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We at Puerto-Peñasco.com are 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.

Sonoran Resorts
Beaches and Pool.

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.
Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

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

Sonoyta
Crossing from Lukeville, AZ to Sonoyta, Mexico

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.

  1. Driver’s License issued outside of Mexico
  2. If you are not a Mexican citizen, a Mexican immigration permit-such as a tourist (FMM), business or immigrant permit/visa.
  3. 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.
  4. Proof of temporary or annual Mexican auto insurance policy for your vehicle.
  5. Certificate of cancelled import permit for any prior temporary import permits.
  6. 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.

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Important information for U.S. citizens!

Smart traveler enrollment program logo

Recently the U.S. Consul General from Nogales, Virginia Staab and the Consular Section Chief, J. Michael Harvey  put on a presentation for all U.S. citizens living in Puerto Peñasco.  They covered a lot of issues that were of concern to many in the crowd such a Bank Trusts and buying property in Mexico.  They also stated that they are going to try to have meetings every 3 months.

One of the most important things they informed the group about is a program called STEP or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  This is a free service and your information will not be shared with anyone other branch of the United States government such as the IRS, etc.  What this program does is to let the U.S. Consulate know that you are either living or visiting abroad by registering at the nearest U.S. Consulate. By registering you will receive important travel warnings and other safety conditions in your destination country in order to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.  It will help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency.  It will also help family and friends get in touch with you in case of an emergency.

In all areas of Mexico where there is a large population of American’s living you will find people that are volunteers for the U.S. Consulate and they are referred to as Wardens.  The job of these volunteers is to help you or a loved one in case of emergency.  For example if your child who might be here on “Spring Break” should get hurt and is taken to the hospital or clinic, the U.S. Consulate will notify the warden who then goes to see what the person needs.  They will be asked to sign a Privacy Act form, so that the warden can give you as a parent all the info on the injured person.  This can relate to auto accidents or anything effecting a tourist or resident in Mexico. In Rocky Point there are 2 people to contact, one being Rick Busa and the other is myself Beverly Arrowood.  Although we have not had to be called on very often, know that we are here to help when needed.

To register simply go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/step.html/ or for a specific country like Mexico go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html/.  It is very simple to do and only takes a couple of minutes.  You can register individuals or groups traveling to Mexico.

You can also reach the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales during business hours (8 am to 5 pm) by dialing 01-81-8047-3145 from Mexico or 011-52-81-8047-3145 if calling from the U.S.  For emergencies out side of the normal business hours or weekends the number to call from Mexico is 001-619-841-3203 and if calling from the U.S. 1-619-841-3203.

If you would like information on the services provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales you can reach them at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nogales/.

Sunset
Stunning winter sunsets in Puerto Peñasco, Mexicocase of

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrived At Rocky Point Community Center

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

On Saturday December 3rd Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Tim and Carolyn Grzecka of Gilbert, AZ) arrived from the North Pole at the Palabras de Esperanza Community Center much to the delight of about 100 children. Santa and Mrs. Claus along with several Elf helpers helped pass out Barbie Dolls and soccer balls. One thing that was for sure is that the children really appreciated being given a gift by Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers. They were so polite and loved having their pictures taken as did some of the adults at the clinic. A special thanks go out to Santa and Mrs. Claus for all the work in getting the toys organized.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

The Medical Clinic here in Puerto Peñasco is put on once a month. Over 200 people in need were in attendance along with doctors and nurses from the USA.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

After the medical treatment and toys were passed out, the families were treated to hot dogs, chips and other goodies. Also certificates were passed out to students who received their GSD designation by Director Ortega. This is an going program at the center to further the education of people of all ages.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

In a previous blog I gave you some insight into the clinic and what all it does for the families so much less fortunate than most of us. Since the last visit, trees have been planted that will provide food for the families that live around the center. It is hoped that they can become totally self sustainable with growing vegetables and fruits. Diabetes is something that is rampant throughout Mexico so when these families are taught proper nutrient diets, diabetes can be diminished. Being completed are the dental and physical therapy buildings. Next on the drawing boards is the plan to build 2 dorms for people that work on the center to have a place to stay.

