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 email@example.com.
There are several Face Book groups on Puerto Peñasco and the same questions keep being asked, so here are some questions asked the most often.
What time does the border close? Currently the border opens at 6: a.m. and closes promptly at 8:00 p.m. It does not matter if you are inline, it will close. This applies to both entry to Mexico and entry to the United States via the Lukeville / Sonoyta crossing.
How much alcohol am I allowed to bring into Mexico?You are allowed to bring in 3 liters. of alcohol or 6 liters of wines, which equates to 8 750 mil bottles per person. You are allowed 1 liter per month going into the USA.
Can I bring in meat? All meat from hoofed animals such as beef, lamb or pork are allowed if they are in their original package and are frozen. This is not guaranteed as it is at the whim of the crossing guard. Technically no dairy products and produce are allowed. The same rule applies to returning to the United States and they are strict on the enforcement of these rules. You are allowed to bring back 50 pounds of shrimp and fish to the USA with no issues. There really is no need to bring anything with you as we have 2 great meat markets that will cut your steaks fresh to your liking or grind hamburger fresh the way you want it. Things such as butter, cream, milk and cheeses can be gotten at CS Foods or Sam’s Club. At CS they carry a variety of things that can not be gotten at other stores like frozen pies, frozen salmon, Jif or Skippy peanut butter, frozen rye bread as well as other breads, fresh sourdough bread, 3 kinds of frozen bagels and so many more items.
What do I need to bring to bring my dogs or cats down. You are allowed to bring 2 dogs and cats per car and have your vaccine records handy. Mexico is mainly looking for current rabies records. Be aware that most condo rentals do not allow pets. If you need to board your pet, Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa is excellent with clean modern kennels of all size. Bring only enough food for your stay and again chicken, turkey or fish only. If you are staying for an extended time frame you are allowed to bring up to 1 – 50 Lb. bag. If you need a vet Dr. Adrian Sixto is excellent and is located on Blvd. Freemont or you can also use Serviceos Medicos on Sonora Blvd where Dr. Felix is located and he is very knowledgeable.
Should I bring pesos from the USA or US dollars? You will get a better exchange at the Cambio (money exchange houses) here to buy pesos. Most larger business take credit or debit cards as do the gas stations. If bringing US dollars, bring the cash in different denominations not all $100 bills. Smaller businesses may not be able to cash a $100 bill.
Should I be aware of anything when crossing the border into Mexico? You will stop prior to entering where you will get a red or green light. If you get the green light you should be able to proceed straight ahead, however, there are times they will still stop you. If you get the red light you will be asked to stop and they may want to check your vehicle and/or asked to step out of the vehicle. If that happens, make sure you take your cell phone and for the ladies their purse. There currently are military at the border doing the checking. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GO OVER 25 kilometers per hour. If you get stopped for speeding do not pay the officer but ask to go to the Police department. DO NOT BRING GUNS, LIVE ROUNDS OR SHELL CASINGS as they are illegal and you will spend some time in jail. When you stop of a stop sign, do a full 5 second stop not a rolling stop. This 5 second stop applies to driving in Rocky Point as well. These are some of the most asked questions, but if you have anything else, please contact me at the information listed below.
It seems we get asked the same questions several times a week about travel to Mexico and bringing pet, etc. So here you will find what you need to know.
To travel into Mexico if you are staying over you 7 days, each person is suppose to stop and get a temporary visa. Almost no one does it as they really aren’t checking. f you are bringing in pets, you need to have a current vaccination card for them as they are mainly concerned about the rabies shot. Not being able to provide one may send back to the USA. A certificate of health is only good for 7 days so if you are planning on multiple trips, it would get very costly. Having proof of the shoots will be fine.
No you don’t need a passport to get into Mexico, but it is the law that you have one to renter the USA. Here again the border people are currently letting you cross with a birth certificate and a form of government ID. The problem is, if there are several people in the vehicle and everyone has to hand over those documents, you are holding up people behind you that have their passports and generally holding up the line The border people will give you a stern talking to and may send yo to the secondary checkpoint. Getting a passport card is very inexpensive and will work for ground travel into Mexico, if asked, but not flying out of the USA. Currently it is an 18 week delay to get new passports and almost as long for a renewal. So if you are planning on doing several trips a year, get the passport or passport card.
