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Summer in Puerto Peñasco… sit back and enjoy our city.

Well summer is finally here.  Fortunately thus far it has been quite pleasant.  One thing about living in Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point is that there is always a breeze off the Sea of Cortez.

Relax
Poolside at Playa Bonita

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

The tourist traffic has been very high for June and shows no sign of letting up for the rest of the summer.  Summer use to be considered low season and one pretty much had the beaches to themselves, but that is not the case anymore. Although we will be at the start of the humid season it is not deterring people from coming down to enjoy the clean water and beaches that this area has to offer.  Schools are out in Mexico, so many of our tourists come from all over the northern part of Mexico.  There will be anywhere from  5 – 10 tour buses parked at the various hotels and condos.

During the summer months a few of the favorite watering holes will close mid week or for the month of July, but there are still many places to go that are air conditioned or have lovely patios to catch the breeze.  Several new places have cropped up in the first part of 2018 for food.  One of newest is  Boulevard 301 which is located on Benito Juarez just south of Pollo Lucas.  It is open for breakfast and dinner and their food and service is excellent.  The presentation of the food looks just like the menu.  The currently do not take credit cards, but the food is reasonable and won’t break your wallet.  Another little treasure is La Cocina de Dona Rosa which is tucked near where Salmos use to be on Sonora.  The feature traditional food from both Sonora and the South of Mexico.  Here you will find Tamales wrapped in Banana leaves.  Although it is all great, the red chili Tamales in Banana leaves are devine.  Here you will find burritos that will serve several hungry people and they are made with the large tortillas that we call “Saddle Blankets”.  You can eat in or they will deliver to your home or business. Locally owned by Javier Carrera and Linda Soto, the food is prepared with love.  Another newcomer is Jerry’s Mexican Tacos “All You Can Eat”  which is located on Calle 13.  It is getting some great reviews and has been open just a short time.  Jerry also has a catering service and has been in Puerto Peñasco for many years.

Boulevard 301
Recently opened Boulevard 301. Food is as good as it looks.

Jerry's
Jerry’s Mexican Taco’s “all you can eat”

Tamales
These are the best Red Chili tamales I have ever had and wrapped in banana leaves Photo courtesy Linda Planted

Once you arrive in Rocky Point, there is a lot to do and see.  Love to fish?  Try Pancho Villa Charters, Big Momma or go out with Aldofo Perez on one of his boats.  All of them will provide you with a memorable day of fishing.  There are many sunset cruises to go on, so check with your hotel or condo front desk to see what will best fit your needs.  You can choose from catamarans,  cabin cruisers, Pirate Ships or sail boats and you won’t be disappointed.  If you are not fond of large groups I would recommend the Pancho Villa, Sol Chaser or any of the smaller catamarans that sail.

Boats
Heading out for a sunset.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for fishing or sunset cruises. Photo by Kathy Fredrickson Willits

 If you are a golfer you have 3 beautiful courses to choose from.  Mayan Palace, Isla del Mar or Las Palomas.  Many have summer rates so you can save a lot but still enjoy 1st class golf courses.  You can also go horse back riding on the beaches if golf isn’t your cup of tea.

Vidanta Golf Course
Vidanta Golf Course at the Mayan Palace. Photo by Plinio Rivera

Las Palomas
A challenging beautiful golf course. Photo courtesy Plinio Riverio

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding

I would like to invite you to come down and enjoy a mini vacation or a whole week.  There is plenty to do and see, so make your reservations today.  Check out Puerto-Penasco.com or any of the many others out there.  Choose from a beach house or condo and sit back and relax.

Real Estate
Sonoran SKY is one of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

If I may add one more thing.  Barb’s Dog Rescue is always in need of dog and puppy food.  The intake of puppies is huge and they eat a lot.  You can bring a bag down from COSTCO or buy it locally or if you want to donate money to buy it, let me know and I will take responsibility for getting it to her.  If you get bored while on vacation, go out and play with these fur babies and show them that they are loved.
Cute puppies
The little cutie on the left is looking for you! Please check them out.

