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San Felipe, BC – Mexico’s Other Weekend Destination

Everyone could use a weekend in San Felipe -Unknown

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Group of Friends on the Malecón

When you say “Weekend in Mexico,” you’ll likely hear Ensenada, Rocky Point, or Rosarito.

Occasionally, someone smart will say, ‘Why not spend the weekend in San Felipe?’ Not to say the other destinations are not fantastic.  They are.  San Felipe though stands on its own because it takes a little more effort to get there.

Located between the phenomenal Colorado desert and the waters of the sea of Cortes, San Felipe is unarguably one of the choice destinations, particularly for foreigners who are looking to buy a vacation home.

From Los Angeles, San Felipe is about 350 miles away.  That’s about 50 miles further than the distance to Las Vegas.  From Yuma, it’s only 175 Miles.  In most cases, Mexicali serves as your entry point.

The road (Mex 5) down to San Felipe is in excellent condition and is a pretty straight shot south.

Visitors to San Felipe won’t find large mega resorts or cruise ships in port.  Instead, San Felipe is a quiet village with fishing and tourism as its primary sources of income.

For lodging, San Felipe has many options from Rental homes with popular sites like Airbnb and smaller hotels.  Some favorite choices for hotels include the El Cortez Hotel and the next-door Stella Mar Bungalows.  The cost is very reasonable, and the location is about 500m south of the malecón (boardwalk).  Both are situated right on a beautiful stretch of beach.

Sunrise at low tide.

Speaking of beaches, San Felipe has a beautiful phenomenon in addition to warm water temperatures.  During low tide, the water recedes about a kilometer or more making for some incredible sunrise or sunset photos.  The shallow seabed makes playtime in the water safe, fun, and enjoyable.

Dining is quite good.  San Felipe, commonly attributed to inventing the fish taco, serves up some of the best.  There are many seafood options along the malecón all vying for your business.  They are excellent for lunch or a quick bite.  When you want a memorable dinner, the choices are more limited.  Highlights include the El Nido Steakhouse on the south end of town and La Vaquita Marina on the north end.

If you’re looking for a place to hear live music and knock back some great drinks, head back out of town onto Mex 5 for about 10 minutes and stop at either the Roadrunner Café or the Sand Rail Pizza and Jolly Mon Bar.

If you love fishing, you’re in luck.  On any weekend in San Felipe, one can easily hire a local with a Panga to take you out to some secret spots.

There are plenty of fun activities you can engage in, including off-road driving walks along beaches, sports fishing, desert tours, tours along the surrounding mountains, etc.

Because of the incredible dunes inland, ATVs, dune buggies, and Dirt bikes are regularly seen in town.  Several vendors also rent out ATVs by the hour.

When it comes to peaceful, family-friendly getaways, a weekend in San Felipe makes an excellent choice.  The region’s vast combination of accessibility, fun, and value shines brightly.

Panoramic view of the Coast.

Getting to a weekend in San Felipe is easy.  , head to El Centro via I-8 and head south to Mexicali.  Returning is also hassle-free with two main crossings in Mexicali.  The East Gate (Garita II) is typically far less busy.  Leave on Monday instead of Sunday and sail back across the border like a boss.

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15 Secrets to enjoy motorcycle riding in Mexico

Who knew motorcycle riding in Mexico could be so much fun? -Tom White

Many riders are surprised by how good the motorcycle riding in Mexico is.  We all know Mexico is a great country for overland travel. It’s got a well-developed highway system and wonderful cities and places to visit throughout the country.

Motorists and truckers mostly like motorcyclists and think you’re cool!  Treating them with mutual respect makes for a more pleasurable journey.

Riding a motorcycle is different from riding in the USA or Canada. Americans and Canadians are sticklers for rules and right-of-way. In Mexico, driving priority is primarily based on who is bigger and who is there first.

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A group of riders stopped to snap a quick photo at sunset.

While not exhaustive, these secrets will enhance your journey and increase the number of friends you make.

  1. Wave to military vehicles, truckers, children in cars, drivers when you pass them, and of course other motorcyclists. A simple wave or better yet, a peace sign is a perfect way to demonstrate respect and mutual camaraderie.  Even wave to cops.  You’ll be surprised how often a wave gets you a smile and wave back.
  2. Passing is an art in Mexico. If you are on a two-lane road and you want to pass, flick on your left-turn blinker.  This lets drivers ahead know your intention. They will often pull over to the right a little bit to allow you to pass ahead. If a vehicle wishes to pass you, do the same. Move over to the right and let them.
  3. When passing trucks, also use your left-turn blinker as you approach and pass. This alerts them you are there and keeps you visible to them.  Do this even when you are in the passing lane and they are in the right lane.
  4. Never pass trucks or vehicles on the right shoulder. This is because it’s the first place they will go to make room for emergency vehicles or to let others pass.
  5. SLOW DOWN when approaching and within a town or city! This is very important for several reasons. There are often bus stops, gas stations, and topes (speed bumps) as you approach towns. This is also where both Policía Municipal and Policía Federal like to wait with radar guns to catch speeders. Slow it way down.


