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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco..Part 2

We recently did a blog about Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and suggestions on which boats do Whale Watching tours.  I included in that information things about  fishing charters and sunset cruises that these 3 companies do. By all means these are not all the boats that do sunset cruises or fishing trips.  There is the Big Momma, they also do fishing charters and  The About Time.

Pancho Villa guns drawn
Photo by Ole

This past week we had the opportunity to go along the owners of the Pancho Villa as it was the owners birthday.  We boarded the boat at 11:30 and took of at noon on a beautiful sunny day (of which we have many) and headed out of the harbor.  As soon as we boarded the boat, we  got to make new friends.  One couple lived not far from where I came from in Wausau, Wisconsin, several others also live here full time, so lot’s of story telling about how we have seen this sleepy little fishing village evolve.  We went along at a comfortable pace and the Pancho Villa is a very comfortable vessel.  Several years ago it had the back of the boat extended so there is ample room to move around as well as sit in some comfy Adirondack style chairs or go on the deck or sit with the captain.

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Guests on the Pancho VIlla searching for Whales

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for whale watching sunset cruises or fishing.
(Photo by Mike N Samantha Bosnick)

We were out 5 miles when the cry “there she blows” came and sure enough just ahead was a huge whale. She seemed to almost be circling us as it would dive down and then come up again.  It is breath taking to see these giant creatures of the sea and this one seemed to love to play hide and seek.  Look closely and you can see the Pinacate Range in the back ground.

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Amazing the grace of somethin this large

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“There she blows” and there was the elusive huge whale.

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Some of the Shrimp boats that bring in our precious shrimp

Our next venture was on the Sol Chaser with is owned by the same folks that have Eco Tours. The Sol Chaser came from Mazatlán and is a 54′ catamaran which has been retrofitted with a new bathroom that has easy access to it.  There is comfortable  seating on the side, on the bow and with the captain that is covered.  It featured an open bar as well as chips/salsa and a vegetable platter.  On this trip we did not see the elusive whale nor did any others that were out.  However, at about 9 miles out, we got to be a part of the dolphin show.  There were at least 30 or more and they decided to entertain us.  Everyone was trying to get photos and videos as they played and jumped in front of us with sometime 5 jumping out of the water together. On this trip we met people from Kansas and Michigan(but now reside in Prescott. You never know where your partners on the boat  come from to see Puerto Peñasco community.  It is always our pleasure to when asked, be able to give them accurate information on the town and places to go and things to do and see.

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The Sol Chaser is the newest arrival to the Eco Tours boats

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Barb and Bob from Kansas enjoying the Sol Chaser

Sol Chaser
Jeff and Lisa enjoying the trip. From Michigan and now Arizona

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

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Dolphin entertainment as seen from the Sol Chaser

I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the people having a great time enjoying the weather and the water as well as watching  the whale and dolphins.  Hopefully they will hang around longer if the water and temperatures start to warm up.  The whales come into the Sea of Cortez because of the warm water so they have not been as plentiful as other years.  On February 14, they were again spotted, so we know they are here.  Call one of the companies doing the tours and make your reservation as they do fill up fast.  Even if you don’t see anything, it is so nice to be out on the water and making new friends.

Whale Watching in Rocky Point vs. San Diego!  Rocky Point is a mere 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson where as San Diego is a 6 hour drive.  Rocky Point has little or no congestion on the roads … you know the freeways in San Diego.  But the best part is that you can go out on small  intimate boats vs boats carrying 150 people.  So it is a win for all, short drive, no heavy traffic and everyone can see the whales up close and personal. So don’t let whale watching pass you by in 2018.

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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RV Caravans to Puerto Penasco Part 2

In the previous blog about RV Caravans coming to Puerto Peñasco, we touched on how these groups get here and where they come from.  In part 2 we will be addressing several things to do once you are here as well as what you can and can not bring into Mexico.

