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Beginner's Guide to Rocky Point, Mexico

When looking for a vacation spot, there are so many things to consider. Like time to get there, costs of flying to get there and where do you stay and what do you do when you do get there. Puerto Penasco is your best place for every aspect of a vacation. First, it is only a short 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and with no waiting in long lines at the airport. Secondly it is not expensive to get here, third is you have so many choices in where you want to stay that are reasonable and right on the Sea of Cortez and last, there is a multitude of things to do here every single day. No over crowded beaches here, just miles of pristine sand.
Crossing the US/Mexico border is very easy (just make sure you have your passport or passport card for re-entering to the US). Buy your Mexican auto insurance either online or in Ajo or perhaps from your own agent.

Pinacate Biosphere Reserve
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

A short 1 hour drive south of the border and you are here. About 30 kilometers south of the border you will pass the Pinacate Biosphere. Sometime during your stay, do go back out and tour the new visitor center Shuk Toak. It is very modern with a movie telling all about the craters and the surrounding area. The guide there will answer any questions that you may have and there are inter active touch screens throughout the building. Make certain to take your camera as the views from the center are gorgeous. This crater range is the largest in north America and if you feel like going up to see them, you can (4 wheel drive) is best. You may encounter many animals along the way.
Clams in Rocky Point, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Back in Puerto Peñasco if you are a seafood lover, take the drive out to the oyster farms and get some steamed clams, fresh shucked oysters or cerviche and have a cold beer if you like. While there take a dip in the water or just watch the Blue Heron and Egrets do a fly over along with countless Pelicans.
Boats at the Old Port
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

As you pass into town you will drive along the docks in the Historic Wharf District with all the shrimp boats moored and will be able to see nests of what we call Bald Eagles, but they are actually a little different. Both mom and dad tend the nests and dive in the harbor to get food for the babies. Again, camera time, as the boats make for awesome photography as well as the pelicans perched on the pongas (little fishing boats). You will see some of the photos I have taken down there. Continue into the Malecon, were you can have your choice of food and very good service. Our 3 favorites are the Blue Marlin, Boo Bar and The Satisfied Frog. Yes, this is the same Satisfied Frog as the one in Cave Creek. Great views, food and service from all 3. After lunch or dinner do a little shopping to wear of the calories and then get a Thrifty’s ice cream cone and prepare for a beautiful sunset. While in the Old Port stop by for a cup of wonderfully fresh roasted and brewed Chiapas Coffee at Puerto Viejo. Also stroll pass and pop into the La Rocca Hotel. A lot of history here as Al Capone use to stay there in the boot legging days. As you leave the Old Port, make sure you stop into Mercedes Rusticos. Here you will find anything that you need for your home or as a gift. From the south of Mexico you will find blown glassware, Mexican table settings and weavings just to name a few things. A must breakfast or lunch place is Coffee Haus on the way into the Malecon. Just the best food and service and by all means try the Apple Streusel!
Pelicans in the harbor Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Sometime during your trip, venture out to what locals call “Rodeo Drive” and visit the many shops filled with everything from beautiful ladies apparel to upscale gifts for you home or condo. There is something there for everyone. There is a brand new restaurant that just opened called Mariachis and Tequilla. It is owned by a long time chef Ramon and his partner David who also owns an art gallery across the street. Both come from the south of Mexico and you will find them to be very cordial and gracious. A great Mexican menu awaits you as well as real margaritas. You can find furniture of all styles at Su Casa and Eddies Furniture and Gallery on the east end of the district. As you head back to your condo, you will pass our brand new convention center, which has had many large events already in just it’s year of being open.

Paradise Found in Rocky Point, Mexico

Nearly 30 years ago my husband and I ventured to a small fishing village named Puerto Peñasco or as the American’s called it Rocky Point. It wasn’t long after that we decided to buy a little travel trailer in put it an RV Park, named Playa Miramar. We would come down on weekends and because I was self employed, I would sneak down a day or so ahead of Bill or stay a couple days later. People always ask, why did you come here? Our answer is quite simple, the love of the people and the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. In the old days every one meet on Manny’s on Friday night and thus a lot of friendships were made. Although a young town, Puerto Peñasco had a lot of history and a lot of characters. Everyone had stories about something including the one about the ghost of Competition Hill on the way to Cholla Bay. There was a wonderful old baker in the Old Port and we would all flock there on Saturday and Sunday mornings to get the best hot pan and boleos and then go back and make breakfast. Seemed every weekend there was a party at someone’s trailer and more new friends were made.
In 1996 we invested in Mexico by purchasing a lot and 10 years later, we invested more by building a home. I will be showing you a couple of sunset pictures in my blogs. Our sunsets are the best anywhere.

