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Frequently asked questions about Puerto Peñasco

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.  Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.  If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

Frequently asked questions about travel to Mexico.

Viva Mexico
VIVA MEXICO

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson. 

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

Puerto Peñasco Saved a Whale!

Photo courtesy of Periodico De Frente

As most of know, Puerto Peñasco, is known for Whale Watching in winter, but today July 7, 2021, the city found a young Varada whale beached in front of Mi Playa.  Apparently it came in with the high tide and then got stranded on the rocks and sand.  This time of year it is unusual for whales to be in the Sea of Cortez .  It has been several years since a whale has beached and we hope the whale will be alright after the rescue.

Because Puerto Peñasco is a  a closely knit community that pulls together for emergencies, the city came to the aid of this young whale.  With the help of the fire department,  members of CEDO, the Marines and local residents, the whale was saved.  The group surrounded the youngster and covered it with tarps and started pouring buckets of water on to keep it wet and alive.

Soon they realized that they needed more water, so the fire department brought out a pump and hose to keep the whale very wet.  Members of the community began to move the rocks that the poor thing had gotten stuck on, in order for it to slide back to the water.  Many people just kept gently touching it, perhaps to reassure it that everything would be alright.  As the tide slowly started coming back in, nearly 30 people  kept getting it pushed back to the Sea of Cortez.  The rest of the crowd cheered them all on.  Although it was a young whale, it was still a very large .  It seemed that it knew the humans were there to help it as it remained calm and did not present any real danger to the rescuers.  Once the tide  started to come in it started to float.  However, they still had to turn it around so the head was facing the Sea of Cortez and that took all of their effort.  After nearly 4 hours, the tide was high enough to get it turned and sent off.  You could see as it swam away, that it was giving blows of thank you to all of it’s new friends.  For the rescuers, this will be one day that they will never forget.

When you come to vacation in Rocky Point and are staying on the beach, keep you eyes on the water as you never know what you will see.  If you love whales, plan a trip starting in January to take one of our Whale Watching tours. It is truly an experience that you will not forget. They usually start coming the end of December and stay until end of March. There is a charter boat to fit your every need.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

Amador Dental Care has moved to a new location

The Amador Dental Clinic has opened it’s doors in a new location. Dr. Shirley Amador Garcia and her husband Paul Amador Chong opened on Blvd. Freemont in the Plaza del Sol Center early August.  As you  know Dr. Shirley is a General and Cosmetic dentist and Paul is a Registered Dental Hygienist.   This is the center that Chef Mickey and Mic Mickey’s is located in.  The new office is on the left side of the center facing Blvd. Freemont.

Dentist
Dr.Shirley Amador and her husband Paul Amador Chong in fornt of their new office

You will still have the personalized service as you received before or even better as they believe in dental care with a heart.  When you go here, you are treated like family.  They are committed to your dental health.  Every morning they have “huddles” with the staff to make certain that patient is #1.  They work with and train the front desk to be accurate, so that the patient doesn’t drive to Puerto Peñasco only to find there appointment was not entered in the log.  Because of their work ethics they treat the staff as equals and that way everyone is working as a team.

Paul Amador
Paul Amador greeting one of his old patients at the new location.

X-Ray
This is state of the art dental X-ray equipment

In their new location, with the help of a new machine, they can do total Panoramic x-rays that acts much like a MRI machine. It scans the entire mouth both top and bottom and can detect TMJ, infections, bone issues, sinuses and more.  It is totally digital and non-evasive as far as radiation goes.  When it is finished, it will show your whole mouth on the computer screen that is in each office.  This in conjunction with conventional X-ray photos will provide a total picture of your mouth and gums.  They also use a smaller camera unlike the  old camera’s that had a big piece of X-ray material to get into your mouth.

Amador Dental Care
Hand held X-ray

The facility has a total RO (Reverse Osmosis) system that meets the highest standards thro0ughout.  While you are having your dental work done, they have over head televisions watch to take your mind off of things and relax.

Dental Care
Sit back and relax while getting your teeth cleaned or any other dental procedure done

This husband and wife team have been together in this field for over 12 years. They met in dental school and the rest is history.   They have 3 other doctors that will come and preform specialized dental procedures. They have Dr. Raymond Lopez, Endodontist who specializes in root canals, oral surgeries will bring Dr. Adrian Brau from Hermosillo and Dr. Andreas Garcia who is a Periodontist in Mexicali.

Dr. Shirley and Paul also volunteer at the Rocky Medical Clinics in the San Rafael area when they hold dental clinics as they believe in giving to others less fortunate.

