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									2 - The ONLY Monthly Guide to Northwest Mexico   Get more info: www.mexicoliving.info - 3
4 - Welcome
                                                                                    Mexico Living Publishing Team
                                                                        San Felipe: 686-577-1377                    USA: 800-576-0919 Ext. 3
                                                                        Puerto Penásco: 638-109-4771                Ensenada: 646-192-6965

           Website: www.mexicoliving.info                                        Published by                             Rachel Pack,
           Email: info@mexicoliving.info                                      John Benjamin Pack                    rachel@mexicoliving.info
                                                                             (dba Pack Publishing)
                                                                                   ______                             Roberto Rodriguez,
Mexico Living                                                                                                      roberto@mexicoliving.info
                                                                                  Publisher
                                   Mexico            Living                      Rachel Pack,                             Jim Moore,
                                Magazine’s        Mission:                 rachel@mexicoliving.info                   jim@mexicoliving.info
                                We are committed to
                                                                                   Editor                              Kathy Preppernau,
                                promoting       Northwest                        John Pack,                         kathy@mexicoliving.info
                                Mexico to the limits                        john@mexicoliving.info
                                of our abilities; to                                                                      Writers
                                highlighting the amazing                     Operations Manager                   Robin Waters, John Pack,
                                                                                Lisa Shannon,                   Benjamin Eugene, Rachel Pack,
                                natural beauty, friendly                    lisa@mexicoliving.info               Ron Saunders, Charlie Luse
  John & Rachel Pack            people,       opportunities
                                and lifestyles of one of                       Office Manager                             Photography
                                                                               Armando Rubio,                     Victor Rodriguez Ratliff, Ron
the most unique places on Earth; and to showing that                      armando@mexicoliving.info              Saunders, John Pack, Rachel
Northwest Mexico is a great place not only to visit and                                                         Pack, Francisco Romos Victorio
play, but also to live and work – a place to call home.                             Arts Editor
   Mexico Living magazine is published by John                                     Robin Waters,                         Contributors
                                                                        digitaldesignsbyrobin@gmail.com             Denny & Sandi Flannigan
Benjamin Pack, a Mexican business in San Felipe, Baja
California, the home of publishers and owners John and                            Golf Editor                            Distribution
Rachel Pack.                                                                   Hal “Paco” Clark,                       Armando Rubio,
                                                                             bajapaco@gmail.com                   armando@mexicoliving.info       Here is an image of the new
   John and Rachel have spent years traveling the
region falling in love with the people, the landscape and                                                                                         ambulance and the other two vehicles
                                                                                     Sales                                Charlie Luse
the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). This is a way                      Bill Maine, Sales Manager                  cglpur@netscape.net         (one ambulance and a suburban) that
to combine their passion for travel, exploration, writing                    bill@mexicoliving.info                                               Cruz Roja received last month...the
and photography with their desire to share their joy and                                                           Mexico Mailing Address:
                                                                              USA Mailing Address:                 John Pack/Yetmail #460         ambulance is Mercedes Benz Sprinter
showcase all the beauty and wonderful things to do and                       John Pack/Yetmail #460                  Av Mar de Cortez Sur         2008 model, unfortunately does not
see in Baja California, Sonora and the northern Sea of                            PO Box 9019,                             #1049B
Cortez, Mexico.                                                                Calexico, CA 92232                   San Felipe, B.C. Mexico       come fully equipped, so they are
                                                                                                                             21850                trying to get the emergency treatment
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. All contributors                               equipment and supplies such monitor-
and advertisers assume responsibility and liability for the accuracy of their statements and claims. All readers                                  defibrillator, portable suction machine,
assume responsibility for actions or decisions they might make as a result of reading this publication. We                                        vital signs monitor, portable automatic
reserve the right to refuse any advertising.                                                                                                      ventilator, and some other items in order to meet the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               San Felipe’s Only
                                                                                                                                                  Advanced Level classification, or ALS ambulance in            Shopping Mall &
                                                         Table of Contents                                                                        accordance with Mexican and US standards. Thank you        Professional Building
                                                                                                                                                  for your support.
      Welcome......................................................6        Discover the Gulf of California..................28
      Northwest Map............................................7            COVER STORY: Boating in the Northern Sea                                                                                      The Best Choice in San Felipe for
      Ensenada ...................................................10        of Cortez ...................................................30                                                               specialty retail and professionals
      Ensenada Map...........................................11             La Vaquita Porpoise:                                                                                                          seeking a high traffic location.
      San Felipe...................................................12       The Gulf’s Most Endangered ...................32
      San Felipe Map ..........................................13           From Russia with Love and Art ...............34
      Puerto Peñasco...........................................14           Dining Guide .............................................38                                                                  • High Visability (Car de
      Puerto Peñasco Map .................................15                Hotel & Lodging .......................................40                                                                       Cortez)
      Calendar.....................................................16       Real Estate Greensheets ..........................43                                                                          • High Traffic (several busi-
      Tide Calendar.............................................19          Business Profile ........................................47
      Reasons to Learn Spanish........................20                    Yellow Pages.............................................48
                                                                                                                                                                                                            nesses and a restaurant).
      Escala Nautica, Nautical Ladder ..............22                      Classifieds ................................................54                                                                • Security (gated at night).
      Puerto Peñasco Bird Island..............................24
      Traveling to Baja California .......................26
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                 A rookery of California sea lions lounge around on the rocks near the look out tower with          PACIFIC OCEAN                                                    San Felipe                Puerto Penasco
                  some brown pelicans on a hot, sunny and calm day at Roco Consag Island in the Sea of                                                                                                         (Rocky Point)
                                                         Cortez 25 miles east of San Felipe, Baja, Mexico.
                                                                                                                 copyright John Benjamin Pack




  T   he Mexican states of Baja California and
      Sonora make up Nor thwest Mexico as
covered by our magazine. The region features
                                                               Rosarito Baja California, www.rosarito.org
                                                               Located 20 miles from USA. 011-52-661-
                                                                                                                     BORDER CROSSINGS
                                                                                                                     •   San Diego, California (San Ysidro) – Tijuana,
                                                                                                                         Baja California
                                                                                                                                                                             checks, and/or other monetary instruments),
                                                                                                                                                                             these must be declared.
                                                                                                                                                                                If you are bringing more than 50 USD wor th
an enormous diversity of landscapes like no              612-5222, or (800) 962-2252; www.rosarito.org               •   Otay Mesa, California – Tijuana, Baja               of merchandise per person but not more than
place on ear th—a land of quiet, color ful deser ts,               San Felipe Baja California, sanfelipe.com.            California                                          1,000 USD, you may declare it by driving into
endless beaches, majestic mountains, forests,                      mx Located 122 miles from USA.                    •   Tecate, California – Tecate, Baja California        the customs facility thru the declaration lane
unexplained rock formations, brilliant clear skies,                (COTUCO) 011-52-686-577-1104                      •   Calexico, California – Mexicali, Baja               (carril de declaración). You will need to fill out
an average temperature of seventy-five degrees,                                                                          California                                          some documents and determine the value of your
and some of the most welcoming people in the                      Tecate Baja California, tecatemexico.com.mx        •   Andrade, California – Los Algodones, Baja           merchandise. The duty is usually between 15%
world.                                                            Located at the USA Border                              California                                          and 25% of the value of the merchandise and
   Nor thwest Mexico is the destination of choice                                                                    •   San Luis, Arizona – San Luis Río Colorado,          must be paid at a nearby bank (usually located
for retirees, investors, entrepreneurs, travelers,                    Tijuana Baja California, seetijuana.com            Sonora                                              near customs). Once your duty is paid, you’ll need
and vacationers alike. The U.S. State Depar tment                     Located at the USA Broder 011-52-664-          •   Lukeville, Arizona – Sonoita, Sonora                to show customs the receipt of payment and you’ll
say more Americans retire in Mexico than any                          684-0537, -684-0481, -634-6330,                •   Sasabe, Arizona – Altar, Sonora                     be on your way.
other place on the globe; 51% of all U.S. retirees       or toll free from the U.S. (888) 775-2417; www.             •   Nogales, Arizona – Nogales, Sonora
who live outside of the U.S. live in Mexico.             tijuanaonline.org.                                          •   Naco, Arizona – Naco, Sonora                        WHAT CAN I TAKE HOME?
   Mexico is economical; the dollar goes fur ther                                                                    •   Douglas, Arizona – Agua Prieta, Sonora                  You can bring back 800 USD of duty-free
here than it does in Europe, Canada, and the                       Mexicali Baja California, mexicaliturismo.                                                                merchandise per person, per month, including one
most popular destinations of Asia. The people of                   com/cotuco/prueba/ingles. Mexicali is the         WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER MEXICO?                         liter of alcohol. Mexican ar ts and crafts, including
Mexico are accustomed to Americans and vice                        capital of the State of Baja California.             You are required to get a tourist card (tourist      handcrafted furniture, are duty-free and do not
versa. Mexico welcomes American retirees and                       Located at the US border.                         visa) if you are planning to stay more than             count toward the 800 USD limit.
tourists and is increasingly prepared to offer the                 Hermosillo Sonora, http://www.gotosonora.         seventy-two hours, or if you plan to travel south
foods, goods, and services that Americans like                     com/hermosillo-son-mx.htm. Hermosillo is          beyond Ensenada, San Felipe, or Puer to Peñasco.        MINORS IN MEXICO
and expect.                                                        the capital of the State of Sonora. Located       Tourist visas are available at all border crossings        Mexican law requires that any non-Mexican
   Whether you’re looking to retire, invest,                       160 miles from the border with AZ.                and are 21.65 USD. You will have to pay a bank          citizen under the age of eighteen depar ting Mexico
vacation, or operate a business, Nor thwest                                                                          and return to have your visa stamped.                   must carry notarized written permission from any
Mexico is the place.                                               Puerto Peñasco www.cometorockypoint.                                                                      parent or guardian not traveling with the child to
   We hope our guide helps you to enjoy Nor thwest                 com. Puerto Peñasco is Located 62 miles           WHAT CAN I BRING INTO MEXICO?                           or from Mexico.
Mexico to the fullest. Explore!                                    from the US border.                                  DO NOT BRING GUNS OR DRUGS INTO MEXICO.
                                                                                                                     You will go to prison. Do not bring such quantities     TOURIST TRAVEL
TOURISM & VISITOR INFO                                   RECENT U.S. PASSPORT NEWS                                   of anything that it may look like the item is for          U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the
Detailed information can be obtained from the               PASSPORTS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR CAR OR                    resale. As a tourist, your personal luggage and         border zone or entering Mexico by air must pay a
following tourist offices:                               PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC INTO OR OUT OF MEXICO.                   other merchandise must not exceed the allowed           fee to obtain a tourist card, also known as an FM-
             Mexico, visitmexico.com                        Passpor ts are ONLY required for air and sea             exemption of 50 USD per person.                         T. The fee for the tourist card is generally included
                                                         travel. However, U.S. citizens should be aware                 Allowed items include: personal things such as,      in the price of a plane ticket for travelers arriving
             Baja California, State Tourism www.         that as of January 31, 2008 - U.S. citizens must            new or used clothes; shoes; toiletries (quantities      by air.
             discoverbajacalifornia.com & www.           be able to verify their identity and citizenship            not for resale); and no more than two used spor ts-
             turismobc.gob.mx 011-52-664-                when crossing land borders and sea borders to               equipment items. You can also bring in two car tons     BUSINESS TRAVEL
634-6330, -634-6918, -634-6574, or toll free             Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. A               of cigarettes; fifty cigars or 2.2lbs of tobacco (1        Business travelers must complete and submit
from the U.S. (888) 775-2417                             combination of identification documents, such as            kilo); one liter of wine or hard liquor; twelve rolls   a form (Form FM-N) authorizing the conduct of
                                                         a U.S. Drivers License and a U.S. Bir th Cer tificate       of film; a computer; camera equipment; and one          business (but not employment) for a thir ty-day
Sonora State Government                                  may be presented. Note that a U.S. Passpor t                musical instrument, as long as you can carry it—        period. Travelers entering Mexico for purposes
http://www.gotosonora.com/                               or Passpor t Card is proof of both identity and             really, that is the law.                                other than tourism or business or staying for
                                                         citizenship.                                                   Medicine for personal use is also allowed.           periods longer than 180 days require a visa and
       Ensenada Baja California, www.enjoyensenada.com      US Gov. Passpor t Requirements: http://travel.           Note: Be careful not to bring a large quantity of       must carry a valid U.S. passpor t. U.S. citizens
       Located 62 miles from USA 011-52-646-172-         state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html                      your prescription medication. Mexico has laws           planning to work or live in Mexico should apply for
       3022, or (800) 310-9687; www.                                                                                 concerning prescription drugs.                          the appropriate Mexican visa (FM3, FM2) at the
       enjoyensenada.com                                   Get your bir th cer tificate: http://www.cdc.gov/            If you carry more than the equivalent of 10,000      Mexican consulate nearest your city in the United
                                                         nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm                                 USD in foreigner currency (or the equivalent in         States, or through the immigration professional in
                                                                                                                                                                             your area.
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                                                 VEHICLE PERMITS
                                                    Tourists traveling with their vehicle beyond
                                                 the border zone nor th of Ensenada, San Felipe
                                                 or Puer to Peñasco must obtain a temporary
                                                 impor t permit or risk having their vehicle
                                                 confiscated by Mexican customs officials.
                                                 GENERAL SAFETY
                                                    The Depar tment of State urges American
                                                 citizens to take responsibility for their own
                                                 personal security while traveling in Mexico
                                                 or any foreign country. Depar tment’s travel
                                                 web site (http://travel.state.gov/index.html)
                                                 where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel
                                                 Warnings, and Travel Aler ts can be found.
                                                 Up-to-date information on safety and security
                                                 outside the US, toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
                                                 MILITARY CHECKPOINTS
                                                     There are military checkpoints along the way to
                                                 all the Northwest border cities. These check points
                                                 serve the same purpose as the California and Arizona
                                                 highway inspection stops you’ll encounter on the
                                                 return north. The soldiers will be carrying weapons,
                                                 but there is nothing to be concerned about, the
                                                 soldiers are looking for drugs and guns. You’ll find
                                                 them to be polite and friendly. They may ask to look
                                                 inside your vehicle or RV. Check points on both sides
                                                 of the border, are an agreement between the United
                                                 States and Mexico to fight drugs.



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across the border to the small Plaza Viva bus station.    176-3344, located at 1442 Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas




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ABC (Autotransportes Baja California) buses               or Renta-Car Ensenada at 646-176-3344, located                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     R. Blanco
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depart for Ensenada every half hour beginning 6AM         at 582 Lopez Mateos.




