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2017 PERRUN …1st Annual Dog Run 2017

1st Annual Dog Run will be held October 29th starting at 9:00 am on the Malecon in the Old Port of Puerto Peñasco.  The funds from this event will go to the local Pet Rescue Centers in Rocky Point.  As with many cities in Mexico, Rocky Point, is not immune to an over population of dogs and cats.  The rescue centers are hit hard especially in summer when all the mom’s have their babies.  There are always campaigns to spay or neuter your cat or dog, but it is a very difficult task to accomplish.   Now days the children are being better educated in the schools about how to take care of your forever friend, but old habits are hard to break.

Perrun Dog Run 2017

The event will be #1 a 5K run and #2 a walk.  When you enroll to participate in the run you will be looking to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  If you and your dog are not into running, sign up for the walk and this will be a short walk around the area.  The cost to register is $250.00 pesos and that is for the owner and 1 or 2 dogs.  The day of the event only cash will be accepted. If you just want to donate cash, you may take your donation to Rocky Vet before the day of the event and Dr. Adrian Sixto will make sure it goes where it is needed.  You may also donate dog or cat food, cat liter or toys at the event.

Rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Miss Sadie adopted at the Rocky Point Rally by Rick Busa November 2016

There are several ways to register for the events.  You can go directly to either Rocky Vet or Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa.  They are located about 4 blocks south of Numeros or you can take the road north of the rail road tracks left off Sinaloa and follow the signs.    Registration can also be done the day of the event on the Malecon.  It is important that you can show proof of current vaccinations in order to enter.  If you dog has anxiety or can become nervous, they ask that you have muzzles or e-collars for them.   The organizers do ask that you be on time in order to hear the schedule and you will also receive some gifts.

You can also go to the following sites to receive further information.
https://www.facebook.com/RockyPetHotelSpa
https://www.facebook.com/RockyVet
638 127 7669 (WhatsApp)
Dog Rescue Refugee in Rocky Point
Rescue puppies waiting for their forever home.

No pet… no problem.  You can still enter to walk with other pets and their owners.  This a great way to learn about the dogs and socialize with them.  There is a 2 dog limit per person as to not over run anyone.  All dogs must be on leashes and not be aggressive.  The staff will have bags for accidents and they will pick the bags up.  There will be qualified staff members and local vets on site to talk to.

Need a Pet Sitter?
Register for the PERRUN here.

This type of event is so important to bring up the level of awareness in the dog and cat over population.  When dogs and cats are taken in by the various rescue centers, they are spayed and neutered before being adopted and have their first sets of shots.  This is the only way to stop this epidemic of pets being allowed to breed day in and day out.  One of the local pet rescues will have received well over 1000 dogs this year and is working with a group that takes the puppies to Canada for adoption.  All of these puppies and “Senior” dogs have clean bill’s of health for crossing into the United States.

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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"Big Ball in the Sand" OTL in Puerto Peñasco

In Cholla Bay is where the Santa Claus Club started. The founder of the group John Fowler and the group of people behind it, started it to benefit the children of Cholla Bay as well as the children in need of Rocky Point. They have always been focused on helping to make for a better life for those that are less fortunate. The Santa Claus Club is a nonprofit group and it relies on fund raisers, charity events and donations. John Fowler has been very instrumental in making weekly trips from the Phoenix area to Puerto Peñasco bringing blankets, clothes, shoes, bikes and numerous other things and takes his items to the poor barrios of Rocky Point.
This Over The Line Tournament will be held across from Wrecked at the Reef on Sandy Beach October 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. There is plenty pf parking, but get there early

OTL Sandy Beach
Enjoying OTL

Women's Division
Watch these ladies

Ready for the catch
Come on out to see some great players

There are 3 divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Sportsman. The format is a 4 team Round Robin with teams advancing to a single elimination playoff. The Men’s divisions will be playing with the “Big Ball” while the Women’s’ will be playing with the “Orange Ball”.
OTL on Sandy Beach
Great catch