Once you in Mexico, you will get either a red or green light. If you get the red light customs may ask you to step out of the vehicle to look through it. There are times when you get the green light and they still ask you to look in your car. Make sure the ladies take their handbags with them. After they are done, you will pull forward to a military checkpoint, they may or may not ask you to pull over, again do not leave money or purses in the vehicle.
When driving through Sonoyta, DO NOT SPEED. Most of the way through the town is 40 KLM or just under 25 MPH and in a couple of areas it will drop down to 25 KLM. Be alert for stop signs as many are placed in the center of the road and not on the right hand side that tourists are use to. Either of these infractions will probably get you a ticket. DO NOT pay the officer but ask to go to the Police station to pay, this is the only way corruption will stop. If you feel you have done nothing wrong you can ask to speak to the Chief of Police to plead your case, as he is trying to clean up the corruption.
If you are hauling toys or have a toy hauler, make sure you have the registrations for all toys in your name if they are yours and also for the vehicle and trailer hauling them.
Once you are through Sonoyta it is an easy drive to Puerto Peñasco of approximately 60 minutes on a nice 2 lane road. Remember the speed is 90 KLM not MPH. There are a few areas that mind the signs and do not pass. You now are on your way to have a fun vacation in one of cleanest, prettiest beach cities in all of Mexico… Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. So enjoy your time.
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.
Puerto Peñascowill once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th. Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had maybe had 1,000 bikes. The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities. I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed. Now Rocky Pointwill welcome over 8,000 bikes. The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan. The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town. Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event. If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more. Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events. These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town. Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times. Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at 11:00 with the parade starting at 11:30 .
This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well. It will be at Playa Bonita Hotelon Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday. No charge. Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up: Thursday November 8th Banditos, Kick Off Party7 p.m. The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band Friday November 9th Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center. Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. “Backroads” Playa Bonita HotelSunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads Saturday November 10th Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard Tequila Bar, 1 p.m. Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads Sunday November 11th Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town. Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos. All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town. If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here. You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel. For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.
While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies. We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue. She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi. Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and more.
We are continuing our question and answer series regarding a variety of questions from our readers regarding traveling to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. If you have a question you can send it to the email address below and I will try to answer it promptly.
Question:I will be traveling with my dog, what do I need to bring to enter Mexico and re-enter into the USA? Thanks, Ginger
Answer:Thanks for the question Ginger. What most of us have done who travel back and forth frequently is to make a copy of the shot record with a picture of your dog/cat. If stopped you can hand it to them. They are mainly concerned about making sure the rabies shot is current and the rabies vaccination must be 15 days prior to travel into Mexico . Once in awhile you are asked for a Certificate of Health. But if you have what I have suggested, you should be good. Certificates of Health are only good for 10 days in Arizona and are very costly. They can be gotten up to the day before travel. They use to be good for 6 months. One other thing to consider, if you are renting, check with the owner as most places do not allow pets. In the condo developments only owners can have their pets unless the owner gives permission. We do have a pet hotel here for boarding if needed and it is Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa. Hope this answers your concerns. If you are planning on bringing something other than a dog or cat, they are not considered pets according to Mexican regulations and there are several steps to go through for this.
Question:Do I need to buy Mexican Insurance and what do I need? Appreciate your help, Paul B.
Answer:Hi Paul, you do need to buy Mexican Insurance for either your auto or RV if you have one. By law, you are required to buy liability, but remember, that it only covers the other person’s vehicle. I would also suggest that you don’t just cover your drivers license if you are coming down with different vehicles. Here again it is a liability only policy even though it may save you some money short term. With insuring your DL you only have liability coverage and coverage is only if you are driving the vehicle or whoever is named on the policy. Buy full coverage on your vehicle and if you come down often, you may want to consider an annual policy as it will save you money in the long run. If you are planning on coming to Rocky Pointand then traveling say to Ensenada, make sure you are covered.
