San Felipe, Baja, Mexico


(translated from Crisol Virtual)


The Ministry of Tourism of the State (SECTURE) hosted the 2016 Snowbird Festival, extending a cordial welcome to the more than five thousand North American and Canadian citizens who reside in San Felipe durig the winter months.

The delegate of SECTURE in San Felipe, Herlinda García Pérez, was in attendance to welcome the "snowbirds" - as they are known by Americans in the town. The festival is an annual November event, a 'Thank You' because of the importance this group represents to the social structure of the community.

"Most of our visitors are elderly people who are living in the retirement and choose to live in San Felipe between October and April, due to the climate, which is so pleasant that the winter season favors the people. They have their own house and that gives them a sense of belonging, Over the years there have been various activities organized on behalf of these settlers," explained García Pérez.

The state official commended the various altruistic work realized by the group, pointing to Club Las Amigas, which funds scholarships to students of low resources, and the Rotary Club, which provides venues for reconstructive eye surgeries as well as providinf eye glasses for those who need them. Also the San Felipe Association of Retired People works with the community and is commitmented to providing social support.

The Snowbird Fest of 2016 took place on the levee of the Malecon. The event provided folkloric dance and local music, in addition to the traditional appointment of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Snowbird’, the honorary King and Queen of the annual ceremony.