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October Activities in Rocky Point

October Is A Busy Month

As September comes to end we just celebrated Mexican Independence Day on September 16th with the new Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro being installed into office. This is one of the younger mayor’s I can remember in recent times, so hopefully it will bring new fresh ideas to Puerto Peñasco. Year’s ago I was at Immigration doing my annual renewal and of course I had all my papers in order, except they threw in a new wrinkle and that was I needed to have two Mexican Nationals to vouch for me. Just as I was about to head out the door, in came Kiko and his dad Ernesto (who I had known for a few years at that time)and I broke into my “happy dance” and they helped out this damsel in distress and vouched for me.
This is the first year in forever that the humidity has blown out on September 15th and we have had the house open a good portion of the day, so our fur babies Tucker and Frida are happy campers as they lay on the balconies and take in the fresh air. Hopefully “fall is here to stay” in Puerto Peñasco.

Pangas in el Golfo Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When October arrives it is a fun packed month. October 24th- 25th marks the 39th annual El Golfo run. This was started by Tom and Sandy O’Hare, who publish the Rocky Point Times. It is open to anyone with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. They pretty much run the beach all the way from just north of Puerto Peñasco to El Golfo aprx. 75 miles to the north. Although I have never had time to go, this group has a blast even though there is always someone who either breaks down or gets stuck. Here is a picture of the pangas that fish the Sea of Cortez in El Golfo. El Golfo is at the top of the Sea of Cortez and is a small quaint little fishing town with a couple of small RV parks and restaurants.
Fishing Pangas in el Golfo
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Next is the CEDO Annual Beach Clean-up. Although the city makes an effort to keep our beaches spotless, this CEDO event picks up a bunch of trash on the other beaches. CEDO is located in Las Conchas atop the hill where the full size whale has been re-assembled. If you have not yet gone, take the time to go out there. They have a gift shop that carries everything from shirts to books. Pick up a couple of the books there that have been written about our area and the Pinacate Biosphere and it is a great place to do your Christmas shopping.
Over the Line charity
Photo provided by Beverly Arrowood

Next comes the Over The Line (OTL) soft ball contest. This year the teams from San Diego are coming back and they are expecting over 30 teams. This event started in San Diego and the one there is huge. The event starts October 24th at 9 am on Sandy Beach to the left of the REEF and ends around 5:30 pm. On Sunday Baja Cantina provides a Mexican Brunch at 11 and this is where the awards are presented. This is a fun event for all and who knows, you may want put together your own team and bring them down. For more information please contact John Fowler at 602-840-1528 or email to SantaClausClub@hotmail.com . Again all proceeds go toe The Santa Claus Club.
Over the line Torunament winners
Photo provided by Beverly Arrowood

Over The Line Charitie Event
Photo provided by Beverly Arrowood

One more note on Cholla Bay events is that the are holding their Annual 1 Club Open this coming weekend at day break and will play 18 hols. All monies go to the Santa Claus Club
Boobar at OTL
Photo provided by Beverly Arrowood

October 24th is the 2nd Annual Grand Little Riders equine therapy fundraiser evening event at Rancho San Jose km76 north of Rocky Point. This event benefits the children with disabilities and teaches them confidence with the use of the horses. Raffle tickets are available for $50 pesos (aprx $3.25 USD) and the dinner tickets for the Mexican Fiesta Dinner are $100 pesos (aprx $6.50 USD). It goes from5 pm to 8 and tickets can be purchased at Kaffe Haus Restaurant, Latitude 31, RP360 or Papeleria el Estudiante (paper store). This is a great event and I have a feeling if after you have gone, you will want to be involved and volunteer with this group. There is no horse riding experience necessary, just a love for helping children.

Little Giants Equestrian Teraphy

Last but not least on October 31 is the Dirty Beach Mud Run on Sandy Beach. Please check out their website at https://www.facebook.com/DirtyBeachMudRun .

Dirty Beach Mud Run 2015

I know I speak about charities a great deal, but that is something close to my heart. Last week I attended the ribbon cutting at CAM La Montana school. La Montana is a school for children with learning disabilities. The Toma Color fun run that was here in Puerto Peñasco this spring donated monies to redo the bathroom facilities for this school. Although this might not sound like a big deal to most people, it is to the students and families of these children that attend this school. I was amazed how many children are there. La Montana is one of the charities that the Bike Rally donates to also.