Gals setting up
OTL comes to Rocky Point

Players can check in at 8:30 with the tournament starting at 9:00 sharp. The entry fee for the event is $60 USD and includes 3 player T-shirts. Extra tee shirts can be purchased at the event at check-out. If you want to check in person you can do so on October 20th at 7:00 pm at Baja Cantina and Hotel.  The Baja Hotel will be offering discounted room rates for players and their families. To make a reservation you can call 602-559-1705 or via the web site http://hotelbaja.net. If you can’t find a room at the Baja Cantina & Hotel, please check out Puerto–Peñasco.com or any of the other rental companies in town.
There will also be a 50/50 drawing and tickets can be purchased on line or at the OTL Tournament. You need not be present to win. You can also purchase them online.
To get more info you can contact the following people.
Ryan Lugo – 480-540-8390
Mike Lugo – 480-620-6260
John Fowler – 602-840-1528
Emily Asche – emilyaasche@gmail.com
This is great event and remember the proceeds go to benefit less fortunate than us. The weather will be great and if you have little ones, take the time and go visit our new aquarium in the Mirador area near Capone’s Pizza. There is so much to do while you are here from just sitting on the beach to playing in the Tide Pools or go out to Cholla Bay and hunt for Sand Dollars.
Remember Rocky Point is only 1 hour across the US/Mexico border and approximately 4 hours from either Phoenix or Tucson. If you have any questions regarding traveling to Rocky Point please email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.

Fall Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay

I am sure if you have driven out to Cholla Bay, you may ask yourself what do people do out here?  The folks in Cholla Bay are a very active group and they are always doing something to promote the Santa Claus Club that was founded by John Fowler years ago.  In a previous blog we touched on the OTL Tournament the benefits the youth of Puerto Peñasco via the Santa Claus Club being held the same weekend on Sandy Beach by Changos.

The weekend of October 27th will be another Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay.  This event will provide entertainment for everyone while raising money for the Santa Claus Club.  The fun begins at Baja Cantina on October 27th at 6 pm.  On Saturday the fun continues at J.J.’s Cantina in Cholla and ends October 29th at Dukes Sports Bar.  There are money prizes for 1st – 6th place and even a prize for the 1st LOSER.

Fun for all
Fall Corn Hole Tournament

Go out and be a player or a spectator.  While you are there, take the time if the tide is out to walk out into the bay and look for Sand Dollars or other shells.  Make sure you stay for the sunsets as the are spectacular from there.  J.J.’s Cantina is know far and wide for their NO SNIVELING merchandise.  Get you t-shirts, license plate frames and more while enjoy a beverage on the outdoor patio under the big shade trees.  This a great way to meet new friends or catch up with some old ones.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

As you drive around through the area, you might even find a lot or a home for sale that you would like.  There are many home available that have both bay and Sea of Cortez views.  This can be a great investment for you and your family and a great place to retire.

Cholla Bbay in Puerto Penasco, Sonora
Check out Cholla Bay

Feel free to print the above form to register or go to www.santaclausclub.org for more details.

Make your reservations soon as the condos and hotels will be filling up.  Need lodging, try Playa Bonita, Laos Mar, Baja Cantina or Penasco Del Sol Hotel.  Many people are interested in the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of  the Dead”, so we are seeing more and more visitors coming for this event.
Any questions, email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and just 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.

 

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

You may not know that Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a huge celebration in Mexico, Central and South America.  These traditions are said to go back 3,000 years. In Puerto Peñasco it is a wonderful time of the year.  The days and nights are cooling down so you feel that you want to be a part of these celebrations.

Day of the Dead Altar
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

This is a very colorful celebration with altars decorated in family homes or businesses with lots of flowers mainly Wild Marigolds (Cempasúchil) and bright purplish red Cock’s Comb.  The altars also contain things that the deceased loved such as Day of the Dead Bread, alcohol, cigarettes, candy or any other thing that that person liked.

Day of the Dead
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The holiday is celebrated in the cemeteries around Rocky Point  on November 1st and 2nd.  They coincide with All Soul’s Day and All Saints Day.  On October 31st the graves of the children are prepared and cleaned. Tradition has it that in November 1 the spirits of the children (Angelitos) will come back to visit.  On November 2nd the soul’s of the adults come back to earth for the night.  During this time the tombs and graves are cleaned and the families and friends gather to sit and reminisce about the loved one and they will have music, food and drinks while they pass the night away.   The altars are also decorated with candles and figurines.

