reduced $75,000 Ensenada, Puerto Penasco & San Felipe for quick sale. Now only $675,000; Partial Beginning January 1st, 2008. financing. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577PACKPUBLISHING.INFO/GS.HTM 1304

Fabulous Golf Course Condo- La Ventana. Many upgrades, 3 Bdrm. 2-1/2 Bath and Brand Spanking New! Can put into the rental pool if desired. Offered at $490,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304 Gorgeous, fully-furnished Custom Home in Palos Verdes South + a Studio Casita. Seller will finance with ½ down. Hurry on this great home-only $349,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

GREEN SHEETS Big & Beautiful 3000 sq. ft. Custom-Built Home-furnished. Has separate rentable apartment. It even has Sea Views! Nearly new and priced to sell at $249,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

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Lowest Priced Beachfront Lot In San Felipe-Build up to 3 stories . Walk right out on the sand & then step into the beautiful, warm sea. Just Reduced to $350,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304


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• SAN FELIPE • PUERTO PENASCO 2 Adjoining Lots in Gorgeous La Hacienda. Build 2 stories and capture magnificent SEA VIEWS. 5000 sq. ft. on a curved corner. Perfect homesite! $225,000/both. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

GREAT VACATION or Retirement Home-A Custom-built 2 bdrm. 2 bath “doll house” with many wonderful features for easy upkeep. A Bargain at only $165,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

Choose from a large selection of Fantastic Lots in the ever-popular El Dorado Ranch. Priced from $32,000 to $69,000, we’ll find the one that’s perfect for you! Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

XLNT COMMERCIAL Property. Two Adjoining Lots on Corner of busy highway, 2 minutes to town. Over 5,000 sq. ft. and wonderful visibility. Some Terms Available. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

Want The Best? Check out this large, cul-de-sac Lot in beautiful La Ventana del Mar, right on the golf course. Build Your Dream! Well priced at only $145,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

WANNA SEE the SEA? Truly Fabulous Views from this La Hacienda Lot, close to the sea. Build a two-story home of your dreams. Very well priced at only $159,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

Hottest Small-Investment Opportunity. Across the street from major new condo development is a Huge Lot. Develop it & Smile ‘cause you can buy it for $75,000! . Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

EJIDO-20X40 developed lot with electric & water. Ramada with concrete pad, furnished casita, brick patios, storage shed, extra RV hookup, landscaped with drip system. Ready to move in! $42,500. Call (686) 5760443.

Spectacular Site for Condos or a Private Estate - Views that captivate your heart! This is a 1 ACRE PARCEL of Sea/Mountain Views and priced at only $650,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686)577-1304

Two bedroom Eldorado home located in Hacienda del Sol. Fully furnished, court yard with fountain, oversized garage, laundry, plenty of storage much more. Health issues demands

owner to sell. $210’000. 00 Email redwagon1@prodigy.net.mx phone 011 52 686 576 0081 or U.S. 619 578 4378 Beach Home in quiet Campo North of San Felipe. Two bedroom two bath solar home, extra building lot with separate lease. Once you feel the charm and experience the view it will be hard to resist for this price $145’000. 00. Email redwagon1@ prodigy.net.mx phone 011 52 686 576 0081 or U.S. 619 578 4378 Mixed use lot w/28 ft. travel Trailer, Enclosed Ramada, Septic & Water tanks $12,995. Call SFPP 5771534 US # (619) 822-2559 www. sanfelipeparadiseproperties.com 82 x 82 lot w/25’ travel trailer w/support bldg. Solar, septic & water $17,995 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822-2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproper ties. com Lrg Corner lot on Seaside at Ent. to Private Beach access. $220,000 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822 2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproper ties. com Spacious Home on 10,000 sf crnr.

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lot, Grt views. All Appls. $365,000 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822-2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproperties.com A Rustic Work of Art 2Br 1 ½ Ba, Low Utility Bills, Lg Crnr lot, Ejido. Totally Furnished, $206,000.00 Call SFPP 5771534 or (619) 822-2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproperties. com 120 x 100 Lot All Elec. Undrgrnd $59,995 Call SFPP 5771534 or (619) 822-2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproperties. com

• ROSARITO BEACH • ENSENADA landscaped 80 x 80 corner lot with Hitch Hiker Trailer, cyclone fence with gate to access the property. Water and Electric. $65k For more information call 805 704 5547 or email casayjarden@gmail.com. Ejido 80 x 80 corner lot. Lot wih water and electric. $40k For more information call 805 704 5547 or e-mail casa melodya2004@yahoo.com Ejido 40 x 40 Lot with water and electric, $22k For more information call 805 704 5547 or e-mail casa melodya2004@yahoo.com

Large lot/Playa de Oro, close to beach access. Undrgrnd elec. city water $132,000 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822-2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproperties.com

Ejido Half Lots 20 x 20 - Water and Electric, Lot 361 split into 2 half lots; 20 x 20 with water and electric. Asking $16,000 for each. For more information call 805 704 5547 or e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com

Unobstructed Views, 10,500 sf Lot Utilities installed Undrgrnd Terms !!! $59,300 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822-2559 www.sanfelipeparadiseproperties.com

Ejido 40 x 40 corner lot with electric $22K, For more information call 805 704 5547 or e-mail melodya2004@ yahoo.com

Elec. Mixed Use 100 x 100 lot w/great views! $49,900 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822-2559 www. sanfelipeparadiseproperties.com

Ejido 6 lots hand cleaned and fenced, possible financing. $82,000 If you would like more information Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or call 805 704 5547 (Ref# B235&244)

Phase 1 Condominium Lot 7,500 sf $169,950 Call SFPP 577-1534 or (619) 822-2559 www. sanfelipeparadiseproperties.com $50,000 for a huge lot in Ponderosa. Excellent Views! Call Margaret Realty (686) 577-1156 Ejido lot, fenced and a trailer $10,000. Call Margaret Realty (686)577-1156.

