Although the 20th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally was in November 2020, it will be celebrated November 11th – 14th of 2021. This was due to concerns of Covid. The Rocky Point Rally is billed as the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border. This year we will have the sanctioned event throughout the city. If you do not have your hotel or condo rental made, you may want to do it ASAP as many places are already filed up.
We will have our registration area set up at the Barklin Circle K (just south of the overpass coming towards Puerto Peñasco) as in previous years as well as Playa Bonita. Here you can register for $25.00USD and receive your official patch, pin as well as a surprise anniversary gift. Here you can also buy your Poker Run tickets for $10.00 USD. If you pre-register online, you can pick up your packet at these locations, just bring a copy of your receipt. In the pouch will be the program which will have discounts or coupons from many local businesses as well as the patch and pin. For the Anniversary this year, you have the option to purchase in advance a VIP package which will give you some special gifts as well for $100.00 USD. All of the registration money goes to our 8 local charities and this is a large part of their annual budget. The charities we support are Casa Hogar Home for the Elderly, DIF services for children and families in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta, George Papanicolau Centerfor cancer awareness, Red Cross, Bomberos (Fire department), CAM La Montana, school for children with disabilities and a local scholarship. When you register you will also be treated to a fish taco and a nice cold Mexican beer.
Right next to the registration area you can buy all of the official apparel such as tanks, tee shirts and sweat shirts. They have a great selection of styles and sizes for women and men.
In addition to all the friendships that are made every year, you will be treated to some great music and food throughout the city, Pirate Ship boat tours of the harbor, Bike Parade around the city, Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center. Most of the bars will have live music for your enjoyment as well as some really good food. Playa Bonita Hotel will host the Opening Night Welcome Party on the 11th.
So mark your calendar for some fun at the 20th Anniversary Partyof the Rocky Point Rally, enjoy some of our stunning sunsets and everything we have to share with you. If you have any questions regarding the rally, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16 is the day Mexico celebrates it independence from Spain in 1810. It was officially made the National holiday in 1821. The celebration begins on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm when the President of Mexico rings the 200 year old bell and gives the cry to Dolores known as El Grito de Dolores battle cry. In Puerto Peñasco, the Mayor of the city steps out on the balcony of the City Municipal building and waves the Mexican Flag as the crowds chant “Viva Mexico” and he usually gives a short speech, followed by singing of the National Anthem.
The battle cry was made by Father Miguel Hildago Costillain the town of Doloreswhich is located in the State of Guanajuato in 1810. Father Hildago was captured and killed in 1811 after calling the military and residents of Mexico to go to battle for their freedom from the Spaniards and Spain. Spain ruled Mexico for over 300 years until Father Hildago wanted to see his country free and not under Spanish rule any more.
This is a national holiday where banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. In many cities, main streets are closed for parades and celebrations. The Mexican flags fly everywhere and there will be fireworks, lots of music and dancing everywhere. You will find many regional foods available in restaurants and on the streets, as well as private parties in homes being served. You can choose from fruit punch, candies, Posole and Menudo, roast lamb, Queso Fundito with chips, salsa and guacamole, Chili En Nogado (poblano chilis stuffed with meat and covered in the colors of the Mexican flag of cream and pomegranate seeds and walnuts, hence the red, white and green colors in the flag, as well as beer, sangria and Tequila.
It is a great celebration so if you are thinking about coming to Rocky Point during the 15th and 16th, be prepared to spend some time getting caught up in the celebrations throughout the city and learning more about the history of Mexico.
Rocky Point has long been known as Arizona’s beach and this summer it has proved to be true. Every weekend there are several mile backups coming into Mexico as well as those departing. With travel restrictions having been lifted, it seems like everyone in California and Texas have decided to vacation in Puerto Peñasco this summer. We are also experiencing a high volume of tourists from several states in Mexico coming by vehicle as well as tourist busses.
Our condo, private home and hotel occupancy has been very full all summer long. Despite the heat and humidity we have in the months of June, July, August and September it has not stopped people from enjoying the waters of the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Puerto Peñasco has so much to offer such as golfing on 1 of our 3 championship golf courses. There are several fishing charters that go out everyday, so you can catch a ride on one. These charters will take you out all day if you want and out to the 50 mile reef, where you will catch the big fish. There are also 1/2 day trips where you will catch plenty of smaller fish that will put up quite a fight.