Rocky Point Medical Clinics

There was a ophthalmologist who comes on the 1st Saturday of every month from Hermosillo as well as doctors from Phoenix and nurses this trip. Some patients were receiving physical therapy while others were having blood drawn and given vitamins and medicines. Thanks to Dr. George Stavros and his wife Susie who started this project just a short time ago. They had a 5 year plan and now just 2 plus years into the plan, they have accomplished that.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

As well as the medical clinic that is put on, the center feeds 120 people daily. They were doing breakfast and lunch for a lot of the elderly and the children and in many cases this is the only hot meal they get per day. However, funds have run low, so they are currently only doing lunch. As you can see from the pictures, the shelves are getting very low. They can take any donations of food and non perishables. A partial list of what is needed would be powered milk, flour, sugar, oatmeal, cereals,Pancake mix, dried potatoes, vegetables either canned or frozen, condiments such as Caldo de Pollo (like a powdered broth) , Garlic salt, Pepper, Salt, Cumin, Onion Salt or powder, Celery salt, frozen chicken, canned Tuna, pasta and the list goes on and on. They are trying to live on a $100 per week budget for 2017, which is not very much when you have that many mouths to feed. All the plants that are on the property will provide needed fruit as they mature and were donated by a local business woman. They have a fridge/freezer and microwave that were donated. With the money given to them from the proceeds from the Toma Color Run, they were able to buy plates, glasses and forks and knives and 2 commercial grade stoves. They had a restaurant quality double door refrigerator donated to them but it will not stay cold, so if you know an appliance man that could take a look at it and donate what it would take to fix it.. that would be wonderful. They also have a restaurant quality oven to make their own bread.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

If you can supply any of the items, please feel free to contact myself at 623-298-4284 or nocomosi@msn.com . We can arrange for pick-up and it will be collected and taken to the center. If you would rather donate cash, please let me know and I will get in touch with the person to get it to. To all the winter visitors here, if you do not know where to shop and get the most for your money, please let me know and we can go together.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

One last thing, on Christmas Day will they be feeding around 500 people from the San Rafael north and south area a Turkey dinner. They can also use Turkey donations. If you would like to volunteer to help cook or serve to those so very much less fortunate, please call Loly Martinez at 638-112-0517 and let them know.

 Rocky Point Medical Clinics

Rocky Point Medical Clinics

It never ceases to amaze me of all the wonderful work that is done here in Puerto Peñasco for the people in need.  Saturday was one of those days.  Recently I sat down to talk with Dr George Stavros and his wife Susie who have been involved in the clinics here since 1998 and have given tirelessly of their time .  They have dedicated them selves to helping those less fortunate and are making it possible to help people lift their spirits and at the same time getting them back to health.  As they spoke to me I could see the passion for their calling.  Dr. George is a retired MD and Susie is a retired R.N.  They started coming down just once a month to help where they were needed.   Somehow with Divine Intervention they have partnered with The Family Church of God to put on clinics both at the church on No Reeleccion as well as the Centro Comunutario Palabras de Esperanza which is located on Juan Aldama between Avenue 68 and 69.

Medical lcinic in Sonora
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

They invited Bill and I out to visit and see what they have accomplished in 1 year out there.  We arrived a bit late as I had to go back to a fire station and get my bearings.  There was a nice young fire man who spoke English and in  a couple minutes we were back on the road.  This clinic is about as far East of Puerto Peñasco as you can go and is parallel with Tessoro (approx. 10 miles from Benito Juarez) to put it into perspective.

Rocky Point Clinic in Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

We were greeted by Susie and Dr. George who gave us a tour and they explained that out of a five year plan, they had achieved so much in that 1st year.  As Susie said, as she talked about future plans, “we are dreamers”.   Upon arrival, we saw a huge line of families.  Many had little children and babies and many had either walked there on crutches or in wheel chairs to seek help.  When they first took over the property there were 2 buildings that had pretty much been gutted and sand.  With the help of volunteers, they now have 5 buildings.  There is a place where the people line up to register and from their to got to a waiting area. One building is the Triage area  as well as where they go for PT, fitted for prostheses, see doctors and nurses for pregnant mothers and for pre-natal.  They then go to the pharmacy for vitamins and any other things that they need. Another building is used for computer classes and Bible study.  The Rotary Club donated 12 computers for this. The next building that is being built is the kitchen and dining room.  At the center they will be able to provide meals on a daily basis to those who otherwise may go hungry.  It will be a great asset as it will have roll up garage doors to allow the fresh air in, a large kitchen, bathroom and storage area.  This building is about the size of a large 2 car garage.  The other building under construction is the care takers house, so there will be someone on the property 24/7.  There is also a travel trailer that has been outfitted for a dental lab.

