30.817493679999767°N      aka 30° 49' 3" N


-114.7027587890625°W      aka 114° 42' 10" W

Directions to Rancho Laguna Percebu

From Orange County, go to Calexico, which is in California just this side of the border from Mexicali.  You can get to Calexico from O.C. via San Diego (I-5 to I-8 to SR111South) or via Indio (I-10 to SR86S).  Both routes are almost the same number of miles to the border (200±), with the San Diego route 99% freeway but over mountains, while the Indio route is about 90% freeway but almost entirely flat. 

Before you cross the border, get insurance at one of the stores in town announcing same.  Suggest Oscar Padilla at SR111 and Grant St.

Cross the border.  San Felipe is only 120 miles ahead!  Set your odometer to 0.0. 

Odometer 0.1:  At the first "Y" intersection, veer right.  Follow the signs to San Felipe.  You are now on Avenida Lopes Mateos.  Proceed for about 5 miles.  Watch for the crazies and watch your speed. 

Odometer 4.9:  You will arrive at a traffic circle at Avenida San Luis.  Veer right.  Follow the signs to San Felipe.  This highway (Mexico-5) is four lanes divided for the next 25 miles. 

29.7:  divided highway ends.  Proceed.

96.  Intersection of M-5 and M-3.  Military Checkpoint.  They are looking for drugs and guns.  They will ask you where you are from (say "Los Angeles") or to where you are going (say "San Felipe", unless you have already passed it, in which case say "Percebu.")  They might want you to open your glove compartment or trunk.  Tell them "No speak Spanish" and they might leave you alone.  (You may run across other checkpoints along the road to San Felipe -- this one is the "permanent" one.) 

122.4:  San Felipe.  When you get to San Felipe, you will know it -- when you pass under the large arches, you have arrived.  These arches are in a traffic circle.  Go through the circle and continue toward town for about one mile.

123.2:  At the second traffic circle, turn right.  This is Mar Caribe, which takes you away from downtown and heads you straight toward Percebu, which is about eighteen miles from this point.  After you have turned right Mar Caribe, keep going in this direction for about one mile until you get to an intersection w/ a Pemex station and a monument that I call a "globe."

124.1:  This yellow globe / Pemex station indicates that you are on the right track!  At the yellow globe, keep heading the way you are going for another five miles. 

131.5:   You will get to an intersection where the signs indicate that the Airport is straight ahead.  You do not want to go straight ahead -- you want to turn left at this intersection.  This is the continuation of M-5.  Percebu is 13 miles ahead.

144.2:  When you get to the sign that says "Rancho Percebu" turn left off the highway and head toward the ocean for two and a half miles. 

146.6:  When you arrive in Percebu, you will see a guard gate, with the gate probably open and un-staffed.  About 30' before you get to the guard gate, turn left on the dirt road.  If you get as far as the guard gate, you went too far.  When you have turned left on the dirt road, our compound is one of the first ones you will get to, on your right. 

146.1:  You will see lots of houses and trailers with water cisterns high above the roofs.  My trailer however has a ground level cistern toward the rear of the trailer.  Can't miss it.  The driveway to our compound has a sign that says "Camino de Rosa."  You have arrived! 

Laguna Percebu, San Felipe, Baja California 

Bingham  We have a couple trailers on a lot by the Sea of Cortez (the "Gulf of California" as we Gringos were taught in school) in the campo "Rancho Percebu" which is about 12 miles south of San Felipe.  This is desert, pure and simple.  Sometimes the wildflowers are in bloom, such as in the two pictures below.  A majority of the time however it is much drier and browner.

This picture was taken by Bob Jones on June 3, 2010 on his way to his favorite fishing spot, Punta San Fancisquito, which is about 80 miles south of Percebu.  Thanks Bob!  Our lot, about 100 meters square, is highlighted.

One of our two trailers is the white one with the brown stripe in the foreground.  Our lot extends from in front of our trailer to the road behind where this picture was shot.  The two story brown house in the background (right) is Cheryl's father's.  Dave owns his lot, while we rent ours for $500 per year.  The Sea of Cortez is just beyond his house.

You can see by the following picture the difference between when everything is green (above) and when it is, well, not green (below).

This is one view just oceanward of David's house. 


This picture shows both our trailers.  We bought the larger one from Tom Maran, and my step father Ed gave us the smaller one.  So this is our vacation home and guest quarters!  Any takers?  Everyone is welcome.

The homes in Persebu range from really nice, new ones with all the amenities of living in the US, to trailers smaller and older than ours. 

The Sea of Cortez is very shallow in San Felipe.  The tide goes out about 500' twice a day. 

People drive on the sand when the tide is out.

This is us inside our trailer.  Cheryl hates this picture.

Probably this one too . . .

Don Lupe, the owner of campo Laguna Percebu, lives on a ridge just away from where many of the home sites are located.  He gets some better breezes up there, but it is still hot hot hot.

Bingham.  Bingham.  The picture below was taken in November of 2001 from Dave's upper deck looking back toward our trailer and the road.  From left, Lorraine, Kevin, Cheryl, Bernice (Tim's and Mark's mom), Javier, Tim, Mark and I went down there.  Cheryl had to work!

Yes, there is some consumption of alcohol when we go down there!!  This picture (in Dave's house, April of 2004) shows Mark pouring, Penny getting ready to drink, and Dale -- as always -- supervising.

John doesn't drink.  Honest.

And neither does Mark!

Balderdash is a favorite "Mexico game" of ours . . .

Cheryl's sister Rosie and her new husband Wes joined us down there in the Spring of 2007. 

Sunsets are beautiful in the desert