Ejido 40 x 40 Corner of lot of Block 235. Hand cleared and fenced. $12,000. Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or call 805 704 5547 Ejido 40 Corner of lot of Block 244, Hand cleared and fenced - $12,000. If you would like more information please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or call 805 704 5547. 40 x 40 lot 1 block from power in Ejido. Hand cleared and

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044-686-165-8966 Mexico • 602-910-5868 USA • jon@adobeblockworks.cm Adobe Block Works Inc, producers of adobe blocks and custom turn-key adobe homes. Our adobe blocks provide a structural building system that is energy efficient, sound proof, fire proof and bug proof. Adobe is a natural, environmentally friendly product that contains no harmful chemicals and creates a extremely comfortable and healthy home. You’ll find that the benefits of adobe construction combined with our competitive pricing make Adobe Block Works’ adobe blocks the highest quality and best value of any building system. Please contact us for more information on how we can help you build the home of your dreams.

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fenced. $5,000 Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or call 805 704 5547. 40 x 40 with Electric. Lot#397 Manzanatt #47 . For more information Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or call 805 704 5547. KM 26 Ejido Delicias. 17 Acres with 300ft. of oceanfront. $300,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 KM 49 Ejido Delicias. 167 acres and 590ft. of oceanfront $748,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 KM 53. 198 acres with 738 ft of ocean front. $785,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 Playa Conquistador KM 66, 820 acres, 1,470 ft of oceanfront. $3,652,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 351 acres, 1,773 ft. of oceanfront. $695,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 86 acres, 2,116 ft of ocean front. $750,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 336 acres, 1,402 ft. of oceanfront. $1,496,000.00. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 272 acres, 2,721 of oceanfront. $1,500,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 385 acres, 3326 ft. of beachfront. $2,000,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 230 acres, 1,468 of oceanfront, Ejido rights, common grd. $1,073,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 116 acres, 2373 of oceanfront. $1,000,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 1,534 acres, 2,176 ft. of oceanfront. $4,500,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 393 acres waiting for paperwork, $2,000,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 430 acres, 2,863 oceanfront, Rest./Bar. $3,316,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 333 acres, 2,297 ft. of oceanfront, Underground water. $2,220,000 Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 412 acres, 2,350 of oceanfront.Ejido Matomi rights, common grd.$2,600,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-5772552 711 acres, 3,232 of oceanfront. $3,003,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 910 acres, 2231 of Oceanfront, $3,800,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552 652 acres, 2,281 of oceanfront, $4,080,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552

GREEN SHEETS Sea View! Home in Town! $199,000. 2 BR, 1 BA, Fireplace. Plus, Separate 1 BR, 1 BA Casita, 2-1/2 Car Garage. Uria Amor, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611 Unobstructed VIEW Property $175,000. 2 BR, 2 BA. Starter

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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS • SAN FELIPE • PUERTO PENASCO Home, Fixer. Close to everything. Uria Amor, Amor Property, US 760-4943639, MX 577-0611 Bungalow with Separate Casita & Separate Art Studio $239,000. 2 BR, 2 BA, Large Kitchen Interior Courtyard, Fruit Trees, Rose Garden. Teresa Hutt, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611 Brand-New Home in Playa de Oro $399,950. 3 BR, 2 BA, S/S Appliances, Turret-style Dining, Upgraded. Beth Karoll, Amor Property, US 760-4943639, MX 577-0611 Two Furnished Condos In Town $485,000. 2-story Units side-by-side; 2 BR, 2 BA each. Revenue Property! Teresa Hutt, Amor Property, US 760494-3639, MX 577-0611 El Dorado Ranch, Los Viajeros South (ERH-081) $98,450 RV & Ramada (studio apartment with office/den & bath); outdoor kitchen & living areas. Mike Deegan, Amor Property, US 760494-3639, MX 577-0611 El Dorado Ranch, Los Medanos South (ERH-080) $185,000. 2 BR, 2 BA, Turn-key Solar Home on two side-byside lots, patio w/palapa & fountain. Mike Deegan, Amor Property, US 760-

494-3639, MX 577-0611 El Dorado Ranch, Palos Verdes South (ERH-024) $229,000. 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA, Brand New Construction, Unobstructed Views. Bill Maine, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611 El Dorado Ranch – Starting at $43,900. Ten (10) Lots Available. Electric, Homes-Only Area. Gary Gold, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611 Villa at La Ventana del Mar (LVL-106) $650,000. 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA, Fullyfurnished high-end, Turn-key, View will not be obstructed! Beth Karoll, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 5770611 Beach Cottage – Walk to Beach $44,900. Cozy 1 Bedroom, 1-1/2 Bath. Main Bathroom is extra-large with bear-claw tub & separate walk-in, tiled shower. Bill Maine, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611 Two-Story Home with Pool $285,000. 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA, Furnished w/pool & garage. Teresa Hutt, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611 House – In Town $75,000. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath. Must See!! Gary Gold, Amor

GREEN SHEETS Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 5770611 In-town Home with Rental Unit $239,000. 2 bed, 1-1/2 bath home with 1 bedroom rental unit; double lot; 2 car garage; gated grounds. Uria Amor, Amor Property, US 760-4943639, MX 577-0611 Playa San Rafael $115,000. 2 adjoining lots, centrally located poolside. Largest lots available; Buy both for $220,000 over 18,000 s.f.. Nate Morace, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 5770611 Playa de Oro, FRONT-ROW Beach $375,000. Owner will take 20% down & balance over 20 years at 7% interest. Nate Morace, Amor Property, US 760494-3639, MX 577-0611 El Dorado Ranch, Rancho Del Sol 3, 10-09 By owner. 3BR, 2BA, music rm, dining rm, living rm, 3 storage rooms, huge 2-car garage, pure water sys, lg tiled roof dk.$315k Come see for yourself! 576-0141 Open house: Sat 12-5, Sun 10-4. El Dorado Ranch, Rancho Del Sol 3, 1007 By owner. 2BR, 2BA, great room, (kit/liv/din), carport, pure water sys, roof deck. Fully furnished & equipped.

