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Never A Dull Moment in Puerto Peñasco

When you live in Puerto Peñasco, people always ask “what do you do there all the time”?  There is never a dull moment and if you are just visiting or live here and you get bored, than perhaps this is not the place to be.  Most of the bars in the area have great entertainment almost every  weekend so plan to check out one of the hot spots.  You can also walk around the Shrimp boats and take pictures or just enjoy Rocky Point Sunsets from the balcony of your condo or beach front home.  The town is pretty laid back except on busy holiday weekends such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

3 Ships on a calm day.
Mirror reflection in the Old Port

A Rocky Point Sunset

One thing about a community of ex pats is that for the most part everyone is charity minded.  We hold fund raisers for our friends who may have cancer or other things that change their life forever.  One such find raiser is being held at Latitude 31 for Erika Reyna Castro.  Ericka is a young woman who along with her husband have run the dive shop at the Sonoran SEA.  They have two small children to take care of beside running the business.  Now she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer.  So on October 28th, there will be a fund raiser to help defray some of the costs of the chemo and travel.  They will be selling raffle tickets for this event with some really great prizes and you need not be present to win.  This event coincides with Latitude 31’s Annual Halloween Costume Party which starts at 5 p.m.  Check out the flyer below for all the details, but there are some FANTASTIC prizes.

Latitude 31 Flyer halloween

The end of October looks to be an exciting fun filled month.  There are Halloween parties at Wrecked at the Reef starting at 9:30 p.m.  Southside Jillz will again be hosting her Halloween bash and if you haven’t been there, do plan to attend, costumes are optional and she does know how to throw a party.  There will be other Halloween parties, so drive responsibly as the little ones will be out tricker treating and are sometimes very hard to see.

Out in Cholla Bay, on the weekend of October 28th will be the Annual Cholla Bay Santa Claus Club Corn Hole Tournament.  The Santa Claus Club raises money for the under privileged children in Rocky Point and has been headed up by John Fowler since it started.  Check out the flyer and hurry to sign up today.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Love oysters?  The Cholla Bay Oyster House is holding its 2nd Annual Oyster Festival on October 28th from 3 p.m – 7 p.m.  It will feature all you can eat oysters, a clam boil,live music, Margaritas and a Tequila Table.  Tickets are being sold at the restaurant  and are $20 each.  If you aren’t in town for the event, remember every Friday is 50 cent oysters.  They are open Thursday – Sunday.  Great food and views so bring your friends down.

Annual Oyster Festival

If you love oysters but just want to sit by the water where they harvest them from, drive out the road towards Playa Encanto and go off to the right at the sign that says Oysters and Restaurant.  Bring your own drinks and enjoy the day now that the weather is cooling off.  These ladies make the best ceviche, clams and oyster’s you will ever have.

Also on October 31st go down to the Malecon  to the Boo Bar’s Cornhole Tourney which is billed as TUESDAY NOONER as it starts at noon with discounted drinks at noon and is under the palapa.

Cornhole

If you are interested in seeing a Art Film outside, drop on down to Puerto Viejo Café and Coffee for CineMartes starting at 8 p.m.  This is located across from Thrifty’s and the Catholic Church in the Old Port.

If you have any questions, please email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com and I will answer you quickly.  Don’t forget to Like and Share us on FaceBook.com/PuertoPenascoMex and follow us on Twitter @PuertoPenascoMX . Come down and see us, once you have, you will be hooked.

Dia de los Muertos 2017 Puerto Peñasco

Dia de Muertos Festejos

The Day of the Dead as it is known in Mexico goes back for centuries and was not celebrated in Northern Mexico until the 20th century, nor the United States.  Recently, however, while watching a Phoenix TV channel we noticed two different celebrations happening in the Phoenix area which is relatively new.  If you planning to be in Puerto Peñasco the week of October 31st, plan to visit the Cholla Bay Mall or Rodeo Drive as it sometimes called.  We have a lot of locals who have spent hours putting this celebration together.  Store owners there will put up “Altars” in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  Death here is celebrated and is not to be feared.

Dia Los Muertos Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The altars will consist of 2 different types of flowers as well as things that the deceased person liked like food and alcohol or anything that held special meaning for them.  Many of the shops display the Day of the Dead figurines.  These figurines are made of porcelain and are like skeletons dressed in brightly colored paints.  The all have long boney fingers as you can see from the pictures.  These figurines are referred to as Catrinas.  The most coveted ones seem to the bride and groom and are difficult to find if you are a collector of them like I am.  There are several stores there that sell the figurines as well as Latitude 31 and Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port both have great selections.