Playa Bonita
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

In Puerto Peñasco, there is also a celebration in Rodeo Drive or also known as the Cholla Bay Mall.  The store owners do a competition of building altars and you can  see from the pictures, a great deal of care and thought go into these.  Here you will also see Catrinas and you see people dressed in costume and many of the ladies dress as the Day of the Dead figurines.  The event is October 28th and November 2nd.  Here you will find music, dancing, food and drink.  Go to Marachi’s and Tequila for a late lunch or dinner and take in all the activities.  Just come down and enjoy yourself and take in all the culture we offer.

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Dia de Muertos Festejos

17th Annual Motorcycle Fiesta Puerto Peñasco

Once again Puerto Peñasco is preparing for the 17th Annual Bike Rally. The rally is billed as “The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border.” We have bikers coming from all over the states in the USA, several Canadians and bikers from all over Mexico.

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Law Tigers Inflatable.

This year the rally kicks of with registration at Barklin Circle K, just as you come off the overpass.  Look for the big Law Tiger inflatable and come in and register for the events and receive your OFFICAL rally package which will consist of your official pin, bandana, koozie, patch, wrist bands for you(and the bike), program and Passport book (not a US Passport) for discounts from many local merchants, bars and restaurants.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos. Buy your Poker Run cards here for only $10.00 USD.  Here you can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE APPARREL.  If you want, you can pre-register by going to www.rockypointrally.com.  The cost is $20.00 USD per person.  You can add your Poker Run card of $10.00.  You will also be  given tickets for  food and beverage.  This will also be the collection location for the toy drop off for the 4th Annual January King’s Day Toy Run.  Registration is on the left hand side of the Circle K and the gas pumps.

Rocky Point Motorcycle Fiesta.
The best Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border.

Hundres of children await their toys.
King’s Day Toy Run

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

The poker run which in previous years started in the USA and ended at Playa Bonita, will be changed.  It will be a local resort run only.  At registration is where you will buy your poker run card and then proceed to the locations listed to get stamped and then you will take your card to Playa Bonita on Friday the 10th at 5:00 – 6:00 to draw your cards with winners to be announced at 7:00 p.m.  Unlike previous years, the prizes will be cash with 1st price being $3000 pesos and 2nd prize being $1500.00 pesos.

Amongst the entertainment at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Bandito’s opening party will be  SUMMER and THE BLACK MOODS.   There will also be the Fiesta on Calle  12 and 13.   Check at registration as there may be a discounted price for the “Sunset Cruise” on the Pirate Ship.

On Friday the 10th, registration will again be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  At 9:30 the line up for the Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center will be.   Meet near the registration area at 9:30  and depart at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  If you have not gone out there, it is a must see while you are in Rocky Point.   The Pirate Ship again is offering a free cruise with your wristband, be there at 11:30 for a noon departure. The Rey Del Mar will sell drinks on board.  Also on Friday the 10th will be the BEACH FIESTA at Playa Bonita from 4-7.  This is also the last stop on the Poker Run where you turn in your cards from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. While you are at Playa Bonita, enjoy the music of Matt Farris from the Lake Havasu/Parker area.  Matt has been playing here for many years and is indeed popular.  The FIESTA on Calle 12 & 13 continue in the evening.

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

On Saturday the 11th is the Biker Breakfast special “The “Big Tuna Saluna” at Capone’s and it  goes from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Just in time for you to get over to the parade with line up starting at 11:30 and it leaves at noon from the Red Cross and ends in the Malecon.

On Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. enjoy the music of the BLACK MOODS on the Tecate stage and from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 listen to the great sounds of Mogollon.  You can listen to this great music while you are either entering your bike in the “Bike Show” which will at the Plaza of the Governors overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  Bike Show registration is from 1:00 p.m.- 2 p.m. with the show going from 2:00 p.m. – 3:p.m.  There will be 9 categories plus the people’s Choice, Judges Choice and Best of Show. The 9 categories are Best of Show, Chopper, Vintage, Sport, Bagger, Metric, Custom, Paint and Ingenuity.

