Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles
A line of boats stretching into the distance on the broad beach at San Felipe, Mexico, underscores the Baja California town's origin as a fishing port on the Sea of Cortes -- a.k.a. the Gulf of California. Anglers and adventurers from north of the border discovered its rustic appeal, and now this getaway 350 miles from Los Angeles draws as many as 250,000 American and Canadian visitors yearly -- this despite a lack of commercial flights.
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