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    Greyhound Bus Lines (U.S. toll free: 800-231-                                                                 DRIVING DISTANCES
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2222). Greyhound Lines will take you to Tijuana’s                                                                    Rosarito Beach B.C. ................ 44 miles
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                                                          level of comfort or amenities. Prices can range                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              R. Azucen
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anywhere in the US and connect to any major               depending on the hotel. The best hotels in Ensenada                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Guaymas
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a small fishing village in its heart and soul.              ATM/GETTING CASH
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resort community with destination resort                    Mexico to the USA, most invoices, and receipts at                                                                         Bus Terminal
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Cortez), 118 miles (190 km) south of the US border          save money. ATMs at Banamex Bank on Chetumal,
and within the municipality of Mexicali.                    Bancomer Bank on Mar de Cortez and Chetumal or
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Pedro Martír, the tallest mountains in Baja, forming a
protective wall from Pacific storms. San Felipe has 23-     THINGS TO DO
                                                               San Felipe offers endless things to do and or not                           The San Felipe Arches
foot tides (7-meters) exposing a kilometer or more of
                                                            do depending on your personal goals.                                                     monument at
ocean floor. One of the largest tidal bores in the world
                                                               San Felipe beaches extend north and south                                             the entrance
due in part to the Colorado River delta to the north.
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WHAT DO I NEED?
                                                            bargain, souvenirs, arts and much more. Much of the
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                                                            shopping can be found downtown on the Malecon,
such as a U.S. Drivers License and a U.S. Bir th                                                                                                                                                                                               South Campos
                                                            Mar de Cortez, or Chetumal leading into town.
Cer tificate or a valid U.S. passport - PASSPORTS                                                                                                                                                                                               & Puertocitos
ARE NOT REQUIRED! You do not need a tourist                 However, all around town you’ll find great finds.                                                                        Old Road South Campos
                                                                                                                                                                                          & Puertocitos                                                                                                                                       Marina Resort
visa if you visit San Felipe for 72 hours or less. You
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                                                                                                                          TAKING A SHUTTLE                                                off-road adventures, horseback riding, kayaking,
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora                                                                                                       If you want get to Puerto Peñasco and don’t want to
                                                                                                                          drive, you can consider taking a shuttle for fast trouble
                                                                                                                                                                                          parasailing, watercraft rentals and much more.

                                                                                                                          free travel.
                                                                                                                             Head out to Rocky Point (www.headouttorockypoint.            RULES TO KNOW
                                                                                                                          com) is offering 15-person chartered vans to Puerto                Here are a few basic rules to follow to avoid
                                                                                                                          Peñasco out of Phoenix. Also, Kona Shuttle (www.                trouble:
                                                                                                                          konashuttle.com), which offers $179 roundtrips from             •     NO drinking and driving vehicles of any kind
                                                                                                                          Tucson and Phoenix in their Mercedes-Benz mini
                                                                                                                                                                                                including ATVs.
                                                                                                                                                                                          •     No drinking under 18 years of age.
                                                                                                                          coaches. Both companies are based out of Phoenix.               •     All vehicles are prohibited on the beach.
                                                                                                                                                                                          •     No riding ATV’s after dark, on the beaches or
                                                                                                                          THINGS TO DO                                                          on Blvd Juarez.
                                                                                                                             Puerto Peñasco has a wide variety of activities              •     Fireworks in designated areas until 10:00 PM
                                                                                                                          available for everyone, from the lazy days relaxing in          •     No possession of drugs, guns or weapons.
                     Sunset painted cloud formation with silhouetted palm trees in the fore ground looking west           the sun, to the action filled wild ride. Activities including   •     Speed limits (25 MPH) and drivers must be 16
                                                                                                                          shopping, scuba diving, sport fishing, sunset cruises,                years old.                 Photos by Robin Waters
                                    over the Sea of Cortez in Puerto Penasco, Mexico - By James Cottingham

PUERTO PENASCO SONORA MEXICO                                  Peñasco at 11:40am, and arrives in LAX at 12:10pm
    Puerto Peñasco, commonly known among many of              and the other leaves Puerto Peñasco at 4:30PM and
its English-speaking visitors as Rocky Point, is a small      arrives in LAX at 5:30PM, every Tuesday, Thursday, and
city of approximately 42,000 people in the northern state     Sundays.
of Sonora, Mexico. Located on the shore of the Gulf of
California (also known as the Sea of Cortéz), the town        DRIVING
is known for its fishing and tourism industries.                 Visitors to the interior of Sonora are now able to
    It is a popular destination for tourists, particularly    drive directly to such cities as Guaymas, San Carlos,
those from Arizona, for Puerto Peñasco is nearest beach.      Hermosillo, Bahia de Kino, Caborca, Father Kino
This is why it is such a popular Spring Break destination     Missions, Magdalena, and Santa Ana without the time-
with students from Arizona, New Mexico, and California.       consuming process of obtaining a car permit. With the
Puerto Peñasco is located in the ‘free zone’ where tourists   movement of the “Only Sonora” vehicle checkpoint,
are not required currently to obtain immigration papers       visitors to the state will no longer have to obtain a
in order to visit. However, U.S. Border Patrol agents         car permit in order to travel south of Nogales. Puerto
advise a combination of identification documents,             Peñasco
such as a U.S. Drivers License and a U.S. Bir th                 From Phoenix travel west on I-10 to State Route 85,
Cer tificate or a valid U.S. passport - PASSPORTS             continue southbound on SR 85 to Gila Bend and turn
ARE NOT REQUIRED! Puerto Peñasco is has new fuel              right at a sign stating “Mexico” and “SR 85 South” before
docks and other boat-related developments as part of          McDonalds. Continue southbound on SR 85 through
the country’s ‘Escalera Nautica’ efforts, which call for      Ajo, Why and the Organ Pipe National Monument to the
a chain of ‘tourist-class’ marinas sprinkled up and down      border at Lukeville, Arizona.
the Baja coast in an effort to promote nautical tourism.         From Tucson, take State Route 86 westbound to
    Puerto Peñasco has two main beach areas. To the           “Why”, Arizona and go south on SR 85 through Organ
west of the Old Port area, there is a wide, flat area known   Pipe National Monument to the border at Lukeville, AZ.
as Sandy Beach. This is the home to several large hotel/         From Yuma, go eastbound on I-8 from Yuma to
resorts, and more are under construction. East of Puerto      the SR 85 to Gila Bend and turn left at a sign stating
Peñasco, there is a long coast with several areas, known      “Mexico” and “SR 85 South” just past the McDonalds.
in parts as La Mirador, Playa del Oro and then Las            Continue southbound on SR 85 through Ajo, Why and
Conchas, an area of beachfront and near-beach condos,         the Organ Pipe National Monument to the border at
homes and timeshares.                                         Lukeville, Arizona.
    Puerto Peñasco is in the same time zone as Arizona           From Ensenada or San Felipe take the Mexico Route
observes, and does not observe rules for Daylight             2 (MR-2) towards San Luis Rio Colorado and continue
Saving Time same as Arizona.                                  on MR-2 to Sonoita.
                                                                 From the border, you will continue southbound two
GETTING TO PUERTO PENASCO                                     miles to a three-way intersection in Sonoita. Merge
                                                              LEFT towards Caborca for one until the road splits
FLYING                                                        into a “Y”, stay to the RIGHT and you’re on your way.
   Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) now has flights to and        Continue southbound approximately fifty miles to Puerto
from Los Angeles (LAX), twice daily; one leaves Puerto        Peñasco.

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CALENDAR & EVENTS                                                                                                      Wine & Margaritas Raffles 14th Annual Salsa Contest
                                                                                                                       Chile Eating Competition Ms. Chile Pepper and Señor
                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday: Oldies Bar - 7:00 pm Live Pop Rock Music

                                                                                                                       Salsa Contests.                                             LIST YOUR EVENT: mexicoliving@gmail.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                Include event name, dates and times, description and
                                                                                                                       WEEKLY CALENDAR EVENTS                                                       contact info.
                                                                                                                       ENSENADA BAJA CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                       Tuesday: Jazz Cafe - Cine de Arte                        MONTHLY CALENDAR EVENTS
                                                                                                                       Wednesday: Jazz Cafe - Trivia                            NATIONAL DATES & HOLIDAYS
                                                                                                                       Thursday: Jazz Cafe - Jazz                               May
                                                                                                                       Friday: Jazz Cafe - 8pm Salsa dance classes              1: Dia de Trabajo - Labor Day - National appreciation
                                                                                                                       Saturday: Jazz Cafe - Oldies but Goodies -               day of all the many workers of Mexico that have gone
                                                                                                                       The     live   music     of    “Nuevo     Concepto”      before, and today make the country the special place
                                                                                                                                                                                that it is.
                                                                                                                       SAN FELIPE                                               5: Cinco de Mayo
                                                                                                                       Monday: Fandangos - “9-Ball Tournament 6:00PM            10: Dia de las Madres / Mother’s day in Mexico
                                                                                                                       Tuesday:                                                 11: Mother’s Day (US)
                                                                                                                       • Jimmy’s BB&G - Karaoke with “The Sing Out              17: Armed Forces Day
                                                                                                                          Sisters”                                              26: Memorial Day observed (US)
THE ORIGINS OF CINCO DE MAYO                               it is not an official                                       • Fandangos - Darts 7:00 PM
                                                           holiday, many cities Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín                • Al’s Backstreet - Darts                                ENSENADA BAJA CALIFORNIA
  A unique, unofficial Mexican & American
                                                           with large populations (March 24, 1829 –                    Wednesday:
                                                                                                                                                                                May
holiday to celebrate heritage and pride.                   of Mexican ancestry September 8, 1862) was                                                                           2-3: Cabalgata Vaquera El Alamar in the Sierra de Juarez
                                                                                                                       • Jimmy’s BB&G - “Bunko” & “Ladies Night”                10: J.D. Hussong Baja Internacional “CHILI COOKOFF”.
   Cinco de Mayo, or “5th of May” in English, is           honor the day as a a general in the Mexican                 • Al’s Backstreet - Live Music                           http://www.hussongs.com/chilicookoff.html
primarily a regional and not an obligatory federal         symbolic representation Army, best known for his            Thursday:                                                11: Fiesta of the Flowering Vineyards in Ensenada’s
holiday in Mexico. The date is observed in the             of Mexican pride and 1862 victory against the               • Fandangos - Live Music of The Beach Bums               Wine Country. fiestasvendimia@hotmail.com
United States and other locations around the world         as a representation of a French invading forces             • Jaunito’s (El Dorado) - “Name That Tune”               25: 6th Annual Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino in
as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. A          culture that blends both in the Battle of Puebla            • Los Arcos - Bingo & Lions Meeting (2nd & 4th           Ensenada’s Wine Country
common misconception in the United States is that          Mexican and American on May 5 (the Cinco                       Thurs.)                                               30-June 1: 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada.
Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day;                roots.      Celebrations de Mayo). Shortly after            • Lighthouse Rest. - Live Music by Ed G.                 www.score-international.com
Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September            tend to draw both from his famous victory, he               Friday:
16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), which is the      traditional     Mexican contracted typhoid fever,           • Jimmy’s BB&G - Live music “Agave Blues”                SAN FELIPE BAJA CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                       • Los Archos - Karaoke                                   May
most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.       symbols, such as the of which he died at the
                                                                                                                       • La Vaquita - Live music “Vatos Locos” 6:00PM           3: 6th Annual International Club De Pesca Chili
   The holiday commemorates an initial victory of          Virgin de Guadalupe, age of 33.                                                                                      Cookoff at De Pesca - 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May
Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza             and from prominent                                          Saturday:                                                3, 2008. Contact Joseph Malek (686 203-8230) or
Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on       figures of Mexican                                          • Jimmy’s BB&G - Live music of “Agave Blues”             Elayne Caldwell (577-2649 or e-mail at caldes@
May 5, 1862. However, this Mexican victory at Puebla       descent in the United States, such as César Chávez.         • San Felipe Fine Arts Association - art show 2nd        prodigy.net) at Club De Pesca.
only delayed the French invasion of Mexico City; a                                                                        Sat. of every month at Rosarios Art Studio - on the   3: 6th Anual Torneo de Pesca Deportiva
year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French         MAY CHILI COOK-OFFS                                            highway in the Ejido. 10-4
                                                                                                                       Sunday:
                                                                                                                                                                                23-25: Code Tecate Race “VW AUTOPARTES NIGHT
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occupying forces placed Maximilian I, Emperor of              A chili cook off is the only contest where
Mexico on the throne of Mexico. The French were                                                                        • Fandangos - Arcade Bowling 2:00 PM                     24: Laguna Percebu Poker Run
                                                           spectators and competition both participate to heat         • Los Archos - Live Music
eventually defeated and expelled in 1867. Maximilian       things up and relief comes in the form of a frosty                                                                   PUERTO PEÑASCO
was executed by President Benito Juarez, five years        cold cervesa; a slice of heaven. During May, chili          PUERTO PEÑASCO SONORA                                    May
after the Battle of Puebla.                                aficionados all across northwest Mexico will be             Thursday: JC`s Bar - 3:00 PM Darts Tournament            1-2: Sand Drag Races at Sandy Beach. Watch the
   In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on        feasting and fiesta’in (made that up) on the finest chili   Friday: Dugout - 7:00 PM Billiards Tournament            racers in their sand rails roar down the beach.
a significance beyond that in Mexico. Commercial           Mexico has to offer.
interests in the United States have capitalized on            In San Felipe on May 3 at The 6th Annual
the celebration, advertising Mexican products and          International Club de Pesca Chili-Cook Off at the
services, with an emphasis on beverages, foods, and        end of Mar de Cortez, downtown. This is an event
music. The date is perhaps best recognized in the          worth getting your tickets in advance. This chili cook-
United States as a date to celebrate the culture and       off draws the best chili chefs in the area, each with
experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much         their winning chili recipes, plus lots of great music,
as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New     incredible weather and beach fun.
Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and        In Ensenada, on May 10, the 31st Annual J.D.
Chinese ancestry, respectively. As a result, the holiday   Hussong Baja Internacional Chile Cook-off with
is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic         Masters of Ceremonies Brent & Gina BeSaw, Live
origins, especially in cities and states where there       Acoustic Rock, Pop & Original Music by Scott BeSaw
is a large population of Mexican ancestry. Although        & Friends Line Dancing by the Baja Chili Peppers of
                                                           Punta Banda Folkloric Dancers Regional Foods Beer,
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1-7: Mayan Culture Appreciation Week is a celebration      Museum on their annual tour of Puerto Peñasco’s tide
and remembrance of Mexico’s pre-conquest culture.          pools and mud flats. Call 520-883-3025                           MAYO 2008                                                                                                           CICESE                                                                               San Felipe, B.C.
6: One Club Open Golf Tournament in Cholla Bay out         13-14: Sailboat Races is a JJ’s Cantina/Cholla Bay                                                                                                                                   Oceanografía Física                                                                      (31 01 N, 114 49 W)
on beach in front of JJ’s Cantina. Bring a golf 10 iron,   area event that fun for all. Participants & spectators




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                                is working on his          Wille and Denny & Sandy Flannigan, all my N/A                                                                                                                                                                                        1er Cuarto:               11
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                                Tecate girls have put      Radinsky, not to mention the 40 or so other silent          0                                                                                       0
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                                their clothes back         heroes that worked this event. It was fantastic, it                                                                                                                                                                                  Luna Nueva:               5
on by now. Moondogg, our Hippie bus, cool as he            was chaotic, some of it worked really well, some of                                                                                                                                                                                                       http://oceanografia.cicese.mx/predmar MAR V0.7 2006 J.I. González



looked, is back in the Flannigan’s driveway, resting       it didn’t work at all, but all and all, the planners and
up for Woofstock ‘09.                                      organizers of the entire Woofstock event, including

At the time of this posting, we estimate that the
                                                           Bitchy Bingo need to take a BIG bow. Thanks San
                                                           Felipe. We have grand fundraising plans already in
                                                                                                                                                                                                               USA
                                                           place for next Season! Don’t miss our November
                                                                                                                                                                                            PASSPORT
Woofstock Project, including Bitchy Bingo, raised
upwards of $25,000 for San Felipe Animal Rescue,           Event! Read Steven’s new column next month in
and Eileen Cremata, SFAR’s favorite chiropractor           Mexico Living Magazine and be sure to read his blog
from Oakland CA, a big SF Animal Rescue supporter          online.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UPDATE
THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES of Baja Desert Dog
                                                                                                                            LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
                                                                                                                            The following information available on
                                                                                                                            the Department of Homeland Security’s
                                                                                                                            website. www.dhs.gov

                                                                                                                            JANUARY 31, 2008
                                                                                                                            U.S. and Canadian citizens will need
                                                                                                                            to present either a WHTI-compliant
                                                                                                                            document, or a government-issued
                                                                                                                            photo ID, such as a driver’s license,
                                                                                                                            plus proof of citizenship, such as a birth
                                                                                                                            certificate.