Day of the Dead Catrina
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Unlike many holidays in the USA, Day of the Dead is on the same days every year.  It coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day on November 1 and All Soul’s Day on November 2. In Mexico October 31 is know as All Hallows Day( the day dedicated to the children who have passed).

The shops will start setting up the “altars” on November 2 and 3rd and must be ready for viewing for competition on November 3rd before 4 p.m.  There is always music and food at these events.  Saturday, November 4th will be the big day and it starts around 6 p.m. This is the day the judging of the altars and Catrinas take place. Locals will also be dressing up as a Catrina and is fun to see. While you are enjoying the culture of this event,  you may also want to take time to visit the cemeteries to see how the graves are decorated for the deceased.  It is here where parties are held for the family members who have crossed over.

day of the dead skull chocolate

While you are in Rocky Point, stop by LEY’S grocery store for your Sugar Skulls and Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread).  The sugar skulls are also a huge part of the celebration and are usually small and are made of sugar or what looks like sesame seed.  In the south of Mexico, the skulls are made from chocolate as well and are giant works of art.  Stop by Playa Bonita and see the altars in the lobby and restaurant.

Playa Bonita
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Where is Puerto Peñasco, Mexico?

Many of you reading the blogs for the 1st time are asking many questions about how to get here and what is there to do there when we arrive, so hopefully some of your questions will be answered in this blog.
First of all it is located on the mainland side of Mexico in the northern part of the State of Sonora and is about 220 miles from the Phoenix, Arizona area or 60 miles from the US border at Lukeville, AZ.  It is surrounded  by the Sea of Cortez for miles in both directions.  It is where the Sonoran Desert meets the Sea of Cortez.
Rocky Point started out as a sleepy little fishing village, but has evolved into a tourist destination with something for everyone be it peacefulness or night life, we have it all from  Charity events, Bike Rallies, Fishing Derbies, Golf tournaments, Music Concerts and so much more.

Rocky Point
Rocky Point from the Ocean

Puerto Peñasco is  located 3 1/2 – 4 hours from either Phoenix or Tucson.  Where ever you are coming from you will have good roads to drive on.  Coming from the Phoenix you can hop on I-10 and then go south on State route 85 to Gila Bend.  From Gila Bend you will just stay on that highway and go south until you come to the Mexico border.  The drive through Organ Pipe National Monument is a very pretty part of the trip as it is lined with Saguaro Cactus as far as you can see.  If you are coming from the Tucson area you will take the road to Sells which will bring you out in Why and then you can make a left and proceed to the border.  If you are coming from Southern California, you will hop on I-8 to Gila Bend and then follow the same directions.
Highway 85
Saguaro Cactus along side the highway in Organ Pipe National Monument

Cactus
The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

Once you are at the border, you will either get a red or green light.  Red means you will stop and green means to go forward.  If you have pets, they may ask for there shot records so have a copy of them ready.  While traveling through the border town of Sonoyta, the speed limit is 40 km per hour or just under 25 mphDO obey it as to not lighten your wallet.

Once you are at the border it is an hour drive to Rocky Point and it is a good road all the way down.  Take your time and enjoy the drive.. the beach will wait for you.

Needless to say, the main attraction is the beach and pristine Azure water of the Sea of Cortez.  If you have children with you or people acting like children, they can spend hours combing the tide pools or collecting shells.  This all depends on where you are staying.  The list below is just the tip of what you and your family can do.

Sea of Cortez
Horse back riding on the beach.

1) Go beach combing for sea shells.

2) Ride a Banana Boat.

3) Do a sunset cruise.  There are several different types of boats for this.

4) Go horse back riding on the beach.

5) Rent a rhino to drive around town in or behind the Sandy Beach Resorts.

6) Play golf at any of our 3 world class golf courses.

7) Go fishing.  There are several boats that will take you out for what ever time you want to fish for.

8) January – February, go Whale watching.

9 ) Take a boat to Bird Island and swim with the Dolphins and see the habitat of the Sea Lions or check out the new Aquarium.

Sunset
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

In addition to these, you can go shopping on the Malecon for Mexican curios or go out to what is referred as  “Rodeo Drive” and you can not only find curios there, but can have a wonderful lunch or dinner at Marachi’s and Tequila. Here you will also find home decor items from the south of Mexico at Su Casa. If you are looking for quality beach wear look no further than Fabiolo’s located next to Su Casa.

Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Depending on the time of the year, you will find cultural events going on all over the town such as in October with the Cervantino Festival and Dia de Muertos.  October is usually one the busy months for events as the weather has cooled down.  During the winter months, you will find The Mermaid Market” on the 3rd Saturday of every month at Shrimp Park, located near the entrance to the Old Port.  If you have time, drive out to the Pinacate Biosphere, it is educational  for people of all ages and is only about 15 miles north of Rocky Point.

Biosphere
View from the Visitor Center at the Pinacate Biosphere

There are many great restaurants in the Old Port, in town, hotels and near the condo developments.  There new places opening often.   Undecided if you want to stay in a condo or beach front home, check out Puerto-Peñasco.com to see what is available.

Malecon at Puerto Penasco
The view from the Malecon looking towards Sandy Beach

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2017 PERRUN …1st Annual Dog Run 2017

1st Annual Dog Run will be held October 29th starting at 9:00 am on the Malecon in the Old Port of Puerto Peñasco.  The funds from this event will go to the local Pet Rescue Centers in Rocky Point.  As with many cities in Mexico, Rocky Point, is not immune to an over population of dogs and cats.  The rescue centers are hit hard especially in summer when all the mom’s have their babies.  There are always campaigns to spay or neuter your cat or dog, but it is a very difficult task to accomplish.   Now days the children are being better educated in the schools about how to take care of your forever friend, but old habits are hard to break.

Perrun Dog Run 2017

The event will be #1 a 5K run and #2 a walk.  When you enroll to participate in the run you will be looking to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  If you and your dog are not into running, sign up for the walk and this will be a short walk around the area.  The cost to register is $250.00 pesos and that is for the owner and 1 or 2 dogs.  The day of the event only cash will be accepted. If you just want to donate cash, you may take your donation to Rocky Vet before the day of the event and Dr. Adrian Sixto will make sure it goes where it is needed.  You may also donate dog or cat food, cat liter or toys at the event.

Rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Miss Sadie adopted at the Rocky Point Rally by Rick Busa November 2016

There are several ways to register for the events.  You can go directly to either Rocky Vet or Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa.  They are located about 4 blocks south of Numeros or you can take the road north of the rail road tracks left off Sinaloa and follow the signs.    Registration can also be done the day of the event on the Malecon.  It is important that you can show proof of current vaccinations in order to enter.  If you dog has anxiety or can become nervous, they ask that you have muzzles or e-collars for them.   The organizers do ask that you be on time in order to hear the schedule and you will also receive some gifts.

You can also go to the following sites to receive further information.
https://www.facebook.com/RockyPetHotelSpa
https://www.facebook.com/RockyVet
638 127 7669 (WhatsApp)
Dog Rescue Refugee in Rocky Point
Rescue puppies waiting for their forever home.

No pet… no problem.  You can still enter to walk with other pets and their owners.  This a great way to learn about the dogs and socialize with them.  There is a 2 dog limit per person as to not over run anyone.  All dogs must be on leashes and not be aggressive.  The staff will have bags for accidents and they will pick the bags up.  There will be qualified staff members and local vets on site to talk to.

Need a Pet Sitter?
Register for the PERRUN here.

This type of event is so important to bring up the level of awareness in the dog and cat over population.  When dogs and cats are taken in by the various rescue centers, they are spayed and neutered before being adopted and have their first sets of shots.  This is the only way to stop this epidemic of pets being allowed to breed day in and day out.  One of the local pet rescues will have received well over 1000 dogs this year and is working with a group that takes the puppies to Canada for adoption.  All of these puppies and “Senior” dogs have clean bill’s of health for crossing into the United States.

