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Puerto Peñasco says “Welcome Home”

Although Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) had a large crowd, it was not as large as previous years, judging from the photos.  The bars and restaurants that were open open were pleased with the business they had.   By Sunday most of our visitors had left until next year.  There were food vendors on every corner selling tacos, churros and hot dogs.  A great time was had by all.

At the same time the OAXACA Exhibit has come to town for a month.  They bring with them apparel, leather goods and so many crafts, cosmetics  and perfumes, artwork as well as regional food from the area and many flavors of home made ice  cream. They  open at 10 am and  are located in Shrimp Park across from the Municipal Building on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  Look for the brightly colored tents.

The last Mermaid Market has been delayed from April 17th to May 29th.  So if you are here for the Memorial Day weekend, please plan to stop by and spend some time visiting with the local artists. The last show is always a fun event with vendors dressed like Pirates and always some great music. Here will also find the best BBQ in town and tamales wrapped in Banana leaves that are to die for.  You can also buy fresh baked breads and some of the best Marmalades anywhere.   They have them all to sample so please do, you won’t be disappointed.  If you want a great hamburger while you are in the park, check out the little white building next to the bandstand.  Here you can get a cheeseburger, grilled onions and great french fries for $75 to $80 pesos or around $4 USD.  They have a nice little seating area to enjoy your lunch and some fresh air. Stop by and visit Russ Black and enjoy one of his special Mermaid Margaritas.

Puerto Peñasco is rapidly becoming a year around wedding destination. There are several wedding planners in town to help you make you special day one to be remembered.  You have several caterers to choose from and you can find some great bands for your reception.  If you want a beach wedding, that can be arranged complete with canopy and chairs. Check with Olympia Watson or Shayna Sargent who are wedding planners and they can make all the arrangements. If you want to have your wedding at a hotel, check out Playa Bonita Hotel or Penasco del Sol Hotel.

There are some events coming up in April, May, June and July that you might want to mark you calendars for and get your reservations made.  April 23-24 at Banditos Roger Clyne Solo Songwriters Show, May 1 at Las Palomas is the Annual Golf Tournament, June 10th Roger Clyne Circus Mexicus and July 16-18 at Manny’s Beach Club is the Manny’s Country Bash.  Follow Puerto-Peñasco.com for more info on these events.

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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XLVI Cervantino Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Cervantiono flyer

Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco.  October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival.  The event is held on the Malecon area of the city.  Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez.  The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.

This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians.  Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times.  Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.

Cervantino 5
Maria Ines Ochoa “La Rumurosa”

XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port
Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
7:50 Opening
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
India
Samandar Khan Mnagabiar Rajasthani

 
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Dancers
Groupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti dancers

Band
Big Band Jazz

 
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Muscial group
Ma. Christine Plata y Musical GroupS

Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
Vocalist
Flor Amargo Vocalist on October 19

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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Q & A's about Travel to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico #5

The questions still keep coming so here we go.  We hope these are the answers are helpful to you and if you need additional information don’t hesitate to email me at

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Question: From Melissa. I am coming to Puerto Peñasco soon and will be bringing  my son and his friend. His friend is 11 and has his passport.  Is there any other documentation that I need or a consent letter?

Answer: Melissa, you should definitely have a letter of consent for the friend.  In case of an emergency and you need to have medical attention, you will really want to have that.  In the case of a child whose parents are divorced, you should get that letter from the parent who has custody and if the parents share custody, I would have both parents sign it and have it notarized.  This would also apply to yourself.  Even if you get questioned going back into the United States for some reason, you have proof that you have permission to have the children out of the country.  I am sure the boys will have a great time on the beach as there is so much to look for in the tide pools.

 

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

Question: From Bill.  Can you clarify at what age do children need passports and can you clarify if the what documentation is needed to travel from Mexico to the United States by auto.  There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the new AZ driver’s license.  Is it acceptable?

Answer: Thanks Bill, this question comes up all the time.  Below is what I found out.  It seems to be different depending on the source you are looking at, which is contrary to what I have been told previously.  In other reports it says everyone has to have a passport or passport card.  On my next trip to the USA I plan to stop and ask at the border.  Regarding your question about the new drivers license that has to be done by 2020, there is nothing that I have been able to find from their site that says it can be used  for border crossing from Mexico.  Best bet is get a passport card.