Sunset in Puerto Penasco

I would like to invite you to come down and check out “Paradise” as soon as you can. Now most of the RV Parks except Playa Bonita, Playa del Oro and the Reef are gone, but have been replaced by beautiful condo developments on Sandy Beach, Las Conchas and Mayan Palace Resorts. You can stay at any of the ocean front condos of the Sonoran Resorts either the SKY, SPA, SEA or SUN and have the small waves lapping at your door step. Several of the resorts also have beach front homes for rent. Ask any of the knowledgeable sales people at the resorts about what they offer…. You may want to soon have your own piece of “Paradise”.
The resorts offer tennis, fitness centers, swim up bars and more or golf at any of our 3 golf courses. Take a Sunset Cruise or day trips to Bird Island and watch the Dolphin and Sea Lions at play. If you are lucky now you will see Fin Whales which can reach nearly 40’ as the traverse the waters of the Sea of Cortez. You can also charter fishing trips by the day or half day and try your hand and catching a big one.
Make sure you stop in the Malecon and buys some fresh shrimp and fish. Shrimping is part of what put Puerto Peñasco on the map.
Our little town is growing and soon will be receiving cruise ships as we will be the only departure port in Mexico. We also have an International Airport as well as there are shuttles that come back and forth from Phoenix.
Now is the time to start planning for the 1st weekend in November for the Bike Rally. This will be our 15th year of having bikers from all over the US, Canada, Mexico and even some from Japan and Europe. I believe we had about 6,000 bikes. Last year we raised over $20,000 USD for 7 of our local charities. I have a team of family and friends that do the bike registration and it is so much fun to see some of the same people year after year. In addition to that money we had our 1st annual Bikers Toy Drive and in January on Los Santos Reyes (Kings Day) we along with DIF distributed toys to the children of Puerto Peñasco along with them having games and food. It looked like we had about 1700 children of all ages. It was so gratifying to see the smiles and hear the Thank You and Gracias from them all.
One last thing, I will tell you that if you decide to own here and retire here, you can get as involved with the community as you want to or just choose to sit and watch the water go by.
Beverly Arrowood

Top 3 Hotels in Rocky Point, Mexico

When we travel, we try to obtain the best “deal”, in other words the best services for the less amount of money possible.  Isn’t it so?
Without a doubt, lodging accommodations is the key at the time of planning your vacation. Whether it’s with your significant other, family or friends choosing the right option will ensure you all the fun that you ’de expect out of your adventure; on the other hand a bad choice, can turn your dream trip into a nightmare and since we do not want that to happen, here are my own top 3 personal choices for hotels in Rocky Point.

Penasco del Sol, Rocky Point

1. – Hotel Peñasco Del Sol:   Also known as Plaza Las Glorias, this hotel has 200 rooms that have been recently redecorated and it is also in excellent location. This hotel has a privilege pool and Jacuzzi area that give visitors an exclusive view to the Sea of Cortes.  The restaurant Miguel’s has a great variety of local food as well as American food.  Peñasco Del Sol also offers its guests the beach club called “Azul” where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink all this while you sunbathe on the sand.  On a personal note being that I am a coffee lover I recommend you to visit the “Coffee bar” at the lobby, don’t miss it!

Playa Bonita en Puerto Penasco

2. – Hotel Playa Bonita:  This is a Beach front property, perfectly located on the wonderful Sandy Beach area, it is considered to be one of Rocky Point symbols. Playa Bonita offers its visitors many attractions that they can enjoy during their stay without out having to leave the hotel.  Without a doubt one of its major attractions is the delicious food served at “Puesta Del Sol” where the most exquisite Mexican food is served and is also one of the few restaurants that will offer 100% traditional Mexican cuisine. This is definitely an interesting option for all national and foreign visitors. The service is excellent, the food is better and all the staff members will make you feel right at home.

