January is starting off with so many events taking place in Puerto Peñasco. The weekend of January 14th starts of with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers January Jam. This high energy concert will have you on your toes tapping to the great music.
The 2nd Mermaid Market of 2022 kicks off on Saturday the 15th from 10 am to 3 pm. Here you can find quality art and crafts from many of the local artists as well as great BBQ from the Rocky Point BBQ House, delicious tamales and fresh baked bread, pies and cakes. If you get thirsty, you can get a ice cold beer or one of the margarita concoctions served up by Russ Black.
Also on January 15th, a fun event to attend is the 28th Annual Chili Cook-offat Playa del Oro. This is a CASI sanctioned function and admission is $5. Here you will find contestants from all over the country and you can sample some of the best chili around. There will also be great raffle prizes and entertainment for all.
Take a drive out to Encantame Towers and dine at the award winning restaurant from Guadalajara called Santo Coyote.Some of the best chefs and mixologists from their main restaurant in Guadalajara now call Puerto Peñasco home. It is getting rave reviews from those who have taken the drive. This is truly gourmet dining at its finest.
Looking for entertainment close to town, check out Manny’s Beach Club where Jim Dalton will be entertaining the crowd. Great music, food and drinks right on the beach.
The Cholla Bay “Old Boys Social Club”is hosting their 2022 Winterfest, also on the 15th. There will be great food as well as contests such as the ugly sweater contest and so much more. Join the locals in Cholla Bay as they know how to have a great time.
If you love baseball, check out the Baseball Clinic for the youth of Puerto Peñasco on the 29th from 8:30 am to 12:30 at the baseball stadium on Benito Juarez. There will be practices for children of all ages and it is really fun to see the kids learning the game as well as sportsmanship from all the professional ball players who volunteer to come here to teach.
Finishing up January, will be the Gran Concierto at the Convention and Visitors Center with the group Tropicalisimo Apache. This group provides some great music for your entertainment. If you have never been to concert in Mexico, this is one you should not miss.
Our daytime weather is great, but if you are attending an outdoor event at night, bring a jacket or warm sweater as it cools off pretty quickly when the sun goes down.
Although November 1st and 2nd are not considered National Holidays, they are a very important celebration throughout Mexico. Here in Puerto Peñasco,it is a large celebration. It begins on October 31, followed by Dia de los Inocentes (Day of the Children) on November 1st and the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2, 2021. It is always held on the same dates every year.
Unlike many countries, the Day of the Dead in Mexico is a festive celebration that celebrates the life of those who have died. It begins with cleaning and decorating the graves with altars of yellow marigolds and gladiolas, candles, sugar skulls, food and drink that were the favorite of the person as well as some of their favorite things. The families make a party of doing this at the cemetery and in many cases spend the night while having tequila, Atole and music while telling stories about the deceased. You will find Pan de Muertos as well as other food being served here as well as in the homes of the families.
In many cities throughout Mexico you will find parades with ladies having their faces painted and wearing fancy dresses to mimic the Catrina’s. A Catrina is a tall clay skelton shaped woman dressed in a long gown with large fancy hats that are decorated with flowers and they have long skelton looking fingers. These figurines are very collectable and can be found at most Mexican curio shops. If you are looking to collect these Catrina’s check into the shops in the Old Port, Mercedes Rusticos and Rodeo Drive or take a class to paint your own Catrina at Ideas Unique Gifts, located below Latitude 31. This store also has already painted ones that are indeed unique or if you are looking for something in particular, she will find it for you. When you buy them already finished you will find them made of clay that is glazed or paper mache.
In Puerto Peñasco, the altars are usually set up in the entrance to the curio shops on Rodeo Drive as well as next to the library on Benito Juarez across from the Municipal building. The event at Rodeo Drive aka the Cholla Bay Curios, they normally block of the street so that you can stroll from shop to shop as the music plays long into the night even after the shops have closed. At the Playa Bonita Hotel, the owners do a beautiful altar in honor of their father and founder of the hotel. It is nice to wander through the cemeteries to see the different alters being built. So come and enjoy Dia de Muertos and all of the tradition that goes with it.
