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Travel to Puerto Peñasco for Christmas!

 Now is the time to plan to go to Puerto Peñasco for late fall and the Christmas season.  Fall brings Mermaid Markets, Art in the Park in Las Conchas over Thanksgiving, stunning sunset cruises and the traditions of the Christmas season in Mexico.

Christmas Village
This is a must see at Latitude 31

Stop by Latitude 31 to see the Christmas Village and train and it is free.  While you are there have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Take time to do a Sunset Cruise on the Pancho Villa or the Eco Fun or any of the other boats here that will not disappoint you.  Just getting out on the water is such a great way to unwind.  You can view the Dolphins that will entertain your boat and you can sit back and have a Margarita or cold beer.  There is something about fall and winter sunsets that are so amazing.

If you are lucky enough to be here in December, you can watch all the Posada’s or go over to City Hall and see the decorations that are set up.  Plaza de Madre is where you will find the animals from the Nativity setting.  Children love to see all the animals.

The Posadas start on December 16 and end on the 24th or as it is called “Noche Buena” Christmas Eve.  In many parts of the world they celebrate the 12 days of Christmas but in Mexico it is 9 days. Las Posada translated means in English as “the inn or the lodging”

Neighbors and family meet and go from house to house every night reenacting the travels of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.   When they arrive at the last house, they are given passage and it is here where the party starts.  Before entering the home they recite something like this. This song is called “Canto Para Pedir Posada” which means to ask for shelter.  This is a shortened version.

Pilgrims, outside)
“Mi nombre es José,
Mi esposa es María.
y madre va ser,
del Divino Verbo.”

“My name is Joseph,
My wife is Mary.
and mother to be
of the Divine Word.”

(Inn keepers, inside)
“Posada os brindo,
Santos Peregrinos,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.”

“The inn I give you,
pilgrim saints,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”

Pinata
The Christmas Pinatas

The Posada
The procession to the Inn.

The people arrive carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and little candles as they walk from place to place.  Once admitted, they are treated to food and a drink called Ponche con Piquete, which is made fruits, cinnamon and Brandy or Rum or a beer called Noche Buena. This beer is only found in the Christmas season. After everyone has finished, the Pinata is hung and the children start to break it open.  The families spend a lot of time talking and enjoying the sounds of glee of the children.   On Christmas Eve, most families go to midnight mass.

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

The Christmas season extends until January 6th which is known as “Kings Day” and in traditional fashion, this is when the children receive their Christmas gifts.

If you are in Puerto Peñasco on January 6th, you may want to join in the parade to one of the poorer areas of the city and see the gifts that the American community and motorcycle riders have collected for these children.

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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Here come the motorcylces..2018 is the 18th Anniversary

Roclky Point Rally
Ready to Rumble in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco will once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th.  Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had  maybe had 1,000 bikes.  The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities.  I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed.  Now Rocky Point will welcome over 8,000 bikes.  The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan.  The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town.  Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event.  If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Registration Volunteers
22 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more.  Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events.  These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
 
Nov 7 -12th
One of the 100’s of motorcycles you will see while registering.

The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town.  Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times.  Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at  11:00   with the parade starting at  11:30 .

This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well.  It will be at Playa Bonita Hotel on Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday.  No charge.  Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up:
Thursday November 8th
Banditos, Kick Off Party 7 p.m.  The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer
Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Friday November 9th
Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center.  Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials
Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  “Backroads”
Playa Bonita Hotel Sunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane
Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads
Saturday November 10th
Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard
Tequila Bar, 1 p.m.
Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane
Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads
Sunday November 11th
Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band

If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos.  All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here.  You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel.  For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.

pups for adoption
Come out and play with some of the pups up for adoption.

 While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies.  We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue.  She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi.  Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and 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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Dia De Los Muertos 2018 in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Day of the Dead
Dia De Los Muertos 2018

This holiday that began in the south of Mexico  will begin on October 31, 2018 and end on November 3rd here in Puerto Peñasco.  There are events held allover the city.  Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico with much tradition.  The holiday dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until recent years was not celebrated in the Northern part of Mexico.
Playa Bonita
Photo by Beverly Arrowood at Playa Bonita

Sugar Skulls
These are some of the favorites you can buy around town.