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GREEN SHEETS $185k Come see for yourself! 5760141 Absolutely adorable 2 bdrm., 2 bath home in the Village. Nearly new, many wonderful upgraded features, spacious rooms, easy-care lot. Must see! $165,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty - 686-577-1304. Gorgeous furnished condo with sea, mountain views & exceptional location on the greens in La Ventana del Mar. 2 bdrm., 2 bath, very upgraded, possible owner financing. $515,000 Baja Ranch & Sea Realty - 686-577-1304. Steps away from Sea, a fabulous Lot with endless views: Sea, City Lights, Sunrises, Mountains. Build up to 3 story home/condos. Bargain priced at $129,000. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty 686-577-1304 RENTALS Beachfront, Sandollar Condotels. When you are looking for a romantic getaway or a gathering place for family and friends, our four unit two bedroom condos can accommodate you with all the amenities of home. Book now and save for 2008 season. Contact Redwagon Property Management 011

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ROSARITO BEACH • ENSENADA 52 686 576 –0081 • or 619578 4378 www.sandollarcondotels.com or www. sanfelipepropertyservices.com Eldorado long term rental This home has charm, elegance and comfort. Ventana del Mar golf course condo, 1550 square feet plus garage with 2 bdrm 2 1/2bath sleeps four. Pool plenty of storage. Patio includes Jacuzzi and many amenities. Available propane barbecue, roof top deck for for three day, weekly, monthly and your viewing pleasure, two televisions seasonal rentals. Contact Redwagon with satellite service, w,d. Contact Property Management 011 52 686 Redwagon Property Management 011 576 –0081 or 619578 4378 email 52 686 576 –0081 U.S. 619 578 4378 redwagon1@prodigy.net.mx www.sanfelipepropertyservices.com house # 48 Ventana del Mar three bdrm 3 ½ bath Sleeps 6 to 8. Fully appointed condo Beach Casita Solar Home. If you want great for large families. Pool and a quiet love nest for two or get back Jacuzzi. Available as a vacation rental to basics with your family. This is the or long term lease. Contact Redwagon beach getaway for you. Just pack a Property Management 011 52 686 suitcase with toiletries and clothes!! 576 –0081 U.S. 619 578 4378 www. Seasonal rentals available. Contact sanfelipepropertyservices.com look Redwagon Property Management for VDMC1 011 52 686 576 –0081 U.S. 619 578 p p p y 4378www.sanfelipepropertyservices. Eldorado 3bdrm 21/2 bath home. com house # 50 EASY TO LIST, EASY TO SELL Sleeps 6 to 8. Large home has rooftop deck. Wonderfully appointed kitchen, 30,000 Magazines Monthly satellite, laundry, carport, front and back patios. Available for long term or ONE Listings THREE Cities seasonal rentals. Contact Redwagon Ensenada, Puerto Penasco & San Felipe Property Management 011 52 686 576 –0081 U.S. 619 578 4378 www. Beginning January 1st, 2008. sanfelipepropertyservices.com look for house # 32 PACKPUBLISHING.INFO/GS.HTM

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Playa San Rafael complete permitting process The permitting process for Playa San Rafael is complete and infrastructure is going in now. Playa San Rafael is located at KM 178, come in for a preview and model home tour. We will begin accepting sealed bids at the Playa San Rafael sales office on the 8th of November. SeaMexico Realty is now closing out Playa de Oro’s few remaining lots, drop in for a tour and special close out pricing of San Felipe’s first seaside residential gated community with First American Title Insurance included! Call 576 05 95 for details. Have a great month!

Casablanca Update The question is…are we going to have another repeat of Los Sahuaros which sold out in 16 months? The sales are going crazy and we already have over 50 owners. The two wells are currently being drilled, each block has a huge new sign and all of the lots are not only staked but have string running the boundaries so that people are able to walk the lots and know exactly how big they are. We also have done some landscaping at the community center and marked it off for people to see. If you haven’t been here in awhile stop in and see our new DVD Virtual Tour of the project. Also visit us at our new malecon office right next to the Taco Factory. We are proud to sponsor a free wireless hotspot in the Taco Factory and Baja Mar for their customers.

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A Gallery of San Felipe Baja images. Last month was so busy and we had so many submissions, we have decided to publish as many as possible. Contributing photographers Victor Rodriguez Ratliff, Ron Saunders, Robin Waters, Greg Anderson, Denny Flannigan. All these images and more can be found in the San Felipe Gallery online at www.sanfelipebaja.info under “Special Features.�

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San Felipe Disposal’s Business is Picking Up by Larry Arredondo

If you’re looking for advice on how to retire in San Felipe, Gary Dilley is not the guy to ask. He’s owned a house here for 27 years and first visited 40 years ago for the Baja 1000. Just 3 years ago he became a full-time resident with the intention of retiring. But a funny thing happened on the way to margaritas on the beach – trash spoke to him and San Felipe Disposal was born. So much for retirement. When asked why disposal, Gary said, “I saw construction was booming and that there was a real need for portable bathrooms and the removal of construction debris. I started working when I was 15 years old. I’ve owned and operated an amusement game company, worked as a printer and have owned car dealerships. One of my first jobs was in the garbage industry, so I guess I’m back where I started”. With all the wonderful things about living in San Felipe, there are less than desirable aspects. Poor disposal practices and littering have created a serious problem, not to mention some unsightliness. When asked what changes he would like to see, Gary said, “I would get rid of all those open 50-gallon drums. Dogs tip them over, they draw flies, and they look and smell bad.” He adds, “Existing laws aren’t being enforced. Uncovered trucks haul trash and it blows all over the place before they get to the dump site. Everything should be discarded at the town dump, not in the desert or wherever is convenient. People who litter should be fined.

