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.
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.
The United States/Mexico border is open and people are flocking to the beach. Memorial Day weekend found the town bustling with people from Arizona, California and Texas. The RCPM just had their concert and the town was packed. Post Covid 19, Sunday would find long waits at the border. Now it appears the tourists started going home on Monday instead of Sunday. Monday is the old Sunday but now many are going back on Tuesday morning. If you are planning on coming down over a weekend, be prepared for long lines at the border on these days. You will also find long back ups coming into Mexico as many times they are searching every car entering. Although an inconvenience to those coming in, they have found several vehicles carrying guns and ammo (which is the reason for the search). Just be patient, it will be worth the wait. The beaches are spectacular with clear blue water and clean soft sand.
Here you will have beachfront condos and homes to choose from for your visit of all sizes. There are so many activities to choose from for you and your family…. 3 major golf courses, deep sea fishing, zip lining, horse back riding, sunset cruises, shelling or just sitting and watching the water go by.
Despite the economy being shut down for most of 2020 and part of 2021, there have been many new little restaurants that have popped up all over town. Most have only outdoor seating, but the delicious food and great service will make up for that. You can choose from burger places, authentic Mexican food and Greek food. Many are located in neighborhoods or part of the owners home. Most do not serve adult beverages, but you are allowed to bring your own. Choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner places that will not disappoint. A few to check out La Negrita, Jessie’s, Los Mequitas Tacos (if you like Goat, try this out) and Toscos. MTZ Cantina is a larger restaurant is located by the docks is getting great reviews. Just up from Calle 13 on Plutarco Ellis Calle, you will find a Chinese place that is always packed. It doesn’t say Chinese food but is a huge building 2 blocks north of Dukes. There is something for everyone in Puerto Peñasco.
The real estate market is booming, with our tourists looking for places to retire in, condos and homes for families to share or places that they can rent when they are no using them. Encantame Towers east of Playa Encanto will consist of 3 towers and is currently delivering the first building. Las Conchas which has a huge American population is located a short distance from the city is seeing developments cropping up as well as a lot of homes being built or remodeled. Many younger people with families are moving here, as they can work remotely from home. It is a great place to work from home as you can sit on your patio and have coffee, then work for the day and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset while looking at the beautiful Sea of Cortez instead of lengthy commutes in the big cities.
“Paradise” welcomes you home. Spend July 4th in Rocky Point.
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.
The summer traffic is finally winding down and the schools are back in session, so that means that fall should be following by shortly. With fall comes a lot of events for everyone.
If you have never been here on September 15th for the call to El Grito or the “Call for Independence” it is quite a production. This tradition dates back to 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call in Dolores, Guanajuato to gather all the people to revolt against the Spanish colonizers. It is on this evening that all eyes are on City Hall at the intersection of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont. City Hall and the surrounding streets are all decorated with Mexican Flags and red, white and green streamers. Normally they attach fireworks to the light posts. This is the night where the previous Mayor passes the guard to the new Mayor. In this case Mayor Kiko Munro will be Mayor for a second term. It is here he is surrounded by his family and friends and makes a speech starting at 11:00 p.m. The crowds are huge so if you want to see the festivities, make sure to get there early to find a place to park. Throughout the city there will celebrations in the streets with bands, food vendors and vendors selling Mexican Flags and apparel. At the end of the ceremony, the crowd will sing the Mexican National Anthem and then the party begins.
The long awaited Grand Openingof Garufa is scheduled for September 28. This restaurant chain from Zacatecas has been around for many years, but this is the 1st one opening in a tourist beach city. While you are visiting Rocky Pointmake sure you add this to your place to have a great steak or seafood. It is located next to Chango’s between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA.
Planning ahead for a visit to Rocky Point in October mark your calendar for the Dirty Beach Run. The event takes place October 20th and will consist of an obstacle course and a 5K run.
Check out these events for October. On the 6th is the One Club Open, on the 13th you will have the Rocky Point Beach Vollyball Tournament,also on the 13th you can view the Regattafrom Sandy Beach. One of the great cultural events will be held October 18 – 20th in the Old Port and it is the Cervantino Festival . The last event which is held in Cholla Bay is the Cornhole Tournament. This event draws huge crowds so get there early for a good parking spot. We will give you more information on each event later in September.
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.
Saturday February 3rd the Rotary Club de Puerto Peñasco comes together with the Mermaids Market for a fun filled day. The Rotary Club’s event is called Festival de Mariscos “FISH BOWL”Seafood Festival and is an annual fundraiser for the club. The event is the day before Super Bowl so you will have no trouble remembering the date. It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. at Camaron Park (Shrimp Park). For those of you who have never been in Rocky Pointbefore, it is the park across from City Hall on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont. Come sample the seafood that made Puerto Peñasco famous.
This event will not only give you the opportunity to try many different seafood dishes being prepared by several of Puerto Peñasco’s great restaurants, but will also give you a chance to hear so many of our wonderful music groups as well and shop the vendors of the Mermaid Market. Remember Valentine’s Dayis just only 12 days away from the event, so it is a great way to shop for your wife or girl friend and have fun doing so. Beside shopping “3Boys” will also being selling fresh seafood, so bring your ice chest along. The local scout troop will be selling their adorable miniature cactus and there will also be painting demonstrations.