Western Hemisphere Land and Sea

Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, children under age 16 who are U.S. or Canadian citizens do not need a passport when traveling by land or sea within the Western Hemisphere travel zone. This area includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the countries of the Caribbean Region. You must present your baby’s birth certificate or naturalization card.

For more information check out our blog post: PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

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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Garufa Grand Opening October 4, 2018

Garufa
Grand Opening Party Garufa.  Photo by Eric Brown

Ribbon Cutting
October 4 2018 was the ribbon cutting at a Private Grand Opening Party Photo by Eric Brown

The décor is warm and inviting with the use of brick work, comfortable tables and chairs, an open kitchen, handsome bar and lots of windows to make you feel right at home.  In the hostess station area there are chairs to sit in while waiting for your table.  From the front entry, you can see one of the 2 private party areas.  The lighting is soft but you can read the menu with no problem.  This time of year, dine on the outdoor patio and soak in the wonderful Rocky Point weather.

Garufa Inside

Garufa Argentinian Steakhouse opened their doors for a pre-grand opening party on October 5th in Puerto Peñasco to their family, friends and dignitaries.  As you can see from the photos it was a huge success.  They served aprox. 120 people in a professional timely organized manner.  The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food and their wines.

Garufa
Guests enjoying Argentinean specialties. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photos.

The meal consisted of wonderful Beef Slider appetizer .. next came Empanadas, that were divine. They feature 8 different types of Empanada’s on the menu and our table was really fond of the Blue Cheese stuffed ones. This was followed by a lovely salad to share.  After enough time to let everything settle the staff came out with melt in your mouth Arrecherra Steak (which is known in the United States as a marinated Flank Streak).  The meal was finished off with like little round pecan pies.  The meal was served with a Sangria, a Spanish wine or beer.  They make their own bread and rolls, which is a real plus as they are light and tasty.

Flank Steak
Simply delicious. Archerrea Steak. Photo by Eric Brown

Empanadas
Garufa offers 8 different Empanadas.

There wine list is outstanding and it includes wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico as well as Spain and other places.  The presentation of the wines is one of the most unique we have seen.  They feature a full bar with a lot of very nice Tequila’s also.

Wine Selection
Choose you wine from behind the glass walls. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photo.

A couple of days later the out door patio was finished and just in time to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco. They open daily at 1:00 p.m.  One thing that makes this stand out beside the food is that it has ample secure parking.

Planning to come to Rocky Point for Thanksgiving, get your reservation for lodging in early.  Many restaurants will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner so check out Latitude 31 as they fill up fast.

My thanks to Eric Brown for allowing me to share his photos as my camera has a glitch.

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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Q & A's regarding Puerto Penasco Mexico #4

We are continuing our question and answer series regarding a variety of questions from our readers regarding traveling to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.  If you have a question you can send it to the email address below and I will try to answer it promptly.

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Pets
Traveling with your dogs/cat into Mexico

Question: I will be traveling with my dog, what do I need to bring to enter Mexico and re-enter into the USA? Thanks, Ginger

Answer: Thanks for the question Ginger.  What most of us have done who travel back and forth frequently is to make a copy of the shot record with a picture of your dog/cat.  If stopped you can hand it to them. They are mainly concerned about making sure the rabies shot is current and the rabies vaccination must be 15 days prior to travel into Mexico .  Once in awhile you are asked for a Certificate of Health. But if you have what I have suggested, you should be good.  Certificates of Health are only good for 10 days  in Arizona and are very costly. They can be gotten up to the day before travel.  They use to be good for 6 months.  One other thing to consider, if you are renting, check with the owner as most places do not allow pets.  In the condo developments only owners can have their pets unless the owner gives permission.  We do have a pet hotel here for boarding if needed and it  is Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa.  Hope this answers your concerns.   If you are planning on bringing something other than a dog or cat, they are not considered pets according to Mexican regulations and there are several steps to go through for this.

Read More: Bringing Your Pet to Rocky Point

Pet Boarding Puerto Penasco
Pet Boarding

Question: Do I need to buy Mexican Insurance and what do I need? Appreciate your help, Paul B.