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

Finally it is time for our beautiful city to say adios until 2018 to everyone attending.  On Sunday the 12th there will be a Blessing of the Bikes from 7:00 a.m – 9: a.m. at the Plaza de Madre next to the Tiburones Baseball Stadium on the corner of No Reelección and Benito Juarez.  For those of you staying over, the Pirate Ship will give you another FREE cruise staring at noon so be there at 11:30 and the Fiesta will continue on the Malecon.

In addition to the 2017 Bike Weekend, we will have a separate group of riders that are part of the IRON BUTT RIDE on Nov ember 10th which will bring riders from several areas including a group of 30 riders from Indonesia.  These guys will ride for 1000 miles and start in Rocky Point then onto San Felipe, Ensenada, Rosarito, by pass Tijuana, on to Mexicali,  Santa Ana, Caborca and back to Puerto Peñasco all in under 20 hours.

If you do not yet have your lodging reservations, I would suggest doing so ASAP as many hotels are sold out.  Check with www.Puerto-Peñasco.com, Playa Bonita or Laos Mar Hotel.
Drive safely on your journey home to wherever that maybe and come back to see us soon.  No need to wait until the 2018 Rally, we’ll welcome you any time.  Comments or questions, send me an email.

Rocky Point Rally 2017

6th Cervantino Festival October 19-22

Cervantino 2017

Be prepared to be entertained and amazed as once again the city of Puerto Peñasco will hold it’s Cervantino  Festival.  This event has been going on in the south of Mexico in Guanajuato for years (XCV ), but in Rocky Point it is in it’s 6th  year.  It is a breath of fresh air to see the hard work of people like Mayor Kiko Munro and his wife Linda Pivac de Munro, Nina Mier and Victor Aleman, to name a few, who want to see the culture of Mexico promoted.  It is with events like these that residents and tourists can get a glimpse of the true Mexican culture.  Cervantino 6 will be held at the Plaza de Gobernadores, Plaza Colosio, Galeria de Art Municipal all on the Malecon.

The origin of the Cervantino Festival dates back to the mid 20th century when short plays were put on in the city center of Guanajuato by Miguel de Cervantes and they were called entremeses“.  Guanajuato is located in the State of Guanajuato and at one time was a very rich city because of the mining of silver.   In 1972  it received funding and since then has been known internationally for its art and music.  It was in 1953 that the 1st festival was held in Guanajuato and was called Entremeses de Miguel de Cervantes.  These short plays are still a part of the now called Cervantino Festival.  The event will be held in Guanajuato October 11-29.

Cervantino 2017

If you have never been to the city of Guanajuato, you should take the time to go, be it during the festival or any time of the year.  It is a city filled with culture and events.  The main part of the city sits on top of the streets that run under the city in what were once mining tunnels.  It is a very complex set of tunnels and best to use a taxi to get around.  It has so much to offer.

In Puerto Peñasco there is a very large population of people from the south of Mexico and they are intent in steeping Rocky Point  with some of the cultural history of Mexico.  The Cevantino Festival will be held in Puerto Peñasco October 19-22.  Most of the events will be held in the Plaza de Governors on the Malecon part of the Old Port.  It will consist of music, dancing and an art.  Here you can also sample some of the tastes of Mexico while enjoying the event and having the backdrop of the Sea of Cortez.  There will be no alcohol sold, but it appears that DIF might be selling wine and perhaps cheese and bread plates.  This is being done to help the bars and restaurants that are in the Malecon area.

Cervantino 2017

At the presentation made by Mayor Kiko Munro, clips of some of the entertainment were played.  You will be in for a real treat as the music is wonderful.  Part of the entertainment list will consist of  Winkler – Kellerer ( duo), Barry Good (Jazz music), Natya Ballet Center from India, Tania Libertad (singer), Angela Bermudez(multi talented sings and dances),La Matraka Teatro Obra Rojo Carmin(presenting a play called “Crimson Red) and Eugenia Leon will close the festival on the 22nd( a lady with the voice of a song bird), just to name a few.

Cervantino 2017

If you have children and would like to bring them, there will be a Kids Corner, where the theater will also be shown. What a better way to expose children to culture of another country.

