Christmas in Mexico is a very special holiday. For the Mexican people the Posada is a huge part of the celebration. The start of the Posadas are just around the corner. In Spanish La Posada means “The Inns”. This is a reenactment of the pilgrimage Mary and Joseph did to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Neighborhoods and families get together starting the night of December 16 and it ends on December 24th. They go to a different house every night, carrying candles and singing along the way Christmas carols, playing music and usually carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary. When they arrive at the last house, there Joseph and Mary are invited in along with all the guests. The asking to come in is done in 2 parts of a song. Those on the outside sing the song to ask to come in while the people on the inside respond with song that there is no room at the inn. This will go on for some time until the inn keeper allows them to pass. Here they are served a variety of foods and drink. The dinner may consist of Tamales both sweet and savory, rice, Atole, Ponche, chocolate-cinnamon Champurrado and some form of alcohol like Tequila. Here the children break open a Piñata that is y filled with candy while the parents visit with the friends and family. If you ever invited to participate in a Posada, take them up on the invitation as you will not regret it.
This continues on until December 24th Christmas Eve when they celebrate what is called Noche Buena meaning “the Good Night”. Here dinner is served and usually consists of either turkey or roast pig. Children do not receive their gifts until January 6th or Kings Day as it is known.
It is interesting to note that while most homes have traditional Christmas trees, they also will have a Nacimiento or nativity scene. These can be found all over Puerto Peñasco in homes or yards and in various sizes. Something I recently read was that they are set up but the baby Jesus is not added until December 24 and the 3 Wise Men or Kings are added January 5th.
As you drive around Rocky Point during the Christmas season, you will see many homes decorated with lights and light figurines similar to the United States. Take time to park at City Hall or the Municipal Building as it is known and check out the Christmas tree, the animals and all the other things that are there. It is especially pretty at night.
King’s Day is January 6th, so once again the motorcycle clubs of Rocky Point will be doing the annual toy run to one of the barrios to pass out toys that were dropped off at the Rocky Point Rally in November or purchased with monies donated. They also contribute a lot to this day. If you are here, meet us on the Malecon as they gather up the toys and ride out with everything.
In closing, I would like to wish you each a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018. Make each day count with your loved ones as one never knows what life can throw at you. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to our little city.
The 17th Annual 2017 Bike Festival is now under our belts here in Puerto Peñasco. It is estimated that we had well over 8,000 bikes in town for the 4 days event. It is billed as the “largest bike festival south of the border” and indeed it was. The entire Old Portwas wall to wall motorcycles. There was a group of 30 riders that came from Indonesia via California, many riders from Canada, Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and more. Then we had the clubs from Tijuana, Mexicali, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and other areas.
The group of 25 volunteers did an outstanding job of getting people to register and giving the riders directions. This was the 2nd year, that a pre-registration was done and it was very successful. Between online registration, Sandy Beach Poker Run, Bike Show and our local registration, we raised $541,247.00 pesos. What that means is the 8 charities, they will each receive $2781.00 USD and $3750 pesos.
There is a great deal of effort that goes into making this type of event run smoothly and safely. Remember Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) is still a small town to host this type of event. Oscar Palacio has been the coordinator of the event since it started and has to make many trips to the US/Mexico Border to make sure that everyone is on the same page to get these riders through not only the border crossings coming and going but through the little town of Sonoyta. Then come the trips to San Luis Rio Colorado to meet with those folks as well as the military check point that is set up at El Golfo. We also have local, state and federal police around town for safety of the bikers.
Several years Sr. Palacio came to coffee and asked myself and Sami Keesecker if we would help him to not only get the American community here behind it but to help with the entertainment and registration. How could we say no? So here we are about 6 years later and still getting folks involved. All of the volunteers are for the most part full time residents of Rocky Point and love to be involved with charity work. Attach the word charity to anything and they are all in to help. We now have a waiting list of folks that want to help. Beside being there for 2 full days to register the riders, they also spend 1 evening stuffing the bags the riders get when the register.
Speaking of charity, these are the charities that benefit from the Bike registration money raised. Red Cross (Cruz Rojo), Bomberos (Fire department) Casa Hogar Home for the elderly, DIF Penasco( the groups that helps with families in need, CAM La Montana (school for special needs children) , DIF Sonoyta and George Papanicolau Center (center for women’s cancer awareness) and DIF Scholarship.
