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TAP Bus Suspends Service to Puerto Peñasco

This blog is meant to be informative for all of you who have inquired about using TAP ROYAL bus service between Phoenix and Puerto Peñasco. Thanks to the people who used it and loved the convenience of it.  Due to no fault of the bus line, service, schedules or anything, service has been suspended. Currently we don’t know if it is permanent or temporary.  The issue is that Omnibus de Mexico which is a part of Grupo Toluca which is a conglomerate of bus companies is in the midst of purchasing Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico (TAP) and although TAP Royal has its own ownership structure, it is still an affiliate with TAP and it will now be in the hands of Omnibus de Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Needless to say this is a blow to people wanting to use TAP to commute between Puerto Peñasco and Phoenix and now especially at Christmas time. It offered affordable transportation as well as a fairly good schedule.

If you feel as strongly as I do, that we need to have this service running, let me know. Perhaps if enough people feel the same way, our sentiments can be delivered to the new owners. I think we all agree that the service should be daily and consistent and perhaps the trip from here to Phoenix should leave in the morning for those who want to rent a car to shop or catch a plane and these are things that can be tweaked. We have had too many airlines come and go, so this is a let down to our community in my opinion. Feel free to send me your thoughts or concerns and I will pass them on. Hopefully, Omnibus will see the value of this service to us and will resume the service soon.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point
Riders waiting to depart on TAP

Over the years we have had I believe 3 airlines start up service only to prove they are not in it for the long haul.  Any entity planning to offer service need to listen to the communities they are serving so that it not only cost effective for both the passenger but the companies themselves.  It is understandable with the airlines as you need to fill a plane. Rocky Point, however has always been a drive to city.  Even though on many holiday weekends our visitors can experience lengthy delays coming into Mexico but also returning to the USA. People don’t want to drive all over Phoenix to find a small airport and then wait and clear customs, etc.  So driving has been the answer and now many of the visitors either come a day early and may leave on a Monday or even a Tuesday to avoid the delays.

However, with a reliable bus service that has convenient schedules, it would be economical for people coming here for a holiday, dentist visit or just to sit on the beach for a day or 2.  With the proper promotion, they could probably attract Spring Breakers and senior citizens from the R.V. Resorts in the Sun City areas of the West Valley of Phoenix as well as those in the Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa areas.  In the days before people were told it was unsafe to go to Puerto Peñasco, there were tour buses that would fill up with these Senior Citizens and  they would come down and spend a few days and spend money in the community.  These tour groups had a huge financial impact on businesses of all sizes.

Hopefully Omnibus will look at what happened previously and take into consideration not only the financial impact on our community but the convenience of leaving the driving to someone else.  If you have ever thought of traveling to Mexico by bus, I would love to hear from you.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Rocky Point January News 2017

January has turned out to be full of positive news for Puerto Peñasco. Last week the head of Tourism for Mexico, Enrique de la Madrid along with Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich and Hector Vasquez, head of the local OCV office (Convention and Visitors Bureau) held a conference where they spoke about the impact on tourism in Puerto Peñasco with the 2 million plus people that visited the city in 2016.
In January, Arizona TV Channel 5 did a great piece on the city and the port. Yes, the port will resume once again and the first ship is expected should depart in 2019, with the terminal to be complete in 2018. Governor Pavlovich has put forth a great deal of effort in making sure this project moves forward and gets finished.
Rocky Point as it is known, has a huge Tiburon Baseball team following and the old stadium was usually pretty full, despite the fact that it was in terrible condition. Starting the end of 2016 all that has been changing. There has been an infusion of over $30 million pesos to renovate the stadium. The roof is being re-done along with plumbing, infield work, stadium seats and more and will now also have a sleek modern look. If you are a visitor or a resident, go out and show your support once the season begins. You will be guaranteed a fun time.
Westwind Air Services will start flying into Puerto Peñasco February 10, 2017 from Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix it was announced recently. Their fleet consists of Cessna Grand Caravan planes that seat up to 9.