Laos Mart Hotel in Rocky Point

3. – Hotel Laos Mar:   Located also on the Sandy Beach area. If you are on a budget but you still want to stay at nice, clean place then look no more. This is a perfect choice for that family vacation without having to break the piggy bank. This is the best option, Laos offers a beach view, big pool and a Jacuzzi, and the prices are just right. Laos Mar Hotel also offers a suite with a kitchenette fully equipped to cook your meals and make it a family affair.
As you can see in Rocky Point, there are options for everyone that will suit all budgets. Come and visit Rocky Point and make your own list of favorite places to stay or if you already have one and would like share it please post your comments.
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Need Help with your Rocky Point Wedding?

Si! I DO!! Wedding Planners,  are event coordination specialists. Couples who choose this beautiful place for their wedding are be   relax and they will enjoy the process of planning this important occasion.

 Wedding Sonoran Sky

Si! I DO!! Wedding Planners serves as a link between local vendors and you! We will order the flowers, tables and chairs, contract with local caterers, music, also we take care of all process for a religious wedding.  We help you to find the best place for your wedding. We will take care of every details the day of your wedding.
We strive to make your day be magical an unforgettable.
Getting married in Mexico is easy ! We will take care of all the paper work. All that we need is your original birth certificate, Fmm visas for Bride and Groom and the four witnesses(which is easy to get when you cross the border into Mexico). And simple blood test that we will take you a few days before the wedding.  The legal ceremony is presided  over by the Mexican Judge. This ceremony is in Spanish which is translated into English if it is necessary.

Wedding at Las Palmas

Puerto Peñasco is a beautiful Mexican village with sunny days, spectacular sunset, a gorgeous beaches and nice people.  There is a better place to celebrate the most important event in a couples lives. How is your wedding! Just one hour from the USA-Mexico Border.
Visit our website www.siido.com
USA (602) 490 0147
MEX (638) 38 88238
sol@siido.com
Soledad Mendez Yañez
Wedding Planner.

Halloween Parties in Rocky Point 2014

There are several Parties going for the Halloween/Day of the Dead Weekend, Almost every bar in town is having their own party. Like Wrecked at the Reef, OD Bar, Banditos, Elixir among others.
There are a few events happening on Thursday October 30th like the Halloween Costume Party at “Mi Nueva Casa” and the mini Golf Tournament at Link in Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort.

Halloween Night Golf
Here’s the Rest of the Flyers:

Banditos: At Resort Area Sandy Beach where Changos used to Be (Sonoran Sea  Entrance)

Halloween Bash at Banditos


SoutSide Jillz:
At the End of Calle 13 across Penaso del Sol GRAND OPENING

Southside Jillz

Elixir Bar: At the Mirador, Night Club/Bar with Open Bar, Costume Contest

Halloween Party in Rocky Point, Mexico

Lexuz: At the Mirador, Night Club Vibe with prices for best costumes 9pm

Halloween Party Lexuz


Pikaros Bar:
On the way to the Mirador, No Cover, Live Music, Costume Contests

Pikaros Bar Halloween PArty


Lexuz:
Day of the Dead Party at Lexuz night Club 9pm

Lexuz Night Club Day of the Dead

3×2 Nights at Las Palomas

Hotel in Puerto Penasco
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort

3 Nights for the price of 2 at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort in every kind of Condo, promotion valid from October 27th 2014 to November 10, 2014.
If you still don’t have your rooms for the Rocky Point Rally, now is your opportunity! Don’t wait until the last minutes rooms are flying.
For more information Visit: www.Puerto-Penasco.com
Or Call Toll Free to: 1-800-997-9431
For more information about the Rocky Point Rally 2014 click this link!

Mountain Biking in Rocky Point, Mexico

In the last few months, we have seen in Rocky Point many cycling clubs, either family oriented or mountain bike clubs.  We have had many activities that promote cycling as a fun or fitness activity to get physically or mentally healthier.  This has been very well accepted among locals and we have people from Rocky Point competing at other cities.