Question:Does 911 work in Mexico? From Jamie G.
Answer: Yes Jamie, it does work and you will be directed to an English speaking dispatcher if you are not fluent in Spanish. In the case of an accident with injuries, you may also contact the US Consulate in Nogales and they will have one of their 2 American volunteers help to assist you.
Remember there a lot of activities going on in the fall months, so plan ahead and make your reservations soon. The 18th Annual Bike Rally is Veteran’s Day weekend ( November 8 – 11) and most hotels, condos and homes are already booked. This is billed as “The greatest bike party, south of the border”.
We are continuing our Q & A forum from our readers. If you have any questions, please send them to us. Question:Hi there!!!!
It’s me again! How are you? I hope all is well! I’m just writing to ask you if you would recommend Puerto Peñasco in the month of October? My family and I are thinking of visiting this year again in the month of October. What do you think? Also, how has Puerto Peñasco been lately (safety and security wise)? Thanks so much for all of your help! Looking forward to your response soon! Take care and have a great day!!!!
Answer: Hi Susana,
October is a great month especially mid October. The humidity should be almost gone. There aren’t any major holidays as far as traffic goes. There have been no safety issues or security from the time you enter Mexico until the time you head back. The water will still be nice and morning walks on the beach are a must. How long are you planning on being here? Are you coming with small children? If so, they can enjoy the tide pools looking for little creatures. A visit to CEDO in Las Conchas is a must as they will get to see a full size skeleton of a whale and it is a great learning center for them. They have a gift shop with books about the area and it is really nice. Most restaurants will be open everyday if you want to eat out.
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Question: This will be the first time visit to Puerto Peñasco and we are wondering what there is to do and is it safe. Answer: Thanks for asking. Not sure what time of the year you are planning to be here, but pretty soon, the weather will be changing, so you can enjoy walking or running on the beach. If you are a golfer, we offer 3 golf courses for your enjoyment. Fishing your thing, there are several fishing charters to choose from. After a relaxing day on the beach, take a sunset cruise on one or our many sunset cruises. You can also to ride horse back on the beach which is really fun. We have several really great restaurants to choose from and a few with Sea of Cortez view. This places also offer a great sunset view.
I have lived here full time since 2008 and have never had a safety issue. My children and grandchildren have also been coming here for many years with no issues. I tell people, if you are looking for trou0ble I am sure you can find it, but otherwise you will have a wonderful stay. Don’t forget to get Mexican auto insurance full coverage. It may be a little more expensive for full coverage, but it will protect your vehicle. Let me know when you plan to come and I will try to update you with events. The main thing we have upcoming will be the Rocky Point Rally, Veteran’s Day weekend. The town is probably already sold out.
If you are planning to buy or adopt a dog, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue. Choose from puppies or senior dogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Let me introduce you to Barb’s Dog Rescue, if you don’t already know her. Barb has been doing this for nearly 18 years and has rescued and adopted out 1,000 dogs every year for the past several years and growing. She gives of herself 100% everyday to these discarded little souls. The rescue center is located just north of Puerto Peñasco, look for the big yellow signs. You can donate dog food that you can purchase here and it is the Kirkland Chicken as well as Kirkland Puppy Chow. About the same price as buying it at COSTCO and then having to haul it down.
As a community, we are helping her to raise funds to keep up with all the hungry little mouths. These dogs come from all over the city and in some cases communities from outside the city. People drop off puppies at the gate or drop off the pregnant mom. Sometimes animal control calls and out she goes to get them rescued. In winter Rocky Point is full of generous visitors, but in summer many of the visitors go for cooler weather. Unfortunately, the hungry mouths are still here.