Answer: Hi Paul, you do need to buy Mexican Insurance for either your auto or RV if you have one.  By law, you are required to buy liability, but remember, that it only covers the other person’s vehicle.  I would also suggest that you don’t just cover your drivers license if you are coming down with different vehicles. Here again it is a liability only policy  even though it may save you some money short term.  With insuring your DL you only have liability coverage and coverage is only if you are driving the vehicle or whoever is named on the policy. Buy full coverage on your vehicle and if you come down often, you may want to consider an annual policy as it will save you money in the long run.  If you are planning on coming to Rocky Point and then traveling say to Ensenada, make sure you are covered.

Question: Does 911 work in Mexico? From Jamie G.

Answer: Yes Jamie, it does work and you will be directed to an English speaking dispatcher if you are not fluent in Spanish.  In the case of an accident with injuries, you may also contact the US Consulate in Nogales and they will have one of their 2 American volunteers help to assist you.

Rocky Point Rally
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Remember there a lot of activities going on in the fall months, so plan ahead and make your reservations soon.  The 18th Annual Bike Rally is Veteran’s Day weekend ( November 8 – 11) and most hotels, condos and homes are already booked.  This is billed as “The greatest bike party, south of the border”.

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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Fall will soon be in the air in Puerto Peñasco

The summer traffic is finally winding down and the schools are back in session, so that means that fall should be following by shortly.  With fall comes a lot of events for everyone.

September 16
The Mexican Flag is flying proudly all over the city.

If you have never been here on September 15th for the call to El Grito or the “Call for Independence”  it is quite a production.  This tradition dates back to 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call in Dolores, Guanajuato to gather all the people to revolt against the Spanish colonizers.  It is on this evening that all eyes are on City Hall at the intersection of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  City Hall and the surrounding streets are all decorated with Mexican Flags and red, white and green streamers.  Normally they attach fireworks to the light posts.  This is the night where  the previous Mayor passes the guard to the new Mayor.  In this case Mayor Kiko Munro will be Mayor for a second term.  It is here he is surrounded by his family and friends and makes a speech starting at 11:00 p.m.  The crowds are huge so if you want to see the festivities, make sure to get there early to find a place to park.  Throughout the city there will celebrations in the streets with bands, food vendors and vendors selling Mexican Flags and apparel.  At the end of the ceremony, the crowd will sing the Mexican National Anthem and then the party  begins.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

The long awaited Grand Opening of Garufa is  scheduled for September 28.   This restaurant chain from Zacatecas has been around for many years, but this is the 1st one opening in a tourist beach city.  While you are visiting Rocky Point make sure you add this to your place to have a great steak or seafood.  It is located next to Chango’s between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA.

Planning ahead for a visit to Rocky Point in October  mark your calendar for the Dirty Beach RunThe event takes place  October 20th and will consist of an obstacle course and a 5K run.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
October 26th-28th is the popular Cornhole Tournament in Cholla Bay

Check out these events for October.  On the 6th is the One Club Open, on the 13th you will have the Rocky Point Beach Vollyball Tournament, also on the 13th you can view the Regatta from Sandy Beach.  One of the great cultural events will be held October 18 – 20th in the Old Port and it is the Cervantino Festival . The last  event which is held in Cholla Bay is  the Cornhole Tournament.  This event draws huge crowds so get there early for a good parking spot.  We will give you more information on each event later in September.

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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PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizona crossing would be on the major United States holidays and  the return would be the same issues, long lines for hours.

Fast forward to 2018 and you will find long lines on nearly every weekend coming and going.  Tourists use to leave Sunday morning to cross back to the US, but then they found long lines, so they would leave later on Sunday.  That worked for a little while, but longer lines.  Then they started going back on Monday morning early and that also worked for awhile.  Last week there was still a back up on Tuesday morning.  We are a popular destination.

Cactus
The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

My suggestion to avoid long weekend lines is to come either mid week or Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday morning at 6 – 7 am or after 5 p.m. Another good reason to come mid week if possible is the hotels and condos are usually a little cheaper.  If at all possible, I would avoid traveling the week of Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend as these seem to be the busiest of all the holidays. There is no guarantee as to the travel times, however this is a good estimate.  If you are here and have internet, go to www.USBorderWaitTimes and it will give you some idea on the day you are leaving.  As for lines coming in there really is no way to tell.  I did notice on the U.S. side, they have put out signs that say there may be slow traffic ahead.  Please remember not to speed through Organ Pipe National Park as the Park Rangers can and do ticket people and please don’t put other people’s lives in danger by passing in no passing zones on both sides of the border.