Caravan Flights Rocky Point

You have 2 options to the flights. Option one is the flight only which is $325 per person round trip or if you want to just fly to Puerto Peñasco, you can but it will still cost you $325.00. There are no one way north bound flights as it is not allowed by regulations. South bound flights are on Fridays and North bound flights are on Sundays. It is a 75 minute flight going and an 1 hour and 45 minute returning as you will clear customs in Tucson. If there are clients in Tucson, you may land there to pick them up and then continue to Rocky Point.
Option 2 is in conjunction with the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. The hotel is located right on the water and has been recently renovated. It features a lovely bar area, great restaurant, beautiful pool area with a man made type beach (if you don’t want to sit on the beach) and is within walking distance to several restaurants. It is $437.00 per person round trip. This includes the flight, RT transfers between Mar de Cortes International Airport and the hotel, taxes, breakfast, welcome cocktail and a two night stay at the hotel (no balcony rooms) and a City Tour. Upgrades are available if there is availability.
For more information about what you will need call them at 1-888-869-0866 or go to info@westwindairservice.com. So now you have no excuse not to visit.

Penasco del Sol, Rocky Point
Hotel Penasco del Sol

All the Information You Need About TAR Airlines

CBX Border Crossing

I know many of you have been following our blogs on TAR Airlines that is now flying between Tijuana/Puerto Peñasco/Hermosillo and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and you have been liking and sharing these with your friends.  Thank you for that.  On August 6th we posted a video on how to get to drive to the Cross Border Xpress and park.  Now I would like to show you another clip of the Cross Border Xpress procedure.  It is in English and easy to understand.

If you have family in Southern California or anywhere on the west coast or even the entire U.S.A., they can now fly into San Diego and then once they have their luggage, look for the signs that say Transportation.  They will have the option to use the bus or taxi.  I tell you all this because it can be a 2 hour drive by bus, shorter by taxi unless it is rush hour traffic.   They need to allow travel time from San Diego and allow themselves plenty of time to get to the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) facility, get their crossing tickets and boarding passes.

CBS Tijuana-San Diego

Once they are the Cross Border Express (CBX), it is a short walk over the border and they will be right inside the Tijuana Airport.  The tickets are $16 USD one way and $30 USD round trip.  They should check  the CBX website as there are discounts for more than 2 people traveling.  One other thing, they can also get their boarding passes from the Kiosks in the CBX facility as they will need these to cross over the bridge.

Rocky Point Airport

On a side note, from people I have spoken with who have used this airline, say it is very comfortable and relaxing to fly and ON TIME.

We are also posting again the flight schedules for TAR Airlines in case you missed them in our August blog.  If you have any questions, call us or email us and we will get answers for you.

Call us at:  1-800-997-9431
Flight #        ORIGIN – DESTINATION       DEPARTURE TIME           ARRIVAL TIME
819                   CJS – PPE                                   10:00 am                        10:45 am
822                  PPE – TIJ                                     11:10  am                        12:15 pm
823                  TIJ – PPE                                      12:40 pm                          1:40 pm
826                 PPE – HMO                                     2:05  pm                          3:05 pm
827                 HMO – PPE                                     3:45  pm                           4:45 pm
818                 PPE – CJS                                       5:10  pm                           6:45 pm
Other Posts about TAR:
TAR Airlines Schedule and Fares
TAR Airlines to begin flights to Puerto Peñasco
How to Book a Flight to Rocky Point, Mexico
TAR Airlines & CBX Video
TAR Airlines Flights and Connections

TAR is arriving to Rocky Point July 21 Thursdays and Sundays

Well the arrival of TAR Airlines is just around the corner according to the press release that they just sent out.  I certainly hope that people here will use them so that we can keep them and probably also get more carriers to fly here.  You will find posted also all the other cities in the US and Mexico that can now be accessed via TAR and other carriers.  They are running promotional flights so check their web page www.TARMexico.com (it is just in Spanish)  or call their toll free number 01-552-629-5272. Their customer service department is very cordial in both English and Spanish.  They offer several levels of service at excellent prices.  You can also call Puerto-Penasco.com at 1-800-997-9431 to get questions answered but they can not make a reservation for you.