There are so many success stories of puppies as well as older dogs being adopted. Every Veteran’s Day weekend we have our annual Bike Rally Festival and this year will be number 18. These bikers and volunteers not only donate but many also adopt. One such adoption came from of the crew that registers people for the “biggest rally this side of the border”. Below are just a couple of the adopted puppies with their forever owners. As you can see both puppies and older dogs are being adopted out. Adopt.. don’t buy. Barb charges nothing to adopt and the puppies are current on all shots and are either spayed or neutered and you will have all the paperwork to take them home. All she asks is for a donation of food.
The online auction has something for everyone. Please take time and go to the website and see what is waiting for you. If you get the bid, we will get you the item and if you are out of the city, they can be shipped or pick them up when you come to visit this wonderful sea side town. We will find a way.
Helping Paw Friends is doing an auction to benefit Barb’s Dog Rescue – 100% of all funds will be given to the rescue. We have many great items to bid on! Including several donations from Rocky Point Mexico! There are Condo Rentals, Hotel Packages, Sunset Cruises, Four Rounds of Golf, Gift Certificates from some great Restaurants here in Rocky Point, local merchandise, jewelry by local artists, Dental Cetificate, Pet portraits, A Metal Cut-out of your favorite pet, Ultra Light Flights and many other wonderful items to bid on! For those of you who are Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers fans, we have a great package donated by Roger, which includes an autographed hat! The auction officially starts Aug 28th, but the bidding has already started! New Items are being added daily! Please help support Barb’s Dog Rescue! You can join the Auction by in Facebook by clicking on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1734484143435480/
Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizonacrossing would be on the major United States holidays and the return would be the same issues, long lines for hours.
Fast forward to 2018 and you will find long lines on nearly every weekend coming and going. Tourists use to leave Sunday morning to cross back to the US, but then they found long lines, so they would leave later on Sunday. That worked for a little while, but longer lines. Then they started going back on Monday morning early and that also worked for awhile. Last week there was still a back up on Tuesday morning. We are a popular destination.
My suggestion to avoid long weekend lines is to come either mid week or Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday morning at 6 – 7 am or after 5 p.m. Another good reason to come mid week if possible is the hotels and condos are usually a little cheaper. If at all possible, I would avoid traveling the week of Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend as these seem to be the busiest of all the holidays. There is no guarantee as to the travel times, however this is a good estimate. If you are here and have internet, go to www.USBorderWaitTimes and it will give you some idea on the day you are leaving. As for lines coming in there really is no way to tell. I did notice on the U.S. side, they have put out signs that say there may be slow traffic ahead. Please remember not to speed through Organ Pipe National Park as the Park Rangers can and do ticket people and please don’t put other people’s lives in danger by passing in no passing zones on both sides of the border.
There are many factors that come into play with long lines. There has been a strong military presence at the border on the Mexican side to help look for drugs or other contraband headed north. As of late, however, both coming and going, they mainly just wave you on through. This compounded with so many tourists and not all 5 lanes are open on the United States side creates a real log jam. On busy weekends for those of you coming to Puerto Peñasco, be patient.. the Sea of Cortez will be waiting for you, so no need to speed or pass in no passing zones. Remember all the nice people you may have met in line on the way in will probably be traveling with on the way home. Smile and hang in there.
One of the hold ups are that many tourists feel they don’t need a passport or a passport card. YES YOU DO… It is the law! Fortunately for these people it is also the law that if you are a US Citizen, they have to admit your back into your country. However, the border people can make your life very difficult and make you go through the secondary check point, causing you both a delay and creating a hold up of law abiding folks behind you. The law is everyone no matter what age must have a PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.
It is a very simple process. 1)If you are an adult, fill out the form DS11, 2) Get supporting documents (citizen evidence such as birth certificate), 3) Provide photo 4) calculate fees and submit. The cost for the PASSPORT is $110 for the Application and $35 for Acceptance Fee. The cost for the card is $30.00 for the Application and $35 for the Acceptance Fee. If you want both the book and the card the fee is $140 for the Application and $35. for the Acceptance fee. Bear in mind these are non-refundable fees if for some reason you are denied. Remember the adult Passport is good for 10 years.
