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GARUFA Argentinian Steak House..GRAND OPENING is October 5th

grand opening

The  long awaited GRAND OPENING of GARUFA will be October 5th.  Mark your calendar.  Prepare to have your taste buds be happy.  The menu offer something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed.

I recently sat down with Jorge Valdes along with his partner Aurelio Arguelles to learn about their new venture and about GARUFA and what it will mean to Rocky Point.  Jorge said they had been thinking about this for many years and were nearly ready to start when the economy collapsed a few years ago.  But they see a future here with the still on the drawing boards Home Port project as well as more development coming in along with a strong real estate market.

Garufa Steak house
Garufa Argentinian Steak House will soon be in Puerto Peñasco.

With the opening of GARUFA, an authentic Argentinian Steak House, it will be a first for this chain of 19 restaurants across Mexico to be locating in a not only a tourist area but a beach city in Northern Mexico.  It will also be a first for Puerto Peñasco to have a first class chain restaurant. The planned opening is late August of 2018 so watch for it.

Garufa was founded in 1995 by Marcelo Windler in Zacatecas, Mexico.  Since then it has grown to 17 store open with 2 more set to open soon.  Up until now the restaurants have been in the south of Mexico and in large metropolitan cities. They are know for the prime imported beef as well as the fantastic beef from Sonora.  They are located in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, El Paso Texas (the only one outside of Mexico), Torreon, Saltio, Monterrey, Irapuato, San Miguel de Allende.  Some of these cities have multiple locations.  Coming soon will be Puerto Peñasco, Ajijic Lake Chapala and Leon Gto.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

GARUFA  in Rocky Point will have pretty much the same menu as all of the other locations, with the exceptions of adding fresh fish, shrimp, Octopus which are our regional specialties as well as Salmon and Tuna.  Also on the menu will be the famed Empanadas.  GARUFA  will be serving  USDA Prime and Sonoran beef  will be a mix of high select and prime.  The menu will consist of Prime Rib, Filet, Rib Eye, aged Short ribs and Sirloin.  The Argentinian menu is influenced by Italian cuisine.The restaurant will have seating for 120 people including the patio.  It will also feature a banquet area that will seat 60 and a VIP room that will seat 10.  They will be open 7 days a week and open at 1:00 p.m.  The menu will be the same for a late lunch or dinner.

Garufa
This Argentinian restaurant menu is influenced by Italian cuisine as well as the famous Empanada

Garufa
Enjoy wonderful Empanadas and a nice bottle of wine.

Garufa
Wrap your taste buds around this piece of meat.

Besides all the wonderful entrees, they will have a very large wine selection for Baja (Valle de Guadalupe), California, Coahuila, Chile, Argentina and some French wines and possible a couple more from some of the smaller wine regions that have been gaining in popularity in the South of Mexico.   This is especially good news for those of us wine drinkers.  Lastly, from what I have been told, the desserts are to die for.

GArufa dessets
Enjoy a slice of heaven with this dessert.

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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If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Summer in Puerto Peñasco… sit back and enjoy our city.

Well summer is finally here.  Fortunately thus far it has been quite pleasant.  One thing about living in Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point is that there is always a breeze off the Sea of Cortez.

Relax
Poolside at Playa Bonita

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

The tourist traffic has been very high for June and shows no sign of letting up for the rest of the summer.  Summer use to be considered low season and one pretty much had the beaches to themselves, but that is not the case anymore. Although we will be at the start of the humid season it is not deterring people from coming down to enjoy the clean water and beaches that this area has to offer.  Schools are out in Mexico, so many of our tourists come from all over the northern part of Mexico.  There will be anywhere from  5 – 10 tour buses parked at the various hotels and condos.

