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A Journey Through Calle Zaragoza

After the latest remodeling done on the Mallecon Area, also known as Old Port, it has the city has now come to life and now not only can visitors enjoy long walks on the streets, but also local residents can come any day of the week to spend some recreational time with family or friends.
At this time I would like to share a little bit about Calle Zaragoza, a street that is filled with delightful surprises and has much to offer its visitors and on an evening like this you can see people riding their bicycles, skateboarding, and others simply walking leisurely around. Just north of the beach in el Malecon, in front of Calle Zaragoza you can find Mexico Beach Bum Restaurant, which receives lots of visitors who come to try their street tacos that come with a margarita or cerveza. Its relaxed atmosphere invites anyone and everyone and also offers a great second floor view of the ocean.

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For a little more fancy atmosphere, simply cross the street and you will see Mare Blu Bistro, an Italian restaurant that offers an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The view here of El Malecon and the Sea of Cortes are phenomenal and you can even enjoy a meal on their open air patio.

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If you continue through the same side of the street towards the Church you will find on of the best surprises that was introduced in the summer of 2013, Yofrut. A healthy and innovative concept that offers several different flavors of frozen yogurt and 20 different toppings to finish it off, something that will go perfect for dessert after a night on the town.

Calle zaragoza yofrut

Only a few paces past this modern dessert joint we can something a little more traditional to the Rocky Point area. It is one of the best places to have local seafood and find some of the most exquisite preparations of fish, El Marlin Azul. It has flavors that will not let down any palette and with the best part of Zaragoza Street, that it has an excellent view!
But perhaps the most exciting surprise that the summer of 2013 brought us was, Puerto Viejo Tostadores Café, a place where you can see how coffee is toasted and prepared for the brewing process and also enjoy some coffee that is prepared through a variety of different brewing methods you can choose from. This is a great place to sit down and take in the beautiful view that the port has to offer its visitors. At this corner we have gotten half way through our journey, right next to the Iglesia del Sagrada Corazon de Jesus.

Cafe Puerto Viejo

If we cross the street we find ourselves at a famous ice cream shop in the port, and nobody can escape trying all of their wonderful flavors, this place continues being a favorite spot for people of all ages. Make sure you stop by Thrify and try and delicious ice cream.

Church in the Old Port

Another of the one the best places in the Port to enjoy food, or a succulent dinner is one of the most famous restaurants in the area, Med, offering a unique specialty of Italian food and adding to the variety of choices in the area.

Calle Zaragoza

Crossing the street we arrive at the Church, where you can take a break and enjoy the scenery around you, the ocean, palm trees, and the sunset coming down over the horizon. We continue our journey a little less through the restaurant side of town instead a place where we can enjoy human expression through art. Without going far you can see a breath taking piece that is recognized as one of the best in the area and done by Julieta Olalde.

art in rocky point

Going a little further down the street we find more art galleries and artist exposes, this one is called Galería del Mar Bermejo. A little further forward there are more galleries and Luis and Gabe offer galleries that showcase local talent. You can also enjoy several murals along the way that enrich the culture down in Old Port and are works of the artist such as: Melina Garcia and Izrael Rios y Bogarth.

mural in rocky point

If you haven’t made this journey on your latest trip to Rocky Point, or you haven’t tried one of the places we mentioned in this post, don’t miss out the next time you come down! The port offers so much, with activities to enjoy every night of the week there are several cultural events that you can attend for free. One of them is Cinemartes, which is organized by Cine Club Primera is a film organized by independent directors that gives us a look of what it’s like to travel around the world. This event takes place every Tuesday in Puerto Viejo.

art gallery in Rocky Point

Guide For A Day In Old Port

If you come to Rocky Point there are a couple things you must do that will make your Rocky Point experience a much more memorable one. Heading over to the historic Old Port for  and spending a day there is one of these things. indio1 copyFor someone who has never been to a fishing village, or a fishing port this is a wonderful new experience. Not to mention there are plenty of great restaurants and bars to keep you entertained and satisfied for an entire day.
When you come down to Old Port the first thing you are going to want to do is check out all the fresh fish that the fisherman brought in from their recent catches. It is amazing to be able to see all the different kinds of fish and fresh seafood available for people to purchase. fish-tacos-500If you are feeling like you only want to spend a couple hours at Old Port, you might want to consider taking home some fresh fish and cooking it for lunch in your condo, or beach house. The fisherman will weigh out whatever your desired weight of seafood is and charge you by the market price. This might be some of the freshest fish you will ever have and make for some mouth watering fish tacos.
If you wanted to spend a whole day at Old Port and explore around the area, you are going to need some places to get a delicious lunch. There are several great restaurants in Old Port area and you can decide depending on what kind of food you wanted to get. If you are in Old Port we recommend going to a local seafood restaurant because they all tend to carry the freshest fish in the area and prepare them deliciously for their guests. mexicna ice cream copySome of the best seafood restaurants in Old Port are Blue Marlin, Mr. Amigo, and The Point Restaurant. Maybe you aren’t a big fan of seafood and want to get something else, no problem! Go check out the delicious Italian restaurant called Mare Blue. If you aren’t feeling a big meal stop off at one of the local ice cream shops such as Thrifty Ice Cream and try a flavor you’ve never had before such as limon, or mango, or tanmarindo. You just might find a new favorite ice cream!
After lunch is a great time to walk around and let that big meal settle. This is the perfect time to walk around Old port and explore the local “curios.” Curios are little shops where local merchants sell all kinds of artifacts, many of them being handmade. Web-2013-04-RockyPoint-Mexico-Sales-PYR-0765These make for great souvenirs for your family back home. It is easy to find something you will like as the local merchants make almost everything and it is easy to bargain and find yourself a reasonable price.
When the day is coming to an end you might want to wind down at a bar and have a few drinks before it is time to head back.  Or instead you might be heading to Old Port for a night of partying and fun, either way the bars in Old Port offer their visitors plenty of fun. Some of the popular bars that people enjoy in Old Port are: Shark Bite – Beach Bum Bar & Grill, and the Boo Bar. Whether you are stopping in for a  few drinks, or looking for a night of dancing and fun. These local bars wont disappoint with their cheap drink prices, tasty tequila, and great vibes.