    Pro Tip: Enjoy motorcycle riding in Mexico but don’t skimp on Mexican insurance.  Get a Full-Coverage policy from CHUBB Platinum.  The amount of coverage is phenomenal including your helmet, gear, and motorcycle accessories.

  6. If you are at or below half of a tank, fill it up at the next gas station. The next one may be many kilometers down the road.
  7. Take signs that read ‘Aguas’ and ‘Curva Peligrosa’ seriously. ‘Aguas’ means ‘Heads up’ or ‘Pay Attention.’ Also before many corners that are deemed ‘peligrosa,’ look for rumble strips.  These can seriously affect traction and control.
  8. Be friendly at gas stations. People will come up to you and ask the size of your engine, how much it costs, how fast it goes, and if you like Mexico. These are very typical questions and don’t feel weird about answering them.  Smile and be gracious with your answers.
  9. DO NOT RIDE AT NIGHT. This is a big one. When riding toward the end of the day, hold your hand out with three fingers showing. If the sun is at or below your fingers from the horizon, you have 15-20 minutes to find a place to stay the night. Do not try to continue. Road hazards, livestock, and in some regions, criminal activity become acute at night. Find a hotel and enjoy a good dinner.
  10. Lane Sharing and lane filtering are OK, and drivers are typically quite good about it. Don’t abuse the privilege drivers give you to pass. Do it safely and discretely. Be sure to wave and thank the drivers who make room for you.
  11. Drink about half a liter of water every time you stop. Many riders crash and suffer significant injuries and sometimes fatalities due to dehydration. A simple way to tell if you are properly hydrated is that you need to use the restroom at each stop and your urine is a light color. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.
  12. If you see a rider on the side of the road or a motorist in need, stop if it is safe, to offer help. There may not be mobile reception, and you may be the angel of the day. They will stop for you if you are in trouble, too.
  13. When motorcycle riding in Mexico, keep your chin up and always scan in the distance.  Look for hazards, errant drivers, debris, accidents, and animals. Doing so will give you plenty of time to take evasive action and not become a bigger problem. Be careful not to daydream when riding.
  14. If you have them, flash your emergency lights to let other drivers or riders know of oncoming hazards or sudden stops.  Flashing your brake light also works to alert drivers.
  15. In windy curving roads and especially blind corners, take it easy and stay to the right. Large vehicles including buses and trucks will take those corners wide. Give yourself plenty of time and options to remain safe and happy.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but this should give you an excellent primer on riding safely and enjoyably in Mexico.

Travel Warnings About Mexico & How to Correctly Read Them.

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Family of four on beach vacation in Mexico


Story by Jim Foreman.

Some time ago a group of friends decided to enjoy Chinese Food together. At the end of the meal as the check arrived, the most outspoken and perhaps the most attractive friend grabbed her fortune cookie and stood up.

She pronounced that everyone had to add the words ‘in bed’ after every fortune. One by one, we all read aloud our fortunes with the additional fun words.

Today it seems whenever you try to plan a trip down south, some news report comes out. Don’t go this week, the US State Department just issue another warning! The cheeky nerve… Who are these people at the State Department and have any of them even traveled to Mexico?

How to interpret Mexican travel warnings

As of this writing, many popular destinations are on the US State Department Travel Warning page for Mexico.  One should actually read it rather than rely on others to tell them what to think.

Go ahead and click on the link. The first thing you’ll notice is these warnings nearly always specify US Personnel. This means US Government employees. In particular, the warnings mostly refer to US Embassy and Consulate employees and Anti-Drug officials.

One must chuckle at the line, “U.S. government personnel are prohibited from patronizing adult clubs and gambling establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit.”  It’s seemingly okay for US Government personnel to patronize ‘Adult Clubs’ (legal brothels) in other states of Mexico.

The more important line to take from all of this is, “There is no evidence criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality.

For many readers and travelers to Mexico, this is all common sense. However, for those who sell gear, also known as the news media, this will add to the ignorant indignation.

Foolish ‘American Traveler’ naiveté causes many to take regrettable and ridiculous actions at home and while traveling. Later these same folks dare to complain when something does go wrong and blame everyone else for their complete lack of common sense or reason.

Let’s make this perfectly clear. Follow these simple guidelines to enjoy the amazing Mexican culture.