School for Special needs kids
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

School for kids with dissabilities
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

School for special need kids in Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Also if you are staying in the RV parks Halloween night, you will have a huge presence of small children coming by and saying “Tricky Tricky”. If you didn’t bring candy with you, you can go to Lupita Candy store on Benito Juarez or Sam’s to buy large amounts as you will need them. Drive with caution that night if you are going out to any of the adult events, as these little guys can get away from their parents very quickly at the sight of candy. Also many of the adults wear dark clothing and are very hard to see at night.
Halloween in Mexico

Once again, I apologize for not knowing that the skydivers canceled but they did not tell those of us who wrote about them.
As always, thank you for following us and keep liking us. Remember Rocky Point is a safe fun place to spend your free time, so come on down.
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Where is Puerto Peñasco?

Puerto Peñasco….. Centrally Located

For those of you who have no idea where this little “Sleepy Drinking Town With A Fishing Problem” is located, let me tell you. We are 60 miles south of the US Border or 220 miles south of the Phoenix Metro and the same distance from Tucson. I say we are centrally located not only because of the proximity to Arizona but also to California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. It is an easy drive from all of the above.
Once you are here, if you decide to move or just come and spend a few weeks or a month, you are going to want to explore the Mexico that surrounds us. As you come down you will pass the Pinacate Biosphere. Here you will find the largest crater range in North America. Stop at their visitor center and you will learn so much.

Church in Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

We are also the starting point to visit the Padre Kino Missions. We have always made sure we take all of our company on this little day trip. We leave Puerto Peñasco as early as possible as we make a long fun day. We stop at Limini Coffee shop to say good morning to our coffee family of guys and now gals, before embarking on our day. What a better way to start off with conversation and laughter! We then get on the road going south east past the Mayan Palace and forging onward towards the city of Caborca. I use the words forging as sometimes the pot holes will swallow your car (just Kidding). But the good news is the highway is being re-done and soon it will be a smooth easy drive. Sometimes we make a diversion and go to Desemboque ( a small fishing village with a great shelling beach). Back on the highway, we pass hectarias (acres) after acre of Thompson seedless grape fields, olive groves and at one point Pecan groves. Sadly the Brandy Distilleries have all been moved to Mexico City, but the remnants remain as do my memories of trips in the 90’s where we would caravan with about 10 vehicles of retired snow birds to visit the distilleries. That was long before I could even fathom retirement, I enjoyed being a part of their group.
Padre Kino Mission Church
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The drive to Caborca is about a 2 hour drive as there are several little towns to pass through. Once there, we sometimes stop for a cup of coffee or breakfast at the El Camino Motel there and we go there because they are so gracious. Then it is off to take pictures and walk around the grounds of the oldest of the Padre Kino Missions known as Templo de la Purisima Concepcion and was founded in 1692 but constructed between 1803-1807. Finally 2 years ago, after going there countless times, we found it open and got to go in. It is awesome as you can see from the pictures. The care taker opened up the museum for us as well as allowing us into the Mission. So much history to be seen. Due to the fact it is built along the banks of the river, it has succumbed to many floods and been flood damaged on more than one occasion. But the community never let’s go and re-builds it. On one visit, I learned to say my colors in Spanish from the caretaker of the roses. Amazing what a smile can do!!!!
Padre Kino Mission Church
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

After heading back into town for lunch at La Carreta ( it is easy to find as it has wagon wheels outside for the wall) we decide to see Pitiquito about 10 miles south of Caborca. Our 1st stop is the Templo de San Diego de Pitiquito. You can see from the info out front the age of the mission. Although it is very small in comparison to the one in Caborca, it is none the less meaningful. The region to the east of Caborca and Hermosillo is called Ruta de Missions. Do to the many missions to visits, you will want to spend the night along the way.
I believe I also have mentioned in the past, but Pitiquito is the home to a very large leather factory that manufactures some of the most beautiful handmade leather jackets, vests, purses, belts and more. They also have this wonderful little courtyard where you can just sit while your spouse is shopping.
Padre Kino Mission Church
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Back on the road to Caborca, it is again time to stop at our favorite lunch place or if we are not hungry, just stroll the stores of Caborca. Where else can we get Carne cooked over a small table top hibachi grill and done to perfection. Once we have finished, we know it will be a beautiful drive back to Puerto Peñasco and we will be able to see the sunset over the Sea of Cortes for many miles.
As you can see, we have so many things to do not only in Puerto Peñasco but the surrounding part of the State of Sonora, you will never be bored. We are also only 5 hours away from Hermosillo if you decide you want to take a bus to the South of Mexico. There are 1st class buses all the way or hop a plane.
There is always something to do in and around Puerto Peñasco. Come down and join us, the weather is is nice, the water is warm and the beer is ice cold.
Padre Kino Mission Church
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Rocky Point Rally 2015

Time To Put Your Varoooooom On!