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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"Big Ball in the Sand" OTL in Puerto Peñasco

In Cholla Bay is where the Santa Claus Club started. The founder of the group John Fowler and the group of people behind it, started it to benefit the children of Cholla Bay as well as the children in need of Rocky Point. They have always been focused on helping to make for a better life for those that are less fortunate. The Santa Claus Club is a nonprofit group and it relies on fund raisers, charity events and donations. John Fowler has been very instrumental in making weekly trips from the Phoenix area to Puerto Peñasco bringing blankets, clothes, shoes, bikes and numerous other things and takes his items to the poor barrios of Rocky Point.
This Over The Line Tournament will be held across from Wrecked at the Reef on Sandy Beach October 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. There is plenty pf parking, but get there early

OTL Sandy Beach
Enjoying OTL

Women's Division
Watch these ladies

Ready for the catch
Come on out to see some great players

There are 3 divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Sportsman. The format is a 4 team Round Robin with teams advancing to a single elimination playoff. The Men’s divisions will be playing with the “Big Ball” while the Women’s’ will be playing with the “Orange Ball”.
OTL on Sandy Beach
Great catch

Gals setting up
OTL comes to Rocky Point

Players can check in at 8:30 with the tournament starting at 9:00 sharp. The entry fee for the event is $60 USD and includes 3 player T-shirts. Extra tee shirts can be purchased at the event at check-out. If you want to check in person you can do so on October 20th at 7:00 pm at Baja Cantina and Hotel.  The Baja Hotel will be offering discounted room rates for players and their families. To make a reservation you can call 602-559-1705 or via the web site http://hotelbaja.net. If you can’t find a room at the Baja Cantina & Hotel, please check out Puerto–Peñasco.com or any of the other rental companies in town.
There will also be a 50/50 drawing and tickets can be purchased on line or at the OTL Tournament. You need not be present to win. You can also purchase them online.
To get more info you can contact the following people.
Ryan Lugo – 480-540-8390
Mike Lugo – 480-620-6260
John Fowler – 602-840-1528
Emily Asche – emilyaasche@gmail.com
This is great event and remember the proceeds go to benefit less fortunate than us. The weather will be great and if you have little ones, take the time and go visit our new aquarium in the Mirador area near Capone’s Pizza. There is so much to do while you are here from just sitting on the beach to playing in the Tide Pools or go out to Cholla Bay and hunt for Sand Dollars.
Remember Rocky Point is only 1 hour across the US/Mexico border and approximately 4 hours from either Phoenix or Tucson. If you have any questions regarding traveling to Rocky Point please email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.

Fall Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay

I am sure if you have driven out to Cholla Bay, you may ask yourself what do people do out here?  The folks in Cholla Bay are a very active group and they are always doing something to promote the Santa Claus Club that was founded by John Fowler years ago.  In a previous blog we touched on the OTL Tournament the benefits the youth of Puerto Peñasco via the Santa Claus Club being held the same weekend on Sandy Beach by Changos.

The weekend of October 27th will be another Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay.  This event will provide entertainment for everyone while raising money for the Santa Claus Club.  The fun begins at Baja Cantina on October 27th at 6 pm.  On Saturday the fun continues at J.J.’s Cantina in Cholla and ends October 29th at Dukes Sports Bar.  There are money prizes for 1st – 6th place and even a prize for the 1st LOSER.

Fun for all
Fall Corn Hole Tournament

Go out and be a player or a spectator.  While you are there, take the time if the tide is out to walk out into the bay and look for Sand Dollars or other shells.  Make sure you stay for the sunsets as the are spectacular from there.  J.J.’s Cantina is know far and wide for their NO SNIVELING merchandise.  Get you t-shirts, license plate frames and more while enjoy a beverage on the outdoor patio under the big shade trees.  This a great way to meet new friends or catch up with some old ones.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

As you drive around through the area, you might even find a lot or a home for sale that you would like.  There are many home available that have both bay and Sea of Cortez views.  This can be a great investment for you and your family and a great place to retire.

Cholla Bbay in Puerto Penasco, Sonora
Check out Cholla Bay

Feel free to print the above form to register or go to www.santaclausclub.org for more details.

Make your reservations soon as the condos and hotels will be filling up.  Need lodging, try Playa Bonita, Laos Mar, Baja Cantina or Penasco Del Sol Hotel.  Many people are interested in the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of  the Dead”, so we are seeing more and more visitors coming for this event.
Any questions, email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and just 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.

 

17th Annual Motorcycle Fiesta Puerto Peñasco

Once again Puerto Peñasco is preparing for the 17th Annual Bike Rally. The rally is billed as “The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border.” We have bikers coming from all over the states in the USA, several Canadians and bikers from all over Mexico.

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Law Tigers Inflatable.

