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Frequently asked questions about Puerto Peñasco

There are several Face Book groups on Puerto Peñasco and the same questions keep being asked, so here are some questions asked the most often.

  1. What time does the border close?  Currently the border opens at 6: a.m. and closes promptly at 8:00 p.m.   It does not matter if you are inline, it will close.  This applies to both entry to Mexico and entry to the United States via the Lukeville / Sonoyta crossing.
  2. How much alcohol am I allowed to bring into Mexico? You are allowed to bring in 3 liters. of alcohol or 6 liters of wines, which equates to 8 750 mil bottles per person.  You are allowed 1 liter per month going into the USA.
  3. Can I bring in meat? All meat from hoofed animals such as beef, lamb or pork are allowed if they are in their original package and are frozen.  This is not guaranteed as it is at the whim of the crossing guard.  Technically no dairy products and produce are allowed.  The same rule applies to returning to the United States and they are strict on the enforcement of these rules.  You are allowed to bring back 50 pounds of shrimp and fish to the USA with no issues.  There really is no need to bring anything with you as we have 2 great meat markets that will cut your steaks fresh to your liking or grind hamburger fresh the way you want it.  Things such as butter, cream, milk and cheeses can be gotten at CS Foods or Sam’s Club.  At CS they carry a variety of things that  can not be gotten at other stores like frozen pies, frozen salmon, Jif or Skippy peanut butter, frozen rye  bread as well as other breads, fresh sourdough bread, 3 kinds of frozen bagels and so many more items.
  4. What do I need to bring to bring my dogs or cats down.  You are allowed to bring 2 dogs and cats per car and have your vaccine records handy. Mexico is mainly looking for current rabies records.  Be aware that most condo rentals do not allow pets.  If you need to board your pet, Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa is excellent with clean modern kennels of all size.  Bring only enough food for your stay and again chicken, turkey or fish  only.  If you are staying for an extended time frame you are allowed to bring up to 1 – 50 Lb. bag.  If you need a vet Dr. Adrian Sixto is excellent and is located on Blvd. Freemont or you can also use Serviceos Medicos on Sonora Blvd where Dr. Felix is located and he is very knowledgeable.
  5. Should I bring pesos from the USA or US dollars? You will get a better exchange at the Cambio (money exchange houses) here to buy pesos. Most larger business take credit or debit cards as do the gas stations.  If bringing US dollars, bring the cash in different denominations not all $100 bills.  Smaller businesses may not be able to cash a $100 bill.
  6. Should I be aware of anything when crossing the border into Mexico? You will stop prior to entering where you will get a red or green light.  If you get the green light you should be able to proceed straight ahead, however, there are times they will still stop you.  If you get the red light you will be asked to stop and they may want to check your vehicle and/or asked to step out of the vehicle.  If that happens, make sure you take your cell phone and for the ladies their purse.  There currently are military at the border doing the checking. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GO OVER 25 kilometers per hour. If you get stopped for speeding do not pay the officer but ask to go to the Police department. DO NOT BRING GUNS, LIVE ROUNDS OR SHELL CASINGS  as they are illegal and you will spend some time in jail.  When you stop of a stop sign, do a full 5 second stop not a rolling stop.  This 5 second stop applies to driving in  Rocky Point as well.  These are some of the most asked questions, but if you have anything else, please contact me at the information listed below.
  7. 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.  Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.  If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

Rocky Point Mexico… the place to vacation!

One of our many condo complexes.

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 CortezPuerto 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.

Enjoy a Rocky Point Sunset by Robert A.

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.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

 

Come to Puerto Peñasco

July 4th

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.

Puerto Penasco Sunset
Sunsets in Puerto Penasco

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.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

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Real Estate in Puerto-Peñasco

Developments on Sandy Beach
Developments on Sandy Beach

If you are looking to buy a second home or condo in Puerto Peñasco, now may be the time to do it.  Rocky Point tends to follow the real estate market in the United States. When the market in the states is strong, so will be the market in the Mexico.

There are several developments in Rocky Point that have been sitting there with not much happening sales wise until recently. One such example is Esmeralda on Sandy Beach, which recently announced that building C is being delivered and that they have opened up sales in the D or center building.  It appears several have been sold.