It seems that the dog days of summer are going to be hanging around longer than we would all like. However, we know that soon our little town of Puerto Peñasco will be full to the gills. Full to the gills with motorcycles! This year our 15th Annual Bike week will actually start on November 11th Veteran’s Day and continues through November 15th. The fact that the holiday is actually in the middle of the week seems to be making our bikers coming earlier and staying later.

Bike Rally in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The official registration begins on the morning of Thursday the 12th from 9 -5 and Friday from 9-5 or 6. We will have an interpreter there this year as we are getting more and more bikers from all over Mexico. Last year they came from as far away as Mexico City to the South and Tijuana Baja Norte to the West. We have bikers registering from Alaska to Florida.
Rocky Point Rally
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Even if you don’t have a bike, make a weekend trip to see all the fun and colorful bikes that we get. I love the sound of the bikes as they roar by past us and give us the signal that they will be back in a bit to register. They check in to their hotel, condo or beach front home and sure enough they come back. They come back to register and buy their OFFICIAL shirts, hats and leather goods as well as getting their registration package which includes the pin, patch, official bandana, koozie holder and other souvenirs donated by TECATE and local merchants. They spend time talking with us at the registration tables. It is so neat to find out how far they have traveled and how many times they have been here before. Many of our guests have been to several rally’s here and love it.
Rocky Point Bike Rally Gallery
Rocky Point Rally 2013

It is an easy drive with several Poker Run stops along the way to get off and stretch there arms and legs and probably to regain their hearing.
Once you get here, there will concerts going on all over … Banditos and Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach, The Malecon and more. This year we will utilize Calle 12 (the street 1 block south of Calle 13 for several of the nightly events. Come see your favorite bands Mogollon and Matt Farris just to name a few.
Rocky Point Rally
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

This year registration is again only $20.00 USD and is a bargain for all that you get. Remember all monies go to our local charities.
To see all that will be going on go to www. RockyPointRally.com Better yet get on their email list to find out what is happening as we get closer. Even if you don’t have a bike, you can register and get the package.
I encourage you to get your lodging registration in soon as things are filling up quickly.
You can go online to www.Puerto-Penasco.com .
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me and I will respond as soon as possible. I have been here since the 1st rally and how great it has been to see how it has grown and be a part of it. You will be able to find me at the registration area or even out on the highway flagging you to come in. But, I will always have time to talk with you and welcome you to our home town.
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Motorcycles in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Driving to Puerto Peñasco

Rocky Point Coastline
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Although a lot of this has been covered not only here but in other medias, I think it is important to remind people of what you can and can’t do.

Coastiline in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

For some reason, people coming from California still drive all the way to Gila Bend rather than the Coastal Highway. Other than the $95MN or aprx $7 USD toll, going that way adds time to your trip. You can cut down from Interstate 8 at either Tecate, Calexico/ El Centro, Algodones or Yuma ( then go south to San Luis). Once in Mexico you will go east through San Luis and pick up the Coastal Highway and just stay on it all the way to El Golfo and then follow the scenic drive to Puerto Peñasco. If you choose you can also take the scenic drive south of San Luis passing through a lot of farm fields. This may take time if they are harvesting produce so be prepared to go slow. The Coastal Highway Mexico 3 is a nice 2 lane road with very little to see until you reach El Golfo. In El Golfo you can fuel up or go to a couple of the little restaurants and have a fresh seafood lunch.

Pangas in el Golfo Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Coming from Phoenix, it is an easy drive. Take Interstate 10 to Buckeye and pick up AZ 85 to Gila Bend and then stay on AZ 85 all the way to the Mexico-US Border. If you are hungry, there are several places in Gila Bend to eat. Burger King (just remodeled and great fast food and service), McDonald’s and Carl’s Jr. There is a Mexican Restaurant that is always packed called Sophies and it is very good. Also try the Little Italy it is very good as well. Although not a culinary destination, you won’t be disappointed.

