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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

Please remember we are just a short 1 hour drive from the US border and we are safe. Mi Casa es Su Casa, so come down and enjoy our piece of Paradise.  Spend some time trying our fantastic restaurants and enjoy the Sea of Cortez Shrimp.

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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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Rocky Vet Hospital is NOW OPEN

Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa are pleased to announce they have opened Rocky Vet Hospital  under the direction of Dr. Adrian Sixto  Resendiz.  If you are looking for a great vet, this will be the place to go.  The facility is modern complete with x-ray equipment, surgery room, wellness room for routine check ups for both cats and dogs.

Great young vet
Dr. Adrian

Dr. Adrian has taken care of our German Shepherds now for over 3 years and is an excellent and extremely knowledgeable  young vet. They have a complete dispensary of medicines as well as 2 different new kennel areas. One kennel area is for regular patients and the other is for pets that may have parvo or distemper so they don’t contaminate  the other animals.

Roomy kennels
Large and small kennels

Dr. Adrian has been a vet for 10 years and worked in Mexico City for 7 years before joining “Servicios Medicos Veterinarios” 3 years ago here in Rocky Point.  In his new position, the owners of Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa are very interested in his practice and to learn more about how to evolve in animal health care. There services offer General Physical Examinations, General and Specialized Surgery, Internal Medicine, Hospitalization, Laboratory and RX, Emergency and more.

New X-ray
Modern x- ray equipment

If you haven’t been to the facility, they are located on Calle Cypress #1B enter Calle Rosas (12th de October) y Calle 10.  In other words there are 2 ways to get there.  First is to get on Sinaloa if you are coming from Freemont and as soon as you pass over the railroad tracks, make a left and go down about 3 blocks and you will see the sign and make a right.  The second way is to take the street to the right of “Numeros” and go south for about 3 block, make a left and then the 1st right and it will be down about half way to the tracks.  Their phone number is 638-102-0555 (24 hours)  or   you can email him at info.rockyvet@gmail.com.  You might want to go and check out where it is and how to get there in case of an emergency. Their hours are Monday – Friday 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.

Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa also do an excellent job at grooming you fur ever friends.  Our Tucker and Frida actually look forward to going there for grooming and Dahlia is so sweet with them.  Their number is 480-823-4341 or 638-102-0585.  They also have a reward program after 6 grooming’s you get the 7th one FREE.

DIF and the Black and White Ball, September 30, 2017

I recently sat down to visit with First Lady Linda Pivac de Munro and Loly Martinez, Missions Administrator Mexico  who is with Rocky Point Medical Clinics to discuss the 2017 Black and White Ball and to learn more about what DIF (Integral Family Development) does.

B& W Ball
Mayor Munro and Linda Pivac de Munro host 2016 B & W Ball

There are two changes in regards to the ball and that is first the date of the Black and White Ball has been moved to September 30, because in previous years it was held around Thanksgiving and many people who wanted to attend could not due to family and friends coming to Puerto Peñasco.  The second major change is a wonderful delicious sit down dinner catered by Jerry’s Catering will be included in your ticket.  Cocktail hour will start at 7:00 p.m. with dinner being served from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Following dinner will be the crowning of the queen and dancing.  This is a huge event and it is our one time of the year to dress up and go dancing.  The event will be held at the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, so mark your calendar.  Tickets are on sale already so if you are not in Rocky Point and want to reserve your spot, please email me at nocomosi@msn.com and I will send you directions on how to make your deposit.  The cost is $50 USD per person or you can put together a table of 10 for  $500.00 USD.

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Queen of the ball
Crowning of the 2016 Queen

Beautiful Queen
Mayor Munro and First Lady

The funds raised from the ball are used for many things.  Even before Linda’s husband became Mayor of Puerto Peñasco, she has been very involved and dedicated to education of the children and this is where her heart is. It is important to locate the problems and find a solution for them within the community. It is also crucial that children and the youth obtain the best education possible in order to become productive and outstanding members of the community.

DIF created a scholarship program in which 83 students from low income families will receive financial support to attend further education in universities outside of Rocky Point. They must have and A grade point and be drug free.  DIF created Casa del Estudiante which consists of eight of these students 4 boys and 4 girls are attending UABC in Mexicali to learn to be accountants, mechatronics or physiology.  It costs $304,632 pesos to house these youth and that includes renting the house, water, electricity, internet and HOA fees.  They receive in home visits 3 times a year to make sure their grades are A and that they are drug free.  Every dollar is fully accountable with facturas (receipts) received for every dollar spent and at any time anyone can go and check on the money spent.