There will also be several other things going during the event such as Elite-Evolution Group which will present a show of 1000 colors, University of Sonora URNOpera Fusion (which plays music with Latin Rhythms and a theater),  Rondalla of Alamos and Nogales( the rondalla is an ensemble of stringed instruments played with what is called a Plectrum or pick). This originated in Spain during Medieval times. Omar Millan (Folk group from India) and Mariachi Brothers Durán and Aaron Durán from Puerto Peñasco.

In addition to all of this, there will be more entertainment, concerts and dancing put on by local dance groups and schools.  There will also be an art display, presentation of a book by Moka Hammeken, a presentation of literature and movies and a performance by Guillle Salazar. This can all be seen at the  Galeria de Arte Municipal and the Plaza Colosio located on top of the stairs facing the main stage and the Sea Of Cortez.

The event is free to the public.  Feel free to bring a seat cushion or chair to sit on.  Sit back and take in all of the events.  This is one of the best cultural events of the year, so please come down.  The end of October has so many things going on, so if you don’t own a home or condo in Rocky Point, make you reservation early.

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3rd Annual Wine and Artisanal Beer Festival in Rocky Point

Wine and Craft Beer Tasting
Mark your calendar for October 7th

El Tapeo will once again be hosting the 3rd Annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival on October 7th  at El Tapeo.   Doors will open at 7:00 with the tasting starting at 7:30 p.m. and music starting at 8:30 p.m.  The cost for the event is $200 pesos and seating will be limited.  There will be 10 tables only with seating of 10 people per table. Make your reservation today.  There will be food for purchase, as of this writing, it has not been determined what the menu will be.  El Tapeo is located in the Laos Mar Hotel on Sandy Beach and across from Playa Bonita.

Wine and Beer festival 2017
Wine tasting at El Tapeo

All of the wines and beers featured come from the Valle de Guadalupe with craft beer coming from Ensenada, Tijuana and Mexicali.   Mundano, Kruger, Alxemia and Terra Turcott are just a few of the wineries who will be participating as well as 2/14 brewery .  All of these wineries have done wine dinners and tasting before at El Tapeo and you will not be disappointed in any of them.  Come down and enjoy our beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco, while enjoying fine wines and friendship, great music and so much more.  What a better place to sip wine than looking at the Sea Of Cortez.

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Enjoy wine and beer with a view.

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Have your dental and optical work done in Puerto Peñasco

*Note: Dr. Shirley Amador and her husband Paul are no  longer affiliated with Imagen Oral but have opened their own office on Blvd. Freemont in Plaza del Sol  by Chef Mickey’s.  Please look for the sign that says AMADOR Dental Care. Please check out our most recent blog regarding this.*

Over the years nearly all the border cities such as Juarez, Nogales, San Luis Rio Colorado, Algodones, Mexicali and Tijuana have had Americans as well as Canadians going to them in droves to buy their prescription medicines and get dental work done.   In the winter it is not unusual to see several tour busses parked at the entrance to Algodones and also San Luis on a daily basis.  The come from the retirement areas like Sun City in the Phoenix area and other retirement cities.  Yuma has a huge snowbird population who migrate in their RV’s from all over to the warm climate of Yuma.  They drive over and spend the day shopping, having lunch and getting the medications.  If you think Rocky Point has a lot of pharmacies it is nothing compared to Algodones. Although Rocky Point is not a border town, we are now having people coming for a variety of things from buying prescription medicines to dental work as we now have a great deal to offer.  Over the past couple of years we are seeing the return of the tour buses to Puerto Peñasco and while here many are choosing to have their dental work done.   Why here you might ask?  What better of a place to have the dental work done and then go back to the hotel or condo and relax while over looking the Sea Of Cortez.

Looking to the future and talking with several realtors and business people, the consensus is that this growth in the medical, dental and ophthalmology fields could be coming our way as well on a grand scale.  There has been an increase in the amount of people coming here for dental work especially in the winter time.  They come on the bus and spend a few days enjoying the beautiful weather and then get their dental work done as well.  Many of the winter visitors that stay at Playa Bonita RV Park, Playa Del Oro RV Park or The Reef Park can now benefit from the new choices they  have.