                                                                                                                            JUNE 2009
                                                                                                                            Passports may be required
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   1. Spanish is the 4th common spoken language           different lens.
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in pain, the United States, Venezuela, Argentina,         tool If you could expand your business to the 350        learned. Languages from the Romance family like
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Escala Náutica - The Nautical Ladder
By Hal (Paco) Clark




                                                                                                                            New San Felipe slips. Photo by Paco Clark                                    Sign in front of Port Captain offices. Photo by Paco Clark

                                                                                                                            boats will cruise the Baja coastlines by 2010 and                               Of course, not everyone is on board. Some
                                                                                                                            that by 2014 the region will host 5.4 million nautical                       ecological activists call the plan a blueprint for
                                                                    Photo by Rachel Pack, others photos as indicated.       tourists, a huge increase compared to the estimated                          disaster, because it potentially threatens what the
                                                                                            Map drawn by John Pack          8,600 small boats currently visiting. It is hoped that                       late great marine biologist Jacques Cousteau called
                                                                                                                            the marinas will spawn additional development of                             “the aquarium of the world”.

   T   he Sea of Cortez region has very high potential these areas have populations of more than 100,000
       for nautical tourism but lacks the facilities and people. The remaining 22 facilities will be in regions
maritime infrastructure                                                                    with populations of less
                                                                                                                            lodging, shops and other services to bolster local
                                                                                                                            economies. Roads and airports along the route will
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The San Felipe Marina fuel and courtesy docks
                                                                                                                                                                                                         are now complete, and are open for business this
                                                                                                                            also be upgraded. An example is the current upgrade                          month, according to Victor Parra, local manager for
required to serve pleasure                                                                 than 15,000, including           of Highway 5 from Mexicali to San Felipe from two                            SINGLAR who are operators of the facility. He added
boaters. Escalas Náuticas                                                                  some with populations of         to four lanes.                                                               that the upgraded facilities in Puerto Peñasco have
was conceived as a way                                                                     less than 100.                                                                                                just opened. These two rungs in the ladder should
of realizing the tourism
potential in the Sea of
Cortez region. San Felipe,
                                                                                              The ports of call will
                                                                                           provide the following
                                                                                           basic services: moorings,
                                                                                                                            San Diego

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Nautical Ladder        immediately bring boaters, water sports enthusiasts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         vacationers and retirees to this beautiful part of the

Ensenada and Puerto                                                                        ramps and dry storage,
                                                                                                                                Ensenada
                                                                                                                                                     MEXICALI
                                                                                                                                                                                              Escala Náutica
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sea of Cortez.

Peñasco are three ports                                                                    water,            electricity,
of call that will serve                                                                    telephones and satellite                        67
                                                                                                                                                                           70         Puerto Penasco
nautical tourists.                                                                         television service, fuel,           Cabo Colonet
   Escalas          Náutica                                                                pump-out facilities, and                                        BAJA CA
                                                                                                                                                89                              114                                                            State Capital
(Nautical Ladder), as                                                                      facilities for the collection                                              86                                 SONORA
some like to call it, Victor Parra, local manager for SINGLAR who are operators of and disposal of wastes.                           Punta Baja                            San Luis                                                            Nautical Ladder
                             the facility, showing the region on the map in the new office
will ring the entire Baja complex. Photo by Paco Clark                                     Some will also offer                                      67                    Gonzaga
                                                                                                                                                                                  109
                                                                                                                                            Pto. Canoas                                                                                        Distance (Nautical Miles)
peninsula from Ensenada                                                                    migration,          customs
to San Felipe, and then                                                                    and       port     services,                                          85                                        HERMOSILLO
travel down the mainland                                                                   radio communications,                                                           Bahia                  Bahia Kino
                                                                                                                                                Santa Rosaliita
                                                                                                                                                                           Los Angeles
coast south to Puerto                                                                      emergency assistance,                                     128        113
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           San Carlos
Vallarta in the state of                                                                   towing, provisioning, and                                                                          88
                                                                                                                                                                                Santa                        Guaymas
Jalisco.                                                                                   minor repairs and spare                     Bahia Tortugas
                                                                                                                                                                                Rosalia       46
   In all, 29 facilities,                                                                  parts. There will even be
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mulege            110
each roughly 120 nautical                                                                  an “overland bridge” to                                                   115                                                                         Map Illustration
miles apart, will make                                                                     allow the transport of sea                                Punta Abreojos                                                                              By John Pack
                                                                                                                                                                                                         136           124
up the Nautical Ladder.                                                                    going vessels between                                                283
                                                                                                                                                                                San Juanico
Fifteen already exist:                                                                     the Pacific Coast port of                                                        160       138
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pto. Loreto
                                                                                                                                                                                                          132                     SINALOA
four marinas which are                                                                     Santa Rosalita and Bahia                                                                                       Topolobampo
currently in operation and                                                                 de Los Angeles on the                                                                            BAJA SUR      117               128
eleven which need to be                                                                    Sea of Cortez.                                                             Pto. San Carlos                                 115
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Altata
renovated or expanded. Nice large fuel docks at Puerto Peñasco harbor. Photo by Robin         The National Trust Fund                                                                                                                         CULIACAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            153
Fourteen will be new Waters                                                                for Tourism Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  245   133
and five of these will be                                                                  (FONATUR) was formed                                                                                    184     LA PAZ
mobile vessels or platforms providing basic marine by the Mexican Congress in 1973 to develop
                                                                                                                            For more info,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            145
services.                                                        Mexico’s tourism industry, address ecological and          visit FONATUR at:                                                                                           Mazatlan
                                                                                                                                                                                          Cabo San Lucas
   The plan calls for seven facilities in urban areas, economic issues, and to attract foreign and domestic                 www.fonatur.gob.mx/mardecortes/                                                                       195
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  60             Teacapan
regions with populations above 15,000. Five of investment in tourism. It estimates that 76,400
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                                                                                                              is also a favorite spot for scuba divers as they are
Offshore Excursion in Puerto Peñasco                                                                          only at the 50-70 foot level.
                                                                                                                  The island has been a bird sanctuary for the
Words and photos by Charlie & Leticia Luse
                                                                                                              past 20 years, and there are some 60 species of
                                                                                                              birds, with the Brown Booby as the most abundant.
                                                                                                              This is an excellent fishing bird, able to gracefully
                                                                                                              plunge into the water from high in the air to catch
                                                                                                              fish. An enormous variety and number of birds can
                                                                                                              be seen on the rocks and flying about the island.
                                                                                                              Mixed in are many pelicans as well. While touring
                                                                                                              the perimeter of the island, one cannot miss the
                                                                                                              distinct appearance and smell of guano*. The
                                                                                                              guano reflects solar rays and works to keep the
                                                                                                              island cooler than normal.

                                             Puerto Peñasco Offshore Excursion- By Charlie & Leticia Luse
                                                        Photo: Group of Sea Lions by Shore - Leticia Luse


   Twenty-two milesoffrom Mar Charters. “Bird
a favorite destination Del
                                Puerto Peñasco is
      “Bird Island”, a popular spot for tourists and
                                                       sea lion with a portion of a fish net around its
                                                       neck. At times, when they are chasing fish, they
                                                       run into fishnets and even though they normally
                                                       can plunge through the net, a Denny of the net
Island” is the name used by locals and tourists, Our men from ‘Checkpoint Charlie’. portionFlannigan
                                                       can be caught around their necks Felipe.
but the actual name of the island is Isla San Jorge. and soldiers between Mexicali and San and can cause
It is located just seven miles from shore at its death later as the sea lion grows.
closest point.
    Only a 45 minute cruise from the harbor,                                                                                               Photo by Camhi Franck
with the four main peaks that rise out of the
water visible from about the halfway point —the                                                                  Two trips a day are made and Del Mar can be
highest is approximately 206 ft above sea level.                                                              contacted at the local Puerto number of 638-383-
As we approached the island, the barking noise of                                                             2802 or, in the US. at 520-407-6054, web site
the California Sea Lions was prevalent above all                                                              www.delmarcharters.com. Price of the trip is $90
else. For such a small island ---maybe ¼ mile in                                                              for adults and $70 for children, with a capacity
length and a few hundred yards across, there are                                                              of 12 persons on the boat. If the water is very
enormous numbers of sea lions; the last estimated                                                             rough, the trips are cancelled with a full refund.
count was 2400. It became rapidly apparent that,                                      Photo by Leticia Luse   There are other offshore excursions, but we highly
even though one would think the primary thing to                                                              recommend the trip to “Bird Island”.
see on the trip would be birds, the sea lions take
precedence and it was easy to become enthralled            The island is volcanic in origin, with a very          * Any excrement from birds, seals, or bats,
with their presence and actions. They truly rocky shoreline, steep cliffs and rugged terraces.                with value to humans as fertilizer, may be referred
command your attention.                                At one end, there is a smooth area where students      to as guano. The term originated in Peru, to
                                                       can camp, as they are the only ones permitted on       differentiate useless bird droppings from the
                                                       the island. Tourists are not permitted to go ashore    nutrient-rich waste of cormorants, pelicans, and
                                                       to walk on the island. During World War II, the US     other sea birds.
                                                       Navy occupied the island and used it as a lookout
                                                       for possible Japanese submarines. There is a very         Charlie Luse is a real estate broker and full time
                                                       obvious “rock bridge” that they built to permit        resident of Puerto Peñasco. Charlie owns Buena
                                                       walking between the highest end and the adjacent       Vista Real Estate and Property Management and
                                                       peak.                                                  can be reached at 638-110-4127.
                                                           Once at the island, passengers can enter the
                                                       water to swim and snorkel, or just soak up the
                                                       environment with refreshments provided on
                                                       the tour. The water temperature was a brisk 66
                               Photo by Leticia Luse   degrees, but one hardy passenger donned snorkel
                                                       equipment and swam among the sea lion pups. Del
    The males and females remained on the rocks Mar Charters provides the snorkeling equipment,
and near the shore, but the young pups would as well as ponchos to use when the air is cool,
swim out in schools of maybe 10-12, surrounding for the ride out and back along with soft drinks,
the boat—with their barking, jumping, and playing water, burritos, ready-made margaritas and beer.
taking center stage. The large males, with their Not far from the main island is a small island
loud barking, could be easily heard and we were called “widow maker” as, during high tide, it can
told that it sometimes appears as if they are calling become obscured and has been the culprit in the
the young ones back to shore. We also saw one sinking of a couple of boats that hit its rocks. This                                            Photo by David Bate
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Traveling to Baja California, Mexico
 by Mikhail Tuknov