Out on the Las Conchas side, Tessoro is experiencing resales as well as condos that were never sold.  Tessoro sits on a pristine beach at the mouth of the  Moru Estuary, which is great for walking, kayaking and fishing from the shore. The views from there are beautiful with Bird Island off in the distance and stunning  sunrises in the morning and sunsets at night.

Past Playa Encanto is the newest development under construction known as Encantame Towers.  By the end of May many of those will be delivered on the lower floors. The 2nd tower is also starting to come out of the ground.  This development is by Miguel Gavara and Mary Snyder, who developed Puerta Privada and others and have an outstanding track record for delivering on time.

As you drive through Las Conchas you will see several homes under construction as well as homes that are having additions built on.  There are not a lot of beach front lots left, but you can still find lots that have beautiful Sea of Cortez views.  Here you can buy existing homes or build your own.  Puerto Peñasco has a number of highly qualified architects and builders, so you will have a quality home.

Going up north from Cholla Bay, Islas del Mar is going strong, with condos or homes. Here you have a choice of lagoon lots or waterfront lots. It is approximately a 10 mile drive on paved roads, from the center Rocky Point. From Isla del Mar, your sunset views are unobstructed.  You also have the ability to see the Blue Herons and Egrets in the Lagoons.  You can also golf on a very challenging course.

If you are investing in something for after retirement, you may want to choose to rent your home or condo.  The rental market is very strong now and appears it will continue.  During the summer months, even though it is hot and humid, the city gets many Mexican Nationals coming from Baja and Chihuahua.  Years ago we had a high seasons for rentals, but now we have high season year around.

The realtors here are professional and will take the time to find something that you want. They are all licensed and are member of AMPI, so know that you will find someone you can trust and that walk you through the entire purchase process.

Many new little restaurants have opened in 2020 and 2021 for you to choose from. If you are looking for great Mexican food, hamburgers, fine dining, pizza or seafood, you will find something to please everyone’s taste.  Don’t be afraid to venture out of tourist areas for some great food at reasonable prices.

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

If you any questions Contact Us at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com or nocomosi@msn.com.

 

 

 

American’s Living in Mexico Do So Much Charity Work

Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between.  The expats living in Mexico  are such a generous bunch.

Santa Claus Club
Over 12,000 children, Photo courtesy John Fowler

Santa Claus Club
Just some of the 12,000 children in 2017

One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children.  Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point.  He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.

Check
Some of the volunteers and charity people.

The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary.  The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things.  In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacio along with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro.  The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos.  This was a banner year for the monies collected.  We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years.  They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area.  The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town.  When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys.  So think about this for next year.

Charity
Women Helping Women

Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros
Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros

Breakfast
Some of the guests

A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together.  This group is called “Women Helping Women” and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years.  They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months.  On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant.  Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are.  The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist.  This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction.  The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses.  A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible.  This won’t be the the last you hear of this group.  The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.

Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween.  The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.

Blanket Drive
Blankets Donated

Blankets
Blankets Collected at the Satisfied Frog

Blanket Drive
First gifts are starting to come in.

People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year.  Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA.  Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frog is to collect blankets for the needy.  This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets.  Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money.  These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.

Puppy
This little guy is adopted.

Wrecked at the Reef
Wrecked at the Reef is making Barb’s Dog Rescue their winter charity.

Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh.  This lady works seems to work 24/7.  The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only.  Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst.  Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages.  These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by.  To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.

These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point.  We hope you will help one of them.

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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Here come the motorcylces..2018 is the 18th Anniversary

Roclky Point Rally
Ready to Rumble in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco will once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th.  Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had  maybe had 1,000 bikes.  The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities.  I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed.  Now Rocky Point will welcome over 8,000 bikes.  The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan.  The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town.  Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event.  If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Registration Volunteers
22 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more.  Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events.  These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
 
Nov 7 -12th
One of the 100’s of motorcycles you will see while registering.

The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town.  Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times.  Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at  11:00   with the parade starting at  11:30 .