If you have children with you, take a trip to CEDO in Las Conchas to see the full size Whale skeleton that was reconstructed many years ago and learn more about the Sea of Cortez. Speaking of whales, one large adult washed up a few weeks ago and it was trucked to CEDO where it was buried. Years from now they will construct another whale. CEDO has a large selection of books for sale and I highly recommend “THE EDGE of the SEA of CORTEZ and “LAND OF BLACK VOLCANOES AND WHITE SAND”. Both of these books will teach you a lot about the area. They also sell apparel, coffee mugs and so much more. CEDO also offers tide pool excursions as well as kayaking in the Estuary Morua. Check their schedule of events to see what is available while you are enjoying the area.
If you want adventure you can rent jet skis as well as Razors, Rhinos, Quads and CanAms from several vendors. If you do this please use the designated dunes for your experience. Horseback riding on the beach is a great way to enjoy the beach. These can be rented on Plutarco Ellias Calle across from the car wash. They have horses of all sizes for your enjoyment.
Perhaps you like concerts and wine or beer festivals. Rocky Point does not disappoint on any of these things. Check out Banditos for the Roger Clyne concert line ups. You will find Baja Wines at wine festivals or wine maker dinners at El Tapeo and craft beers at the Annual Craft Beer Festival at La Arena 3C. The Baja of California between Ensenada and Tecate has nearly 100 wineries in the region and are doing some award winning wines. The State of Sonora and Baja have some great craft beer producers that will have you wanting to buy some to take home. Manny’s puts on a great Country Bash once a year so check put their schedules as well.
Several new restaurants have popped up such as Toscows, MTZ or Mi Urban Barrio Kitchern. Rocky Point has some great places to dine in or on their patios. Looking for authentic Mexican food, try Regina’s in the Old Port, you won’t be disappointed. Want to have pizza, you have several places to choose from, with several offering delivery service. Sonora is know for it’s beef, so check out Garufa’s, Chef Mickey’s or Pan y Vino for your favorite cut of beef.
As most of know, Puerto Peñasco, is known for Whale Watching in winter, but today July 7, 2021, the city found a young Varada whale beached in front of Mi Playa. Apparently it came in with the high tide and then got stranded on the rocks and sand. This time of year it is unusual for whales to be in the Sea of Cortez . It has been several years since a whale has beached and we hope the whale will be alright after the rescue.
Because Puerto Peñasco is a a closely knit community that pulls together for emergencies, the city came to the aid of this young whale. With the help of the fire department, members of CEDO, the Marines and local residents, the whale was saved. The group surrounded the youngster and covered it with tarps and started pouring buckets of water on to keep it wet and alive.
Soon they realized that they needed more water, so the fire department brought out a pump and hose to keep the whale very wet. Members of the community began to move the rocks that the poor thing had gotten stuck on, in order for it to slide back to the water. Many people just kept gently touching it, perhaps to reassure it that everything would be alright. As the tide slowly started coming back in, nearly 30 people kept getting it pushed back to the Sea of Cortez. The rest of the crowd cheered them all on. Although it was a young whale, it was still a very large . It seemed that it knew the humans were there to help it as it remained calm and did not present any real danger to the rescuers. Once the tide started to come in it started to float. However, they still had to turn it around so the head was facing the Sea of Cortez and that took all of their effort. After nearly 4 hours, the tide was high enough to get it turned and sent off. You could see as it swam away, that it was giving blows of thank you to all of it’s new friends. For the rescuers, this will be one day that they will never forget.
When you come to vacation in Rocky Point and are staying on the beach, keep you eyes on the water as you never know what you will see. If you love whales, plan a trip starting in January to take one of our Whale Watching tours. It is truly an experience that you will not forget. They usually start coming the end of December and stay until end of March. There is a charter boat to fit your every need.