During the summer months a few of the favorite watering holes will close mid week or for the month of July, but there are still many places to go that are air conditioned or have lovely patios to catch the breeze.  Several new places have cropped up in the first part of 2018 for food.  One of newest is  Boulevard 301 which is located on Benito Juarez just south of Pollo Lucas.  It is open for breakfast and dinner and their food and service is excellent.  The presentation of the food looks just like the menu.  The currently do not take credit cards, but the food is reasonable and won’t break your wallet.  Another little treasure is La Cocina de Dona Rosa which is tucked near where Salmos use to be on Sonora.  The feature traditional food from both Sonora and the South of Mexico.  Here you will find Tamales wrapped in Banana leaves.  Although it is all great, the red chili Tamales in Banana leaves are devine.  Here you will find burritos that will serve several hungry people and they are made with the large tortillas that we call “Saddle Blankets”.  You can eat in or they will deliver to your home or business. Locally owned by Javier Carrera and Linda Soto, the food is prepared with love.  Another newcomer is Jerry’s Mexican Tacos “All You Can Eat”  which is located on Calle 13.  It is getting some great reviews and has been open just a short time.  Jerry also has a catering service and has been in Puerto Peñasco for many years.

Boulevard 301
Recently opened Boulevard 301. Food is as good as it looks.

Jerry's
Jerry’s Mexican Taco’s “all you can eat”

Tamales
These are the best Red Chili tamales I have ever had and wrapped in banana leaves Photo courtesy Linda Planted

Once you arrive in Rocky Point, there is a lot to do and see.  Love to fish?  Try Pancho Villa Charters, Big Momma or go out with Aldofo Perez on one of his boats.  All of them will provide you with a memorable day of fishing.  There are many sunset cruises to go on, so check with your hotel or condo front desk to see what will best fit your needs.  You can choose from catamarans,  cabin cruisers, Pirate Ships or sail boats and you won’t be disappointed.  If you are not fond of large groups I would recommend the Pancho Villa, Sol Chaser or any of the smaller catamarans that sail.

Boats
Heading out for a sunset.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for fishing or sunset cruises. Photo by Kathy Fredrickson Willits

 If you are a golfer you have 3 beautiful courses to choose from.  Mayan Palace, Isla del Mar or Las Palomas.  Many have summer rates so you can save a lot but still enjoy 1st class golf courses.  You can also go horse back riding on the beaches if golf isn’t your cup of tea.

Vidanta Golf Course
Vidanta Golf Course at the Mayan Palace. Photo by Plinio Rivera

Las Palomas
A challenging beautiful golf course. Photo courtesy Plinio Riverio

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding

I would like to invite you to come down and enjoy a mini vacation or a whole week.  There is plenty to do and see, so make your reservations today.  Check out Puerto-Penasco.com or any of the many others out there.  Choose from a beach house or condo and sit back and relax.

Real Estate
Sonoran SKY is one of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

If I may add one more thing.  Barb’s Dog Rescue is always in need of dog and puppy food.  The intake of puppies is huge and they eat a lot.  You can bring a bag down from COSTCO or buy it locally or if you want to donate money to buy it, let me know and I will take responsibility for getting it to her.  If you get bored while on vacation, go out and play with these fur babies and show them that they are loved.
Cute puppies
The little cutie on the left is looking for you! Please check them out.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Bacanora vs. Tequila.. there is a difference Part 2

Fields
This gives you an idea of what the Blue Agave plant looks like.

Jimadors at work
Jimadors at work

Tequila Fields Forever
Tequila Fields Forever

Now for a lesson on Tequila.  The one thing both Bacanora and Tequila have in common is that they are a distilled alcoholic drink.  The main difference is that in order for Tequila to be called Tequila is that it must be made from the Blue Agave.  Tequila is also a regional drink but is highly promoted world wide.  Again the main difference in Bacanora and Tequila is with Tequila you won’t get that smoky taste.

