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Rocky Point Rally 2021 “Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border”

Rocky Point Rally 20th Anniversary

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.

     Some of the 20 volunteers for registration.
            Some of the 1000’s of motorcycles

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 Center for 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.

             Just one of the fancy motorcycles
              Some of the bikes at registration

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.

            Come enjoy a Rocky Point Sunset.

So mark your calendar for some fun at the 20th Anniversary Party of 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 nocomosi@msn.com.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions about Puerto Peñasco

There are several Face Book groups on Puerto Peñasco and the same questions keep being asked, so here are some questions asked the most often.

  1. What time does the border close?  Currently the border opens at 6: a.m. and closes promptly at 8:00 p.m.   It does not matter if you are inline, it will close.  This applies to both entry to Mexico and entry to the United States via the Lukeville / Sonoyta crossing.
  2. How much alcohol am I allowed to bring into Mexico? You are allowed to bring in 3 liters. of alcohol or 6 liters of wines, which equates to 8 750 mil bottles per person.  You are allowed 1 liter per month going into the USA.
  3. Can I bring in meat? All meat from hoofed animals such as beef, lamb or pork are allowed if they are in their original package and are frozen.  This is not guaranteed as it is at the whim of the crossing guard.  Technically no dairy products and produce are allowed.  The same rule applies to returning to the United States and they are strict on the enforcement of these rules.  You are allowed to bring back 50 pounds of shrimp and fish to the USA with no issues.  There really is no need to bring anything with you as we have 2 great meat markets that will cut your steaks fresh to your liking or grind hamburger fresh the way you want it.  Things such as butter, cream, milk and cheeses can be gotten at CS Foods or Sam’s Club.  At CS they carry a variety of things that  can not be gotten at other stores like frozen pies, frozen salmon, Jif or Skippy peanut butter, frozen rye  bread as well as other breads, fresh sourdough bread, 3 kinds of frozen bagels and so many more items.
  4. What do I need to bring to bring my dogs or cats down.  You are allowed to bring 2 dogs and cats per car and have your vaccine records handy. Mexico is mainly looking for current rabies records.  Be aware that most condo rentals do not allow pets.  If you need to board your pet, Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa is excellent with clean modern kennels of all size.  Bring only enough food for your stay and again chicken, turkey or fish  only.  If you are staying for an extended time frame you are allowed to bring up to 1 – 50 Lb. bag.  If you need a vet Dr. Adrian Sixto is excellent and is located on Blvd. Freemont or you can also use Serviceos Medicos on Sonora Blvd where Dr. Felix is located and he is very knowledgeable.
  5. Should I bring pesos from the USA or US dollars? You will get a better exchange at the Cambio (money exchange houses) here to buy pesos. Most larger business take credit or debit cards as do the gas stations.  If bringing US dollars, bring the cash in different denominations not all $100 bills.  Smaller businesses may not be able to cash a $100 bill.
  6. Should I be aware of anything when crossing the border into Mexico? You will stop prior to entering where you will get a red or green light.  If you get the green light you should be able to proceed straight ahead, however, there are times they will still stop you.  If you get the red light you will be asked to stop and they may want to check your vehicle and/or asked to step out of the vehicle.  If that happens, make sure you take your cell phone and for the ladies their purse.  There currently are military at the border doing the checking. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GO OVER 25 kilometers per hour. If you get stopped for speeding do not pay the officer but ask to go to the Police department. DO NOT BRING GUNS, LIVE ROUNDS OR SHELL CASINGS  as they are illegal and you will spend some time in jail.  When you stop of a stop sign, do a full 5 second stop not a rolling stop.  This 5 second stop applies to driving in  Rocky Point as well.  These are some of the most asked questions, but if you have anything else, please contact me at the information listed below.
  7. Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.  Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.  If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

September 16… Independence Day in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

September 16 is the day Mexico celebrates it independence from Spain in 1810. It was officially made the National holiday in 1821.  The celebration begins on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm when the President of Mexico rings the 200 year old bell and gives the cry to Dolores known as El Grito de Dolores battle cry.  In Puerto Peñasco, the Mayor of the city steps out on the balcony of the City Municipal building and waves the Mexican Flag as the crowds chant “Viva Mexico” and he usually gives a short speech, followed by singing of the National Anthem.

The battle cry was made by Father Miguel Hildago Costilla in the town of Dolores which is located in the State of Guanajuato in 1810.  Father Hildago was captured and killed in 1811 after calling the military and residents of Mexico to go to battle for their freedom from the Spaniards and Spain.  Spain ruled Mexico for over 300 years until Father Hildago wanted to see his country  free and not under Spanish rule any more.

This is a national holiday where banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed.  In many cities, main streets are closed for parades and celebrations.  The Mexican flags fly everywhere and there will be fireworks, lots of music and dancing everywhere. You will find many regional foods available in restaurants and on the streets, as well as private parties in homes being served.  You can choose from fruit punch, candies, Posole and Menudo, roast lamb, Queso Fundito with chips, salsa and guacamole, Chili En Nogado (poblano chilis stuffed with meat and covered in the colors of the Mexican flag of cream and pomegranate seeds and walnuts, hence the red, white and green colors in the flag, as well as beer, sangria and Tequila.

