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Rocky Point Mexico… the place to vacation!

One of our many condo complexes.

Rocky Point has long been known as Arizona’s beach and this summer it has proved to be true. Every weekend there are several mile backups coming into Mexico as well as those departing.  With travel restrictions having been lifted, it seems like everyone in California and Texas have decided to vacation in Puerto Peñasco this summer.  We are also experiencing a high volume of tourists from several states in Mexico coming by vehicle as well as tourist busses.

Our condo, private home and hotel occupancy has been very full all summer long.  Despite the heat and humidity we have in the months of June, July, August and September it has not stopped people from enjoying the waters of the beautiful Sea of CortezPuerto Peñasco has so much to offer such as golfing on 1 of our 3 championship golf courses.  There are several fishing charters that go out everyday, so you can catch a ride on one.  These charters will take you out all day if you want and out to the 50 mile reef, where you will catch the big fish.  There are also 1/2 day trips where you will  catch plenty of smaller fish that will put up  quite a fight.

Enjoy a Rocky Point Sunset by Robert A.

If you have children with you, take a trip to CEDO in Las Conchas to see the full size Whale skeleton that was reconstructed many years ago and learn more about the Sea of Cortez.  Speaking of whales, one large adult washed up a few weeks ago and it was trucked to CEDO where it was buried.  Years from now they will construct another whale. CEDO has a large selection of books for sale and I highly recommend “THE EDGE of the SEA of CORTEZ and “LAND OF BLACK VOLCANOES AND WHITE SAND”. Both of these books will teach you a lot about the area.  They also sell apparel, coffee mugs and so much more.  CEDO also offers tide pool excursions as well as kayaking in the Estuary Morua.  Check their schedule of events to see what is available while you are enjoying the area.

If you want adventure you can rent jet skis as well as Razors, Rhinos, Quads and CanAms from several vendors.  If you do this please use the designated dunes for your experience.  Horseback riding on the beach is a great way to enjoy the beach.  These can be rented on Plutarco Ellias Calle across from the car wash.  They have horses of all sizes for your enjoyment.

Perhaps you like concerts and wine or beer festivals.  Rocky Point does not disappoint on any of these things.  Check out Banditos for the Roger Clyne concert line ups.  You will find Baja Wines at wine festivals or wine maker dinners at El Tapeo and craft beers at the Annual Craft Beer Festival at La Arena 3C.  The Baja of California between Ensenada and Tecate has nearly 100 wineries in the region and are doing some award winning wines.  The State of Sonora and Baja have some great craft beer producers that will have you wanting to buy some to take home.  Manny’s puts on a great Country Bash once a year so check put their schedules as well.

Several new restaurants have popped up such as Toscows, MTZ  or Mi Urban Barrio Kitchern.  Rocky Point has some great places to dine in or on their patios.  Looking for authentic Mexican food, try Regina’s in the Old Port, you won’t be disappointed.  Want to have pizza, you have several places to choose from, with several offering delivery service.  Sonora is know for it’s beef, so check out Garufa’s, Chef Mickey’s or Pan y Vino for your favorite cut of beef.

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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Come to Puerto Peñasco

July 4th

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.

Puerto Penasco Sunset
Sunsets in Puerto Penasco

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.

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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Puerto Peñasco Q & A’s #8

Our readers are always asking  about what there is to do in Rocky Point.
From Sandy:

We will be coming mid December and staying for a couple of months. What is there to do and see while we are there?  The first week we will have family with little children, so need to entertain them.  We are staying in Las Conchas on the beach and wonder how far it is from the town.

Answer:

Mid December will provide you with nice sunny warm days but the evenings do cool off, so bring light jackets.  During the time when you  have the little ones here, you can take them to the tide pools when the tide is out and let them explore.  They will enjoy getting sea shells as well as maybe finding a baby octopus in those tide pools.  You can also take them to the aquarium which is located behind Capone’s on Sinaloa Blvd.  They will also have a learning experience if you take them to CEDO which is located in Las Conchas. Here they will be able to see a full size skeleton of a whale. There is also a gift shop with some great books on the area.  Another thing you can do with the children as well as adults is go back north of town to visit the Pinacate Volcano Visit Center.  Here you can watch a movie about the area and they are interactive things to view inside the center.