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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Bacanora vs. Tequila… there are distinct difference. Part 1

If you have been following our wine road trip through the Valle de Guadalupewe spoke about how it is only a six hour drive from Puerto Peñasco.  Well the same can be said about finding the Bacanora Trail.  It is 6 hours to Hermosillo where you can spend the night in great accommodations with wonderful restaurants and then venture out to Bacanora.  Another nice thing is if you are a  Tequila aficionado, fly from Hermosillo to Guadalajara and board the Tequila Train or rent a car and spend a few days.

Almost everyone knows about Tequila or at some time or the other have had it, either in  a Margarita or a shot of it.  Many of you will remember if you did shots of cheap Tequila in your younger days by the headache you had the next morning.  One thing Tequila and Bacanora have in common is that they are both meant to be sipped and enjoyed like fine wine, vodka or whiskey.

Sunora
The beautiful bottles of Blanco and Cream Bacanora.

Let’s start with Bacanora as it is still relatively a new kid on the block even though Bacanora dates back over 300 years.  Bacanora got it’s name from where it originated in a little town in the middle of Sonora named Bacanora.  It became very popular and at first and was made of a variety of plants but soon the growers were using an agave type plant called Agave Pacifica as it was a regional agave. The agave Pacifica is a very hardy agave that can deal with the harsh conditions of the Sonora dessert.  As you drive through the State of Sonora in the central mountain region you will pass through cities like Bacanora, Sahuaripa, Arivechi, Tepache, Bacadehuaichi, Nacori, Banamichi, Arizpe or any of the other 22 towns in the area, you will see fields of Agave Pacifia.  This particular agave is a lighter more evergreen in color than the Blue Agave and has thin long leaves that can reach up to 60″ long.  They are harvested between 6-7 years old and the pina will weigh between 44-48 lbs.  A mature plant can grow up to 4′ high by 4′ wide.

Agave Pacifica
The Agave Pacifica is native to the Sonoran region .

The distilling process is simple but takes time.  Once the agave is hand picked  and the people that harvest them, cut the plant right from the trunk.  All leaves are removed from the Agave core.  Most Bacanora is made the traditional way of cooking the pinas in open pits that are made of lava rock and heated with Mesquite charcoal.  This is where you will get that great smokey flavor of Bacanora.  This usually take about 3 days.  After this the cores are mashed and chopped into a pulp.  It is at this point they are put into cement pits and washed while adding fresh water and covering completely so they are not exposed to air.  This fermentation process can take from 6-12 days.  Much of this also depends on the manufacture as to whether or not it is double or triple distilled.  From here it goes into stainless steel tanks where it completes the distillation process.  After a double distillation in which the vapor condenses and it goes through a copper still does it become Bacanora.  At Sunora Bacanora they do a triple still distillation for it’s premium quality.  The team at Amigo Brands through technology and innovation is also working on creating oak barrel aged Reposado and Añejo which has never been done.
Agave roasting
It is here where the agave is roasted

Bacanora fermentation
The traditional way of fermenting the Bacanora

Bacanora distilling
Here the juices are extracted.

In 1915 General Plutarco Elias Calle became Governor of Sonora and he put the ban on Bacanora as it was believed to have properties that were believed to be hedonistic and that drinking it was immoral.  It could not be made commercially nor sold anywhere, hence the start of boot legging began in the State of Sonora.  If caught the makers of the vile drink could be imprisoned or even hung.  During these times, people would go so far as to hide the Bacanora in their secret hiding places in their homes and  it became known as “The Secret of Sonora”.  This continued until 1992 when the ban was lifted and it was mainly due the popularity of Tequila and Mezcals. Imagine nearly 100 years of prohibition on Bacanora. In the year 2000 it was given  the Denomination of Origin (NOM) by the Mexican government.  Bacanora can only be grown in the State of Sonora or else it is called Mezcal.  Currently there are over 38 licensed distilleries in Sonora.  Each has it’s own distinctive taste.  Sadly because it is the drink of Sonora, very little of it is exported to the United States.  However, you can take a road trip from Puerto Penasco, Sonora by driving towards Hermosillo (the State Capital) and go East/Northeast on Highway 14 to reach much of the area.

Bacanora Fields
You will see many fields of Agave Pacifica along the route.

So the once referred to as “The Original Outlaw Spirit” has now gained so much popularity that there is now a huge effort to plant more of the Agave Pacifica in the State of Sonora.  Sunora Bacanora is also doing so making a Cream de Bacanora which is simply wonderful.
Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

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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Research came from Wikipedia and from Sunora Bacanora.