After sitting down with Charlie and Geri Sing from The Rambling Suns RV Club  (Sun City Elk’s Lodge 2559 who will be the hosts for the trip in October of 2018, one comes to realize that there is a lot of planning that has to go into these caravans when you have a minimum of 20 RV”s traveling together and not just to and from Rocky Point.  These trips have to be planned far in advance in order to get the reservations at the RV parks.  As stated previously, at one time there were 9 RV parks in Puerto Peñasco and now there are 2 large ones that are on the water that can accommodate that many rigs plus all the other rigs that are already there.

El Tapeo for wine tasting

So now the 20 plus rigs from the Sun City Elk’s Lodge have arrived at Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach and have set up home for a week.  What do they do next?  Usually at the end of the day there is a social or happy hour, followed by an evening pot luck dinner with lots of conversation going on.  These groups are made up of folks of all ages so there is something for everyone.

Here is a  list of suggested things for them to see our city and everything we have to offer.

1)  Tour the Pinacate Biosphere where they will see where Apollo 11 astronauts trained for the Moon landing.

Pinacate Biosphere
View from visitor center

2)  Be adventuresome and go Zip Lining

3)  Golf? Las Palomas, Mayan Palace or Laguna Del Mar will not disappoint the beginner or avid golfer.

4)  Fishing? Go out with Capt. Adolfo Perez on his charter boats or if you want choose one of the Pangas.

5)  Sunset Cruises? Choose from Senorita Rita, Intrepid, Pirate Ships, Eco Tours or About Time are just  few of the  choices.

One of our many sunset boats
Rey Del Mar (The Pirate Ship)

6)  Tour the Oyster Farm for lunch, they also serve shrimp, clams and fish.  You can take a tour for this event.

7) City Tour join Russ Black on a great City Tour.

8)  Julio Mesa Shell Artist, he will come to Playa Bonita or go to his shop and see him at work and learn how much goes into the pieces of art.

9)  Satisfied Frog the end of the Malecon great food and right on the water.  Yes it is the Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ.

10) Cholla Bay: go out in the bay and find sand dollars or go to JJ’s and have a cold beer and enjoy the tide swings which can be huge.

11) Shopping anyone?  The shops on the Malecon, Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port ( a must stop) and Rodeo Drive are all great choices.

12) Old Port: Check out Boo Bar, Shark Bite, Blue Marlin, Mr. Amigo’s or the Tequila Bar for lunch or a cold beverage.

Stunning views
View from the Malecon

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

 

13) Need dental work done?  Imagen Oral, Dr. Yamamoto are just a few for you to choose from.

When you are coming to Mexico, make sure you have insured your rig and tow vehicle if you have one. This can be done from the USA either on line  from several different companies. But it is a must!!

When you are in a caravan, as you enter into Mexico, you probably will all get the green light, which means proceed slowly.  If you are traveling in groups of 3 or more, you may get the red light which means stop or they may just wave you on through.  If you travel with your fur babies be it dogs or cats, have their shot records handy (they are looking for the rabies shot).  If you are coming for more than a week and need a large bag of dog food, chicken is allowed but no beef.  An example is the 38 lb. bag of Kirkland Chicken is allowed if it is sealed.

Here is a partial  list of things that you can not bring into Mexico. The whole list is very long, so this gives you an idea.

Plants, eggs, dairy products, beef and pork products.  Depending who’s list you are looking at, these can change.  If you are coming at Thanksgiving, you are allowed  one turkey per vehicle (as they recognize this is a big American holiday).

You can bring in 6 liters of wine plus the 3 liters of alcohol, but remember you can only take 1 liter back into the USA.  Again with Sam’s Club in Rocky Point, there is no need to haul down a lot of stuff.  You can buy cases of bottled water, chicken, meat, pork, cheese, eggs  at Sam’s or Ley’s.  The town also features the best FRESH SHRIMP and FISH, a lot of great fresh produce markets and a couple of butcher shops.  Remember if you are a meat eater, some of the best beef in Mexico is raised in the State of Sonora.

If you have any questions about what you can and can not bring, please feel free to email me at nocomosi@msn.com and I will provide you with an answer.  Maps of Rocky Point are available, just send an email.

So come on down, sit and relax and enjoy what Rocky Point has to offer.  The people are friendly, no traffic congestion, great food, warm weather, beautiful clean soft sandy beaches and sunsets.

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding