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Puerto Peñasco Restaurant and Bar Scene on the Rise

Manny's Beach Club
Re-Grand Opening May 25, 2018 of Manny’s Beach Club

Back in the 1980’s there were not a lot of hot spots to go to in Puerto Peñasco.  There was JJ’s in Cholla Bay and Manny’s Beach Club in the Mirador area.  Manny catered in those days to the upper and middle class people and their first stop upon arriving in Rocky Point was Manny’s Beach Club.  Many friendships were made there over the years to the mainly 35 and over crowd.  You sat at long tables with cement stools and you always made new friends each time you were there.  The first few years that we came down, he had 50 cent Margarita’s and 75 cent ice cold beers. He served really good Mexican dishes and Bloody Mary’s at breakfast and soon was known for his food as well.

Over time he put in an outside bar and BBQ area as well as a band stand (that most of us did not like) as it blocked the beautiful sunsets.  But after a few drinks we forgot about the sunsets and just enjoyed meeting up with our friends, many of who all stay in touch with each other.  For a number of year’s the Chili Cook  Off was held in front of Manny’s and grew to the point that the  chefs set up all the way to the end of the RV Park next door.  It was ranked by Terilinga.  You could always volunteer to be a judge and for doing so given free beer.

Manny’s moto was NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM and soon he was selling everything from coffee mugs, bumper stickers, license plates, apparel and more and no matter where you were in the Phoenix or Tucson area you would run into someone wearing his shirts.  He was indeed a promoter not only of his business but of Puerto Peñasco as well.

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Me in my younger days wearing a Manny’s Beach Club -shirt.

At Spring Break the he catered to the young people.  He also found that many Americans who came for Thanksgiving would bring their whole families over to his place after Thanksgiving to relax and listen to music and dance until the wee hours of the mornings.

Then the economy in the USA took a nose dive in the 2007 time frame and many places closed as did Manny’s.  So it sat their, vacant, but sometimes be he would open for a spring break , but that was not enough steady business to keep that many people on the payroll.

Menu
Although the menu is limited now it will be changing. Reasonable breakfast and try the Blood Mary’s

Drink Menu for Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s will have an extensive Drink Menu

Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s Drink Menu Part 1

Fast forward to 2018.  Manny’s will once again be open full time as a result of a partnership between the owners of Tekila Bar and Manny.  May 25th was the re-grand opening of this once famous place.  The new group has been busy tearing down to old palapa’s (palm branch shade covers and cleaning up.  Shanya Sargent and Jorge Gaona and Jerry Gaona, owners of the Tequila Bar and Shark Bite have done a great job creating a new drink menu as well as limited breakfast menu.  They also have the little hotel rooms for rent.  We wish them all great success in bring back the Mirador area, which also consists of Baja Cantina and The Pink Cadillac, Capones, Pitahaya and Playa del Oro RV Park (where at one time there were 7 RV Parks), just on that one road.

Amongst other new places is Boulevard 301 on Benito Juarez.  They are doing a great job with authentic Mexican style breakfast and lunch. They do have a couple of American breakfast and lunch items on the menu as well.   It is a bright and cheery place with very good service.  It is located just south of Pollo Lucas by the railroad tracks.

The next newcomer is La Cocina De Dona Rosa.  A cute little place on Sonora Blvd, next to what use to be Salmo’s.  Javier Carrera and his wife Linda are making some really great authentic Mexican dishes.  They also offer home or work delivery.  You can call ahead to 638-386-1660. Stop by and try them and help support local business.

La Cocina De Dona Rosa
Stop in and say hi to Javier and Linda and try some authentic Mexican food.

Mexican dishes
Great food and locally owned.

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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's Founding Father's

When we speak of cities in Mexico and how old they are, we don’t realize that a city like Puerto Peñasco is still a baby.  It officially became a city in 1952.  In the late 1800’s – early 1900’s the largest city close to Rocky Point was Altar and that was the capital of the State of Sonora. It was here where the trains came from and it was the capital due to being at the confluence of the Conception and Altar Rivers.  In 1929 the closest city with a doctor was Sonoyta.