DIF Scholarship Students

DIF Scholarship Students

The drop out rate at most schools has been very high but due to the programs and help from DIF, the drop out rate  for instance CetMar has dropped to only 13%.  The schools benefiting from the DIF scholarship programs are UTTPP, ITTSP Technology school and UNIDEP.

DIF has also started a Parenting School to help parents of our youth to get involved in keeping the children in school and to make sure they are studying, doing their homework and getting great grades.  With out this program, many of our youth will fall through the cracks and drop out and then get into trouble.  Years ago it was just the mom’s that attended the parent-teacher conference but now days  you see both parents going to these conferences.  The parents are taught about how to teach the kids about not getting pregnant, getting into drugs and bullying amongst other things.

Besides the Black and White Ball, DIF raises funds from beer sales at community events such as Carnival, Rocky Point Rally, Cervantino Festival and other music events.

Everyone is invited to attend this event and if you need additional information email to Dif_penasco@hotmail.com. We look forward to seeing you all there. Let’s get out as residents of Rocky Point and show our support for the youth who are the future of our city. Remember every Dollar spent helps insure that the youth of Puerto Peñasco get a 1st class education.  These are just some of the programs that your dollar will support.

If you have any questions please email me at blog@puerto-penasco.com.  Please remember the upcoming events coming up this fall, Labor Day, Rocky Point Rally and Thanksgiving.  Make sure you make your reservations for lodging soon as things are already getting booked up.

MTZ Cantina hosts fund raiser for Julio Carlos Meza Mendez

Enjoy MTZ
A new venue for special events

I recently went on an interview with owner of MTZMartin Martinez, who was born and raised here in Puerto Peñasco.  Martin is also a licensed Real Estate agent as well as owning the place to go to for special events as well La Galleria on the corner of the entry to the Old Port.  MTZ is on the harbor side over looking the shrimp boats and sunset cruise boats.
Wagon planter
Surround your self with a view.

He had opened Bacanora Grill but closed it while back and then recently opened MTZ.  The décor inside is unique, with the walls being decorated with pallets that have been painted, old metal barrels that now have been converted into hanging lights as well as wood from some of the old ships that make up the great back bar.  Upon entering you will find a large stage which features a really nice mural by a young local artist.  Out front, you will find seating as well, which will covered with shade screen soon.  So you can sit outside and have a drink while waiting  for your Sunset Cruise to depart or a night cap when you come back.  Inside it is air conditioned and has comfortable seating as well as a lounge type atmosphere.

Good times.
Relax at MTZ

After talking for some time about the city and the growth and things that come with growth, Martin explained that his venue is great for showcasing local bands as well as others from outside the city. They have hosted several events since it opened.  He has a passion for seeing Puerto Peñasco grow in culture and hopes to be able to help to make it better and introduce visitors to more of the Mexican culture.  We discussed what is happening in the Old Port and what is happening in our town.

MTZ
Comfortable seating to enjoy the music.

The discussion then evolved around hosting a fund raiser for a Rocky Point native who at the age of 37 had a stroke.  His name is Julio Carlos Meza Mendez and he is the son of world renowned shell artist Julio Meza.  Most of you who stay in the RV Parks like Playa Bonita or reside here full time have seen Julio walking the boardwalk by Playa Bonita selling his shell art or have gone to his workshop to see how the art is created and probably own pieces of his work.  Julio has 8 pieces hanging in the Vatican as well as pieces all over the world.  Julio Carlos has his Bachelor Degree in International Affairs and is working on Bachelor Degree in  Law. His company specializes in legal advise in such matters as new and renewal of bank trusts as well as things like getting the Permanent Residency status.  He also offers bill pay service as well as being a general contractor.  His office is located on Blvd Freemont in the center where Chef Mickey’s is.  He will have a way to go to recovery but he  is in the capable hands of therapist Blanca Soto of UBR (Basic Rehab Unit).

Julio Carlos Meza

Special
Wonderful for a gift.