During these times, the families go to the cemeteries to clean and paint the grave sites. It is here that the families of the deceased gather  to spend the night at the grave decorating and celebrating with the food and drink of their loved one. In the grocery stores you find the cute little sugar skulls and Pan Muerto ( a sweet bread) that is shared with family.  You will also find Marigold Flowers and Plants at the local nurseries, that decorate the graves.  At the cemetery you  also find trucks full of the colorful flowers.  This is a joyful way to celebrate the death of a family member.
Catrinas
Local people dressed as Catrinas.

The celebrations start on October 31st and is known as All Hallows Daywhich is a day to celebrate the children who have crossed over.  It culminates on November 4th at the Cholla Mall Road with the judging of the altars and the Catrinas.  Catrinas are the skelton figurines that are made of paper mache or porcelain and come in all sizes and painted in bright colors.  There a couple of places in Rocky Point that carry a nice selection the Catrinas and they are Latitude 31 Gift Shop and Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port.
Parade on the water.
Festival Offering on the Sea of Cortez

Here is partial schedule of the events going on.
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2 & 3:  Set up of the Altars on the Cholla Bay Mall or “Shack’s 5th Avenue)
November 3: Festival Dia De Muertos offering at the Sea of Cortez. Here decorated floats will parade in the harbor.
November 4: Judging of the Altars and Catrinas

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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Puerto Peñasco Restaurant and Bar Scene on the Rise

Manny's Beach Club
Re-Grand Opening May 25, 2018 of Manny’s Beach Club

Back in the 1980’s there were not a lot of hot spots to go to in Puerto Peñasco.  There was JJ’s in Cholla Bay and Manny’s Beach Club in the Mirador area.  Manny catered in those days to the upper and middle class people and their first stop upon arriving in Rocky Point was Manny’s Beach Club.  Many friendships were made there over the years to the mainly 35 and over crowd.  You sat at long tables with cement stools and you always made new friends each time you were there.  The first few years that we came down, he had 50 cent Margarita’s and 75 cent ice cold beers. He served really good Mexican dishes and Bloody Mary’s at breakfast and soon was known for his food as well.

Over time he put in an outside bar and BBQ area as well as a band stand (that most of us did not like) as it blocked the beautiful sunsets.  But after a few drinks we forgot about the sunsets and just enjoyed meeting up with our friends, many of who all stay in touch with each other.  For a number of year’s the Chili Cook  Off was held in front of Manny’s and grew to the point that the  chefs set up all the way to the end of the RV Park next door.  It was ranked by Terilinga.  You could always volunteer to be a judge and for doing so given free beer.

Manny’s moto was NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM and soon he was selling everything from coffee mugs, bumper stickers, license plates, apparel and more and no matter where you were in the Phoenix or Tucson area you would run into someone wearing his shirts.  He was indeed a promoter not only of his business but of Puerto Peñasco as well.

Manny's Beach Club
Me in my younger days wearing a Manny’s Beach Club -shirt.

At Spring Break the he catered to the young people.  He also found that many Americans who came for Thanksgiving would bring their whole families over to his place after Thanksgiving to relax and listen to music and dance until the wee hours of the mornings.

Then the economy in the USA took a nose dive in the 2007 time frame and many places closed as did Manny’s.  So it sat their, vacant, but sometimes be he would open for a spring break , but that was not enough steady business to keep that many people on the payroll.

Menu
Although the menu is limited now it will be changing. Reasonable breakfast and try the Blood Mary’s

Drink Menu for Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s will have an extensive Drink Menu

Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s Drink Menu Part 1

Fast forward to 2018.  Manny’s will once again be open full time as a result of a partnership between the owners of Tekila Bar and Manny.  May 25th was the re-grand opening of this once famous place.  The new group has been busy tearing down to old palapa’s (palm branch shade covers and cleaning up.  Shanya Sargent and Jorge Gaona and Jerry Gaona, owners of the Tequila Bar and Shark Bite have done a great job creating a new drink menu as well as limited breakfast menu.  They also have the little hotel rooms for rent.  We wish them all great success in bring back the Mirador area, which also consists of Baja Cantina and The Pink Cadillac, Capones, Pitahaya and Playa del Oro RV Park (where at one time there were 7 RV Parks), just on that one road.

