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RV Caravans to Puerto Penasco Part 2

In the previous blog about RV Caravans coming to Puerto Peñasco, we touched on how these groups get here and where they come from.  In part 2 we will be addressing several things to do once you are here as well as what you can and can not bring into Mexico.

After sitting down with Charlie and Geri Sing from The Rambling Suns RV Club  (Sun City Elk’s Lodge 2559 who will be the hosts for the trip in October of 2018, one comes to realize that there is a lot of planning that has to go into these caravans when you have a minimum of 20 RV”s traveling together and not just to and from Rocky Point.  These trips have to be planned far in advance in order to get the reservations at the RV parks.  As stated previously, at one time there were 9 RV parks in Puerto Peñasco and now there are 2 large ones that are on the water that can accommodate that many rigs plus all the other rigs that are already there.

El Tapeo for wine tasting

So now the 20 plus rigs from the Sun City Elk’s Lodge have arrived at Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach and have set up home for a week.  What do they do next?  Usually at the end of the day there is a social or happy hour, followed by an evening pot luck dinner with lots of conversation going on.  These groups are made up of folks of all ages so there is something for everyone.

Here is a  list of suggested things for them to see our city and everything we have to offer.

1)  Tour the Pinacate Biosphere where they will see where Apollo 11 astronauts trained for the Moon landing.

Pinacate Biosphere
View from visitor center

2)  Be adventuresome and go Zip Lining

3)  Golf? Las Palomas, Mayan Palace or Laguna Del Mar will not disappoint the beginner or avid golfer.

4)  Fishing? Go out with Capt. Adolfo Perez on his charter boats or if you want choose one of the Pangas.

5)  Sunset Cruises? Choose from Senorita Rita, Intrepid, Pirate Ships, Eco Tours or About Time are just  few of the  choices.

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

6)  Tour the Oyster Farm for lunch, they also serve shrimp, clams and fish.  You can take a tour for this event.

7) City Tour join Russ Black on a great City Tour.

8)  Julio Mesa Shell Artist, he will come to Playa Bonita or go to his shop and see him at work and learn how much goes into the pieces of art.

9)  Satisfied Frog the end of the Malecon great food and right on the water.  Yes it is the Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ.

10) Cholla Bay: go out in the bay and find sand dollars or go to JJ’s and have a cold beer and enjoy the tide swings which can be huge.

11) Shopping anyone?  The shops on the Malecon, Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port ( a must stop) and Rodeo Drive are all great choices.

12) Old Port: Check out Boo Bar, Shark Bite, Blue Marlin, Mr. Amigo’s or the Tequila Bar for lunch or a cold beverage.

Stunning views
View from the Malecon

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

 

13) Need dental work done?  Imagen Oral, Dr. Yamamoto are just a few for you to choose from.

When you are coming to Mexico, make sure you have insured your rig and tow vehicle if you have one. This can be done from the USA either on line  from several different companies. But it is a must!!

When you are in a caravan, as you enter into Mexico, you probably will all get the green light, which means proceed slowly.  If you are traveling in groups of 3 or more, you may get the red light which means stop or they may just wave you on through.  If you travel with your fur babies be it dogs or cats, have their shot records handy (they are looking for the rabies shot).  If you are coming for more than a week and need a large bag of dog food, chicken is allowed but no beef.  An example is the 38 lb. bag of Kirkland Chicken is allowed if it is sealed.

Here is a partial  list of things that you can not bring into Mexico. The whole list is very long, so this gives you an idea.

Plants, eggs, dairy products, beef and pork products.  Depending who’s list you are looking at, these can change.  If you are coming at Thanksgiving, you are allowed  one turkey per vehicle (as they recognize this is a big American holiday).

You can bring in 6 liters of wine plus the 3 liters of alcohol, but remember you can only take 1 liter back into the USA.  Again with Sam’s Club in Rocky Point, there is no need to haul down a lot of stuff.  You can buy cases of bottled water, chicken, meat, pork, cheese, eggs  at Sam’s or Ley’s.  The town also features the best FRESH SHRIMP and FISH, a lot of great fresh produce markets and a couple of butcher shops.  Remember if you are a meat eater, some of the best beef in Mexico is raised in the State of Sonora.

If you have any questions about what you can and can not bring, please feel free to email me at nocomosi@msn.com and I will provide you with an answer.  Maps of Rocky Point are available, just send an email.

So come on down, sit and relax and enjoy what Rocky Point has to offer.  The people are friendly, no traffic congestion, great food, warm weather, beautiful clean soft sandy beaches and sunsets.

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding

Events in Cholla Bay, Mexico

We often hear of concerts going on at the resorts, the Malecon or City Centro, but sometimes we don’t know enough about what is happening in Cholla Bay.  There are so many events that anyone coming to Puerto Peñasco can participate in.  So come join in some old fashioned fun.cholla bay in Puerto Penasco, Sonora

The main event that we hear about is the Santa Claus Club that John Fowler works so tirelessly for.  Every month they bring down so much for the residents of Puerto Peñasco that have very little and need so much.  Then throughout the year  they have several fund raisers to benefit the Santa Claus Club.  In case you don’t know the Santa Claus Club, they have a huge party for the children and pass out food, bikes, toys and so much more to these kids.

Santa Claus Club

Below is a schedule of events from now until the end of the year.  I hope you can find time to come down and join in the fun and donate to a very worthwhile cause here in Puerto Peñasco.

