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 Cortez. Puerto 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.
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.
If you are looking to buy a second home or condo in Puerto Peñasco, now may be the time to do it. Rocky Point tends to follow the real estate market in the United States. When the market in the states is strong, so will be the market in the Mexico.
There are several developments in Rocky Point that have been sitting there with not much happening sales wise until recently. One such example is Esmeraldaon Sandy Beach, which recently announced that building C is being delivered and that they have opened up sales in the D or center building. It appears several have been sold.
Out on the Las Conchas side, Tessoro is experiencing resales as well as condos that were never sold. Tessoro sits on a pristine beach at the mouth of the Moru Estuary, which is great for walking, kayaking and fishing from the shore. The views from there are beautiful with Bird Island off in the distance and stunning sunrises in the morning and sunsets at night.
Past Playa Encanto is the newest development under construction known as Encantame Towers. By the end of May many of those will be delivered on the lower floors. The 2nd tower is also starting to come out of the ground. This development is by Miguel Gavara and Mary Snyder, who developed Puerta Privada and others and have an outstanding track record for delivering on time.
As you drive through Las Conchas you will see several homes under construction as well as homes that are having additions built on. There are not a lot of beach front lots left, but you can still find lots that have beautiful Sea of Cortezviews. Here you can buy existing homes or build your own. Puerto Peñasco has a number of highly qualified architects and builders, so you will have a quality home.
Going up north from Cholla Bay, Islas del Mar is going strong, with condos or homes. Here you have a choice of lagoon lots or waterfront lots. It is approximately a 10 mile drive on paved roads, from the center Rocky Point. From Isla del Mar, your sunset views are unobstructed. You also have the ability to see the Blue Herons and Egrets in the Lagoons. You can also golf on a very challenging course.
If you are investing in something for after retirement, you may want to choose to rent your home or condo. The rental market is very strong now and appears it will continue. During the summer months, even though it is hot and humid, the city gets many Mexican Nationals coming from Baja and Chihuahua. Years ago we had a high seasons for rentals, but now we have high season year around.
The realtors here are professional and will take the time to find something that you want. They are all licensed and are member of AMPI, so know that you will find someone you can trust and that walk you through the entire purchase process.
Many new little restaurants have opened in 2020 and 2021 for you to choose from. If you are looking for great Mexican food, hamburgers, fine dining, pizza or seafood, you will find something to please everyone’s taste. Don’t be afraid to venture out of tourist areas for some great food at reasonable prices.
Although Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) had a large crowd, it was not as large as previous years, judging from the photos. The bars and restaurants that were open open were pleased with the business they had. By Sunday most of our visitors had left until next year. There were food vendors on every corner selling tacos, churros and hot dogs. A great time was had by all.
At the same time the OAXACA Exhibit has come to town for a month. They bring with them apparel, leather goods and so many crafts, cosmetics and perfumes, artwork as well as regional food from the area and many flavors of home made ice cream. They open at 10 am and are located in Shrimp Park across from the Municipal Building on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont. Look for the brightly colored tents.
The last Mermaid Market has been delayed from April 17th to May 29th. So if you are here for the Memorial Day weekend, please plan to stop by and spend some time visiting with the local artists. The last show is always a fun event with vendors dressed like Pirates and always some great music. Here will also find the best BBQ in town and tamales wrapped in Banana leaves that are to die for. You can also buy fresh baked breads and some of the best Marmalades anywhere. They have them all to sample so please do, you won’t be disappointed. If you want a great hamburger while you are in the park, check out the little white building next to the bandstand. Here you can get a cheeseburger, grilled onions and great french fries for $75 to $80 pesos or around $4 USD. They have a nice little seating area to enjoy your lunch and some fresh air. Stop by and visit Russ Black and enjoy one of his special Mermaid Margaritas.
Puerto Peñasco is rapidly becoming a year around wedding destination. There are several wedding planners in town to help you make you special day one to be remembered. You have several caterers to choose from and you can find some great bands for your reception. If you want a beach wedding, that can be arranged complete with canopy and chairs. Check with Olympia Watson or Shayna Sargent who are wedding planners and they can make all the arrangements. If you want to have your wedding at a hotel, check out Playa Bonita Hotel or Penasco del Sol Hotel.
There are some events coming up in April, May, June and July that you might want to mark you calendars for and get your reservations made. April 23-24 at Banditos Roger Clyne Solo Songwriters Show, May 1 at Las Palomas is the Annual Golf Tournament, June 10th Roger Clyne Circus Mexicus and July 16-18 at Manny’s Beach Club is the Manny’s Country Bash. Follow Puerto-Peñasco.com for more info on these events.