Amongst other new places is Boulevard 301 on Benito Juarez.  They are doing a great job with authentic Mexican style breakfast and lunch. They do have a couple of American breakfast and lunch items on the menu as well.   It is a bright and cheery place with very good service.  It is located just south of Pollo Lucas by the railroad tracks.

The next newcomer is La Cocina De Dona Rosa.  A cute little place on Sonora Blvd, next to what use to be Salmo’s.  Javier Carrera and his wife Linda are making some really great authentic Mexican dishes.  They also offer home or work delivery.  You can call ahead to 638-386-1660. Stop by and try them and help support local business.

La Cocina De Dona Rosa
Stop in and say hi to Javier and Linda and try some authentic Mexican food.

Mexican dishes
Great food and locally owned.

LaCocina de Dona rosa2

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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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.

Dia de la Madre
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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Carnival 2018 Fun and Excitement

Carnival
Carnival is coming to Puerto Peñasco once again

Let me give you a little back ground of Carnaval and what it means.  Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that is the start of a 5 day celebration before the Catholic season of lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.  The history of this goes back centuries. It is wildly celebrated with parties that go on to the wee hours of the morning.  The word Carnaval is taken from the Latin word meaning “take away or goodbye flesh” as the devote Catholics will give up meat for Lent.  In Mexico the largest Carnaval is in Mazatlán and it attracts over 300,000 people annually with people coming from all over the world.  It is the 3rd largest Carnaval celebration behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.  Carnaval is equal to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Amongst all the things to do a popular one is to throw Cascarones, which are egg shells filled with confetti at one another.

If you have never been to Carnival in Puerto Peñasco, it is something to put on your list of things to do.  This year it will March 1-4 which is later than Carnival in other places like New Orleans and other cities in Mexico.  It is filled will parades every night that stretch the entire length of the city and are comprised of huge floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, local business groups, bars and restaurants and more.  There will be plenty of street vendors as well.  Need to get there early to get a good seat, so bring your lawn chairs or sit on the curb, no matter which route you go, you will be entertained.  This year the parade route will start by the Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) and wind it’s way north to just south of Sam’s Club.  here it will turn right and proceed to the place where the Carnival rides and food booths are set up. This year Carnaval will start right around “Spring Break” so  much goes into the planning with security and all.  There will a car show contest, Carnaval Queen contest, King of Joy contest, children’s pageant and King of Children Joy contest.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

carnival rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

As always Guille Salazar will preside as the Eternal Princess. Guille has been the Eternal Princess since 1975 and always gets the crowd cheering.   Guille has been a large part of the Cultural scene here in  Rocky Point for many years, along with Nina Mier, Eddie Wharez, Victor Aleman just to name a few people.  These people strive to keep cultural events coming year after year and it takes so many hours of planning for these type of events.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Eternal Princess Guille

Guille Carnival
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

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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Rotary Club meets Mermaid Market

Saturday February 3rd the Rotary Club de Puerto Peñasco comes together with the Mermaids Market for a fun filled day.  The Rotary Club’s event is called Festival de Mariscos “FISH BOWL”  Seafood Festival and is an annual fundraiser for the club.  The event is the day before Super Bowl so you will have no trouble remembering the date.  It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. at Camaron Park (Shrimp Park).  For those of you who have never been in Rocky Point before, it is the park across from City Hall on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  Come sample the seafood that made Puerto Peñasco famous.

Seafood festival
1st Festival de Mariscos Seafood Festival “Fish Bowl”

This event will not only give you the opportunity to try many different seafood dishes being prepared by several of Puerto Peñasco’s great restaurants, but will also give you a chance to hear so many of our wonderful music groups as well and shop the vendors of the Mermaid Market.  Remember Valentine’s Day is just only 12 days away from the event, so it is a great way to shop for your wife or girl friend and have fun doing so.  Beside shopping “3Boys” will also being selling fresh seafood, so bring your ice chest along.  The local scout troop will be selling their adorable miniature cactus and there will also be painting demonstrations.

