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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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American’s Living in Mexico Do So Much Charity Work

Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between.  The expats living in Mexico  are such a generous bunch.

Santa Claus Club
Over 12,000 children, Photo courtesy John Fowler

Santa Claus Club
Just some of the 12,000 children in 2017

One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children.  Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point.  He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.

Check
Some of the volunteers and charity people.

The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary.  The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things.  In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacio along with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro.  The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos.  This was a banner year for the monies collected.  We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years.  They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area.  The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town.  When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys.  So think about this for next year.

Charity
Women Helping Women

Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros
Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros

Breakfast
Some of the guests

A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together.  This group is called “Women Helping Women” and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years.  They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months.  On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant.  Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are.  The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist.  This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction.  The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses.  A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible.  This won’t be the the last you hear of this group.  The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.

Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween.  The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.

Blanket Drive
Blankets Donated

Blankets
Blankets Collected at the Satisfied Frog

Blanket Drive
First gifts are starting to come in.

People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year.  Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA.  Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frog is to collect blankets for the needy.  This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets.  Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money.  These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.

Puppy
This little guy is adopted.

Wrecked at the Reef
Wrecked at the Reef is making Barb’s Dog Rescue their winter charity.

Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh.  This lady works seems to work 24/7.  The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only.  Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst.  Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages.  These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by.  To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.

These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point.  We hope you will help one of them.

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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Here come the motorcylces..2018 is the 18th Anniversary

Roclky Point Rally
Ready to Rumble in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco will once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th.  Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had  maybe had 1,000 bikes.  The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities.  I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed.  Now Rocky Point will welcome over 8,000 bikes.  The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan.  The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town.  Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event.  If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Registration Volunteers
22 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more.  Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events.  These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
 
Nov 7 -12th
One of the 100’s of motorcycles you will see while registering.

The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town.  Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times.  Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at  11:00   with the parade starting at  11:30 .

This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well.  It will be at Playa Bonita Hotel on Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday.  No charge.  Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up:
Thursday November 8th
Banditos, Kick Off Party 7 p.m.  The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer
Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Friday November 9th
Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center.  Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials
Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  “Backroads”
Playa Bonita Hotel Sunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane
Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads
Saturday November 10th
Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard
Tequila Bar, 1 p.m.
Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane
Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads
Sunday November 11th
Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band

If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos.  All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here.  You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel.  For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.

pups for adoption
Come out and play with some of the pups up for adoption.

 While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies.  We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue.  She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi.  Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and 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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Q & A's about Travel to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico #5

The questions still keep coming so here we go.  We hope these are the answers are helpful to you and if you need additional information don’t hesitate to email me at

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Question: From Melissa. I am coming to Puerto Peñasco soon and will be bringing  my son and his friend. His friend is 11 and has his passport.  Is there any other documentation that I need or a consent letter?

Answer: Melissa, you should definitely have a letter of consent for the friend.  In case of an emergency and you need to have medical attention, you will really want to have that.  In the case of a child whose parents are divorced, you should get that letter from the parent who has custody and if the parents share custody, I would have both parents sign it and have it notarized.  This would also apply to yourself.  Even if you get questioned going back into the United States for some reason, you have proof that you have permission to have the children out of the country.  I am sure the boys will have a great time on the beach as there is so much to look for in the tide pools.

 

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

Question: From Bill.  Can you clarify at what age do children need passports and can you clarify if the what documentation is needed to travel from Mexico to the United States by auto.  There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the new AZ driver’s license.  Is it acceptable?

Answer: Thanks Bill, this question comes up all the time.  Below is what I found out.  It seems to be different depending on the source you are looking at, which is contrary to what I have been told previously.  In other reports it says everyone has to have a passport or passport card.  On my next trip to the USA I plan to stop and ask at the border.  Regarding your question about the new drivers license that has to be done by 2020, there is nothing that I have been able to find from their site that says it can be used  for border crossing from Mexico.  Best bet is get a passport card.

Western Hemisphere Land and Sea

Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, children under age 16 who are U.S. or Canadian citizens do not need a passport when traveling by land or sea within the Western Hemisphere travel zone. This area includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the countries of the Caribbean Region. You must present your baby’s birth certificate or naturalization card.

For more information check out our blog post: PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point 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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Garufa Grand Opening October 4, 2018

Garufa
Grand Opening Party Garufa.  Photo by Eric Brown

Ribbon Cutting
October 4 2018 was the ribbon cutting at a Private Grand Opening Party Photo by Eric Brown

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 Inside

Garufa Argentinian Steakhouse opened 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.