The décor is warm and inviting with the use of brick work, comfortable tables and chairs, an open kitchen, handsome bar and lots of windows to make you feel right at home. In the hostess station area there are chairs to sit in while waiting for your table. From the front entry, you can see one of the 2 private party areas. The lighting is soft but you can read the menu with no problem. This time of year, dine on the outdoor patio and soak in the wonderful Rocky Point weather.
Garufa Argentinian Steakhouseopened their doors for a pre-grand opening party on October 5th in Puerto Peñasco to their family, friends and dignitaries. As you can see from the photos it was a huge success. They served aprox. 120 people in a professional timely organized manner. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food and their wines.
The meal consisted of wonderful Beef Slider appetizer .. next came Empanadas, that were divine. They feature 8 different types of Empanada’s on the menu and our table was really fond of the Blue Cheese stuffed ones. This was followed by a lovely salad to share. After enough time to let everything settle the staff came out with melt in your mouth Arrecherra Steak (which is known in the United States as a marinated Flank Streak). The meal was finished off with like little round pecan pies. The meal was served with a Sangria, a Spanish wine or beer. They make their own bread and rolls, which is a real plus as they are light and tasty.
There wine list is outstanding and it includes wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico as well as Spain and other places. The presentation of the wines is one of the most unique we have seen. They feature a full bar with a lot of very nice Tequila’s also.
A couple of days later the out door patio was finished and just in time to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco. They open daily at 1:00 p.m. One thing that makes this stand out beside the food is that it has ample secure parking.
Planning to come to Rocky Point for Thanksgiving, get your reservation for lodging in early. Many restaurants will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner so check out Latitude 31 as they fill up fast.
My thanks to Eric Brown for allowing me to share his photos as my camera has a glitch.
The long awaited opening of the newest restaurant in Puerto Peñasco is nearly here. Be prepared to have your taste buds get really happy. GARUFA will formally open their doors in PUERTOPENASCO on October 5th. This upscale chain restaurant is one of 19 GARAFU restaurants thro0ught Mexico. However, this is the 1st one to be built in northern Mexico and the 1st one in a tourist/beach town.
Their menu is fantastic and includes some of the best cuts of steak around, fresh seafood and the ever popular Argentinian Empanada. There is something for everyone! They will feature wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico as well as from other areas including California. Besides being known for outstanding beef, their deserts are to die for.
GARUFA will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Their hours are Sunday – Thursday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 11:pm. The bar will be open until midnight.
The long awaited GRAND OPENINGof GARUFA will be October 5th. Mark your calendar.Prepare to have your taste buds be happy. The menu offer something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed.
I recently sat down with Jorge Valdes along with his partner Aurelio Arguelles to learn about their new venture and about GARUFA and what it will mean to Rocky Point. Jorge said they had been thinking about this for many years and were nearly ready to start when the economy collapsed a few years ago. But they see a future here with the still on the drawing boards Home Port project as well as more development coming in along with a strong real estate market.
With the opening of GARUFA, an authentic Argentinian Steak House, it will be a first for this chain of 19 restaurants across Mexico to be locating in a not only a tourist area but a beach city in Northern Mexico. It will also be a first for Puerto Peñascoto have a first class chain restaurant. The planned opening is late August of 2018 so watch for it.
Garufa was founded in 1995 by Marcelo Windler in Zacatecas, Mexico. Since then it has grown to 17 store open with 2 more set to open soon. Up until now the restaurants have been in the south of Mexico and in large metropolitan cities. They are know for the prime imported beef as well as the fantastic beef from Sonora. They are located in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, El Paso Texas (the only one outside of Mexico), Torreon, Saltio, Monterrey, Irapuato, San Miguel de Allende. Some of these cities have multiple locations. Coming soon will be Puerto Peñasco, Ajijic Lake Chapala and Leon Gto.
GARUFA in Rocky Point will have pretty much the same menu as all of the other locations, with the exceptions of adding fresh fish, shrimp, Octopus which are our regional specialties as well as Salmon and Tuna. Also on the menu will be the famed Empanadas. GARUFA will be serving USDA Prime and Sonoran beef will be a mix of high select and prime. The menu will consist of Prime Rib, Filet, Rib Eye, aged Short ribs and Sirloin. The Argentinian menu is influenced by Italian cuisine.The restaurant will have seating for 120 people including the patio. It will also feature a banquet area that will seat 60 and a VIP room that will seat 10. They will be open 7 days a week and open at 1:00 p.m. The menu will be the same for a late lunch or dinner.