Please give them a call or stop in and see the new facility and make your appointment to make that smile even more beautiful.  You may reach them from the USA at 602-773-1058 or in Mexico at 638-388-7308. Their email is amadordentalcare@gmail.com

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email
If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Memorial Day Weekend.. Enjoy it in Puerto Peñasco

Memorial Day
Happy Memorial Day early.

Once again Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner.  If you still have not made your reservations for a condo on Sandy Beach or a beach front home in Las Conchas, now is the time as many are already booked full.

Playa Bonita
Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita.

Real Estate
One of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

Boats
Go fishing or do a sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez

Boats
Picture yourself here.

In May the weather is still beautiful and the Sea of Cortez will be warming up.  Looking for something to do while you are in Rocky Point?  Here are just a few ideas.  Go horseback riding, ride a banana boat, choose from one of our 3 beautiful golf courses  (Las Palomas, Mayan, Isla la Del Mar) choose from of our local fishing charters boats, visit the aquarium or CEDO, walk in the tide pools, go looking for Sand Dollars in Cholla Bay, shop on Rodeo Drive or the Malecon (if you can get down there), visit the Pinacate Biosphere or just sit on the beach and people watch.  Puerto Peñasco has so much to offer.  Also plan to have breakfast lunch or dinner at one of our many great restaurants.

Sea of Cortez

As you make your trip to Puerto Peñasco, please remember you will not be on the roads alone, so plan on lengthy delays coming in and going back to the USA.  As I always say, “Remember all those wonderful people you crept along with on the way in…. well guess what, you will see them again on your way home.  Drive with caution as the beach and the cold beer can and will be waiting for you.

Once you are here and settled in, it is important to realize how many people descend on this one time sleepy little village.  Don’t take needless chances passing autos or trucks, it is not worth it.  Also it is important to know that the road between Playa Bonita and the end of Sandy Beach will be packed at all times.  Yes it is a divided road but you still have to exercise caution when driving and even though you may not be impaired, the person behind you might be.  Have a designated driver if you all are planning to par take in adult beverages.  Better yet, take a cab then everyone can have fun.  If you are going to any place on the way to Cholla Bay, please remember that when you are coming back if it is dark, you come off of dirt onto pavement right in front of Esmeralda and that is a divided road.

Before leaving the USA, you need to buy Mexican Auto Insurance.  This can be purchased online or in Ajo at Ajo Insurance Center, Gila Bend Insurance Center or any of the other places that sell Mexican Insurance.  It would be recommended if you have a newer vehicle that has a loan on, make certain to buy full coverage.  By law you must have Mexican Insurance to meet the Mexican Liability.  Liability insurance only will do nothing for you vehicle so that is why you should buy full coverage.  Ajo Insurance will  leave your policy in a box in case you come after hours or you can print it online if you are buying it online.

When crossing into Mexico at Lukeville/Sonoyta the speed limit is 40 Km per hour or keep it under 24 mph or you will most likely be ticketed.  There is a Red Cross station that collect donations in Sonoyta and there is a STOP sign there that you must stop for even if you don’t donate.  When you arrive in Rocky Point, they are many new stop signs so be on the lookout.

We welcome you to our home town so please come and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Sunset in Rocky Point
Another Rocky Point Stunning Sunset.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Important information for U.S. citizens!

Smart traveler enrollment program logo

Recently the U.S. Consul General from Nogales, Virginia Staab and the Consular Section Chief, J. Michael Harvey  put on a presentation for all U.S. citizens living in Puerto Peñasco.  They covered a lot of issues that were of concern to many in the crowd such a Bank Trusts and buying property in Mexico.  They also stated that they are going to try to have meetings every 3 months.

One of the most important things they informed the group about is a program called STEP or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  This is a free service and your information will not be shared with anyone other branch of the United States government such as the IRS, etc.  What this program does is to let the U.S. Consulate know that you are either living or visiting abroad by registering at the nearest U.S. Consulate. By registering you will receive important travel warnings and other safety conditions in your destination country in order to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.  It will help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency.  It will also help family and friends get in touch with you in case of an emergency.

In all areas of Mexico where there is a large population of American’s living you will find people that are volunteers for the U.S. Consulate and they are referred to as Wardens.  The job of these volunteers is to help you or a loved one in case of emergency.  For example if your child who might be here on “Spring Break” should get hurt and is taken to the hospital or clinic, the U.S. Consulate will notify the warden who then goes to see what the person needs.  They will be asked to sign a Privacy Act form, so that the warden can give you as a parent all the info on the injured person.  This can relate to auto accidents or anything effecting a tourist or resident in Mexico. In Rocky Point there are 2 people to contact, one being Rick Busa and the other is myself Beverly Arrowood.  Although we have not had to be called on very often, know that we are here to help when needed.