  1. You should not travel at night. Be off the road before dusk, and don’t mess with this one.
  2. Don’t wear shirts with a large ‘DEA’ printed on them.
  3. Don’t get gas or visit an ATM at night. Do you do this at home?
  4. Don’t be a loud, obnoxious, overly complaining boor. Ever! Whether traveling or not.

Seriously, be aware of the ever-changing situation in Mexico. Talk to people who have recently (within the last 3-4 months) been there. Get their perspective. Don’t rely on people who have never been or only have anecdotal stories about their brother’s friend who, for no reason wound up in a Mexican jail.

Because of this, it’s wise to avoid sensational or out-of-date info from the news media, TV shows, movies, pulp thrillers and especially Facebook and what passes for news on the internet.  Remember, the ‘News’ is not there to inform you. Above all, its sole purpose is to keep you angry and afraid.  Watch 20 minutes of any newscast and then see how you’re feeling.  When one is angry and afraid, one can be manipulated into believing or doing anything, no matter how abhorrent.

Why You Should Buy Mexico insurance coverage for driving.

You need to have a valid policy from a Mexican insurance company. You can get this coverage from

Some insurers in the US and Canada provide limited protection for Mexico. They may cover physical damage to 25 miles from the border. Your domestic insurance can not extend liability coverage to you. US and Canadian liability coverage is invalid in Mexico. If a car accident happens and you are found to be at fault, it can be really hard.

In Mexico, it is required that all drivers have car insurance.  The minimum protection is liability-only.  Get full coverage unless your car, motorcycle, or RV is over 20 years old.  The best advice is to match your US or Canadian insurance when buying Mexican Insurance.  This way, your risk remains the same.

A Liability Only Mexican insurance policy will only cover the damage you cause to other people or property.


Mexico is a warm and wonderful place to visit offering some of the best beaches, weather, culture, and hospitality anywhere in the world. More than 15 Million people visit Mexico each year with nothing but sunburn and great stories. Few places in the world offer all the benefits that Mexico does.

Going back to the story about the Chinese food fortune cookies with friends, add the words, “If you’re involved in the drug trade” to the travel warnings to get an accurate perspective.

For more information please read, “Rookie Mistakes to Avoid While Traveling

Beat the Summer Heat in La Paz


La Paz offers a ton of outdoor activities and beach fun without the burning sun and hassle. As always, Mexican insurance is required when driving anywhere in Mexico. If you forget to buy a policy ahead of time, it’s fine to secure Mexico car insurance on your smartphone before crossing the border.

La Paz is cooler, in more ways than one

Located well south of the border, the city can still be hot. Most days though, you’re unlikely to see scorching temperatures.  The ocean and sea breezes keep the ultra-high temperatures away.

Luckily, La Paz has an abundance of outdoor water activities. Sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) are popular in the area.  One can go on day trips or even plan week-long excursions.  There’s nothing like enjoying a pod of dolphins casually swimming around you. At night, everyone gets together and has fun, the way it should be.

Have you ever attempted to swim with Whale Sharks? It’s an unforgettable experience. It seems scary at first, but give it a go.  You won’t regret it. Espiritu Santo, a small nearby island teeming with dolphins, sea lions, and other marine life, is a natural ecosystem worth a visit. Of course, there’s whale watching, in season! It’s fun to simply stroll along the Malecón as well.

Some Tips You Can Use To Beat Summer Heat In La Paz

Here are some ideas you can use to beat the summer heat if you find yourself in this wonderful city. If you’re hesitant to stay for the summer, this might help you.

  • Enjoy live music at one of the many excellent restaurants.  Keep the drinks coming and embrace the passion of the city.
  • Don’t miss the ice cream along the Malecon.  Spend your evenings there, and listen to music from a number of free concerts.
  • Wear loose fabrics that are made from cotton or linen.  Make sure that the fabrics are lightweight and breathable.
  • Visit Tesoro beach and enjoy every bit of it, the food and refreshments, it is even better if you have children with you, they’ll surely have a good time. Don’t forget to dip yourself in the water as often as you can, it is a great way to beat the heat.

Question: Is Mexican insurance required across the border?

Some people think Mexico car insurance is optional because years ago, it was.  Mexican insurance is definitely required. Without a policy, you’re in big trouble if you are involved in an accident.

Is anything else worth checking out?

Never forget that Google is your friend.  Assuming your phone plan includes Mexican data, utilize maps, and ‘near me’ requests for help.   It’s useful to locate activities and restaurants to try, but prioritize the reviews in Spanish. That being said, the shopping is fantastic. The area features many local artists and jewelry merchants, so it’s easy to find something to like, often at a bargain.


Is Liability Only Mexican Insurance My Best Option?





