We arrived in San Felipe for the first time this winter. The sign for Los Sahuaros is at the Glorietta (round about) but it is bent and hard to locate. Only spotted it after we'd been in town a few times later. Once leaving south of town, there are no other signs directing distance or turns to take to get there until you are actually at the entrance. Maybe it's meant to be hard to locate, as once you're there, you can appreciate the beautiful location. The highway is narrow and has some very rough patches and pot holes.
This gated community provides 24/7 security. The guards are friendly and helpful. It is one of the few communities we visited that offers paved streets throughout. The lighting is not obtrusive which provides excellent opportunities for star gazing.
Layout of homes and amenities are well designed. The clubhouse, tennis court and pools are located in the center of the community. There is an additional smaller pool closer to the beach. The pools are not heated though which meant they were not used at all in Jan and Feb but we did venture in them in March. The hot tub has a timer to set (at least two hours beforehand). There is plenty of seating and covered, sheltered areas to relax. The clubhouse hosts lots of reading material and table tennis. The tennis court is also marked for Pickle Ball which I learned to play while there with some of the homeowners. The grounds around the clubhouse are tended to daily and very well maintained.
Throughout the community there are a couple of sitting areas decorated with local plants/flowers and walkways. There's also a horseshoe pit and grills for barbequing. (No wood or charcole briquettes provided).
The beach is our favourite! It expands as far as the eye can see and is home to countless numbers of shells. The sea is quite calm making it perfect for kayaking. There are lots of species of fish and birds to see in this area. Dogs are allowed on the beach, too. We walked the beach almost every day and were intrigued by how the tides would change the daily appearance. It would be convenient to have palapas built on beach and chairs as there is no protection from the sun unless you have your own large umbrella.
In the other direction are mountains. They are very shaley and not easy to climb. Once you cross the highway there are many ways to go for a hike. We came upon a wild horse grazing there!
There was construction going on usually 6 days a week beginning at 7 in the morning. Also, a neighbour, from outside the community rings a loud church bell typically every morning at 7 am. (No one seems to know why). Upon first arriving, this was discouraging as it meant for early morning wake ups. As time went on, we became accustomed to hearing it. The evenings are super quiet. A few times there were renters from a neighbouring area that would shoot off firecrackers.
We experienced several power outages from wind storms. These storms would blow sand everywhere but staff would work promptly to remove it from roadways. There were several heavy rains that came, which we understand is very rare. It did provide for beautiful blooms later in the spring though. Unfortuately, that also meant an arrival of some pesky caterpillars; another rare sighting.
We felt very welcomed by other homeowners and had plenty of opportunities to get together for social gatherings with them and other long term vacationers, like ourselves. We made many new friendships over the time we were there and look forward to returning to Los Sahuaors again.