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The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border Nov 11-14

The 16th Annual Rocky Point Rally is only 40 days away!  Seems like just yesterday we were planning the 15th Rally!  Oscar Palacio and his team have put together a stellar line up of events as you will see bellow.  Sami Riveria has gotten everything organized again and kuddos to her.  Every year it does get easier to produce an event of this size.  For my part of heading up registration, I have been blessed to have pretty much  the same group of volunteers for the past 6 years.  These are all full time residents who moved here to relax and enjoy life.  They give tirelessly of their time every year and my thanks to them.  There are still a few details TBD, but here is the schedule that we have so far.

Rocky Point Rally 2015
Oscar Palocio head of this party for now 15 years and Beverly Arrowood, Head of Registration

THURSDAY  NOVEMBER  10th

Registration: Remember it is only $20 USD or   $350   in pesos and all monies going to our 7 local charities.  For your money you will receive the official pin, patch, bandana, koozie holders, local Passport to get stamped, wristband which gives you FREE passage on the Pirate Boat ( on Friday and Sunday) and other things from local businesses.  This will also be the drop off point for toys for  the King’s Day Toy Run(which will be passed out in January of 2017.

Thursday Nov. 10th and Friday Nov. 11th registration begins at 9 am – 5:30 p.m.  It is at Barklin Circle K (on the left) just south of the overpass on the highway.  Look for the huge Law Tigers inflatable and all the activities and bikes.  If you are coming from the West Coast as you get close to Puerto Peñasco just follow the signs.

Sanborn’s Mystery Over the Border Poker Run.  Cards are $10 USD 4th stop will be at Registration on both Thursday and Friday.

There will be one from the US starting in Ajo, AZ  both Thursday and Friday and of course the Condo Poker Run on Friday.  Get your cards and then when you have them all stamped, turn them in at Playa Bonita on Friday Between 4:30 and 5:30.

Thursday Main Event

7 p.m. Kick Off Night Fiesta at Bandito’s on Sandy Beach  featuring Whiskey’s Quicker, The Black Moods and Authority Zero.

Authority Zero in Rocky Point
Authority Zero

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 th

9:30 a.m. Pinacate  Ride.  meet up at Barklin Gas Station and the ride starts at 10 a.m.  This event grows every year as it is a smooth ride and educational as well.

12 noon FREE Pirate Boat rides with your wristband.  Drinks can be purchased on board

2:00 aprox. Condo Poker Run route and time to be determined .   Cards are $10 USD.  Turn in all Poker cards at Playa Bonita between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Winners will be announced at the Fiesta at 7 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 7  p.m. Beach Fiesta Playa Bonita Concert by Latin Rebel Band from Arizona.  Flag Honor Guard by the American legion Post MX 15

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Evening Street Party (Sponsored by  Penasco del Sol Hotel, Max’s and Scullyz) DL Marble and Matt Farris.  Miss Rocky Point Contest sponsored by Max’s Café and Tattoo Contest sponsored by Skully’z.

Evening Party on Calle 13

Matt Farriss

SATURDAY  NOVEMBER 12th

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakfast at Capone’s “Big Tuna Saluna”

11:30 a.m. Parade Line Up in front of the Red Cross

12:00 p.m. Parade starts and ends on the Malecon

Saturday Events on the Malecon

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bike Show registration ( categories to enter in)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Voting

1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Main Stage Music Latino Rebel Band, Mogollon, Javier Batiz and Noise Pollution AC/DC Tribute band

Biker Rocky Point Rally 2015

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th

8:00 a.m.  (aprx) blessing of the Bikes.

“Before You Go” Sunday at Capone’s with live music all day.

Noon Pirate Boat Rides.

Fiesta on the Malecon continues.

There will music and fun all over the city and many bars will be having entertainment, like Boo BarThey will have on Thursday DL Marble, Friday Black Moods, Saturday Radioflix and Sunday DL Marble.  Watch here as we will be announcing more as the become available.

DL Marble

If you would like to pre-register go to http://rockypointrally.com/2016-online-registration.  You will be able to pick up your packet at Barklin gas Station/Circle K just north of town from 9 – 5 Thursday and Friday.  Just look for the sign that says Pre-Register.

