SAN FELIPE . BAJA CALIFORNIA . MX
Fifty miles south of the US California – Arizona border is one of the youngest seas on the planet. A rich and abundant body of water virtually untouched by people or industry. Ten million years in the making, the Sea of Cortes is clear as crystal, warm as a bath and naturally pure.
Located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez is the village of San Felipe. A typical little ol’ Mexican fishing village in the state of Baja California, Mexico. It is 125 miles or 190 km south of the United States border crossing at Calexico, California, and it is a distant, outlying “delegation” of the municipality of Mexicali.
The “Malacon”, or the “downtown ocean front”, of San Felipe is about 10 feet above normal sea level. Since the shape of Gulf of California acts like a funnel, the tide can expose as much as three quarters of a mile or almost a full kilometer of sea bottom. The difference in height of the sea between high and low tide can be as much as 24 feet. These extreme tides help keep the waters fresh by constantly refreshing the waters of tyhe Sea of Cortez.
The economy of San Felipe is based on fishing, tourism and catering to U.S. and Mexican travelers. The Mexican federal government has just completed improving the highway access. San Felipe even boasts a full service international airport capable of handling most twin engine commercial jets.
The pristine waters of the Sea of Cortes provides the best of waters for sailing, rowing, paddle boarding, jet skiing and various other water sports. In fact, the international award winning Mexican National Rowing Team is located in San Felipe and plies the water almost every early morning and afternoon. When the bay is smooth as glass. In the summer the water temp can be as much as 90 degrees – just like a bathtub.
San Felipe is host to many well-known popular events such as our Annual Shrimp Festival which is held the first weekend of November http://www.sanfelipeshrimpfestival.com. The Clam and Ceviche Festivals celebrate the riches of the Sea of Cortes. In December, a soon to be favorite, Tamale Festival is just in time for the holiday celebrations.
And of late, San Felipe has become a popular “foodie” destination, where chefs can cook with an abundance of fresh seafood and organic vegetables. Always offering wines from the nearby Guadalupe Valley.
San Felipe has recently been added to the Annual Baja Cullinary Fest which is held every October. Chefs from all over Baja travel from community to community to show off their skills and the flavorful uses of our local foods.
SAN FELIPE SALT
In 2008, the San Felipe Salt Company was founded to harvest and market natural salt produced from the rich, clean waters of the Sea of Cortes. Our natural, solar dried, sea salt is produced in the most environmentally friendly way – the sea provides the water and Mother Nature provides the sun and wind to evaporate the water to create the. No carbon footprint.
San Felipe Salt Company provides you with a flavorful, lower in sodium and higher in essential trace minerals salt for cooking and add. The natural, essential minerals bring a whole new dimension to your food. And for margaritas – you can’t beat the flavor enhancement San Felipe Salt adds to the rim of the glass. No chemicals or anti-caking agents are added.
We are even certified Kosher by “Earth Kosher”.
So pinch it. Grind it. Rim it – the possibilities are endless