This year the rally kicks of with registration at Barklin Circle K, just as you come off the overpass.  Look for the big Law Tiger inflatable and come in and register for the events and receive your OFFICAL rally package which will consist of your official pin, bandana, koozie, patch, wrist bands for you(and the bike), program and Passport book (not a US Passport) for discounts from many local merchants, bars and restaurants.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos. Buy your Poker Run cards here for only $10.00 USD.  Here you can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE APPARREL.  If you want, you can pre-register by going to www.rockypointrally.com.  The cost is $20.00 USD per person.  You can add your Poker Run card of $10.00.  You will also be  given tickets for  food and beverage.  This will also be the collection location for the toy drop off for the 4th Annual January King’s Day Toy Run.  Registration is on the left hand side of the Circle K and the gas pumps.

Rocky Point Motorcycle Fiesta.
The best Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border.

Hundres of children await their toys.
King’s Day Toy Run

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

The poker run which in previous years started in the USA and ended at Playa Bonita, will be changed.  It will be a local resort run only.  At registration is where you will buy your poker run card and then proceed to the locations listed to get stamped and then you will take your card to Playa Bonita on Friday the 10th at 5:00 – 6:00 to draw your cards with winners to be announced at 7:00 p.m.  Unlike previous years, the prizes will be cash with 1st price being $3000 pesos and 2nd prize being $1500.00 pesos.

Amongst the entertainment at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Bandito’s opening party will be  SUMMER and THE BLACK MOODS.   There will also be the Fiesta on Calle  12 and 13.   Check at registration as there may be a discounted price for the “Sunset Cruise” on the Pirate Ship.

On Friday the 10th, registration will again be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  At 9:30 the line up for the Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center will be.   Meet near the registration area at 9:30  and depart at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  If you have not gone out there, it is a must see while you are in Rocky Point.   The Pirate Ship again is offering a free cruise with your wristband, be there at 11:30 for a noon departure. The Rey Del Mar will sell drinks on board.  Also on Friday the 10th will be the BEACH FIESTA at Playa Bonita from 4-7.  This is also the last stop on the Poker Run where you turn in your cards from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. While you are at Playa Bonita, enjoy the music of Matt Farris from the Lake Havasu/Parker area.  Matt has been playing here for many years and is indeed popular.  The FIESTA on Calle 12 & 13 continue in the evening.

One of our many sunset boats
Rey Del Mar (The Pirate Ship)

On Saturday the 11th is the Biker Breakfast special “The “Big Tuna Saluna” at Capone’s and it  goes from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Just in time for you to get over to the parade with line up starting at 11:30 and it leaves at noon from the Red Cross and ends in the Malecon.

On Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. enjoy the music of the BLACK MOODS on the Tecate stage and from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 listen to the great sounds of Mogollon.  You can listen to this great music while you are either entering your bike in the “Bike Show” which will at the Plaza of the Governors overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  Bike Show registration is from 1:00 p.m.- 2 p.m. with the show going from 2:00 p.m. – 3:p.m.  There will be 9 categories plus the people’s Choice, Judges Choice and Best of Show. The 9 categories are Best of Show, Chopper, Vintage, Sport, Bagger, Metric, Custom, Paint and Ingenuity.

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

Finally it is time for our beautiful city to say adios until 2018 to everyone attending.  On Sunday the 12th there will be a Blessing of the Bikes from 7:00 a.m – 9: a.m. at the Plaza de Madre next to the Tiburones Baseball Stadium on the corner of No Reelección and Benito Juarez.  For those of you staying over, the Pirate Ship will give you another FREE cruise staring at noon so be there at 11:30 and the Fiesta will continue on the Malecon.

In addition to the 2017 Bike Weekend, we will have a separate group of riders that are part of the IRON BUTT RIDE on Nov ember 10th which will bring riders from several areas including a group of 30 riders from Indonesia.  These guys will ride for 1000 miles and start in Rocky Point then onto San Felipe, Ensenada, Rosarito, by pass Tijuana, on to Mexicali,  Santa Ana, Caborca and back to Puerto Peñasco all in under 20 hours.

If you do not yet have your lodging reservations, I would suggest doing so ASAP as many hotels are sold out.  Check with www.Puerto-Peñasco.com, Playa Bonita or Laos Mar Hotel.
Drive safely on your journey home to wherever that maybe and come back to see us soon.  No need to wait until the 2018 Rally, we’ll welcome you any time.  Comments or questions, send me an email.