Baja Coastline in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

If you do not already have your mandatory Mexican Auto Insurance, you can get it at Ajo Insurance or the Texaco Station next door. There are many places to buy insurance, but I have done business with these folks for many years and they make it easy. Call ahead of time and pre-pay if you are passing after they are closed, they have a drop box for your policy. Also watch your SPEED limit here as well!

Driving to Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Another 40 minutes and you will be at the border. A note of caution, when you come through the Organ Pipe National Park, obey your speed signs as the park rangers can ticket you. Near the visitor center entrance it drops down to 55mpr for a short distance. They also have clean rest rooms there and a really nice visitor center which I think everyone should go to.

Fishing Pangas in el Golfo
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When you get to the border you will pass over some speed strips that rattle your teeth and wake up your sleeping pets. You will then you will get either a red or green light. If you have your dogs or cats (2 per vehicle only) you will be asked for their shot records and they will take pictures of you pets. Save yourself some time and make a copy of their shot record on one side of a piece of paper and on the other side a picture of your pet and your drivers license. They may keep it or just look at it, but it saves time. The main thing they are looking for is that the rabies shot is current. They are very polite at this stop. You can get a certificate of health from your vet, but it is now only valid for like 7 days and are costly. The other method works just fine. You are allowed to bring enough dog food for the length of your pet for your stay. However it can only be chicken based and must be in the original bag. If your pet requires a special food like Royal Canine, that can be purchased here at Servicios Medicos Veterinarios. If you will be here for awhile you can call them at 383-3344 or email me and I will send you their email address so that you can contact them and they can have food in stock for you. Again if you need an outstanding vet while you are in Puerto Peñasco, this is the one to go to.

When driving through Sonoyta OBEY the speed signs!!!! 40km is about 25mph. I set my cruise at just a tad under 25mph.

They are strict on the Mexican side about what you can bring in just as when you return to the US. No beef, poultry, pork or dairy products. You really don’t need to bring anything down these days as with Sam’s and the newly remodeled Ley’s store and a real old fashioned meat market we have pretty much anything you could want. Remember Puerto Peñasco is known for our shrimp and fish. There are plenty of fresh produce markets or stop and buy grapes or a watermelon on a street corner. If you are lucky enough to be here when the Mennonite Farmers come with their fresh cheese, do yourself a favor and buy some and I guaranty you will not be disappointed.

Boats at the Old Port
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Finally, we have a great little apparel shop called Fabiola’s in the Cholla Bay Rd shopping area. You can get some really neat beach attire for you and the man or woman in your life for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. Remember, we are still a laid back beach town and not very formal. There are a lot of curios shops and art galleries out there as well for doing you Christmas shopping.

Rocky Point Bird Island

So after all this being said, you have arrived at your condo or home on the beach. Break out the cerveza or make a mouth watering margarita and relax. Take time to enjoy every minute of what Puerto Peñasco has to offer and enjoy the stunning sunsets. Enjoy one of water front bars or restaurants and shop until you drop. Want to take a sunset cruise, we have several boats that will take you out. Take the Eco Tour to Bird island to see where the Sea Lions and Dolphins are and swim with them if you choose or Kayak around with them. Golfer? Bring your clubs and play on one of our 3 beautiful courses or hire a guide to take you fishing for a ½ day or full day adventure.

Puerto-Peñasco-Golf-Mayan-Palace

Once you have spent some time here I can guaranty you will be hooked and will be back time after time. Please, if you have any questions about Puerto Peñasco, don’t hesitate to email me or Call Us at: 1-800-997-9431

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Rest Stop Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Sky Diving Returns to Puerto Peñasco

You can tell how long someone has been living here or has been coming here if you remember the Sky Divers that came for several years. They landed on Sandy Beach when there was nothing there. While it is hard to believe prior to the late ’90’s there were 2 things on Sandy Beach one being Playa Bonita and the other The Reef (which gave new meaning to a dive bar). Nothing but pristine soft sand and beach. As we all now know, that has changed big time.
Fast forward to weekend of September 25th – 27th. The Sky Divers will be back and they are coming all the way from Puerto Vallarta . Jamie Heesh and his group of tandem divers will their bringing their single engine Cessna 182 which holds 4 persons plus the pilot and a single engine Cessna 182 which holds 6 divers plus the pilot to Puerto Peñasco.