Shopping
Talented artists at the Mermaid Market

 
Shopping
Shopping just in time for Valentine’s Day

Local  restaurants will be serving everything from fish burgers to cerviche and if you are lucky some fabulous Paella.  Here you can try seafood from El Tapeo, Collins Cantina, Blue Marlin, Sushi Sun, Don Julio’s, Mare Blue, Coffee Point, UTTP Culinary School, CEUNO culinary students, Jerry’s Banquets, Puesta del Sol (Playa Bonita), Shark Bite, Puesto de Escabeche, El Buzo, Postres by Vero and more.  Both the Mermaid Market and the Rotary Club will be selling water, Margarita’s, wine and beer. Tickets for the food and drink are $1.00 ea.($20 pesos) and prices for the food will range from 1 to 3 tickets each.  You can buy them in groups of 10, 20 50 as well as separately (see the poster above).

Clams in Rocky Point, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 
Shrimp in Rocky Point Mexico
by Beverly Arrowood

 

Wear your dancing shoes as there will be music starting at 10:30 a.m. by Hijos de Mauricio followed by CETMAR Baile Folklorico at 12:00 p.m.  Next is local musician like Richard Scott on the saxophone at 1:00 p.m. and Stacey Joy (from New Mexico) at 2:00 p.m. Raffle drawing is at 3:00 p.m.

Music
Great Sax player Richard Scott

They have also put some great raffle packages together from local merchants, bars and restaurants, condo stays, boat cruises, spa massages, golf, artwork from the Mermaid Market artists, gift certificates and more.  There will be 10 packages to raffle off and they are all well worth the money. The raffle tickets are $5.00 USD each or 5 for $20.00USD.  You can also pay in pesos.  The drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. and you need not be present to win.

The proceeds from the event go help the local Rotary Club’s social service activities in the community and participation in Global Grant possibilities.  For more info on the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco check them out on line at www.clubrotariopuertopenas.com or Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco A.C. They hold 2 main fundraising activities every year and that includes the one in October called the “World’s Greatest Meal” and this supports in the effort to rid polio across the world (this is one of Rotary International’s main focus).

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.  One more thing, Whale Watching season is about to start so plan a trip on one of our many whale watching boats.

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Festival of Balloons in Puerto Peñasco

Balloons
February 23-25, 2018 Balloon Festival

 

The 2nd Annual Balloon Festival will be held February 23rd – 25th at Isla Del Mar (formally Laguna Del Mar).  The event is open to everyone.  This is a great photo opportunity not only due to the beautiful colored and special shaped balloons but the setting as well.  Last year proved to be a huge success for the event with nearly a dozen balloons flying above the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert.

On February 23rd and 24th the balloon ascensions begin at 7:00 am.  At 2:00 pm is the opening with a family Pic Nic .  Throughout the event there will be a kids area as well as food and beverages.  The music starts at 5:00 pm with the band ‘Something Like Seduction’ and this is followed by the Balloon exhibition and Light Show (Balloon Glow) at 7:00 pm.  The music and kids area with continue along with food and beverages at 8:00 pm

February the 25th the balloons will again begin the ascension at 7:00 am.

Hot air balloons in Rocky Point, Mexico

Buy your tickets early and save.  They can be purchased at Puerto Viejo Coffee located in the Malecon on the corner across from the Catholic Church and just a few doors from The Blue Marlin.  The admission to get in is:
Vehicles                                           Buy Early                    At The Gate
1-5 People                                         $200 MN                   $300 MN
1-7 People                                         $300 MN                   $400 MN
1-14 People                                       $600 MN                   $700 MN
Hot air balloons in Rocky Point, Mexico

Bring you blankets or chairs and plan to make a day of it.  You won’t be disappointed.  Who knows you might even get the chance to help set them up.

For additional information call 638-383-1979 or email to larutadelglobo@gmail.com.  Check out the website at www.larutadelglobo.com.