Puerto Peñasco Restaurant and Bar Scene on the Rise

Manny's Beach Club
Re-Grand Opening May 25, 2018 of Manny’s Beach Club

Back in the 1980’s there were not a lot of hot spots to go to in Puerto Peñasco.  There was JJ’s in Cholla Bay and Manny’s Beach Club in the Mirador area.  Manny catered in those days to the upper and middle class people and their first stop upon arriving in Rocky Point was Manny’s Beach Club.  Many friendships were made there over the years to the mainly 35 and over crowd.  You sat at long tables with cement stools and you always made new friends each time you were there.  The first few years that we came down, he had 50 cent Margarita’s and 75 cent ice cold beers. He served really good Mexican dishes and Bloody Mary’s at breakfast and soon was known for his food as well.

Over time he put in an outside bar and BBQ area as well as a band stand (that most of us did not like) as it blocked the beautiful sunsets.  But after a few drinks we forgot about the sunsets and just enjoyed meeting up with our friends, many of who all stay in touch with each other.  For a number of year’s the Chili Cook  Off was held in front of Manny’s and grew to the point that the  chefs set up all the way to the end of the RV Park next door.  It was ranked by Terilinga.  You could always volunteer to be a judge and for doing so given free beer.

Manny’s moto was NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM and soon he was selling everything from coffee mugs, bumper stickers, license plates, apparel and more and no matter where you were in the Phoenix or Tucson area you would run into someone wearing his shirts.  He was indeed a promoter not only of his business but of Puerto Peñasco as well.

Manny's Beach Club
Me in my younger days wearing a Manny’s Beach Club -shirt.

At Spring Break the he catered to the young people.  He also found that many Americans who came for Thanksgiving would bring their whole families over to his place after Thanksgiving to relax and listen to music and dance until the wee hours of the mornings.

Then the economy in the USA took a nose dive in the 2007 time frame and many places closed as did Manny’s.  So it sat their, vacant, but sometimes be he would open for a spring break , but that was not enough steady business to keep that many people on the payroll.

Menu
Although the menu is limited now it will be changing. Reasonable breakfast and try the Blood Mary’s

Drink Menu for Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s will have an extensive Drink Menu

Manny's Beach Club
Manny’s Drink Menu Part 1

Fast forward to 2018.  Manny’s will once again be open full time as a result of a partnership between the owners of Tekila Bar and Manny.  May 25th was the re-grand opening of this once famous place.  The new group has been busy tearing down to old palapa’s (palm branch shade covers and cleaning up.  Shanya Sargent and Jorge Gaona and Jerry Gaona, owners of the Tequila Bar and Shark Bite have done a great job creating a new drink menu as well as limited breakfast menu.  They also have the little hotel rooms for rent.  We wish them all great success in bring back the Mirador area, which also consists of Baja Cantina and The Pink Cadillac, Capones, Pitahaya and Playa del Oro RV Park (where at one time there were 7 RV Parks), just on that one road.

Amongst other new places is Boulevard 301 on Benito Juarez.  They are doing a great job with authentic Mexican style breakfast and lunch. They do have a couple of American breakfast and lunch items on the menu as well.   It is a bright and cheery place with very good service.  It is located just south of Pollo Lucas by the railroad tracks.

The next newcomer is La Cocina De Dona Rosa.  A cute little place on Sonora Blvd, next to what use to be Salmo’s.  Javier Carrera and his wife Linda are making some really great authentic Mexican dishes.  They also offer home or work delivery.  You can call ahead to 638-386-1660. Stop by and try them and help support local business.

La Cocina De Dona Rosa
Stop in and say hi to Javier and Linda and try some authentic Mexican food.

Mexican dishes
Great food and locally owned.

LaCocina de Dona rosa2

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's Founding Father's

When we speak of cities in Mexico and how old they are, we don’t realize that a city like Puerto Peñasco is still a baby.  It officially became a city in 1952.  In the late 1800’s – early 1900’s the largest city close to Rocky Point was Altar and that was the capital of the State of Sonora. It was here where the trains came from and it was the capital due to being at the confluence of the Conception and Altar Rivers.  In 1929 the closest city with a doctor was Sonoyta.