Mezcal Chart
From Blue Agave to the Mescals

Welcome
The first thing you see when driving into Tequila

Tequila
Tequila Town Square


Tequila comes from the city that bears it’s name and it is located in the State of Jalisco which is  about an hour drive north of Guadalajara.  As you travel along the highway, you will see fields, as far as you can see, of the Blue Agave and they are in all stages of growth. The first Tequila was produced in the 16th century in the town of Tequila.  The Cuervo family was the first licensed distillery and the Sauza family was the first to start exporting.  Over 300,000 plants are harvested annual.  The town of Tequila is a quaint little town with cobblestone streets and not far off the toll road.  You can see the larger distilleries as you enter the town.  As you drive through the streets you will be greeted on every block by stores selling and tasting Tequila.  The joy of doing this is that you will be able to see all the beautifully decorated bottles in all shapes and sizes.  Recently we have seen some of these earthen vessels at COSTCO and TOTAL WINE in the Phoenix area.  Below are some of the various bottle you can find in the United States as well as some great brand names in pretty bottles here in Puerto Peñasco.

Stunning bottle
If you are lucky check out The Tequila Factory for this one.

Tequila
You can find several brands in Rocky Point at Sam’s Club and LEY’S

Collectibles
You can find these in some liquors stores in Rocky Point

Unusual bottles
Unique Cactus shaped bottle

Tequila
Cobblestone streets.

The soil around Tequila is that of red volcanic rock which is great for drainage.  There are 2 regions where the plants are grown and are know as the lowlands (which produce smaller plants, 150 lbs that give off an herbaceous taste) and the highlands will grow plants that can reach 240 lbs and they have a sweeter flavor.  In the area there are over 100 distilleries that produce over 900 labels.   The men that tend these Blue Agave from the planting to the harvesting are called Jimadors and they  are the ones to say when a plant is ready to be harvested.
If you go to Guadalajara you can take the Tequila Train to the town of Tequila while sitting  back and sipping while taking in the country side. If you have time, spend a few days there relaxing as you tour the various factories. There is lodging, golf and some great food along the way. Transcend yourself into thinking how this all started so many years ago..  Maybe if you are lucky, you can help break open a pina at one of the factories.
Ride the train
Take the Tequila Train from Guadalajara.

The process is very similar to Bacanora.  Once harvested and the leaves stripped away,  they are put in ovens and baked.  From there the are either mashed or shredded.  The juice is then put into either stainless steel or wooden tanks where they will ferment for 3 -7 days.  Like Bacanora, Tequila is distilled twice and then either bottled or put into wooden barrels for further aging in order to give it that wonderful amber color and lovely flavor.  Unlike wine that gets better with aging in the bottles, it does not change in the bottles.  They say it is best to drink tequila within the first 2 years after opening it due to oxidation.

Distillery
Distillery at Herradura

Distillation
Another look at the Copper Distillery process.

There are now 4 categories of tequila.  1) Blanco or Silver ages less than 2 months in stainless, 2) Resposado(rested) means it is aged from 2 months to 1 year in small oak barrels, 3) Anejo must be aged from 1 year to 3 years in small oak barrels and 4) Extra Anejo (this category just started in 2006) and it must  rest 3 years in barrels.

By Mexican law, as I said, Tequila can be only produced in Jalisco, however now they have added certain cities with the States of Guanajuato, Michoacán,Nayarit and Tamaulipas.  Also by law all Tequila has to be 38% but to ship to the United States it must be 40% or 80 proof.

When shopping for Tequila in Puerto Peñasco, check out The Tequila Factory, which is located on Benito Juarez near the railroad crossing.  Here you find Manny’s Beach Club tequila and it is produced only for them in Jalisco.  The have all 4 of the categories as well as many delicious flavored ones.  Have Fernando tell you the story of how  it started  before he starts giving you samples.  He will make up some great concoctions for you.

Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Research came from Wikipedia and The Tequila Factory.

Bacanora vs. Tequila… there are distinct difference. Part 1

If you have been following our wine road trip through the Valle de Guadalupewe spoke about how it is only a six hour drive from Puerto Peñasco.  Well the same can be said about finding the Bacanora Trail.  It is 6 hours to Hermosillo where you can spend the night in great accommodations with wonderful restaurants and then venture out to Bacanora.  Another nice thing is if you are a  Tequila aficionado, fly from Hermosillo to Guadalajara and board the Tequila Train or rent a car and spend a few days.

