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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.

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Puerto Peñasco Q & A’s #8

Our readers are always asking  about what there is to do in Rocky Point.
From Sandy:

We will be coming mid December and staying for a couple of months. What is there to do and see while we are there?  The first week we will have family with little children, so need to entertain them.  We are staying in Las Conchas on the beach and wonder how far it is from the town.

Answer:

Mid December will provide you with nice sunny warm days but the evenings do cool off, so bring light jackets.  During the time when you  have the little ones here, you can take them to the tide pools when the tide is out and let them explore.  They will enjoy getting sea shells as well as maybe finding a baby octopus in those tide pools.  You can also take them to the aquarium which is located behind Capone’s on Sinaloa Blvd.  They will also have a learning experience if you take them to CEDO which is located in Las Conchas. Here they will be able to see a full size skeleton of a whale. There is also a gift shop with some great books on the area.  Another thing you can do with the children as well as adults is go back north of town to visit the Pinacate Volcano Visit Center.  Here you can watch a movie about the area and they are interactive things to view inside the center.

Biosphere
View from the Visitor Center at the Pinacate Biosphere

Now for the adults.  Rocky Point has 3 golf courses for those golfers.  One at Las Palomas, one at the Isla Del Mar and one at the Mayan Palace.  All of these will provide a challenge.  The course at the Mayan has several holes that parallel the Sea of Cortez. If you have people that love to fish, there is no better place than in the Sea of Cortez.  There are several fishing charters that will take them out and everything is included in the charge.  One of pour favorites is the Pancho Villa,which is a family owned cabin cruiser.  This time of year, depending on how far you go out or for how long you want to go, they will catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger fish (which are not huge) but do put up a fight, just to name few.  The crew will clean and fillet them for you to have at your beach front home.

Golf
Las Palomas Golf Course

Sea of Cortez
Horse back riding on the beach.

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

For the ladies, there is great shopping on Rodeo Drive.  here you will find Fabiloa’s Beach Apparel and accessories, Su Casa (gifts for the home) as well as many shops caring items made in Mexico such as Talavera pottery.  A must place to shop is Mercedes Rusticos  located on the hill as you are coming out of the Malecon and across from the Friendly Dolphin.  Here you can purchase complete sets of dishes made in Mexico as well as other glasses and other things for the home.  Check out the Blue Marlin for the best coconut shrimp around.  They can also hang out at the Boo Bar, which is located above the shrimp market.  Sit out under the big palapa and take in the sunsets.  You will find plenty to keep you occupied.

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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Q & A's on Puerto Peñasco #6

We continue to receive questions on Puerto Peñasco so here is another one from one of our readers.

Sunset
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

Day of the Dead Altar
Rodeo Drive is lined with colorful Altars.

QUESTION:  Kim Bock asks:

Hello Beverly,
My husband grew up going to Choya Bay and his parents owned a home there when we were young. They sold their home about 18 years ago and we hadn’t gone back in many years.  About a year ago my cousin got married there and we’ve been going back ever since.  So much has changed it’s unbelievable, so each time we go back its a little adventure to see all that’s new, as well as what has become unrecognizable.  I started going down there with my husband in 1989. What a shock it was to see what Sandy Beach had become!  Since so much has changed I’d like to ask you a few questions.  I am excited to say we will be in Puerto Penasco November 1-4 and again over Thanksgiving.  I have been reading about Rodeo Drive and I was wondering if you could confirm if that is the same as what everyone calls Malecon now, or if there is a different shopping strip that we are unaware of.  Also is there a particular restaurant that you would recommend eating at and a Pharmacy that you trust and have had good luck with.  We plan to visit the cemetery on the 1st and go downtown (to Malecon) in the evening for dinner and to see the festival.  (We will be preparing our own little ofrenda for my dad who has passed.)  Could you tell me how to get to cemetery.  We cannot check into our hotel until 4 pm and might go straight to cemetery upon arrival into Peñasco or may be coming from Sandy Beach.  Any tidbits or suggestions you have would be much appreciated.  This trip I would like to explore a little farther out and am thinking of taking a drive to Encanto Beach.  I always see homes for rent there and would like to see what it’s like and how far it actually is from Rocky Point.
Thanks for reading my email and for any information you might have for us.
Garufa is from Zacatecas and is an Argentinian Steakhouse featuring world class beef
Garufa  Steak House
ANSWER: Yes Kimberly, things have really changed since 1989. In response to you first question, Rodeo Drive is a different area from the Malecon.  Some people have also called it Shacks 5th Avenue.  Years ago it was a dirt road and on Thanksgiving weekends if it rained everyone got stuck in the soft sand and that was part of the charm.  A few years ago, it was remolded with a cement street and lighting.  There are a lot of very nice store there as well as you touristy brick a brack stores.  There is wonderful ladies store called Fabiola’s and she carries mainly gauze apparel as well as jewelry and hand bags.  She also has some great men’s shirts.  Right next door is the upscale Su Casa which is filled with great home décor and gifts from the south of Mexico.  Getting tired and thirsty, there is a nice Mexican Restaurant across the street called Mariachis and TequilaEddy Wharez is located to the east of these stores and has a lot of home décor and gift ideas.  There is also a lot of Talavera dishes and Silver jewelry available in this area.  Depending on where you are staying while here I will give you this direction. If coming from town you will pass the Sonoran SKY, Puerta Privada and Las Palomas.  The road will end and you will make a right heading north and then make your 1st right turn (it will say to Convention Center).  That road will take you right to the mall.  You can also find many of the same things on the Malecon but you won’t have issues with finding a place to park.
If you would like to have a very nice dinner, recommend GARUFA and Argentinian Steak House.  They are located on the Sandy Beach Road.  You will turn of the main road and you will see it as you get close.  The steaks are to die for and done to perfection.  They have a 14 oz Prime Filet and although it doesn’t come with a sauce, it is a piece of meat that you can enjoy the taste of the meat.  They also have another 7 oz. filet that is finished in a red whine reduction.  Both are under $400 pesos.  Great wines from the Valle de Guadalupe over near Ensenada.  I would recommend the Balero blend.
Cemetery
The 1st Cemetery in Rocky Point.
So happy that you will be here for Dia de Muertos.  Do you know which cemetery your dad is buried at as we now have 3.  Let me know and I can get you directions. Do you have the schedule of events for that holiday?  They also have a lot of things going on at Rodeo Drive.  One night is the night of the Catrina’s, which people dress up like skeletons called Catrina’s.
If you are in the Malecon for dinner, I would recommend the Blue Marlin for seafood. He has a fantastic coconut shrimp served in a coconut shell. He has been in business since I believe 1995, we were some of his first customers.  For breakfast, Boulevard 301, which is located on Benito Juarez (the main street through town) next to Pollo Lucas, Kaffee Haus is as you are heading into the Old Port and Latitude 31 offers a nice breakfast as well.  We are getting more new places seems like every month.  Latitude also does a great Thanksgiving dinner but you will need reservations.  Boo Bar is a fun place to go and also serves food and is right on the water.  Manny’s Beach Club has been completely gutted and rebuilt complete with a pool and is in the same location in the Mirador area.
You will find pharmacies on every corner now days.  We use Santiago’s which is located on Benito Juarez  about 3 blocks south of Burger King and right across from San Jose Clinic in the same side as Burger King.  Rudy speak English and they have very good prices and if they don’t have it, they generally can get it with in few hours.
Much of Cholla Bay received a lot of road damage as a result of remnants Hurricane Sergio.  As of this writing the road to Playa Encanto is not opern as a result of the rains we had from the 2 hurricane remnants, so count that one out.  it is a mess out there.  The turn off to Playa Encanto is about 10 miles from town and when the road is good another 8 miles to the beach and homes.
Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue
If you are dog lovers, you may want to check out Barb’s Dog Rescue on the outskirts of town.  She has some cuties that are up for adoption and there is no charge, all she asks is dog food or a donation to buy food.

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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Garufa Grand Opening October 4, 2018

Garufa
Grand Opening Party Garufa.  Photo by Eric Brown

Ribbon Cutting
October 4 2018 was the ribbon cutting at a Private Grand Opening Party Photo by Eric Brown

The décor is warm and inviting with the use of brick work, comfortable tables and chairs, an open kitchen, handsome bar and lots of windows to make you feel right at home.  In the hostess station area there are chairs to sit in while waiting for your table.  From the front entry, you can see one of the 2 private party areas.  The lighting is soft but you can read the menu with no problem.  This time of year, dine on the outdoor patio and soak in the wonderful Rocky Point weather.