Garufa
Guests enjoying Argentinean specialties. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photos.

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.

Flank Steak
Simply delicious. Archerrea Steak. Photo by Eric Brown

Empanadas
Garufa offers 8 different Empanadas.

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.

Wine Selection
Choose you wine from behind the glass walls. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photo.

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.

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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Questions about Mexico? Ask Beverly III

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa does both fishing charters as well as sunset tours

We are continuing our  Q & A forum from our readers.  If you have any questions, please send them to us.
Question:Hi there!!!!

 It’s me again! How are you? I hope all is well! I’m just writing to ask you if you would recommend Puerto Peñasco in the month of October? My family and I are thinking of visiting this year again in the month of October. What do you think? Also, how has Puerto Peñasco been lately (safety and security wise)? Thanks so much for all of your help! Looking forward to your response soon! Take care and have a great day!!!!

Answer: Hi Susana,

October is a great month especially mid October.  The humidity should be almost gone.  There aren’t any major holidays as far as traffic goes.  There have been no safety issues or security from the time you enter Mexico until the time you head back.  The water will still be nice and morning walks on the beach are a must.  How long are you planning on being here?  Are you coming with small children?  If so, they can enjoy the tide pools looking for little creatures. A visit to CEDO in Las Conchas is a must as they will get to see a full size skeleton of a whale and it is a great learning center for them.  They have a gift shop with books about the area and it is really nice.  Most restaurants will be open everyday if you want to eat out.
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Boats
Heading out for a sunset.
Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

Question: This will be the first time visit to Puerto Peñasco and we are wondering what there is to do and is it safe.
Answer: Thanks for asking. Not sure what time of the year you are planning to be here, but pretty soon, the weather will be changing, so you can enjoy walking or running on the beach.  If you are a golfer, we offer 3 golf courses for your enjoyment.  Fishing your thing, there are several fishing charters to choose from.  After a relaxing day on the beach, take a sunset cruise on one or our many sunset cruises.  You can also to ride horse back on the beach which is really fun.  We have several really great restaurants to choose from and a few with Sea of Cortez view.  This places also offer a great sunset view.

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

I have lived here full time since 2008 and have never had a safety issue.  My children and grandchildren have also been coming here for many years with no issues.  I tell people, if you are looking for trou0ble I am sure you can find it, but otherwise you will have a wonderful stay.  Don’t forget to get Mexican auto insurance full coverage.  It may be a little more expensive for full coverage, but it will protect your vehicle.  Let me know when you plan to come and I will try to update you with events.  The main thing we have upcoming will be the Rocky Point Rally, Veteran’s Day weekend.  The town is probably already sold out.
If you are planning to buy or adopt a dog, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue.  Choose from puppies or senior dogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue

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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PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizona crossing would be on the major United States holidays and  the return would be the same issues, long lines for hours.

Fast forward to 2018 and you will find long lines on nearly every weekend coming and going.  Tourists use to leave Sunday morning to cross back to the US, but then they found long lines, so they would leave later on Sunday.  That worked for a little while, but longer lines.  Then they started going back on Monday morning early and that also worked for awhile.  Last week there was still a back up on Tuesday morning.  We are a popular destination.

Cactus
The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

My suggestion to avoid long weekend lines is to come either mid week or Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday morning at 6 – 7 am or after 5 p.m. Another good reason to come mid week if possible is the hotels and condos are usually a little cheaper.  If at all possible, I would avoid traveling the week of Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend as these seem to be the busiest of all the holidays. There is no guarantee as to the travel times, however this is a good estimate.  If you are here and have internet, go to www.USBorderWaitTimes and it will give you some idea on the day you are leaving.  As for lines coming in there really is no way to tell.  I did notice on the U.S. side, they have put out signs that say there may be slow traffic ahead.  Please remember not to speed through Organ Pipe National Park as the Park Rangers can and do ticket people and please don’t put other people’s lives in danger by passing in no passing zones on both sides of the border.

There are many factors that come into play with long lines.  There has been a strong military presence at the border on the Mexican side to help look for drugs or other contraband headed north.  As of late, however, both coming and going, they mainly just wave you on through.  This compounded with so many tourists and not all 5 lanes are open on the United States side creates a real log jam.  On busy weekends for those of you coming to Puerto Peñasco, be patient.. the Sea of Cortez will be waiting for you, so no need to speed or pass in no passing zones.  Remember all the nice people you may have met in line on the way in will probably be traveling with on the way home.  Smile and hang in there.

Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

One of the hold ups are that many tourists  feel they don’t need a passport or a passport card. YES YOU DO… It is the law!  Fortunately for these people it is also the law that if you are a US Citizen, they have to admit your back into your country.  However, the border people can make your life very difficult and make you go through the secondary check point, causing you both a delay and creating a hold up of law abiding folks behind you.  The law is everyone no matter what age must have a PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.

It is a very simple process.  1)If you are an adult, fill out the form DS11, 2) Get supporting documents (citizen evidence such as birth certificate), 3) Provide photo 4) calculate fees and submit. The cost for the PASSPORT is $110 for the Application and $35 for Acceptance Fee. The cost for the card is $30.00 for the Application and $35 for the Acceptance Fee.  If you want both the book and the card the fee is $140 for the Application and $35. for the Acceptance fee.  Bear in mind these are non-refundable fees if for some reason you are denied.  Remember the adult Passport is good for 10 years.

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

If you are renewing your passport or passport card you will need form #DS82.  Follow the steps on the form and mail in payment.  The renewal fee for the Passport is $110.00,  Passport Card is $30.00 and the combo is $140.00.  You have already been accepted so you do not have to pay the additional $35.00. For renewals you will need 1) Fill out form, 2) Submit most recent passport (make a copy of it in case it gets lost in the mail, 3) Include name changes if applicable, 4) Provide photo 5) Calculate fees, 6) Mail forms.

Passport Card
Front and Back of the US Passport Card

If you have children under 16 they also need a Passport or Passport Card.  The charges are as follows: $80.00 for the Application and $35 .00 for Acceptance Fee, Passport Card Application is $15.00 for the Passport Card and $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee or if you want both it will be $95.00 for the Application and again the $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee.  The children must appear in person and their Passports or Passport Cards are only valid for 5 years.  For the children you will also use form #DS11. 1) Fill out form, 2) Provide US Citizen evidence, 3) take a copy of the US Citizen evidence 4) Show parental relationship,  5) Present parental/guardian evidence, 6) Bring photocopy of ID, 7) Show parental consent in case of divorce bring a copy of the decree, 8) Provide photo, 9) Present fees and finish the application.

If you have additional questions or need more detailed information please go to https://travel.state.gov  Remember the wait time to get your 1st passport or renewal back will take 4 – 6 weeks. You can expedite it with additional fees.

Registration Volunteers
25 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Rocky Point Rally
The Old Port packed with bikers.

There are so many events going on currently with benefits for getting the necessary items for a child to go back to school, to new restaurant openings, fishing, golfing or just sit back and relax.  Come fall the Mermaid Markets will start up again.  Don’t forget about Bike Festival by the Sea of CORTEZ is coming up the weekend of November  8th – the 12th.  If you haven’t gotten your room reservation by now, you had better do it as many places are already full.

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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Which hotels/condos offer the best swimming pools? You decide!

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 Esmeralda have 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 Pinacate Condominiums which 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.

Pinacate Condos
Locate right next to the Penasco del Sol Hotel. Centrally located pool with great views.

Penasco del Sol
Penasco del Sol Hotel has a great pool areas and drinks available.

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 and bar and wine bar named El Tapeo

Laos Mar
Laos Mar An inviting pool for the whole family

Playa Bonita
Lovely pool area overlooking the Sea of Cortez at Playa Bonita.

Now starts the row of 11 condo complexes. All if the developments have rentals except Puerto Privada.  The Sonoran 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.

Sonoran SKY
The newest of the Sonoran Resort Group, the Sonoran SKY

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.

Las Palomas
COme enjoy the pool afrea and the Lazy River.

Las Palomas
Las Palomas features a very large pool area.

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 Princesa Resort.  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.

Costa Diamonte
Costa Diamonte feature private home rentals with a lovely pool area.

Princesa Resort
The Princessa was the 1st development built on Sandy Beach features great pool areas.

Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca is a quiet resort with pools, lagoons and mini golf

Now you will come to the Sonoran SPA which 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 Sonoran SEA. 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.

Sonoran SPA
Sonoran SPA is a family oriented resort with a great pool area right on the beach

Sonoran SEA
Sonoran SEA features a huge pool with a swim up bar.

Las Palmas
Las Palmas has a nice pool area for the parent as well as the children and features a new water slide.

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.

Bella Sirena rsort
Bella Sirena is a combination of condos, homes and beach front villas. Pools with swim up bars.

Sonoran SUN
The Sonoran SUN with the inviting pool with a swim up bar and right at the waters edge..

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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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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