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The friendly, hospitable, town of San Felipe is located in the Northwestern region of Mexico, in the Baja California Peninsula on the shores of the Sea of Cortez. Only 130 miles south of the US-Mexico border, it is connected by a two-lane paved highway, currently being widened to 4 lanes. It’s an easy two and a half hour drive just across the border and worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

 Driving to San Felipe through Mexicali is very easy, so you should have no problem navigating your way here. Here you will find step-by-step directions that will make getting to San Felipe completely straightforward and simple.


Coming from San Diego

  1. Take the Imperial Highway (Ca. rt. 111,) thru Calexico to the border crossing and proceed thru the Lights praying for a Green light. If you get a Red light the customs official will flag you to the right for an inspection to determine if you are “Smuggling” in items for sale in Mexico. If you have many new items for personal use you may be asked to pay an importation tax based on the value. If you have receipts it takes the guess work out of the situation. You will be directed to an office to complete some paper work and then to the bank to pay the duty.

  2. Immediately after clearing the “Lights” move to the right lanes and take the gentle 45’ degree turn to the right which should put you on “Lopez Mateos” a 6 lane/3 in your direction road to San Felipe.

  3. Follow Lopez Mateos past McDonalds, Burger King, the Convention and Tourism Office, The Crown Hotel, Wal Mart, over the over pass about 3 miles to Glorieta where you again will make a gentle 35” degree right turn over the railroad tracks on to Mexico Highway #5 to San Felipe. Immediately on your left you will see a Kenworth Dealership then a Mega Store and COSTCO. You are now on the highway 5 to San Felipe.

  4. Pass the Arches at Kilometer 186 and 3 stop signs. Turn right at the Glorieta following the signs to the International Airport.  6 miles south on the Airport road you will see the road and signs to La Hacienda.


Coming from Arizona and the Imperial Valley

  1. Take Highway 8 West from Yuma and then exit south onto CA. Highway 7. You will see signs indicating the Mexican border crossing.  Get into the ‘nothing to declare’ lane on the left.

  2. Once you have crossed through the border station, bear right to Ave Colon.

  3. At the second stop, (ALTO) sign take a left and head south for several miles on Calz Gómez Morín. As you pass the Sony plant, continue across the railroad tracks.

  4. At the next light, turn left onto Calz Benito Juárez . Follow the highway (Highway 5 ) past Kenworth Trucks, and COSTCO  which will be on your left. You will now start to see kilometer markers to San Felipe.

  5. Pass the Arches at Kilometer 186 and 3 stop signs, then Turn right at the Glorieta following the signs to the International Airport.  6 miles south on the Airport road you will see the road and signs to La Hacienda.

You should know that there is a military checkpoint about thirty miles before you reach San Felipe. Although the military staff here does not speak much English, they are polite and friendly, so there is no need for any concern. Their purpose is to ensure that no drugs or guns are being smuggled in, so they may need to do a routine check of your vehicle.


Driving to San Felipe couldn’t be easier. We’ll be waiting for you!

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