Modern Dental Facility
Lobby of Imagen Oral

 
Modern equipement
Dentist area at Imagen Oral

Five years ago Imagen Oral opened it’s doors on Benito Juarez just north of Sam’s Club. Here you will find Dr. Shirley Amador Garcia and Paul Amador Chong.  Dr. Shirley does all the cosmetic treatments like crowns, veneers, dentures and fillings with composite material.  Her husband Paul is the dental hygienist. Dr. Shirley is from Columbia and Paul is from Mexico City and they met in Phoenix while working in a dental office.  From Columbia she and her family migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah and then she returned to Columbia to get her degree.  Paul’s family migrated to the North Eastern part of the United States but then his family relocated to Phoenix due to the warm climate.  He received his degree from Phoenix College.  Paul has been a hygienist for 20 years.  I asked why they decided on moving to Puerto Peñasco?  Paul stated he was working as a supervisor in Phoenix and never had time to spend time with Shirley and their 3 children and Dr. Shirley was able be certified much quicker here.  They also have a love for the people of Rocky Point.  They are full time residents of Rocky Point and plan to be here for a long time.  Also at Imagen Oral you will find Dr. Augustin Munoz who specializes in Orthodontics.

Paul's area of expertise.
Dental Hygienist area.

 
Lobby is beautiful.
Another view of the modern lobby.

At Rocky Medical Center, we also now have a facility for things like hip replacements, child birth and more. Rocky Medical Center is located north of the city.  It features state of the art equipment and experienced doctors.  If you are full time resident of Puerto Peñasco, you are encouraged to stop by and tour the facilities.  Since the beginning of 2017 the have performed at 2 hip replacements, 1 hernia repair, 1 hysterectomy and 1 ganglion cyst removal.

Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 
Surgery Room in Puerto Penasco
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Now Dr. Swanson has opened Oftalmalogia y Laser Institulo  on Simon Morua #199 (Plaza Mar de Cortez).  He is preforming laser treatments as well as doing cataract surgery.  Previously if wanted cataract surgery you had to go to either Hermosillo or Mexicali.  This meant lots of time away from Puerto Peñasco plus the added cost of getting there and several night s in hotels.

Please feel free to check out these facilities when you are in Rocky Point and see what they have to offer.  Remember we are only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.

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Upcoming Fall Events in Rocky Point

Labor day is the last big weekend in Rocky Point before Thanksgiving. If you need a hotel or condo, better hurry as they are going fast. The weather can be a little hot, but hey, you have the Sea of Cortez to cool you off.

Chili en Nogada Mexican Dish

Many of the full time residents will be making their way back for the winter in September. If you are going to be back in Puerto Peñasco, please remember the annual Black and White Ball will be held September 30th at the Puerto Penasco Convention center. All proceeds go to DIF. For only $55.00 pp you will be treated to a wonderful dinner, dancing and the crowning of the Queen. Come see your friends and catch up. This is event is for anyone and everyone. If your hubby doesn’t have a tux, don’t worry, suits or sport coats are OK. 

Queen of the ball
Crowning of the 2016 Queen

October seems to be the start of the RV’ers who make there winter pilgrimage to Puerto Peñasco. Many of the “snow birds” make their reservations a year or 2 in advance, so don’t be left out… make yours today if you are planning on being here for a few months.
RVing in Mexico
RV’s and condos

October 30th is Halloween and in the RV parks like Playa Bonita, you will hear the children wandering around saying “trickey trickey”. No need to haul candy down unless you want as there are several places you can buy large bags of those sugary treats. As with every year, please be cautious that night as many of the children as well as the parents dress in dark clothes and it is very difficult to see them.

Another large event in October is Dia de la Muertos or Day of the Dead. The alters will be set up in the Rodeo Drive with celebrations going on all over town. This is a very special event and you can read about it in the next blog. 

Dia Los Muertos Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

day of the Dead Altar
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 

The Mermaid Markets will resume in Shrimp Park in fall and is the 3rd Saturday of the month, so watch for the details. This is a great place to do your Christmas Shopping. 

Mermaid's Market Pirate Extavaganza
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The 17th Annual Bike Rally will be held November 9th – 13th which is over the Veterans Day weekend. The crowd is expected to be even larger than 2016, so get those hotel, condo or beach home reservations in now. Registration for the 17th Annual Rally will once again be held at Barklin’s Circle K just south of the overpass north of town. Stop by and register and get you official registration packet filled with goodies from local merchants. Here you will find the OFFICIAL shirts etc. The official registration is on the left side of the gas pumps, so come on over and register and say hi.  Registration is only $20.00 USD or $350 pesos.