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                a country
       a special place among
popular tourist           and some of
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                                      world’s most
                                                           more worthwhile places to visit in the country. There
                                                           is however another area that somehow stands apart
                                                           from all the rest and that is the area known as Baja
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golfing. Its many treasures are of course known and            Baja California is a peninsula that juts out into the    •      Removable Partials                        •   Oral pathology: cyst and tumor removal, biopsies
loved by the countless thousands of people who have        Pacific Ocean from the southern end of California. As
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to visit the country yet.                                  destination for myriad different water based leisure
   There are several places in Mexico that have            activities. In fact, the area has attracted thousands                                                         Marco Antonio Mora Rubio D.D.S.
contributed to the charm and allure of the country,        of surfers and sailing enthusiasts over the years, in                                                         Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
among them: Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico           addition to the hordes of college students from the U.S.                                                      Services will be available Saturdays in our office.
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“Mexico mystique” and are definitely some of the           away from home during spring break.
                                                               The water is by no means the only place to have
                                                           fun in Baja California. In fact, with the sheer number of
                                                           things to do and places to see, you may find yourself
                                                           overwhelmed if you try to take them all in! The best
                                                           thing to do is to plan your visit around one or two major
                                                           activities–diving or whale watching for example–and
                                                           plan for smaller, shorter deviations throughout your
                                                           stay. Of course, if you are up to the challenge you may
                                                           just decide to see as much of the area as you possibly
                                                           can!
                                                               We’ve already mentioned the water and how much           If you’ve ever experienced the acclaimed Las Caras de México championship golf course
                                                           fun you can have in or around it: there’s scuba diving,      at El Dorado Ranch, you know that playing 18 sun-drenched, seaside holes can really get
                                                           fishing, wind surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming,       your appetite going. So after you’ve conquered the back nine, be sure to make time for a
                                                           and even just lounging around in the sun and sand.           satisfying meal at one of our restaurants. No matter which one you choose, you’ll be treated
                                                           There are other things to do in Baja California without      to a flavorful, filling meal in the delightfully relaxed setting that made Baja famous.
                                                           even having to get wet however. For starters, there
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                                                                                                                A Geologic Gem                                          Seeking Solutions
Gulf of California
                                                                                                                    About 12 million years ago the Baja California          What many do not realize is that how we choose
A Destination to Discover and Protect                                                                           Peninsula began to separate from the Mexican            to enjoy this unique resource may determine its
By Alexi Holford
                                                                                                                mainland, creating the Gulf of California. The only     very future. On your next vacation to Baja, try
                                                                                                                inland sea in the Eastern Pacific, it is the youngest   an ecotourism program or explore options like
                                                                                                                of all ocean basins and one of the most rapidly         camping on the beach.
                                                                                                                growing. Stretching 868 miles from one end to the           You can also support conservation programs
                                                                                                                other and 130 miles across at its widest point, the     designed to protect this important ecosystem,
                                                                                                                Gulf is getting wider every year.                       such as the one between the Aquarium of the
                                                                                                                    More than 900 islands in the Gulf of California     Pacific in Long Beach, California and World Wildlife
                                                                                                                provide important nesting sites for thousands of        Fund. The Aquarium/WWF conservation project is
                                                                                                                seabirds. Most of the islands were formed when          designed to not only protect the environment, but
                                                                                                                they broke off from the peninsula. Author John          also the lives of the local peoples who have relied
                                                                                   Photo by David Schrader      Steinbeck called the Islas del Golfo de California in   on the region for generations. The partnership will
                                                                                                                the north-central portion of the Gulf “the Galapagos    work towards solutions to protect this valuable
  The Gulf of California, also called the              Home to Unique Species                                   of Mexico” in his Log of the Sea of Cortez (1951).      marine resource for the benefit of the animals that
Sea of Cortez, lures travelers from the                                                                         The Southern Gulf has an archipelago of channels,       live there, the people that depend upon them, and
United States in increasing numbers.                       The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is the smallest         basins, and two large islands—Angel de la Guarda        future generations.
                                                       of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises)       and Tiburon. South of these islands, the Gulf               Wherever possible, it is important for each of
  V    isitors explore its treasures through
       sailing, diving, swimming, and sport
fishing. Impressive vistas, turquoise waters, an
                                                       and the only porpoise endemic to Mexico. This
                                                       cousin to the dolphin inhabits the northern end
                                                                                                                increases in depth towards the mouth, with deep
                                                                                                                basins reaching nearly 10,000 feet into the earth.
                                                                                                                                                                        us to do what we can to make a difference. The
                                                                                                                                                                        Aquarium of the Pacific believes that becoming
                                                       of the gulf and has the most restricted range of             The Gulf of California is fed by the Colorado       aware of the environmental challenges the Gulf of
appealing climate, and compelling opportunities
                                                       any cetacean in the world. The vaquita is critically     River to the north. The 1,450 mile long river           California and other places face is the first step.
to experience local culture and cuisine continue to
entice a constant flow of travelers. But how locals    endangered, with only a few hundred individuals          stretches from high in the Rocky Mountains              Speaking up to your government representatives
and tourists alike choose to enjoy this unique         remaining—perhaps as few as 150. An estimated            in Wyoming through Utah and Colorado, into              is another important step in the right direction. As
place may determine its very future.                   40-80 vaquitas are lost each year when they are          Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, descending             long as we doing our best to reduce our impact on
    Described by Jacques Cousteau as “the              trapped in fishing nets and drown. Other threats to      into California, and ending its life as a river         the Earth, we will be able to enjoy and benefit from
world’s aquarium,” the Gulf of California is one       the vaquita include the degradation of its habitat       when it drains into the Gulf. Along the way, the        these natural treasures from a long time to come.
of five marine ecosystems in the world with the        because of contamination of the water in which it        water is harnessed by dams to generate power
highest productivity and biodiversity. Blue whales,    lives.                                                   and diverted into aqueducts for many purposes,          Alexi Holford is the communications manager
fin whales, California gray whales, hammerheads,           The totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) is another          primarily agricultural and as a source for municipal    at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach,
marlin, and whale sharks all pass through this         endemic species that is found only in the northern       water supplies. There have been more than a few         California. If you would like to donate to the
area during their migrations. Also seen here           region. Totoaba are historically large fish, once        years of drought and high water usage in which          Aquarium/WWF conservation project, please
are five of the eight species of sea turtles: the      having measured at well over 200 pounds. At              the river has been reduced to a trickle before          contact the Aquarium’s development department
leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, Pacific green,     present these steel-blue fish only reach half that       reaching the delta.                                     at (562) 951-1617.
and olive Ridley. Giant Humbolt squid, which can       size. While they once swarmed the Northern
measure longer than seven feet and weigh more          Gulf in thick schools, totoaba now face potential
than 100 pounds, can be found there in the spring      extinction due to over-fishing and the loss of habitat
for feeding and spawning.
                                                       in the Colorado River Delta (the upper region of the
    The Gulf has a unique set of habitats: the
                                                       Gulf of California where the Colorado River ends
shallower northern end hosts rich intertidal areas
along the coast, and tropical mangrove forests         its journey to the ocean). As this important mating
and coral reefs can be found in the southern           area for totoaba declines, so do the fish.
basin that opens into the Pacific. The patchwork           As Mexico’s most important fishery region,
of relatively isolated habitats is the driving force   the Gulf of California provides seafood to locals
behind the high number of endemic species in the       and for export to other countries. This region is
Gulf of California. In other words, this secluded      Mexico’s biggest producer of shrimp. But gillnet
sea has one of the greatest numbers of species         fishing from pangas (small boats) and large-scale
that are found nowhere else in the world. Because      trawling from industrial vessels combine to pose
of its unique conditions, the northern region of the   serious threats for endangered species and to the
Gulf of California boasts more endemic species         health of the fragile seabeds that are the foundation
than the southern part of the Gulf.                    of this vulnerable ecosystem.                                                                                                                  Photo by Dennis Sabo
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                                                                                                                  of the management specialists of the FONATUR/                 When asked what kind of trips Capt’n Tolken’s will
                                                                                                                  SINGLAR Escala Nautica, San Felipe, BC. He directed offer in the future, Forrester says, “All kinds, all types.
                                                                                                                  the boat to enter the harbor and tie up for evaluation. Some people have never been on a boat before, let
                                                                                                                  The marina is important to both happy and not-so- alone a world-class offshore boat. The thrill is in both
                                                                                                                  happy sailors. Mr. Velazquez learned firsthand how relaxing and going fast.”
                                                                                                                  important his company’s role will be in the                   He also speaks about the San Felipe Marina,

                                                PARADISE SHARED BY FEW                                            development of the area’s boating tourism, for saying, “(It is) all good and turning into a real full
                                                                                                                  San Felipe and Mexico as a whole.
                                                                                                                     “At the end of the tour,
                                                                                                                                                                             service facility in the near future.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Like Steinbeck so
                                                   A New Boating Boom in the                                      Tenacity tied up at her slip                                                            many years ago, Forrester
                                                   Northern Gulf of California                                    and was approached by                                                                   sees the magic of the
                                                                     By John Pack                                 the disabled boat’s owner                                                               Sea of Cortez. He says,
                                                           Aerial photos by Hal “Paco” Clark                      and passengers. Once I                                                                  “A mystical force led me
                                                     Aerodynamic Ultralight Flights proved the view,              heard the tale of the boat’s                                                            here. I only listen and
                                                                                                                  voyage, we decided to                                                                   execute.”
                                                             all other photos as indicated.
                                                                                                                  assist the passengers
                                                                                                                  in any way possible.”                                                                      Also plying the Sea

  P    uerto Peñasco, Sonora and San Felipe, Baja finest boat builders in the world. The company’s                Brett continues. The next                                                               of Cortez are the boats
       California bookend the northernmost tip of boats are specifically designed for big water and               morning the passengers                                                                  of Elite Charters, which
the Gulf of California, known as the Sea of Cortez. already have proven their worth in the great Sea of           arrived at the docks and                                                                is also a new service;
Today, some 67 years after John Steinbeck first Cortez. Tenacity is boat number 17 off the production             decided to split up the                                                                 but the people behind
published “Sea Of Cortez,” the northern sea remains line, and was the personal boat of Sleekcraft’s owner.        voyage back to Puerto Pancho Villa, a 57’ Californian. Photo provided by Elite the company have vast
a paradise shared by few. Fishermen from the old Nauti One is boat number 54. Both boats are the same             Peñasco. Three of the eight Charters                                                    knowledge of both boating
villages of San Felipe and Puerto Peñasco still go out with the exception of their power plants, or engines.      passengers decided it was better to cross the great and the Sea of Cortez, with over 10 years’ experience.
to sea in trawlers, or                                         Nauti Too is a rare boat, one of only five         sea on Tenacity than to chance another problem.            The company’s goal is to provide the best experience
in pangas closer to the                                     produced, and built for speeds up to 150 miles per       “As the Tenacity’s crew readied the boat, it was on the Sea of Cortez with the best fleet of yachts,
shoreline. But for the                                      hour, which she could reach with the right engines.   clear that they were going to have a rough day at sea. which includes the Pancho Villa, a 57’ Californian
most part, the northern                                     Right now she has three very reliable 502 cc gas      The wind was 20 to 30 knots and the ocean was, with an extended deck for maximum space; the
Sea of Cortez has been                                      engines that produce 500 hp each. This boat’s top     for lack of a better word, angry.”                                                DevOcean, a 38’ Mediterranean
open ocean.                                                 speed on the right water, and with racing gas, is     said Brett.                                                                       Sportfisher; The Sea Rocket, an
    With the recent                                                                      80 mph, which is not        However, knowing the boat                                                      offshore racing, thrill ride boat;
improvements made to                                                                     bad for a 38’, 10,000    and what she can handle, the                                                      and the Golden Gruper, a 32’
the San Felipe marina                                                                    lb. boat. She was the    captain and crew decided it was                                                   Sportfisher.
as part of Escala                                                                        personal boat of Great   okay to go ahead and head for                                                         The Pancho Villa is owned
(Escalera) Nautica, the                                                                  American Concepts’       Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point).                                                     by Captain Ray Ramirez, a 100
Nautical Ladder, new boating                                                             owner, Eddie Morenz,        “During the trip, the vessel                                                   ton Master Mate Captain who
expeditions are available.                                                               who was a legend         encountered a pod of whales                                                       received his Coast Guard training
Capt’n Tolken’s Baja Express                                                             in     the    offshore   and several hundred dolphins,                                                     in Oahu, Hawaii. Ray has logged
and Elite Fleet Charters both                                                            racing industry. His     as well as a little white-knuckle,                                                thousands of hours on the
offer power boat excursions.                                                             designs of hull and      open ocean action.” Brett says                                                    ocean and intercoastal waters.
In addition, Mar de Cortez                                                               engine combinations      with a smile.                                                                     He started boating in the late
has sailing charters out of                                                              live in every high          Forrester speaks as an                                                         1960s in Southern California.
San Felipe.                                                                              performance boat on      expert. He has been involved in                                                   He is an avid fisherman, and
    Capt’n Tolken’s Baja                                                                 the market today.        boating for 25 years, including,                                                  enjoys taking clients fishing and
Express offers custom                                                                        Brett    Forrester   among many other things,                                                          scuba diving. The Pancho Villa
charters and express shuttles Upper left: Brett Forrester, owner of Capt’n Tolken’s Baja recently described a     time as a Navy Pilot Rescue                                                       is excellent for large-capacity
across the 72 nautical miles Express. Below Brett works under the hood of Nauti Too! March outing aboard          Swimmer/Diver,           Colorado                                                 sport fishing and scuba diving
between San Felipe and Photos by Robin Waters                                            the Tenacity. “The       Sheriff Department Dive Trainer,                                                  trips. It is also available for
Puerto Peñasco. Owned by Brett Forrester, Baja Tenacity was out doing what she does best, getting                 Underwater Investigator, High                                                     scenic sunset cruise trips.
Express has a small fleet of fast and sleek vessels. all the enjoyment and pleasure a boat can get in the         Speed water rescue boat captain This yacht is owned by Captain and owner              The DevOcean is owned by
                                                                                                                                                     Ray Ramirez. Yes, that’s him riding a whale
The Tenacity, his flagship, first introduced his shuttle great Sea of Cortez. Onboard, several happy and          and operator, Delta Search shark! Photo provided by Elite Charters                Chris Orosco. Although he is
service to San Felipe. She can make the run to Puerto satisfied clients were taking it all in. Over the radio     and Rescue high altitude, and                                                     new to the yachting industry, he
Peñasco in two-and-a-half hours, and provides the that day came a distress call: ‘Mayday! Mayday!                 underwater forensics specialist.                           has already traveled from Cabo San Lucas to Rocky
comforts of a full galley and seating capacity for 6-8 Is there anyone out there who can help us find the            He is happy with the progress of Escalera Nautica. Point on his yacht. The DevOcean specializes in long
passengers.                                                marina in San Felipe? We are broken down and are       “They are doing a great job,” he says. “I am enjoying range fishing on the far reefs in Peñasco. Orosco
    Baja Express has a fleet of three boats with unique operating on only one engine, and need to find help!’     working with Mexico’s tourist and nautical division is an excellent captain, and his crew also has vast
histories. Two, including the Tenacity, were built by Tenacity to the rescue!                                     very much.” By May he expects to be offering trips to knowledge of fishing deep water.
Sleekcraft, which was and remains today one of the            On board that day was Mr. Fabian Velazquez, one     San Carlos, Gonzaga Bay and Bahia de los Angeles.                                             Continued on page 53
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                                                                                                                          as recently as 1985 in a dedicated study. But the
  The Vaquita Porpoise                                                                                                    population is still declining. Vaquita Porpoises have
                                                                                                                          been found trapped in the nets of fisherman who
  By Allen Shaw
                                                                                                                          were not hunting the porpoise. The Committee for the
                                                                                                                          Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) concluded in 2000
                                                                                                                          that between 40 and 80 Vaquitas are trapped in nets
                                                                                                                          every year. Other reasons for the population decline
                                                                                                                          include the increased use of pesticides, the reduced
                                                                                                                          flow of freshwater from the Colorado River due to
  Photos by Alejandro Robles
  A calf is in the foreground; the                                                                                        irrigation, and inbreeding. The rarity of spotting the
  adult just beyond it is as big as this                                                                                  Vaquita in the wild and the creature’s natural secretive
  species gets                                                                                                            tendency is a barrier to conservation efforts.
                                                                                                                              There are several organizations working toward
                                                                                                                          preventing the extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise.
                                                                                                                          Because the same numbers of Vaquita porpoise,
                                                                                                                          many organizations have placed the creature at the
 At the tip of the Gulf of California, the fate of a           (i.e., the bottom) of the body. What distinguishes the     top of the conservation list, including the lists of
small, endangered porpoise hangs in the balance.               Vaquita from other porpoises are its relatively small      the IUCN (The World Conservation Union), EDGE,
                                                               stature and its geographical range. The Vaquita can        and several other world and regional conservation

   H    e has been around for thousands, if not millions, be found only in the northern region of the Gulf of             agencies. Governments are getting involved as well.
        of years, makes his home exclusively in the California (Sea of Cortez), unlike the Harbor Porpoise                The Mexican government has created a nature reserve
Gulf of California and now has made the endangered which can often be found in most coastal waters in                     covering the upper part of the Gulf of California and
species list. The Vaquita Porpoise is believed to be the the Northern Hemisphere.                                         the Colorado River delta. Trawlers are banned from
most endangered of all small marine mammals, with                  The Vaquita Porpoise is one of the most secretive      this region. In addition, there are several independent
barely 150 individuals left in the world. As a result, the of all marine mammals. Very little is “known” about            groups working toward the survival of the Vaquita.
Vaquita Porpoise has made the Evolutionary Distinct                                                 the      creature.    Vaquita.org was set up specifically for these
and Globally                                                                                        Most information      conservation efforts, and for anyone (individuals or
Endangered                                                                                          is deduced from       governments) who wants to become involved.
(EDGE) list,                                                                                        the behaviors of
and is one                                                                                          other porpoises.
of the top                                                                                          For instance, the
priorities                                                                                          Vaquita is never
of        many                                                                                      seen swimming
conservation                                                                                        in pairs. In fact,
campaigns.                                                                                          they are rarely
But what is                                                                                         spotted in the
the Vaquita                                                                                         wild at all. Unlike
Porpoise?                                                                                           other porpoises,
Isn’t it just                                                                                       the        friendly
a cousin of                                                                                         Harbor Porpoise
the dolphin?         Snapshots such as these vaquitas comprise almost the entire photographic       in      particular,
And      aren’t                                 record of the species.                              the        Vaquita
there plenty                                                                                        has never been
of those left?                                                 seen bow-riding a boat. This porpoise seems to
   The porpoise and the more familiar dolphin are intentionally avoid anything man-made. The Vaquita
closely related in the sense that they are both marine is a leisurely swimmer and rarely breaks the surface
mammals. But a porpoise is much smaller than a to breathe. Reportedly, a Vaquita breaching the
dolphin. Also, the porpoise has flattened spade- surface has never been recorded. But since the
shaped teeth and a rounded head. The dolphin has Vaquita is a marine mammal, it has to breathe air.
more of a protruding snout. The smallest of the Very little is known about the reproductive cycle of                                      Find us in front of San Felipe Storage
porpoises, the Vaquita, rarely grows larger than 1.5 the Vaquita. It is believed the gestation period can be
meters. Like the Harbor Porpoise which is the most as long as 11 months with new calves being born in
easily recognizable porpoise, the Vaquita is medium- the spring.
to dark-gray in color on the dorsal side (i.e., the top)           The Vaquita Porpoise has never been hunted
and light gray to almost white on the ventral portion directly. Their continued existence was confirmed