Although the 20th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally was in November 2020, it will be celebrated November 11th – 14th of 2021. This was due to concerns of Covid. The Rocky Point Rally is billed as the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border. This year we will have the sanctioned event throughout the city. If you do not have your hotel or condo rental made, you may want to do it ASAP as many places are already filed up.
We will have our registration area set up at the Barklin Circle K (just south of the overpass coming towards Puerto Peñasco) as in previous years as well as Playa Bonita. Here you can register for $25.00USD and receive your official patch, pin as well as a surprise anniversary gift. Here you can also buy your Poker Run tickets for $10.00 USD. If you pre-register online, you can pick up your packet at these locations, just bring a copy of your receipt. In the pouch will be the program which will have discounts or coupons from many local businesses as well as the patch and pin. For the Anniversary this year, you have the option to purchase in advance a VIP package which will give you some special gifts as well for $100.00 USD. All of the registration money goes to our 8 local charities and this is a large part of their annual budget. The charities we support are Casa Hogar Home for the Elderly, DIF services for children and families in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta, George Papanicolau Centerfor cancer awareness, Red Cross, Bomberos (Fire department), CAM La Montana, school for children with disabilities and a local scholarship. When you register you will also be treated to a fish taco and a nice cold Mexican beer.
Right next to the registration area you can buy all of the official apparel such as tanks, tee shirts and sweat shirts. They have a great selection of styles and sizes for women and men.
In addition to all the friendships that are made every year, you will be treated to some great music and food throughout the city, Pirate Ship boat tours of the harbor, Bike Parade around the city, Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center. Most of the bars will have live music for your enjoyment as well as some really good food. Playa Bonita Hotel will host the Opening Night Welcome Party on the 11th.
So mark your calendar for some fun at the 20th Anniversary Partyof the Rocky Point Rally, enjoy some of our stunning sunsets and everything we have to share with you. If you have any questions regarding the rally, please email me at email@example.com.
September 16 is the day Mexico celebrates it independence from Spain in 1810. It was officially made the National holiday in 1821. The celebration begins on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm when the President of Mexico rings the 200 year old bell and gives the cry to Dolores known as El Grito de Dolores battle cry. In Puerto Peñasco, the Mayor of the city steps out on the balcony of the City Municipal building and waves the Mexican Flag as the crowds chant “Viva Mexico” and he usually gives a short speech, followed by singing of the National Anthem.
The battle cry was made by Father Miguel Hildago Costillain the town of Doloreswhich is located in the State of Guanajuato in 1810. Father Hildago was captured and killed in 1811 after calling the military and residents of Mexico to go to battle for their freedom from the Spaniards and Spain. Spain ruled Mexico for over 300 years until Father Hildago wanted to see his country free and not under Spanish rule any more.
This is a national holiday where banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. In many cities, main streets are closed for parades and celebrations. The Mexican flags fly everywhere and there will be fireworks, lots of music and dancing everywhere. You will find many regional foods available in restaurants and on the streets, as well as private parties in homes being served. You can choose from fruit punch, candies, Posole and Menudo, roast lamb, Queso Fundito with chips, salsa and guacamole, Chili En Nogado (poblano chilis stuffed with meat and covered in the colors of the Mexican flag of cream and pomegranate seeds and walnuts, hence the red, white and green colors in the flag, as well as beer, sangria and Tequila.
It is a great celebration so if you are thinking about coming to Rocky Point during the 15th and 16th, be prepared to spend some time getting caught up in the celebrations throughout the city and learning more about the history of Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
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 Palacioalong 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.
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.
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 Frogis 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.
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.
Puerto Peñascowill 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 Pointwill 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.
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.
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 Hotelon 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 Party7 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 HotelSunset 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.
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.
Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco. October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival. The event is held on the Malecon area of the city. Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez. The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.
This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians. Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times. Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.
XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.