There are many factors that come into play with long lines.  There has been a strong military presence at the border on the Mexican side to help look for drugs or other contraband headed north.  As of late, however, both coming and going, they mainly just wave you on through.  This compounded with so many tourists and not all 5 lanes are open on the United States side creates a real log jam.  On busy weekends for those of you coming to Puerto Peñasco, be patient.. the Sea of Cortez will be waiting for you, so no need to speed or pass in no passing zones.  Remember all the nice people you may have met in line on the way in will probably be traveling with on the way home.  Smile and hang in there.

Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

One of the hold ups are that many tourists  feel they don’t need a passport or a passport card. YES YOU DO… It is the law!  Fortunately for these people it is also the law that if you are a US Citizen, they have to admit your back into your country.  However, the border people can make your life very difficult and make you go through the secondary check point, causing you both a delay and creating a hold up of law abiding folks behind you.  The law is everyone no matter what age must have a PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.

It is a very simple process.  1)If you are an adult, fill out the form DS11, 2) Get supporting documents (citizen evidence such as birth certificate), 3) Provide photo 4) calculate fees and submit. The cost for the PASSPORT is $110 for the Application and $35 for Acceptance Fee. The cost for the card is $30.00 for the Application and $35 for the Acceptance Fee.  If you want both the book and the card the fee is $140 for the Application and $35. for the Acceptance fee.  Bear in mind these are non-refundable fees if for some reason you are denied.  Remember the adult Passport is good for 10 years.

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

If you are renewing your passport or passport card you will need form #DS82.  Follow the steps on the form and mail in payment.  The renewal fee for the Passport is $110.00,  Passport Card is $30.00 and the combo is $140.00.  You have already been accepted so you do not have to pay the additional $35.00. For renewals you will need 1) Fill out form, 2) Submit most recent passport (make a copy of it in case it gets lost in the mail, 3) Include name changes if applicable, 4) Provide photo 5) Calculate fees, 6) Mail forms.

Passport Card
Front and Back of the US Passport Card

If you have children under 16 they also need a Passport or Passport Card.  The charges are as follows: $80.00 for the Application and $35 .00 for Acceptance Fee, Passport Card Application is $15.00 for the Passport Card and $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee or if you want both it will be $95.00 for the Application and again the $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee.  The children must appear in person and their Passports or Passport Cards are only valid for 5 years.  For the children you will also use form #DS11. 1) Fill out form, 2) Provide US Citizen evidence, 3) take a copy of the US Citizen evidence 4) Show parental relationship,  5) Present parental/guardian evidence, 6) Bring photocopy of ID, 7) Show parental consent in case of divorce bring a copy of the decree, 8) Provide photo, 9) Present fees and finish the application.

If you have additional questions or need more detailed information please go to https://travel.state.gov  Remember the wait time to get your 1st passport or renewal back will take 4 – 6 weeks. You can expedite it with additional fees.

Registration Volunteers
25 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Rocky Point Rally
The Old Port packed with bikers.

There are so many events going on currently with benefits for getting the necessary items for a child to go back to school, to new restaurant openings, fishing, golfing or just sit back and relax.  Come fall the Mermaid Markets will start up again.  Don’t forget about Bike Festival by the Sea of CORTEZ is coming up the weekend of November  8th – the 12th.  If you haven’t gotten your room reservation by now, you had better do it as many places are already full.

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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Sweet treats and Sonoran Style Hot Dogs in Puerto Peñasco

Welcome to Puerto Peñasco.  We know it is hot and muggy but let’s check out a couple of places you must go to when you are here. You need to treat yourself to a Piña Colada or try some of the best Sonoran Hot Dogs anywhere.

Chon's
These Sonoran Style Hot Dogs are the yummiest.

Hot Dogs
Chon’s son giving his papa a day off and serving up the dogs

Hot Dogs
Check out this fully loaded dog at Chon’s.