Almost everyone knows about Tequila or at some time or the other have had it, either in  a Margarita or a shot of it.  Many of you will remember if you did shots of cheap Tequila in your younger days by the headache you had the next morning.  One thing Tequila and Bacanora have in common is that they are both meant to be sipped and enjoyed like fine wine, vodka or whiskey.

Sunora
The beautiful bottles of Blanco and Cream Bacanora.

Let’s start with Bacanora as it is still relatively a new kid on the block even though Bacanora dates back over 300 years.  Bacanora got it’s name from where it originated in a little town in the middle of Sonora named Bacanora.  It became very popular and at first and was made of a variety of plants but soon the growers were using an agave type plant called Agave Pacifica as it was a regional agave. The agave Pacifica is a very hardy agave that can deal with the harsh conditions of the Sonora dessert.  As you drive through the State of Sonora in the central mountain region you will pass through cities like Bacanora, Sahuaripa, Arivechi, Tepache, Bacadehuaichi, Nacori, Banamichi, Arizpe or any of the other 22 towns in the area, you will see fields of Agave Pacifia.  This particular agave is a lighter more evergreen in color than the Blue Agave and has thin long leaves that can reach up to 60″ long.  They are harvested between 6-7 years old and the pina will weigh between 44-48 lbs.  A mature plant can grow up to 4′ high by 4′ wide.

Agave Pacifica
The Agave Pacifica is native to the Sonoran region .

The distilling process is simple but takes time.  Once the agave is hand picked  and the people that harvest them, cut the plant right from the trunk.  All leaves are removed from the Agave core.  Most Bacanora is made the traditional way of cooking the pinas in open pits that are made of lava rock and heated with Mesquite charcoal.  This is where you will get that great smokey flavor of Bacanora.  This usually take about 3 days.  After this the cores are mashed and chopped into a pulp.  It is at this point they are put into cement pits and washed while adding fresh water and covering completely so they are not exposed to air.  This fermentation process can take from 6-12 days.  Much of this also depends on the manufacture as to whether or not it is double or triple distilled.  From here it goes into stainless steel tanks where it completes the distillation process.  After a double distillation in which the vapor condenses and it goes through a copper still does it become Bacanora.  At Sunora Bacanora they do a triple still distillation for it’s premium quality.  The team at Amigo Brands through technology and innovation is also working on creating oak barrel aged Reposado and Añejo which has never been done.
Agave roasting
It is here where the agave is roasted

Bacanora fermentation
The traditional way of fermenting the Bacanora

Bacanora distilling
Here the juices are extracted.

In 1915 General Plutarco Elias Calle became Governor of Sonora and he put the ban on Bacanora as it was believed to have properties that were believed to be hedonistic and that drinking it was immoral.  It could not be made commercially nor sold anywhere, hence the start of boot legging began in the State of Sonora.  If caught the makers of the vile drink could be imprisoned or even hung.  During these times, people would go so far as to hide the Bacanora in their secret hiding places in their homes and  it became known as “The Secret of Sonora”.  This continued until 1992 when the ban was lifted and it was mainly due the popularity of Tequila and Mezcals. Imagine nearly 100 years of prohibition on Bacanora. In the year 2000 it was given  the Denomination of Origin (NOM) by the Mexican government.  Bacanora can only be grown in the State of Sonora or else it is called Mezcal.  Currently there are over 38 licensed distilleries in Sonora.  Each has it’s own distinctive taste.  Sadly because it is the drink of Sonora, very little of it is exported to the United States.  However, you can take a road trip from Puerto Penasco, Sonora by driving towards Hermosillo (the State Capital) and go East/Northeast on Highway 14 to reach much of the area.

Bacanora Fields
You will see many fields of Agave Pacifica along the route.