Over the next few blogs, I will try to give you some insight on the back ground of some of these families who helped to make Rocky Point what is today.  Let’s start with the name Palacio.  What comes to your mind of course is Playa Bonita Hotel and Playa Bonita RV Park.  It was in 1942-1943 that Melguizdes Palacio Valenzuela, the grand father of Oscar, Miguel and Laura arrived in town from Sonoyta. He came from a large family that consisted of 4 boys and 3 girls. It was in 1946-1947 that Oscar Palacio, Sr got into the fishing concession business along with another entrepreneur named Abraham Robles.  In those years the fish in the Sea Of Cortez were plentiful.  Mainly they were catching White Sea Bass, Grouper, Tutwaba, Shark, Shrimp, Tuna and Sardines.  The sardine industry was a huge business with high inflation.  It was in these years the Cooperativas were formed which gave these families the concession for shrimping in Mexico. In 1981 the private fishing industry became controlled by the feds and it is then when they got out of the shrimping business.

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This is the early days of Playa Bonita

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This is the view from the beach of Playa Bonita. The building on the left is the newer of the 2

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Playa Bonita is where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez

Fortunately at the urging of his son’s Oscar and Miguel, they realized the Puerto Peñasco could become a tourist destination.  The only other RV Parks in Rocky Point were Playa Mirador and Playa Del Oro.  So in 1982-1983 they started to build Playa Bonita RV Park. Quickly the little park as it started out would soon have all the folks staying at the other parks coming to check it out.  The park grew quickly.  During these years there were not a lot for restaurants other than LaCita, Costa Brava and Viña Del Mar, none of which was close to Playa Bonita.  So in 1985-1986 they built the Puesta del Sol restaurant.  Soon people wanted to dine outside under the stars and it started with one outside table in the sand.  More and more people wanted to sit outside, so in 1987 they added the patio as by now 80% of the guests wanted to sit outside.  Puesta Del Sol was the first restaurant in Rocky Point to use cloth table cloths and napkins and have professional waiters. It was a high end restaurant that served lobster and had a fancy menu.
Playa Bonita
The ever popular Puesta del Sol is the place for delicious food with a wonderful view

Playa Bonita RV Park
Picture yourself with this view from your RV

In 1988 the first phase of the Playa Bonita Hotel which consisted of 48 rooms and 3 floors.  Then in 1992 the second building was erected.  By law in Mexico if you went over 3 floors you had to have an elevator so they contracted with Thyssen Elevator out of Tijuana to install the elevators as none of the large elevator companies like Ottis, etc. were interested.  In 1994 they added the 4th floor.  Imagine in those days you had no cement pumpers nor concrete plants, so everything was done with little cement mixers.  On a side note, it wasn’t that many years ago that you would still see construction with men mixing the cement on the ground and then putting in buckets where it would be pulled up by hand to the construction site.  Much of the material was brought in from San Diego and the floor tiles came from the South of Mexico.  Some of the current waiters that started at the hotel are still there.

Playa Bonita
The ever popular Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita

The Palacio’s have also been involved in politics here in Puerto Peñasco with Oscar Sr. having held the office of Mayor of Puerto Peñasco as well as holding a congressional seat.  Oscar Palacio that we all know is the founder of the soon to be 17th Anniversary of the Bike festival also held the office of Mayor.

Some of the other names we want to explore in the future are Pino, Pivac, Estrella( owners of the oldest gas station in town, which is still working),Borboa, Uriarte, Munro, Bitin, Martinez, Sandoval and Valencia.

The next time you visit, go over to Puesta Del Sol and sit on the patio.. close your eyes and picture how it was so many years ago.

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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Memorial Day Weekend.. Enjoy it in Puerto Peñasco

Memorial Day
Happy Memorial Day early.

Once again Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner.  If you still have not made your reservations for a condo on Sandy Beach or a beach front home in Las Conchas, now is the time as many are already booked full.

Playa Bonita
Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita.

Real Estate
One of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

Boats
Go fishing or do a sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez

Boats
Picture yourself here.