Our first stop will be to Chon’s Sonoran Style Hot Dogs on Constitution, across from the ABC Bus Line.  He has been serving up these dogs for as long as I can remember.  When I arrived today his son was working the stand and I asked if his papa was OK and he said “Day Off”.  There were several people eating the dogs there as well as people waiting in line for dogs to go.  When I spoke with the papa one day, I asked him how many dogs he sold a day and said it was somewhere between 200 and 300.  WOW.  He has a simple cart that he tows everyday and this is where he cooks the dogs on a flat top after they have been wrapped in thin bacon.  How could this not be good?  Bacon on anything is good.  Then he grills onions and whole jalapenos for your enjoyment.  The cart has a warming bin for the tender buns.  Now he prepares your order by putting the  crispy dog on the bun and starts to build from there with either the grilled onions or chopped raw ones, pickles, peppers and more.  There are several things to add next such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, a thin avocado sauce and you are good to go.  If you want , just ask for the Jalapeno on the side.  When my husband and I go, we have 2 dogs each and a small Coke Cola.  Nothing better than a REAL Mexican Coke Cola to top of your lunch and all of this will not break your wallet.

Pina Colados
Lupe Castro has been on this site for over 10 years.

Lupe Castro
This Pineapple truck is also available for private parties

Pineapple drinks
Pineapple Pina Colada from Lupe Castro.

Next stop is on the corner of Calle 13 and Plutarco Elias Calle.   Here you will find Lupe Castro making those yummy Piña Coladas served in a fresh Pineapple, complete with slices of fresh Pineapple on the side, a little umbrella and a cherry.  This goes on the top of the fresh mixture of cream of coconut milk and pineapple juice which has been blended.  Lupe has been on this corner for over 10 years come spring, summer, winter or fall.  He says he sells on average of 25-30 of these delightfully refreshing drinks a day. He blends everything up in front of  you and when he made ours he also had enough to gives us 2 10 oz. cups in addition.  Lupe has a great smile and every time we pass him he always waves and smiles, so how could we not stop.  Two drinks were only 180 pesos and well worth it.  This corner is very busy this time of the year, as everyone is wanting to rent those quads and rhinos.  Perhaps this would be a great stop  after you have been out on the quads and rhinos in the heat to cool off.  Lupe is also available for private parties.

I hope you will support these 2 gentleman as they are so hard working and I know they appreciate our business.

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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SONORA.. Where Agriculture meets the Sea of Cortez.

Sonora happens to be the 2nd largest states in Mexico.  Because of it’s size and terrain it is a very diverse state.  It has in some area the feel of the old west whereas in others it is filled with modern development and condos such as Puerto Peñasco.   The best description of the region would be to compare it to the bread basket of Central California from Bakersfield to Mendocino and every place in between.  With regards to the meats and foul grown it is much like parts of Texas and Arizona.  Here, as you drive through Sonora, you will see cowboy’s working the cattle ranches while other workers are picking crops.

Grapes
Thompson Grape fields all over the drive to Caborca from Puerto Peñasco

Asparagus fields
Asparagus fields as far as you can see.

Thompson Table Grapes
You will pass acres and acres of Thompson table grapes.

Olives everywhere
Olives and Asparagus are 2 of the internationally known exports from Mexico.

Let’s start with the region of Caborca which is located only 90 miles from Puerto Peñasco.  It is probably best known for it asparagus and olives which are internationally shipped.  Here in Rocky Point in winter and spring we get an abundance of asparagus that is sold on the street corners and in the fish market and it is wonderful. A kilo will cost you about $1.50 USD.  This area is known for its grapes, snow peas, oranges, fig, dates, pecans (10% of over 76.000 tons in Mexico) and other nuts as well as hay.  If you do a day trip to Caborca in the winter months, you can find the oranges being sold everywhere and that holds true in Puerto Peñasco.  You will also find vendors selling pecans and peanuts all over.  At Christmas time you will find truck loads of corn which come from the Obregon area and these are used in the making of Tamales.  Do not confuse it with sweet corn as it is not.

Figs
Luscious figs are grown in the Caborca region

Pecan Trees
Pecan tree ranches alongside the rural roads.

Pecan clusters
Pecans waiting to be harvested

Years ago as you drove to Caborca and Pitiquito, there were several distilleries on the highway.  They are now long gone sadly.  The grapes are shipped to the Mexico City for distilling into brandy and the Thompson seedless grapes are either dried for raisins or packaged as grapes for eating.  In the Caborca region  there are  DOLE processing plants for the asparagus and raisins and it that is fun to stop and visit them.  If you do go to Pitiquito, please stop in and visit the leather factory to find some stunning hand made leather purses, jackets and vests.