Over the next few blogs, I will try to give you some insight on the back ground of some of these families who helped to make Rocky Point what is today.  Let’s start with the name Palacio.  What comes to your mind of course is Playa Bonita Hotel and Playa Bonita RV Park.  It was in 1942-1943 that Melguizdes Palacio Valenzuela, the grand father of Oscar, Miguel and Laura arrived in town from Sonoyta. He came from a large family that consisted of 4 boys and 3 girls. It was in 1946-1947 that Oscar Palacio, Sr got into the fishing concession business along with another entrepreneur named Abraham Robles.  In those years the fish in the Sea Of Cortez were plentiful.  Mainly they were catching White Sea Bass, Grouper, Tutwaba, Shark, Shrimp, Tuna and Sardines.  The sardine industry was a huge business with high inflation.  It was in these years the Cooperativas were formed which gave these families the concession for shrimping in Mexico. In 1981 the private fishing industry became controlled by the feds and it is then when they got out of the shrimping business.

Playa Bonita
This is the early days of Playa Bonita

Playa Bonita
This is the view from the beach of Playa Bonita. The building on the left is the newer of the 2

Playa Bonita
Playa Bonita is where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez

Fortunately at the urging of his son’s Oscar and Miguel, they realized the Puerto Peñasco could become a tourist destination.  The only other RV Parks in Rocky Point were Playa Mirador and Playa Del Oro.  So in 1982-1983 they started to build Playa Bonita RV Park. Quickly the little park as it started out would soon have all the folks staying at the other parks coming to check it out.  The park grew quickly.  During these years there were not a lot for restaurants other than LaCita, Costa Brava and Viña Del Mar, none of which was close to Playa Bonita.  So in 1985-1986 they built the Puesta del Sol restaurant.  Soon people wanted to dine outside under the stars and it started with one outside table in the sand.  More and more people wanted to sit outside, so in 1987 they added the patio as by now 80% of the guests wanted to sit outside.  Puesta Del Sol was the first restaurant in Rocky Point to use cloth table cloths and napkins and have professional waiters. It was a high end restaurant that served lobster and had a fancy menu.
Playa Bonita
The ever popular Puesta del Sol is the place for delicious food with a wonderful view

Playa Bonita RV Park
Picture yourself with this view from your RV

In 1988 the first phase of the Playa Bonita Hotel which consisted of 48 rooms and 3 floors.  Then in 1992 the second building was erected.  By law in Mexico if you went over 3 floors you had to have an elevator so they contracted with Thyssen Elevator out of Tijuana to install the elevators as none of the large elevator companies like Ottis, etc. were interested.  In 1994 they added the 4th floor.  Imagine in those days you had no cement pumpers nor concrete plants, so everything was done with little cement mixers.  On a side note, it wasn’t that many years ago that you would still see construction with men mixing the cement on the ground and then putting in buckets where it would be pulled up by hand to the construction site.  Much of the material was brought in from San Diego and the floor tiles came from the South of Mexico.  Some of the current waiters that started at the hotel are still there.

Playa Bonita
The ever popular Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita

The Palacio’s have also been involved in politics here in Puerto Peñasco with Oscar Sr. having held the office of Mayor of Puerto Peñasco as well as holding a congressional seat.  Oscar Palacio that we all know is the founder of the soon to be 17th Anniversary of the Bike festival also held the office of Mayor.

Some of the other names we want to explore in the future are Pino, Pivac, Estrella( owners of the oldest gas station in town, which is still working),Borboa, Uriarte, Munro, Bitin, Martinez, Sandoval and Valencia.

The next time you visit, go over to Puesta Del Sol and sit on the patio.. close your eyes and picture how it was so many years ago.

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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Mother's Day or El Dia de la Madre in Mexico



Mother's Day
The first flower of Mother’s Day was carnations.

Anne Jarvis
The woman behind Mother’s Day

A little bit of history about Mother’s Day. It was started on May 10 1908 by a woman named Anne Jarvis but it wasn’t until May 8, 1914 that the US Congress designated Mother’s Day officially be on the 2nd Sunday  of May.  It is the 3rd largest holiday in the USA for sending cards but it has been so over commercialized that many refer to it as the “Hallmark Holiday”.  It is interesting that the Carnation started out as the flower to represent Mother’s Day since 1908 when Anne Jarvis hand delivered 500 hundred of them to the 1st celebration and it was her mother’s favorite flower.  Ironically enough, Anne was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace at a rally against the commercialization of the holiday.