Besides all the wonderful entrees, they will have a very large wine selection for Baja (Valle de Guadalupe), California, Coahuila, Chile, Argentina and some French wines and possible a couple more from some of the smaller wine regions that have been gaining in popularity in the South of Mexico. This is especially good news for those of us wine drinkers. Lastly, from what I have been told, the desserts are to die for.
One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is if are staying in a hotel or condo in Puerto Peñasco,which has the best amenities and pools for a family or just my husband and my self.
On Sandy Beach every property has a swimming pool and all except the Sonoran SPA and Esmeraldahave swim up bars. Let me do a run down starting with the Penasco del Sol Hotel. This property has a very large pool area and a shallow area for small children. There are plenty of lounge chairs and an outside bar for your pleasure. Next door is the PinacateCondominiumswhich offer condos or villas. It features a nice pool and faces to the Old Port. Close to restaurants and shopping. From here you are only a few steps from the beach if pools aren’t your thing.
Moving around to the west you will come to Playa Bonita Hotel which has been undergoing a renovation project. Although the pool is not huge, it is conveniently located right out the door of the hotel and is close to the bar and restaurant. The pool area features lots of seating either in beach chairs or under the umbrellas at the beautiful tiled tables. One of the first properties in Puerto Peñasco, it has always been properly maintained and has been a local family business for over 30 years. Across the street, you will find Laos Mar. Again it is a locally family run and oriented property. The swimming pool is located ground level with access to the rooms andbar and wine bar named El Tapeo.
Now starts the row of 11 condo complexes. All if the developments have rentals except Puerto Privada. TheSonoran SKY is the newest of the developments. It consists of 1 tower. Here you will find something for the whole family to enjoy. From the small water slide to the large pool and Tiki Bar, parents can swim, have a drink and just watch the children. Lots of seating and right on the beach. It also has a Spa as well as a little store for all those things you forgot at home. The Tiki bar is open to the public.
Next is Puerto Privada east and west towers. They do not offer daily or weekly rentals but do feature a beautiful pools and landscaping. They do offer long term leases if you want to try it before you buy it.
Adjacent to that is Las Palomas Condos and Golf Resort. This resort is quite large so you will do a little walking. The pool area is beautiful and it features a lazy river for everyone to enjoy. This place is very family oriented and like the others is right on the beach. If you have a family, you won’t be disappointed here. Pools and beach not your thing, venture over to the Las Palomas Golf Course for a challenging round of golf.
Next is a residential home development called Coasta Diamonte.It has a small community pool as well as tennis courts. Again just a short walk to the Sea of Cortez. Renting a home has it’s good points and number 1 being it is a smaller development and a little more intimate for your enjoyment. To enter the development you make a left just before Casa Blanca and the PrincesaResort.Both Casa Blanca and the Princesa feature pools as well as a miniature golf course at Casa Blanca. Again you are only a short walk to the beach and Casa Blanca has a pool right near the beach as well within the development.
Now you will come to the Sonoran SPAwhich has a nice family pool but no swim up bar. This resorts appeals to families who just want to enjoy and not have the sometime noise of a swim up bar and in summer time is full nearly all the time. It is not unusual to see 5 -8 tours busses parked in the lot. It does however, have a great little store to buy beer, wine or alcohol or things you may have left at home . It has a wonderful gift store that carry items that are made by local artists. Here you will find apparel, jewelry, artwork and photos of the area. Right across the entrance to the SPA is the SonoranSEA. This was the 1st of the Sonoran resorts to be built. This property has lush landscaping and a one pool for the east tower and west tower and features a swim up bar. There is a restaurant on the property as well as a small coffee shop/store for your convenience. This property caterers to families and you are right on the beach. Last in this loop is Las Palmas. This resort is definitely a great place for families as it offer s condos as well as large beach front villas. Over the past couple of years they have added a new pool and great waterslide for the children to enjoy. To reach these 3, make a left where you go to Changos, Banditos and coming soon GARUFA Steakhouse.
Bella Sirena is a development that consists of condo towers, town homes as well as beach front villas. Here you will find a couple of pool area and you also have SWIM a bar and outdoor restaurant. You can’t go wrong if you stay here as everything is close by. Don’t want to drive, there are cabs that will take you to the restaurants or into town. Now we come to the last of the Sonoran resorts, the Sonoran SUN. This resort is probably the one that most people for some reason like the most of the Sonoran properties other than the SKY. It consists of east and west towers with a great pool area and swim up bar for each side. Walk to the beach or just sit poolside and enjoy. Lastly is Esmeralda Resort. This development is not finished but does have rentals available and a nice large pool. From here you have great sunset views.