In May the weather is still beautiful and the Sea of Cortez will be warming up.  Looking for something to do while you are in Rocky Point?  Here are just a few ideas.  Go horseback riding, ride a banana boat, choose from one of our 3 beautiful golf courses  (Las Palomas, Mayan, Isla la Del Mar) choose from of our local fishing charters boats, visit the aquarium or CEDO, walk in the tide pools, go looking for Sand Dollars in Cholla Bay, shop on Rodeo Drive or the Malecon (if you can get down there), visit the Pinacate Biosphere or just sit on the beach and people watch.  Puerto Peñasco has so much to offer.  Also plan to have breakfast lunch or dinner at one of our many great restaurants.

Sea of Cortez

As you make your trip to Puerto Peñasco, please remember you will not be on the roads alone, so plan on lengthy delays coming in and going back to the USA.  As I always say, “Remember all those wonderful people you crept along with on the way in…. well guess what, you will see them again on your way home.  Drive with caution as the beach and the cold beer can and will be waiting for you.

Once you are here and settled in, it is important to realize how many people descend on this one time sleepy little village.  Don’t take needless chances passing autos or trucks, it is not worth it.  Also it is important to know that the road between Playa Bonita and the end of Sandy Beach will be packed at all times.  Yes it is a divided road but you still have to exercise caution when driving and even though you may not be impaired, the person behind you might be.  Have a designated driver if you all are planning to par take in adult beverages.  Better yet, take a cab then everyone can have fun.  If you are going to any place on the way to Cholla Bay, please remember that when you are coming back if it is dark, you come off of dirt onto pavement right in front of Esmeralda and that is a divided road.

Before leaving the USA, you need to buy Mexican Auto Insurance.  This can be purchased online or in Ajo at Ajo Insurance Center, Gila Bend Insurance Center or any of the other places that sell Mexican Insurance.  It would be recommended if you have a newer vehicle that has a loan on, make certain to buy full coverage.  By law you must have Mexican Insurance to meet the Mexican Liability.  Liability insurance only will do nothing for you vehicle so that is why you should buy full coverage.  Ajo Insurance will  leave your policy in a box in case you come after hours or you can print it online if you are buying it online.

When crossing into Mexico at Lukeville/Sonoyta the speed limit is 40 Km per hour or keep it under 24 mph or you will most likely be ticketed.  There is a Red Cross station that collect donations in Sonoyta and there is a STOP sign there that you must stop for even if you don’t donate.  When you arrive in Rocky Point, they are many new stop signs so be on the lookout.

We welcome you to our home town so please come and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Sunset in Rocky Point
Another Rocky Point Stunning 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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Semana Santa/ Easter Holy Week and Spring Break

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It is that time of the year when our little city of Puerto Peñasco hosts college Spring Breaks and then is followed by Semana Santa or Easter Holy Week.  All condos and hotels are already being booked, so if you are planning on coming in March, I would suggest you make your reservations today.  Not to scare you off, but if you are looking for a time to come here and relax, you might want to put it off until April.  Spring Breaks begin March 1, 2018 so plan accordingly.  If you don’t want your family or kids to drive down, please check out Head Out To Rocky Point as they will have shuttles running all the time right from your door.  Please remember TAP bus line has pulled service from Phoenix to Rocky Point.

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You will several groups of Fariseo’s in Puerto Peñasco during lent

Semena Santa  is without a doubt the most important holiday in Mexico. For the calendar year 2018 it begins on March 25th or Palm Sunday and ends on April 1st or the Sunday of Resurrection (Easter Sunday). Last week I noticed the Fariseo’s are in town.  You will see these Indigenous people walking the streets in groups, in their outfits made of goat or pig skin with their drums and their bell leggings called Tenabaris and of course masks. The dance they do is called “pascola” and the bells make the characteristic sounds of this dance that you can hear from quite a distance. The masks represent Kings, animals, clowns and so much more but share one thing in common and that is having long pointy noses and big ears.  They also wear a wooden beaded cross under their shirts to be protected . Do not be afraid of them, they are harmless and are on a mission.  They will not speak to you or anyone through the entire time they are here.  In most cases they are taken in by locals so they have a place to stay while on this mission. They will let you take a photo of them but a donation to them is how they make money for the party on Saturday the 31st when they burn their masks and take away all evils for the year.  The Mayan and Yaqui culture is where much of this began in Mexico and has spread to Sinaloa and now Sonora. The Fariseo’s will be here the entire Lent season.