Sky Diving in Rocky Point
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

In an interview recently with Jamie, he explained that his 1st dive came as a result of a friend in 1994 while he was living in Southern California and the dive was out in Hemet, California. He did 3 dives on his first weekend. Jamie moved to Phoenix from So. Cali where he continued diving and then to Puerto Peñasco where he worked with the Mayan Group in sales and then later transferred to Puerto Vallarta with the Mayan. Through all these moves he has never forgotten that first dive and has never lost his love for Sky Diving in Mexico. While he has been working at the Mayan he still spends his free time doing tandem dives which land on the beach. Down south they land in either Nuevo Vallarta or near the Grand Venetian also in PV.
I was interested more in the landing, as I remembered my 1st hot air balloon ride in Phoenix, when the winds kicked up and we had to land at Deer Valley High School. The pilot told me he wanted me in the front of the basket and I said I don’t think so. My thought was if the basket tipped I would be dragging my face across the football field with the pilot and the other guy on top of me! Jamie explained how the tandem landing works and I could go for this. The main tandem diver lands on either their feet if it is windy or their butt in the soft sand if it is not and then the passenger is just there for the ride so to speak.
SkyDiving in Rocky Point
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

When I asked him about the dive itself, I could hear the excitement in his voice. He has taken people as young as six and as old as a lady who was 85+. Now I am thinking, I could do this. The fly time from Mar de Cortez Airport is about 20 minutes and goes to the altitude of 10,000′. The first 45 seconds is the free fall and the actual dive last between 5 -7 minutes on the chute.
At least compared to years ago, they can re-fuel at the airport here where in those years they had to fly over to TJ or Mexicalli and re-fuel. Of course they used much bigger planes as about 20 divers came out at one time. I just remember the first time I heard the plane and looked up and saw them all. It was awesome. In those days they did not advertise or have FaceBook or things of that nature. They came as a group and just had a heck of a good time in Puerto Peñasco.
With every thing that is happening in Puerto Peñasco this is just one more thing to bring people here. We can offer it all, World class fishing, golf along the Sea of Cortez, Bird Island tours and snorkel with the Sea Lions, para sailing, largest Motorcycle Rally this side of the border, motorized hang gliding, watching the Tiburon baseball games, Tequila, beer and wine festivals, art shows, combing the beach for sea shells, whale watching tours, sunset cruises, cruise ship departures(coming in the future) and now Sky Diving.
Check out their e-mail skydiverockypoint@hotmail.com or call them at 01-044-322-105-0960. The cost for this is $235.00 per person. Bring a friend with you and it drops to $210.00 per person. Make your reservation as soon as possible as the already have 40 reservations booked. You will be shuttled out to the airport. Also if you don’t own a home or condo in Puerto Peñasco don’t forget to make those lodging reservations.
Sky Diving in Rocky Point Mexico
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

They will be doing their landings on Sandy Beach in front of the Princesa Condos and it sounds like a party is going to be happening. Food, vendors, beverages and more. Get there early and stake out your spot on the beach and wait for the fun to begin. Better yet, SIGN UP now so that you can see Puerto Peñasco from the air.
Let’s all get out and show this group some Rocky Point hospitality. Remember
what we say here “Welcome Home”.
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Skydiving in Rocky Point, MExico
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

***UPDATE FROM THEIR WEBSITE***
We regret to say that we have to indefinitely cancel our plans for the Skydiving event in Rocky Point. After a trip to Mexico city we have found out the laws for plane permits are changing and no plane permits will be issued in Mexico until this is complete. There is no time frame for completion of what normally takes a week.
We did not take any deposits and will be notifying our clients as soon.
I would love to keep this page going, so please stay tuned!