If you never seen the works of Julio Meza, Senior, check out these photos.  They are one of a kind pieces of art that can not be copied or duplicated.

Stunning
One of a kind.

Local artist
Charlie and Pat Buckles of Gilbert, Arizona with their one of a kind work of art.

Needless to say, his medical bill’s are staggering as he has been in the hospital in Mexicali for 2  months and just recently returned to Puerto Peñasco to get additional therapy.  His family is doing a raffle with tickets  selling at $200 pesos (they come in books of 10).  First place will receive $10,000 pesos and second place with receive $5000 pesos.  With  help from First Lady Linda Pivac Munro, the ladies from DIF are selling the tickets or you can buy them from me as well.  Proceeds from both of these events will go to defray the cost of his medical bill’s and assure  proper therapy.  The raffle will be held July 14th.

Art in the making.
Shell Art Construction

After much conversation about the plight of Julio Carlos, Martin and I decided to do the benefit for Julio and the event will be held July 28th from 4 pm to 8 pm at MTZ (across from where the Intripid Sunset Cruise departs) with music provided my “Puerto Luna” a local band that plays Mexican ballad type music.  The cost of the tickets are $250 pesos and include 3 beer or wine tickets, Bacanora Tasting, reduced pricing on drinks and food from local restaurants.  A bonus to the food, wine, Bacanora and music,  your ticket will be placed in drawing for a condo stay at the  Pinacate Condos.  We are doing a silent auction in addition to the relaxing evening. All proceeds go to defray the costs of Julio Carlos’s current medical bills as well as the on going therapy. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact me at (nocomosi@msn.com) and we will make sure it is added to the list.  If you want to purchase your tickets in advance, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Shrimp Boats and ship building history in Puerto Peñasco

This blog will be broken down into several parts so that you can absorb and appreciate the history here.

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Building  not only shrimp boats but large luxury pleasure yachts has been a part of Puerto Peñasco history for decades.   One of the largest was built by  Astillero Bellot and is 150′ long.  It features exotic woods from all over the world and has 16 staterooms each with different hand carved doors and walls above the beds. As you enter the main salon where the main seating area and kitchen are, the door has a hand carved lighthouse.   I will go into the Bellot family history of ship building in the next blog.

Stunning Ship
Luxury Ship

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Currently as you drive in towards the Old Port, you will see part of the history of Puerto Peñasco.  You will see boats that look  like they will never make it out of the harbor and boats that have been re-painted and look fresh.  If you coming from the Old Port take a left turn by the Cinema and continue around past the school, make a left turn at the 1st stop sign and wind around pass where they are re-doing the boats.  When you see these monsters in the Sea of Cortez, they look large, but get them dry docked and you will be amazed at the size.  More than once this summer, they have been hauling them down the center of the street to dry dock for repairs. Once the shrimping season is over, the boats are brought ashore for repair and it can be anything from having the large propeller re-buffed to a complete over haul.  Later in summer you will see the anchor cables of the boats being stretched out on the street near the Navy yard for repairs.  This seems to be a specialized job as the same man has been doing this for as long as I have lived here.

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I hope you will appreciate the pictures but also the history of the families of ship builders and fisherman.  Remember this city was built upon the fisherman and every June 1st is Marine Day. This day is to honor the fisherman that still fish faithfully as well as those who have gone out and never returned.  It is filled with pomp and circumstances with the laying of the wreath and Navy all dressed in white.  During this time locals are taken out on boats if they wish and usually there is a large Navy ship in port for the event.  Next June make this part of you Memorial Day vacation plans if the USA holiday is close to June 1st.  You won’t be disappointed.

Also start making your plans for the USA Labor Day weekend.  Make your hotel or condo reservations now to assure you get the lodging you want. Yes it will be hot and steamy, but it beat’s the “dry heat” in Arizona.  Come on down and enjoy our clean quiet beaches soon.  After this holiday Rocky Point will be pretty quiet until November 9th – 13th when Bike Week rolls around.

Come visit for a few days and stay for a lifetime!  Questions about getting her or the city email me at blog@puerto-penasco.com

RV Caravans to Puerto Penasco Part 2

In the previous blog about RV Caravans coming to Puerto Peñasco, we touched on how these groups get here and where they come from.  In part 2 we will be addressing several things to do once you are here as well as what you can and can not bring into Mexico.