Come on down and enjoy.  Don’t have a reservation or can’t find one, let us know.

Enjoy the best of Baja wines and beer at El Tapeo

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When we first started coming to Puerto Peñasco in the ’80’s, your choice of wine was Padre Kino and it remained that way until El Tapeo opened up about 3 of years ago. All that changed under the plan of Laura Palacio from Laos Mar Hotel. After speaking with her, I learned a great deal about how it evolved. She had many who said, “it’ll never work, people here don’t know or care about wine and craft beers”. She has proved them wrong!
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

For Laura, this all began as a dream of owning a wine and tapas bar and at the encouragement of her daughter Bernadette, Martin and her family she has pulled it off. She said in my home, I have a huge kitchen and when I had friends over, I would always make tapas and wine. They also encouraged her to open her own place.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When the market hit a down turn here, the little breakfast restaurant in Laos Mar could not sustain itself, so being a good business woman, she said “I already own the liquor license so why not make use of it?” So from going to visit her daughter who was working in Ensenada and encouragement of her friends and family, she began checking out what Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe was doing and thus began El Tapeo.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

She admits that when she first started going to the Valle de Guadalupe (wine region of Baja), the wine makers were hesitant and also did not think people in a little fishing village could succeed. She explained that she wanted a place where people could go for the fine wines of Baja (there are many of them) and the local cheeses and other products of Baja in a quiet relaxed setting, without having big screen tv’s, and noise. Well she has had our attention since she opened here in Puerto Peñasco. We can take friends and sit inside with the quaint wall sayings and rustic but comfortable surroundings and when it starts to cool down now, we can sit outside and watch the sunset over the Old Port while sipping fantastic wines and enjoying tapas. When we met last night the place was pretty much packed and everyone was having a great time.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When she first opened, she had several wineries coming over here for wine and food pairings. This is a great way to learn not only about wine, but how to pair food with those wonderful wines. We took friends, who were not wine snobs, and they had a wonderful time. It was exciting for us as the wineries realized that we did know what they were talking about as my husband Bill and I love our wine. They made a point of translating for us and telling us about the climate where the wines are grown and produced. These wine tastings will resume now that it is cooling down and she is planning a “Wine and Beer Festival” in the very near future. The 1st wine festival she put on in the Laos Mar parking lot had over 500 people in attendance and with the fabulous music, has left us all still talking about it. The east wall of Laos Mar makes the perfect back drop for the music as well as videos, etc. When she selects a date, we will be sure to let you all know about it.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

I talk about a “Wine and Craft Beer Festival” as that is the other part of the dream. Laura and her partner Martin always wanted to have a bar and their ideas were the same on how to make it and because both of them love craft beers, they added that to the mix. Baja has many micro breweries with more coming all the time. Their beer like their wines can be put up against anything in Califonia and El Tapeo shares the best of both of them with you.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

If you enjoy wine and micro beers at all, take the time to stop by and enjoy the perfect end to a perfect day here in Puerto Peñasco… we don’t have bad days here. You will find wines in all price ranges. You can also purchase your favorite wine there to take to your home or condo.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Check out the wonderful wines from Cava Maciel, MD Wines, Dubacano, 101 Wines, MD Vinos, and many other new wines that she is bringing in. Try the cheese and meat sampler and the great Olives Palacio style and don’t miss the chicken rolls and Paella on Thursdays.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Last before I close, I want to remind you of the “Tribute to the Beatles” on Oct 3rd. The group is from Cananea, Sonora Mexico and has played at El Tapeo several times before. They impersonate the Beatles in complete costume and will start off the show with a 30 minute video on the big wall to set the mood for their performance. Food and beverages will be available and if you have not already reserved your table I would contact Laura after 5 daily at El Tapeo. The cost is only $150 pesos and starts at 7 with the Beatles playing at 9:30 to 1.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

You will also be able to see famed muralist Mauriel Morejon from Scottsdale, AZ exhibit his talent. He is noted for his huge wall murals all over the country.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Make El Tapeo in Puerto Peñasco your wine bar away from wherever you are from, you will not be disappointed. As the saying goes “Wine a bit, you’ll feel better”.
El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood