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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.

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.

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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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XLVI Cervantino Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Cervantiono flyer

Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco.  October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival.  The event is held on the Malecon area of the city.  Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez.  The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.

This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians.  Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times.  Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.

Cervantino 5
Maria Ines Ochoa “La Rumurosa”

XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port
Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
7:50 Opening
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
India
Samandar Khan Mnagabiar Rajasthani

 
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Dancers
Groupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti dancers

Band
Big Band Jazz

 
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Muscial group
Ma. Christine Plata y Musical GroupS

Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
Vocalist
Flor Amargo Vocalist on October 19

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 about Travel to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico #5

The questions still keep coming so here we go.  We hope these are the answers are helpful to you and if you need additional information don’t hesitate to email me at

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Question: From Melissa. I am coming to Puerto Peñasco soon and will be bringing  my son and his friend. His friend is 11 and has his passport.  Is there any other documentation that I need or a consent letter?

Answer: Melissa, you should definitely have a letter of consent for the friend.  In case of an emergency and you need to have medical attention, you will really want to have that.  In the case of a child whose parents are divorced, you should get that letter from the parent who has custody and if the parents share custody, I would have both parents sign it and have it notarized.  This would also apply to yourself.  Even if you get questioned going back into the United States for some reason, you have proof that you have permission to have the children out of the country.  I am sure the boys will have a great time on the beach as there is so much to look for in the tide pools.

 

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

Question: From Bill.  Can you clarify at what age do children need passports and can you clarify if the what documentation is needed to travel from Mexico to the United States by auto.  There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the new AZ driver’s license.  Is it acceptable?

Answer: Thanks Bill, this question comes up all the time.  Below is what I found out.  It seems to be different depending on the source you are looking at, which is contrary to what I have been told previously.  In other reports it says everyone has to have a passport or passport card.  On my next trip to the USA I plan to stop and ask at the border.  Regarding your question about the new drivers license that has to be done by 2020, there is nothing that I have been able to find from their site that says it can be used  for border crossing from Mexico.  Best bet is get a passport card.

Western Hemisphere Land and Sea

Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, children under age 16 who are U.S. or Canadian citizens do not need a passport when traveling by land or sea within the Western Hemisphere travel zone. This area includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the countries of the Caribbean Region. You must present your baby’s birth certificate or naturalization card.

For more information check out our blog post: PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

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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Q & A's regarding Puerto Penasco Mexico #4

We are continuing our question and answer series regarding a variety of questions from our readers regarding traveling to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.  If you have a question you can send it to the email address below and I will try to answer it promptly.

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Pets
Traveling with your dogs/cat into Mexico

Question: I will be traveling with my dog, what do I need to bring to enter Mexico and re-enter into the USA? Thanks, Ginger

Answer: Thanks for the question Ginger.  What most of us have done who travel back and forth frequently is to make a copy of the shot record with a picture of your dog/cat.  If stopped you can hand it to them. They are mainly concerned about making sure the rabies shot is current and the rabies vaccination must be 15 days prior to travel into Mexico .  Once in awhile you are asked for a Certificate of Health. But if you have what I have suggested, you should be good.  Certificates of Health are only good for 10 days  in Arizona and are very costly. They can be gotten up to the day before travel.  They use to be good for 6 months.  One other thing to consider, if you are renting, check with the owner as most places do not allow pets.  In the condo developments only owners can have their pets unless the owner gives permission.  We do have a pet hotel here for boarding if needed and it  is Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa.  Hope this answers your concerns.   If you are planning on bringing something other than a dog or cat, they are not considered pets according to Mexican regulations and there are several steps to go through for this.

Read More: Bringing Your Pet to Rocky Point

Pet Boarding Puerto Penasco
Pet Boarding

Question: Do I need to buy Mexican Insurance and what do I need? Appreciate your help, Paul B.

Answer: Hi Paul, you do need to buy Mexican Insurance for either your auto or RV if you have one.  By law, you are required to buy liability, but remember, that it only covers the other person’s vehicle.  I would also suggest that you don’t just cover your drivers license if you are coming down with different vehicles. Here again it is a liability only policy  even though it may save you some money short term.  With insuring your DL you only have liability coverage and coverage is only if you are driving the vehicle or whoever is named on the policy. Buy full coverage on your vehicle and if you come down often, you may want to consider an annual policy as it will save you money in the long run.  If you are planning on coming to Rocky Point and then traveling say to Ensenada, make sure you are covered.

Question: Does 911 work in Mexico? From Jamie G.

Answer: Yes Jamie, it does work and you will be directed to an English speaking dispatcher if you are not fluent in Spanish.  In the case of an accident with injuries, you may also contact the US Consulate in Nogales and they will have one of their 2 American volunteers help to assist you.

Rocky Point Rally
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Remember there a lot of activities going on in the fall months, so plan ahead and make your reservations soon.  The 18th Annual Bike Rally is Veteran’s Day weekend ( November 8 – 11) and most hotels, condos and homes are already booked.  This is billed as “The greatest bike party, south of the border”.

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.

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

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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