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From Russia with Love
Valentina Ragsdale
by Robin Waters




  “M      agical, mystical, but still
          capturing the essence of
the person or scene”, is just one
                                                               the design and arrangement of
                                                               all signs, displays, and seasonal
                                                               exhibits for the center.
of the accolades that Valentina                                   During that time, Valentina
Ragsdale has received about her                                was continuously drawing and
paintings. She feels that “people Valentina Ragsdale           painting, on canvas, on walls,
are like waves, and no two are alike, but all and on floors. She exhibited often in local and
                                  have an inner regional galleries, and her por trait and custom
                                  b e a u t y ” . paintings clientele
                                  F l o w e r s , grew. Always loving
                                  seascapes and change, and urged
                                  por traits have on by her clients,
                                  always been she took on many
                                  her preferred interior       design
                                  genres,      and commissions     for
                                  she      intends private   homes,




that “with just one look, my
painting on your wall will give
you a feeling of happiness,
energy; and be something you
will enjoy always”.                                                         hotels and restaurants.
   Valentina was born in                                                       It was during one of
Chelyabinsk, Russia, to parents                                             these assignments, at
that saw her ar t talent early,                                             an American hotel under
and sent her to a children’s ar t school at age                             construction in Russia,
three. She continued her painting and graphics       that Valentina met Jack Ragsdale, her future
education through Ar t College and, when she         husband. While they were dating, Jack told her
                                                     that he had some proper ty in Mexico. After they
graduated as a professional ar tist, was offered
                                                     were married, they came to San Felipe on a
a teaching position at that school. After teaching
                                                     vacation, and on the way home Valentina star ted
for a couple of years, she entered a university
                                                     to design their future home in Mexico. In 2007,
specializing in graphic ar ts and subsequently
                                                     the Ragsdales lived in 3 countries – Russia, the
graduated in 1983. At the completion of her
                                                     United States and Mexico – before finally settling
formal education, she took her creative abilities    in San Felipe permanently. As with so many of
to a challenging position in a large shopping        us in Baja, Valentina is captivated by the sea,
mall. She managed a staff of 20, and oversaw         weather, sky and people of San Felipe.
                                                                                  continued on page 36
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                                When she is                        Galeria La Esquina De Bodegas .........(646) 178-3557
                             not painting on                       Taller De Artesanos Indigenas............(646) 178-8780
                             canvas, Valentina                     Art Gallery / Studio Los Arcos .......... (646)-154-2066
                             continues her 30
                             year career as an
                                                                   Puerto Peñasco
                                                                   Aleman Art Studio & Gallery ...............(638) 512-0669
                             interior designer.                    Bermejo’s Galeria del Mar ..................(638) 383-3488
                             She           offers                  Casa Bonita .......................................(638) 383-5372
                             murals, as well                       El Tenichee.........................................(638) 383-5421
                             as computerized                       Old Port Galería ..................................(638) 383-6321
                                                                   Port O’ Call Studio..............................(638) 383-3243
                             previews/vir tual                     Victoria Hormiga ................................(638) 383-3707
                             tours of how a
                             proposed       room                                EVENTS & ACTIVITES
                             or building will                         Ensenada Festival Nativa (Native Festival) is an
                             look before the                       annual events where natives of Baja California present
                             work        begins.                   their work to visitors of this exhibition. Participants
Currently, that long dreamed of home is under                      perform elaborate skirts in traditional costumes. For
construction, and will feature French ceilings,                    more call Instituto Cuna: (646) 178-8780 or info@
one of the products Valentina is licensed to                       adesu.org.
install in Baja.
                                                                      Closes May 15: “Abstracto 02 Colección ING
   Valentina’s work is on exhibit locally at The
                                                                   (Abstract 02 ING Collection)” Art Exposition. A
Peoples Gallery and Jimmy’s Beach Bar and
                                                                   collective exhibition of more than three dozen
Grill. It can also be seen in galleries in Long
                                                                   paintings, lithographs and sculptures signed between
Beach and La Jolla, California, as well as on
                                                                   1961 and 1985 by more than two dozen of Mexico’s
her website, VALENTINA-RAGSDALE.com, and
soon in her home/studio. Call her at: 686-140-
                                                                   most distinguished artists in the Sala de Exposiciones
9646 or email: vragsdale@gmail.com for more                        of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEARTE)
information.                                                       on the corner of Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) &
                                                                   Av. Club Rotario. Exhibition hours: 8am-8pm Mon.-
                   GAL L ERI E S                                   Sat., 11am-6pm Sun. Free admission. Info: CEARTE,
San Felipe                                                         tels. (646)173-4307 & (646)173-4308.
   If you’re in San Felipe you have to visit Baja Nueva.              Closes May 21: “Gráfica Baja Californiana (Baja
Baja Nueva is the result of years of design experience             California Graphics)” Art Exposition. A collective
in Arizona and the decision to move and open a studio              exhibition of 32 engravings by Baja California artists
in San Felipe. Its a lovely shop with beautiful artwork,           in the Galería de la Ciudad in the northern end of
paintings, glass work, home accessories, candles,
                                                                   the Riviera Cultural Center, Blvd. Costero (Lázaro
and gifts! Call for info Baja Nueva (686) 211-4676.
                                                                   Cardenas), Ensenada. The April 24 artist reception at
Luis Cogley Studio ............................. (686) 577-2944    7pm is open to the public. Gallery hours: 8am-7pm
People’s Gallery ................................ (686) 577-2898   Mon.-Fri., closed Sat. & Sun. Free admission. Info:
                                                                   Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, tel. (646)177-
Ensenada                                                           3130.
Museum Of History ...............................(646) 177-0594       The San Felipe Fine Arts Association hosts a
Regional History Museum ...................(646) 178-2531
Ex-Aduana Maritima ..........................(646) 178-2531        monthly art show on the second Saturday of every
Science Museum ..............................(646) 178-7192        month between 10AM-4PM at Rosarios Art Studio
Estero Beach Museum ......................(646) 176-6225           - on the Mex Highway 5 in the Ejido (north of town).
Galeria De Perez Meillon ....................(646) 174-0394        Watch for the sign on the west side of the highway.
Galeria De La Cuidad .........................(646) 177-3130




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                                                                                                                                    Steak & Seafood
                                                                                                                                    Backstreet Patio Grill                ............. 686-139-7373
                                                                                                                                    Baja Mar Steak House                   ............ 686-573-0202
                                                                                                                                    El Nido     ....................................... 686-577-1028
                                                                                                                                    Jimmy’s Beach Bar & Grill                            686-576-0454
                                                                                                                                    Juanito’s Grill            ........................ 686-200-4059
                                                                                                                                    La Vaquita Restaurant                  ............ 686-577-2837
                                                                                                                                    Lighthouse Restaurant                    .......... 686-577-2540
                                                                                                                                    Los Arcos             ............................. 686-577-2585

                                                                                                                                    Fine Dining
                                                                                                                                    Baja Mar Restaurant                      ...... 686-577-2648
ENSENADA/ROSARTIO LISTINGS                                       Steak & Seafood
Coffee & Breakfast                                                                                                                  Pavillion Restaurant                    . ..... 686-577-0022
La Casa Antigua       ......................... 646-175-7320     Costa Azul                                Fresh Seafood
                                                                                        ........................... 646-154-2540
Mexican
Amigos Cantina ................................ 661-61-32168                                            Fish Market                 PUERTO PENASCO, SONORA
Hussong’s Cantina              ................ 646-178-3210                                                                        Mexican
La Puerta          ............................ 646-178-3637                                            Since 1973                  Betos Place ...................................... 638-383-5198
                                                                                                                                    Cocodrilos ....................................... 638-383-6376
                                                                                                       661-612-1253                 La Curva .......................................... 638-383-3470
                                                                                                                                    Manny’s Beach Club ........................ 638-383-3605

                                                                 Haliotis       ................................ 646-176-3720       Steak & Seafood
                                                                 La Tertulia         ........................... 646-174-6344       Friendly Dolphin ............................... 638-383-2608
                                                                 La Embotelladora Vieja                ......... 646-174-0807       Lighthouse ....................................... 638-383-2389
                                                                 La Mansion de Ensenada                    ..... 646-178-3271       Latitude 31 Rest. & Sports Bar .......... 638-383-4311
                                                                 Brisa del Mar           ....................... 646-108-4702
                                                                 Broncos Steakhouse                ............. 646-176-4900       Chinese
                                                                 Las Cazuelas           ........................ 646-176-1044       Rocky Point Chinese ........................ 638-383-5940
Oxidos Cafe ..................................... 646-178-8827
                                                                 Vince’s Old Pier      ........................(661) 612-1253
                                                                 La Vendimia      .............................(638) 174-0969


                                                                 SAN FELIPE BAJA LISTINGS
                                                                 American
                                                                 Los Arcos            ............................. 686-577-2585
                                                                 Jimmy’s Beach Bar & Grill                        .686-576-0454
                                                                 Java Jitters BC Bistro                 ........... 686-114-7735
                                                                 Blowin’ Smoke BBQ & Grill .................Coming Soon!

                                                                 Coffee & Breakfast
                                                                 Baja Java          .......................... 686-577-2465

                                                                 Latin Fusion
                                                                 The Latin Garden              ........... ...... 686-209-6369

                                                                 Mexican
                                                                 Jimmy’s Beach Bar & Grill                          .686-576-0454
                                                                 George’s           .............................. 686-577-1057
                                                                 La Palapa Bar & Grill                      ...... 686-200-4083
     Coming                                                      Rancho Alegre ............................. 686-576-0648
                                                                 Rice & Beans ............................... 686-577-1770

      Soon!                                                      Rosita
                                                                 Taco Factory
                                                                               ................................... 686-577-1903
                                                                                         ......................... 686-577-2648

                                                                 Spanish
                                                                 Miguel & Paco            ........................ 686-111-2257

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Hotel & Lodging                                                                                                                 Hacienda Don Jesus
                                                                                                                                Langosta Roja
                                                                                                                                                            .............686-577-0080
                                                                                                                                                               .............686-577-0483
                                                                                                                                Las Palmas      .........................686-577-1333
                                                                                                                                Riviera Hotel           .................686-577-1185
                                                                                                                                San Felipe Inn    .......................686-577-1608
                                                                                                                                Marina Resort             ...............686-577-1569


                                                                                                                                PUERTO PENASCO, SONORA                                        Providing Rental income for
                                                                                                                                   Discover for yourself why Puerto Peñasco                    Homeowners since 1997
ENSENADA/ROSARTIO B.C.                                             sizes and needs, they can be found online at www.            Mexico is such a great place to stay. Whether beach
                                                                   sanfeliperealestate.com or by calling 686-577-1431.          camping or seaside resort, the views are always
                                                                                                                                                                                              6000 Satisfied clients a year
Ensenada has the accommodations to meet any level
of comfort or amenities.                                              Another excellent option is Red Wagon Enterprises         amazing. Watch the sunset drop behind San Felipe
                                                                   Services, offer a large variety of rental properties and     and San Pedro Martir, Baja’s tallest mountain. Puerto
The best hotels in Ensenada are located to the north               big smiles, give Pam or Barbi a call 686-576-0081 or         Peñasco offers choices of lodging from “this’ll work”
and south of town along the beach and are not within               visit them online at www.sanfelipepropertyservices.          minimalist accommodations that cost nearly nothing
walking distance from downtown shopping and                        com                                                          to the luxurious resorts, condos and hotels.
attractions. Taxi and shuttles are available in some               Bed & Breakfast                                                 There are many hotels, condos and houses in
locations.                                                         Dolly's Bed & Breakfast ..............686-125-1555           Puerto Peñasco for rent. There are a wide range
                                                                                                                                of hotels, some of the more popular are the Sandy
RV Park/Parque de RV                                                                                                            Beach, Cholla Bay and Las Conchas areas. No matter
Baja Season RV Parks ..................661-628-6128                                                                             what your comfort needs or tastes, Puerto Peñasco
                                                                                                                                Sonora Mexico has something for everyone.                     Property Management & Rental
Motels/Moteles
                                                                                                                                RV Park/Parque de RV
                                                                                                                                                                                                 www.sanfelipe.bz
Rudis Motel          ...........................646-176-3245
Ensenada Inn ...............................646-176-1361                                                                        Bonita RV Park .............................638-383-1400
Essence Spa ................................646-174-0816                                                                        Desert Oasis Resort .....................638-102-0222
Hotel El Joker ...............................646-177-5151                                                                      Playa Bonita .................................638-383-2596
                                                                   RV Park/Parque de RV
Posada Don Fernando ..................646-177-0127                 Club de Pesca ..............................686-577-1180
Azteca Inn ....................................646-177-4015                                                                     Rentals/Se Rente
Casa Del Sol ................................646-178-1570                                                                       Casa Encanto Beach House..........638-383-4549
                                                                   Rentals                                                      Cyndi’s Beachfront Home Rentals 638-383-5145
Cortez..........................................646-178-2307       Casey’s Place ............................686-577-1431
Best Western El Cid ......................646-178-2401                                                                          Cortez Beach Rentals ...................638-383-6209
                                                                   Rancho del Sol                   .........686-231-4921       Sylvia’s Condos ...........................638-383-5429
Hotel
                                                                   Redwagon enterprises Services...... 686-576-0081             Twin Dolphins Rentals ..................638-383-3919
Corona Hotel                ........................646-176-0901
Costa Azul                      ....................800-800-9632                                                                Motels/Moteles
Grand Baja Resort (Rosario)...... 1.877.315.1002                                                                                Alexander Motel ...........................638-383-3749
Hotel Coral & Marina                                                                                                            Baja Hotel ....................................638-383-6878
....................................................646-175-0000                                                                Balboa’s Restaurant .....................638-383-5155
San Nicolas Hotel .........................646-176-1901                                                                         Best Western/Playa Inn ................638-383-5015
                                                                                                                                Carmelita Motel ............................638-383-2570
SAN FELIPE B.C.                                                                                                                 El Faro Motel ................................638-383-2005
   The beauty of San Felipe accommodations is there                                                                             El Mirador Village .........................638-383-6333
                                                                   Motels/Moteles                                               El Ranchito Motel .........................638-383-5103
is more than people know. Larger more established
                                                                   El Capitan    ..............................686-577-1303     Playa Azul Motel ..........................638-383-6296
resort hotels are available along the shore south of
                                                                   Mini Posada de Don Jesus ...........686-577-0685             Playa Bonita Hotel ........................638-383-2586
town, with smaller hotels in town on Mar de Cortez,
                                                                   Motel El Pescador ........................686-577-2991       Sandy Beach Resorts ...................638-383-1111
Chetumal and peppered around town. Due to San
                                                                   Posada del Sol .............................686-577-1727     Sonoran Spa Resort .....................638-383-1044
Felipe’s large residential developments such as El
Dorado, La Ventana del Mar and Playa de Oro, the                                                                                Playa Inn/Best Western ................638-383-5015
                                                                   Hotel
real lodging secret is the vast number of private
                                                                   Baja Palms         ...........................686-576-0276   If you have question please call Mexico Living
vacation rental homes. RV camping and beaching
                                                                   Costa Azul                ....................686-577-1702   Customer Service USA 800-576-0919 Ext. 3 / Mexico
camping is also available.
   Casey’s Place has a huge inventory of rental                    El Cortez                          ...........686-577-1055   52-686-577-1377, 9:00AM - 3:00PM Mon-Fri.
homes and condos available to meets most party                     Goerge’s        ..............................686-577-1970