In the United States, so much money is spent on cards, flowers and gifts, that one would think Anne Jarvis is spinning in her grave.

Mexican Mother's Day
Feliz El dia de la Madre in Puerto Peñaso

In Mexico, El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) starts out with the small children singing songs to their mother’s.  It is followed by mass at a shrine of the Virgin de Guadalupe.  I learned the  Virgin is the symbol of motherhood.  After mass the morning meal consists of Tamales and Atole.  If it is in the middle of the week, the Mother’s often go to school with the children for more singing, telling stories and having a meal provide by a local restaurant. El Dia de la Madre is a time to reflect and rejoice on the trials and tribulations that go with motherhood.

Dia de la Madre
The Virgin de Guadalupe is the symbol of Motherhood in Mexico

El Dia de la Madre was started in Mexico in 1922 by people bringing the idea from America.  In 1940, wife of President Manuel Avilla Camacho, Soledad Orozco Garcia declared the  2nd Sunday in May to be the official holiday.  Unlike the United States of America, many business give the mothers off for the holiday.  Now days much money is spent here as well with the parents presenting their mothers with lavish gifts while the children present their mom’s with hand made cards and items.  The plant nurseries and florist shops do a brisk business.

Here in Puerto Peñasco, many times the streets will be blocked off and there will be music and dancing as well as food and adult beverages with these celebrations going on until the wee hours of the morning.  Over the years I was invited by dear friend Julio Meza to celebrate with his mom and family.  I off course showed up early and because it was warm I had on shorts and a top.  When the family showed up all the sisters were dressed to the 9’s, so I explained to Julio’s one sister that I would be back as I needed to dress up.  She laughed and said the only reason they were dressed up is because they had a family photo taken.  Sure enough in 30 minutes they were all dressed like me.  Such fond memories and I left a midnight and things were just really getting started.

Many restaurants here in Rocky Point will be featuring special brunches and/or dinners for Mother’s Day, so check with your favorite place and see what they have going.  Also if your mom is into flower’s check with the plant nursery by TelMex or the one on Blvd. Kino as well as all of the local florists.

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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Get your Charanga ready for April 14, 2018!

Soap Box Derby
3rd Annual Charangas Derby

We all have known someone who has been in a “Soap Box Derby” or helped to build a Soap Box car.  It has been around in the United States forever.  Well, April 14th, Puerto Peñasco Mexico will hold it’s 3rd AnnuaCharanga Derby.  The proceeds from the event will go to the Jose Davalos Casa Hogar, which the home for the elderly here in Rocky Point.

Don't miss this event.
Don’t miss this event.

The event will start on top of the hill on Calle Campeche which is the road that leads to the Mirador area.  There will be a mini car show starting at 2:00 p.m. The presentation of the teams will be at 4:00 p.m.  The first of the dare devils will take off down the hill at 4:30p.m. and the event ends at 5:30.  From the videos I have seen, this is quite a trick to come down the hill and then have to hit a “speed ramp” in order to come to a stop.

Teams consist of 6 people including the pilot and  if you have a 2 seater a co-pilot.  Team members push the car to the start line and then push it  so it goes down hill being gravity fed.  The team members must run behind the car to make certain it crosses the finish line which is a ramp or in the event it tips over, get it up and going again. Once over the ramp the car begins to slow  down.   The cars can built of anything but other than wheels they can have no motor nor pedals. It must have a steering wheel but brakes are optional.  There are several safety factors for the pilots as well as the spectators.  The pilots must wear full helmets that meet DOT motorcycle laws, no flip flops or sandals and long pants.  The spectators are protected by straw bales all the way down the hill on both sides of the street.

2018 Charanga Derby
Cute barrel coming over the finish ramp

Charanga 2018
A group of young kids with their entry.

Winners will be awarded gift certificates which are provided by the sponsors for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the fastest cars.  There will also be a  an award for the most creative car. All you need is to come on down and be prepared to be entertained. There will be food and beverages on site.  Hope you enjoy the photos and videos from last year’s event.  Video courtesy of Richard Scott and photos courtesy of Santiago Ruis and Tony Ballesteros.

Charanga 2018
Look mom.. no steering wheel!