Biosphere
View from the Visitor Center at the Pinacate Biosphere

Now for the adults.  Rocky Point has 3 golf courses for those golfers.  One at Las Palomas, one at the Isla Del Mar and one at the Mayan Palace.  All of these will provide a challenge.  The course at the Mayan has several holes that parallel the Sea of Cortez. If you have people that love to fish, there is no better place than in the Sea of Cortez.  There are several fishing charters that will take them out and everything is included in the charge.  One of pour favorites is the Pancho Villa,which is a family owned cabin cruiser.  This time of year, depending on how far you go out or for how long you want to go, they will catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger fish (which are not huge) but do put up a fight, just to name few.  The crew will clean and fillet them for you to have at your beach front home.

Golf
Las Palomas Golf Course

Sea of Cortez
Horse back riding on the beach.

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

For the ladies, there is great shopping on Rodeo Drive.  here you will find Fabiloa’s Beach Apparel and accessories, Su Casa (gifts for the home) as well as many shops caring items made in Mexico such as Talavera pottery.  A must place to shop is Mercedes Rusticos  located on the hill as you are coming out of the Malecon and across from the Friendly Dolphin.  Here you can purchase complete sets of dishes made in Mexico as well as other glasses and other things for the home.  Check out the Blue Marlin for the best coconut shrimp around.  They can also hang out at the Boo Bar, which is located above the shrimp market.  Sit out under the big palapa and take in the sunsets.  You will find plenty to keep you occupied.

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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SONORA.. Where Agriculture meets the Sea of Cortez.

Sonora happens to be the 2nd largest states in Mexico.  Because of it’s size and terrain it is a very diverse state.  It has in some area the feel of the old west whereas in others it is filled with modern development and condos such as Puerto Peñasco.   The best description of the region would be to compare it to the bread basket of Central California from Bakersfield to Mendocino and every place in between.  With regards to the meats and foul grown it is much like parts of Texas and Arizona.  Here, as you drive through Sonora, you will see cowboy’s working the cattle ranches while other workers are picking crops.

Grapes
Thompson Grape fields all over the drive to Caborca from Puerto Peñasco

Asparagus fields
Asparagus fields as far as you can see.

Thompson Table Grapes
You will pass acres and acres of Thompson table grapes.

Olives everywhere
Olives and Asparagus are 2 of the internationally known exports from Mexico.

Let’s start with the region of Caborca which is located only 90 miles from Puerto Peñasco.  It is probably best known for it asparagus and olives which are internationally shipped.  Here in Rocky Point in winter and spring we get an abundance of asparagus that is sold on the street corners and in the fish market and it is wonderful. A kilo will cost you about $1.50 USD.  This area is known for its grapes, snow peas, oranges, fig, dates, pecans (10% of over 76.000 tons in Mexico) and other nuts as well as hay.  If you do a day trip to Caborca in the winter months, you can find the oranges being sold everywhere and that holds true in Puerto Peñasco.  You will also find vendors selling pecans and peanuts all over.  At Christmas time you will find truck loads of corn which come from the Obregon area and these are used in the making of Tamales.  Do not confuse it with sweet corn as it is not.

Figs
Luscious figs are grown in the Caborca region

Pecan Trees
Pecan tree ranches alongside the rural roads.

Pecan clusters
Pecans waiting to be harvested

Years ago as you drove to Caborca and Pitiquito, there were several distilleries on the highway.  They are now long gone sadly.  The grapes are shipped to the Mexico City for distilling into brandy and the Thompson seedless grapes are either dried for raisins or packaged as grapes for eating.  In the Caborca region  there are  DOLE processing plants for the asparagus and raisins and it that is fun to stop and visit them.  If you do go to Pitiquito, please stop in and visit the leather factory to find some stunning hand made leather purses, jackets and vests.

In Puerto Peñasco, we are  of course known for our shrimp, manta ray, squid, crab, snapper and other fish.  Much of our shrimp and crab are exported as well.  Generally speaking Mexico does a huge exportation business with the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Russia, Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and China.

Shrimp Boats
These are the boats that bring in the Shrimp in Puerto Penasco. A mirror reflection.