Las Vegas Night Charity Night in Rocky Point, Mexico

Las Vegas Night at Sonoran Sky
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

This is a reminder that July 4th is the Annual Las Vegas Charity Night at the Sonoran SKY Resort,Puerto Peñasco, Mexico with all proceeds going to DIF. I spoke recently with Jim Ringquist, Sales Manager for the Sonoran Resorts and it seems tickets are going quickly. Don’t be left on the outside looking in! They have incorporated several new games this year which should be exciting for everyone. You can choose from Texas Hold ’em, Black Jack, Prize Wheel, Roulette, Red Dog (new card game) and 2 dice games Chuck – a- Luck and Sic Bo. Jim said they are still looking for dealers, so if you have time give him a call.
Las Vegas Night at Sonoran Sky
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Also they will be having that great Mexican buffet dinner which starts when the doors open at 7 until the food is gone. There is also a cash bar and there will be FREE Tequilla tastings. $30 pp gets you all of that and $300 in gaming chips.
Las Vegas Night at Sonoran Sky
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Remember this year it is on July 4th, so hopefully you can break away from your table for a few minutes to enjoy the wonderful July 4th Fire Work displays put on by several of the resorts and the city. Considering this is a US holiday, the City of Puerto Peñasco along with Las Palomas and many other resorts put on a top of the line fire work display. We will all be oohing and awing.
Again, I can’t stress enough if you have children, DO NOT let them play with fireworks even Sparklers as they burn at something like 1500 degrees, so they are dangerous.
Please remember if you have “furever” 4 legged friends with you, make certain they are locked in your home or condo. Every year, after the noise is over, there are signs posted all over town looking for someone’s dog or cat. There is nothing worse than a poor dog from the US that escapes and does not know his surroundings and wanders off.
Las Vegas Night at Sonoran Sky
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Tickets are still on sale from the SKY sales office or any of the Sonoran staff members at The Sonoran SKY, Sonoran SPA, Sonoran SEA or the Sonoran SUN. I am sure if you own a business in town, I hope you will donate door prizes for the bidding throughout the evening. Remember all proceeds go to the DIF charity.
Again, “welcome home” and I would be remiss if I did not thank all of you who have emailed with questions about Puerto Peñasco and are following us on www.Puerto-Penasco.com

Schools In Puerto Peñasco The difference between here and the United States

The average school here in Puerto Peñasco does not have air conditioning (imagine how kids in the US would be screaming), but they go to school daily in the heat. In the winter they go bundled up as they have no heat. However, you don’t hear them complain. They walk past our home and smile or wave.

CAM LA Montana

They don’t complain that they have little or no play ground equipment, yet the teachers are out there with them exercising at recess and at lunch. They have a water fountain and if they are lucky a basketball hoop. Some of the kids are lucky enough to have a ride to school, while the others walk a long way with their heavy back pack
They all wear uniforms ( no one up man ship here) this way each child looks the same and how much money their family may have does not matter.
The fathers over the past several years have been participating in the semester breaks unlike years gone by.
This summer a lot of things seems to be changing at the elementary school level. At one point I believe we had nearly 50 schools in Puerto Penasco. There has been funding for several schools that now have provided stainless steel drinking fountains, astro turf put down and painted for a mini soccer field and it looks like shade is being installed on the play grounds. These kids do get exercise as there is always a class playing soccer outside at break. No sitting around using their cell phones or notebooks here.

Why do I feel this is important to talk about this, well it is simple. When the kids come down from the US, they sit around the condos, pools and yes the beach with their Iphones, tablets or what ever so there is never any socialization while they are here with their friends and family. Their families don’t really do anything together so why should the kids? It is easy to give them money to rent quads, etc and tear up the desert and streets and yes they do get killed sometimes. I see more interaction between the Hispanic families while they are on vacation and it is fun to watch them all play together. If they are cooking dinner by the beach, if you stop to see what they are making, you will generally be invited to sit and have a bite. Please do so, you won’t be disappointed. If the kids get out of control, there is usually a grandma or grandpa to take charge.
CAM LA Montana

We have schools for children with disabilities here and our charities donate both money and the man power to re-build what needs to be done. One of those schools is CAM La Montana which is a school for children with special needs. The Toma Color Charity 5K and 10K Run donated it’s proceeds to get it bathrooms repaired. The one thing about charities here, is the money actually goes 100% to the charity and is not given to the managers for their pockets. So many of these charities are run by people who get nearly nothing for their work and long hours.

If you are a visitor to Rocky Point and ever want to go visit one of these schools or the orphanages, please feel free to contact me and we can go. If you want to donate, let us help get you to the right people. If you knit or crochet, the orphanages can always us blankets or lap robes for the Casa Hogar ,Home for the Elderly.

CAM LA Montana
Once again, I thank you for visiting www.Puerto-Penasco.com and come back soon. If you have anything you want to know about Rocky Point or Mexico in general, please let me know.