If you are renewing your passport or passport card you will need form #DS82. Follow the steps on the form and mail in payment. The renewal fee for the Passport is $110.00, Passport Card is $30.00 and the combo is $140.00. You have already been accepted so you do not have to pay the additional $35.00. For renewals you will need 1) Fill out form, 2) Submit most recent passport (make a copy of it in case it gets lost in the mail, 3) Include name changes if applicable, 4) Provide photo 5) Calculate fees, 6) Mail forms.
If you have children under 16 they also need a Passport or Passport Card. The charges are as follows: $80.00 for the Application and $35 .00 for Acceptance Fee, Passport Card Application is $15.00 for the Passport Card and $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee or if you want both it will be $95.00 for the Application and again the $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee. The children must appear in person and their Passports or Passport Cards are only valid for 5 years. For the children you will also use form #DS11. 1) Fill out form, 2) Provide US Citizen evidence, 3)take a copy of the US Citizen evidence 4) Show parental relationship, 5) Present parental/guardian evidence, 6) Bring photocopy of ID, 7) Show parental consent in case of divorce bring a copy of the decree, 8) Provide photo, 9) Present fees and finish the application.
If you have additional questions or need more detailed information please go to https://travel.state.gov Remember the wait time to get your 1st passport or renewal back will take 4 – 6 weeks. You can expedite it with additional fees.
There are so many events going on currently with benefits for getting the necessary items for a child to go back to school, to new restaurant openings, fishing, golfing or just sit back and relax. Come fall the Mermaid Markets will start up again. Don’t forget about Bike Festival by the Sea of CORTEZ is coming up the weekend of November 8th – the 12th. If you haven’t gotten your room reservation by now, you had better do it as many places are already full.
The 17th Annual 2017 Bike Festival is now under our belts here in Puerto Peñasco. It is estimated that we had well over 8,000 bikes in town for the 4 days event. It is billed as the “largest bike festival south of the border” and indeed it was. The entire Old Portwas wall to wall motorcycles. There was a group of 30 riders that came from Indonesia via California, many riders from Canada, Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and more. Then we had the clubs from Tijuana, Mexicali, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and other areas.
The group of 25 volunteers did an outstanding job of getting people to register and giving the riders directions. This was the 2nd year, that a pre-registration was done and it was very successful. Between online registration, Sandy Beach Poker Run, Bike Show and our local registration, we raised $541,247.00 pesos. What that means is the 8 charities, they will each receive $2781.00 USD and $3750 pesos.
There is a great deal of effort that goes into making this type of event run smoothly and safely. Remember Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) is still a small town to host this type of event. Oscar Palacio has been the coordinator of the event since it started and has to make many trips to the US/Mexico Border to make sure that everyone is on the same page to get these riders through not only the border crossings coming and going but through the little town of Sonoyta. Then come the trips to San Luis Rio Colorado to meet with those folks as well as the military check point that is set up at El Golfo. We also have local, state and federal police around town for safety of the bikers.
Several years Sr. Palacio came to coffee and asked myself and Sami Keesecker if we would help him to not only get the American community here behind it but to help with the entertainment and registration. How could we say no? So here we are about 6 years later and still getting folks involved. All of the volunteers are for the most part full time residents of Rocky Point and love to be involved with charity work. Attach the word charity to anything and they are all in to help. We now have a waiting list of folks that want to help. Beside being there for 2 full days to register the riders, they also spend 1 evening stuffing the bags the riders get when the register.
Speaking of charity, these are the charities that benefit from the Bike registration money raised. Red Cross (Cruz Rojo), Bomberos (Fire department) Casa Hogar Home for the elderly, DIF Penasco( the groups that helps with families in need, CAM La Montana (school for special needs children) , DIF Sonoyta and George Papanicolau Center (center for women’s cancer awareness) and DIF Scholarship.
During the rally, we also have a Toy Drive in which the bikers can either bring a toy down from the USA, purchase one here or donate money. This was also a huge success. The toys will be distributed on Kings Day on January 6th. If you would still like to donate toys or cash, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.