Garufa Inside

Garufa Argentinian Steakhouse opened their doors for a pre-grand opening party on October 5th in Puerto Peñasco to their family, friends and dignitaries.  As you can see from the photos it was a huge success.  They served aprox. 120 people in a professional timely organized manner.  The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food and their wines.

Garufa
Guests enjoying Argentinean specialties. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photos.

The meal consisted of wonderful Beef Slider appetizer .. next came Empanadas, that were divine. They feature 8 different types of Empanada’s on the menu and our table was really fond of the Blue Cheese stuffed ones. This was followed by a lovely salad to share.  After enough time to let everything settle the staff came out with melt in your mouth Arrecherra Steak (which is known in the United States as a marinated Flank Streak).  The meal was finished off with like little round pecan pies.  The meal was served with a Sangria, a Spanish wine or beer.  They make their own bread and rolls, which is a real plus as they are light and tasty.

Flank Steak
Simply delicious. Archerrea Steak. Photo by Eric Brown

Empanadas
Garufa offers 8 different Empanadas.

There wine list is outstanding and it includes wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico as well as Spain and other places.  The presentation of the wines is one of the most unique we have seen.  They feature a full bar with a lot of very nice Tequila’s also.

Wine Selection
Choose you wine from behind the glass walls. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photo.

A couple of days later the out door patio was finished and just in time to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco. They open daily at 1:00 p.m.  One thing that makes this stand out beside the food is that it has ample secure parking.

Planning to come to Rocky Point for Thanksgiving, get your reservation for lodging in early.  Many restaurants will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner so check out Latitude 31 as they fill up fast.

My thanks to Eric Brown for allowing me to share his photos as my camera has a glitch.

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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GRAND OPENING of GARUFA will be OCTOBER 5th

GARAFU
GARUFA opens their doors October 5th

The long awaited opening of the newest restaurant in Puerto Peñasco is nearly here.  Be prepared to have your taste buds get really happy.  GARUFA will formally open their doors in PUERTO PENASCO on October 5th.  This upscale chain restaurant is one of 19 GARAFU restaurants thro0ught Mexico.  However, this is the 1st one to be built in northern Mexico and the 1st one in a tourist/beach town.

Garufa
Wrap your taste buds around this piece of meat.

Garufa Steak house
Garufa Argentinian Steak House will soon be in Puerto Peñasco.

 Their menu is fantastic and includes some of the best cuts of steak around, fresh seafood and the ever popular Argentinian Empanada.  There is something for everyone!  They will feature wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico as well as from other areas including California.  Besides being known for outstanding beef, their deserts are to die for.

Garufa
Enjoy wonderful Empanadas and a nice bottle of wine.

GARUFA will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.  Their hours are Sunday – Thursday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 11:pm. The bar will be open until midnight.

GARUFA is located in the Sandy Beach area between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA right next to Chango’s.

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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Fall will soon be in the air in Puerto Peñasco

The summer traffic is finally winding down and the schools are back in session, so that means that fall should be following by shortly.  With fall comes a lot of events for everyone.

September 16
The Mexican Flag is flying proudly all over the city.

If you have never been here on September 15th for the call to El Grito or the “Call for Independence”  it is quite a production.  This tradition dates back to 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call in Dolores, Guanajuato to gather all the people to revolt against the Spanish colonizers.  It is on this evening that all eyes are on City Hall at the intersection of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  City Hall and the surrounding streets are all decorated with Mexican Flags and red, white and green streamers.  Normally they attach fireworks to the light posts.  This is the night where  the previous Mayor passes the guard to the new Mayor.  In this case Mayor Kiko Munro will be Mayor for a second term.  It is here he is surrounded by his family and friends and makes a speech starting at 11:00 p.m.  The crowds are huge so if you want to see the festivities, make sure to get there early to find a place to park.  Throughout the city there will celebrations in the streets with bands, food vendors and vendors selling Mexican Flags and apparel.  At the end of the ceremony, the crowd will sing the Mexican National Anthem and then the party  begins.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

The long awaited Grand Opening of Garufa is  scheduled for September 28.   This restaurant chain from Zacatecas has been around for many years, but this is the 1st one opening in a tourist beach city.  While you are visiting Rocky Point make sure you add this to your place to have a great steak or seafood.  It is located next to Chango’s between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA.