Beverly Arrowood

CAM LA Montana

Sandy Beach Medical Center in Rocky Point, Mexico

Sandy Beach Medical Center

Proudly Announcing

“Sandy Beach Medical Services Plan”

I recently had time to visit with Dr. Gonzalez between bloody faces and broken arms to learn more about what he is doing. I marvel that we don’t lose more young people due to stupidity when driving quads and rhinos. It is a good thing I don’t get faint around blood or I would not have made it during our visit. Dr. Gonzalez always has a smile and you can recognize him by his cowboy boots. He is a very humble person and always has time for us. So with this I will begin my story.

Dr Gonzalez Rocky Point, Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Many of our readers ask about medical care and while I have touched on it quite a bit, this is something you should all know about. Under the very capable medical doctor and his staff, Dr. Jesus Gonzalez-Gaytan is announcing that the Sandy Beach Medical Center is open and will be “Your All-In-One Medical Services Health Care Destination”. It is in the same location as it has been on Sandy Beach, but now Dr. Gonzalez will have full control of the practice. For those of you who don’t know Dr. Gonzalez -Gaytan, he is an internist who has practiced for many years in the US and Mexico and is very well respected. It has always been a goal of his to provide affordable yet excellent health care and at last he has accomplished what he set out to do. Over the years he has personally taken care of me when one of my medications sent me into shock or when one of my allergies made my throat swell up and the care has been outstanding. He has an assistant there who is the only person I have ever received a shot from that it did not hurt.
If you are a full time resident here in Rocky Point or spend a lot of time here, you may want to join the program and it open is open to anyone.
The member benefits are in English and Spanish. Dr. Ron and Judy Ridgway will be the people you need to contact regarding signing up and answering all your questions. You can purchase the membership up front as a couple living in the same house for ($1,200 USD) or single person ($700 USD) cash or check, IVA included. There will also be a payment plan if needed , but the Ridgways’ can tell you more about that.
One of the main benefits is that now you will have a doctor in Puerto Peñasco who knows you and your medical history. You will be able to have unlimited office visits and expert medical care, but another important part is the skills of the staff to take care of you should there be an emergency. For people with heart issues, the fact that they will know your back ground, so that they may consult immediately with your US or Canadian doctor is so important. Once you join, you will get a copy of your records from you doctors in the US or Canada and they will be on file here.
You will also be covered for most lab work and X-rays. There will also be coverage for some injections and huge discounts from their pharmacy or participating pharmacies in Puerto Peñasco. You will have local transportation provided, should you become ill and it is determined you should not be driving to the clinic. There are so many things covered that you really need to contact the Ridgways’ today.
Please feel free to stop by and say hello to Dr. Gonzalez and his wife Miram and let them show you around. I know you will be impressed. It is located on Sandy Beach Road just before the left turn into the Sonoran SPA and SEA. You will recognize the 4 story white building with the green ambulance and desert rail in green for desert rescues.
Ambulance in Rocky Point, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Here is the contact information for the Ridgway’s.
Dr. Ron and Judy Ridgway, Calle M #10 La Cholla, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 or mail them at P.O. Box 186, Lukeville, AZ 85341-83550. Their US phone is (602) 539- 0017, Mexico Land Line (638) 382-5194 and cell at (638) 107-7162 or 7163.
Again from all of us at www.Puerto-Penasco.com thanks for liking us. Come down and stay awhile.

Las Vegas Charity Night in Rocky Point, Mexico

This is a reminder that July 4th is the Annual Las Vegas Charity Night at the Sonoran SKY Resort,Puerto Peñasco, Mexico with all proceeds going to DIF. I spoke recently with Jim Ringquist, Sales Manager for the Sonoran Resorts and it seems tickets are going quickly. Don’t be left on the outside looking in! They have incorporated several new games this year which should be exciting for everyone. You can choose from Texas Hold ’em, Black Jack, Prize Wheel, Roulette, Red Dog (new card game) and 2 dice games Chuck – a- Luck and Sic Bo. Jim said they are still looking for dealers, so if you have time give him a call.

Puerto Penasco Charity Las Vegas Night
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Also they will be having that great Mexican buffet dinner which starts when the doors open at 7 until the food is gone. There is also a cash bar and there will be FREE Tequilla tastings. $30 pp gets you all of that and $300 in gaming chips.