After sitting down with Charlie and Geri Sing from The Rambling Suns RV Club  (Sun City Elk’s Lodge 2559 who will be the hosts for the trip in October of 2018, one comes to realize that there is a lot of planning that has to go into these caravans when you have a minimum of 20 RV”s traveling together and not just to and from Rocky Point.  These trips have to be planned far in advance in order to get the reservations at the RV parks.  As stated previously, at one time there were 9 RV parks in Puerto Peñasco and now there are 2 large ones that are on the water that can accommodate that many rigs plus all the other rigs that are already there.

El Tapeo for wine tasting

So now the 20 plus rigs from the Sun City Elk’s Lodge have arrived at Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach and have set up home for a week.  What do they do next?  Usually at the end of the day there is a social or happy hour, followed by an evening pot luck dinner with lots of conversation going on.  These groups are made up of folks of all ages so there is something for everyone.

Here is a  list of suggested things for them to see our city and everything we have to offer.

1)  Tour the Pinacate Biosphere where they will see where Apollo 11 astronauts trained for the Moon landing.

Pinacate Biosphere
View from visitor center

2)  Be adventuresome and go Zip Lining

3)  Golf? Las Palomas, Mayan Palace or Laguna Del Mar will not disappoint the beginner or avid golfer.

4)  Fishing? Go out with Capt. Adolfo Perez on his charter boats or if you want choose one of the Pangas.

5)  Sunset Cruises? Choose from Senorita Rita, Intrepid, Pirate Ships, Eco Tours or About Time are just  few of the  choices.

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

6)  Tour the Oyster Farm for lunch, they also serve shrimp, clams and fish.  You can take a tour for this event.

7) City Tour join Russ Black on a great City Tour.

8)  Julio Mesa Shell Artist, he will come to Playa Bonita or go to his shop and see him at work and learn how much goes into the pieces of art.

9)  Satisfied Frog the end of the Malecon great food and right on the water.  Yes it is the Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ.

10) Cholla Bay: go out in the bay and find sand dollars or go to JJ’s and have a cold beer and enjoy the tide swings which can be huge.

11) Shopping anyone?  The shops on the Malecon, Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port ( a must stop) and Rodeo Drive are all great choices.

12) Old Port: Check out Boo Bar, Shark Bite, Blue Marlin, Mr. Amigo’s or the Tequila Bar for lunch or a cold beverage.

Stunning views
View from the Malecon

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

 

13) Need dental work done?  Imagen Oral, Dr. Yamamoto are just a few for you to choose from.

When you are coming to Mexico, make sure you have insured your rig and tow vehicle if you have one. This can be done from the USA either on line  from several different companies. But it is a must!!

When you are in a caravan, as you enter into Mexico, you probably will all get the green light, which means proceed slowly.  If you are traveling in groups of 3 or more, you may get the red light which means stop or they may just wave you on through.  If you travel with your fur babies be it dogs or cats, have their shot records handy (they are looking for the rabies shot).  If you are coming for more than a week and need a large bag of dog food, chicken is allowed but no beef.  An example is the 38 lb. bag of Kirkland Chicken is allowed if it is sealed.

Here is a partial  list of things that you can not bring into Mexico. The whole list is very long, so this gives you an idea.

Plants, eggs, dairy products, beef and pork products.  Depending who’s list you are looking at, these can change.  If you are coming at Thanksgiving, you are allowed  one turkey per vehicle (as they recognize this is a big American holiday).

You can bring in 6 liters of wine plus the 3 liters of alcohol, but remember you can only take 1 liter back into the USA.  Again with Sam’s Club in Rocky Point, there is no need to haul down a lot of stuff.  You can buy cases of bottled water, chicken, meat, pork, cheese, eggs  at Sam’s or Ley’s.  The town also features the best FRESH SHRIMP and FISH, a lot of great fresh produce markets and a couple of butcher shops.  Remember if you are a meat eater, some of the best beef in Mexico is raised in the State of Sonora.

If you have any questions about what you can and can not bring, please feel free to email me at nocomosi@msn.com and I will provide you with an answer.  Maps of Rocky Point are available, just send an email.

So come on down, sit and relax and enjoy what Rocky Point has to offer.  The people are friendly, no traffic congestion, great food, warm weather, beautiful clean soft sandy beaches and sunsets.

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding