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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
It seems we get asked the same questions several times a week about travel to Mexico and bringing pet, etc. So here you will find what you need to know.
To travel into Mexico if you are staying over you 7 days, each person is suppose to stop and get a temporary visa. Almost no one does it as they really aren’t checking. f you are bringing in pets, you need to have a current vaccination card for them as they are mainly concerned about the rabies shot. Not being able to provide one may send back to the USA. A certificate of health is only good for 7 days so if you are planning on multiple trips, it would get very costly. Having proof of the shoots will be fine.
No you don’t need a passport to get into Mexico, but it is the law that you have one to renter the USA. Here again the border people are currently letting you cross with a birth certificate and a form of government ID. The problem is, if there are several people in the vehicle and everyone has to hand over those documents, you are holding up people behind you that have their passports and generally holding up the line The border people will give you a stern talking to and may send yo to the secondary checkpoint. Getting a passport card is very inexpensive and will work for ground travel into Mexico, if asked, but not flying out of the USA. Currently it is an 18 week delay to get new passports and almost as long for a renewal. So if you are planning on doing several trips a year, get the passport or passport card.
Once you in Mexico, you will get either a red or green light. If you get the red light customs may ask you to step out of the vehicle to look through it. There are times when you get the green light and they still ask you to look in your car. Make sure the ladies take their handbags with them. After they are done, you will pull forward to a military checkpoint, they may or may not ask you to pull over, again do not leave money or purses in the vehicle.
When driving through Sonoyta, DO NOT SPEED. Most of the way through the town is 40 KLM or just under 25 MPH and in a couple of areas it will drop down to 25 KLM. Be alert for stop signs as many are placed in the center of the road and not on the right hand side that tourists are use to. Either of these infractions will probably get you a ticket. DO NOT pay the officer but ask to go to the Police station to pay, this is the only way corruption will stop. If you feel you have done nothing wrong you can ask to speak to the Chief of Police to plead your case, as he is trying to clean up the corruption.
If you are hauling toys or have a toy hauler, make sure you have the registrations for all toys in your name if they are yours and also for the vehicle and trailer hauling them.
Once you are through Sonoyta it is an easy drive to Puerto Peñasco of approximately 60 minutes on a nice 2 lane road. Remember the speed is 90 KLM not MPH. There are a few areas that mind the signs and do not pass. You now are on your way to have a fun vacation in one of cleanest, prettiest beach cities in all of Mexico… Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. So enjoy your time.
The United States/Mexico border is open and people are flocking to the beach. Memorial Day weekend found the town bustling with people from Arizona, California and Texas. The RCPM just had their concert and the town was packed. Post Covid 19, Sunday would find long waits at the border. Now it appears the tourists started going home on Monday instead of Sunday. Monday is the old Sunday but now many are going back on Tuesday morning. If you are planning on coming down over a weekend, be prepared for long lines at the border on these days. You will also find long back ups coming into Mexico as many times they are searching every car entering. Although an inconvenience to those coming in, they have found several vehicles carrying guns and ammo (which is the reason for the search). Just be patient, it will be worth the wait. The beaches are spectacular with clear blue water and clean soft sand.
Here you will have beachfront condos and homes to choose from for your visit of all sizes. There are so many activities to choose from for you and your family…. 3 major golf courses, deep sea fishing, zip lining, horse back riding, sunset cruises, shelling or just sitting and watching the water go by.
Despite the economy being shut down for most of 2020 and part of 2021, there have been many new little restaurants that have popped up all over town. Most have only outdoor seating, but the delicious food and great service will make up for that. You can choose from burger places, authentic Mexican food and Greek food. Many are located in neighborhoods or part of the owners home. Most do not serve adult beverages, but you are allowed to bring your own. Choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner places that will not disappoint. A few to check out La Negrita, Jessie’s, Los Mequitas Tacos (if you like Goat, try this out) and Toscos. MTZ Cantina is a larger restaurant is located by the docks is getting great reviews. Just up from Calle 13 on Plutarco Ellis Calle, you will find a Chinese place that is always packed. It doesn’t say Chinese food but is a huge building 2 blocks north of Dukes. There is something for everyone in Puerto Peñasco.
The real estate market is booming, with our tourists looking for places to retire in, condos and homes for families to share or places that they can rent when they are no using them. Encantame Towers east of Playa Encanto will consist of 3 towers and is currently delivering the first building. Las Conchas which has a huge American population is located a short distance from the city is seeing developments cropping up as well as a lot of homes being built or remodeled. Many younger people with families are moving here, as they can work remotely from home. It is a great place to work from home as you can sit on your patio and have coffee, then work for the day and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset while looking at the beautiful Sea of Cortez instead of lengthy commutes in the big cities.
“Paradise” welcomes you home. Spend July 4th in Rocky Point.
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.
We at Puerto-Peñasco.comare striving to make our blogs more useful in answering your questions that have been sent in. I welcome your questions and will do a posting a couple of times a month to answer them. When you send me a question please tell me if it is OK to use it along with just your first name and city you are from. These are frequently asked questions on other forums but I will not bother you with sarcastic answers but rather try to help make your stay in Rocky Point enjoyable.
Q: First from Cherilyn
My family and I visited Puerto Peñasco at the end of June. We enjoyed ourselves.We are thinking of coming back soon. I wanted to see if you knew of the best months to come and visit Puerto Peñasco. Please do explain some down times so that I would have a better understanding on which months would be best. 🙂 I am aware that there various opinions on when it’s a good time to go and when it’s not. Since you’re a resident of Puerto Peñasco, I thought I’d ask you! 🙂 Many thanks for responding.
A: The weather here in summer is very much like Phoenix. Our humidity right now is higher than June and will remain this way until usually near the 21st of September. That is when the weather seems to change.
If you don’t mind the humidity you can enjoy the summer months. In June and July there are some Jellyfish so that is a concern, but they should be gone pretty soon. From October through June are great months with warm days and cool nights. The Sea of Cortez starts to get cold in November and warms back up again in March/April.
Thanksgiving is a great time to be here as there are so many things going on like art festivals, Mermaid Market, etc. Between Christmas and New Year it usually slow. You should avoid Spring Break weeks and Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day as the town is packed. Also the weekend of Veterans Day November 8th – 12th is packed as we have our 18th annual Bike Fest and the city is packed with motorcycles. We don’t mind the bikers as they do contribute a lot to the economy and help support our 7 charities.
Glad you enjoyed your selves. One other thing, there is no longer a off season and if you come you may want to consider arriving on Thursday and leaving on Mondays as even with out a holiday weekend, there have been long lines crossing back to the US.
Q: Do I need a passport to get back in to Mexico?
A: You do not need a passport to get into Mexico but you should have one to get back into the United States. It is the LAW. Also by law if you are a United States citizen, you have to be admitted back into your own country, however, immigration can make your life miserable and your wait time a little longer by putting you through the secondary check point. Not only that, while everyone in your vehicle is fumbling around for a birth certificate, you are holding the law biding folks up behind you. Please read our blog “PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW“
Q: Do I need a car permit to go to Rocky Point?
A:Currently we are part of the FREE ZONE as is the Baja Peninsula, meaning no permit needed. However if you are planning on traveling south of Empalme you will need one. These can be gotten about 15 miles south of Sonoyta or can be gotten at the Mexican Consulate in Arizona or California. The cost for this is about $44.00 USD. You must have a valid US credit card to pay with and there are also some refundable temporary import fees that are refunded when you turn our permit in. This permit is called TIP or Temporary Vehicle Permit. Banjercito is a Military Bank that helps tourists traveling beyond the FREE ZONE to obtain a TIP. Make 3 copies of everything as many times their printers don’t work or you have to pay to have them done at the bank there. You will also need a credit card from the United States or cash.
You will need your Passport or passport card plus these additional items.
Driver’s License issued outside of Mexico
If you are not a Mexican citizen, a Mexican immigration permit-such as a tourist (FMM), business or immigrant permit/visa.
Original and photocopy of Bill of Sale, Deed to Property and Vehicle Registration issued by a foreign authority in the applicant’s name. If the title of the vehicle is in the name of a spouse, child, or parent – a birth certificate or marriage license must be presented.
Proof of temporary or annual Mexican auto insurance policy for your vehicle.
Certificate of cancelled import permit for any prior temporary import permits.
In addition, if you have a leased, financed or company car you will also need the following:
Leased Vehicles: Lease contract and notarized letter of permission from the leasing company.
Financed Vehicles: Credit contract and notarized letter of permission from the lienholder or lending institution.
Company Car: A notarized letter of permission confirming the employment relationship and authorizing the employee to import the vehicle into Mexico.
Above information from MexPro.
Q: Am I required to get a visa to go to Puerto Peñasco?
A: Only if you are planning on going farther south or staying longer that 7 days, then you need to get a 180 day temporary tourist VISA at the INM office to the right of where you get the red light/green light.
Easily obtained at an INM office at the border or online (online still requires a stop at INM at the border for the official stamp).
Requires a valid passport or passport card
The stamped FMM is valid for land travel throughout Mexico
Cost as of January 2017, $533 Pesos (appx U.S. $24) per person; FREE if the trip is 7 days or less and you cross by land
May be issued for up to 180 days. This price varies due the floating peso.
Welcome to Puerto Peñasco. We know it is hot and muggy but let’s check out a couple of places you must go to when you are here. You need to treat yourself to a Piña Colada or try some of the best Sonoran Hot Dogs anywhere.
Our first stop will be to Chon’s Sonoran Style Hot Dogs on Constitution, across from the ABC Bus Line. He has been serving up these dogs for as long as I can remember. When I arrived today his son was working the stand and I asked if his papa was OK and he said “Day Off”. There were several people eating the dogs there as well as people waiting in line for dogs to go. When I spoke with the papa one day, I asked him how many dogs he sold a day and said it was somewhere between 200 and 300. WOW. He has a simple cart that he tows everyday and this is where he cooks the dogs on a flat top after they have been wrapped in thin bacon. How could this not be good? Bacon on anything is good. Then he grills onions and whole jalapenos for your enjoyment. The cart has a warming bin for the tender buns. Now he prepares your order by putting the crispy dog on the bun and starts to build from there with either the grilled onions or chopped raw ones, pickles, peppers and more. There are several things to add next such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, a thin avocado sauce and you are good to go. If you want , just ask for the Jalapeno on the side. When my husband and I go, we have 2 dogs each and a small Coke Cola. Nothing better than a REAL Mexican Coke Cola to top of your lunch and all of this will not break your wallet.
Next stop is on the corner of Calle 13 and Plutarco Elias Calle. Here you will find Lupe Castro making those yummy Piña Coladas served in a fresh Pineapple, complete with slices of fresh Pineapple on the side, a little umbrella and a cherry. This goes on the top of the fresh mixture of cream of coconut milk and pineapple juice which has been blended. Lupe has been on this corner for over 10 years come spring, summer, winter or fall. He says he sells on average of 25-30 of these delightfully refreshing drinks a day. He blends everything up in front of you and when he made ours he also had enough to gives us 2 10 oz. cups in addition. Lupe has a great smile and every time we pass him he always waves and smiles, so how could we not stop. Two drinks were only 180 pesos and well worth it. This corner is very busy this time of the year, as everyone is wanting to rent those quads and rhinos. Perhaps this would be a great stop after you have been out on the quads and rhinos in the heat to cool off. Lupe is also available for private parties.
I hope you will support these 2 gentleman as they are so hard working and I know they appreciate our business.
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.
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.
Saturday February 3rd the Rotary Club de Puerto Peñasco comes together with the Mermaids Market for a fun filled day. The Rotary Club’s event is called Festival de Mariscos “FISH BOWL”Seafood Festival and is an annual fundraiser for the club. The event is the day before Super Bowl so you will have no trouble remembering the date. It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. at Camaron Park (Shrimp Park). For those of you who have never been in Rocky Pointbefore, it is the park across from City Hall on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont. Come sample the seafood that made Puerto Peñasco famous.
This event will not only give you the opportunity to try many different seafood dishes being prepared by several of Puerto Peñasco’s great restaurants, but will also give you a chance to hear so many of our wonderful music groups as well and shop the vendors of the Mermaid Market. Remember Valentine’s Dayis just only 12 days away from the event, so it is a great way to shop for your wife or girl friend and have fun doing so. Beside shopping “3Boys” will also being selling fresh seafood, so bring your ice chest along. The local scout troop will be selling their adorable miniature cactus and there will also be painting demonstrations.
Local restaurants will be serving everything from fish burgers to cerviche and if you are lucky some fabulous Paella. Here you can try seafood from El Tapeo, Collins Cantina, Blue Marlin, Sushi Sun, Don Julio’s, Mare Blue, Coffee Point, UTTP Culinary School, CEUNO culinary students, Jerry’s Banquets, Puesta del Sol (Playa Bonita), Shark Bite, Puesto de Escabeche, El Buzo, Postres by Vero and more. Both the Mermaid Market and the Rotary Club will be selling water, Margarita’s, wine and beer. Tickets for the food and drink are $1.00 ea.($20 pesos) and prices for the food will range from 1 to 3 tickets each. You can buy them in groups of 10, 20 50 as well as separately (see the poster above).
Wear your dancing shoes as there will be music starting at 10:30 a.m. by Hijos de Mauricio followed by CETMAR Baile Folklorico at 12:00 p.m. Next is local musician like Richard Scott on the saxophone at 1:00 p.m. and Stacey Joy (from New Mexico) at 2:00 p.m. Raffle drawing is at 3:00 p.m.
They have also put some great raffle packages together from local merchants, bars and restaurants, condo stays, boat cruises, spa massages, golf, artwork from the Mermaid Market artists, gift certificates and more. There will be 10 packages to raffle off and they are all well worth the money. The raffle tickets are $5.00 USD each or 5 for $20.00USD. You can also pay in pesos. The drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
The proceeds from the event go help the local Rotary Club’s social service activities in the community and participation in Global Grant possibilities. For more info on the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco check them out on line at www.clubrotariopuertopenas.com or Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco A.C. They hold 2 main fundraising activities every year and that includes the one in October called the “World’s Greatest Meal” and this supports in the effort to rid polio across the world (this is one of Rotary International’s main focus).