Charanga 2018
The Charanga Rocket Man of 2017

You must sign up before April 11that the RP360 office and the cost for entering your soap box car and your team is $600 pesos or about $33.00 USD.   The event is open to all people 15 years and older.

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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2nd Annual BAlloon Festival Re-Cap in Rocky Point

Only balloon that went up on Saturday morning and he went up very fast.
Only balloon that went up on Saturday morning and he went up very fast.

 

This blog will be short but it is being done so that next year you can mark your calendars far ahead and plan to be in Puerto Peñasco for the 3rd Annual Balloon Festival.  Despite the cold and windy weather, the afternoon and evening functions went very well.  Only 3 balloons went up on Friday morning and on Saturday and Sunday the wind and Mother Natural did not cooperate as they could not fly.  I spoke with one pilot who said they were as disappointed as we were and maybe even more.  This is what they love to do and come here with family and friends to help them set and be in the chase vehicle.  Hopefully next year will be better.

On the brighter side of things, the vendors who attended were very happy with the sales and results.  Due to the weather being warmer on Friday, I would say more people came out. The event was very well organized and there was lots of parking, chairs and tables for people to enjoy food and beverage.  One vendor had a vast array of miniature hot air balloons that were all brightly colored and looked like the real deal.  They could be used to hang in or outside.  There was plenty of food and drinks to be had as well as great music that everyone could enjoy. Please enjoy the video provided by Jose from the Boo Bar.

Spring is in the air so 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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Best Eats in Puerto Peñasco.. Part 2

In our previous food blog we covered the restaurants and bars in Rocky Point on the Malecon (Old Port area).  In this one we will cover the places in town and Sandy Beach.  Besides the ones mentioned you can find Taco places all over town so if you are looking for something unique, ask and you will be given another list.
Let’s start in City Central.

Pollo Lucas: This chicken place is right on Benito Juarez and is known for what else but Sonoran style roasted chicken. It is probably been around the longest and is located about 3 blocks north of Calle 13 by the railroad tracks.   Both tourists and locals alike go here and they are open for lunch and at night.  Eat in or take it to your condo or home.

Tacos Pablano’s: The original is located near the Catholic Church on Simon Morua.  They do the tacos on the spit and are both hot in heat as well as flavor, but they will keep you coming back for more.  There are several with the same name but this seems to be the original, so stop on by.  Eat outside or indoors.  Reasonable prices for the quality of the food.

Tacos Brisas: Located in Sinaloa north of Sonora on the left.  They have a variety of things to choose from and all are delicious.  Here you order and they will bring it to your table along with the relish tray and salsas.  Great food at reasonable prices.

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Southside Jillz:  Located on Calle 13 just before the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. Jill and her staff are very service oriented along with wanting to serve really good food.  She is known for her 2 for Tuesday Specials as well as her Sunday Ribs.  Everything on the menu is good, but these are 2 of what she is known for.  Last year they won 1st Place in the Taste of Peñasco for the ribs and it was the 1st time she had ever entered.  Here you can sit inside or out on the patio and play Horse Shoe or Corn Hole or any other games they have going on.

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Max’s: Located across for the Peñasco del Sol Hotel.  here you will find great breakfasts and lunch.  They also have nightly Specials and pizzas. The owners of Max’s also have Bryan’s out on Blvd. Freemont and the Sonoran Grill at the Sonoran Spa.  Both also feature weekly specials.

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Frenchy’s: They are relatively new having opened just a couple of years ago.  Sport bar atmosphere along with some hints of food from Canada.  They are open all day and almost every day.  Want to watch a sports game, they have enough TV’s for you to not miss anything.  They are located on Plutarco Elias Calle and the intersection heading to Sandy Beach.  Look for the Canadian flags flying on the right.

Puesta del Sol: They are located in the Playa Bonita Hotel and feature a really good Sunday Brunch Buffett.  The restaurant and bar have been around for a long time and many of the servers have been with them since they opened 30 years ago. Food is Mexican fare as well as fresh fish and shrimp.  They have a nightly Happy Hour with music by Rigo (who has also played there forever).  Here you can enjoy cocktails and dinner right on the beach and take in the Rocky Point sunsets.  They have the facilities for weddings or large parties as well as do catering. Credit cards accepted.

Great views, great food and great service.
Great views, great food and great service.

