Although the 20th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally was in November 2020, it will be celebrated November 11th – 14th of 2021. This was due to concerns of Covid. The Rocky Point Rally is billed as the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border. This year we will have the sanctioned event throughout the city. If you do not have your hotel or condo rental made, you may want to do it ASAP as many places are already filed up.
We will have our registration area set up at the Barklin Circle K (just south of the overpass coming towards Puerto Peñasco) as in previous years as well as Playa Bonita. Here you can register for $25.00USD and receive your official patch, pin as well as a surprise anniversary gift. Here you can also buy your Poker Run tickets for $10.00 USD. If you pre-register online, you can pick up your packet at these locations, just bring a copy of your receipt. In the pouch will be the program which will have discounts or coupons from many local businesses as well as the patch and pin. For the Anniversary this year, you have the option to purchase in advance a VIP package which will give you some special gifts as well for $100.00 USD. All of the registration money goes to our 8 local charities and this is a large part of their annual budget. The charities we support are Casa Hogar Home for the Elderly, DIF services for children and families in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta, George Papanicolau Centerfor cancer awareness, Red Cross, Bomberos (Fire department), CAM La Montana, school for children with disabilities and a local scholarship. When you register you will also be treated to a fish taco and a nice cold Mexican beer.
Right next to the registration area you can buy all of the official apparel such as tanks, tee shirts and sweat shirts. They have a great selection of styles and sizes for women and men.
In addition to all the friendships that are made every year, you will be treated to some great music and food throughout the city, Pirate Ship boat tours of the harbor, Bike Parade around the city, Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center. Most of the bars will have live music for your enjoyment as well as some really good food. Playa Bonita Hotel will host the Opening Night Welcome Party on the 11th.
So mark your calendar for some fun at the 20th Anniversary Partyof the Rocky Point Rally, enjoy some of our stunning sunsets and everything we have to share with you. If you have any questions regarding the rally, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barb’s Dog Rescue has been rescuing dogs for over 20 years and this is a never ending job. Summer is the hardest time for the rescue as the winter visitors who volunteer have gone home, thus they are short handed, but also what is more important as they can’t find the dog food needed for the mom’s and puppies. We have to rely on having people bring the puppy chow down case by case. The Why Not Travel Store has been generous in giving a space for food to be dropped off and then transported to Puerto Peñasco.
At any given day there are over 350 moms and pups. That doesn’t include the ones that good Samaritans drop off, that have have found injured or badly malnourished and dehydrated. It cost about $1000 per week for dog food alone and that does not count the medical attention that is needed. Every dollar that is donated goes to everything involved with the dogs. In summer, the water is not reliable so it needs to be trucked in to keep fresh water for these sweethearts. The electric costs are very high here in summer and the mom’s and newborn puppies need to stay cool. These are just a few of the major expenses every week that keep are needed to keep the doors open.
It is so rewarding to see the abused dogs flourish once they come to the rescue knowing that they are safe and will receive good food, clean water, a soft and safe place to sleep, but also loving hands to hold them and not abuse them. If you are in town, you are invited to stop by and give puppy love.
There is a constant need for dogs to be transported to their adoptive families or the partners such as HALO while they wait to be adopted. If you are traveling back to Phoenix or Tucson and would love a furry travel companion, please contact the rescue to arrange to transport a couple. Barb’s provides all the papers and shot records for you to take them across the border to their destination. Transporting them allows the rescue to make room for more new arrivals that need help. All dogs are also spayed or neutered before leaving the rescue. Remember there is never a charge to adopt a dog, but donations of either food or cash are welcome to continue the work of the rescue.
If you are thinking of getting a new furever family pet, please check out all the energetic puppies as well as senior dogs that reside at Barb’s Dog Rescue that are available. They can be visited from 10 am to 2 pm every day of the week.
Rocky Point has long been known as Arizona’s beach and this summer it has proved to be true. Every weekend there are several mile backups coming into Mexico as well as those departing. With travel restrictions having been lifted, it seems like everyone in California and Texas have decided to vacation in Puerto Peñasco this summer. We are also experiencing a high volume of tourists from several states in Mexico coming by vehicle as well as tourist busses.
Our condo, private home and hotel occupancy has been very full all summer long. Despite the heat and humidity we have in the months of June, July, August and September it has not stopped people from enjoying the waters of the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Puerto Peñasco has so much to offer such as golfing on 1 of our 3 championship golf courses. There are several fishing charters that go out everyday, so you can catch a ride on one. These charters will take you out all day if you want and out to the 50 mile reef, where you will catch the big fish. There are also 1/2 day trips where you will catch plenty of smaller fish that will put up quite a fight.