It is a great celebration so if you are thinking about coming to Rocky Point during the 15th and 16th, be prepared to spend some time getting caught up in the celebrations throughout the city and learning more about the history of Mexico.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

 

Dog Rescue Never Ends

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.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

Rocky Point Mexico… the place to vacation!

One of our many condo complexes.

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 CortezPuerto 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.

Enjoy a Rocky Point Sunset by Robert A.

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.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

 

Mexican Navy Ship coming to Puerto Penasco

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.  

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

Puerto Peñasco says “Welcome Home”

Although Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) had a large crowd, it was not as large as previous years, judging from the photos.  The bars and restaurants that were open open were pleased with the business they had.   By Sunday most of our visitors had left until next year.  There were food vendors on every corner selling tacos, churros and hot dogs.  A great time was had by all.

At the same time the OAXACA Exhibit has come to town for a month.  They bring with them apparel, leather goods and so many crafts, cosmetics  and perfumes, artwork as well as regional food from the area and many flavors of home made ice  cream. They  open at 10 am and  are located in Shrimp Park across from the Municipal Building on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  Look for the brightly colored tents.

The last Mermaid Market has been delayed from April 17th to May 29th.  So if you are here for the Memorial Day weekend, please plan to stop by and spend some time visiting with the local artists. The last show is always a fun event with vendors dressed like Pirates and always some great music. Here will also find the best BBQ in town and tamales wrapped in Banana leaves that are to die for.  You can also buy fresh baked breads and some of the best Marmalades anywhere.   They have them all to sample so please do, you won’t be disappointed.  If you want a great hamburger while you are in the park, check out the little white building next to the bandstand.  Here you can get a cheeseburger, grilled onions and great french fries for $75 to $80 pesos or around $4 USD.  They have a nice little seating area to enjoy your lunch and some fresh air. Stop by and visit Russ Black and enjoy one of his special Mermaid Margaritas.

Puerto Peñasco is rapidly becoming a year around wedding destination. There are several wedding planners in town to help you make you special day one to be remembered.  You have several caterers to choose from and you can find some great bands for your reception.  If you want a beach wedding, that can be arranged complete with canopy and chairs. Check with Olympia Watson or Shayna Sargent who are wedding planners and they can make all the arrangements. If you want to have your wedding at a hotel, check out Playa Bonita Hotel or Penasco del Sol Hotel.

There are some events coming up in April, May, June and July that you might want to mark you calendars for and get your reservations made.  April 23-24 at Banditos Roger Clyne Solo Songwriters Show, May 1 at Las Palomas is the Annual Golf Tournament, June 10th Roger Clyne Circus Mexicus and July 16-18 at Manny’s Beach Club is the Manny’s Country Bash.  Follow Puerto-Peñasco.com for more info on these events.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 602-300-5133.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

American’s Living in Mexico Do So Much Charity Work

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.

Santa Claus Club
Over 12,000 children, Photo courtesy John Fowler

Santa Claus Club
Just some of the 12,000 children in 2017

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.

Check
Some of the volunteers and charity people.

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 Palacio along 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.

Charity
Women Helping Women

Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros
Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros

Breakfast
Some of the guests

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.

Blanket Drive
Blankets Donated

Blankets
Blankets Collected at the Satisfied Frog

Blanket Drive
First gifts are starting to come in.

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 Frog is 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.

Puppy
This little guy is adopted.

Wrecked at the Reef
Wrecked at the Reef is making Barb’s Dog Rescue their winter charity.

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.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Travel to Puerto Peñasco for Christmas!

 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.

Christmas Village
This is a must see at Latitude 31

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,
Santos Peregrinos,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.”

“The inn I give you,
pilgrim saints,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”

Pinata
The Christmas Pinatas

The Posada
The procession to the Inn.

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.

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

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.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email
If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Here come the motorcylces..2018 is the 18th Anniversary

Roclky Point Rally
Ready to Rumble in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco will once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th.  Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had  maybe had 1,000 bikes.  The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities.  I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed.  Now Rocky Point will welcome over 8,000 bikes.  The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan.  The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town.  Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event.  If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Registration Volunteers
22 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more.  Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events.  These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
 
Nov 7 -12th
One of the 100’s of motorcycles you will see while registering.

The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town.  Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times.  Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at  11:00   with the parade starting at  11:30 .

This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well.  It will be at Playa Bonita Hotel on Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday.  No charge.  Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up:
Thursday November 8th
Banditos, Kick Off Party 7 p.m.  The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer
Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Friday November 9th
Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center.  Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials
Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  “Backroads”
Playa Bonita Hotel Sunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane
Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads
Saturday November 10th
Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard
Tequila Bar, 1 p.m.
Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane
Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads
Sunday November 11th
Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band

If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos.  All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here.  You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel.  For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.

pups for adoption
Come out and play with some of the pups up for adoption.

 While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies.  We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue.  She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi.  Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and more.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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