Planning ahead for a visit to Rocky Point in October  mark your calendar for the Dirty Beach RunThe event takes place  October 20th and will consist of an obstacle course and a 5K run.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
October 26th-28th is the popular Cornhole Tournament in Cholla Bay

Check out these events for October.  On the 6th is the One Club Open, on the 13th you will have the Rocky Point Beach Vollyball Tournament, also on the 13th you can view the Regatta from Sandy Beach.  One of the great cultural events will be held October 18 – 20th in the Old Port and it is the Cervantino Festival . The last  event which is held in Cholla Bay is  the Cornhole Tournament.  This event draws huge crowds so get there early for a good parking spot.  We will give you more information on each event later in September.

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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Questions about Mexico? Ask Beverly III

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa does both fishing charters as well as sunset tours

We are continuing our  Q & A forum from our readers.  If you have any questions, please send them to us.
Question:Hi there!!!!

 It’s me again! How are you? I hope all is well! I’m just writing to ask you if you would recommend Puerto Peñasco in the month of October? My family and I are thinking of visiting this year again in the month of October. What do you think? Also, how has Puerto Peñasco been lately (safety and security wise)? Thanks so much for all of your help! Looking forward to your response soon! Take care and have a great day!!!!

Answer: Hi Susana,

October is a great month especially mid October.  The humidity should be almost gone.  There aren’t any major holidays as far as traffic goes.  There have been no safety issues or security from the time you enter Mexico until the time you head back.  The water will still be nice and morning walks on the beach are a must.  How long are you planning on being here?  Are you coming with small children?  If so, they can enjoy the tide pools looking for little creatures. A visit to CEDO in Las Conchas is a must as they will get to see a full size skeleton of a whale and it is a great learning center for them.  They have a gift shop with books about the area and it is really nice.  Most restaurants will be open everyday if you want to eat out.
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Boats
Heading out for a sunset.
Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

Question: This will be the first time visit to Puerto Peñasco and we are wondering what there is to do and is it safe.
Answer: Thanks for asking. Not sure what time of the year you are planning to be here, but pretty soon, the weather will be changing, so you can enjoy walking or running on the beach.  If you are a golfer, we offer 3 golf courses for your enjoyment.  Fishing your thing, there are several fishing charters to choose from.  After a relaxing day on the beach, take a sunset cruise on one or our many sunset cruises.  You can also to ride horse back on the beach which is really fun.  We have several really great restaurants to choose from and a few with Sea of Cortez view.  This places also offer a great sunset view.

Las Palomas
A challenging beautiful golf course. Photo courtesy Plinio Riverio

I have lived here full time since 2008 and have never had a safety issue.  My children and grandchildren have also been coming here for many years with no issues.  I tell people, if you are looking for trou0ble I am sure you can find it, but otherwise you will have a wonderful stay.  Don’t forget to get Mexican auto insurance full coverage.  It may be a little more expensive for full coverage, but it will protect your vehicle.  Let me know when you plan to come and I will try to update you with events.  The main thing we have upcoming will be the Rocky Point Rally, Veteran’s Day weekend.  The town is probably already sold out.
If you are planning to buy or adopt a dog, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue.  Choose from puppies or senior dogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue

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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Barb's Dog Rescue Online Auction is calling YOU!

Let me introduce you to Barb’s Dog Rescue, if you don’t already know her. Barb has been doing this for nearly 18 years and has rescued and adopted out  1,000 dogs every year for the past several years and growing.  She gives of herself 100% everyday to these discarded little souls. The rescue center is located just north of Puerto Peñasco, look for the big yellow signs.  You can donate dog food that you can purchase here and it is the Kirkland Chicken as well as Kirkland Puppy Chow.  About the same price as buying it at COSTCO and then having to haul it down.

As a community, we are helping her to raise funds to keep up with all the hungry little mouths.  These dogs come from all over the city and in some cases communities from outside the city.  People drop off puppies at the gate or drop off the pregnant mom. Sometimes animal control calls and out she goes to get them rescued.  In winter Rocky Point is full of generous visitors, but in summer many of the visitors go for cooler weather.  Unfortunately, the hungry mouths are still here.

Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue

There are so many success stories of puppies as well as older dogs being adopted.  Every Veteran’s Day weekend we have our annual Bike Rally Festival and this year will be number 18.  These bikers and volunteers not only donate but many also adopt.  One such adoption came from of the crew that registers people for the “biggest rally this side of the border”.  Below are just a couple of the adopted puppies with their forever owners.  As you can see both puppies and older dogs are being adopted out.  Adopt.. don’t buy.  Barb charges nothing to adopt and the puppies are current on all shots and are either spayed or neutered and you will have all the paperwork to take them home.  All she asks is for a donation of food.

Sadie
This sweetheart which is named Sadie was adopted by Rick Busa at the Rocky Point Rally

Sadie
Sadie now. She has made herself at home

Fits right in
This little sweetheart was adopted by the Martinez family of Maricopa

Adoption
Harper Martinez and Lola.

Choya
Sweet Choya a senior dog found her forever home.

The online auction has something for everyone. Please take time and go to the website and see what is waiting for you.  If you get the bid, we will get you the item and if you are out of the city, they can be shipped or pick them up when you come to visit this wonderful sea side town. We will find a way.

Helping Paw Friends is doing an auction to benefit Barb’s Dog Rescue – 100% of all funds will be given to the rescue. We have many great items to bid on! Including several donations from Rocky Point Mexico! There are Condo Rentals, Hotel Packages, Sunset Cruises, Four Rounds of Golf, Gift Certificates from some great Restaurants here in Rocky Point, local merchandise, jewelry by local artists, Dental Cetificate, Pet portraits, A Metal Cut-out of your favorite pet, Ultra Light Flights and many other wonderful items to bid on! For those of you who are Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers fans, we have a great package donated by Roger, which includes an autographed hat! The auction officially starts Aug 28th, but the bidding has already started! New Items are being added daily!  Please help support Barb’s Dog Rescue! You can join the Auction by in Facebook by clicking on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1734484143435480/

Barb's Dog Rescue online auction
Check out the list of available items and start biding today.

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Questions from our readers at Puerto-Penasco.com

We will try to answer all of your questions in a timely manner and will give you the most accurate information that we can.  When you send us a question, would you please let me know if we can use your first name and where you are from.

Q:Hi Beverly,
We have come down to Puerto Penasco a handful of times and fell in love with it so much we just bought a home in Las Conchas.  I really appreciate your blog, it gives us a lot of information about our new home away from home.Keep up the good work, and we will bring a bag of dog food for Barb the next time we come down.Thanks again!
Lanny and Pamela 

A: I will always answer your questions no matter how many time the question is asked, unlike many in the FB groups.  I know Barb will appreciate the donation as well.  Summers are always difficult as so many people that help have gone to cooler weather, the puppies, however, are always coming.

Cute puppies
The little cutie on the left is looking for you! Please check them out.

Q: Hello, I am interested in information on travel from Phoenix to Rocky Point, Sonora.  I am unable to find this on your website.  Do you have transportation between the two destinations?  Thank you.
Susan

A: Thanks Susan for your inquiry.  There are a couple of shuttle services here.  One is Head Out To Rocky Point and the other is Nina’s Shuttle.  Head Out To Rocky Point has a very good track record and will pick you up and drop you off where ever you need them to.  You can also rent a car from Enterprise Car Rentals at the airport.  Make sure you purchase their Mexican Insurance policy, even though it might be expensive as it is the LAW.  The nice thing about this is that once you are here, you have transportation to go out and see the town.

Head out to Rocky Point

Q:  Dear Sirs/Madams,     I’d like to take a trip to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) but my wife is concerned about the whole drug cartel, safety thing. Can you tell me what the safety brief is like in that area? Thanks, John from San Tan Valley

A: Hi John, It is not to say there are no drug issues here as there are.  With that being said, if you do what you would do in the USA, you will not have issues.  Drug cartels do not want to draw attention to themselves so rarely is a tourist hurt.  The highway coming down is patrolled and also is monitored by what is called the Green Angels, whose job it is to help you in the event of a break down.

A couple of things are do not travel at night and make sure you are staying in a condo area or Las Conchas which has many rental homes.  The safety brief that the US Consulate puts out of Mexico City general is not intended for us although it does include the State of Sonora.
Do you have children?  There are a lot of things for them to do in the tide pools looking for little creatures.  I hope you will come down and see for yourself and not listen to most of the AZ media.More on Is it Safe to go to Rocky Point?