You can fly round trip from PPE(Puerto Peñasco) to  TIJ(Tijuana) for $2102.55 Pesos or aprx $108 USD.  Fly from PPE(Puerto Peñasco ) to HMO(Hermosillo) for $2228.60 Pesos or aprx. $120.00 USD or PPE(Puerto Peñasco to CJS(Cuidad Juarez) for $2519.59 Pesos or aprx $136.00 USD.  At the price of fuel in Mexico, you can’t afford not to fly.  They also offer Senior Discounts.

Map Tar Flights

The information provided previously will remain the same as far as flying out of Tijuana.  If you are coming from Southern California or anywhere on the West Coast, fly into San Diego and take a shuttle down or you can park your vehicle at the border and pay the $14 to walk across the walkway and end up right in the terminal for TAR.  Check out www.CrossBorderEpress.com for all the details.  This will certainly make it easier for visitors and business people come to Puerto Peñasco.

Here is the flight schedule:

Flight #        ORIGENATION – DESTINATION   DEPARTURE TIME    ARRIVAL TIME
819                   CJS – PPE                                   10:00 am                        10:45 am
822                  PPE – TIJ                                     11:10  am                        12:15 pm
823                  TIJ – PPE                                      12:40 pm                          1:40 pm
826                 PPE – HMO                                     2:05  pm                          3:05 pm
827                 HMO – PPE                                     3:45  pm                           4:45 pm
818                 PPE – CJS                                       5:10  pm                           6:45 pm

* Note all departure and arrival times are in local time.

Coming from Tijuana/ San Diego or live or work in Puerto Peñasco and want to take a vacation.  With TAR Airlines and its connections you can fly to several destinations in Mexico. Below is the list of places you can go to and on  what connecting airlines.

AIRLINE / DESTINATION

Aeromexico – (MEX) Mexico City
Copa Airlines – (MEX) Mexico City
Air France – (MEX) Mexico City
AVIANCA – (MEX) Mexico City
KLM – (MEX) Mexico City
Volaris – (DGO) Durango
VivaAerobus – (Mex) Mexico City
Volaris – (MLM) Morelia
Volaris – (GDL) Guadalajara
AeroMexico – (MTY) Monterrey
Volaris – (CLQ) Colima
Interjet – (GDL) Guadalajara
Interjet – (MEX) Mexico City
Iberia – (MEX) Mexico City
Volaris – (GDL) Guadalajara
Aeromexico – (GDL) Guadalajara
Interjet – (CUL) Culiacan
Volaris – (MTY) Monterrey
Volaris – (OAX) Oaxaca
Volaris – (BJX) Leon/Guanajuato
Dana Airlines – (GDL) Guadalajara
Aero Calafia – (LAP) La Paz (Baja)
Aero Calafia – (LTO) Loreto (Baja)

From Puerto Peñasco to Hermosillo here is the list to fly out of Hermosillo including flying to Phoenix.

AIRLINE/ DESTINATION
AeroMexico – (CUU) Chihuahua
AeroMexico – (CUL) Culiacan
Volaris – (TIJ) Tijuana
Volaris – (MTY) Monterrey
Interjet – (MEX) Mexico City
AeroMexico – (MTY) Monterrey
AmeriFlight – (PHX) Phoenix
AeroMexico – (MEX) Mexico City
Air France – (MEX) Mexico City
AVIANCA – (MEX) Mexico City
Dana Airlines – (GDL) Guadalajara
VivaAerobus – (GDL) Guadalajara
Aero Calafia – (CEN) Ciudad Obregon
Aero Calafia – (LAP) La Paz

This certainly has been an exciting turn of events for Puerto Peñasco and combined with the Home Port project will once again put us on the road to growth and success.

We invite you come down and be part of our growth.  Puerto Peñasco is Paradise and so close  so come and visit for a week and stay for the rest of your life.