Handful fo shrimp.
Here you will find the blues and the browns. Both are delicious. Photo from cometorockypoint.com

In Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora you will find that they are know for the beef, pork and Chicken.  Bachoco is the largest grower of chicken in Mexico and it exports a lot of it to Tyson Foods in the United States. Bachoco also grows Turkeys here and in this area is where you will find the egg farms. In Mexico you will find many stores do not refrigerate the eggs and one of the reasons is that they sell them so fast.  Remember that once they are refrigerated you can not let them sit out.  Sonoran Beef is without a doubt some of the best beef anywhere.  It is not injected with a lot of hormones thus you don’t always have a lot of marbling in it. It is however, full of flavor and tender.  We have a meat market here in in Rocky Point called JC’s and here you will find briskets, beautiful choice or select steaks, roasts and they will grind your hamburger your way.  They will also cut steaks to your size except for the filet (which you need to buy the whole filet) and then if you want they will cut it. One of the largest and most popular beef producers is a company called Rancho El 17.  The company started in 1991 and are based out of Hermosillo.  In 2004 they started exporting their choice, prime and natural beef to Asian countries. They are known for their well marbled tender steaks and you can actually order online and have them shipped to Rocky Point.  They offer everything from New York, Filet, Rib Eye, Prime rib, Hamburger, Carne Asada, Arrachera  and even dried Machaca and Carne Asada.

Chicken and eggs.
Bachoco is one of the largest producer of chicken in Mexico.

Rancho el 17 in the beginning
Photo by Rancho el 17

Premium Steak by Rancho el 17
Photo by Rancho el 17

 The next largest growing region would be Obregon which is located approximately 3 hours from Hermosillo.  This is the heart of the growing region in Sonora.  Here you will find Broccoli, Squash, Pumpkin, Scallions, Chilis, Cauliflower, Watermelon, Cucumber, Radish, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew along with Wheat, Cotton and Corn.  As you take some of the back roads you will see the fields growing full of crops.

Produce
Summer Squash is just one of the delicious vegetables grown in Sonora

In this region is also where you will find Bacanora the drink of Sonora.  Please read the blog Bacanora vs. Tequila parts 1 and 2 to learn more.

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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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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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco..Part 2

We recently did a blog about Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and suggestions on which boats do Whale Watching tours.  I included in that information things about  fishing charters and sunset cruises that these 3 companies do. By all means these are not all the boats that do sunset cruises or fishing trips.  There is the Big Momma, they also do fishing charters and  The About Time.

Pancho Villa guns drawn
Photo by Ole

This past week we had the opportunity to go along the owners of the Pancho Villa as it was the owners birthday.  We boarded the boat at 11:30 and took of at noon on a beautiful sunny day (of which we have many) and headed out of the harbor.  As soon as we boarded the boat, we  got to make new friends.  One couple lived not far from where I came from in Wausau, Wisconsin, several others also live here full time, so lot’s of story telling about how we have seen this sleepy little fishing village evolve.  We went along at a comfortable pace and the Pancho Villa is a very comfortable vessel.  Several years ago it had the back of the boat extended so there is ample room to move around as well as sit in some comfy Adirondack style chairs or go on the deck or sit with the captain.

Whale Watching
Guests on the Pancho VIlla searching for Whales

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for whale watching sunset cruises or fishing.
(Photo by Mike N Samantha Bosnick)

We were out 5 miles when the cry “there she blows” came and sure enough just ahead was a huge whale. She seemed to almost be circling us as it would dive down and then come up again.  It is breath taking to see these giant creatures of the sea and this one seemed to love to play hide and seek.  Look closely and you can see the Pinacate Range in the back ground.

Whale watching
Amazing the grace of somethin this large

Whale Watching
“There she blows” and there was the elusive huge whale.

Whale watching
Some of the Shrimp boats that bring in our precious shrimp

Our next venture was on the Sol Chaser with is owned by the same folks that have Eco Tours. The Sol Chaser came from Mazatlán and is a 54′ catamaran which has been retrofitted with a new bathroom that has easy access to it.  There is comfortable  seating on the side, on the bow and with the captain that is covered.  It featured an open bar as well as chips/salsa and a vegetable platter.  On this trip we did not see the elusive whale nor did any others that were out.  However, at about 9 miles out, we got to be a part of the dolphin show.  There were at least 30 or more and they decided to entertain us.  Everyone was trying to get photos and videos as they played and jumped in front of us with sometime 5 jumping out of the water together. On this trip we met people from Kansas and Michigan(but now reside in Prescott. You never know where your partners on the boat  come from to see Puerto Peñasco community.  It is always our pleasure to when asked, be able to give them accurate information on the town and places to go and things to do and see.