In Puerto Peñasco, we are  of course known for our shrimp, manta ray, squid, crab, snapper and other fish.  Much of our shrimp and crab are exported as well.  Generally speaking Mexico does a huge exportation business with the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Russia, Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and China.

Shrimp Boats
These are the boats that bring in the Shrimp in Puerto Penasco. A mirror reflection.

Handful fo shrimp.
Here you will find the blues and the browns. Both are delicious. Photo from cometorockypoint.com

In Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora you will find that they are know for the beef, pork and Chicken.  Bachoco is the largest grower of chicken in Mexico and it exports a lot of it to Tyson Foods in the United States. Bachoco also grows Turkeys here and in this area is where you will find the egg farms. In Mexico you will find many stores do not refrigerate the eggs and one of the reasons is that they sell them so fast.  Remember that once they are refrigerated you can not let them sit out.  Sonoran Beef is without a doubt some of the best beef anywhere.  It is not injected with a lot of hormones thus you don’t always have a lot of marbling in it. It is however, full of flavor and tender.  We have a meat market here in in Rocky Point called JC’s and here you will find briskets, beautiful choice or select steaks, roasts and they will grind your hamburger your way.  They will also cut steaks to your size except for the filet (which you need to buy the whole filet) and then if you want they will cut it. One of the largest and most popular beef producers is a company called Rancho El 17.  The company started in 1991 and are based out of Hermosillo.  In 2004 they started exporting their choice, prime and natural beef to Asian countries. They are known for their well marbled tender steaks and you can actually order online and have them shipped to Rocky Point.  They offer everything from New York, Filet, Rib Eye, Prime rib, Hamburger, Carne Asada, Arrachera  and even dried Machaca and Carne Asada.

Chicken and eggs.
Bachoco is one of the largest producer of chicken in Mexico.

Rancho el 17 in the beginning
Photo by Rancho el 17

Premium Steak by Rancho el 17
Photo by Rancho el 17

 The next largest growing region would be Obregon which is located approximately 3 hours from Hermosillo.  This is the heart of the growing region in Sonora.  Here you will find Broccoli, Squash, Pumpkin, Scallions, Chilis, Cauliflower, Watermelon, Cucumber, Radish, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew along with Wheat, Cotton and Corn.  As you take some of the back roads you will see the fields growing full of crops.

Produce
Summer Squash is just one of the delicious vegetables grown in Sonora

In this region is also where you will find Bacanora the drink of Sonora.  Please read the blog Bacanora vs. Tequila parts 1 and 2 to learn more.

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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Which hotels/condos offer the best swimming pools? You decide!

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is if are staying in a hotel or condo in Puerto Peñasco, which has the best amenities and pools for a family or just my husband and my self.

On Sandy Beach every property has a swimming pool and all except the Sonoran SPA and Esmeralda have swim up bars.  Let me do a run down starting with the Penasco del Sol Hotel.  This property has a very large pool area and a shallow area for small children.  There are plenty of lounge chairs and an outside bar for your pleasure.  Next door is the Pinacate Condominiums which offer condos or villas. It features a nice pool and faces to the Old Port. Close to restaurants and shopping. From here you are only a few steps from the beach if pools aren’t your thing.

Pinacate Condos
Locate right next to the Penasco del Sol Hotel. Centrally located pool with great views.

Penasco del Sol
Penasco del Sol Hotel has a great pool areas and drinks available.

Moving around to the west you will come to Playa Bonita Hotel which has been undergoing a renovation project.  Although the pool is not huge, it is conveniently located right out the door of the hotel and is close to the bar and restaurant. The pool area features lots of seating either in beach chairs or under the umbrellas at the beautiful tiled tables. One of the first properties  in Puerto Peñasco, it has always been properly maintained and has been a local family business for over 30 years.  Across the street, you will find Laos Mar . Again it is a locally family run and oriented property.  The swimming pool is located ground level with access to the rooms and bar and wine bar named El Tapeo

Laos Mar
Laos Mar An inviting pool for the whole family

Playa Bonita
Lovely pool area overlooking the Sea of Cortez at Playa Bonita.