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All who live here have a responsibility to keep our community clean.” Doing its part, San Felipe Disposal rents and services portable bathrooms, removes waste from septic tanks and provides garbage containers in sizes from 40 yarders for construction sites, 3 yarders for business and 65 gallon containers for residential trash service. When asked about recycling, Gary replied, “Right now all garbage is taken to the dump outside of town. I’m hoping that we will be able to recycle in the next year or two.” We asked him what makes his company different from his competitors. “We have all the permits to operate legally.” He adds, “We are bilingual, our drivers are licensed and our trucks are insured. We operate regular routes and we are dependable.” The same can’t be said for many of the trash haulers operating in San Felipe. Gary has seen many changes in just the last five years and expects San Felipe to change much more in the next five. “I think that San Felipe Disposal will mirror the growth of this town. With so many Baby Boomers retiring, I’m sure it’ll continue to grow.” Lastly, we asked Gary for his advice to someone starting a business in San Felipe. “Having been involved in many business ventures here over the last 40 years, I would advise that they really do their research and seek the input of established business people.”


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YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV ACCOUNTING/CONTABILIDAD E&A Accounting................................................ 686-577-0836 CP Fredy Lopez Sanchez ................................... 686-577-2852 Maria Guadalupe Mora de Foudy ....................... 686-577-0178

BEAUTY SALONS/TIENDA DE LA BELLEZA Lilly Ana’s Day Spot .......................................... 686-577-6253

AIR CONDITIONING/AIRE ACONDICIONADO Sol Cool ........................................................... 686-577-2552

APPLIANCES/APLICACIONES CS & A ............................................................. 686-577-0603

ARCHITECT/ARQUITECTO

Hair By Nancy................................................... 686-573-2352

Freddy Hernandez ............................................. 686-946-7897 Rosalina Romos Lazcano .................................. 686-196-4616

ARTIST/ARTISTA Andrena Joyce ....................E-mail: andrenajoyce@yahoo.com Melody Ashley Art............................................. 805-704-5547 Robin Waters (See ad on page 15) .................... 686-115-0526 People’s Gallery ................................................ 686-577-2898

ATTORNEY/ABOGADO

BEDS/CAMAS

Carlos A. Martinez Monges ............................... 686-120-1650 Lic. Francisco Sosa Mendez.............................. 686-577-0624 Jose Amate....................................................... 686-176-6759

Heavenly Comfort ............................................. 686-577-2851

AUDIO & VISUAL/AUDIO Y REPRESENTACIÓN VISUAL

The San Felipe Title Company............................ 686-577-0471

Professional A/V & Networking.......................... 686-202-7422

AUTO REPAIR/AUTO SERVICIO Hernandez ........................................................ 686-157-6362 Mecanica en General......................................... 686-577-1337

AUTO & RV SERVICE/SERVICIO DE RV Y COCHE American - John Hanna..................................... 686-136-1697 Puerto RV Parts & Service ................................ 686-577-0278

BAKERY/PANDERIA Panaderia Especial ............................................ 686-577-2948

BARS/CLUBS Al’s Back Street Bar (See ad on page 26) .......... 686-577-1580 Bandidos Cantina .............................................. 686-577-1012 Bar Mira Mar..................................................... 686-577-1192 Pool tables, Entertainment, And FREE WIFI Beachcomer ..................................................... 686-577-1219 Fandango’s (See ad on page 9) ......................... 686-577-0060

BOOK STORE/LIDERERIA

BOUTIQUES/TIENDA Egos Boutique................................................... 686-577-8700 Quinta Isabel Boutique....................................... 686-577-6066

BUILDER/CONSTRUCTOR Mr. Handyman Can............................................ 686-577-6159 Roberto T. Zamora ............................................ 686-134-4917

BUILDING MATERIALS/MATERIALES DE CONSTRUCCIÓN Constructurama/Materials Medina ..................... 686-577-1023 Madereria San Felipe ......................................... 686-577-1515 Pro-Construction............................................... 686-576-0430 Building Materials, Brick Block, Wood, Plumbing, Hardware, and Paint supplies. Delivery Service Avaliable. Ruben Huerta.................................................... 686-577-1775

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS/ORGANIZACIONES DEL NEGOCIO Chamber of Commerce ..................................... 686-577-2854

CABINETS/GABINETES

686-577-0080 Free WiFi

Mar de Cortez

Happy Jack Ass (See ad on page 18) ................ 686-577-2585 Jimmy’s Beach Bar & Grill................................. 686-576-0454 (See ad on page 13) Entertainment, Draft Beer, Happy Hour 3pm-6pm M-F Rockodile.......................................................... 686-577-1219 The Barefoot Bar .............................................. 686-577-1055

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Cabinetry & Construction ................................. 686-203-1144 San Felipe Cabinets........................................... 686-577-6103 Victor Ibaraa ..................................................... 686-203-1144

CAMPOS Cantu’s Cove/Campo Cantu............................... 676-573-1506 Club de Pesca................................................... 686-577-1180


YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV CAR WASH/LAUADO DE AUTOS Captain Car Wash ............................................. 686-231-0253

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE CONSTRUCTORAS Sweitzer Construction Management Services..... 686-577-0195 San Felipe Management Services ...................... 686-576-0553

CARPENTER/CARPINTERO Vargas - Eduardo Gutierrez................................ 686-577-6137

CELL PHONE/SERVICIO TELEFÓNICO CELULAR CSI - Computer - Satellite - Installation ............. 686-577-2928 TelCel................................................................ 686-577-0769

CHURCH/IGLESIA San Felipe Mission ............................................ 686-577-0677

CITY SERVICES Mayors Office ................................................... 686-577-1021 Chamber of Commerce ..................................... 686-577-1104 District Attorney’s ............................................. 686-577-1110

COFFEE & TEA/CAFÉ Y TÉ

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE LA CONSTRUCTORA BC Homes (See ad on page 31) ........................ 686-577-2788 Blockworks (See ad on page 41)....................... 686-165-8966 C. Construction................................................. 686-184-1282 Carlos Maza...................................................... 686-125-9825 Constructions Perez .......................................... 686-170-3979 Juan Lugo Cota................................................. 686-140-8644 Oscar Parra......................................................686-163-6514 Padlo Gomez..................................................... 686-213-5927 PH Constructora (See ad on page 49) ............... 686-577-2267 Prdro Gouuez N................................................. 686-168-2719 Tafoya E. Hijos (See ad on page 27) .................. 686-221-2424 Vertical Construction......................................... 686-225-0699