Local restaurants will be serving everything from fish burgers to cerviche and if you are lucky some fabulous Paella. Here you can try seafood from El Tapeo, Collins Cantina, Blue Marlin, Sushi Sun, Don Julio’s, Mare Blue, Coffee Point, UTTP Culinary School, CEUNO culinary students, Jerry’s Banquets, Puesta del Sol (Playa Bonita), Shark Bite, Puesto de Escabeche, El Buzo, Postres by Vero and more. Both the Mermaid Market and the Rotary Club will be selling water, Margarita’s, wine and beer. Tickets for the food and drink are $1.00 ea.($20 pesos) and prices for the food will range from 1 to 3 tickets each. You can buy them in groups of 10, 20 50 as well as separately (see the poster above).
Wear your dancing shoes as there will be music starting at 10:30 a.m. by Hijos de Mauricio followed by CETMAR Baile Folklorico at 12:00 p.m. Next is local musician like Richard Scott on the saxophone at 1:00 p.m. and Stacey Joy (from New Mexico) at 2:00 p.m. Raffle drawing is at 3:00 p.m.
They have also put some great raffle packages together from local merchants, bars and restaurants, condo stays, boat cruises, spa massages, golf, artwork from the Mermaid Market artists, gift certificates and more. There will be 10 packages to raffle off and they are all well worth the money. The raffle tickets are $5.00 USD each or 5 for $20.00USD. You can also pay in pesos. The drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
The proceeds from the event go help the local Rotary Club’s social service activities in the community and participation in Global Grant possibilities. For more info on the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco check them out on line at www.clubrotariopuertopenas.com or Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco A.C. They hold 2 main fundraising activities every year and that includes the one in October called the “World’s Greatest Meal” and this supports in the effort to rid polio across the world (this is one of Rotary International’s main focus).
WOW, soon it will be 2018! Where has 2017 gone? Glad the internet is around to do bill pay as I recall writing checks for everything and then it would take 6 months before I would get the new year correct. Times have changed and now I get annoyed in a store when someone writes a check and is holding up the line.
During 2017 we have seen a lot of good things happening here in Puerto Peñasco and there is promise of more to come in 2018. It was recently announced at the Arizona/Mexico Commission Meetings the construction on the Home Port will resume. That is to the credit of Governor Doug Ducey from Arizona and Governor Claudia Pavlovich the Governor from the State of Sonora. When this project becomes a reality, it will be a boom for both Arizona and Puerto Peñasco. Goods and service will come to the port from Arizona and employment for not only construction of the facilities but helping with the cruise ships, thus putting many more locals to work. One cruise line has signed a letter of intent to do the route.
Secondly we have seen tourism really blossom. In summer Rocky Point was full almost all of the time with families from El Paso, Juarez, Chihuahua and from the south of Mexico. We saw an increase in traffic from New Mexico and Texas. During USA holidays, the town is packed, thus creating lengthy delays coming into Mexico as well as the return to the USA. But never the less tourism continues to grow. Now that it is winter the retired folks are back in the RV Parks and they are all getting full again, even the off the beach ones are filling up.
Why do I mention these 2 items? It is because of the economic impact tourism has on Puerto Peñasco. The hospitality taxes increase thus allowing the city to better the infrastructure. Many folks are now again buying condos, lots and homes so the real estate sales are again on the rise. Shop owners are again selling their merchandise and restaurants and bars are doing very well.
We are seeing an increase in the construction of new hotels, bars and restaurants. All the sales tax again, helps Rocky Point grow. All over town you can see construction and it is moving forward not stalled as in the past.
The second Wind Fan was just installed so as to provide more power to city. There will be a total of 3 when completed.
Some of the developments that have been stalled since the economic nose dive a few years ago are now starting to rebound and have workers running around. The Laguana del Margolf course has been renamed and hopefully soon you will see model homes being built. Corona del Sol in Las Conchas is again selling and repairs are under way. Playa Azul which is located between Playa Encanto and the Mayan Palace has once again started promoting. All of this is great for Rocky Point.
On a personal note I have several resolutions that I am making and certainly hope to be able to keep.
#) I hope to be able to do more beach time with my husband and walks on the beach with our 2 German Shepherds Tucker and Frida.
#) I want to start to do some limited traveling again… it has been to long.
#) Praying for continued good health for myself and my husband Bill as well as family and friends.
#) Whale watching is on my radar this winter as they will soon be in the upper Sea of Cortez.
#) With any luck being able to go the Valle de Guadalupe and do some wineries
#) Hopefully go back to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see family.
#) To be able to keep writing blog,s as I enjoy it so much.
#) To continue to meet and make friends.
#) To be able to be a volunteer for various charity events which is something near and dear to my heart.
#10) To try to have more patience with everything and everyone around me.
I closing I want to wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year. Be safe no matter where your travels take you.
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.