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                                                                                                                                                          policy changes, buying property in Mexico is not only
                                                                                                                                                          possible but it is also easier and safer than ever.
                                                                                                                                                             The two most important things to consider when
                                                                                                                                                          purchasing property in Mexico is a title insurance
                                                                                                                                                          policy and a bank trust or fideicomiso. These two
                                                                                                                                                          documents will guarantee that you get to enjoy all the
                                                                                                                                                          benefits of property ownership with as little worry as
                                                                                                                                                          possible.
                                                                                                                                                             A title insurance policy is simply a contract
                                                                                                                                                          between the purchaser–or lender–and a title
                                                                                                                                                          guarantor that protects the lender or owner against
                                                                                                                                                          loss in case of a dispute in property ownership. Many
                                                                                                                                                          reputable real estate companies will offer options for
                                                                                                                                                          a title insurance policy when you purchase property
                                                                                                                                                          in Mexico.
                                                                                              Real Estate & Home                                             A bank trust or fideicomiso on the other hand is a
                                                                                                                                                          contract between the lender–in this case the Mexican
                                                                                              Is It Safe to Buy in Mexico?                                bank–and the property buyer. The lender in effect
                                                                                                                                                          acts as a trustee for the buyer, and they are under
                                                                                              By Mikhail Tuknov
                                                                                                                                                          legal obligation to follow all the instructions of the
                                                                                                  For foreign buyers, the subject of purchasing           buyer pertaining to the property in question. While
                                                                                              property in Mexico has been a source of much                the lender holds the actual title to the property, the
                                                  Mar de Cortez at the end of “El Malecon”    confusion over the years. One of the biggest                buyer gets to enjoy all the rights and privileges of
                                                           686-577-1903                       misconceptions is that buying property in the country
                                                                                              can be a long drawn out process with the risk of
                                                                                                                                                          ownership, including assigning other beneficiaries
                                                                                                                                                          and even transferring ownership if he so wishes. A
                                                      We Welcome Visa & Mastercard            losing ownership an ever-present threat. While we’re        fideicomiso typically lasts for a maximum period of
                                                                                              not saying that buying real estate in Mexico is a walk      50 years and can be renewed after this period is up.
                                                                                              in the park, keeping in mind a few important things
                                                                                                                                                             A fideicomiso is clearly a better option for foreign
                                                                                              will help you get through this process as smoothly
                                                                                                                                                          property buyers than a land lease agreement. A land
                                                                                              and as safely as possible.
                                                                                                                                                          lease will only allow the lessee limited rights to use
                                                                                                  The idea that purchasing property in Mexico is
                                                                                                                                                          the property. Any building that he constructs on that
                                                                                              difficult probably stems from several years ago,
                                                                                                                                                          land for example will be the ownership of the landlord.
                                                                                              when foreign buyers were not allowed to purchase
                                                                                              land that fell within the so-called “Restricted Zone”.      The lessee will not be allowed to sell the property
                                                                                              This area covers all land that is within 100 kilometers     either. A fideicomiso on the other hand guarantees
                                                                                              of the country’s natural borders, 50 kilometers within      the buyer total freedom of ownership so that he could
                                                                                              all coastlines, and certain parts of Baja California.       do whatever he wants with the land. There are some
                                                                                                  Things have changed a lot however and the               other things to consider when purchasing property in
                                                                                              Mexican government has since liberalized property           Mexico. With these two important documents in your
                                                                                              ownership laws, allowing foreign buyers to purchase         possession however, you should be well protected
                                                                                              property even within the restricted zone. With these        against any risk.

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Developer & Real Estate News                                       The construction is being done by Cani Construction.
                                                                Cani has built for Boeing and Costco so once again the
                                                                                                                                 REAL ESTATE LISTINGS    In Town, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath $119,000. Remodeled,
                                                                                                                                 SAN FELIPE BAJA CALIFORNIA                                        Partially Furnished, Wood Floors, New Bathrooms. Arturo
San Felipe Development Tours Opens                              developers are consistent in their commitment to quality.                                                                          Aguirre, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611
                                                                They are a bit behind schedule at CB but only because               San Felipe Beach Front Home
Office in Town                                                  they had to cut through some red tape.                                                           Mexican style casita on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Spectacular Sea View $125,000. 1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Detached, oversized single garage (art studio). Joe Artale,
                                                                   They are also currently getting the engineering done                                          beach                             Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611
    San Felipe Development Tours has opened an office           on their beach retaining wall so that they can begin
on Calle Chetumal between the Taco Factory and OXXO.            construction on that also.
                                                                                                                                                                 $250,000 or                       El Dorado Ranch, Los Medanos South $185,000. 2 BR, 2
    San Felipe Development Tours office is a San Felipe            Casablanca is a Mediterranean style community                                                 Best Offer                        BA, Turn-key Solar Home on two side-by-side lots, patio
                                                                                                                                                                                                   w/palapa & fountain. Mike Deegan, Amor Property, US 760-
Development Information Center where people can stop            modeled after the Greek Island of Santorini and their
                                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful Mexican style casita   494-3639, MX 577-0611
and get information on all the developments in San              amenities include: Indoor and outdoor heated pools,
Felipe.                                                                                                                             on the beach. App. 1600 sq.ft.incl. front terrace. 2 bdrms,
                                                                whirlpools, health spa and fitness center, beach front
    Instead of having to drive around and try to figure out                                                                         2 full baths, large laundry room (with closet and trundle
                                                                restaurant, mini golf and a great beach.                            bed). Open design perfect for entertaining. Tile floors,       Large 3 Bedroom, 2-1/2 Bath, Turn-key $199,950.
what’s going on in San Felipe, you can stop and get all                                                                             Mexican brick archway divides kitchen, dining and living       Oversized Garage, 2 Lots, Outdoor Entertaining, In-Town.
the information in one location.                                Diamante Residencial has first house                                room area. Land lease from Club de Pesca. In San Felipe        Uria Amor, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-
    We are providing a special service as we will               under construction                                                  contact Francisco Sosa or Rosalina Ramos (686)577-0624         0611
offer 100% disclosure and unbiased opinions on the                 California Construction is three quarters of the way             or US 503 784-0834. jbmmans@aol.com                            2 Master Suites + Separate 1 BR Apartment $229,000.
developments.                                                   through completing the first house to be built in Diamante                                                                         Furnished with fantastic views of the Sea & Mountains.
    If the developer has a good history and track record,       Residencial.                                                     80 x 80 Landscaped Corner Lot with Hitch Hiker Trailer;           Exceptional value! Teresa Hutt, Amor Property, US 760-
we will tell you. If the developer is known for cutting            Diamante Residencial has done things the right way.           cyclone fence w/ gate to access the property. Water &             494-3639, MX 577-0611
corners or not fulfilling promises, we will tell you.           Before the first house was ever started, they put in the         Electric. $65k Call 805704 5547 or e-mail - melodya2004@
                                                                                                                                 yahoo.com                                                         Best Buy in Playa de San Felipe - Spectacular $299,000. 2
    If the project doesn’t have the proper permits, we will     water, sewer, electric and paved the roads. The bene fit                                                                           Master BR, 2-1/2 BA. Swimming Pool; Marina View. Arturo
tell you. Our job is to make sure that you can make an          of this to the buyer is that they can immediately receive        Ejido 80 x 80 corner lot. Lot w/ water & electric. $40k Call      Aguirre, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611
educated and informed decision when it comes to your            their fideicomiso and begin construction right away. The         805-704-5547 or e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com
real estate purchase.                                                                                                                                                                              Rancho del Sol $320,000. 3 BR, 3 BA. New kitchen &
                                                                beach area in front of Diamante is one of the few areas of       Ejido 40 x 40 Lot w/ water & electric, $22k. Call 805 704         appliances, granite counters, 1 bedroom w/private bath &
    Some of the developments on the tour include Playa          San Felipe where dolphins swimming right at the beach.           5547 or e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com                              entrance, center atrium. Gary Gold, Amor Property, US 760-
del Paraiso, Baja Diamante, Diamante Residencial,               The beach is gorgeous.                                                                                                             494-3639, MX 577-0611
Casablanca, La Perla Del Mar, Playa de Oro, San Rafael,            Diamante Residencial had their grand opening of their         Ejido Half Lots 20 x 20 - Water & Electric, Lot361 split into 2
                                                                                                                                 1/2 lots; 20 x 20 w/ water & electric. Asking $16K for each.      Villa at La Ventana del Mar $359,000 Very desireable Plan
San Marino, El Dorado Ranch, La Ventana del Mar.                sales center on April 12. Call us for info and an invitation.    Call 805 704 5547 or e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com                 1, 2 BR, 2 BA, Brand New Mike Deegan, Amor Property, US
                                                                (480) 236-0741.                                                                                                                    760-494-3639, MX 577-0611
                                                                                                                                 Ejido 40 x 40 corner lot w/ electric $22K,Call 805 704 5547
Featured Development: LA PERLA DEL                              Diamante Residencial Gran Opening                                or e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com                                   16th Fairway Villa at La Ventana del Mar - $499,000. 3
MAR                                                                 Diamante Residencial had their “Official” Grand              Ejido 6 lots hand cleaned and fenced, possible financing.         BR, 2-1/2 BA, Turn-key, 3-car Garage, Fireplace, s/s BBQ.
    La Perla Del Mar is a hidden gem. La Perla Del Mar                                                                           $82,000 Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or call               Unobstructed views from all living areas! Nate Morace,
                                                                Opening launch party today. Diamante Residencial is                                                                                Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611
sits on 12 beautiful acres with all home sites just steps       a master planned community south of town and offers              805 704 5547 (Ref#B235&244)
from the beach. It sits in a cove like setting and actually     beautiful beach front and sea view home sites and future         Ejido 40 x 40 Corner of lot of Blk 235. Hand cleared &            Great Condo Site – Sea View $575,000. RV Park, over
has hot springs right out in the sea. It is a very quaint       condos. Phase 1 has all the infrastructure completed             fenced. $12K. Call 805 704 5547 or e-mail melodya2004@            48,000 s.f. Two blocks to beach & downtown; 20 spaces,
community and only offers 42 home sites.                        such as roads, electric, water and sewer and home sites          yahoo.com                                                         4 bathrooms. Gary Gold, Amor Property, US 760-494-
    Sales have been good and there are several owners                                                                                                                                              3639, MX 577-0611
                                                                are ready to build on. Title can be transferred in as little     Ejido 40 Corner of lot of Block 244, Hand cleared and fenced
just weeks away from starting to build. By the time you         as 60 days. California Construction built the first home         - $12K. Call 805 704 5547 or e-mail melodya2004@                  Playa de Oro – Steps to the Beach $580,000. 2 BR, 2
read this they should have all their infrastructure in to the   which you see in the photos. The launch was a great              yahoo.com                                                         BA, Extremely Unique Home with Extensive Landscaping &
home sites. There are only a few beach front home sites         success with a wide variety of visitors enjoying free                                                                              Outdoor Living Areas, Completely Turn-key, Double Garage.
left in the development.                                                                                                         40 x 40 lot 1 block from power in Ejido. & cleared & fenced.      Nate Morace, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-
                                                                tacos and margaritas and taking advantage of the grand           $5K Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.com or 805 704                0611
    The project features a community center with indoor/        opening discounts.                                               5547.
outdoor grill and party facilities, heated swimming pool,           As always the local real estate community showed                                                                               Playa de San Felipe – Better Than New, Fabulous View
onsite restaurant and cantina and one of the few actual         their presence searching for new opportunities for their         40 x 40 with Electric. Lot#397 Manzanatt #47. For more            $699,000 Large upscale 4 BR, 2-1/2 BA home; Luxurious
private beaches.                                                clients. Margy Drew, sales manager for Diamante said             information Please e-mail melodya2004@yahoo.comor                 Great Room with Granite Kitchen; Separate 1 BR Apartment;
    Andrew Wehe, developer of La Perla Del Mar said that                                                                         805 704 5547.                                                     Oversized double-car garage. This home MUST be seen!
                                                                that now that Phase 1 is complete they will begin Phase                                                                            Uria Amor, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-
owners may rent their homes but there will be very strict       2. The first thing they will build is the community center       Beach Cottage – Walk to Beach $44,900. Cozy 1 BR, 1-              0611
guidelines to maintain the privacy and exclusivity of the       which consists of two tennis courts, parking, swimming           1/2 BA. Main Bathroom is extra-large with bear-claw tub &
development.                                                    pool, Jacuzzi, and a restaurant with an area big enough          separate walk-in, tiled shower. Bill Maine, Amor Property,        House for Sale - 2 BR 1 BA 50 Yards from the beach!
    Home sites in the development range from 4800                                                                                US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611                                      Kitchen, living room, & backyard. KM 33 to Puertecitos
                                                                for 300-400 people. There will also be a bar, pool                                                                                 Exterior is deorated with stone - very beautiful. Approx. 800
square feet to over 10,000 square feet.                         tables, mezzanine and fitness center. They expect the            Playa de San Felipe $95,000 Lot, 12mx30m. Unobstructed            sqft $69,000 Campo La Roca Call Jaito (686) 179-4611
    This project is fully funded and is not relying on sales    construction to start late this year or first part of 2009.      Sea View Lot. All city services. Teresa Hutt, Amor Property,
to complete the infrastructure and amenities. Prices start                                                                       US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611                                      Solar powered home at El Dorado Ranch! 1 Lg. BR, living
at $150,000. For information on La Perla Del Mar please                                                                                                                                            rm, dining rm area, lg. kitchen, 2 full BA - 1 in the garage,
contact us at info@sanfelipedevelopmenttours.com or
                                                                 ARE YOU LISTED?              Call us Today!                     Brand New House – In Town $116,000. 2 BR, 1 BA. 7
                                                                                                                                 Blocks to Beach & Downtown. Upgraded Kitchen w/Granite
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tankless hot water heater, & tiled roof. On premises: golf,
call us at (480) 236-0741                                                                    MEX 686-577-1377                    Counters, Private Patio, Garage. Great Buy!! Gary Gold,           lounge, tennis courts, pool, & more. Excellent condition! Only
                                                                                                                                 Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611                       $120,000. Call (686) 576-0309 or sohnenschein1937@
                                                                                           USA 800-576-0919 Ext. 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                   aol.com.
Casablanca Begins Construction                                                              As little as $4 dlls a line !        In Town, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath $119,000. Approx. 1,400
   Casablanca Developments has begun construction                                             Rosertio-Ensenada                  s.f., Upscale Kitchen, All Appliances, Prego Floors. Arturo       Remodeled House and Business. 3 bedroom 3 bathroomon
on the front entrance of their development.                                                San Felipe-Puerto Peñasco!            Aguirre, Amor Property, US 760-494-3639, MX 577-0611              Highway 5 close to town $105,000 Terms? Contact Desert
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mother Realty 686-577-2552 or bajadonna@gmail.com
The ONLY Monthly Guide to Northwest Mexico                      • ROSARITO BEACH • ENSENADA                                      • SAN FELIPE • PUERTO PEÑASCO                                                         Get more info: www.greensheets.info
46 - Real Estate in Northwest Mexico
El Dorado Ranch, Rancho Del Sol 3, Mexican Hacienda              230 acres, 1,468 of oceanfront, Ejido rights, common grd.                                                                                           who flock here all year
Style. 3 BR 3 BA, fireplace, private courtyard, AC/              $1,073,000. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552                 Business Spotlight                                                                    long. “We have the
Heat, garage $295,000 Call Mx (686)131-0576 or                                                                                                                                                                       best beaches nearest
US (715) 891-6209 E-mail: jspinner4@hotmail.com                  116 acres, 2373 of oceanfront. $1,000,000. Desert
                                                                 MotherRealty 686-577-2552                                                                                                                           Arizona,” says Esther,
El Dorado Ranch, Vista Del Mar, 3 BR 3 BA, Den, 2                                                                                                                                                                    “and with the new
                                                                 9 lots in the ejido cleared $7,000 each. Contact Desert
fireplaces, & 2 stall garage. Great Views! Under construction    Mother Realty 686-577-2552 or bajadonna@gmail.com                                                                                                   highway about to
w/o Cabintery $395,000 w/ Cabintery $425,000 Call Mx                                                                                                                                                                 open we will see even
(686)131-0576 or US (715)891-6209 E-mail: jspinner4@             Bunk house with 3 trailers - minumim income $2,000/                                                                                                 more coming from the
hotmail.com                                                      month or $99,000 Terms? Contact Desert Mother Realty
                                                                 686-577-2552 or bajadonna@gmail.com                                                                                                                 California area.”
Matomi Gonzaga Bay. Total Hectares 328(810 acres). 2,231                                                                                                                                                                The         Mexican
ft. ocean Ft. Property beautiful sandy beaches! Lots of green                                                                                                                                                        government           is
                                                                 ENSENADA
vegetation! $2,700K. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552           BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO                                                                                                                             spending a lot of
bajadonna@gmail.com                                              CALL TO POST YOUR LISTING                                                                                                                           money to improve
                                                                 (686)-576-1377 OR (686)230-9933                                                                                                                     Puerto Peñasco in
Total 264 Hectares (652 acres). Matomi Ensenada Gonzaga
Bay 2,281 Great beach front w/ Sandy beaches, foliage,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     order to draw tourists
                                                                 PUERTO PENASCO (ROCKY POINT)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     here. Now the new
view of Enchanted Islands. $ 2,200K. Desert Mother Realty
686-577-2552 bajadonna@gmail.com
                                                                 SONORA, MEXICO
                                                                                                                              Santiago’s Ocean Services                                                              Nautical Ladder fuel
Hectares (1,200 ACRES) in the Pacific 18,699 FT. of
                                                                 Single family home FSBO, $227,500 USD. Less than 2           Over a Decade of Chartering in Puerto Peñasco                                          station and docks are
                                                                 years old, gated dev., w/planned pools, SPA with Medical                                                                                            open to bring in even
ocean front property. Desert Mother Realty 686-577-2552
bajadonna@gmail.com
                                                                 Center nearly complete. 3 br, 2 ba, air/heat. Ten minutes    By John Pack                                                                           more, from over the
                                                                 from downtown and 5 min. from new plaza. Charlie Luse-
                                                                                                                                                                                       water.
                                                                                                                                D
Total Hectares 80 (198 acres) 738 ft. of sandy ocean             Mex cell 638-110-4127, cglpuro@netscape.net                         ale and Esther Donaldson have owned and
frontbeach. Best campo in the area. $880K. Desert Mother                                                                                                                                  When asked what could be done to improve
                                                                 Condos (2) in Las Cupulas, SFBO, $178,900 USD ea.                   operated Santiago’s Ocean Services since boating in the area, the Donaldsons said that they
Realty 686-577-2552 bajadonna@gmail.com                          for 2 identical condos in one building. 2 story, 2 br, 2.5   1995 and have a proven track record of providing would like to see the shrimp boats relocate to other
263 hectares of farming land, 1-1/2 hour from San Felipe,        ba, completely furnished including all appliances. One is
                                                                 rented, other is vacant and never lived in. Less than one    some of the best charter boat services in Puerto areas in order to bring back sport fishing like it used
on the road to Ensenada great for farming or raising kettland.
                                                                 year old.                                                    Peñasco (Rocky Point). Dale has over 25 years to be. Sport fishermen used to have to go out only
Asking prince $1,500.00 hectar. Desert Mother Realty 686-
577-2552 bajadonna@gmail.com                                                                                                  of experience in the marine industry. Their staff seven miles for groupers, rather than the 20 to 30
                                                                                                                              are professionals and the                                                        miles they go now.
                                                                                                                              captains and crew members                                                            Whether you’re a tourist,
                                                                                                                              speak English, but the best                                                      one of the thousands
                                                                                                                              part is these guys know                                                          of Americans who have
                                                                                                                              where the fish are!                                                              made Puerto Peñasco their
                                                                                                                                  Their boats are sport                                                        second home, or one of the
                                                                                                                              fishing boats and cruisers,                                                      “snowbirds” who flock here
                                                                                                                              and thus are not equipped                                                        during the winter months,
                                                                                                                              for long distance or overnight                                                   when you come here looking
                                                                                                                              trips such as to San Felipe                                                      for good times, thrills,
                                                                                                                              or San Carlos. Instead, their                                                    adventure and sightseeing,
                                                                                                                              boats are geared toward                                                          the Donaldsons provide it
                                                                                                                              fishing trips, Bird Island eco Santiago’s knows where the fishing is!            all.
                                                                                                                              tours, snorkeling excursions,                                                        Dale and Esther know
                                                                                                                              dolphin and whale watching, dinner or margarita they’ve done it right. Their company offers longevity, a
                                                                                                                              sunset cruises and, for some real excitement, they friendly English speaking crew, experienced captains,
                                                                                                                              offer parasail rides, which give you a bird’s eye view great service, nice boats, etc., which account for
                                                                                                                              of Rocky Point.                                          about 68% of their business being repeat customers
                                                                                                                                  Santiago’s Ocean Services says safety is the or referrals.
                                                                                                                              company’s #1 priority. Its fleet of boats are U.S.          Come on down to Puerto Peñasco and experience
                                                                                                                              Coast Guard approved for extra safety measures and the beautiful Sea of Cortez with a reputable charter boat
                                                                                                                              are maintained regularly for your safety. All boats are service, committed to making your ocean excursion
                                                                                                                              equipped with life jackets, ship to shore radios, flare safe and enjoyable, one you will always remember.
                                                                                                                              guns, first aid kits, safety boats and lots of high tech
                                                                                                                              fishing equipment.                                          Company info and contact:
                                                                                                                                  According to the Donaldsons, Puerto Peñasco             Santiago’s Ocean Services
                                                                                                                              is growing, with more and more commercial boats
                                                                                                                                                                                          esther@santiagosoceanservices.com
                                                                                                                              coming to the area, so the charter business is
                                                                                                                                                                                          charters007@prodigy.net.mx
                                                                                                                              becoming very competitive.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Arizona # 602-324-9558 or # 520-495-0218
                                                                                                                                  Over the past 10 years, Puerto Peñasco has been
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mexico # 011-52-638-383-5834
                                                                                                                              overwhelmed with hundreds of thousands of tourists
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                             NORTHWEST MEXICO BUSINESS                                                                                                        BEAUTY SALONS/SALONES DE BELLEZA                               San Rafael ..........................................(686) 576-0223




