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).
When you live in Puerto Peñasco, people always ask “what do you do there all the time”? There is never a dull moment and if you are just visiting or live here and you get bored, than perhaps this is not the place to be. Most of the bars in the area have great entertainment almost every weekend so plan to check out one of the hot spots. You can also walk around the Shrimp boats and take pictures or just enjoy Rocky Point Sunsets from the balcony of your condo or beach front home. The town is pretty laid back except on busy holiday weekends such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
One thing about a community of ex pats is that for the most part everyone is charity minded. We hold fund raisers for our friends who may have cancer or other things that change their life forever. One such find raiser is being held at Latitude 31 for Erika Reyna Castro. Ericka is a young woman who along with her husband have run the dive shop at the Sonoran SEA. They have two small children to take care of beside running the business. Now she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer. So on October 28th, there will be a fund raiser to help defray some of the costs of the chemo and travel. They will be selling raffle tickets for this event with some really great prizes and you need not be present to win. This event coincides with Latitude 31’s Annual Halloween Costume Party which starts at 5 p.m. Check out the flyer below for all the details, but there are some FANTASTIC prizes.
The end of October looks to be an exciting fun filled month. There are Halloween parties at Wrecked at the Reefstarting at 9:30 p.m. Southside Jillz will again be hosting her Halloween bash and if you haven’t been there, do plan to attend, costumes are optional and she does know how to throw a party. There will be other Halloween parties, so drive responsibly as the little ones will be out tricker treating and are sometimes very hard to see.
Love oysters? The Cholla Bay Oyster House is holding its 2nd Annual Oyster Festival on October 28th from 3 p.m – 7 p.m. It will feature all you can eat oysters, a clam boil,live music, Margaritas and a Tequila Table. Tickets are being sold at the restaurant and are $20 each. If you aren’t in town for the event, remember every Friday is 50 cent oysters. They are open Thursday – Sunday. Great food and views so bring your friends down.
If you love oysters but just want to sit by the water where they harvest them from, drive out the road towards Playa Encanto and go off to the right at the sign that says Oysters and Restaurant. Bring your own drinks and enjoy the day now that the weather is cooling off. These ladies make the best ceviche, clams and oyster’s you will ever have.
Also on October 31st go down to the Malecon to the Boo Bar’s Cornhole Tourney which is billed as TUESDAY NOONER as it starts at noon with discounted drinks at noon and is under the palapa.
If you are interested in seeing a Art Film outside, drop on down to Puerto Viejo Café and Coffee for CineMartes starting at 8 p.m. This is located across from Thrifty’s and the Catholic Church in the Old Port.
I am sure if you have driven out to Cholla Bay, you may ask yourself what do people do out here? The folks in Cholla Bay are a very active group and they are always doing something to promote the Santa Claus Club that was founded by John Fowler years ago. In a previous blog we touched on the OTL Tournament the benefits the youth of Puerto Peñasco via the Santa Claus Club being held the same weekend on Sandy Beach by Changos.
The weekend of October 27th will be another Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay. This event will provide entertainment for everyone while raising money for the Santa Claus Club. The fun begins at Baja Cantina on October 27th at 6 pm. On Saturday the fun continues at J.J.’s Cantina in Cholla and ends October 29th at Dukes Sports Bar. There are money prizes for 1st – 6th place and even a prize for the 1st LOSER.
Go out and be a player or a spectator. While you are there, take the time if the tide is out to walk out into the bay and look for Sand Dollars or other shells. Make sure you stay for the sunsets as the are spectacular from there. J.J.’s Cantina is know far and wide for their NO SNIVELING merchandise. Get you t-shirts, license plate frames and more while enjoy a beverage on the outdoor patio under the big shade trees. This a great way to meet new friends or catch up with some old ones.
As you drive around through the area, you might even find a lot or a home for sale that you would like. There are many home available that have both bay and Sea of Cortez views. This can be a great investment for you and your family and a great place to retire.
Feel free to print the above form to register or go to www.santaclausclub.org for more details.
Make your reservations soon as the condos and hotels will be filling up. Need lodging, try Playa Bonita, Laos Mar, Baja Cantina or Penasco Del Sol Hotel. Many people are interested in the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”, so we are seeing more and more visitors coming for this event.
Any questions, email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com. Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and just 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.
I recently went on an interview with owner of MTZ, Martin Martinez, who was born and raised here in Puerto Peñasco. Martin is also a licensed Real Estate agent as well as owning the place to go to for special events as well La Galleria on the corner of the entry to the Old Port. MTZ is on the harbor side over looking the shrimp boats and sunset cruise boats.
He had opened Bacanora Grill but closed it while back and then recently opened MTZ. The décor inside is unique, with the walls being decorated with pallets that have been painted, old metal barrels that now have been converted into hanging lights as well as wood from some of the old ships that make up the great back bar. Upon entering you will find a large stage which features a really nice mural by a young local artist. Out front, you will find seating as well, which will covered with shade screen soon. So you can sit outside and have a drink while waiting for your Sunset Cruise to depart or a night cap when you come back. Inside it is air conditioned and has comfortable seating as well as a lounge type atmosphere.
After talking for some time about the city and the growth and things that come with growth, Martin explained that his venue is great for showcasing local bands as well as others from outside the city. They have hosted several events since it opened. He has a passion for seeing Puerto Peñasco grow in culture and hopes to be able to help to make it better and introduce visitors to more of the Mexican culture. We discussed what is happening in the Old Port and what is happening in our town.