October 15. One Club Open Golf Tournament in Cholla Bay. Check at JJ’s for early Tee Time. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club. For more info: email santaclausclub@hotmail.com or call 602-840-1528.

October 22. Over the Line Softball Tournament on Sandy Beach. First game at 9am. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club. For more info: email santaclausclub@hotmail.com or call 602-840-1528.

October 28. Cornhole Tournament at the Baja Hotel in Puerto Peñasco.  Start at 6pm. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club. For more info: email santaclausclub@hotmail.com or call 602-840-1528.

October 29. Cornhole Tournament and Raffle at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. Start at 9am. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club. For more info: email santaclausclub@hotmail.com or call 602-840-1528.

October 30. Cornhole Tournament at the Baja Hotel in Puerto Peñasco. Start at 10am. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club. For more info: email santaclausclub@hotmail.com or call 602-840-1528.

November 24. Garage Sale at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. Starts at 8am.to 2pm. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club.
November 25. Garage Sale at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. Starts at 8am to 2pm. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club.
November 26. Auction at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. Starts at 1pm till finished. Benefit for the Santa Claus Club.
If you can not come down but want to donate or if you have items that you would like to donate, please contact John at 602-840-1528.  Remember that every little thing you do is so appreciated.

Cornhole Tournament

Cholla Bay in Rocky Point, Mexico

It was back in the 1930’s when Duncan Brown who was the Uncle to Gus Brown, Jr. use to travel from San Luis Rio Colorado (where he farmed) by train to Hermosillo, Mexico.  As Gus told me the story recently, it was on one of those trips that Duncan walked over the to see the Sea of Cortez and the beautiful pristine Sandy Beach.  Although the land was owned by the government, through a very long process, Duncan was able to buy the land.  He purchased the property through a third party using  his lawyer Rafael Navarrete and in 1941 President Cardenas signed the Title of the 3,374 acres to Duncan Brown.  Duncan was a Mexican Citizen of American decent and worked in the cotton industry.  In 1943 Duncan passed away and his widow owned the property until she sold it to Gustavo Brown Sr. in 1956.  Gus spoke fondly of his father and his wanting to keep Sandy Beach pristine.  He went on to mentioned that at one time Howard Hughs came to meet with his dad and wanted to build another Las Vegas there.  Fortunately, Mexican gambling laws prohibited it  and thus it sat vacant for many years.   Gus said he started buying stocks in his dad’s company in 1972 and in 1985 purchased the property from his dad.

Over the years, people from Arizona started coming to  fish the Sea of Cortez.  In those days “we had sport fishing” Gus said, before it was raped by foreign entities.  In those years the road leading from Lukeville to Puerto Peñasco was awful.  Many of the people wanted to leave their boats in Cholla, so his dad started leasing out land and one by one people began building boat houses.  The reason Cholla was so popular was that you could not launch a boat in what we know  as the Port as it was more like an Estuary.

cholla bay in Puerto Penasco, Sonora

Remember in these times Cholla Bay was all part of Sandy Beach.  Many people have asked over the years why Cholla Bay seems to  be rather helter skelter.  We laughed when I asked him about how lot lines were made in Cholla when his dad was alive.  He said he pretty much picked up 4 stones and threw them and wherever they landed was the owners lot lines.  So NOW You Know!

Gus also went on to say that he decided to build on the Sandy Beach property to fulfill a dream of his.  I remember in the 1995 time frame seeing what was starting to develop on Sandy Beach with the addition of under ground power and phone lines being run to Cholla Bay.  When you think about the entire Brown family which has now had the property for nearly 74 years (if my math is correct) have been visionaries in development.  I asked him how many lots are in Cholla Bay and it is over 1250.  So it is amazing that from such humble beginning came a new part of Puerto Peñasco.

We continued talking about the Home Port and he like many of us have gotten frustrated with the starting and stopping of the project.  With the help of the new Governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavalovich,  the project will go forward.  They have had a lot of dialog with Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney cruise ships.  The breakwater is being extended to accommodate these new large ships.  As most of you know, there are plans for 2 marinas as well as the big docks.

Home port in Puerto Penasco, Sonora
Home Port in Construction

Gus stated that they a vision for a Town Center to be built in the approximate area where the RV Park is.  This would harbor loft apartments, offices, medical facilities as well as restaurants, wine bars, ice cream shops, etc.  The plan might include high end stores that people on cruise ships can shop at, a duty free store and a market for local vendors to display their arts and jewelry.  Perhaps a real estate office and a B & B might fit into the plan.

Currently up for discussion is parking for guests that drive here.  For tour bus operators, the opening of the Port will be a pot of Gold. This concept will employee a lot of people both in the hospitality industry as well as people to tend to the boats in the Marina.

Los Cabos
Los Cabos

If the design goes as planned, there will be places to have music concerts, as well as musical events all throughout the year.  It will be not only a place for the people departing or returning from a cruise to enjoy but for locals as well.  What would be more fun than to stroll around the shops while enjoying an ice ream or gelato and wishing  you had a yacht  moored there.  It could open a whole new place for boaters to moor their boats as the costs in say Cabo San Lucas are almost as bad as San Diego or southern California.  Also because we don’t get hurricanes like Cabo and the other areas do, you can have your yacht insured all year as I learned that in Cabo they don’t insure boats during Hurricane season.

What will make this a complete package is the Home Port opening and then the airlines will be flying here on a regular schedule.  We will keep you updated on the progress and I remind you if you have questions, leave a comment below.
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 In closing after speaking with Gus, all I can say is these are the things dreams are made of.

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