Mountain Bike Puerto Penasco

Here in Rocky Point we do not have a route or bike lane in specific for people on bikes, but most of them take the Malecon or the Mirador Area as such.  At “El Pinacate” Area there is a cycling route for mountain biking located at the entrance of the biological station on the 51 kilometer of the Federal highway (Road to Sonoyta).  The cycling route is located where the Batamote Mountain is and crosses the Sonoyta River coming out from de Information Center.  It has a length of 16 kilometers (10 miles) in a circuit form.
And even when it is that short of a distance it is considered a hard circuit because of the variety of land and its hills.  The cost per person per day is 56 pesos (about 5 dollars) and you can enjoy all of the protected areas, the price for residents is 28 pesos (about 2.50 dollars).  They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m every day of the year.

El Pinacate Mountain Biking

To learn more about this activity we contacted someone that on the past months has been very involved in this sport, her name is Rita Borboa. Here’s the interview:
Rita how long have you been practicing cycling?
-It will be two years in October since I started on mountain bike and about a year and a half on route bike.
How many competitions have you been in?
-About 10 competitions and a few rides.
What kind of routine do you have as training?
-I have no special routine, if it is going to be a route race we trained on route bike 3 or 4 times a week f it is going to be mountain bike race I trained on mountain bike, the time and distance of training I decided myself and depends on my mood and the strength that I have at the moment.
What satisfactions have you find practicing this sport?
It is a beautiful sport and most important that it is great to get away from the daily routine of work and it gives you health and welfare, and we have the opportunity to be with many Friends.
What kind of advise would you give to the people who want to start on this sport?
The first advice is to always follow safety rules, wear helmet, gloves and glasses is essential, you have no idea! The risks that we could have if we don’t follow these rules, wearing a helmet will save your life. Also you don’t need to have to have an extreme physical condition to start because you will be getting it little by little and with the effort that we put into it you can take it further, is a very beautiful sport.  Here in Rocky Point there are some bike teams were are in the Astilleros Cabrales team.

Mountain Biking in Rocky Point

As you can see anybody can start practicing this sport and also begin with their own club, we would like to invite you to practice this sport and of course don’t forget to follow all the safety rules that you will need.

Rocky Point Rally 2014

Dates were announced for the 14th Annual Rocky Point Rally (2014) the biggest Motorcycle Rally in Mexico, thousands of Bikers from all around the United States and Mexico gather in Puerto Peñasco for a weekend filled of activities.
The Rocky Point Rally is an annual event celebrated in autumn usually at the end of October or early November. This year Rally is going to take place from Thursday November 6th to Sunday November 9th 2014.

Rocky Point Rally

Every year Bikers from Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico and all of the United States gather in Rocky Point along with Bikers from all over Mexico not just to have fun but also help several local Charities like: Local Fire Department, DIF, Red Cross and “La Montaña” School for kids with special needs.
There are different activities to do that weekend here are a few:

  • Beach Concerts
  • Bike Parade
  • Poker Tournaments
  • Rides to “El Pinacate”
  • Beach Parties
  • Miss Rocky Point Rally
  • Toy Run for Charity
  • Bike Wash
  • Fiesta and Live Concert at the “Malecon”
  • Fiesta at Calle 13
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Motorcycle Show
  • Raffles and Prizes (Hotel Stays, Dinners and many more)

SCHEDULE:
Thursday November 6th: Kick Off Party at Banditos
Friday November 7th: Beach Party at Hotel Playa Bonita
Saturday November 8th: Noon: Bike Parade/Toy run – Afternoon:  Main Concert at Old Port (Malecon) featuring: MOGOLLON and Matt Farris
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10am: Desert Rides to “El Pinacate” World Heritage from Barclin/Circle K Gas Station
HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS:
Hotel Playa Bonita (Beach Party on Friday)
Hotel Laos Mar (Near Friday Beach Party)
Hotel Peñasco del Sol (Right on Calle 13 Fiesta)
Marina Pinacate Condos (On Calle 13)
Hotel Señorial (On Calle 13)
Hotel Viña del Mar (Near Old Por/Malecon)
Sonoran Spa (Near Banditos Kick-Off Party)
Sonoran Sea (Near Banditos)
Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort (Luxury Condos)
If you have never attended the Rocky Point Rally here is a Photo Gallery:
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Also check out this Video:

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El Patio Thai restaurant it's the new addition to Rocky Point

The exotic flavors of Thailand have come to town. Patricia Bon it’s coming fom the San Francisco Bay Area and it’s sharing with us her exotic and delicious dishes with us. Emilia Cota invited her to come and start this new culinary adventure in Puerto Peñasco.