If you have children with you, take a trip to CEDO in Las Conchas to see the full size Whale skeleton that was reconstructed many years ago and learn more about the Sea of Cortez. Speaking of whales, one large adult washed up a few weeks ago and it was trucked to CEDO where it was buried. Years from now they will construct another whale. CEDO has a large selection of books for sale and I highly recommend “THE EDGE of the SEA of CORTEZ and “LAND OF BLACK VOLCANOES AND WHITE SAND”. Both of these books will teach you a lot about the area. They also sell apparel, coffee mugs and so much more. CEDO also offers tide pool excursions as well as kayaking in the Estuary Morua. Check their schedule of events to see what is available while you are enjoying the area.
If you want adventure you can rent jet skis as well as Razors, Rhinos, Quads and CanAms from several vendors. If you do this please use the designated dunes for your experience. Horseback riding on the beach is a great way to enjoy the beach. These can be rented on Plutarco Ellias Calle across from the car wash. They have horses of all sizes for your enjoyment.
Perhaps you like concerts and wine or beer festivals. Rocky Point does not disappoint on any of these things. Check out Banditos for the Roger Clyne concert line ups. You will find Baja Wines at wine festivals or wine maker dinners at El Tapeo and craft beers at the Annual Craft Beer Festival at La Arena 3C. The Baja of California between Ensenada and Tecate has nearly 100 wineries in the region and are doing some award winning wines. The State of Sonora and Baja have some great craft beer producers that will have you wanting to buy some to take home. Manny’s puts on a great Country Bash once a year so check put their schedules as well.
Several new restaurants have popped up such as Toscows, MTZ or Mi Urban Barrio Kitchern. Rocky Point has some great places to dine in or on their patios. Looking for authentic Mexican food, try Regina’s in the Old Port, you won’t be disappointed. Want to have pizza, you have several places to choose from, with several offering delivery service. Sonora is know for it’s beef, so check out Garufa’s, Chef Mickey’s or Pan y Vino for your favorite cut of beef.
It seems we get asked the same questions several times a week about travel to Mexico and bringing pet, etc. So here you will find what you need to know.
To travel into Mexico if you are staying over you 7 days, each person is suppose to stop and get a temporary visa. Almost no one does it as they really aren’t checking. f you are bringing in pets, you need to have a current vaccination card for them as they are mainly concerned about the rabies shot. Not being able to provide one may send back to the USA. A certificate of health is only good for 7 days so if you are planning on multiple trips, it would get very costly. Having proof of the shoots will be fine.
No you don’t need a passport to get into Mexico, but it is the law that you have one to renter the USA. Here again the border people are currently letting you cross with a birth certificate and a form of government ID. The problem is, if there are several people in the vehicle and everyone has to hand over those documents, you are holding up people behind you that have their passports and generally holding up the line The border people will give you a stern talking to and may send yo to the secondary checkpoint. Getting a passport card is very inexpensive and will work for ground travel into Mexico, if asked, but not flying out of the USA. Currently it is an 18 week delay to get new passports and almost as long for a renewal. So if you are planning on doing several trips a year, get the passport or passport card.
Once you in Mexico, you will get either a red or green light. If you get the red light customs may ask you to step out of the vehicle to look through it. There are times when you get the green light and they still ask you to look in your car. Make sure the ladies take their handbags with them. After they are done, you will pull forward to a military checkpoint, they may or may not ask you to pull over, again do not leave money or purses in the vehicle.
When driving through Sonoyta, DO NOT SPEED. Most of the way through the town is 40 KLM or just under 25 MPH and in a couple of areas it will drop down to 25 KLM. Be alert for stop signs as many are placed in the center of the road and not on the right hand side that tourists are use to. Either of these infractions will probably get you a ticket. DO NOT pay the officer but ask to go to the Police station to pay, this is the only way corruption will stop. If you feel you have done nothing wrong you can ask to speak to the Chief of Police to plead your case, as he is trying to clean up the corruption.
If you are hauling toys or have a toy hauler, make sure you have the registrations for all toys in your name if they are yours and also for the vehicle and trailer hauling them.
Once you are through Sonoyta it is an easy drive to Puerto Peñasco of approximately 60 minutes on a nice 2 lane road. Remember the speed is 90 KLM not MPH. There are a few areas that mind the signs and do not pass. You now are on your way to have a fun vacation in one of cleanest, prettiest beach cities in all of Mexico… Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. So enjoy your time.