Ride on down to Rocky Point
Get ready for 2017 Rocky Point Rally

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Come volunteer and rescue a puppy from Barb’s Dog Rescue

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Welcoming riders from Lake Havasu and Canada.

November brings families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Old Port will be bustling with people and the Playa Bonita RV Park, The Reef and Playa Del Oro will be filled to capacity. Once again, if you have not made a reservation, now is the time.

Puerto Penasco has something to offer for everyone in fall due to the beautiful climate.. warm days and cool nights. We invite you to come down and spend some time. Whether you want to golf, fish or just relax in your beach chair and watch the water go by, life does not get any better.

Boat Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

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Puerto Peñasco Real Estate on the Upswing

Sandy Beach
Progress comes to Rocky Point

Puerto Peñasco is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Sonoran Desert

Do you remember the real estate boom that hit Rocky Point several years ago?  People were coming down with their check book open and they were ready to buy and buy they did.  The thrill of owning a beach front condo or home was so appealing.  That was until the market in the USA went in the tank.  Those investors that were in it for the long haul have done very well.  Many could not and the resale market was indeed a buyers market but that is not the case anymore.  Prices are climbing and inventories are lower than they have been in a long time.

Puerto Peñasco Resorts
Beautiful Las Palomas

Speaking with Kathy Witt, one of the owners of Realty Executives, she pointed out that people no longer have to sell at deeply discounted prices and that the inventory in Las Palomas gets smaller and smaller.  It appears that developments that had been put on hold are once again coming back.  Realty Executives also has an inventory of homes in different areas and that market has also picked up.

For some time now the condo real estate market in Puerto Peñasco  has been doing very well.  However we now see signs of growth both in homes in Las Conchas as well as condo sales there.  In fact  Corona Del Sol was recently purchased by some local investors and they are selling at a pretty good rate.  Corona Del Sol is located on the left about 3/4 of a mile past the guard gate on the left.  It is nice to see that development painting and fixing up the partially vacant development.  Corona del Sol is represented by Rocky Point Best Real Estate which is located on Benito Juarez (next to Bryan’s Sports Bar).  Part of the success in rapid sales is that the developer is offering developer financing at 35% down with a 6.9% fixed rate and full amortization of 15 years.  These condos are prices to sell quickly as they range from $149,000USD – $189,000 USD.  They are located within walking distance to the beach.  The development has a nice common area with 2 pools.  In the very near future they will have a furnished model for all to see.

Sonoran Resorts have inventory at all 4 resorts, both resale and new so check them out as well.  The Sonoran SKY still has a few condos with developer financing with 20% down at 5.9%, 20 year amortized.  The other thing that makes these condos so attractive to purchase is that there is no qualifying and they are fully assumable.  They offfer 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and the end units are 4 bedroom and they all have stunning Sea of Cortez views.  According to Jim Ringquist, Sales Manager for the Sonoran Resorts, sales have remained very strong and are ahead of 2016 with 5 months left to go.

Move in tomorrow.
The last of the new resorts built on Sandy Beach.

 

If you are looking to purchase a home or lot, there is a great range of things to look at both in Costa Diamonte, Cholla Bay and Las Conchas.  If being close to things is not your preference check out Playa Miramar, Playa Encanto, Encanto Living, Luna Blanca, Laguna Shores or Tessoro at the end of Las Conchas. These developments offer tranquility on the beach. There are also still a lot of building lots around at good prices and in all areas.

Soft sand beaches
Best beach in Rocky Point

Puerto-Peñasco.com gets asked frequently about how do you choose an agent.  If you didn’t already know it,  AMPI has been around here for some time and I feel you should choose  a licensed agent (especially if you aren’t buying in a development).  Recently AMPI graduated 26 more new agents in July.

So come on down and look around and purchase your little piece of Paradise that have clean beaches, Caribbean Blue clear water and only a  3 1/2 to 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.  Don’t miss out and  come see why we call it home.  We offer something for everyone from golf, great fishing or just relaxing.

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