Fariseos dancers
Fariseo Dancers

Fariseos
Many different types of Fariseo dancers

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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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco..Part 2

We recently did a blog about Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and suggestions on which boats do Whale Watching tours.  I included in that information things about  fishing charters and sunset cruises that these 3 companies do. By all means these are not all the boats that do sunset cruises or fishing trips.  There is the Big Momma, they also do fishing charters and  The About Time.

Pancho Villa guns drawn
Photo by Ole

This past week we had the opportunity to go along the owners of the Pancho Villa as it was the owners birthday.  We boarded the boat at 11:30 and took of at noon on a beautiful sunny day (of which we have many) and headed out of the harbor.  As soon as we boarded the boat, we  got to make new friends.  One couple lived not far from where I came from in Wausau, Wisconsin, several others also live here full time, so lot’s of story telling about how we have seen this sleepy little fishing village evolve.  We went along at a comfortable pace and the Pancho Villa is a very comfortable vessel.  Several years ago it had the back of the boat extended so there is ample room to move around as well as sit in some comfy Adirondack style chairs or go on the deck or sit with the captain.

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Guests on the Pancho VIlla searching for Whales

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Pancho Villa is made for whale watching sunset cruises or fishing.
(Photo by Mike N Samantha Bosnick)

We were out 5 miles when the cry “there she blows” came and sure enough just ahead was a huge whale. She seemed to almost be circling us as it would dive down and then come up again.  It is breath taking to see these giant creatures of the sea and this one seemed to love to play hide and seek.  Look closely and you can see the Pinacate Range in the back ground.

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Amazing the grace of somethin this large

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“There she blows” and there was the elusive huge whale.

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Some of the Shrimp boats that bring in our precious shrimp

Our next venture was on the Sol Chaser with is owned by the same folks that have Eco Tours. The Sol Chaser came from Mazatlán and is a 54′ catamaran which has been retrofitted with a new bathroom that has easy access to it.  There is comfortable  seating on the side, on the bow and with the captain that is covered.  It featured an open bar as well as chips/salsa and a vegetable platter.  On this trip we did not see the elusive whale nor did any others that were out.  However, at about 9 miles out, we got to be a part of the dolphin show.  There were at least 30 or more and they decided to entertain us.  Everyone was trying to get photos and videos as they played and jumped in front of us with sometime 5 jumping out of the water together. On this trip we met people from Kansas and Michigan(but now reside in Prescott. You never know where your partners on the boat  come from to see Puerto Peñasco community.  It is always our pleasure to when asked, be able to give them accurate information on the town and places to go and things to do and see.

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The Sol Chaser is the newest arrival to the Eco Tours boats

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Barb and Bob from Kansas enjoying the Sol Chaser

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Jeff and Lisa enjoying the trip. From Michigan and now Arizona

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

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Dolphin entertainment as seen from the Sol Chaser

I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the people having a great time enjoying the weather and the water as well as watching  the whale and dolphins.  Hopefully they will hang around longer if the water and temperatures start to warm up.  The whales come into the Sea of Cortez because of the warm water so they have not been as plentiful as other years.  On February 14, they were again spotted, so we know they are here.  Call one of the companies doing the tours and make your reservation as they do fill up fast.  Even if you don’t see anything, it is so nice to be out on the water and making new friends.

Whale Watching in Rocky Point vs. San Diego!  Rocky Point is a mere 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson where as San Diego is a 6 hour drive.  Rocky Point has little or no congestion on the roads … you know the freeways in San Diego.  But the best part is that you can go out on small  intimate boats vs boats carrying 150 people.  So it is a win for all, short drive, no heavy traffic and everyone can see the whales up close and personal. So don’t let whale watching pass you by in 2018.