To register simply go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/step.html/ or for a specific country like Mexico go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html/.  It is very simple to do and only takes a couple of minutes.  You can register individuals or groups traveling to Mexico.

You can also reach the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales during business hours (8 am to 5 pm) by dialing 01-81-8047-3145 from Mexico or 011-52-81-8047-3145 if calling from the U.S.  For emergencies out side of the normal business hours or weekends the number to call from Mexico is 001-619-841-3203 and if calling from the U.S. 1-619-841-3203.

If you would like information on the services provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales you can reach them at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nogales/.

Sunset
Stunning winter sunsets in Puerto Peñasco, Mexicocase of

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

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Have your dental and optical work done in Puerto Peñasco

*Note: Dr. Shirley Amador and her husband Paul are no  longer affiliated with Imagen Oral but have opened their own office on Blvd. Freemont in Plaza del Sol  by Chef Mickey’s.  Please look for the sign that says AMADOR Dental Care. Please check out our most recent blog regarding this.*

Over the years nearly all the border cities such as Juarez, Nogales, San Luis Rio Colorado, Algodones, Mexicali and Tijuana have had Americans as well as Canadians going to them in droves to buy their prescription medicines and get dental work done.   In the winter it is not unusual to see several tour busses parked at the entrance to Algodones and also San Luis on a daily basis.  The come from the retirement areas like Sun City in the Phoenix area and other retirement cities.  Yuma has a huge snowbird population who migrate in their RV’s from all over to the warm climate of Yuma.  They drive over and spend the day shopping, having lunch and getting the medications.  If you think Rocky Point has a lot of pharmacies it is nothing compared to Algodones. Although Rocky Point is not a border town, we are now having people coming for a variety of things from buying prescription medicines to dental work as we now have a great deal to offer.  Over the past couple of years we are seeing the return of the tour buses to Puerto Peñasco and while here many are choosing to have their dental work done.   Why here you might ask?  What better of a place to have the dental work done and then go back to the hotel or condo and relax while over looking the Sea Of Cortez.

Looking to the future and talking with several realtors and business people, the consensus is that this growth in the medical, dental and ophthalmology fields could be coming our way as well on a grand scale.  There has been an increase in the amount of people coming here for dental work especially in the winter time.  They come on the bus and spend a few days enjoying the beautiful weather and then get their dental work done as well.  Many of the winter visitors that stay at Playa Bonita RV Park, Playa Del Oro RV Park or The Reef Park can now benefit from the new choices they  have.

Modern Dental Facility
Lobby of Imagen Oral

 
Modern equipement
Dentist area at Imagen Oral

Five years ago Imagen Oral opened it’s doors on Benito Juarez just north of Sam’s Club. Here you will find Dr. Shirley Amador Garcia and Paul Amador Chong.  Dr. Shirley does all the cosmetic treatments like crowns, veneers, dentures and fillings with composite material.  Her husband Paul is the dental hygienist. Dr. Shirley is from Columbia and Paul is from Mexico City and they met in Phoenix while working in a dental office.  From Columbia she and her family migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah and then she returned to Columbia to get her degree.  Paul’s family migrated to the North Eastern part of the United States but then his family relocated to Phoenix due to the warm climate.  He received his degree from Phoenix College.  Paul has been a hygienist for 20 years.  I asked why they decided on moving to Puerto Peñasco?  Paul stated he was working as a supervisor in Phoenix and never had time to spend time with Shirley and their 3 children and Dr. Shirley was able be certified much quicker here.  They also have a love for the people of Rocky Point.  They are full time residents of Rocky Point and plan to be here for a long time.  Also at Imagen Oral you will find Dr. Augustin Munoz who specializes in Orthodontics.

Paul's area of expertise.
Dental Hygienist area.

 
Lobby is beautiful.
Another view of the modern lobby.

At Rocky Medical Center, we also now have a facility for things like hip replacements, child birth and more. Rocky Medical Center is located north of the city.  It features state of the art equipment and experienced doctors.  If you are full time resident of Puerto Peñasco, you are encouraged to stop by and tour the facilities.  Since the beginning of 2017 the have performed at 2 hip replacements, 1 hernia repair, 1 hysterectomy and 1 ganglion cyst removal.

Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 
Surgery Room in Puerto Penasco
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Now Dr. Swanson has opened Oftalmalogia y Laser Institulo  on Simon Morua #199 (Plaza Mar de Cortez).  He is preforming laser treatments as well as doing cataract surgery.  Previously if wanted cataract surgery you had to go to either Hermosillo or Mexicali.  This meant lots of time away from Puerto Peñasco plus the added cost of getting there and several night s in hotels.

Please feel free to check out these facilities when you are in Rocky Point and see what they have to offer.  Remember we are only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.

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Rocky Vet Hospital is NOW OPEN

Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa are pleased to announce they have opened Rocky Vet Hospital  under the direction of Dr. Adrian Sixto  Resendiz.  If you are looking for a great vet, this will be the place to go.  The facility is modern complete with x-ray equipment, surgery room, wellness room for routine check ups for both cats and dogs.

Great young vet
Dr. Adrian

Dr. Adrian has taken care of our German Shepherds now for over 3 years and is an excellent and extremely knowledgeable  young vet. They have a complete dispensary of medicines as well as 2 different new kennel areas. One kennel area is for regular patients and the other is for pets that may have parvo or distemper so they don’t contaminate  the other animals.

Roomy kennels
Large and small kennels

Dr. Adrian has been a vet for 10 years and worked in Mexico City for 7 years before joining “Servicios Medicos Veterinarios” 3 years ago here in Rocky Point.  In his new position, the owners of Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa are very interested in his practice and to learn more about how to evolve in animal health care. There services offer General Physical Examinations, General and Specialized Surgery, Internal Medicine, Hospitalization, Laboratory and RX, Emergency and more.

New X-ray
Modern x- ray equipment

If you haven’t been to the facility, they are located on Calle Cypress #1B enter Calle Rosas (12th de October) y Calle 10.  In other words there are 2 ways to get there.  First is to get on Sinaloa if you are coming from Freemont and as soon as you pass over the railroad tracks, make a left and go down about 3 blocks and you will see the sign and make a right.  The second way is to take the street to the right of “Numeros” and go south for about 3 block, make a left and then the 1st right and it will be down about half way to the tracks.  Their phone number is 638-102-0555 (24 hours)  or   you can email him at info.rockyvet@gmail.com.  You might want to go and check out where it is and how to get there in case of an emergency. Their hours are Monday – Friday 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.

Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa also do an excellent job at grooming you fur ever friends.  Our Tucker and Frida actually look forward to going there for grooming and Dahlia is so sweet with them.  Their number is 480-823-4341 or 638-102-0585.  They also have a reward program after 6 grooming’s you get the 7th one FREE.

Is it Safe to go to Rocky Point?

Well it is that time of the year when US State Department sends out its warning about not going to Mexico!!  I say really?  I have been coming to Mexico by myself for over 25 years and have never once had an issue driving alone.  They say don’t drive at night, well let me tell you, we don’t drive at night in the US as there are to many crazies out there. We love our tourists and make certain you are comfortable and feel at home in our hometown.  For those of you familiar with motorhomes, over the years we have had large caravans of Prevost motorhomes ($1/2 million an up). They would not come here if it was not safe.  You must buy Mexican auto insurance and this can be done online or when you pass through Ajo, AZ.  Please get full coverage unless your  vehicle is a clunker, then you can insure only your drivers license.  My adage is you get what you pay for.  When we have to go to Phoenix for anything,  I dread it.

Sailing Boat in Rocky Point, Mexico

Come to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico aka Rocky Point.  We are an hour drive from the US border and the road is a good road with nice wide shoulders and the Green Angels patrol it regularly to see if anyone has a car issue.

Our pristine  beaches are not covered with sea weed and you can walk for along time without running into a soul.

Sunset in Rocky Point
Photo by @cokiegritus @RyleeDallaire

Go picking up shells or sand dollars. Our sunsets are stunning!