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Puerto Peñasco Sunset

El Tapeo: Located in the Laos Mar Hotel, here you find a large selection of wines and craft beer from the Valley de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexicali and Tijuana.  They serve small plates and platters the include cheese from the same region as the wines.  Thursday night is Paella Night, so if you love Paella, this is the place to go. They open at 5:00 pm and credit cards are accepted.  Check out their FaceBook page so that you can plan a trip around one of the Wine and Beer festivals they have.

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Collins Cantina:  Collin’s is located in the Princesa Resort.  Known for their Taco Tuesday.  BBQ short rib tacos for $1.50 each.  They also have a 2 for 1 hamburger special on Mondays.  They start serving at 3:00 p.m. until they are gone.  Closed on Wednesday.  If you are staying on Sandy Beach this is a good place to go for breakfast.  Good service as well as food.

Sonoran Grill at the Sonoran Spa offers nightly specials and is only open late afternoon into the evening.  They have the only fresh pizza on Sandy Beach.  Nightly specials are Monday (Surf and Turf Kebabs), Thursday (Gourmet Burgers) Friday (Rib Dinner), Saturday (Prime Rib Dinner) and Sunday (Chicken, Steak or Shrimp Fajitas).
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Banditos: Best known for their live bands that play there, they offer American style food as well as a couple of Mexican dishes.  Sit inside or out and enjoy the nice weather and drinks.  Banditos is located at the entrance between the Sonoran SPA and Sonoran SUN.

Chango’s:  They are located across from Banditos and is a bar/restaurant.  Serving  bar type food.

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Chango’s on Sandy Beach

Mare Blu Ristorante: Located at the mouth of what will be the home port.  Quality food and service makes this a special place to dine. Known for the filets, Italian fare as well as fresh seafood. Mar Blu will not disappoint you in the food or service.  It has a good wine selection where you can enjoy the wine on the Sea of Cortes view patio or go inside for a more elegant dining atmosphere.   They also cater events and can seat large groups.

Sally’s Café in Cholla serves up good breakfasts, lunch and early dinner.  Word has it they do a very good pizza.

Cholla Bay Oyster Company.  Serving oysters several different ways along with fresh clams, shrimp and fish.  Relaxing atmosphere and good food.

There are so many places to choose rom in Rocky Point, go to different ones every time you are here.

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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Carnival 2018 Fun and Excitement

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Carnival is coming to Puerto Peñasco once again

Let me give you a little back ground of Carnaval and what it means.  Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that is the start of a 5 day celebration before the Catholic season of lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.  The history of this goes back centuries. It is wildly celebrated with parties that go on to the wee hours of the morning.  The word Carnaval is taken from the Latin word meaning “take away or goodbye flesh” as the devote Catholics will give up meat for Lent.  In Mexico the largest Carnaval is in Mazatlán and it attracts over 300,000 people annually with people coming from all over the world.  It is the 3rd largest Carnaval celebration behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.  Carnaval is equal to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Amongst all the things to do a popular one is to throw Cascarones, which are egg shells filled with confetti at one another.

If you have never been to Carnival in Puerto Peñasco, it is something to put on your list of things to do.  This year it will March 1-4 which is later than Carnival in other places like New Orleans and other cities in Mexico.  It is filled will parades every night that stretch the entire length of the city and are comprised of huge floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, local business groups, bars and restaurants and more.  There will be plenty of street vendors as well.  Need to get there early to get a good seat, so bring your lawn chairs or sit on the curb, no matter which route you go, you will be entertained.  This year the parade route will start by the Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) and wind it’s way north to just south of Sam’s Club.  here it will turn right and proceed to the place where the Carnival rides and food booths are set up. This year Carnaval will start right around “Spring Break” so  much goes into the planning with security and all.  There will a car show contest, Carnaval Queen contest, King of Joy contest, children’s pageant and King of Children Joy contest.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

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Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

As always Guille Salazar will preside as the Eternal Princess. Guille has been the Eternal Princess since 1975 and always gets the crowd cheering.   Guille has been a large part of the Cultural scene here in  Rocky Point for many years, along with Nina Mier, Eddie Wharez, Victor Aleman just to name a few people.  These people strive to keep cultural events coming year after year and it takes so many hours of planning for these type of events.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Eternal Princess Guille

Guille Carnival
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

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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