During the rally, we also have a Toy Drive in which the bikers can either bring a toy down from the USA, purchase one here or donate money. This was also a huge success. The toys will be distributed on Kings Day on January 6th. If you would still like to donate toys or cash, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.
Thanksgiving 2017 proved to be one of the most beautiful weekends in a long time in Puerto Peñasco. No wind, sunny warm skies and beautiful sunsets. It doesn’t get any better than this!
The town was bursting with folks from all over to come and enjoy the beach with their families. Playa Bonita RV Park, The REEF RV Park and Playa del Oro were full to the brim as well as most condo and beach home rentals. One group that has come from Green Valley and Tucson has grown to 60 people enjoying turkey with all the trimmings on the beach at Playa Bonita.
The restaurants that offered Thanksgiving dinners were also filled to capacity as well as the bars in the Old Port had a great season as well despite some parking problems.
Did a little touring around on November 25th out to Las Conchas to the Annual Art in the Park and as you can see from the photos, they were also packed and sales were great. If you are looking for the best Al Pastor tacos, look no farther than Taqueria El Guero Adobadowho serves both theCarne Asada and Al Pastor tacos. Jose Perez and his wife serve some of the best around along with all the trimmings of salsas and slaw. When they are not catering events you can find them on Benito Juarez y Nicolas Bravo. They can be reached by phone 383-3939 or cell 638-386-9766. You will not be disappointed.
There were vendors both American and Mexican as well as the scout troops, selling their little baby cactus and another selling popcorn. Marilyn Knox aka The Candy Lady was there selling her divine chocolate treats. She can be found in Playa Bonita RV Park and at the Mermaid Markets every month. Loved all the beautiful brightly colored straw Christmas decorations and baskets. This was a great opportunity to do your Christmas shopping early…. I have mine done.
Just a reminder that spending New Year’s Eve in Rocky Point is always so much fun. Most of the hotels, restaurants and bars will run specials for New Year’s Eve, so watch here in the next couple of weeks to see what is happening.
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
One questioned that is most asked is “where do we get great food” while we are in Rocky Point? Years ago there were not that many restaurants, much less really good ones. Over the years that has changed and there are new ones opening constantly. We have great seafood restaurants, Italian and Chinese restaurants. Recently we had Empanada’s de Argentina open(located behind Capone’s)and currently opening is Cayena Bistro serving food from Venezula. It is located on the way into the Old Port where Ramon’s use to be. We have several Mexican resturants such as La Curva , which is one of the oldest in town and Lolitas,which is located on the road that leads to the Mirador area. Most restaurants in Rocky Point serve freshly caught fish and shrimp and they are served in many different styles.
Here you will find a list of the ones people love the most and telling you what they serve as well as to where they are located. Trip Advisor rates most of these in the top 10 in Puerto Penasco with 4 1/2 -5 stars. These are restaurants in the Old Port as well as Blvd Freemont. There are many more, but these are the ones most people talk about.
1) Blue Marlin. This restaurant started over 20 years ago as a smoked fish shop and over the years has evolved into a full scale restaurant. One of his most popular items is the Coconut Shrimp which is served in a hollowed out coconut shell. The creamy cilantro sauce is one of the best anywhere. Want some great Baja style fish tacos for lunch? Look no farther than the Blue Marlin which is located in the Old Port on the side street down from the Catholic church and Thrifty’s. Here you will find a nice wine list as well. The owners motto is “Welcome Home”. Credit cards accepted.
2) The Satisfied Frog. Yes this is the same Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ. Here you find a diverse menu and they have daily “specials”. They have wood fired pizza’s, BBQ ribs, Mexican food, fish and shrimp baskets. They are best known for their Sunday Special which is a whole broasted Chicken for $12.00 and it is served family style complete with a big bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy and cole slaw. Here you will also find the only Strawberry short cake in town and it is served in a mason jar. The burgers are also great and huge. The Satisfied Frog is located at the end of the Malecon next to Vina Del Mar Hotel and sits right on the water. Credit cards accepted.
3) Boo Bar. Boo Bar is located upstairs above the fish stalls. Want a great hamburger or sliders, or pizza, stop by this place. Last year they added a large palapa covered patio which over looks the Sea of Cortez. Here you can enjoy great food and cold beer all with a wonderful view. Boo Bar probably has the best guacamole in Puerto Peñasco if anyone asks. They are known for their fresh seafood. They also feature really good bands for your entertainment. Boo Bar has the capability of handling large groups as well. After you are done eating stop by their gift shop and pick up a Boo Bar flag or some of their great apparel. Credit cards accepted.