Mid May will be an exciting time for Puerto Peñasco, with the arrival of the Mexican Navy Ship “Cuauhtemoc” or as it is known Caballero de los Mares which means The Gentleman of the Seas. It will carry a crew of 240 including 8 captains, officials as well as 100 male and female cadets. The cadets will be able to come on land while in Rocky Point to learn about this part of the Sea of Cortez. While at sea the cadets will undergo training and studies.
The ship will be anchored 1 mile offshore in front of the Malecon for locals and tourists to be able to view it. This incredible ship has made 36 training voyages and traveled to 209 ports in 59 countries. It has traveled over 5522 days at sea and traveled 705,000 nautical miles which is equal to 33 times around the world.
The history of the ship is amazing. It is 220′ long and 39′ wide and is named after Huehi Tlatoani Cuachtemoc. Built in Bilboa, Spain it was known as Celaya. It had 3 sister ships as well. It was launched Jan. 8 1982 and commissioned July 29, 1982. For its 39 years of service is home port is Acapulco, Mexico. It is a Class A ship and sails under the Mexican Flag. In its years of sailing it has won the Tall Ships’ Races two times.
Tall ships are amazing and are used many time for people who like to cruise, but want to do it on a smaller size vessel. Tall ships also can accommodate much smaller amounts of cruisers than a regular cruise ship, thus allowing them to more access to remote areas. You normally think of them for cruising not as a training ship for the military.
We are hoping to perhaps be able to go onboard like people of Rocky Point did when the Astoria Cruise Ship came last year for its cruises. It is not often that the small ports get so much attention. As of this writing it looked like it was near Ensenada and then will turn, go south and come up around the tip of Baja and into the Sea of Cortez to Puerto Peñasco.
Our readers are always asking about what there is to do in Rocky Point. From Sandy:
We will be coming mid December and staying for a couple of months. What is there to do and see while we are there? The first week we will have family with little children, so need to entertain them. We are staying in Las Conchas on the beach and wonder how far it is from the town.
Mid December will provide you with nice sunny warm days but the evenings do cool off, so bring light jackets. During the time when you have the little ones here, you can take them to the tide pools when the tide is out and let them explore. They will enjoy getting sea shells as well as maybe finding a baby octopus in those tide pools. You can also take them to the aquarium which is located behind Capone’s on Sinaloa Blvd. They will also have a learning experience if you take them to CEDO which is located in Las Conchas. Here they will be able to see a full size skeleton of a whale. There is also a gift shop with some great books on the area. Another thing you can do with the children as well as adults is go back north of town to visit the Pinacate Volcano Visit Center. Here you can watch a movie about the area and they are interactive things to view inside the center.
Now for the adults. Rocky Point has 3 golf courses for those golfers. One at Las Palomas, one at the Isla Del Mar and one at the Mayan Palace. All of these will provide a challenge. The course at the Mayan has several holes that parallel the Sea of Cortez. If you have people that love to fish, there is no better place than in the Sea of Cortez. There are several fishing charters that will take them out and everything is included in the charge. One of pour favorites is the Pancho Villa,which is a family owned cabin cruiser. This time of year, depending on how far you go out or for how long you want to go, they will catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger fish (which are not huge) but do put up a fight, just to name few. The crew will clean and fillet them for you to have at your beach front home.
For the ladies, there is great shopping on Rodeo Drive. here you will find Fabiloa’s Beach Appareland accessories, Su Casa (gifts for the home) as well as many shops caring items made in Mexico such as Talavera pottery. A must place to shop is Mercedes Rusticos located on the hill as you are coming out of the Malecon and across from the Friendly Dolphin. Here you can purchase complete sets of dishes made in Mexico as well as other glasses and other things for the home. Check out the Blue Marlin for the best coconut shrimp around. They can also hang out at the Boo Bar, which is located above the shrimp market. Sit out under the big palapa and take in the sunsets. You will find plenty to keep you occupied.
Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between. The expats living in Mexico are such a generous bunch.
One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children. Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point. He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.
The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary. The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things. In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacioalong with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro. The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos. This was a banner year for the monies collected. We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years. They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area. The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town. When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys. So think about this for next year.
A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together. This group is called “Women Helping Women”and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years. They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months. On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant. Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are. The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist. This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction. The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses. A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible. This won’t be the the last you hear of this group. The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.
Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween. The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.
People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year. Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA. Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frogis to collect blankets for the needy. This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets. Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money. These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.
Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh. This lady works seems to work 24/7. The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only. Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst. Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages. These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by. To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.
These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point. We hope you will help one of them.
Now is the time to plan to go to Puerto Peñasco for late fall and the Christmas season. Fall brings Mermaid Markets, Art in the Park in Las Conchas over Thanksgiving, stunning sunset cruises and the traditions of the Christmas season in Mexico.
Stop by Latitude 31 to see the Christmas Village and train and it is free. While you are there have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Take time to do a Sunset Cruise on the Pancho Villa or the Eco Fun or any of the other boats here that will not disappoint you. Just getting out on the water is such a great way to unwind. You can view the Dolphins that will entertain your boat and you can sit back and have a Margarita or cold beer. There is something about fall and winter sunsets that are so amazing.
If you are lucky enough to be here in December, you can watch all the Posada’s or go over to City Hall and see the decorations that are set up. Plaza de Madre is where you will find the animals from the Nativity setting. Children love to see all the animals.
The Posadas start on December 16 and end on the 24th or as it is called “Noche Buena” Christmas Eve. In many parts of the world they celebrate the 12 days of Christmas but in Mexico it is 9 days. Las Posada translated means in English as “the inn or the lodging”
Neighbors and family meet and go from house to house every night reenacting the travels of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. When they arrive at the last house, they are given passage and it is here where the party starts. Before entering the home they recite something like this. This song is called “Canto Para Pedir Posada” which means to ask for shelter. This is a shortened version.
Pilgrims, outside) “Mi nombre es José,
Mi esposa es María.
y madre va ser,
del Divino Verbo.” “My name is Joseph,
My wife is Mary.
and mother to be
of the Divine Word.” (Inn keepers, inside) “Posada os brindo,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.” “The inn I give you,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”
The people arrive carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and little candles as they walk from place to place. Once admitted, they are treated to food and a drink called Ponche con Piquete, which is made fruits, cinnamon and Brandy or Rum or a beer called Noche Buena. This beer is only found in the Christmas season. After everyone has finished, the Pinata is hung and the children start to break it open. The families spend a lot of time talking and enjoying the sounds of glee of the children. On Christmas Eve, most families go to midnight mass.
The Christmas season extends until January 6th which is known as “Kings Day”and in traditional fashion, this is when the children receive their Christmas gifts.
If you are in Puerto Peñasco on January 6th, you may want to join in the parade to one of the poorer areas of the city and see the gifts that the American community and motorcycle riders have collected for these children.
My husband and I will be driving to Puerto Peñasco with friends and want to bring our 14-foot sailboat. The regulations say that if the boat is 4.5 meters long or longer, then we must follow guidelines regarding temporary importation of the vessel (register it and pay a fee). Fourteen feet converts to 4.27 meters. Would you recommend we follow the guidelines, or trust that it will be obvious that the sail boat does not trigger the guidelines? Thank you for your advice,
Good question Carla. We have Hobie Cat races here often and I think they are about the same length, so you shouldn’t have any problems. I would make sure you bring along the boat registration with you. I will ask around and if I find out anything else, I will let you know.
Question: This one is from Sue.
Many of us are confused as to how much we can bring across the border per person? Can you please give us your opinion?
Answer: Duty free allowance: I was checking out the duty free allowance amount to verify it is $300 for each person per vehicle on the sat.gob.mx. However during holiday periods-Easter, Summer, Christmas and New Years, you may import up to $500 per person.
We have always brought our turkey down for Thanksgiving and done them in a pit on the beach in front of Playa Bonita for our group. However now I hear that you can’t have any fires on the beach and is that true? If so, are there any places that serve a nice Thanksgiving dinner or that would cater it for us at Playa Bonita?
You are correct, fires are no longer allowed on the beaches. For a change you can either go to Latitude 31 for a sit down Thanksgiving Dinner (only $13.50 pp) or ask Playa Bonita to cater it for your group. This way you can sit back and enjoy and have no clean up and you will be supporting the local economy. If you choose Latitude 31, you need to get your reservation in ASAP as they sell out every year. See the above flyer.
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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