So the once referred to as “The Original Outlaw Spirit” has now gained so much popularity that there is now a huge effort to plant more of the Agave Pacifica in the State of Sonora.  Sunora Bacanora is also doing so making a Cream de Bacanora which is simply wonderful.
Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Research came from Wikipedia and from Sunora Bacanora.

Memorial Day Weekend.. Enjoy it in Puerto Peñasco

Memorial Day
Happy Memorial Day early.

Once again Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner.  If you still have not made your reservations for a condo on Sandy Beach or a beach front home in Las Conchas, now is the time as many are already booked full.

Playa Bonita
Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita.

Real Estate
One of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

Boats
Go fishing or do a sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez

Boats
Picture yourself here.

In May the weather is still beautiful and the Sea of Cortez will be warming up.  Looking for something to do while you are in Rocky Point?  Here are just a few ideas.  Go horseback riding, ride a banana boat, choose from one of our 3 beautiful golf courses  (Las Palomas, Mayan, Isla la Del Mar) choose from of our local fishing charters boats, visit the aquarium or CEDO, walk in the tide pools, go looking for Sand Dollars in Cholla Bay, shop on Rodeo Drive or the Malecon (if you can get down there), visit the Pinacate Biosphere or just sit on the beach and people watch.  Puerto Peñasco has so much to offer.  Also plan to have breakfast lunch or dinner at one of our many great restaurants.

Sea of Cortez

As you make your trip to Puerto Peñasco, please remember you will not be on the roads alone, so plan on lengthy delays coming in and going back to the USA.  As I always say, “Remember all those wonderful people you crept along with on the way in…. well guess what, you will see them again on your way home.  Drive with caution as the beach and the cold beer can and will be waiting for you.

Once you are here and settled in, it is important to realize how many people descend on this one time sleepy little village.  Don’t take needless chances passing autos or trucks, it is not worth it.  Also it is important to know that the road between Playa Bonita and the end of Sandy Beach will be packed at all times.  Yes it is a divided road but you still have to exercise caution when driving and even though you may not be impaired, the person behind you might be.  Have a designated driver if you all are planning to par take in adult beverages.  Better yet, take a cab then everyone can have fun.  If you are going to any place on the way to Cholla Bay, please remember that when you are coming back if it is dark, you come off of dirt onto pavement right in front of Esmeralda and that is a divided road.

Before leaving the USA, you need to buy Mexican Auto Insurance.  This can be purchased online or in Ajo at Ajo Insurance Center, Gila Bend Insurance Center or any of the other places that sell Mexican Insurance.  It would be recommended if you have a newer vehicle that has a loan on, make certain to buy full coverage.  By law you must have Mexican Insurance to meet the Mexican Liability.  Liability insurance only will do nothing for you vehicle so that is why you should buy full coverage.  Ajo Insurance will  leave your policy in a box in case you come after hours or you can print it online if you are buying it online.

When crossing into Mexico at Lukeville/Sonoyta the speed limit is 40 Km per hour or keep it under 24 mph or you will most likely be ticketed.  There is a Red Cross station that collect donations in Sonoyta and there is a STOP sign there that you must stop for even if you don’t donate.  When you arrive in Rocky Point, they are many new stop signs so be on the lookout.

We welcome you to our home town so please come and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Sunset in Rocky Point
Another Rocky Point Stunning 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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Mother's Day or El Dia de la Madre in Mexico



Mother's Day
The first flower of Mother’s Day was carnations.

Anne Jarvis
The woman behind Mother’s Day

A little bit of history about Mother’s Day. It was started on May 10 1908 by a woman named Anne Jarvis but it wasn’t until May 8, 1914 that the US Congress designated Mother’s Day officially be on the 2nd Sunday  of May.  It is the 3rd largest holiday in the USA for sending cards but it has been so over commercialized that many refer to it as the “Hallmark Holiday”.  It is interesting that the Carnation started out as the flower to represent Mother’s Day since 1908 when Anne Jarvis hand delivered 500 hundred of them to the 1st celebration and it was her mother’s favorite flower.  Ironically enough, Anne was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace at a rally against the commercialization of the holiday.