Whale watching
The Sol Chaser is the newest arrival to the Eco Tours boats

Sol Chaser
Barb and Bob from Kansas enjoying the Sol Chaser

Sol Chaser
Jeff and Lisa enjoying the trip. From Michigan and now Arizona

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

Dolphin watching
Dolphin entertainment as seen from the Sol Chaser

I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the people having a great time enjoying the weather and the water as well as watching  the whale and dolphins.  Hopefully they will hang around longer if the water and temperatures start to warm up.  The whales come into the Sea of Cortez because of the warm water so they have not been as plentiful as other years.  On February 14, they were again spotted, so we know they are here.  Call one of the companies doing the tours and make your reservation as they do fill up fast.  Even if you don’t see anything, it is so nice to be out on the water and making new friends.

Whale Watching in Rocky Point vs. San Diego!  Rocky Point is a mere 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson where as San Diego is a 6 hour drive.  Rocky Point has little or no congestion on the roads … you know the freeways in San Diego.  But the best part is that you can go out on small  intimate boats vs boats carrying 150 people.  So it is a win for all, short drive, no heavy traffic and everyone can see the whales up close and personal. So don’t let whale watching pass you by in 2018.

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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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco

It  is that time of the year when the whales once again make their appearance in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. However the main Whale Watching usually begins the end of January/March. It is absolutely amazing to see these gentle giants swim close enough that they can be seen from the condos on Sandy Beach.  In this area we have Humpback and Fin whales.  While you are in Rocky Point any time in the next couple of months, do yourself a favor and take advantage of one of the Whale Watching Trips.  Along the way you are also likely to have the Dolphins accompany you and they do put on a show as they weave back and forth under and around your boat.  Recently a couple of small whales have been sighted just off shore, but we will be in full swing to Whale Watch within a couple of weeks or so.  When we see them is up to the whales.

You can choose whatever type of craft you would like to go out on.  The following are the ones that offer not only Whale Watching, but they do Sunset trips, Bird Island trips (here you can enjoy the antics of the Sea Lions and their pups and a vast array of Marine life) or Fishing Charters.

Whales
Whale Watching on the Sea of Cortez.

Whale Watching
Join the fun on the Eco Fun

Eco Fun
Whale watching with Eco Fun

1) Eco Fun is a 81’Catamaran that provides not only great picture taking opportunities  but also has a complete open bar and 2 different snacks.  You will not be disappointed with service of the crew. $45.00 USD pp for adults, $35.00 USD guests 11 years to 17 years and $25.00 USD for guests 3 years – 10 years. Maximum people for Whale Watching is 80.  This is a great boat to do the Bird Island tours on so that you can swim with the Sea Lions and their pups and see Bird Island up close and personal.  They carry on board Kayak’s as well for your pleasure.  The sales office is located in the Baja Cantina Hotel on Matamoras in the Mirador area or phone them at 638-388-9699 or send an email to ecofunrentals@gmail.com.

 Pancho VIlla 1

Whale watching
57′ Pancho Villa Whale Watching

2) Pancho Villa Charters:  Climb aboard this 57′ California yacht and sit back and enjoy.  Pancho Villa Charters is a 12 year old family operated business and is named after the famed Franscisco “Pancho” Villa who was one of the most notable figures in the Mexican Revolution.  It has recently under gone a remodel. It is available for Whale Watching, fishing, Wine Wednesday Sunsets and private charters.  They personally meet with the client to make sure they get the most desirable trip ever and will cater to food and beverage preferences of the group. Whale watching is $50.00 USD pp or a 3 hour swim cruise.  Want to go fishing it is $80.00 half day and $30.00 USD for the 2 hour sunset cruise or bay cruise.  To make your reservation call 602-904-1700.

Del Mar
Whale Watching Up Close and Personal

3) Del Mar Charters: This 42′ Catamaran  is ideal for Whale Watching going out in small groups.  This catamaran holds a minimum of 4 passengers and a maximum of 18 which is ideal for picture taking.  It features lots of deck space for walking around as well as a net that will hold 8-10 people.  Until sighting is in full swing they will not be taking any reservations.  At the time of this writing the cost is $45.00 per person and it includes water, soda, margaritas and bottled beer.

They also offer trips to Bird Island and the cost for it is $90.00 per person and it includes snorkel gear, water, soda, margaritas, bottled beer and a burrito for lunch.  Plan on a 4-6 hour trip. Here you can snorkel, swim or kayak with the Sea Lion pups.  You can also choose from a day sail or sunset cruise.

Along with all of this you may opt for a fishing trip that will take you out up to 10 miles.  They have 26′-29′ boats that is $310.00 for up to 5 people and $50.00 extra for each additional persons up to a max of 7.  They provide everything from fishing license plus all the equipment to fish.   Drinks and snacks are not provided but you can bring your own.  For more information go to their face book page https://www.facebook.com/delmarcharters.mexico or email them at reservations@delmarcharters.com.