The discussion then evolved around hosting a fund raiser for a Rocky Point native who at the age of 37 had a stroke. His name is Julio Carlos Meza Mendez and he is the son of world renowned shell artist Julio Meza. Most of you who stay in the RV Parks like Playa Bonita or reside here full time have seen Julio walking the boardwalk by Playa Bonita selling his shell art or have gone to his workshop to see how the art is created and probably own pieces of his work. Julio has 8 pieces hanging in the Vatican as well as pieces all over the world. Julio Carlos has his Bachelor Degree in International Affairs and is working on Bachelor Degree in Law. His company specializes in legal advise in such matters as new and renewal of bank trusts as well as things like getting the Permanent Residency status. He also offers bill pay service as well as being a general contractor. His office is located on Blvd Freemont in the center where Chef Mickey’s is. He will have a way to go to recovery but he is in the capable hands of therapist Blanca Soto of UBR (Basic Rehab Unit).
Wonderful for a gift.
If you never seen the works of Julio Meza, Senior, check out these photos. They are one of a kind pieces of art that can not be copied or duplicated.
Needless to say, his medical bill’s are staggering as he has been in the hospital in Mexicali for 2 months and just recently returned to Puerto Peñasco to get additional therapy. His family is doing a raffle with tickets selling at $200 pesos (they come in books of 10). First place will receive $10,000 pesos and second place with receive $5000 pesos. With help from First Lady Linda Pivac Munro, the ladies from DIF are selling the tickets or you can buy them from me as well. Proceeds from both of these events will go to defray the cost of his medical bill’s and assure proper therapy. The raffle will be held July 14th.
After much conversation about the plight of Julio Carlos, Martin and I decided to do the benefit for Julio and the event will be held July 28th from 4 pm to 8 pm at MTZ (across from where the Intripid Sunset Cruise departs) with music provided my “Puerto Luna” a local band that plays Mexican ballad type music. The cost of the tickets are $250 pesos and include 3 beer or wine tickets, Bacanora Tasting, reduced pricing on drinks and food from local restaurants. A bonus to the food, wine, Bacanora and music, your ticket will be placed in drawing for a condo stay at the Pinacate Condos. We are doing a silent auction in addition to the relaxing evening. All proceeds go to defray the costs of Julio Carlos’s current medical bills as well as the on going therapy. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will make sure it is added to the list. If you want to purchase your tickets in advance, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com
In anticipation of the re-start up of the Home Port, new businesses are opening up once again in Rocky Point. This past weekend ROCKY POINT BEST, Property Sales and Rentals opened their doors on Blvd Freemont right next to Bryan’s Sports Bar. I sat down with the 4 partners Sarina Brown, Kenny Wallace, Joseph Toland and Chris Guarino to learn a little more about each one and their collective goals. It was in 2005 when Sarina first came to Puerto Peñasco and in 2011 she and her husband Eric had a dream about owning here so in 2011 they bought their first condo. Kenny has been coming here since he was about 22 and has been in real estate for a long time here. Joseph has been coming here for about 18 years and has been a broker for 2 years and last is Chris Guarino, who recently returned to Rocky Point. Many property owners here had Chris install all their entertainment and internet services over the years. These folks are client focused and believe in strong communications. They see both “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials” as the wave of the future for Puerto Penasco.
This energetic group is very much into being involved with the community and giving back to the people that do not have much. Kenny also serves as VP for AMPI in charge of education and Sarina is the VP of AMPI. All AMPI members are licensed to do real estate in the State of Sonora and all have to have their Permanent Residency card as well. There is now a new thing where the brokers belong to APB (Accredited Professional Broker) and they have passed the exams to get this accreditation and also have to go through continuing education. We touched on AMPI and currently it has 77 agents and 12 assistant agents.
We talked about the future of Puerto Peñasco and its growth. Las Conchas has 47 homes on the market currently and I am seeing new homes going up all over in Las Conchas, which is something I have not seen in years. Recently Corona Del Sol sold and Linda Vista has people interested in it. On the Sandy Beach side of town, condo sales are strong and it sounds like one of them will be starting back up in the near future. So with TAR Airlines flying in here combined with the resumption of work on the Home Port, now is a great time to invest here in Rocky Point. Even the sluggish commercial business is picking up.
September 30th we will have a visit from The Minister of Tourism out of Mexico City to make a big announcement, so we will keep you updated on that.
Chef Mickey Medina is opening his new place the end of September called Mickey’s Burger Bistro.It will be open for breakfast and lunch. He will feature breakfast burritos and sandwiches, expressos, deserts and of course “The Best Burgers in Town”. The restaurant is located on Blvd. Fremont where Jill’s Consign and Design was. His Chef Mickey’s also located on Blvd. Fremont, will continue to pump out the gourmet dinners that we are use to.
Another relatively new kid on the block is GREEN POINT which is located on Constitution next to Gloria’s Beauty Saloon and a block south of Ley’s. If you have not gone in and tried their cold pressed juice drinks, you are missing out. The feature several drinks cold pressed daily. If you are into juicing, I suggest you stop in and say hi and look around. You will find all the “supper foods” that you need to make a juicing program complete including such things as Gojo Berries and all the seeds like Flax, Sunflower and more. Make this your place to go every morning and you won’t be disappointed.
Just in case you missed it Santa Fe Grocery is no more, but SUPER NORTE is in it’s place. Located almost across the street from Sam’s Club and Bodega, it features some of the freshest fruits and vegetables I have seen. They also have friendly service and great prices.
Some come down and enjoy the beach and sunsets in Puerto Peñasco.