4) Mary’s. Mary’s has been known for it’s fresh seafood for years and is always consistent in quality. Never have to feel bad about recommending them.
5) Sr. Amigo’s. Located on the right just as you enter the Malecon in the Old Port. Great service and food. Here you will find everything from fresh seafood to traditional Mexican dishes. Sr. Amigo’s has been around for many years and has a great following. You will not be disappointed here. Dine upstairs or down and you are right on the water
6) The Friendly Dolphin. The oldest restaurant in the Old Port area is the The Friendly Dolphin and features both Mexican cuisine as well as seafood. It is located as you are coming out of the port across from Mercedes Rusticos. If you are lucky enough you may even have the owner break out in a song.
7) Pane y Vino. Pane y Vino is owned by Chef Luca. Fine dining here and you will find a great wine list to accompany your gourmet dinner. They serve classic Italian, fresh seafood and great steaks. After dinner, enjoy a decadent dessert while watching the city lights come on as the sun sets. The food, service and view are really wonderful.
8) Casa de Capitan is next to FISH and has Mexican food as well as seafood. This is a great place to enjoy a margarita while watching the Rocky Point Sunsets. This restaurant has been open for 24 years and going strong.
6) Chef Mickey’s Place International Cuisine on Freemont. This is indeed a fine dining restaurant and it is located on Blvd. Freemont just east of Sinaloa. Known for the Tequila Shrimp, Pecan crusted fish and many other creative entrees. The most popular appetizer are the stuffed dates. Mickey does a great job with the filet. For that sweet tooth, try any of the home made desserts. You will also find a nice selection of wines at this place. No credit cards at this time.
Looking for a great breakfast check out these restaurants.
1) Kaffee Haus although is not in the Old Port but is on your left as you are heading into the Old Port. It has been open since 2004 and has been a success since the day they opened. They are open for breakfast and lunch only. Trip Advisor has them at 4 1/2 stars. No matter what time of the day or what day, plan on a wait unless you are there when they open. Best Chiliquilles anywhere and the burgers are excellent. They also feature daily specials and are well know for their Apple Strudel with Whiskey sauce. Here you can also buy several little bakery specialty type desserts. NO Credit Cards.
2) Latitude 31. Along with great breakfasts here you can get a great meal any time of the day. If you want a great Thanksgiving dinner and don’t want to cook at home, this is the place to go. Always consistent food and service, serving American, Mexican and seafood. Again, you will find something for everyone there. Great place to catch sporting events. While you are there, check out the little gift store downstairs if you are looking for something from Mexico at reasonable prices and good quality. Also a recipient of 4 1/2 stars and credit cards are accepted.
3) Candy Cake. This little place started as a bakery and cake maker. They are known for their delicious cakes. It is located near the baseball stadium. A few years ago, they enlarged the bakery area and started serving breakfast. It is a breakfast like you would find in the south of Mexico and full of flavor. It is usually packed with both locals as well as our winter visitors. Treat yourself and go by to have your taste buds treated.
4) Pink Cadillac. This restaurant has been open for years and is located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point. Besides serving really good American diner style and Mexican breakfasts, they have daily features as well. If you love liver and onions, then this is the place for you. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have a full bar. A must place to try.
5) Capone’s. Although best known for their pizza, burgers and fresh fish, this is a place to go if you want the best eggs benedict around. They have about 10 different types and all come with beautifully fired potatoes and great refried beans that are served in a little tortilla cup. They also have a traditional breakfast menu. They usually have a nightly feature and many times is a fresh from the boat fish and they have a great clam bucket. Full bar here and credit cards are accepted. If you are planning on going on a weekend, get there early as it seems to be a meeting place for old friends and families.
6) MicMickey’s Burger Bistro. Chef Mickey opened MicMickey’s the spring of 2017 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are wanting a huge burger with green chili, this is the place to go. It comes with a whole Hatch style green chili, cheese, grilled onions and fries. It is one of the best around. You can get both American food as well as Mexican specialties. They serve an outstanding fish basket as well as a shrimp basket and also fresh made sweets. There is something for everyone. Good food, good prices and good service will keep you going back. There is outside seating on the patio as well as inside and it can accommodate business groups. NO credit cards.