Malecon in Rocky Point
Photo by Oscar Monroy Avila

Come and go Whale watching.
Remember we are a small fishing town and we would love to show you our town.  Here, people look at you and say hello.  From the man that sells papers on the corner who waves at us every day to the people in Sam’s Club and yes to our neighbors.  Someone recently asked me “why would you want to move here”.  My reply is simple.. the PEOPLE,  the calm Caribbean Blue water, the sunsets, the history and culture just to name a few.  We have fresh fish and shrimp daily and not flown in once a week.  Great restaurants abound as well as the simple Sonoran Hot Dog stands and Taco stands.  Everything.. always fresh.. always clean and ohhhhhhhhhhhh so good.  Life moves slower here, so if you are in a hurry, perhaps we might not be for you.  People here don’t seem to have anxiety or heart attacks as our pace is different.
Bluer Marlin Restaurant
Blue Marlin Restaurant

If you are coming for “Spring Break” or perhaps you are a parent thinking about allowing your young person to come here with their friends, PLEASE tell them one thing and that is BE RESPECTFUL to the local people and don’t leave your brains at the border.  If they follow this rule, they can have a wonderful time and never have trouble.  We taught our grand children this rule from little on and it has paid off.  It is like the US, the people here don’t respect the people with a foul mouth or pants around their ankles or going half naked down the road in and open vehicle.
Jetski riding in Rocky Point

Be it an adult or young person, YOU are a GUEST in someone’s city and country, do as you would in the US.
Come and have fun and we will look forward to meeting you and make sure you are having a great time here.  Remember be safe, drive safe and not drunk and the Mexico life will be fun for you.
Check out
and see Mexico like we see it.
As we say Hasta Pronto or See You Soon.
Want to know where to go for great food or anything else, email me at nocomosi@msn.com.
 
 
 

Sandy Beach Medical Center in Rocky Point, Mexico

Sandy Beach Medical Center

Proudly Announcing

“Sandy Beach Medical Services Plan”

I recently had time to visit with Dr. Gonzalez between bloody faces and broken arms to learn more about what he is doing. I marvel that we don’t lose more young people due to stupidity when driving quads and rhinos. It is a good thing I don’t get faint around blood or I would not have made it during our visit. Dr. Gonzalez always has a smile and you can recognize him by his cowboy boots. He is a very humble person and always has time for us. So with this I will begin my story.

Dr Gonzalez Rocky Point, Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Many of our readers ask about medical care and while I have touched on it quite a bit, this is something you should all know about. Under the very capable medical doctor and his staff, Dr. Jesus Gonzalez-Gaytan is announcing that the Sandy Beach Medical Center is open and will be “Your All-In-One Medical Services Health Care Destination”. It is in the same location as it has been on Sandy Beach, but now Dr. Gonzalez will have full control of the practice. For those of you who don’t know Dr. Gonzalez -Gaytan, he is an internist who has practiced for many years in the US and Mexico and is very well respected. It has always been a goal of his to provide affordable yet excellent health care and at last he has accomplished what he set out to do. Over the years he has personally taken care of me when one of my medications sent me into shock or when one of my allergies made my throat swell up and the care has been outstanding. He has an assistant there who is the only person I have ever received a shot from that it did not hurt.
If you are a full time resident here in Rocky Point or spend a lot of time here, you may want to join the program and it open is open to anyone.
The member benefits are in English and Spanish. Dr. Ron and Judy Ridgway will be the people you need to contact regarding signing up and answering all your questions. You can purchase the membership up front as a couple living in the same house for ($1,200 USD) or single person ($700 USD) cash or check, IVA included. There will also be a payment plan if needed , but the Ridgways’ can tell you more about that.
One of the main benefits is that now you will have a doctor in Puerto Peñasco who knows you and your medical history. You will be able to have unlimited office visits and expert medical care, but another important part is the skills of the staff to take care of you should there be an emergency. For people with heart issues, the fact that they will know your back ground, so that they may consult immediately with your US or Canadian doctor is so important. Once you join, you will get a copy of your records from you doctors in the US or Canada and they will be on file here.
You will also be covered for most lab work and X-rays. There will also be coverage for some injections and huge discounts from their pharmacy or participating pharmacies in Puerto Peñasco. You will have local transportation provided, should you become ill and it is determined you should not be driving to the clinic. There are so many things covered that you really need to contact the Ridgways’ today.
Please feel free to stop by and say hello to Dr. Gonzalez and his wife Miram and let them show you around. I know you will be impressed. It is located on Sandy Beach Road just before the left turn into the Sonoran SPA and SEA. You will recognize the 4 story white building with the green ambulance and desert rail in green for desert rescues.
Ambulance in Rocky Point, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Here is the contact information for the Ridgway’s.
Dr. Ron and Judy Ridgway, Calle M #10 La Cholla, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 or mail them at P.O. Box 186, Lukeville, AZ 85341-83550. Their US phone is (602) 539- 0017, Mexico Land Line (638) 382-5194 and cell at (638) 107-7162 or 7163.
Again from all of us at www.Puerto-Penasco.com thanks for liking us. Come down and stay awhile.