Now starts the row of 11 condo complexes. All if the developments have rentals except Puerto Privada.  The Sonoran SKY  is the newest of the developments.  It consists of 1 tower. Here you will find something for the whole family to enjoy.  From the small water slide to the large pool and Tiki Bar, parents can swim, have a drink and just watch the children. Lots of seating and right on the beach. It also has a Spa as well as a little store for all those things you forgot at home. The Tiki bar is open to the public.

Sonoran SKY
The newest of the Sonoran Resort Group, the Sonoran SKY

Next is Puerto Privada east and west towers.  They do not offer daily or weekly rentals but do feature a beautiful pools and landscaping. They do offer long term leases if you want to try it before you buy it.

Adjacent to that is Las Palomas Condos and Golf Resort.  This resort is quite large so you will do a little walking.  The pool area is beautiful and it features a lazy river for everyone to enjoy.  This place is very family oriented and like the others is right on the beach.  If you have a family, you won’t be disappointed here.  Pools and beach not your thing, venture over to the Las Palomas Golf Course for a challenging round of golf.

Las Palomas
COme enjoy the pool afrea and the Lazy River.

Las Palomas
Las Palomas features a very large pool area.

Next is a residential home development called Coasta Diamonte. It has a small community pool as well as tennis courts.  Again just a short walk to the Sea of Cortez.  Renting a home has it’s good points and number 1 being it is a smaller development and a little more intimate for your enjoyment. To enter the development you make a left just before Casa Blanca and the Princesa Resort.  Both Casa Blanca and the Princesa feature pools as well as a miniature golf course at Casa Blanca. Again you are only a short walk to the beach and Casa Blanca has a pool right near the beach as well within the development.

Costa Diamonte
Costa Diamonte feature private home rentals with a lovely pool area.

Princesa Resort
The Princessa was the 1st development built on Sandy Beach features great pool areas.

Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca is a quiet resort with pools, lagoons and mini golf

Now you will come to the Sonoran SPA which has a nice family pool but no swim up bar.  This resorts appeals to families who just want to enjoy and not have the sometime noise of a swim up bar and in summer time is full nearly all the time.  It is not unusual to see 5 -8 tours busses parked in the lot.  It does however, have a great little store to buy beer, wine or alcohol or things you may have left at home . It has a wonderful  gift store that carry items that are made by local artists.  Here you will find apparel, jewelry, artwork and photos of the area.  Right across the entrance to the SPA is the Sonoran SEA. This was the 1st of the Sonoran resorts to be built.  This property has lush landscaping and a one pool  for the east tower and  west tower and  features a swim up bar.  There is a restaurant on the property as well as a small coffee shop/store for your convenience.  This property caterers to families and you are right on the beach. Last in this loop is Las Palmas.  This resort is definitely a great place for families as it offer s condos as well as large beach front villas.  Over the past couple of years they have added a new pool and great waterslide for the children to enjoy.  To reach these 3, make a left where you go to Changos, Banditos and coming soon GARUFA Steakhouse.

Sonoran SPA
Sonoran SPA is a family oriented resort with a great pool area right on the beach

Sonoran SEA
Sonoran SEA features a huge pool with a swim up bar.

Las Palmas
Las Palmas has a nice pool area for the parent as well as the children and features a new water slide.

Bella Sirena is a development that consists of condo towers, town homes as well as beach front villas.  Here you will find a couple of pool area and you also have SWIM a bar and outdoor restaurant.  You can’t go wrong if you stay here as everything is close by.  Don’t want to drive, there are cabs that will take you to the restaurants or into town.  Now we come to the last of the Sonoran resorts, the Sonoran SUN.  This resort is probably the one that most people for some reason like the most of the Sonoran properties other than the SKY.  It consists of east and west towers with a great pool area and swim up bar for each side.  Walk to the beach or just sit poolside and enjoy.  Lastly is Esmeralda Resort. This development is not finished but does have rentals available and a nice large pool.  From here you have great sunset views.

Bella Sirena rsort
Bella Sirena is a combination of condos, homes and beach front villas. Pools with swim up bars.

Sonoran SUN
The Sonoran SUN with the inviting pool with a swim up bar and right at the waters edge..

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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