7) Don Julio’s. It is located on Blvd Freemont just past Sinaloa on the right. It is a Hacienda style building with large sculptures out front. Their menu is traditional Mexican and it is very good. They also have a Mexican buffet as well as a full bar. There is also an out door patio to have a drink on. Not sure if they accept credit cards.
8) Bryan’s Sports Bar. Located on Blvd. Freemont in the plaza on the right before you head to Las Conchas. Another super place to catch those sporting events. They have nightly specials from wings to sliders to prime rib. You won’t be disappointed in the food. Bright and cheer sports bar décor. Give them a try.
These places will keep you busy trying out new things and meeting new people. In Part 2 of dining out we will touch on everything from Calle 13 to Sandy Beach. So watch for it coming soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you aren’t aware there is a new way to get to Puerto Peñasco from Phoenix. It is called TAP ROYAL. It is a bus ride that will give you 1st class service not only while traveling on the bus but while waiting for the bus to depart as well. The cost is a bargain at only $70 round trip. The bus leaves the Phoenix terminal Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday at 10:00 a.m. and arrives in Puerto Penasco a little after 2:00 p.m. It leaves the Peñasco del Sol Hotel in Puerto Penasco bound for Phoenix at 4:00 p.m. and arrives around 8:30 p.m. Looking to make a reservation, you can call 602-272-3030 or in Mexico at 01-800-0011 827 or the Hotel Penasco del Sol Kiosk at 638-128-2685. You can also go to www.taproyal.com and book your tickets as well. Tickets can be purchased up to just before departure time as of this writing.
Recently the new ultra modern terminal opened at 2707 W. McDowell road in Phoenix, AZ for people traveling to and from California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. This 5500 sq. ft facility is not only comfortable for the passengers who ride it but for the drivers as well. The upstairs features dorm style sleeping quarters, kitchen and shower facilities. Many of you probably have not ridden a bus in Mexico and do not know but the back-up driver sleeps in one of the compartments below the seat area.
The terminal, which opened in 2015, is not in a part of Phoenix where one would expect to se such a beautiful modern building. The project was funded directly from foreign investment for both the purchase of the land and the construction of the building as well. Keith Rosenblum a consultant for Mexico based Transportes y Autobuses de Pacifico or TAP ROYAL stated recently that you will never receive inferior service on a TAP bus or at the terminal. The terminal will be a luxurious place to await your trip.
If you have ever traveled in Mexico, you probably know that bus ridership in Mexico is still the dominant form of transportation. TAP is using late model Volvo 9700 luxury coaches with panoramic windows 34 Amaya seats, bathroom, professional sound system, Wi-Fi and flat screen movie monitors. TAP is also very safety conscious and the buses have a 3 point seat belt for your protection as well as highly professional drivers. They currently operate 30 buses in the United States and over 300 run through the country of Mexico.
Current US destinations are Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales, Las Vegas, Huntington Park, CA and they are now exploring entering the market in El Paso. In Mexico they service such cities as Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point),Obregon, Hermosillo, Navajoa, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Tepic, Guaymas , Guadalajara and more. With so many destinations, you can traverse Mexico for very little money and in comfort. You can sit back, relax and read a book or watch movies. With the price of gas in Mexico being so high plus the cost of the toll roads this is indeed one of the best ways to travel and it allows you to see the beautiful country side of Mexico.
Although TUFESA Bus Line out of Obregon has been doing Mexico – USA for over 10 years, they have not run any buses to Rocky Point. TAP ROYAL has been around for some time, it is the first to do the route to and from Puerto Peñasco.
If you are thinking about travel in Mexico, start with a trip to Rocky Point aboard TAP so that you get a feel for the experience. I know you will not be disappointed. Come down and spend a weekend or a week with out breaking your piggy bank. Hotel / bus packages are available so no need to drive, just sit back and dream of the beach. Put together a group of friends or your family and experience the easy of travel on a TAP ROYAL bus.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 SKYwill present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00
The 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.
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)
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.