In the United States, so much money is spent on cards, flowers and gifts, that one would think Anne Jarvis is spinning in her grave.

Mexican Mother's Day
Feliz El dia de la Madre in Puerto Peñaso

In Mexico, El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) starts out with the small children singing songs to their mother’s.  It is followed by mass at a shrine of the Virgin de Guadalupe.  I learned the  Virgin is the symbol of motherhood.  After mass the morning meal consists of Tamales and Atole.  If it is in the middle of the week, the Mother’s often go to school with the children for more singing, telling stories and having a meal provide by a local restaurant. El Dia de la Madre is a time to reflect and rejoice on the trials and tribulations that go with motherhood.

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The Virgin de Guadalupe is the symbol of Motherhood in Mexico

El Dia de la Madre was started in Mexico in 1922 by people bringing the idea from America.  In 1940, wife of President Manuel Avilla Camacho, Soledad Orozco Garcia declared the  2nd Sunday in May to be the official holiday.  Unlike the United States of America, many business give the mothers off for the holiday.  Now days much money is spent here as well with the parents presenting their mothers with lavish gifts while the children present their mom’s with hand made cards and items.  The plant nurseries and florist shops do a brisk business.

Here in Puerto Peñasco, many times the streets will be blocked off and there will be music and dancing as well as food and adult beverages with these celebrations going on until the wee hours of the morning.  Over the years I was invited by dear friend Julio Meza to celebrate with his mom and family.  I off course showed up early and because it was warm I had on shorts and a top.  When the family showed up all the sisters were dressed to the 9’s, so I explained to Julio’s one sister that I would be back as I needed to dress up.  She laughed and said the only reason they were dressed up is because they had a family photo taken.  Sure enough in 30 minutes they were all dressed like me.  Such fond memories and I left a midnight and things were just really getting started.

Many restaurants here in Rocky Point will be featuring special brunches and/or dinners for Mother’s Day, so check with your favorite place and see what they have going.  Also if your mom is into flower’s check with the plant nursery by TelMex or the one on Blvd. Kino as well as all of the local florists.

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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Real Estate In Puerto Peñasco

We have had so many inquires about real estate in Puerto Peñasco, that I recently sat down with Jim Ringquist, sales manager for the Sonoran Resorts.  The Sonoran Resorts continue to be a first class operation and this is from the time they first started delivering condos in the early 2000’s.

He indicated that in 2017 sales were up over 2016.  Now 5 months in 2018 sales are strong and if things keep going the way they are, they should surpass 2017.  Part of what is causing the spike in sales is the lack of inventory and buyers are starting to realize they better buy now as the prices are not going down.  So with the higher prices and low inventory it has become a seller’s market.  The days are gone of coming in and offering a lower than asking price as most sales are now full price sales.  There are a lot of buyers wanting to purchase either for a second home or for rental income and personal use, but remember it is leaning towards being a strong SELLERS MARKET.

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One of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

When asked about prices, he indicated that for example at the Sonoran Sun a 2 bedroom condo is now on the market for over $300,000 USD and sellers are getting what they are asking.  At the Sonoran Sea a 2 bedroom is on the market for  between $275,000 and $300,000.  Basically overall prices have increased over 20% in the last year or so.

From speaking with other realtors, who mainly specialize in home sales and other developments, the trend is continuing the same way.   In Las Conchas, there are but a handful of homes under $250,000.  Want beach front, be prepared to pay for it.  In Las Conchas for example, there are several new homes under construction and some of them are massive both on and off the beach.  One of the developments farther down the coast at Playa Azul have started selling again as well as Corona del Sol in Las Conchas.