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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TAP Bus Suspends Service to Puerto Peñasco

This blog is meant to be informative for all of you who have inquired about using TAP ROYAL bus service between Phoenix and Puerto Peñasco. Thanks to the people who used it and loved the convenience of it.  Due to no fault of the bus line, service, schedules or anything, service has been suspended. Currently we don’t know if it is permanent or temporary.  The issue is that Omnibus de Mexico which is a part of Grupo Toluca which is a conglomerate of bus companies is in the midst of purchasing Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico (TAP) and although TAP Royal has its own ownership structure, it is still an affiliate with TAP and it will now be in the hands of Omnibus de Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Needless to say this is a blow to people wanting to use TAP to commute between Puerto Peñasco and Phoenix and now especially at Christmas time. It offered affordable transportation as well as a fairly good schedule.

If you feel as strongly as I do, that we need to have this service running, let me know. Perhaps if enough people feel the same way, our sentiments can be delivered to the new owners. I think we all agree that the service should be daily and consistent and perhaps the trip from here to Phoenix should leave in the morning for those who want to rent a car to shop or catch a plane and these are things that can be tweaked. We have had too many airlines come and go, so this is a let down to our community in my opinion. Feel free to send me your thoughts or concerns and I will pass them on. Hopefully, Omnibus will see the value of this service to us and will resume the service soon.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point
Riders waiting to depart on TAP

Over the years we have had I believe 3 airlines start up service only to prove they are not in it for the long haul.  Any entity planning to offer service need to listen to the communities they are serving so that it not only cost effective for both the passenger but the companies themselves.  It is understandable with the airlines as you need to fill a plane. Rocky Point, however has always been a drive to city.  Even though on many holiday weekends our visitors can experience lengthy delays coming into Mexico but also returning to the USA. People don’t want to drive all over Phoenix to find a small airport and then wait and clear customs, etc.  So driving has been the answer and now many of the visitors either come a day early and may leave on a Monday or even a Tuesday to avoid the delays.

However, with a reliable bus service that has convenient schedules, it would be economical for people coming here for a holiday, dentist visit or just to sit on the beach for a day or 2.  With the proper promotion, they could probably attract Spring Breakers and senior citizens from the R.V. Resorts in the Sun City areas of the West Valley of Phoenix as well as those in the Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa areas.  In the days before people were told it was unsafe to go to Puerto Peñasco, there were tour buses that would fill up with these Senior Citizens and  they would come down and spend a few days and spend money in the community.  These tour groups had a huge financial impact on businesses of all sizes.

Hopefully Omnibus will look at what happened previously and take into consideration not only the financial impact on our community but the convenience of leaving the driving to someone else.  If you have ever thought of traveling to Mexico by bus, I would love to hear from you.

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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Adios 2017….Hola 2018 in Puerto Peñasco

As 2017 starts to come to an end, we give thanks for our health, all the good things that have happened in Puerto Peñasco and for all the tourists that have come here to enjoy our piece of PARADISE.  After Thanksgiving, things slow down until New Year’s Eve and then the parties start all over town.

Many residents here choose to stay at home and be with family and friends and see the ball drop in Time Square. While the others like to go out for a nice dinner, dancing and have that champagne toast at midnight.   Here you will find a list  of the places that will be serving up a New Year’s Eve party to remember.  Be sure to make your reservations now as most of the restaurants will fill up early.

BOO BAR: Boo Bar is located upstairs in the Old Port on the water.  Here you can enjoy great food, drinks and friendly service.  Go early to watch the spectacular sunsets on the Sea of Cortez on New Year’s Eve from the huge Palapa on the water side.  Don’t forget to bring your umbrella or rain coat for the midnight Champagne shower.

Boo Bar
Boo Bar lineup for New Year’s Eve

TEQUILA BAR: Tequila Bar is located on the Malecon in the Old Port.  They will be serving a full menu, drink specials along with a Champagne toast at midnight.  Music will be provided by Los Ponchos and they are currently accepting reservations, but hurry as they are filling up quickly.
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Masquerade Ball is the theme for New Year’s Eve.

SONORAN SKYThe Sonoran SKY is again doing their dinner and dance.  The cost is $55.00 and will feature a cocktail reception, 3 course dinner, Champagne toast and music.  Come join in the fun and make your reservations soon so as not to be left out.
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Sonoran SKY New Year’s Eve

 
PUESTA DEL SOL at PLAYA BONITACome spend New Year’s Eve with your friends at Playa Bonita and enjoy great food, music by RIGO and a lovely view of the city lights of Puerto Peñasco.  You will not be disappointed in the food or service.
 