Although you will NOT see Orca’s near Puerto Peñasco, they were recently sighted near to Puerto Lobos south of Rocky Point.  They also visit once a year and as you can see from the pictures from fishinginlobas.com and arturo’sdiving&fishingtours.com they really put on a show.  These big guys were recently spotted by a group of divers from Rocky Point.

Orca's
Jumping waiting to prey for food.

Orcas
Orca’s in Puerto Lobos

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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2017 Recaps and Resolutions for 2018

New Year's eve

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.

The Governors of Arizona and Sonora
The Governors of Arizona and Sonora

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 Mar golf 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.

  1. #)   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.
  2. #)   I want to start to do some limited traveling again… it has been to long.
  3. #)   Praying for continued good health for myself and my husband Bill as well as family and friends.
  4. #)   Whale watching is on my radar this winter as they will soon be in the upper Sea of Cortez.
  5. #)   With any luck being able to go the Valle de Guadalupe and do some wineries
  6. #)   Hopefully go back to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see family.
  7. #)   To be able to keep writing blog,s as I enjoy it so much.
  8. #)   To continue to meet and make friends.
  9. #)   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.

Come down 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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Upcoming Fall Events in Rocky Point

Labor day is the last big weekend in Rocky Point before Thanksgiving. If you need a hotel or condo, better hurry as they are going fast. The weather can be a little hot, but hey, you have the Sea of Cortez to cool you off.

Chili en Nogada Mexican Dish

Many of the full time residents will be making their way back for the winter in September. If you are going to be back in Puerto Peñasco, please remember the annual Black and White Ball will be held September 30th at the Puerto Penasco Convention center. All proceeds go to DIF. For only $55.00 pp you will be treated to a wonderful dinner, dancing and the crowning of the Queen. Come see your friends and catch up. This is event is for anyone and everyone. If your hubby doesn’t have a tux, don’t worry, suits or sport coats are OK. 

Queen of the ball
Crowning of the 2016 Queen

October seems to be the start of the RV’ers who make there winter pilgrimage to Puerto Peñasco. Many of the “snow birds” make their reservations a year or 2 in advance, so don’t be left out… make yours today if you are planning on being here for a few months.
RVing in Mexico
RV’s and condos

October 30th is Halloween and in the RV parks like Playa Bonita, you will hear the children wandering around saying “trickey trickey”. No need to haul candy down unless you want as there are several places you can buy large bags of those sugary treats. As with every year, please be cautious that night as many of the children as well as the parents dress in dark clothes and it is very difficult to see them.

Another large event in October is Dia de la Muertos or Day of the Dead. The alters will be set up in the Rodeo Drive with celebrations going on all over town. This is a very special event and you can read about it in the next blog. 

Dia Los Muertos Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

day of the Dead Altar
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 

The Mermaid Markets will resume in Shrimp Park in fall and is the 3rd Saturday of the month, so watch for the details. This is a great place to do your Christmas Shopping. 

Mermaid's Market Pirate Extavaganza
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The 17th Annual Bike Rally will be held November 9th – 13th which is over the Veterans Day weekend. The crowd is expected to be even larger than 2016, so get those hotel, condo or beach home reservations in now. Registration for the 17th Annual Rally will once again be held at Barklin’s Circle K just south of the overpass north of town. Stop by and register and get you official registration packet filled with goodies from local merchants. Here you will find the OFFICIAL shirts etc. The official registration is on the left side of the gas pumps, so come on over and register and say hi.  Registration is only $20.00 USD or $350 pesos.

Ride on down to Rocky Point
Get ready for 2017 Rocky Point Rally

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Come volunteer and rescue a puppy from Barb’s Dog Rescue

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Welcoming riders from Lake Havasu and Canada.

November brings families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Old Port will be bustling with people and the Playa Bonita RV Park, The Reef and Playa Del Oro will be filled to capacity. Once again, if you have not made a reservation, now is the time.

Puerto Penasco has something to offer for everyone in fall due to the beautiful climate.. warm days and cool nights. We invite you to come down and spend some time. Whether you want to golf, fish or just relax in your beach chair and watch the water go by, life does not get any better.

Boat Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

Please remember we are just a short 1 hour drive from the US border and we are safe. Mi Casa es Su Casa, so come down and enjoy our piece of Paradise.  Spend some time trying our fantastic restaurants and enjoy the Sea of Cortez Shrimp.

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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