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Sandy Beach developments

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We discussed the “Home Port” project which has started and stopped several times.  It was recently announced by Cruise and Maritime Voyages that Puerto Peñasco will be the 1st cruise route in the Sea of Cortez starting in 2020 when the port is set to open.  It was announced by Mayor Kiko Munro and Nickolas Tragakes, CEO of Global Maratime Group.  This is a 9 year old company with a great track record.  The port is to be a departure port which will have many people passing into Rocky Point and the Global Maratime Group has the money to promote Puerto Peñasco all over the world.  In 2019 CMV will begin service in Acapulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.  In 2020 the line will provide service to Topolobambo, Guaymas, Santa Rosalia, Loretto, La Paz and Puerto Peñasco as well for the total route.

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These are part of the docks for the Home Port at sunset.

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Starting in 2020 you will see the CMV line cruising into Puerto Penasco

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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2nd Annual BAlloon Festival Re-Cap in Rocky Point

Only balloon that went up on Saturday morning and he went up very fast.
Only balloon that went up on Saturday morning and he went up very fast.

 

This blog will be short but it is being done so that next year you can mark your calendars far ahead and plan to be in Puerto Peñasco for the 3rd Annual Balloon Festival.  Despite the cold and windy weather, the afternoon and evening functions went very well.  Only 3 balloons went up on Friday morning and on Saturday and Sunday the wind and Mother Natural did not cooperate as they could not fly.  I spoke with one pilot who said they were as disappointed as we were and maybe even more.  This is what they love to do and come here with family and friends to help them set and be in the chase vehicle.  Hopefully next year will be better.

On the brighter side of things, the vendors who attended were very happy with the sales and results.  Due to the weather being warmer on Friday, I would say more people came out. The event was very well organized and there was lots of parking, chairs and tables for people to enjoy food and beverage.  One vendor had a vast array of miniature hot air balloons that were all brightly colored and looked like the real deal.  They could be used to hang in or outside.  There was plenty of food and drinks to be had as well as great music that everyone could enjoy. Please enjoy the video provided by Jose from the Boo Bar.

Spring is in the air so 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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Semana Santa/ Easter Holy Week and Spring Break

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It is that time of the year when our little city of Puerto Peñasco hosts college Spring Breaks and then is followed by Semana Santa or Easter Holy Week.  All condos and hotels are already being booked, so if you are planning on coming in March, I would suggest you make your reservations today.  Not to scare you off, but if you are looking for a time to come here and relax, you might want to put it off until April.  Spring Breaks begin March 1, 2018 so plan accordingly.  If you don’t want your family or kids to drive down, please check out Head Out To Rocky Point as they will have shuttles running all the time right from your door.  Please remember TAP bus line has pulled service from Phoenix to Rocky Point.

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You will several groups of Fariseo’s in Puerto Peñasco during lent

Semena Santa  is without a doubt the most important holiday in Mexico. For the calendar year 2018 it begins on March 25th or Palm Sunday and ends on April 1st or the Sunday of Resurrection (Easter Sunday). Last week I noticed the Fariseo’s are in town.  You will see these Indigenous people walking the streets in groups, in their outfits made of goat or pig skin with their drums and their bell leggings called Tenabaris and of course masks. The dance they do is called “pascola” and the bells make the characteristic sounds of this dance that you can hear from quite a distance. The masks represent Kings, animals, clowns and so much more but share one thing in common and that is having long pointy noses and big ears.  They also wear a wooden beaded cross under their shirts to be protected . Do not be afraid of them, they are harmless and are on a mission.  They will not speak to you or anyone through the entire time they are here.  In most cases they are taken in by locals so they have a place to stay while on this mission. They will let you take a photo of them but a donation to them is how they make money for the party on Saturday the 31st when they burn their masks and take away all evils for the year.  The Mayan and Yaqui culture is where much of this began in Mexico and has spread to Sinaloa and now Sonora. The Fariseo’s will be here the entire Lent season.

Fariseos dancers
Fariseo Dancers

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Many different types of Fariseo dancers

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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