In my previous blog, I covered the first two days of wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe. Here you will find part 2 of our wine tasting adventure there. This region is only 20 miles northeast of Ensenada Mexico and is nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by high mountains. It receives fog in the morning and nights but warm sunny days. Grapes are grown in this area but also they source grapes from the regions of San Vicente and Oso Negros. Due to the drought the past 7 years, most growers are using irrigation but many are still dry farming. From what we learned, land is very reasonable, but it is all about water rights.
This region also holds many wine tasting events with the biggest one coming up July 26 – August 19. It is called “Fiesta de la Vendimia”. There are wine and food events held at many wineries as well as gourmet wine dinners. You will also find events held in Tijuana as well as Ensenada. It will showcase some 70 wineries from the region.
Day 3 found us starting out at ALEXIMA WINERY. It is not only a winery but a restaurant and the building is very modernistic. I was first introduced to their wines at El Tapeo Wine and Tapas in Puerto Peñasco at a wine dinner. They were featuring 4 of their wines for tasting and they were very nice.
Our next stop through the back roads was LAS NUBES which is nestled into the side of a mountain. This winery is not only built first class, so are their wines. It was a Saturday when we were there and it was packed but the patio is large and people just joined others at the tables. It offers a sweeping view of the Valle de Guadalupe to see while tasting the scrumptious wines. Here we settled on the 2015 Syrahto add to our growing collection. The young man behind the tasting bar asked if we would like the presentation in English or Spanish and we had to say English. Even though it was very busy, he took the time to explain about the wines.
Here you will find whites and roses’, young reds, reserves that are mainly 2011 -2012 and a wonderful blends with names like Cumulus and Nimbes, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Nebbiolo. Any of them will make a great addition to your wine cellar.
About 1 hour later we were back on the dirt road in search of ADOBE GUADALUPE. The tasting room is in an old Mission style building with several tasting areas. Although packed with people, the tasting people did a very nice job of explaining things. As we entered the tasting room there was a Food Truck parked next to it and the food looked so good.. but we were there to taste wine. After sampling 6 wines we decided on the Jardin Secreto and a blend called Uriel Rosado. We could not have been more happy with our purchases.
After making a couple of wrong turns we finally found VINA de FRANNES. I had previously learned that an old co-worker of mine was bringing people from Tucson, Arizona to see the region and so we agreed to meet them at 3. Despite us making a few wrong turns we got there just ahead of them. They did a tasting with one of the marketing people while we did our tasting by a great guy and Catalina Martinez, who is in sales and marketing. All of the wines were excellent, so we decided to have lunch there and enjoy the Chardonnay while over looking the vineyards and learning about the history of the winery. Step into the tasting area where you can choose from 8 wines to purchase such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosato and an array of reds, as well as olives and olive oils.
My husband Bill choose pasta and shrimp and it was delicious. I saw Pizza on the menu and it had my name written all over it. It was done in a wood fired oven, so a nice char on the crust. It was served on a wooden board that had been dressed with Balsamic, so as you picked it up the glaze stayed on the bottom of the crust. I also ordered a small salad and the dressing had Balsamic and coffee in it and I must say it is the first time I ever finished a salad. Lastly, I could not resist the Basil ice crèam and it did not disappoint me.
The day ended with the fog rolling in, so we drove back to Quinta Estrella B & B and opened a bottle of wine before getting ready for our last day of tasting.
On day 4 we started out the day again with a great breakfast of fresh fruit, chiliquiles, pastories and fresh bread. Our first stop was CLOS de TRES CANTOS. It is an eclectic array of buildings and a lot of common areas outside. It was very foggy and quiet cold, but the young lady in the tasting room made us feel right at home. They do the tasting sitting down at long wooden tables. We enjoyed all of the wines but the one that we purchased was called Hoja en Blanco and was a crisp white blend. The vineyard is surrounds also by Olive trees as a great deal of Olive Oil is produced in that region. They also have 2 Casitas for rent and the view is very nice. The winery and casitas sit up on a slight hilltop.
Next we decided to go to L.A.CETTO, even though it is very large just to say we saw it. When we arrived after following a tour bus down a long dirt road and past several vineyards, they had a booth set up to pay for the tastings. I choose the Premium one .. $100 pesos per person so I bought 2, no more sharing. We only get the less expensive L.A. Cetto here at our local Sam’s Club, so you can imagine our surprise when we found they make some really good wine for the price under the Don Luis label. They had a Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot. We purchased the 2 whites and the Merlot. As were walking around we saw a man carrying a case of Chambruele Champagne, which we did not know it was made by them. So that completed our case of wine. Alejandro, our young man pouring the tastes also had been to Puerto Peñasco and loved it. They also have a more expensive tasting that includes more, but we were very pleased with ours. We also found some found some local cheese that had black olives in it and some Olive Oil, all of which are very good. So glad we gave it a shot.
