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Where is Puerto Peñasco, Mexico?

Where is Puerto Peñasco, Mexico?

Many of you reading the blogs for the 1st time are asking many questions about how to get here and what is there to do there when we arrive, so hopefully some of your questions will be answered in this blog.
First of all it is located on the mainland side of Mexico in the northern part of the State of Sonora and is about 220 miles from the Phoenix, Arizona area or 60 miles from the US border at Lukeville, AZ.  It is surrounded  by the Sea of Cortez for miles in both directions.  It is where the Sonoran Desert meets the Sea of Cortez.
Rocky Point started out as a sleepy little fishing village, but has evolved into a tourist destination with something for everyone be it peacefulness or night life, we have it all from  Charity events, Bike Rallies, Fishing Derbies, Golf tournaments, Music Concerts and so much more.

Rocky Point
Rocky Point from the Ocean

Puerto Peñasco is  located 3 1/2 – 4 hours from either Phoenix or Tucson.  Where ever you are coming from you will have good roads to drive on.  Coming from the Phoenix you can hop on I-10 and then go south on State route 85 to Gila Bend.  From Gila Bend you will just stay on that highway and go south until you come to the Mexico border.  The drive through Organ Pipe National Monument is a very pretty part of the trip as it is lined with Saguaro Cactus as far as you can see.  If you are coming from the Tucson area you will take the road to Sells which will bring you out in Why and then you can make a left and proceed to the border.  If you are coming from Southern California, you will hop on I-8 to Gila Bend and then follow the same directions.
Highway 85
Saguaro Cactus along side the highway in Organ Pipe National Monument

The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

Once you are at the border, you will either get a red or green light.  Red means you will stop and green means to go forward.  If you have pets, they may ask for there shot records so have a copy of them ready.  While traveling through the border town of Sonoyta, the speed limit is 40 km per hour or just under 25 mphDO obey it as to not lighten your wallet.

Once you are at the border it is an hour drive to Rocky Point and it is a good road all the way down.  Take your time and enjoy the drive.. the beach will wait for you.

Needless to say, the main attraction is the beach and pristine Azure water of the Sea of Cortez.  If you have children with you or people acting like children, they can spend hours combing the tide pools or collecting shells.  This all depends on where you are staying.  The list below is just the tip of what you and your family can do.

Sea of Cortez
Horse back riding on the beach.

1) Go beach combing for sea shells.

2) Ride a Banana Boat.

3) Do a sunset cruise.  There are several different types of boats for this.

4) Go horse back riding on the beach.

5) Rent a rhino to drive around town in or behind the Sandy Beach Resorts.

6) Play golf at any of our 3 world class golf courses.

7) Go fishing.  There are several boats that will take you out for what ever time you want to fish for.

8) January – February, go Whale watching.

9 ) Take a boat to Bird Island and swim with the Dolphins and see the habitat of the Sea Lions or check out the new Aquarium.

Puerto Peñasco Sunset

In addition to these, you can go shopping on the Malecon for Mexican curios or go out to what is referred as  “Rodeo Drive” and you can not only find curios there, but can have a wonderful lunch or dinner at Marachi’s and Tequila. Here you will also find home decor items from the south of Mexico at Su Casa. If you are looking for quality beach wear look no further than Fabiolo’s located next to Su Casa.

Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Depending on the time of the year, you will find cultural events going on all over the town such as in October with the Cervantino Festival and Dia de Muertos.  October is usually one the busy months for events as the weather has cooled down.  During the winter months, you will find The Mermaid Market” on the 3rd Saturday of every month at Shrimp Park, located near the entrance to the Old Port.  If you have time, drive out to the Pinacate Biosphere, it is educational  for people of all ages and is only about 15 miles north of Rocky Point.

View from the Visitor Center at the Pinacate Biosphere

There are many great restaurants in the Old Port, in town, hotels and near the condo developments.  There new places opening often.   Undecided if you want to stay in a condo or beach front home, check out Puerto-Peñ to see what is available.

Malecon at Puerto Penasco
The view from the Malecon looking towards Sandy Beach

If you have any questions, please email me at and I will answer you quickly.  Don’t forget to Like and Share us on and follow us on Twitter @PuertoPenascoMX . Come down and see us, once you have, you will be hooked.