Puesta del Sol
Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita

Pane Vino Restaurant

Pane y Vino:  Enjoy an delicious gourmet dinner that is sure to please everyone. It will feature a choice of 2 appetizers and 2 entrees each pared with a sorbet or glass of wine as well as a luscious  desert.  Make your reservations now to paneyvinoristorante@gmail.com.  Don’t miss the sunset from here.
The following restaurants are either already full or will not be hosting an event.  Wrecked at the Reef, El Tapeo, Shark Bite and Latitude 31.
 

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Art Walk in the Old Port

On December 30th, Puerto Peñasco will be holding it’s Art Walk in the Old Port. From 4 p.m. tp 8 p.m.  Stop by to visit with the local artists and view the talent that is here in Puerto Peñasco.  Buying a home or condo, this is a great place to look for that special piece of art or talk it back to your home where ever that may be.

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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Thanksgiving Dinner in Puerto Peñasco

Soon Thanksgiving will be upon us and the weather is beautiful in Puerto Peñasco. The RV Parks of Playa Bonita, Playa del Oro and the Reef are already filling up.  Although this is an American holiday, restaurants here cater to our celebration.   For many the celebration of Thanksgiving is one of cooking or smoking the Turkey, making all the trimmings and have large gatherings of friends and family.  For other’s it is the one time of the year, where some choose to avoid cooking and prefer to have someone else do it for them.

Many of the RV’ers choose to cook the turkeys in their RV and then share with all of their group of friends.  One such group from Green Valley, AZ has been doing this for many years and now are  over 10 rigs coming down.  What a better way to spend the day than sitting on the beach enjoying drinks, great food and friendships while watching the Sea of Cortez go by.  If you decide to cook at home, the border side of Mexico has been allowing us to bring in 1 turkey as they recognize our holiday.  With all the fresh fruit and vegetables, there is no need to haul anything else down.  If you want to order a turkey here, CS Food Services are taking orders.  Give Michelle a call at 388-6556 or stop by (orders are being placed November 11, 2017). They will have Butterball and Hormel.  The Butterballs average 18 lbs and are aprx.$780 pesos, the Hormel brand is average 12 Lbs at aprx.$360 pesos. Cranberry jelly for a 14 oz can is $42 pesos and Pumpkin Pies are $260 pesos.  CS also carries butter, heavy cream, dinner rolls and a lot of other things to make you Thanksgiving Day a success.  CS is located off Kino Blvd right in front of Numeros.  Sam’s Club has turkeys already, but the are partially smoked and if they are the same as last year had some sort of gelatin covering them.

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Spend you Thanksgiving Day on the beach!

Things to bring from the USA would be canned pumpkin if you prefer to make your own pies like I do, disposable metal roasting pans, canned or fresh sweet potatoes, cranberries or Pumpkin pies from like COSTCO.  If you like to add oysters to your stuffing, this is the place to get them right from the oyster beds.

Oysters in Rocky Point
The perfect oysters for your Thanksgiving stuffing or just to have before dinner.

One restaurant that has been serving up Thanksgiving is Latitude 31.  They choose to share their restaurant with families and friends.  They will prepare a turkey dinner complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and the ever favorite Pumpkin Pie.  All of this for only $13.50 plus you get to share good times with other ex pats living here. Make your reservation today.

Latitude 31
A great place for Thanksgiving Dinner

Another favorite is Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita.  If you are staying in the RV Park and choose not to cook, this is a great alternative for you.  You still have a great view without the muss and fuss.  You can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or choose to have it catered and they have several options available for you.  Thanksgiving dinner at Puesta del Sol is $12.00 and complete with all the trimmings.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Playa Bonita

The American Legion is also offering Thanksgiving dinner.  Bring a side dish and it is $5.00 USD or $8.00 without.  They are located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point.  Dinner is served from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Spend Thanksgiving Day at the American Legion
Spend Thanksgiving Day at the American Legion

The last place doing Thanksgiving Dinner is Chef Mickey’s Place on Benito Juarez. The cost is $18.00 USD with all the trimmings and goes from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Pumpkin pie Mexico

One other thing that happens every Thanksgiving weekend is “Art in the Park” in Las Conchas on November 25th from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Go out and see your favorite artist and do your Christmas shopping early.