Tequila Rocky Point, Mexico

Remember this year it is on July 4th, so hopefully you can break away from your table for a few minutes to enjoy the wonderful July 4th Fire Work displays put on by several of the resorts and the city. Considering this is a US holiday, the City of Puerto Peñasco along with Las Palomas and many other resorts put on a top of the line fire work display. We will all be oohing and awing.

Las Palomas Resort
Las Palomas Rocky Point

Again, I can’t stress enough if you have children, DO NOT let them play with fireworks even Sparklers as they burn at something like 1500 degrees, so they are dangerous.
Please remember if you have “furever” 4 legged friends with you, make certain they are locked in your home or condo. Every year, after the noise is over, there are signs posted all over town looking for someone’s dog or cat. There is nothing worse than a poor dog from the US that escapes and does not know his surroundings and wanders off.
Sonoran Sky Resort
Sonoran Sky Resort

Tickets are still on sale from the SKY sales office or any of the Sonoran staff members at The Sonoran SKY, Sonoran SPA, Sonoran SEA or the Sonoran SUN. I am sure if you own a business in town, I hope you will donate door prizes for the bidding throughout the evening. Remember all proceeds go to the DIF charity.
Las Vegas Night Poster
Again, “welcome home” and I would be remiss if I did not thank all of you who have emailed with questions about Puerto Peñasco and are following us on www.Puerto-Penasco.com

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Rocky Point: Need Help? We Have Some Answers!

Thus begins the summer season or as my husband calls it “The Honey Do” season. This coming from the man who I once asked to build us some cement block steps for our little travel trailer. I got the cement and the blocks and went to the beach and left him to do his magic. It was amazing. In 20 minutes he was at the beach with drinks in hand. I said “WOW that was quick”. Come to find out he hired the man in the park to do it!

beer at the beach

One thing you learn living in Puerto Peñasco or probably anywhere in Mexico… when you get a good repairman… KEEP HIM.

Thursday I asked my husband why the water pump was running and we were not using any water. So I shimmed in between the big water tank and the wall and found the issue. The 15 year plastic tube had sprung 3 major leaks. Called the plumber and in 10 minutes he was at the gate. One hour later he was done and we were so happy. His name is Hector Briseno Martinez and is an electrician and plumber. He has never had me wait more that 2 hours to come out. His number is 383-4059 or 044-638-107-0701. Tell him we recommended him. He doesn’t speak English but usually has a son that can. Show him the issue and don’t worry about the language barrier.

Fast forward to Friday night when we turned on the downstairs mini-split air conditioner and it started dripping water. Called our new best friend Galo at Aire Refrigeracion (383-7272). We set a time of 10 am today and they were right on time. They have now been here 2 hours servicing the unit and it looks and sounds great. Galo speaks very good English and they are so good and very reasonable. Ironically, Steve, a friend ours from Buckeye introduced us to him a few weeks ago, but came recommended by another friend who has a place in Las Conchas. Steve is the God Father to Galo’s daughter Lya. When he was showing me the picture of her and their new dogs, I said that is Lya and then the lights came on for both of us. We all met at the La Roca (Rock Hotel) in the old port. If you have not been there, stop by and see the old rock hotel that was once a hang out for Al Capone.

In the midst of all this, came our “Jardineria en General” gardener Alfredo Nogales. The trees all need their summer haircut and he is very good. Most of you in Puerto Peñasco reading this will know him as Fredo and he has worked at several bars and restaurants here in Puerto Peñasco and is currently also working at The Beach Bum on the Malecon. His number is 044-638-103-6555. He can help you with all your planting needs.

We at Puerto-Penasco.com appreciate all the likes that you are giving us. In case you missed it last week The Huffington Post mentioned Puerto Peñasco in it’s paper when referring to people you live abroad and write blogs and it also links to us so you can follow what is happening. Over the next few weeks as I have said, we will be adding new things to our page to keep it fresh and updated.

You can tell from my writing, that Puerto Penasco aka Rocky Point is still a very small town and you never know you will meet that knows another friend of yours.

Sandy BEach Hotels

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Also remember when in the water shuffle shuffle shuffle for the Sting Rays and watch for the Jelly Fish this time of year. The water is getting nice and warm, so come and enjoy it. If it is your first visit, just remember a little smile goes a long way. We don’t move at the pace that you do in the US, so relax and slow down and smell the ocean breezes and enjoy the sunsets.