When you live in Puerto Peñasco, people always ask “what do you do there all the time”? There is never a dull moment and if you are just visiting or live here and you get bored, than perhaps this is not the place to be. Most of the bars in the area have great entertainment almost every weekend so plan to check out one of the hot spots. You can also walk around the Shrimp boats and take pictures or just enjoy Rocky Point Sunsets from the balcony of your condo or beach front home. The town is pretty laid back except on busy holiday weekends such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
One thing about a community of ex pats is that for the most part everyone is charity minded. We hold fund raisers for our friends who may have cancer or other things that change their life forever. One such find raiser is being held at Latitude 31 for Erika Reyna Castro. Ericka is a young woman who along with her husband have run the dive shop at the Sonoran SEA. They have two small children to take care of beside running the business. Now she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer. So on October 28th, there will be a fund raiser to help defray some of the costs of the chemo and travel. They will be selling raffle tickets for this event with some really great prizes and you need not be present to win. This event coincides with Latitude 31’s Annual Halloween Costume Party which starts at 5 p.m. Check out the flyer below for all the details, but there are some FANTASTIC prizes.
The end of October looks to be an exciting fun filled month. There are Halloween parties at Wrecked at the Reefstarting at 9:30 p.m. Southside Jillz will again be hosting her Halloween bash and if you haven’t been there, do plan to attend, costumes are optional and she does know how to throw a party. There will be other Halloween parties, so drive responsibly as the little ones will be out tricker treating and are sometimes very hard to see.
Love oysters? The Cholla Bay Oyster House is holding its 2nd Annual Oyster Festival on October 28th from 3 p.m – 7 p.m. It will feature all you can eat oysters, a clam boil,live music, Margaritas and a Tequila Table. Tickets are being sold at the restaurant and are $20 each. If you aren’t in town for the event, remember every Friday is 50 cent oysters. They are open Thursday – Sunday. Great food and views so bring your friends down.
If you love oysters but just want to sit by the water where they harvest them from, drive out the road towards Playa Encanto and go off to the right at the sign that says Oysters and Restaurant. Bring your own drinks and enjoy the day now that the weather is cooling off. These ladies make the best ceviche, clams and oyster’s you will ever have.
Also on October 31st go down to the Malecon to the Boo Bar’s Cornhole Tourney which is billed as TUESDAY NOONER as it starts at noon with discounted drinks at noon and is under the palapa.
If you are interested in seeing a Art Film outside, drop on down to Puerto Viejo Café and Coffee for CineMartes starting at 8 p.m. This is located across from Thrifty’s and the Catholic Church in the Old Port.
The Day of the Deadas it is known in Mexico goes back for centuries and was not celebrated in Northern Mexico until the 20th century, nor the United States. Recently, however, while watching a Phoenix TV channel we noticed two different celebrations happening in the Phoenix area which is relatively new. If you planning to be in Puerto Peñasco the week of October 31st, plan to visit the Cholla Bay Mall or Rodeo Drive as it sometimes called. We have a lot of locals who have spent hours putting this celebration together. Store owners there will put up “Altars” in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Death here is celebrated and is not to be feared.
The altars will consist of 2 different types of flowers as well as things that the deceased person liked like food and alcohol or anything that held special meaning for them. Many of the shops display the Day of the Dead figurines. These figurines are made of porcelain and are like skeletons dressed in brightly colored paints. The all have long boney fingers as you can see from the pictures. These figurines are referred to as Catrinas. The most coveted ones seem to the bride and groom and are difficult to find if you are a collector of them like I am. There are several stores there that sell the figurines as well as Latitude 31 and Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port both have great selections.
Unlike many holidays in the USA, Day of the Dead is on the same days every year. It coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day on November 1 and All Soul’s Day on November 2. In Mexico October 31 is know as All Hallows Day( the day dedicated to the children who have passed).
The shops will start setting up the “altars” on November 2 and 3rd and must be ready for viewing for competition on November 3rd before 4 p.m. There is always music and food at these events. Saturday, November 4th will be the big day and it starts around 6 p.m. This is the day the judging of the altars and Catrinas take place. Locals will also be dressing up as a Catrina and is fun to see. While you are enjoying the culture of this event, you may also want to take time to visit the cemeteries to see how the graves are decorated for the deceased. It is here where parties are held for the family members who have crossed over.
While you are in Rocky Point, stop by LEY’S grocery store for your Sugar Skulls and Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread). The sugar skulls are also a huge part of the celebration and are usually small and are made of sugar or what looks like sesame seed. In the south of Mexico, the skulls are made from chocolate as well and are giant works of art. Stop by Playa Bonita and see the altars in the lobby and restaurant.
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.
Puerto Peñasco islocated 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.
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 mph. DO obey it as to not lighten your wallet.
Once you are at the border it is an hour drive to Rocky Pointand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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-Peñasco.com to see what is available.