  Y E L L OW PA G ES
                                                                                                                                                       Hair By Nancy .....................................(686) 573-2352     Playa San Rafael is a 64-acre community only 3/4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mile north of Playa de Oro. Calling from the USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (509) 280-75-17 Website: www.mexico-real-estate.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DOCTORS/DOCTORES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dr. Victor Abasolo ...............................(686) 577-1706
                               If you’re not listed, you’re losing business.                                                                                                                                                        ENTERTAINMENT/ENTRETENIMIENTO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Name That Tune - Denny Flannigan......(686) 576-1683
     PHONE IN MEXICO                                                    DIALING 800 NUMBER:                                                                                                                                              FINANCING/FINANCIAMIENTO
     Mexico’s telephone network is one of the most
     well-developed in Latin America. Mexico offers a                   800 DIALING to the US From Mexico (dial 001+)                                                                                                        Baja Lending Company .. ......................(686)152-5233
                                                                                                                                                       Lilly Ana’s Day Spot ............................(686) 577-6253
     whole range of telephone services from simple                      To Dial USA 800 ......................................dial 880
     land-line telephone services to high-speed internet                To Dial USA 866 ......................................dial 883                        BUILDING MATERIALS/MATERIALES DE
     (ADSL) services as well as the latest GSM mobile                   To Dial USA 877 ......................................dial 882                                      CONTRUCCIÓN
     technologies.                                                      To Dial USA 888 ......................................dial 881                 Pro-Construction..................................(686)576-0430
                                                                                                                                                       Building Materials, Plumbing, Paint supplies Brick
     DIALING INSTRUCTIONS:                                                                                                                             Block, Wood,, & Hardware. Delivery Services Call us!
     USA to MX Cell Phone: 011+52+1+Area                                IMPORTANT NUMBERS:                                                                                     CATERING
     Code+(Tel #)
     USA to Mexico: 011+Area Code+(Tel #)                               MX 411 (Spanish only)...................................040                    Java Jitters BC Bistro ..........................(686) 114-7735
     Mexico to USA: 001+Area Code+(Tel #)                               Tourist Assistance Hotline ..............................076                                                                                                          FISH/PESCADERÍA
     MX Landline to MX Cell Phone: 044+Area                             Check Time....................................................030                            CHOCOLATE/CHOCOLATE                                     Ruben’s Fish Market............................(686) 577-0810
     Code+(Tel #)                                                       Emergencies ..................................................060              Baja Chocolate Lovers.........................(686) 576-0348
     MX Cell Phone to MX Landline: Area Code+(Tel #)                    Tourist Safety ...........................1-800-5903-9200                                                                                                FILM DEVELOPMENT/IMPRESION DE FOTOS
                                                                                                                                                             CITY SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE LA CIUDAD                            Fotografia Alvarez ..............................(686) 577-1144
                                                                                                                                                       District Attorney’s ...............................(686) 577-1110
        ROSARITO BEACH/ ENSENADA                                        Licensed, CAD, Blue Prints, Graphic Design                                     Mayors Office .....................................(686) 577-1021
                                                                        Rosa Lina Ramos Lazcano ..................(686) 184-6172
       DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE                                                                                                                               COFFEE & TEA/CAFÉ Y TE
                 FRACCIONAMIENTOS                                                            ARTIST/ARTISTA                                            Java Jitters & BC Bistro .......................(686) 114-7735
                                                                        Andrena Joyce .......E-mail: andrenajoyce@yahoo.com                            Tattoo Rose Cafe .................................(686) 577-6004
  Baja Mar Country Club ....................1-800-434-2252              Melody Ashley ....... E-mail: melodya2004@yahoo.com
                                                                        Robin Waters ......................................(686) 115-0526                    COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS/
                ELEVATORS/ELEVADORES                                    Watercolors by Mary Lou ....................(686) 171-5513                      ORGANIZACIONES DE SERVICIO A LA COMUNIDAD
  To The Top Elevators .......................... (661) 614-1434                                                                                       Club Las Amigas .................................(686) 202-0455
                                                                                        ATTORNEY/ABOGADO                                               San Felipe Lions Club ..........................(686) 212-3599
                      FISH/PESCADERÍA                                   Carlos A. Martinez Monges .................(686) 120-1650                                                                                                      FINANCING/FINANCIAMIENTO
                                                                                                                                                       San Felipe Rotary ................................(686) 576-0112      MexQuest Mortgage Corp.................... (686) 211-9520
  Vince's Old Peir ................................... 661-612-1253     Lic. Francisco Sosa Mendez ................(686) 577-0624
  See ad on page 36 of the Restaurant Guide                                                                                                                CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE
                                                                                 ADULT CARE/ATENCION DE ADULTOS                                                                                                                           FURNITURE/MUEBLERÍA
                                                                                                                                                                        CONSTRUCCIÓN                                         Muebles Coloniales Rosy ....................(686) 577-1214
                      HOTEL/HOTEL                                       San Felipe Adult Living Facility ............(686) 173-0424                    San Felipe Management Services ........(686) 576-0553
          See the Lodging Guide on Pages 40 - 41
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               GENERAL CONTRACTOR/CONTRATISTA GENERAL
                      MOTEL/MOTEL                                                                                                                                                                                            California Real Estate & Construction.(686) 576-0420
          See the Lodging Guide on Pages 40 - 41
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 GLASS SHOP & GARAGE DOORS/VIDRIERA Y
                   MUSIC/MUSICA                                                                                                                                                                                                            PUERTAS DE GARAGE
  Pharmacy Regia & House of Music .....(646) 174-0557                                                                                                                                                                        Ka-Va Hermanos .................................(686) 147-3145

                    RENTALS/RENTAS                                                                                                                                                                                                   GRAPHIC DESIGN/DISEÑO GRÁFICO
          See the Lodging Guide on Pages 40 - 41                                                                                                                                                                             GreetScape ........................................... 686-188-2393
                                                                                                                                                           CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE
                                                                               AUTO REPAIR/REPARACIÓN DE AUTO                                                                 CONSTRUCCIÓN
  REAL ESTATE AGENTS/AGENTES DE BIENES RAÍCES                           Automotive PIT STOP ..........................(686) 173-0424                   Oscar Parra .........................................(686) 163-6514
  Nicolas Santos (Rosarito).................... 619-917-5695            Km 183.3 Repair & Services-All electronic & Mechanical                         Tafoya E. Hijos ....................................(686) 221-2424
                                                                        Reasonable rates. Call Now!
            REAL ESTATE/BIENES RAÍCES                                                                                                                    CONSULTING-THERAPY/CONSULTA TERAPÉUTICA
  Ensenada Remax ...............................(661)-612-1132                          BAKERY/PANADERÍA                                               Inner Connection .................................(686) 202-1208
                                                                        Panaderia Especial ..............................(686) 577-2948
              RESTAURANTS/RESTAURANTES                                                                                                                                    DENTIST/DENTISTA
         See the Restaurant Guide on Pages 36 - 39                                            BANDS/BANDAS                                             California Dental Spa ...........................(686) 577-0708
                                                                        Agave Blues ........................................(686) 184-9237
                        SAN FELIPE                                                                                                                             DEVELOPMENTS/FRACCIONAMIENTOS
                                                                                                 BARS/CLUBS                                                                                                                             GYNECOLOGIST/GINECÓLOGO
                                                                                                                                                       Casablanca .........................................(686) 157-1728    Annel Becerra Prado............................(686) 577-6350
             ACCOUNTING/CONTABILIDAD CP                                 Bar Miramar ........................................(686) 577-1192             Diamante Residencial ..........................(686) 569-2347
  Erich Zorr.......................................... (686) 576-0141   Pool tables, Entertainment, And FREE WIFI                                      El Dorado Ranch .................................(686) 577-0015               HEALTH & BEAUTY/SALUD Y BELLEZA
                                                                                                                                                       La Perla Del Mar..................................(760) 458-7602      Sea Star .............................................. (686) 577-6250
                   ALARMS/ALARMAS                                       Fandango’s .........................................(686) 577-0060             Playa de Oro .......................................(686) 576-0223
  Del Desierto (SEE AD BELOW) ............(686) 577-1486                Jimmy’s Beach Bar & Grill ...................(686) 576-0454                                                                                          USANA Health Sciences ......................(686) 116-3982
                                                                                                                                                       Located Seaside of Highway 5, South of Km#179 Just                    Call Beth for all your suplemental needs like: nutritional
                                                                        Los Arcos - Happy Jack Ass..............(686) 577-2585                         6½ miles North of San Felipe. USA (509) 280-7517
               ARCHITECT/ARQUITECTO                                                                                                                                                                                          supplements, skin care products, ask about RESET.
                                                                                                                                                       San Marino .........................................(686) 577-0611    elisabethan236@uasna.com 686-116-3962
  Freddy Hernandez ...............................(686) 946-7897
                    CONNECTING THOUSAND PEOPLE MONTHLY WITH SMART BUSINESS THROUGHOUT                                                            WEST MEXICO - AND GROWING! GET LISTED TODAY 1-52-686-577-1377 / 1-52-1-686-230-9933
                                                                                                                                            NORTHW
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                                                                          Versoleil ..............................................(686) 576-0664
         HEALTH & FITNESS/SALUD Y EJERCICIO                                                                                                            Casey Hamlin.com ..............................(686) 577-1431
  KenSue Martial Arts .............................. 686-577-6023                                                                                      Francisco Romo ..................................(686) 577-1193
  Excerise, Taewaonndo, Mixed Martial Arts
         HEALTH & FITNESS/SALUD Y EJERCICIO
  Sqatts Gym ........................................... 686-125-1555



