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Rocky Medical Center in Puerto Peñasco

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Manuel Palacio the person behind Rocky Medical Center to talk about the center and Rocky Point in general. We laughed as I reminded him when we first met, I didn’t have gray hair and we laughed. I asked him why he decided to build the facilities which included a luxury spa and complete medical and dental facility. He, like myself and many others who know that you can’t just rely on tourism, felt that Puerto Peñasco needed something more to attract people. That in theory that was great, but then came the market crash. He opened the operation just prior to the crash and so it took it’s toll, as did condo sales and other tourism related businesses here.
Fast forward to today, we will still rely heavy on tourism and with the cruise ship departure port moving forward, but we have to look to other avenues to attract people to Puerto Peñasco. As we all know the cost of medical, dental and prescriptions cost a fraction of what they cost in the United States. So why not lean towards the medical field? This facility can do plastic surgery and already has 2 accredited doctors that come here from Hermosillo and Caborca to perform such operations and another plastic surgeon who has the foresight to come here and leave Mexico City, D.F.

Surgery Room in Puerto Penasco
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

At the time of this article, they have on staff a General Surgeon, Dr. Jesus Antonio Rubio Alvarado, Dental Surgeon is Dr. Lucero Moreno Noriega, OB/GYN is Dr Miguel Angel Perea Ruelas, Plastic surgeon is Dr. Ramiro Espinoza Mata and Doctor of General Medicine is Dr. Jesus Gonzales, Gaytan.
The dental program is up and running and by appointment only, the dentist will meet you there to take care of your needs. No more making an appointment and driving down here only to find the dentist went out of town for a few days. Should you need extensive work, they will have available suites to stay in. You can just sit back and relax in one of the 4 suites that are currently being finished.
Surgery Room in Rocky Point
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

In addition to the above mentioned rooms, they have an additional 14 rooms to act as the place where the doctor examines you, just like the United States. There is a lot of room for expansion on the grounds as well. Somewhere down the road, they may me able to offer an extended care facility for folks that want to live here, but don’t want the idea of owning a home or condo.
Now with the addition of Dr. Gonzales formerly of the Sandy Beach Medical Center, they can offer 24/7 care. Manuel expressed the need for such a thing seeing the amount of tourist traffic we receive every year.
Birthing Room in Puerto Penasco
Birthing Room.
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

In addition to the maternity room, where during the past year they have had many women giving birth there is a general surgery room as well.
In regards to Plastic Surgery that also is by appointment only. The clinic is open 10-6 daily and you can come by to make the appointment or call (638) 102-0739 or email to
I think from the pictures posted here, you can see this is a first class center and will only get better as we add more doctors.

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Exciting Medical News Flash

Sandy Beach Medical Center is joining with Rocky Medical Center to provide you with the same excellent and professional care as in past years. It is located on Benito Juarez just south of the Coca Cola plant on Benito Juarez. Medical care is open to anyone with a medical condition or accident and Dr. Jesus Gonzales-Gaytan, M.D. is fluent in English and Spanish as is his staff. There will be doctors on staff at all times. This facility will be a full care medical center when it opens.

Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The center should be ready to open it’s doors within the next couple of weeks. Dr. Gonzales and his wife will be on the property 24/7 to meet all of your medical needs. As I have stated previously, he saved my life on more than one occasion when I went into shock from a reaction to sulfa drugs.
Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

He has a plan for people that reside here most of the year that gives you almost everything you need from a check up to x rays and blood work ups, EKG’s, etc. It is well worth it and it beats driving to Phoenix for something that can be done locally. At the time of this article the annual cost for an individual is $850.00 USD or $1350 for a couple living in the same household or $1650.00 USD for a family of 2 adults and 2 children 18 and younger. These prices include IVA tax. A complete list of coverage is available from or
Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

He will be providing a Rocky Point Medical Coverage plan for medical coverage from November 11- November 15 (Rocky Point Rally) at the center for 24 hour coverage per day. You all know you insure your bike when you come down, but what about YOU? Most US policies are not accepted here and most Doctors no longer take credit cards. The reason for this is once you go home feeling good.. you DISPUTE your charge and the doctor is stuck trying to get paid.
Rocky Medical Center
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The Rocky Point Medical Treatment Plan is only $25 USD for each registrant at the Rocky Point Bike Rally. If you are planning to be in Rocky Point on that weekend, and decide you would like to have some coverage it will be available at the Rocky Medical Center and you don’t have to be a biker. The list below is what is covered.
Rocky Point Rally 2015
The crowd waiting to register

Acute Allergic Reaction, Rashes, Allergies
Lung Disease Pneumonia, Asthma, Bronchitis
Laceration Repairs, Wound care, Stingray
Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains
Bike, 4-Wheeler, Rhino Accidents
Cardiac Disease (Chest Pains, Angina, Heart Attacks) EKG, evaluation, stabilization
X-Rays, Basic laboratory blood work
Ambulance Services
Maximum coverage of $2,000 USD
Rocky Point Rally 2015
Oscar Palocio head of this party for now 15 years and Beverly Arrowood, Head of Registration

They will have similar programs both individual and family plans for other large holidays, so please check here and we will keep you updated.
Rocky Point Rally 2015
Great paint jobs

Again, remember The Rocky Medical Center is located just south of the Coco Cola plant on the east side of the highway coming into town. Easy to get into with a guarded gate. Even if you don’t buy any type of coverage, stop in and see the center and all it has to offer. I will be doing another blog as we get closer to the rally so that you know where and how to buy the coverage.
Rocky Point Rally 2015
Rick Busa “you want me to go where”?

In Case of Emergency Tips

Hey guys, so I decided my first blog post would be about my most recent trip to Rocky Point and a little trouble we experienced, but since we were properly prepared we were able to handle the situation with ease. I went to Rocky Point with a group of 8 friends for spring break and stayed in Princesa. It was one of the most enjoyable trips of my life, but we also encountered a small mishap.
It was about mid day when our group of girl friends that came with us decided to go on a banana boat, one of the many beach activities you can enjoy while in Rocky Point. There are risks that are involved in doing any kind of beach activity whether you are playing volleyball, or para sailing it is always possible for you to get injured you just have to do your best to be safe while you are doing it and take all the necessary precautions. Unfortunately when the girls were riding the banana boat they were taking a quick turn and the banana boat flipped over on it’s side (usually harmless because you are falling in the water). When the boat flipped over all the girls fell on top of each other and one of the girls hit her face against someone’s elbow. When she came out of the water she realized she had a large gash on her left cheekbone that needed stitches. When she came to the beach I immediately saw how deep the cute was and had to act quickly. I remembered that Sandy Beach Clinic was right behind the resort we were at. It took us 30 seconds to drive there from the Sonoran Sun Resort. I contacted my mother (who was in the US) and had her call in beforehand, so when we got there Dr. Gonzalez was ready to assist us and stitch up our friend Emily within 10 minutes of arriving at Sandy Beach Medical Clinic.
Although the Sandy Beach Clinic was right behind the resort, we came to Rocky Point prepared with the numbers we had to call in case of an Emergency. I recommend having these numbers either programmed into your phone already, or having a place where you can easily access them. If you have an emergency you want to be able to act swiftly to ensure that the person who needs help is getting immediate medical attention.
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Accidents are unpredictable, but you want to make sure you do everything you can to avoid them. Take all the necessary precautions when you are doing any kind of  beach or motorsport activity. If an accident does happen, don’t lose your cool and remember than Sandy Beach Clinic is a right behind all of the resorts and they perfectly fit to helping any of your medical needs. Here is a list of Emergency Numbers in Rocky Point that you should take with you in your trip.