Hospital in Sonora, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Diabetes here in all of Mexico is very high due to poor diets. Because of this many of the people loose limbs.  Yesterday they fitted 4 people  for prosthesis out of the 335 people that came through.  Over the years the Living Stream Church has brought groups down to help out.  The have been able to receive funding from the Young Life Scholarship.  Ten years ago they were awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Arizona/Sonoran Commission.  They have also  received 2 grants for funding their work.

MEdical Clinic in Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The volunteers that were here this trip came from the University of Arizona and Midwest Medical University Dental and Medical Schools.  Hopefully when these young people get their degrees, they will remember what they did and come back and help out .  While they are here, they are housed with Dr. Stavros and Susie as well as the home of Barbara and Joe Iverson.  They have Dr’s,  Nurses, Nurse Practitioners  and Dentists that come down and volunteer their time.

MEdical Clinic in MExico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The property is very large and completely fenced in and has a drip system around the entire perimeter.  A local business lady has donated plants and trees.  The goal is to have the entire property to have only plants that bear fruit.  The plan is to have self sustain community vegetable garden, therefore allowing people to grow food and then to start to eat healthy.  When it comes time to plant the gardens, any help or items you can donate are welcome as our soil here is not that great.

Hospital in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

When we arrived, Dean and the mobile kitchen from the Family Church of God had just arrived and was starting to set up.  I have seen this trailer so many times, but never realized what it was.  On this day they were getting ready to cook up hot dogs for everyone there.

Hospital in Puerto Penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

There is a need for kitchen equipment and supplies for the  real kitchen.  As far as the clinic, the ongoing needs are sterilization items, surgical equipment and wound equipment.  If you have any contact for supplies please let me know and I will give you the way to reach the Stavorses.

Free Clinic in Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Over the years, I have had people say “I am a retired nurse or whatever, what can I come down there and do… well know you have an answer.  If you live to cook as does my husband… we welcome you to come out and help.  No one ever turns down volunteers!  In the long term, they would like to have someone be able to council those that have lost limbs due to diabetes as these people are in many cases so down and don’t understand why this has happened to them.

Free Clinic Line in MExico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

I always close with some thought, but this day has left me speechless.  Remember Puerto Penasco is a safe place to live and visit or we would not put you at risk by inviting you to come here and see our home and tranquil life.  Please follow Rocky Point Medical Clinics on Facebook.  remember the clinics are every month at the center and once every 2 months at the Family Church of God.

Rocky Medical Center: The Doors Are Open

It is official, Dr. Jesus Gonzales,M.D. and his wife are back from visiting their children and grand children in Texas and New Mexico and he is ready to see his patients. Please take time and stop by to see the great facilities and equipment he has to treat you or any friends that you have who may fall ill or get hurt. Rocky Medical Center is located on Benito Juarez, just south of the Coca Cola Plant on the right hand side going north. You will enter between 2 arches and wind around to the large building on the left.
The goal of Rocky Medical Center is to provide the best medical care in Puerto Peñasco and remember Dr. Gonzales is bi-lingual as is his wife and staff.

Rocky Medical Center
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

He is currently installing the basic X-Ray equipment and will have a complete Imaging Center, Digital X-Ray, Ultra Sound and as far as I know the only CTSCAN in this area. As I stated previously there will be several doctors on staff for everything from child birth to plastic surgery and dentistry.
If you are currently living in Rocky Point, I would encourage you to stop by to visit and if you have a doctor in the USA, please bring your medical records along, so that he can have a full profile on you. I believe it is a great idea to sign up for the annual Rocky Medical Service Membership Plan that he has available and it is very reasonable for either, singles, married or families. Dr. Gonzales believes in preventive medicine so by having your records, he will know your history.
Rocky Medical Center
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

It is a good idea to stop by and visit, so that you know where it is and how to get there in case of an emergency.
If you are planning on attending the Rocky Point Rally, you might want to purchase the weekend policy that will be available and it can be gotten either at the registration area at Barklin Gas/Circle K or stop by the Rocky Medical Center on your way in.
If you would like to set an appointment with Dr. Gonzales, you may do so by calling his cell 638-110-1898 or the Rocky Point Medical Center direct at 102-0739.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Rocky Medical Center
Provided by Beverly Arrowood

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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 rmedicalcenter@gmail.com
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.

Medical Center in Mexico

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 ridgway@bigfoot.com or sbmedcenter1@yahoo.com.mx
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”?