CONSULTING/THERAPY

Baja Java .......................................................... 686-577-2465 Coffee Shop...................................................... 686-114-5492 La Taza Express ................................................ 686-577-0972

Inner Connection............................................... 686-202-1208

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORAGIZATIONS

Sundance Deli................................................... 686-576-0369

Club Las Amigas........................... shirleyamoore@yahoo.com San Felipe Loins Club ........................................ 686 212-3599 San Felipe Rotary .............................................. 686-576-0112

COMMUNICATION/COMUNICACIÓN Del Desierto (See ad on page 70)...................... 686-577-1486

COMPUTER/COMPUTADAS Computer & Satellite Installations ...................... 686-577-2928

COMPUTER SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE COMPUTACION Shadetree Computer Services ........................... 686-577-0471

DELI

DENTIST/DENTISTA California Dental Spa (See ad on page 11)......... 686-577-0708 Dr. Edwardo Castaneda ..................................... 686-577-1143 Dr. Felix Antonia Rodriguez ................................ 686-577-1558

DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE FRACCIONAMIENTOS Baja Bay Resorts .............................................. 686-577-6052 PM&D............................................................... 686-576-0223

DEVELOPMENTS/FRACCIONAMIENTOS Baja Palms........................................................ 686-576-0382 Baja Diamanté (See ad on page 17)................... 686-577-0820

CONCRETE/CONCRETOS Ready-Mix S.A. DE C.V...................................... 686-905-6583

CONDOS Juliet’s Baja Beach Condos ............................... 686-577-0585 Letybob’s Studio ............................................... 686-577-1244 Oasis del Mar.................................................... 686-577-0275 Palisades de Playa Cortez ................................. 686-577-1217 Playa Bonita...................................................... 626-967-8977 Villa De Las Palms ............................................ 686-577-1244

Casablanca (See ad on page 25)....................... 686-157-1728 Coronita del Mar ............................................... 686-577-6336 Diamante Residential (See ad on page 26) ........ 686-569-2347 El Dorado Ranch ............................................... 686-577-0015 La Hacienda...................................................... 686-573-4267 La Joya del Mar ................................................ 686-221-4193 La Perla Del Mar (See ad on page 50)................ 686-140-4626 Oasis de Baja (See ad on page 28-29)............... 686-577-6052

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YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV Pete’s Camp ..................................................... 686-571-3393 Playa de Oro ................................................. 686-576-0223 Located Seaside of Highway 5, South of Km#179 Just 6½ miles North of San Felipe. USA (509) 280-7517 Website: www.mexico-real-estate.us.

FM - SERVICES/FM - SERVICIOS Lolita - Maria dolores Gonzaalez Lopex.............. 686-577-6185 Maria Guadalupe Mora de Foudy ........686-577-0118San Felipe Immigation Services.......................................... 686-577-0710

Playa del Paraiso (See ad on pages 42-43).... 686-577-6052 USA 1-888-647-5292 Web site: www.playadelparaiso. com Playa del Paraiso is a full service resort and luxury condominium development located on the beach. (See ad on pages 68-69) San Felipe by the Sea ........................................686-165-7768 San Marino (See ad on page 33) ........................686-577-0611 Playa San Rafael (See ad on page ??) ............686 576-0223 San Rafael is a 64-acre community only 3/4 mile north of Playa de Oro. Calling from the USA (509) 280-7517 Website: www.mexico-real-estate.us (See ad on pages 54-55 & 59)

DOCTORS/DOCTORES Dr. Victor Abasolo ............................................. 686-577-1706

ENTERTAINMENT/DIVERSION Name That Tune - Denny Flannigan.................... 686-576-1683 Tres Generaciones............................................. 686-577-1515 Vatos Locos...................................................... 686-577-0911

FURNITURE/MUEBLES Baja Furnishings................................................ 686-114-5492 Eleganicia Muebles (See ad on page 40) ........... 686-577-2222 Eligio Lopez (Chino) .......................................... 686-597-5168 Galeria Martinez ................................................ 686-576-0286 Muebleria Mabel ............................................... 686-577-1644 Muebles Coloniales Rosy .................................. 686-577-1214 San Felipe Furniture........................................... 686 171-7159 Solo Mexico...................................................... 686-577-6108

GYNECOLOGIST/GINECÓLOGO Annel Becerru Prudo ......................................... 686-577-6350

GLASS SHOP & GARAGE DOORS/TIENDA DE CRISTAL Ka-Va Hermanos ............................................... 686-147-3145 Vidriera - Noe Cazarez Rojo ............................... 686-577-1357

FILM DEVELOPMENT/IMPRESION DE FOTO

GOLF

Fotografia Alvarez.............................................. 686-577-1144

Kelly’s Golf Range & Snack Bar ......................... 686-576-0094 Las Caras de Mexico......................................... 686-577-0010

HARDWARE *See Building Materials*

HEATH & BEAUTY/SALUD Y BELLEZA Sea Star............................................................ 686-577-6260 (See Ad on page 59 of the Yellow Pages)

FINANCING/FINANCIAMIENTO

HEALTH INSURANCE

Baja Lending Company ..................................... 686-152-5233 Baja Mexico International Financing ................... 686-577-2552 Express Mortgage Lenders................................ 760-318-7979 San Felipe Property Solutions ............................ 686-123-0013

Expat Financial .................................................. 604-351-5278

FISH/PESCADO Ruben’s Fish Market (See ad on page 20).......... 686-577-0810 San Felipe Fish Mongers.................................... 686-576 0154

FISHING TOURS/ VIAJES DE PESCA Amigos Fishing Tours........................................ 686-209-7338 Pablo’s Sport Fishing ........................................ 686-117-6974 Tony Reyes Fishing Tours .................................. 686-576-0517