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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Thanksgiving Dinner in Puerto Peñasco

Soon Thanksgiving will be upon us and the weather is beautiful in Puerto Peñasco. The RV Parks of Playa Bonita, Playa del Oro and the Reef are already filling up.  Although this is an American holiday, restaurants here cater to our celebration.   For many the celebration of Thanksgiving is one of cooking or smoking the Turkey, making all the trimmings and have large gatherings of friends and family.  For other’s it is the one time of the year, where some choose to avoid cooking and prefer to have someone else do it for them.

Many of the RV’ers choose to cook the turkeys in their RV and then share with all of their group of friends.  One such group from Green Valley, AZ has been doing this for many years and now are  over 10 rigs coming down.  What a better way to spend the day than sitting on the beach enjoying drinks, great food and friendships while watching the Sea of Cortez go by.  If you decide to cook at home, the border side of Mexico has been allowing us to bring in 1 turkey as they recognize our holiday.  With all the fresh fruit and vegetables, there is no need to haul anything else down.  If you want to order a turkey here, CS Food Services are taking orders.  Give Michelle a call at 388-6556 or stop by (orders are being placed November 11, 2017). They will have Butterball and Hormel.  The Butterballs average 18 lbs and are aprx.$780 pesos, the Hormel brand is average 12 Lbs at aprx.$360 pesos. Cranberry jelly for a 14 oz can is $42 pesos and Pumpkin Pies are $260 pesos.  CS also carries butter, heavy cream, dinner rolls and a lot of other things to make you Thanksgiving Day a success.  CS is located off Kino Blvd right in front of Numeros.  Sam’s Club has turkeys already, but the are partially smoked and if they are the same as last year had some sort of gelatin covering them.

RVing in Mexico
Spend you Thanksgiving Day on the beach!

Things to bring from the USA would be canned pumpkin if you prefer to make your own pies like I do, disposable metal roasting pans, canned or fresh sweet potatoes, cranberries or Pumpkin pies from like COSTCO.  If you like to add oysters to your stuffing, this is the place to get them right from the oyster beds.

Oysters in Rocky Point
The perfect oysters for your Thanksgiving stuffing or just to have before dinner.

One restaurant that has been serving up Thanksgiving is Latitude 31.  They choose to share their restaurant with families and friends.  They will prepare a turkey dinner complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and the ever favorite Pumpkin Pie.  All of this for only $13.50 plus you get to share good times with other ex pats living here. Make your reservation today.

Latitude 31
A great place for Thanksgiving Dinner

Another favorite is Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita.  If you are staying in the RV Park and choose not to cook, this is a great alternative for you.  You still have a great view without the muss and fuss.  You can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or choose to have it catered and they have several options available for you.  Thanksgiving dinner at Puesta del Sol is $12.00 and complete with all the trimmings.

Playa Bonita
Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Playa Bonita

The American Legion is also offering Thanksgiving dinner.  Bring a side dish and it is $5.00 USD or $8.00 without.  They are located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point.  Dinner is served from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Spend Thanksgiving Day at the American Legion
Spend Thanksgiving Day at the American Legion

The last place doing Thanksgiving Dinner is Chef Mickey’s Place on Benito Juarez. The cost is $18.00 USD with all the trimmings and goes from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Pumpkin pie Mexico

One other thing that happens every Thanksgiving weekend is “Art in the Park” in Las Conchas on November 25th from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Go out and see your favorite artist and do your Christmas shopping early.

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

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Rocky Point Rally 2017 is almost here November 9-12

If you have not been to the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco.  If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full.  It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.

Rocky Point Rally
The crowd waiting to register

Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point.  This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more.  This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF  Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)

Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town.  Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin.  Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register.  Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January.  You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.

MAlecon Toys Rocky Point Rally Toy Drive
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thursday:

Registration from 9-5

Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos  from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am).  Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9

Rocky Point Rally
Great paint jobs

Friday:
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris.
Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott  from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and  Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKY will present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00

Rocky Point Rally 2017 Wrecked at the ReefThe Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and  the Rocky Point Riders.

Biker Rally Mexico
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30.  The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port.  Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
Rocky Point 2015
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Biker Rocky Point Rally

The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is  across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium.  Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30.  Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone.  We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.

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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