Rocky Point Rally 2017

3rd Annual Wine and Artisanal Beer Festival in Rocky Point

Wine and Craft Beer Tasting
Mark your calendar for October 7th

El Tapeo will once again be hosting the 3rd Annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival on October 7th  at El Tapeo.   Doors will open at 7:00 with the tasting starting at 7:30 p.m. and music starting at 8:30 p.m.  The cost for the event is $200 pesos and seating will be limited.  There will be 10 tables only with seating of 10 people per table. Make your reservation today.  There will be food for purchase, as of this writing, it has not been determined what the menu will be.  El Tapeo is located in the Laos Mar Hotel on Sandy Beach and across from Playa Bonita.

Wine and Beer festival 2017
Wine tasting at El Tapeo

All of the wines and beers featured come from the Valle de Guadalupe with craft beer coming from Ensenada, Tijuana and Mexicali.   Mundano, Kruger, Alxemia and Terra Turcott are just a few of the wineries who will be participating as well as 2/14 brewery .  All of these wineries have done wine dinners and tasting before at El Tapeo and you will not be disappointed in any of them.  Come down and enjoy our beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco, while enjoying fine wines and friendship, great music and so much more.  What a better place to sip wine than looking at the Sea Of Cortez.

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Enjoy wine and beer with a view.

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Have your dental and optical work done in Puerto Peñasco

*Note: Dr. Shirley Amador and her husband Paul are no  longer affiliated with Imagen Oral but have opened their own office on Blvd. Freemont in Plaza del Sol  by Chef Mickey’s.  Please look for the sign that says AMADOR Dental Care. Please check out our most recent blog regarding this.*

Over the years nearly all the border cities such as Juarez, Nogales, San Luis Rio Colorado, Algodones, Mexicali and Tijuana have had Americans as well as Canadians going to them in droves to buy their prescription medicines and get dental work done.   In the winter it is not unusual to see several tour busses parked at the entrance to Algodones and also San Luis on a daily basis.  The come from the retirement areas like Sun City in the Phoenix area and other retirement cities.  Yuma has a huge snowbird population who migrate in their RV’s from all over to the warm climate of Yuma.  They drive over and spend the day shopping, having lunch and getting the medications.  If you think Rocky Point has a lot of pharmacies it is nothing compared to Algodones. Although Rocky Point is not a border town, we are now having people coming for a variety of things from buying prescription medicines to dental work as we now have a great deal to offer.  Over the past couple of years we are seeing the return of the tour buses to Puerto Peñasco and while here many are choosing to have their dental work done.   Why here you might ask?  What better of a place to have the dental work done and then go back to the hotel or condo and relax while over looking the Sea Of Cortez.

Looking to the future and talking with several realtors and business people, the consensus is that this growth in the medical, dental and ophthalmology fields could be coming our way as well on a grand scale.  There has been an increase in the amount of people coming here for dental work especially in the winter time.  They come on the bus and spend a few days enjoying the beautiful weather and then get their dental work done as well.  Many of the winter visitors that stay at Playa Bonita RV Park, Playa Del Oro RV Park or The Reef Park can now benefit from the new choices they  have.

Modern Dental Facility
Lobby of Imagen Oral

 
Modern equipement
Dentist area at Imagen Oral

Five years ago Imagen Oral opened it’s doors on Benito Juarez just north of Sam’s Club. Here you will find Dr. Shirley Amador Garcia and Paul Amador Chong.  Dr. Shirley does all the cosmetic treatments like crowns, veneers, dentures and fillings with composite material.  Her husband Paul is the dental hygienist. Dr. Shirley is from Columbia and Paul is from Mexico City and they met in Phoenix while working in a dental office.  From Columbia she and her family migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah and then she returned to Columbia to get her degree.  Paul’s family migrated to the North Eastern part of the United States but then his family relocated to Phoenix due to the warm climate.  He received his degree from Phoenix College.  Paul has been a hygienist for 20 years.  I asked why they decided on moving to Puerto Peñasco?  Paul stated he was working as a supervisor in Phoenix and never had time to spend time with Shirley and their 3 children and Dr. Shirley was able be certified much quicker here.  They also have a love for the people of Rocky Point.  They are full time residents of Rocky Point and plan to be here for a long time.  Also at Imagen Oral you will find Dr. Augustin Munoz who specializes in Orthodontics.