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.

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TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

If you aren’t aware there is a new way to get to Puerto Peñasco from Phoenix.  It is called TAP ROYAL.  It is a bus ride that will give you 1st class service not only while traveling on the bus but while waiting for the bus to depart as well.  The cost is a bargain at only  $70 round trip.  The bus leaves the Phoenix terminal Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday at 10:00 a.m. and arrives in Puerto Penasco a little after 2:00 p.m.  It leaves the Peñasco del Sol Hotel in Puerto Penasco bound for Phoenix at 4:00 p.m. and arrives around 8:30 p.m.  Looking to make a reservation, you can call 602-272-3030 or in Mexico at 01-800-0011 827 or the Hotel Penasco del Sol Kiosk at 638-128-2685.  You can also go to www.taproyal.com and book your tickets as well.  Tickets can be purchased up to just before departure time as of this writing.

Recently the new ultra modern terminal opened at 2707 W. McDowell road in Phoenix, AZ for people traveling to and from California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico.  This 5500 sq. ft facility is not only comfortable for the passengers who ride it but for the drivers as well.  The upstairs features dorm style sleeping quarters, kitchen and shower facilities.  Many of you probably have not ridden a bus in Mexico and do not know but the  back-up driver sleeps in one of the compartments below the seat area.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

The  terminal, which opened in 2015,  is not in a part of Phoenix where one  would expect to se such a beautiful modern building.  The project was funded  directly from foreign investment for both the purchase of the land and the construction of the building as well.  Keith Rosenblum a consultant for Mexico based Transportes y Autobuses de Pacifico or TAP ROYAL stated recently that you will never receive inferior service on a TAP bus or at the terminal. The terminal will  be a luxurious place to await your trip.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

If you have ever traveled in Mexico, you probably know that bus ridership in Mexico is still the dominant form of transportation.  TAP is using late model Volvo 9700 luxury coaches with panoramic windows 34 Amaya seats, bathroom, professional sound system, Wi-Fi and flat screen movie monitors.  TAP is also very safety conscious and the buses have a 3 point seat belt for your protection as well as highly professional drivers.  They currently operate 30 buses in the United States and over 300 run through the country of Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Current US destinations are Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales, Las Vegas, Huntington Park, CA and they are now exploring entering the market in El Paso.   In Mexico they service such cities as Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point),Obregon, Hermosillo, Navajoa, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Tepic, Guaymas , Guadalajara and more.  With so many destinations, you can traverse Mexico for very little money and in comfort.  You can sit back, relax and read a book or watch movies.  With the price of gas in Mexico being so high plus the cost of the toll roads this is indeed one of the best ways to travel and it allows you to see the beautiful country side of Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Although TUFESA Bus Line out of Obregon has been doing Mexico – USA for over 10 years, they have not run any buses to Rocky Point.  TAP ROYAL has been around for some time, it is the first to do the route to and from Puerto Peñasco.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

If you are thinking about travel in Mexico, start with a trip to Rocky Point aboard TAP so that you get a feel for the experience.  I know you will not be disappointed.  Come down and spend a weekend or a week with out breaking your piggy bank.  Hotel / bus packages are available so no need to drive, just sit back and dream of the beach.  Put together a group of friends or your family and experience the easy of travel on a TAP ROYAL bus.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

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 ride from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Rocky Point Rally 2017 is almost here November 9-12

If you have not been to the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco.  If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full.  It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.

Rocky Point Rally
The crowd waiting to register

Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point.  This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more.  This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF  Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)

Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town.  Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin.  Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register.  Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January.  You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.

MAlecon Toys Rocky Point Rally Toy Drive
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thursday:

Registration from 9-5

Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos  from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am).  Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9

Rocky Point Rally
Great paint jobs

Friday:
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris.
Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott  from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and  Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKY will present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00

Rocky Point Rally 2017 Wrecked at the ReefThe Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and  the Rocky Point Riders.

Biker Rally Mexico
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30.  The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port.  Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
Rocky Point 2015
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Biker Rocky Point Rally

The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is  across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium.  Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30.  Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone.  We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.

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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