Read more about Flights to Rocky Point in our Previous Posts:
TAR Airlines Schedule and Fares
TAR Airlines to begin flights to Puerto Peñasco
How to Book a Flight to Rocky Point, Mexico

Schedule and Prices
*price in pesos

TAR Airlines Schedule and Fares to Rocky Point, Mexico

Rocky Point Airport

Well the Great news is that the TAR Airlines Schedule is out. The bad news is that their web page is totally in Spanish and a bit more difficult to navigate than most of us might be used to.  But as time goes on, I am sure this will change as well.  But their PROMO fares are SUPER. I have done a couple of spot checks on fares for some one over 60 and they are very reasonable. They offer 4 different classes of service.  It appears the maiden voyage will be July 21th, so don’t bother to check for an earlier flight.  If they open earlier, we will let you know.
Puerto Peñasco to Tijuana : $933.20 pesos ($50 us dollars aprox.)
Round Trip: $2012.56 pesos ($108 us dollars aprox.)
Puerto Peñasco to Hermosillo: $1,020.80 pesos ($55 us dollars aprox.)
Round Trip: $2,228.60 pesos ($120 us dollars aprox.)
Puerto Peñasco to Cd. Juarez: $1,132.88 pesos ($61 us dollars aprox.)
Round Trip: $2,519.59 pesos ($136 us dollars aprox.)
All these flights are only Thursdays and Sundays both ways.

Go to www.tarmexico.com. If you want they have a toll free number of 01-552-629-5272 where they do have very pleasant English speaking people.  We will be showing you via screen shots fares and how to book a ticket.  The example we will be using is for a Senior (someone 59 or older) and flying from Tijuana (TJ) to Puerto Peñasco (PPE) Also don’t forget if you are coming across the border at Tijuana (TJ) go to www.crossborderxpress.com to check on your ticket to walk across the newly opened Cross Border Bridge that I recently wrote about.  As of my last writing the ticket is $14 USD and you walk about 400 yards over the border and will be right in the terminal for your flight to Puerto Peñasco. 

RESERVATION DIRECTIONS: This blog will give you fare information and the following on how to make a reservation.

TAR Airline

And if you are looking for Hotels & Resorts in Rocky Point, Mexico visit this site: www.Puerto-Penasco.com

News FLASH: TAR Airlines to begin flights to Puerto Peñasco

In a meeting today with Fernando Antillon/General Director of Mar de Cortes International Airport and Alonso Dominguez/Administrator of Mar de Cortes International Airport I received the word that TAR Airlines which is based out of Queretaro will begin 3 new flights 2 times a week into Puerto Peñasco starting July 21st. TAR will be flying 50 passenger jets from Juarez to Puerto Peñasco direct then to Tijuana then to Puerto Peñasco then  to Hermosillo then to Puerto Peñasco then to Juarez.  As soon as I see the exact route, I will post it here.They will fly here on Thursdays and Sundays.

Airport in Puerto Penasco

For all the exciting details, please go to CrossBorderXpress.com to see the details. This process to build the crossing bridge which  is located in the State of Baja California Norte has been in the works for over 40 years according to Sr. Antillon and finally has become a reality. To our knowledge, this is the only one like it in the world.  It will serve both the Tijuana as well as the San Diego Airport.  This will make travel so much easier for people from the US to fly out of Tijuana into Mexico.  Once you land in San Diego, they are several modes of transportation to get to the border or if you are driving you can park right near the crossing bridge from what I am told.
This flight program has the financial backing of the OCV, State of Sonora and Mexican government for the funding and promotions of it.
Because these flights are coming out of México they are considered Domestic flights and not International, thus not having the International fees attached to the fare. The schedule of the fares should be available on the TAR website starting the end of May. Please go to www.TARMexico.com to follow the progress.
This is so exciting for us here in Puerto Peñasco as it opens the door for us to fly all over México. TAR has been mainly in the central and eastern part of México. It means we will no longer have to take a 7 hour bus ride to either Tijuana or Hermosillo to catch other flights to other major destinations.

TAR Airline in Puerto Penasco

The other flights will start in Juarez and come to Puerto Peñasco and then to Tijuana and Hermosillo.
If you live in Southern California and are flying out of Tijuana, you will be able to check in and get your boarding pass and then walk over the bridge and be directly in the Tijuana Airport. The fee to do this is $15 USD each way and there will be a ticket counter set up on the US side to facilitate this.
We will keep you updated every step of the way on this. If you are wondering, TAR mean Transportes Aéreos Regionales and is a fairly young airline but aggressive and forward thinking airline.
TAR Airlines... welcome to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, México