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PRINTERS/IMPRESORAS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Papeleria Copicentro ...........................(686) 577-1402
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Print Supplier ................................(686) 230-9933

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PROPIEDADES
             HOME BUILDERS/CONTRATISTAS                                                                                                                                                                                          Casey’s Place .....................................(686) 577-1431
  California Real Estate & Contruction ....(686) 576-0420                                                                                                                                                                        Redwagon Enterprises.........................(686) 576-0081
  HouSing ..............................................(686) 577-0810
  San Felipe Home Builders ....................(686) 577-0050                                                                                                                                                                              PUBLICATIONS/PUBLICACIONES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gringo Gazette .................................... (686) 111-3692
        HOME CLEANING/LIMPIEZA DE CASAS                                            LAUNDRY SERVICE/LAVANDERÍA
                                                                          Wash Tub............................................ (686) 577-2001          Ron Saunders .....................................(686) 576-0007
  Redwagon Proerty Managment ........... (686) 576-0081
   HOME IMPROVEMENTS/MEJORAMIENTO CASERO                                        PLACE YOUR BUSINESS LISTING HERE
  Baja Home Improvment .......................(686) 222-4507                            ONLY $4 PER MONTH
                        HOTEL/MOTEL
                                                                                    YOUR BUSINESS IS WORTH IT
                   See Lodging Guide Section                                       yellowpages@mexicoliving.info
    IMPORT SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE IMPORTACIÓN                                                                                                                 Ph/Fax: 011-686-576-0077
  San Felipe Storage Company ............... (686) 576-0432                              LIFEGUARD/SALVAVIDAS                                             E-mail: info@bajareflections.com
                                                                          San Felipe Lifeguards ..........................(686) 233-7730
          INTERIOR DESIGN/DISEÑO INTERIOR                                 Ask for Franscio                                                                  Website: bajareflections.com
  Baja Nueva..........................................(686) 211-4676                          LIQUOR/LICORERÍA                                          PO Box #9011 PMB #151 Calexico CA 92232
                                                                          Tecate Six - Julio .................................(686) 119-0030
     INTERNET SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE INTERNET
  The Net ...............................................(686) 577-1600                 LOCKSMITH/CERRAJERO
                                                                          Gomez Locksmith ............................... (686) 221-8337
               LANDSCAPING/JARDINERÍA                                     24 HR Service, Professional Service. Homes, Cars,
  Mauricio’s Lanscaping ........................(686) 151-8002            Boats, Motorcycles, English Spoken                                                                                                                     Mexico Living Magazine ...................... (686) 577-1377
                                                                                                                                                       Victor Rodriguez Ratliff ........................(686) 573-0222           San Felipe Newsletter ..........................(686) 577-2898
                                                                                          MASSAGE/MASAJE
                                                                          Casey’s Place (Massage) ....................(686) 577-1431                                                                                              REAL ESTATE AGENTS/AGENTES DE BIENES RAÍCES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bill Maine ............................................(686) 231-4921
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gary Gold ...........................................(686) 211-9952
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kathy Preppernau................................(686) 210-4458
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Katy Asimus .......................................(686) 211-5474
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nate Morace .......................................(686) 171-3257

  Prestige Landscape and Maintenance ..(686) 170-8651                                                                                                                                                                                         REAL ESTATE/BIENES RAÍCES
  Your Paradise...My Passion                                                                                                                                                                                                     Amor Property ....................................(686) 577-0611
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Baja Ranch & Sea Realty .....................(686) 577-1304
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 California Real Estate & Construction..(686) 576-0420
                                                                                         MEAT MARKET/CARNICERÍA                                                                                                                  Call Margaret Realty ............................(686) 577-1156
                                                                          La Vaquita II ........................................(686) 577-1718

                                                                                                MEDICAL/MEDICO
                                                                          Red Cross ...........................................(686) 577-1544
                                                                          San Felipe Hospital ..............................(686) 577-0117
                                                                          Ambulance..........................................(686) 577-0500

                                                                                        PEST CONTROL/FUMIGACIONES
                                                                                            No listings at this time

                                                                                         PHOTOGRAPHY/FOTOGRAFÍA                                                                PIZZA/PIZZA
                                                                                                                                                       Los Arcos - Happy Jack Ass ...............(686) 577-2585                  Desert Mother .....................................(686) 577-2552
                                                                                                                                                       Popeye’s Pizza .................................... (686) 577-1122        Desert Realty ......................................(686) 577-6336
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sea Mexico Realtiy (SMR) ...................(686) 576-0223
                                                                                                                                                            POSTAL SERVICES/SERVICIOS POSTALES
                                                                                                                                                       Yetmail ................................................ (686) 577-1255                    RECREATION/RECREACIÓN

                     CONNECTING THOUSAND PEOPLE MONTHLY WITH SMART BUSINESS THROUGHOUT                                                           WEST MEXICO - AND GROWING! GET LISTED TODAY 1-52-686-577-1377 / 1-52-1-686-230-9933
                                                                                                                                            NORTHW
52 - Mexico’s Smart Yellow Pages                                           Telnor Phone Co ..................................(686) 577-1000            Continued from page 31
  San Felipe Sailing-Call Felipe ...............(686) 114-3259             Water Company ..................................(686) 577-1022                 Elite Fleet Charters is introducing an offshore         We look forward to showing everybody a great time
                                                                                                                                                       speed racing experience. The Sea Rocket, owned             on the Sea of Cortez.”
                      RENTALS/RENTAS                                                        VETERINARY/VETERINARIO                                                                                                   For a different experience on the water, try a
  Casey’s Place .....................................(686) 577-1431        Hospital Animal ...................................(686) 577-1688           by Randy Spiegel, is an exciting thrill ride. Elite also
  Rancho del Sol Vacation Home ............(686) 231-4921                                                                                              offers Bird Island sightseeing trips and coastal scenic    sailboat. Mar de Cortez advertizes its 36’ Trimaran,
                                                                           PETS ..................................................(686) 577-2155
  Redwagon Rental Property ..................(686) 576-0081                                                                                            tours. Spiegel’s Sportfisher, the Golden Gruper, takes     the Klanoki, as a way to see San Felipe’s many
                                                                             WASTE MANAGEMENT/MANEJO DE DESHECHO                                       small groups sport fishing.                                beautiful sites, some of which are best seen from
                                                                           San Felipe Disposal .............................(686) 121-1004                                                                        offshore. You can charter the Klanoki for a day or a
                                                                                                                                                          Elite Fleet offers the following types of water
                                                                                                                                                       sports services: half-day fishing from 8:00 am -           week on the Sea of Cortez, and enjoy the coastlines of
                                                                            WELDING SERVICES/SERVICIOS DE SOLDADURA
                                                                           Waldo The Welder ...............................(686) 226-3127              2:30 pm, full day fishing from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm,          Baja California and Sonora on your own personalized
                                                                                                                                                       overnight fishing to destinations such as San Carlos       tour. Skipper Clyde Haas even offers sailing lessons.
                                                                               WINDOW CLEANING/LIMPIEZA DE VENTANAS                                    and San Felipe, long-range day trips, sunset cruises,         Baja Express’s Forrester also invites visitors and
                                                                           Pro Window Cleaning ..........................(686) 590-6594                                                                           locals to visit the sea. He takes the future of boating
                                                                           TELEPHONE DIRECTORY / DIRECTORIO TELEFONIO                                  Sea Rocket thrill boat rides, and parasailing. Their
                                                                                                                                                       captains are fluent in both English and Spanish.           on the sea very seriously.
  Sandollar Beachfront Condos ..............(686) 576-0081                                  P UERTO PEÑASCO                                            Their goal is to provide the best customer service so         “We are the stewards of the northern Sea of
                                                                                                                                                       that their clients return to them every time they visit    Cortez,” says Forrester. “Let’s take care of it
                RESTAURANTS/RESTAURANTES                                                  ARCHITECT/ARQUITECTO                                                                                                    together.”
                  See DINING GUIDE section                                 Punio Rivero ..................................... (638) 383-4710           Peñasco.
                                                                                                                                                          Again, these services would not have been possible                               Capt’n Tolken’s Baja Express
                    ROOFING/TECHOS                                                DEVELOPMENTS/FRACCIONAMIENTOS                                        without the Escalera Nautica. Captains Ramirez and                                          USA: (970) 210-1744
  San Felipe Professional Roofing ...........(686) 590-6818                "Parayso" Desembembogue Devept.....(638) 388-5707                           Orosco traveled from Cabo San Lucas to Peñasco                                  MEX: (686) 116-6977 San Felipe
                                                                                                                                                       and found its facilities and marinas to be the best.                          EMAIL: info@captntolkensbaja.com
                   SAILING/NAVEGACIÓN                                                 FINANCING/FINANCIAMIENTO
  Sail San Felipe - Felipe......................... (686) 114-3259                                                                                     They said that the Mexican government has done an                               http://www.captntolkensbaja.com
                                                                           Platinum Capital..................................(602) 692-8523
                                                                                                                                                       excellent job of providing great marina facilities with
    SATELLITE TELEVISION & INTERNET/TELEVISION                                         REAL ESTATE/BIENES RAÍCES                                       fuel stations, clean bathrooms, showers and slips.                                                Elite Charters
              SATELITALES Y INTERNET                                       Buena Vide Real Estate .................. (638) 110-4127                                                                                                              USA: (602) 324-9529
                                                                                                                                                       They report that Peñasco’s new facility is great, with
                                                                           Majestic Realty ............................. (638) 388-1120                                                                                               MEX: (638) 383-4963 Rocky Point
  Satellite Services/Servicios de Satelitales                              Mexican Beach Developers............ (638) 383-8417                         fuel stations and restrooms.                                                    EMAIL: panchovilla2718@att.net
  CSI Computer-Satellite-Installation............686-577-2928                                                                                             Elite Fleet Charters says, “Our company prides                             WEB: www.rockypointboattrips.com
                                                                                        RESTAURANTS/RESTAURANTES                                       itself on providing the safest, fun-filled experience.
                        SCREEN PRINTING                                                See Restauant Guide Pages 36 -39
                       No listings at this time

         SHOPPING MALL/CENTRO DE COMPRAS
  La Plazita ............................................(686) 577-2119       Are you looking for a career
        SPANISH LESSONS/CLASES DE ESPAÑOL
  Kelly Walsh .........................................(686) 209-9564
                                                                              change? Want to be able to
                      STORAGE/ALMACÉN                                         afford to live and travel in
  Lock Box .............................................. 686-576-0606
  San Felipe Storage Company ............... (686) 576-0432                   Mexico?
                                                                              We are looking for advertising executives to work in
                                                                              Ensenada, Mexicali and Puerto Penasco areas.

                                                                              •       Great earning potential.
                                                                              •       Strong support team and training.
                                                                              •       Work Independently

                                                                              Travel, meet people, explore
                  TATTOOING/TATUAJES
  Baja Ink Spot Tattoo & Body Piercing ...(686) 577-2538                      and earn a living at
                                                                              the same time.
                TRANSLATION/TRADUCCIÓN
  Carlota Villagran B ...............................(686) 212-9951           686-230-9933
           TRANSPORTATION/TRANSPORTACIÓN
  Airport ................................................(686) 577-1368      Only call if you are self-
  Taxi Service ........................................(686) 577-1293         motivated, computer literate
                                                                              and legal residence of
                  UTILITIES/UTILIDADES                                        Mexico (WORKING VISA,
  Electric Company (CFE) ......................(686) 577-1060                 FM2, FM3)
  Propane Gas .......................................(686) 577-2373


                     CONNECTING THOUSAND PEOPLE MONTHLY WITH SMART BUSINESS THROUGHOUT                                                      NORTHWEST MEXICO - AND GROWING! GET LISTED TODAY 1-52-686-577-1377 / 1-52-1-686-230-9933
                          DID YOU KNOW                    C L A S S I F I E D S
                          THAT THERE ARE 
                          APPROXIMATELY                          PLACE ADS BY PHONE
                                                                San Felipe: 686-577-1377
                          27 DIFFERENT                        Puerto Penásco: 638-109-4771
                          DEVELOPMENTS                      USA Phone: 800-576-0919 Ext. 3
                          IN SAN FELIPE 
                          RIGHT NOW?              ENTERTAINMENT
                          NEITHER DID             The BEST Karaoke in town at Juanito’s Cantina hosted
                          MOST OF THE             by Maria Arnold; Wed. nights 6:00pm. Come and sing
                                                  like a STAR!
                          REAL ESTATE 
                          PEOPLE I TALKED 
                                                  WANTED
                          TO. 
                                                  Wanted all and any vehicles working or not $$$. Please
                                                  call 686-173-0424 ask for Ray.
 SEE THEM AND THEN DECIDE WHICH IS 
 RIGHT FOR YOU. WITHOUT KNOWING                   JOBS
 WHAT IS AVAILABLE YOU CAN’T REALLY               REPORTERS - If you would be interested in writing
 MAKE AN EDUCATED AND INFORMED                    about your community events, business, social, real
 DECISION.                                        estate, gardening, pets, medicine, health, sports,
                                                  etc. etc. We want to hear from you! editorial@
 VISIT THE SAN FELIPE DEVELOPMENT                 mexicoliving.info. We are looking for people in
 INFORMATION CENTER BETWEEN THE                   Ensenada, San Felipe, Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point).
 TACO FACTORY AND OXXO RIGHT OFF THE 
 MALECON.                                         PRINTING SERICES
                                                  NEED BUSSINESS CARDS OR BROCHURES? Go to
                 VISIT US AT                      www.theprintsupplier.com or 800-576-0919 Ext. 3 or
 WWW.SANFELIPEDEVELOPMENTTOURS.COM                686-577-1377. DELIVERY TO SAN FELIPE.
  0R CALL (480) 236‐0741 or (686) 171‐6898 




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Playa de San Felipe Lots from ......................................................................................................... $ 49,000
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New Construction Homes in Town Starting at ............................................................................... $116,000
In Town Condos Starting at ............................................................................................................. $108,900
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