HOME BUILDERS/CONTRATISTAS Adobe Brickworks ............................................. 686-165-8966 BC Homes (See ad on page 31) ........................ 686-577-2788 California Real Estate & Construction................. 686-576-0420 C&H Consulting ................................................ 686-577-1217 Constructora Mi Casita...................................... 686-577-0010 HouSing (See ad on page 31)............................ 686-577-0810 Real Homes - Paul Gaffin................................... 686-146-4692 San Felipe Home Builders (See ad on page 54).. 686-577-0050 San Felipe Management Services ...................... 686-576-0553

HOME DECORATING/DECORACION CASERA Baja Nueva (See ad on page 15)........................ 686-211-4676

HOME IMPROVEMENTS/MANTENIMIENRO CASERO Baja Home Improvement (See ad on page 54) ... 686-222-4507 Baja Blinds........................................................ 686-222-4507

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YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV HOUSE CLEANING/LIMPIZRA DE CASAS Danira Ochoa .................................................... 686-209-8165 Redwagon Property Management...................... 686-576-0081

San Felipe Movers............................................. 686-576-0154 San Felipe Storage Co (See ad on page 41). ...... 686-576-0432

HOSPITAL San Felipe Hospital........................................... 686--577-0117

HOTEL

KITCHEN/BATH - COCINA/BAÑO Concepto Casa ................................................. 686-577-0252

Baja Palms........................................................ 686-576-0276 Costa Azul ........................................................ 686-577-1702 El Cortez........................................................... 686-577-1055 Goerge’s........................................................... 686-577-1970 Hacienda Don Jesus ......................................... 686-577-0080 Hacienda de la Langosta Roja ........................... 686-577-0483 Las Palmas (See ad on page 58) ....................... 686-577-1333 Playa Club Hotel................................................ 686-577-1280 Playa Club ........................................................ 686-577-1280 Posada del Sol .................................................. 686-577-1727 Riviera Hotel ..................................................... 686-577-1185 San Felipe Inn ................................................... 686-577-1608 San Felipe Marina Resort................................... 686-577-1569

LANDSCAPING/JARDINARIA Prestige Landscape........................................... 686-170-8651

INSURANCE/SEGURO Alani’s .............................................................. 686-577-2464 GNP - Lolita Lopez ............................................ 686-577-6185 ING - Lynda Bilyeu ............................................ 686-577-1622

INTERIOR DESIGN/DISEÑO INTERIOR Baja Nueva (See ad on page 15)........................ 686-211-4676 San Felipe Interiors............................................ 686-577-6223

INTERNET CAFE/INTERNET CAFE Bandidos .......................................................... 686-577-1012 La Taza Express ................................................ 686-577-0972

INTERNET SERVICES/SERVICIOS DEL INTERNET San Felipe Ebay Connection............................... 686-577-2708 The Net............................................................. 686-577-1600

IRON WORKS/HIERRIA Taller Don Beto.................................................. 686-222-0877 Yideca Ornamental ............................................ 686-564-0026

IMPORT SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE LA IMPORTACIÓN San Felipe Import Export ................................... 686-165-9819

Design & Landscaping ..................................... 686-577-6223 Versoleil............................................................ 686-576-0664

LAUNDRY SERVICE/LAVADERIA Wash Tub...........................................................686-577-2001

LIFEGUARDS San Felipe Lifeguards - Ask for Francisco ...........686-233-7730

LIQUOR/LICOR AM PM ............................................................. 686-577-1035 El Marino Liquor Store....................................... 686-577-2991 Licores de San Felipe ........................................ 686-577-1460 Playas Liquor Store ........................................... 686-577-2982 Riveria Liquor Store (See ad on page 35)........... 686-577-2992 Tecate Six - Julio............................................... 686-119-0030

LOCKSMITH/CERRAJERO Gomez Locksmith ............................................. 686-221-8337 HR Locksmith ................................................... 686-152-2541 Locksmith/Cerrajero.......................................... 686-577-1890

MARKET/MERCADO Hipon.................................................................................686 Mercado Baja.................................................... 686-577-1132 Mercado Lamorena ........................................... 686-577-1648 Sundance Deli................................................... 686-576-0369

MASSAGE/MASAJE Victor Rodriguez Ratiliff ..................................... 686-573-0222

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YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV Casey’s Place (Massage) ............................... 686- 577-1431

Cachanilla Pest Control...................................... 686-577-1406 Fumigaciones ”Vega” ........................................ 686-115-2709

PET CARE/CUIDADO DEL ANIMAL DOMÉSTICO San Felipe Animal Rescue ................................. 686-111-2499

PHARMACY/FARMACIA

MEAT MARKET/CARNICERIA

Botica “Sagrado Corazon .................................. 686-577-1294 Bolica “SolyMar” .............................................. 686-577-1462 Farmacia Regina ............................................... 686-577-1258 Santa Fe Pharmacy ........................................... 686-576-0546

La Vaquita Dos.................................................. 686-577-1718

MEDICAL Ambulance........................................................ 686-577-0500 Red Cross......................................................... 686-577-1544 San Felipe Hospital...........................................686--577-0117

PHOTOGRAPHY/FOTOGRAFÍA METAL CONSTRUCTION/ESTRUCTURAS METALICAS J. Oscar Rodriguez Chavarria ............................ 686-577-0259

Casey Hanelin ................................................... 686-577-1431 Ron Saunders ................................................... 686-576-0007

MOTELS/MOTELES Chapala ............................................................ 686-577-1240 El Capitan ......................................................... 686-577-1303 Mini Posada de Don Jesus ................................ 686-577-0685 Motel El Pescador ............................................. 686-577-2991 Posada del Sol .................................................. 686-577-1727

MUFFLERS/MOFLES Taller le Mofles.................................................. 686-946-3945

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS USANA Health Scienices ................................... 686-116-3982 Call Beth for all you supplemental needs like: nutritional supplemants, skin care products, ask about RESET. elisabethan236@uasna.com 686-116-3962

OFF ROAD TOURS Casey’s Baja Tours............................................ 686-577-1431