As most of know, Puerto Peñasco, is known for Whale Watching in winter, but today July 7, 2021, the city found a young Varada whale beached in front of Mi Playa. Apparently it came in with the high tide and then got stranded on the rocks and sand. This time of year it is unusual for whales to be in the Sea of Cortez . It has been several years since a whale has beached and we hope the whale will be alright after the rescue.
Because Puerto Peñasco is a a closely knit community that pulls together for emergencies, the city came to the aid of this young whale. With the help of the fire department, members of CEDO, the Marines and local residents, the whale was saved. The group surrounded the youngster and covered it with tarps and started pouring buckets of water on to keep it wet and alive.
Soon they realized that they needed more water, so the fire department brought out a pump and hose to keep the whale very wet. Members of the community began to move the rocks that the poor thing had gotten stuck on, in order for it to slide back to the water. Many people just kept gently touching it, perhaps to reassure it that everything would be alright. As the tide slowly started coming back in, nearly 30 people kept getting it pushed back to the Sea of Cortez. The rest of the crowd cheered them all on. Although it was a young whale, it was still a very large . It seemed that it knew the humans were there to help it as it remained calm and did not present any real danger to the rescuers. Once the tide started to come in it started to float. However, they still had to turn it around so the head was facing the Sea of Cortez and that took all of their effort. After nearly 4 hours, the tide was high enough to get it turned and sent off. You could see as it swam away, that it was giving blows of thank you to all of it’s new friends. For the rescuers, this will be one day that they will never forget.
When you come to vacation in Rocky Point and are staying on the beach, keep you eyes on the water as you never know what you will see. If you love whales, plan a trip starting in January to take one of our Whale Watching tours. It is truly an experience that you will not forget. They usually start coming the end of December and stay until end of March. There is a charter boat to fit your every need.
The United States/Mexico border is open and people are flocking to the beach. Memorial Day weekend found the town bustling with people from Arizona, California and Texas. The RCPM just had their concert and the town was packed. Post Covid 19, Sunday would find long waits at the border. Now it appears the tourists started going home on Monday instead of Sunday. Monday is the old Sunday but now many are going back on Tuesday morning. If you are planning on coming down over a weekend, be prepared for long lines at the border on these days. You will also find long back ups coming into Mexico as many times they are searching every car entering. Although an inconvenience to those coming in, they have found several vehicles carrying guns and ammo (which is the reason for the search). Just be patient, it will be worth the wait. The beaches are spectacular with clear blue water and clean soft sand.
Here you will have beachfront condos and homes to choose from for your visit of all sizes. There are so many activities to choose from for you and your family…. 3 major golf courses, deep sea fishing, zip lining, horse back riding, sunset cruises, shelling or just sitting and watching the water go by.
Despite the economy being shut down for most of 2020 and part of 2021, there have been many new little restaurants that have popped up all over town. Most have only outdoor seating, but the delicious food and great service will make up for that. You can choose from burger places, authentic Mexican food and Greek food. Many are located in neighborhoods or part of the owners home. Most do not serve adult beverages, but you are allowed to bring your own. Choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner places that will not disappoint. A few to check out La Negrita, Jessie’s, Los Mequitas Tacos (if you like Goat, try this out) and Toscos. MTZ Cantina is a larger restaurant is located by the docks is getting great reviews. Just up from Calle 13 on Plutarco Ellis Calle, you will find a Chinese place that is always packed. It doesn’t say Chinese food but is a huge building 2 blocks north of Dukes. There is something for everyone in Puerto Peñasco.
The real estate market is booming, with our tourists looking for places to retire in, condos and homes for families to share or places that they can rent when they are no using them. Encantame Towers east of Playa Encanto will consist of 3 towers and is currently delivering the first building. Las Conchas which has a huge American population is located a short distance from the city is seeing developments cropping up as well as a lot of homes being built or remodeled. Many younger people with families are moving here, as they can work remotely from home. It is a great place to work from home as you can sit on your patio and have coffee, then work for the day and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset while looking at the beautiful Sea of Cortez instead of lengthy commutes in the big cities.
“Paradise” welcomes you home. Spend July 4th in Rocky Point.
