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                      A BAJA, MEXICO HIDDEN GEM

                                                 Article and Photos by Noreen Kompanik

            Locals call San Felipe, Mexico   we understand why visitors   ideal setting for sandboarding   iconic landmarks is its tall
            a hero with a thousand     come. It’s one of those rare   and four-wheeling.    white lighthouse perched
            faces. A popular retirement   places where Mother Nature   Like most Mexican coastal   on a beachside bluff on the
            destination, the sleepy coastal   has blessed the locale with the   towns, San Felipe has   northern end of town. Next to
            village is also a fisherman’s   beauty of both the desert and   a Malecon—a walkable   the lighthouse, the Shrine of
            paradise, a sport and outdoor   the sea.             waterfront with a large    Guadalupe can be accessed
            lovers’ paradise and even an   Beaches are wide and plentiful   colorful identifying sign.   from a set of steep stairs.
            artist’s mecca.                                      Artist renderings of frolicking   Panoramic views of the Sea of
                                       and due to the abundance of
            The town is situated 120 miles   sunshine, seaside sunsets are   mermaids and sea life on   Cortez and town of San Felipe
            south of the Baja Mexican   magnificent here. Its warm and   building fronts fits the fishing   from the top are magnificent.
            on the Sea of Cortez, a mere   clear tourmaline waters make   village to a tee, a reminder that   San Felipe is also home to
            half-day drive from Southern   kayaking and sailing popular   San Felipe is really all about   the world’s largest cactus, the
            California or the Arizona   water sports. The multitude of   the water.         Mexican Cardón. Endemic to
            border. But after one visit here,   area sand dunes provides an   One of San Felipe’s most   the deserts of Baja, California

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