OPTOMETRIST/OPTOMETRISTA Optica MaxiVision-Sergio Sandoval.................... 686-577-0320 Victor Rodrigues Ratliff...................................... 686-573-0222

PEST CONTROL/CONTROL DE PARÁSITO “bichas” Funigaciones......................................... 686-20-9764

Franoisco Romo V. ............................................ 686-577-1193

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YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV PIZZA Chumpos Pizza ................................................. 686-577-0085 Fatboy’s (See ad on page 20)............................ 686-577-4092 Sand Rail .......................................................... 686-576-0441 Los Arcos - Happy Jack Ass ............................. 686-557-2585 (See ad on page 18)

San Felipe Magazine.......................................... 686-230-9933 San Felipe Newsletter ........................................ 686-577-2898

POSTAL SERVICES/SERVICIOS POSTALES Sunrunner......................................................... 686-576-0369 Yet Mail (See ad on page 27)............................. 686-577-1255

PRINTERS/IMPRENTAS Papeleria Copicentro ......................................... 686-577-1402 The Print Supplier (See ad on page 59 in the Yellow Pages).. 686-230-9933

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/MAREO DE PROPIEDADER EN RENTA Casey’s Place (See ad on page 59) ................... 686-577-1431 10 years of providing Rental income for Homeowners in San Felipe. Rentals, Desert Tours, Swedish Message, www. sanfelipe.tv. Baja Home Management ................................... 686-114-7735 Redwagon Enterprises See ad on page 58)........ 686-576-0081

PUBLICATIONS/PUBLIDSCIONES Gringo Gazette .................................................. 686-111-3692

REAL ESTATE AGENTS/AGENTES DE PROPIEDADES INMOBILIARIAS Adan Carrillo ......................................................686-117-6158 Alfredo Morales..................................................686-140-4742 Angel Barajas.....................................................686-163-7196 Bill Maine...........................................................686-231-4921 Darrly McDonogh (see Ad on page 59)..............686-150-1052 Francisco Lopez.................................................686-222-7971 Gary Gold ..........................................................686-211-9952 Giovanni B. Abatti...............................................686-231-7504 Gordon Asimus ..................................................686-223-6637 Jason Bushong ..................................................686-573-0301 Javier Avila ........................................................686-165-7296 Juvenal Rosiles ..................................................686-144-1865 Katy Asimus ......................................................686-211-5474 Mario Moreno ....................................................686-163-6497 Martin J. Ayala...................................................686-163-6482 Michelle Walters (see Ad on page 59).................686-222-3002 Nate Morace ......................................................686-573-0199 Neiba Cardenas..................................................686-216-2408 Nohemy Bustamante..........................................686-114-4822 Pauline Holliday..................................................686-577-0288 Robert Aguilar....................................................686-226-4074

REAL ESTATE SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE LAS PROPIEDADES INMOBILIARIAS TRES - Total Real Estate Services...................... 686-577-2307 (See ad on page 48) Calling from the USA or Canada: 760890-4179

REAL ESTATE/PROPIEDADES INMOBILIARIAS Amor Property (See ad on page 72) .................. 686-577-0611 Calling from the USA or Canada: 760-890-4179 Ana Delina Lopez .............................................. 686-576-0150 Baja Beach Partners...........................................686.577.6228 Baja Highlands (See ad on page 57).................. 686-577-0734 Baja Ranch & Sea Realty................................... 686-577-0216 (See ad on page 15) Most experienced Realtor in San Felipe.

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YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV Barefoot Properties ........................................... 686-165-7768 California Real Estate & Construction................. 686-576-0420 (See ad on page 51) Call Margaret Realty (See ad on page 47) .......... 686-577-1156

RENTALS Casa Cristal Beach front Rental.......................... 686-115-6751 Casa Roja - Red House ..................................... 686-577-1713 La Casa Lejana ................................................. 686-577-0913 Rancho del Sol Vacation Home.......................... 686-231-4921 San Felipe Paradise Rentals................................686 576 0154

RESTAURANTS/RESTAURANTES See Restaurant Guide on pages 18-21

ROOFING/TECHOS San Felipe Professional Roofing......................... 686-590-6818 Century 21........................................................ 686-577-2121 Coldwell Banker ................................................ 686-577-0779 Desert Mother (See ad on page 45)................... 686-577-2552 Desert Realty (See ad on page 71) .................... 686-577-6336 Remax (See ad on pages 2-3) ........................... 686-577-0447

RV PARK/PARQUE DE RV Club de Pesca................................................... 686-577-1180 Kiki’s Motel & RV .............................................. 686-577-2021 Playas del Sol ................................................... 686-123-6452 Ruben’s La Casa del Coco Loco........................ 686-577-1442

RV SERVICE/SERVICIO DE RV Puerto RV Parts & Service ................................ 686-577-0278 American - John Hanna..................................... 686-136-1697

SATELLITE SERVICES/SERCICIOS SATELETALES San Felipe Paradise Properties........................... 686-577-1534 (See ad on page 51)

CSI Computor - Satellite - Installation................. 686-557-2928 TelCel “Sky” Satellite TV .................................... 686-577-1217 Professional Audio Video & Networking ............. 686-202-7422

SCREEN PRINTING Nava - T-shirt screen printing ............................ 696-577-0075

Sea Mexico Reality (See ad on page 52-53)....... 686-576-0223

SHOPPING MALL La Plazita (See ad on page 5) ............................ 686-577-2119

RECREATION/RECONSTRUCCIÓN

SOLAR/SOLAR

Aerodynamic “Rafael Ultralight Rides” ............... 686-116-2933 San Felipe Sailing - Call Felipe ........................... 686-114-3259

Baja Business Development .............................. 686-111-0504 Navajo Electric .................................................. 686-111-1834 Solar Express.................................................... 686-577-2475 Sol Cool “Solar Air Conditioning”....................... 686-577-2552

REFRIGERATION/REFRIGERACIONES Del Desierto (See ad on page 70)...................... 686-577-2135 Samisa .............................................................. 686577-1984