Mid May will be an exciting time for Puerto Peñasco, with the arrival of the Mexican Navy Ship “Cuauhtemoc” or as it is known Caballero de los Mares which means The Gentleman of the Seas. It will carry a crew of 240 including 8 captains, officials as well as 100 male and female cadets. The cadets will be able to come on land while in Rocky Point to learn about this part of the Sea of Cortez. While at sea the cadets will undergo training and studies.
The ship will be anchored 1 mile offshore in front of the Malecon for locals and tourists to be able to view it. This incredible ship has made 36 training voyages and traveled to 209 ports in 59 countries. It has traveled over 5522 days at sea and traveled 705,000 nautical miles which is equal to 33 times around the world.
The history of the ship is amazing. It is 220′ long and 39′ wide and is named after Huehi Tlatoani Cuachtemoc. Built in Bilboa, Spain it was known as Celaya. It had 3 sister ships as well. It was launched Jan. 8 1982 and commissioned July 29, 1982. For its 39 years of service is home port is Acapulco, Mexico. It is a Class A ship and sails under the Mexican Flag. In its years of sailing it has won the Tall Ships’ Races two times.
Tall ships are amazing and are used many time for people who like to cruise, but want to do it on a smaller size vessel. Tall ships also can accommodate much smaller amounts of cruisers than a regular cruise ship, thus allowing them to more access to remote areas. You normally think of them for cruising not as a training ship for the military.
We are hoping to perhaps be able to go onboard like people of Rocky Point did when the Astoria Cruise Ship came last year for its cruises. It is not often that the small ports get so much attention. As of this writing it looked like it was near Ensenada and then will turn, go south and come up around the tip of Baja and into the Sea of Cortez to Puerto Peñasco.
Our readers are always asking about what there is to do in Rocky Point. From Sandy:
We will be coming mid December and staying for a couple of months. What is there to do and see while we are there? The first week we will have family with little children, so need to entertain them. We are staying in Las Conchas on the beach and wonder how far it is from the town.
Mid December will provide you with nice sunny warm days but the evenings do cool off, so bring light jackets. During the time when you have the little ones here, you can take them to the tide pools when the tide is out and let them explore. They will enjoy getting sea shells as well as maybe finding a baby octopus in those tide pools. You can also take them to the aquarium which is located behind Capone’s on Sinaloa Blvd. They will also have a learning experience if you take them to CEDO which is located in Las Conchas. Here they will be able to see a full size skeleton of a whale. There is also a gift shop with some great books on the area. Another thing you can do with the children as well as adults is go back north of town to visit the Pinacate Volcano Visit Center. Here you can watch a movie about the area and they are interactive things to view inside the center.
Now for the adults. Rocky Point has 3 golf courses for those golfers. One at Las Palomas, one at the Isla Del Mar and one at the Mayan Palace. All of these will provide a challenge. The course at the Mayan has several holes that parallel the Sea of Cortez. If you have people that love to fish, there is no better place than in the Sea of Cortez. There are several fishing charters that will take them out and everything is included in the charge. One of pour favorites is the Pancho Villa,which is a family owned cabin cruiser. This time of year, depending on how far you go out or for how long you want to go, they will catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger fish (which are not huge) but do put up a fight, just to name few. The crew will clean and fillet them for you to have at your beach front home.
For the ladies, there is great shopping on Rodeo Drive. here you will find Fabiloa’s Beach Appareland accessories, Su Casa (gifts for the home) as well as many shops caring items made in Mexico such as Talavera pottery. A must place to shop is Mercedes Rusticos located on the hill as you are coming out of the Malecon and across from the Friendly Dolphin. Here you can purchase complete sets of dishes made in Mexico as well as other glasses and other things for the home. Check out the Blue Marlin for the best coconut shrimp around. They can also hang out at the Boo Bar, which is located above the shrimp market. Sit out under the big palapa and take in the sunsets. You will find plenty to keep you occupied.
Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between. The expats living in Mexico are such a generous bunch.
One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children. Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point. He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.
The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary. The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things. In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacioalong with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro. The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos. This was a banner year for the monies collected. We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years. They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area. The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town. When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys. So think about this for next year.
A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together. This group is called “Women Helping Women”and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years. They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months. On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant. Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are. The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist. This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction. The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses. A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible. This won’t be the the last you hear of this group. The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.
Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween. The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.
People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year. Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA. Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frogis to collect blankets for the needy. This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets. Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money. These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.
Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh. This lady works seems to work 24/7. The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only. Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst. Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages. These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by. To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.
These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point. We hope you will help one of them.
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.
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,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.” “The inn I give you,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”
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.
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.