Many travelers feel that a Liability Only Mexican insurance policy with is all they need. Unfortunately, a tight budget might convince you to skimp on the level of coverage you purchase. Although this does satisfy the requirement to have Mexico insurance coverage for driving, it will NOT cover physical damage to your own vehicle. Be sure to consider the potential problems that could occur before deciding to limit your protection.

What Liability Only Mexican Insurance Protection Covers

In short, LO only covers the ‘Other Guy.’  Any damage or additional benefits to your vehicle, such as theft, vandalism, collision, etc., is not included.

The question one should ask before purchasing Liability Only is, “Am I OK walking away from this vehicle if it is involved in a collision?” If the answer is, “Yes!” then go ahead with Liability Only.  One caveat, though, if you have a TVIP (Temporary Vehicle Import Permit), you have an additional requirement.  A TVIP is required for most of Mainland Mexico.

Total Loss

Therefore, in the event of a total loss, you will still need to transport the vehicle, at your cost, to a border Banjercito location where you can have your permit properly canceled.  A list of Banjercito locations that you can obtain or return a TVIP can be downloaded from the official government site here.

If your vehicle is over 20 years old, you may be limited to a Liability Only Mexican insurance policy anyway.

Why You Should Buy Mexico insurance coverage for driving.

You need to have a valid policy from a Mexican insurance company. You can get this coverage from

Some insurers in the US and Canada provide limited protection for Mexico. They may cover physical damage to 25 miles from the border. Your domestic insurance can not extend liability coverage to you. US and Canadian liability coverage is invalid in Mexico. If a car accident happens and you are found to be at fault, it can be really hard.

In Mexico, it is required that all drivers have car insurance.  The minimum protection is liability-only.  Get full coverage unless your car, motorcycle, or RV is over 20 years old.  The best advice is to match your US or Canadian insurance when buying Mexican Insurance.  This way, your risk remains the same.

A Liability Only Mexican insurance policy will only cover the damage you cause to other people or property.

Why Comprehensive Full Coverage May Be Better

Any accident can affect even the most careful driver. If you have an accident that is your fault, a comprehensive full coverage policy allows you to have your car fixed under your coverage terms. If the vehicle is a total loss, you will have the money to replace that vehicle and buy a new one. You will also have legal help in getting the TVIP canceled out.  With a Liability Only Mexican insurance policy, you would shoulder the full cost of your own vehicle’s replacement.

The basics of Mexican car insurance and deductibles


November Shrimp Festival And San Felipe Mexican Insurance Online

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San Felipe Shrimp Festival

San Felipe Mexican Insurance Online – The San Felipe Shrimp Festival is amazing, and you should go.

One of the coolest events in San Felipe, BC, happens right after Halloween. So when you may want to relax before the holiday season kicks into full gear, there’s the San Felipe Shrimp Festival.  Every year in November, the San Felipe Shrimp Festival is simply fun in the sun.

When driving down, pick up San Felipe Mexican insurance online to protect yourself. If you’re in a rush and forget, you can always purchase Mexican auto insurance on your Phone.

So why go to San Felipe?

San Felipe is known as the birthplace of fish tacos, off-road adventures, and fishing expeditions. San Felipe has so many things you can do, and you can get lost figuring out what’s next. The best part about San Felipe and its sleepy attitude is that you don’t have to decide anything.  You can hang out on the beach and watch the tide come in and out.

November Shrimp Festival And San Felipe Mexican Insurance Online

With San Felipe nestling in the Sea of Cortez, fishing is an obvious option. You can either rent a small boat (panga) or join a fishing expedition. You can enjoy nearly every watersport in San Felipe. Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) are favorites. If you’re out looking for silly fun, though, take a ride on the banana boat!

You can zip around town or the adjacent dunes on rental quads. Several rental spots are located north and south of the Malecon.  Finding one isn’t too much trouble. Just don’t forget, San Felipe Mexican insurance online is crucial for your safety and protection.

Why You Should Not Miss San Felipe Shrimp Festival

The Festival is well-celebrated in San Felipe for a lot of reasons. Aside from the delicious seafood at the festival, you’ll also get to enjoy perfect weather, just as the tourist season is about to begin. If you have not experienced the festival before, here are some reasons why you need to attend.

Shellfish: The whole essence of the festival is based on shrimps. You’ll get to enjoy fresh shrimp from the Sea of Cortes. The shrimp are prepared in more ways than you can ever imagine.  They are all so delicious.

The Atmosphere: There is a captivating and electrifying atmosphere at the San Felipe Shrimp Festival. Live music and cooking competitions ensure that the atmosphere is filled with great music and smells of delicious food.

Over 100 exhibitors are offering the best in the region. In addition, various unique crafts, samples, and other attractions await visitors. The best part is that it is a free festival. The event centers on the Malecon and is one of the highlight activities to enjoy.

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