This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well.  It will be at Playa Bonita Hotel on Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday.  No charge.  Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up:
Thursday November 8th
Banditos, Kick Off Party 7 p.m.  The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer
Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Friday November 9th
Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center.  Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials
Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  “Backroads”
Playa Bonita Hotel Sunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane
Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads
Saturday November 10th
Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard
Tequila Bar, 1 p.m.
Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane
Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads
Sunday November 11th
Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band

If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos.  All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here.  You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel.  For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.

pups for adoption
Come out and play with some of the pups up for adoption.

 While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies.  We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue.  She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi.  Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and more.

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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Q & A's on Puerto Peñasco #6

We continue to receive questions on Puerto Peñasco so here is another one from one of our readers.

Sunset
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

Day of the Dead Altar
Rodeo Drive is lined with colorful Altars.

QUESTION:  Kim Bock asks:

Hello Beverly,
My husband grew up going to Choya Bay and his parents owned a home there when we were young. They sold their home about 18 years ago and we hadn’t gone back in many years.  About a year ago my cousin got married there and we’ve been going back ever since.  So much has changed it’s unbelievable, so each time we go back its a little adventure to see all that’s new, as well as what has become unrecognizable.  I started going down there with my husband in 1989. What a shock it was to see what Sandy Beach had become!  Since so much has changed I’d like to ask you a few questions.  I am excited to say we will be in Puerto Penasco November 1-4 and again over Thanksgiving.  I have been reading about Rodeo Drive and I was wondering if you could confirm if that is the same as what everyone calls Malecon now, or if there is a different shopping strip that we are unaware of.  Also is there a particular restaurant that you would recommend eating at and a Pharmacy that you trust and have had good luck with.  We plan to visit the cemetery on the 1st and go downtown (to Malecon) in the evening for dinner and to see the festival.  (We will be preparing our own little ofrenda for my dad who has passed.)  Could you tell me how to get to cemetery.  We cannot check into our hotel until 4 pm and might go straight to cemetery upon arrival into Peñasco or may be coming from Sandy Beach.  Any tidbits or suggestions you have would be much appreciated.  This trip I would like to explore a little farther out and am thinking of taking a drive to Encanto Beach.  I always see homes for rent there and would like to see what it’s like and how far it actually is from Rocky Point.
Thanks for reading my email and for any information you might have for us.
Garufa is from Zacatecas and is an Argentinian Steakhouse featuring world class beef
Garufa  Steak House
ANSWER: Yes Kimberly, things have really changed since 1989. In response to you first question, Rodeo Drive is a different area from the Malecon.  Some people have also called it Shacks 5th Avenue.  Years ago it was a dirt road and on Thanksgiving weekends if it rained everyone got stuck in the soft sand and that was part of the charm.  A few years ago, it was remolded with a cement street and lighting.  There are a lot of very nice store there as well as you touristy brick a brack stores.  There is wonderful ladies store called Fabiola’s and she carries mainly gauze apparel as well as jewelry and hand bags.  She also has some great men’s shirts.  Right next door is the upscale Su Casa which is filled with great home décor and gifts from the south of Mexico.  Getting tired and thirsty, there is a nice Mexican Restaurant across the street called Mariachis and TequilaEddy Wharez is located to the east of these stores and has a lot of home décor and gift ideas.  There is also a lot of Talavera dishes and Silver jewelry available in this area.  Depending on where you are staying while here I will give you this direction. If coming from town you will pass the Sonoran SKY, Puerta Privada and Las Palomas.  The road will end and you will make a right heading north and then make your 1st right turn (it will say to Convention Center).  That road will take you right to the mall.  You can also find many of the same things on the Malecon but you won’t have issues with finding a place to park.
If you would like to have a very nice dinner, recommend GARUFA and Argentinian Steak House.  They are located on the Sandy Beach Road.  You will turn of the main road and you will see it as you get close.  The steaks are to die for and done to perfection.  They have a 14 oz Prime Filet and although it doesn’t come with a sauce, it is a piece of meat that you can enjoy the taste of the meat.  They also have another 7 oz. filet that is finished in a red whine reduction.  Both are under $400 pesos.  Great wines from the Valle de Guadalupe over near Ensenada.  I would recommend the Balero blend.
Cemetery
The 1st Cemetery in Rocky Point.
So happy that you will be here for Dia de Muertos.  Do you know which cemetery your dad is buried at as we now have 3.  Let me know and I can get you directions. Do you have the schedule of events for that holiday?  They also have a lot of things going on at Rodeo Drive.  One night is the night of the Catrina’s, which people dress up like skeletons called Catrina’s.
If you are in the Malecon for dinner, I would recommend the Blue Marlin for seafood. He has a fantastic coconut shrimp served in a coconut shell. He has been in business since I believe 1995, we were some of his first customers.  For breakfast, Boulevard 301, which is located on Benito Juarez (the main street through town) next to Pollo Lucas, Kaffee Haus is as you are heading into the Old Port and Latitude 31 offers a nice breakfast as well.  We are getting more new places seems like every month.  Latitude also does a great Thanksgiving dinner but you will need reservations.  Boo Bar is a fun place to go and also serves food and is right on the water.  Manny’s Beach Club has been completely gutted and rebuilt complete with a pool and is in the same location in the Mirador area.
You will find pharmacies on every corner now days.  We use Santiago’s which is located on Benito Juarez  about 3 blocks south of Burger King and right across from San Jose Clinic in the same side as Burger King.  Rudy speak English and they have very good prices and if they don’t have it, they generally can get it with in few hours.
Much of Cholla Bay received a lot of road damage as a result of remnants Hurricane Sergio.  As of this writing the road to Playa Encanto is not opern as a result of the rains we had from the 2 hurricane remnants, so count that one out.  it is a mess out there.  The turn off to Playa Encanto is about 10 miles from town and when the road is good another 8 miles to the beach and homes.
Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue
If you are dog lovers, you may want to check out Barb’s Dog Rescue on the outskirts of town.  She has some cuties that are up for adoption and there is no charge, all she asks is dog food or a donation to buy food.