Logo El Patio Thai

They are located in the Malecon next to Oxxo. They are inside the patio at the Coldwell Banker building.
Open everyday except Tuesdays from 6pm to 11pm.

El Patio Thai Mesas

Phone : (638) 116-5136
Website: www.elpatiothai.com
Email: elpatiothai@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elpatiothai
Reviews on Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-d6950618
First Blog: http://www.seasidemexico.com/bloger/el-patio-thai-restaurant/

El Menu

Menu:
Our menu changes every day, so we can offer you only the best and fresh ingredients available.
These are our popular everyday dishes:
Red Curry Spicy Curry with coconut milk, peppers and sweet basil. (Chicken or Shrimp)
Pad Thai Pad Thai pan fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts. Topped with ground peanuts. (chicken or shrimp)
Satay (appetizer): Marinated chicken served with peanut sauce and cucumber relish

People at El Patio Thai

My Santa Claus Club Experience by Karen Aldridge

This is a guest Article by Karen Aldridge about the Santa Claus Club a local charity that helps different causes in Rocky Point specially little kids. Santa Claus Club is a non-profit organization with more than 30 years helping Puerto Peñasco.
Enter Karen:
My husband & I first heard about the SANTA CLAUS CLUB from the ROCKY POINT TIMES NEWSPAPER, when we were still living in Cottonwood, AZ.
We moved to Rocky Point in August 2011. We had visited Rocky Point since 1995, so we thought we knew the town well before we moved here. But, within a couple of months of living here, we experienced the daily friendliness and welcoming attitude of the town toward Americans. We wanted to “give back” something to the town to show our gratitude for the town making Americans feel so welcome!

Rocky Point Santa Claus CLub
Karen Aldridge

We thought helping out at the barrios would be one way to help the community and show our appreciation for what the community does for the Americans!

We were originally from Southern California, so we made many trips to Tijuana, Ensenada, and towns further south. We did see the barrios in Tijuana, but we never actually made a trip there to help the people.
Our first trip to the barrios in Rocky Point was with the Christmas Delivery of toys in December 2011. That is the largest delivery of the whole year, and it shows the hard work of John Fowler and many “Santa Claus Helpers!” Once the Christmas Delivery is done, John Fowler begins to collect items again for the next Christmas Delivery. He has many members in the SANTA CLAUS CLUB, who help with dues or donations, and also many helpers too. During the last 30 some years of doing the SANTA CLAUS CLUB, John Fowler has met many people who help out with this project. Some have shops, and they call John to pick up good items when they don’t sell. Some of his contacts work in hospitals, and they call John when they have a surplus or items that are no longer needed.

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John Fowler

We average two trips a week to the barrios, usually Friday & Saturday mornings. I love the people I have met there and the families who have become familiar to me. I actually miss it if I don’t get to go to the barrios on a weekend.

When we drive up, we are usually met with big smiles! Peoples’ faces show their excitement and anticipation. I think everyone has the “spirit of hope.” We get many “thank you’s,” sometimes hugs from the ladies, and “handshakes” from the men. I think what we do is give people a “big lift in their spirit,” and a boost in their morale when we give them some newer clothes, food bags, or a bike. This gives them hope for a better day! All people, no matter where they live, will have a time in their life when they need help. We have some of the same problems in the U.S.
It’s a great feeling to see everyone happier when we drive away. It’s especially fun to see the children, as they are so thrilled to get a ball to toss to friends, or some other small toy, or school supplies. If they get a bike, that is huge for them! For the adults, a bike often means transportation to get to work. I love the human interaction and being able to witness their emotions. Yes, I think we make a difference, and this makes me feel very good all week long!

Karen Aldridge

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This Saturday July 5th there is going to be a event starting at 4pm @ Hotel Playa Bonita were 100% of tickets sales will go directly to the Santa Claus Club (Flyer below)

There is a lot you can do to help the Santa Claus Club from donating food, toys or different items to donating a weekend of your time. For more information about the Santa Claus Club you can check this Interview with John Fowler Click Here

Thanks to Karen for sharing her experience with the Santa Claus Club, Karen is also the founder of the Rocky Point Calendar for more information and to watch a video about the Rocky Point Calendar Click Here

Summer Beach Party Concert
Summer Beach Party