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SOUVENIRS/CURIOS Curios Miguel.................................................... 686-577-0440 Curios Oaxaca................................................... 686-577-1109 Curios Roberts.................................................. 686-577-1066 Curio Tiamo ...................................................... 686-577-2601


YELLOW PAGES / 3DJLQDV$PDULOODV SOUVENIRS/CURIOS Ron’s T-shirts “Low Places” ............................. 686-577-3062

Telnor Phone Co................................................ 686-577-1000

WASTE MANAGEMENT/MANTENERIMIENTO DEL BASUREEO San Felipe Disposal (See ad on page 9) ............. 686-121-1004

WATER DELIVERY Juan Pablo Csto. ............................................... 686-210-5714

WATER TREATMENT & HANDLING/HANDLING MANEJO Y TRATAMIENTO DE AQUA Rodgers Service CO. ......................................... 686-117-2977

WELDING SERVICES/LIMPIEZA DE VENTANAR Taller Don Beto.................................................. 686-222-0877 Waldo the Welder .............................................. 686-226-3127

WINDOW CLEANING Pro Window Cleaning ........................................ 686-590-6594

UTILITIES/UTILIDADES STORAGE/ALMACENAJE Lock Box Storage.............................................. 686-576-0606 San Felipe Storage (See ad on page 41) ............ 686-576-0432

Water Company ................................................ 686-577-1022 Electric Company.............................................. 686-577-1060 Propane Gas ..................................................... 686-577-2373 Telnor Phone Co................................................ 686-577-1000

WASTE MANAGEMENT/MANTENERIMIENTO DEL BASUREEO San Felipe Disposal (See ad on page 54) ........... 686-121-1004

WATER DELIVERY Juan Pablo Csto. ............................................... 686-210-5714

WATER TREATMENT & HANDLING/HANDLING MANEJO Y TRATAMIENTO DE AQUA TATTOOING/TATUAJES Baja Ink Spot Tattoo & Body Piercing................. 686-577-2538

TILE/PISOS Pisos Y Recubrimientos .................................... 686-577-0932

TRANSPORTATION/TRANSPORTE Airport .............................................................. 686-577-1368 Taxi Service ...................................................... 686-577-1293 Thrifty Car Rental .............................................. 686-577-1277

Rodgers Service CO. ......................................... 686-117-2977

WELDING SERVICES/LIMPIEZA DE VENTANAR Taller Don Beto.................................................. 686-222-0877 Waldo the Welder .............................................. 686-226-3127

WINDOW CLEANING Pro Window Cleaning ........................................ 686-590-6594

TV SATELLITE *See Satellite Services*

TOURISM & IMMIGRATION/TURISMO Y IMIGRASION Tourist Office..................................................... 686-577-1155 Immigration Office............................................. 686-577-1083

TRANSLATION/TRADUCCIÓN Carlota Villagran B............................................. 686-577-4092

UTILITIES/UTILIDADES Water Company ................................................ 686-577-1022 Electric Company.............................................. 686-577-1060 Propane Gas ..................................................... 686-577-2373

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JOBS WRITERS Writers for Ensenada Baja, San Felipe Baja, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) Sonora. Great opportunity for writers passionate about Baja and northwest Mexico. Work from anywhere on your own time. Serious Only: sanfelipebaja@gmail.com. ALSO SEE PAGE 4 FOR PACK PUBLISHING POSITIONS.

Developments continued from page 39 the government to make San Felipe a greater tourist destination and to provide comfortable and affordable living for the regiments of retiring North Americans, Mexicans and others from around the world. San Felipe is the perfect place to bask in tranquility, beauty and peace. At a recent developer event here, Senator Francisco Arroya Vieyra informed the community that the Mexican Senate is considering an initiative to reform the constitution, specifically, article 27 which would simplify the process by which foreign nationals can own land in Mexico while eliminating the need for a fideicomiso (bank trust). Certainly, San Felipe and México welcome your investment dollars, but more than that, they welcome people with a progressive vision to help make this a pollution free environment where desert, beach, mountains and sky remain clear, clean and beautiful for all to enjoy forever, while still savoring the benefits that technology and progress offer. So if you are contemplating enjoying the rest of your life in bliss and you’re the kind of person who will work to make this community, San Felipe, the ideal place to do it, then now is the time to invest. Conditions favor the buyer today but that won’t last. Welcome neighbor, you’ve made a wise decision.

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ADVERTISING SALES Advertising sales executives for Ensenada Baja, San Felipe Baja, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) Sonora. Long-term income, job security, and unlimited growth potential, income opportunity and independence. Must have FM3 or other legal residence; Serious Only: sanfelipebaja@gmail.com. NEED - 2 EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE AGENTS. No license required. Snow Birds Welcome! Email resume to teampilato@yahoo.com. Check our web-site at http:// bajaranchsearealty.homestead.com. Baja Ranch & Sea Realty (686) 577-1304 Graphic Designer with knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. 686-230-9933. MOTOR VEHICLES 2004 23 ft. 5th wheel in excellent condition $8000. In San Felipe and ready for your lot. 559-271-7517. 1979 Yamaha 250 2-Stroke. Needs some TLC but it runs. $200 obo. 230-9933. Like New Mitsubishi 1,600kw generator 68amps, 175 gal. fuel tank, elec. start, Only 2400 hours. $8,500 US. US 909-354-7559 Mex 686-573-1007. FOR SALE Car dolly. In good shape with new tires. At El Dorado Ranch. $500. 230-9933. SERVICES NEED BANNER? We print banners, billboards and signs of ANY SIZE indoor or outdoor. 800-395-6896 Ext. 7 DELIVERY TO SAN FELIPE. FREE CLASSIFIEDS ONLINE: All online ads will get PRINTED FREE: http://sanfelipebaja.info, YetMail #460 or call 230-9933


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Edition 7 - December 2007  

The Road to San Felipe by Lee Lyons, also contributing to this story was Victory Rodriguez. Whether you've been coming to Baja for years or...