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RV Caravans to Puerto Peñasco..Welcome Part 1

Back before the days of the condo boom  RVing was the way to go.  There were RV’s coming and going constantly.    They came in groups of all Winnebago’s, Prevosts, Allegro etc.  At one time, it was not unusual to see 30-40 Prevost’s  in a caravan and that meant a lot of money on the highway.  Sometimes  a group of single women would drive down and stay for a week or two.  In most cases the ones coming from Arizona, the West Coast and Rocky Mountain areas met up at the Elk’s Lodge in Gila Bend.   From there they would come down in small groups to cross into Mexico.  They came from Elk’s Lodges, FMCA, Escapes, Good Sam and other clubs.

View to the Old Port.

Shop, relax and enjoy Puerto Peñasco

RV Caravans Playa Bonita (6)

In those days, many of the RVers  made friends with each other and then over the next few years they would all plan their trips together.  Friendships were made at Manny’s Beach Club with the locals that had moved here from the USA.  At that time there were 9 RV Parks starting in the Mirador area with Playa Elegante, San Rafael, Playa del Oro, Senorial, Playa Mirador, Playa Miramar, Sunrise and Playa Bonita and The Reef rounding off on Sandy Beach.  Many of the folks spent at least 3 -6 months in Puerto Peñasco and loved calling Rocky Point home for that period of time. Now there is only  Playa del Oro and Playa Bonita. The Reef is currently not taking reservations at this time.

A Rocky Point Sunset

What more could they ask for?  Beautiful  warm sunny skies, stunning sunsets, fishing, sitting on the beach, mingling with each other or just going into town to shop.  They also would caravan in their vehicles for day outings to Caborca and Pitiquito to go leather shopping and have lunch.  I personally was delighted to always go with them and show them around.  In those days, once past the Mayan Palace area it was dirt road for many miles.  Sometime it was smoother driving in the desert rather than struggling with the ruts.  In some places the road had 4 lanes going each way.

Before the new coastal highway from P.E.Calles (which now leads to El Desemboque, Puerto Libertad, Punta Chueca and Kino Bay) you could drive through the asparagus fields, snow pea fields  and Thompson grape vineyards  and buy a case of which ever you would like directly from the processing plant.  Within that area there was and is so much agriculture grown including olives, pecans  and citrus as well as cattle ranching.  The folks in the RV’s loved to stop by a local ranches  and buy the fresh citrus they could offer.

Back to the caravans.  Many of the groups consist of 20 or more rigs, so getting through the border was not easy.   Now a local Rocky Point businessman Russ Black (organizer of the Mermaid Market) has a program that will meet the caravan on United States side of the border and then they have a police escort to get everyone through Sonoyta in an orderly fashion.  If you are interested in bringing down a caravan and would like the information for Russ Black  send me an email to nocomosi@msn.com and I will get it for you.  If you a Wagon Master and would like information sent to you again please let me know and we can bundle some things up and get them delivered to you.

Take a Sunset Cruise every night of the week.

There are some things you do need to know about what you can and can’t bring into Mexico. No need to haul a lot of groceries, as there is Sam here as well as 2 great butcher shops and numerous FRESH produce markets.   Please follow Puerto-Peñasco.com blogs this month as we will publish this list.  It like everything else is subject to change.  As of this blog, one group from the Sun City Elk’s Lodge is already making plans for their 2018 trip.  Planning to bring a large group down, start planning now as the RV parks are filling up rapidly.

For the first timers coming here, there is really a lot to do and see, so I hope you will take a day or 2 and look around.  Bring your golf clubs or fishing poles and enjoy what Rocky Point has to offer or just sit in your chair and watch the water go by.  Once you are hooked on Puerto Peñasco, you will want to return every year.  If you have any questions or comments that need immediate attention email to nocomosi@msn.com.

Vacation in Puerto Peñasco Condos vs. Homes vs. Hotels

If you are planning a vacation to Puerto Peñasco, you have a lot to think about as to where you want to stay. Be it a hotel, condo or home, most all of these are located right on the Sea of Cortez.  There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a place.  You also will want to choose the right company to do your reservations.

Let’s start with the rental company.  You have many to choose from and one of the most popular is Puerto-Penasco.com and they are all very knowledgeable with the properties but also with what is happening in Rocky Point.  There are many beach front homes in Las Conchas and they range from 2 bedrooms to 10 bedrooms and larger if needed.  Any of the rental specialists can customize just the right property for you.  If you are planning to come down during the busy holiday weekends but want quiet time then staying in Las Conchas is probably the best choice for you.  It is a gated community and quads are not permitted on the beach nor tearing up the streets, so if you are bringing toys down, bare in mind you will be asked to park them by the guard station.

If you have never been to Puerto Peñasco you can ask any of these companies for recommendations for activities and restaurants and they can point you in the correct direction.  You may want to  take a sunset cruise, rent kayaks, rent horses to ride on the beach or rent quads or Rhinos. If you are in Rocky Point and the Tiburones are playing baseball, go watch a game.  This is inexpensive entertainment for the entire family.  There is also a new aquarium in town which is interactive for all ages.  All of the above mentioned companies have agents that have lived in Rocky Point for many years or are natives of the area and they can definitely help you out.

Sonoran Sky Resort
Sonoran Sky Resort

Next if  choose to rent a condo on the beach you have several developments to choose from and they are all on the Sea of Cortez and the beach.  These developments come in all sizes.  Sonoran Resorts consist of the Sonoran SKY, Sonoran SPA, Sonoran SEA and the Sonoran SUN.  Then you have Las Palomas which is the largest of the developments, followed by Casa Blanca, The Princesa, Las Palmas, Bella Sirena and Esmeralda.  If you have children a good choice for you would be Las Palomas or Las Palmas as they have lazy rivers and water slides.  Every property with the exception of the Sonoran SPA have swim up bars.  Most of the properties have a community BBQ area as cooking with charcoal is prohibited on the condo balconies.  The Sonoran SPA does have a Santiago Pharmacy as well as gift shop and a display of art and crafts from local artisans and the Sonoran Grill is located there.  The SKY has the TIKI  Bar as well as a sports bar on the beach level.  Las Palomas also has a restaurant as does the Sonoran SEA.  Even though the months of June, July, August and September are hot and humid, there is always a breeze off the ocean and all the properties are air conditioned.  You can rent any of these properties by the night, week or month.

This is your view

Enjoy the view

You have the choice of 3 main hotels that are on the water or have a water view and they are Peñasco Del Sol, Playa Bonita, Laos Mar or Vina Del Mar in the Old Port.  All feature pools, restaurants and bars as well as El Tapeo Wine Bar at Laos Mar.

Playa Bonita en Puerto Penasco
Hotel Playa Bonita

Whatever is best for you, know that you will be treated in a professional manner from any of the companies listed above.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me at nocomosi@msn.com and I can answer your questions or point you  in the right direction.  As we say Mi Casa es Su Casa, so come on down and enjoy the beautiful clean beaches and the warm Caribbean Blue waters of the Sea of Cortez and sit back, relax and enjoy Puerto Peñasco.

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