Our next winery of the day was a real sleeper called MAGONI. Beautiful grounds surrounded the tasting room and were greeted promptly as we arrived. We learned a lot from the gentleman in the tasting room including the fact that they are making Balsamic Vinegar that is being aged for 18 years. They have it in a barrel room that smelled so good when we walked in. It is pricey for every day use, however to just have with some crusty bread would be wonderful. We loved their 2017 Cab and Chardonnay so that was our next purchase. This was the only winery we found, that like California, when you pay for the tasting, you keep the glass. Plus for my birthday Bill bought me a shirt that says SAVE WATER .. DRINK WINE! I couldn’t agree more!!!
Next stop was to CAVA MACIEL. We had met the winemaker Jorge Maciel several years ago at a wine dinner and tasting at El Tapeo in Rocky Point. He was surprised that I had kept his card all this time. It was so nice to have the tasting done with him personally as he is an excellent wine maker. If you decide to travel to this wine area, make sure you mark this winery as one to stop at. He does a lot of traveling around Mexico and the United States to promote his wine and the region. We bought a bottle of Vino Luna and can’t wait to have it. Next time we will get more reds than we did this trip. His winery overlooks several vineyards and is very comfortable. The front opens to the mountains and vines and there are tables out in front for larger groups.
By this time the fog was rolling back in so he headed back to La Doble T for our sausage sandwich which was outstanding. Fresh bread and the sausage was better than a Wisconsin brat. Next time we’ll bring some of those back with us.
We can’t wait to go back again to this wonderful region of Mexico and hopefully spend more time and have the chance to go into Ensenada to try out the micro breweries of which there are many. So Monday morning, we got up and had fruit, bread and coffee before packing up the JEEP and saying adios Valle de Guadalupe. See you soon.
It has been some time since Puerto Peñasco has had a tequila festival but on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, La Casa del Bacanora will be introducing Bacanora to the residents and tourists in Rocky Point to Bacanora. The event is open to the public and will have FREE Bacanora tastings and you can purchase your favorite one right there. It will run from noon – 10 p.m. on the street in front of Los Martinez and it is where the sunset boats are moored on the way into the Old Port.
The main sponsor of the event is Sunora Bacanora, who up until now has been marketing the product in the United States with it’s Blanco and Cream Bacanora. The Cream Bacanora has a little history of how it is blended. They take the Bacanora to Nevada and then bring the cream from Wisconsin to be mixed into this delightful drink. They like to say “goodbye Bailey’s”… “hello Cream Bacanora.” The Bacanora Blanco is 84% proof and the Bacanora Cream is 30% proof so watch out.
There will be at least 7 Bacanora producers in attendance as well as original products from Sonora such as Coyotas (a wonderful little pastry made with different fruits, which can be found everywhere in Hermosillo. Next there will be machaca, jams and jellies, salsa with Chili Piquin (which is wonderful spice used in so many Mexican dishes) and olives just to name a few.
There will be traditional and folklore dancing, food from various restaurants as well as a contest with the various bars as to who can make the best drink using Bacanora Blanco or Cream Bacanora. Should be interesting to see what our talented bartenders come up with.
Just to give you a little information on Bacanora. The town named Bacanora is where it all began and it is only produced in the State of Sonora. Bacanora is located east of Hermosillo. The plants are grown in the mountains there from the Agave Pacifica or Agave Yaquiana as it is also called, just like it has been for several hundred years. In the year 2000 there was a declaration that Sonora is the only state in which it can be made. It is regulated by Consejo Sonorense Promotor de la Regulacion del Bacanora which was formed in 2006. The Agave Pacifica looks very much like the Blue Agave so of course the difference being it is not blue.
After growing for 6-7 years they are then hand selected and harvested. The process is similar to Tequila. The leaves are then cut off and the core is roasted in underground pits for a couple of days. After that it gets mashed and begins to go through the fermentation process from anywhere between 6 and 12 days where it is placed in stainless steel stills and heated with charcoal that is made from the Mesquite Tree. It goes through a double fermentation process to become Bacanora. When you taste Bacanora you will sometimes get that smoky taste for which it is known to have. As you can see from the chart below, you will see how the different types of Agave are used and what they make. Bacanora is generally a higher proof than Tequila.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.