Paul's area of expertise.
Dental Hygienist area.

 
Lobby is beautiful.
Another view of the modern lobby.

At Rocky Medical Center, we also now have a facility for things like hip replacements, child birth and more. Rocky Medical Center is located north of the city.  It features state of the art equipment and experienced doctors.  If you are full time resident of Puerto Peñasco, you are encouraged to stop by and tour the facilities.  Since the beginning of 2017 the have performed at 2 hip replacements, 1 hernia repair, 1 hysterectomy and 1 ganglion cyst removal.

Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 
Surgery Room in Puerto Penasco
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Now Dr. Swanson has opened Oftalmalogia y Laser Institulo  on Simon Morua #199 (Plaza Mar de Cortez).  He is preforming laser treatments as well as doing cataract surgery.  Previously if wanted cataract surgery you had to go to either Hermosillo or Mexicali.  This meant lots of time away from Puerto Peñasco plus the added cost of getting there and several night s in hotels.

Please feel free to check out these facilities when you are in Rocky Point and see what they have to offer.  Remember we are only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.

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Upcoming Fall Events in Rocky Point

Labor day is the last big weekend in Rocky Point before Thanksgiving. If you need a hotel or condo, better hurry as they are going fast. The weather can be a little hot, but hey, you have the Sea of Cortez to cool you off.

Chili en Nogada Mexican Dish

Many of the full time residents will be making their way back for the winter in September. If you are going to be back in Puerto Peñasco, please remember the annual Black and White Ball will be held September 30th at the Puerto Penasco Convention center. All proceeds go to DIF. For only $55.00 pp you will be treated to a wonderful dinner, dancing and the crowning of the Queen. Come see your friends and catch up. This is event is for anyone and everyone. If your hubby doesn’t have a tux, don’t worry, suits or sport coats are OK. 

Queen of the ball
Crowning of the 2016 Queen

October seems to be the start of the RV’ers who make there winter pilgrimage to Puerto Peñasco. Many of the “snow birds” make their reservations a year or 2 in advance, so don’t be left out… make yours today if you are planning on being here for a few months.
RVing in Mexico
RV’s and condos

October 30th is Halloween and in the RV parks like Playa Bonita, you will hear the children wandering around saying “trickey trickey”. No need to haul candy down unless you want as there are several places you can buy large bags of those sugary treats. As with every year, please be cautious that night as many of the children as well as the parents dress in dark clothes and it is very difficult to see them.

Another large event in October is Dia de la Muertos or Day of the Dead. The alters will be set up in the Rodeo Drive with celebrations going on all over town. This is a very special event and you can read about it in the next blog. 

Dia Los Muertos Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

day of the Dead Altar
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 

The Mermaid Markets will resume in Shrimp Park in fall and is the 3rd Saturday of the month, so watch for the details. This is a great place to do your Christmas Shopping. 

Mermaid's Market Pirate Extavaganza
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The 17th Annual Bike Rally will be held November 9th – 13th which is over the Veterans Day weekend. The crowd is expected to be even larger than 2016, so get those hotel, condo or beach home reservations in now. Registration for the 17th Annual Rally will once again be held at Barklin’s Circle K just south of the overpass north of town. Stop by and register and get you official registration packet filled with goodies from local merchants. Here you will find the OFFICIAL shirts etc. The official registration is on the left side of the gas pumps, so come on over and register and say hi.  Registration is only $20.00 USD or $350 pesos.

Ride on down to Rocky Point
Get ready for 2017 Rocky Point Rally

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Come volunteer and rescue a puppy from Barb’s Dog Rescue

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Welcoming riders from Lake Havasu and Canada.

November brings families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Old Port will be bustling with people and the Playa Bonita RV Park, The Reef and Playa Del Oro will be filled to capacity. Once again, if you have not made a reservation, now is the time.

Puerto Penasco has something to offer for everyone in fall due to the beautiful climate.. warm days and cool nights. We invite you to come down and spend some time. Whether you want to golf, fish or just relax in your beach chair and watch the water go by, life does not get any better.

Boat Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

Please remember we are just a short 1 hour drive from the US border and we are safe. Mi Casa es Su Casa, so come down and enjoy our piece of Paradise.  Spend some time trying our fantastic restaurants and enjoy the Sea of Cortez Shrimp.

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