Q: Hi there! I came across your webpage (thanks for keeping it up by the way), and I had a few questions about Puerto Peñasco.  This will be our very first time traveling to visit (my husband planned the trip), and I must admit, I am really terrified of visiting, given how dangerous Mexico is and, given that the US government has deemed Sonora as one of the most dangerous states to visit. My family will be driving down from Lukeville Arizona to Puerto Peñasco,  along with our 3 small children (2 under the age of 5) and my elderly parents. My question is, how safe is Puerto Peñasco? How safe is it to drive from Lukeville to Rocky Point? Does it get packed during spring break? Are the Catholic churches we can visit during this time? Do you have any info that will help me feel better about visiting? Thanks so much for all of your help! I am really looking forward to a response. Have a great day!  Susana

A: Susana, I can only tell you that my children and grand children have been coming here for years with no issues.  It is a short 1 hour across the border and it is patrolled by 2 groups to help you in case of a breakdown.  Spring Break and Semana Santa (Easter Holy week) are 2 times you want to avoid if at all possible.  Yes there are 2 Catholic churches here, one in the Old Port and one in town.  You and your family will have a wonderful relaxing time.  You can come into the Old Port area and grab a Thrift Ice Cream and sit and watch the shrimp boats come and go as well as the sunset boats.  Speaking of the a sunset cruise is really fun and there is one that looks like a Pirate ship and is great for families..  You will have fun so come down, sit and relax.

Boat Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

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Sweet treats and Sonoran Style Hot Dogs in Puerto Peñasco

Welcome to Puerto Peñasco.  We know it is hot and muggy but let’s check out a couple of places you must go to when you are here. You need to treat yourself to a Piña Colada or try some of the best Sonoran Hot Dogs anywhere.

Chon's
These Sonoran Style Hot Dogs are the yummiest.

Hot Dogs
Chon’s son giving his papa a day off and serving up the dogs

Hot Dogs
Check out this fully loaded dog at Chon’s.

Our first stop will be to Chon’s Sonoran Style Hot Dogs on Constitution, across from the ABC Bus Line.  He has been serving up these dogs for as long as I can remember.  When I arrived today his son was working the stand and I asked if his papa was OK and he said “Day Off”.  There were several people eating the dogs there as well as people waiting in line for dogs to go.  When I spoke with the papa one day, I asked him how many dogs he sold a day and said it was somewhere between 200 and 300.  WOW.  He has a simple cart that he tows everyday and this is where he cooks the dogs on a flat top after they have been wrapped in thin bacon.  How could this not be good?  Bacon on anything is good.  Then he grills onions and whole jalapenos for your enjoyment.  The cart has a warming bin for the tender buns.  Now he prepares your order by putting the  crispy dog on the bun and starts to build from there with either the grilled onions or chopped raw ones, pickles, peppers and more.  There are several things to add next such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, a thin avocado sauce and you are good to go.  If you want , just ask for the Jalapeno on the side.  When my husband and I go, we have 2 dogs each and a small Coke Cola.  Nothing better than a REAL Mexican Coke Cola to top of your lunch and all of this will not break your wallet.

Pina Colados
Lupe Castro has been on this site for over 10 years.

Lupe Castro
This Pineapple truck is also available for private parties

Pineapple drinks
Pineapple Pina Colada from Lupe Castro.

Next stop is on the corner of Calle 13 and Plutarco Elias Calle.   Here you will find Lupe Castro making those yummy Piña Coladas served in a fresh Pineapple, complete with slices of fresh Pineapple on the side, a little umbrella and a cherry.  This goes on the top of the fresh mixture of cream of coconut milk and pineapple juice which has been blended.  Lupe has been on this corner for over 10 years come spring, summer, winter or fall.  He says he sells on average of 25-30 of these delightfully refreshing drinks a day. He blends everything up in front of  you and when he made ours he also had enough to gives us 2 10 oz. cups in addition.  Lupe has a great smile and every time we pass him he always waves and smiles, so how could we not stop.  Two drinks were only 180 pesos and well worth it.  This corner is very busy this time of the year, as everyone is wanting to rent those quads and rhinos.  Perhaps this would be a great stop  after you have been out on the quads and rhinos in the heat to cool off.  Lupe is also available for private parties.

I hope you will support these 2 gentleman as they are so hard working and I know they appreciate our business.

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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