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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Dia De Los Muertos 2018 in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Day of the Dead
Dia De Los Muertos 2018

This holiday that began in the south of Mexico  will begin on October 31, 2018 and end on November 3rd here in Puerto Peñasco.  There are events held allover the city.  Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico with much tradition.  The holiday dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until recent years was not celebrated in the Northern part of Mexico.
Playa Bonita
Photo by Beverly Arrowood at Playa Bonita

Sugar Skulls
These are some of the favorites you can buy around town.

During these times, the families go to the cemeteries to clean and paint the grave sites. It is here that the families of the deceased gather  to spend the night at the grave decorating and celebrating with the food and drink of their loved one. In the grocery stores you find the cute little sugar skulls and Pan Muerto ( a sweet bread) that is shared with family.  You will also find Marigold Flowers and Plants at the local nurseries, that decorate the graves.  At the cemetery you  also find trucks full of the colorful flowers.  This is a joyful way to celebrate the death of a family member.
Catrinas
Local people dressed as Catrinas.

The celebrations start on October 31st and is known as All Hallows Daywhich is a day to celebrate the children who have crossed over.  It culminates on November 4th at the Cholla Mall Road with the judging of the altars and the Catrinas.  Catrinas are the skelton figurines that are made of paper mache or porcelain and come in all sizes and painted in bright colors.  There a couple of places in Rocky Point that carry a nice selection the Catrinas and they are Latitude 31 Gift Shop and Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port.
Parade on the water.
Festival Offering on the Sea of Cortez

Here is partial schedule of the events going on.
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2 & 3:  Set up of the Altars on the Cholla Bay Mall or “Shack’s 5th Avenue)
November 3: Festival Dia De Muertos offering at the Sea of Cortez. Here decorated floats will parade in the harbor.
November 4: Judging of the Altars and Catrinas

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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XLVI Cervantino Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Cervantiono flyer

Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco.  October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival.  The event is held on the Malecon area of the city.  Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez.  The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.

This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians.  Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times.  Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.

Cervantino 5
Maria Ines Ochoa “La Rumurosa”

XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port
Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
7:50 Opening
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
India
Samandar Khan Mnagabiar Rajasthani

 
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Dancers
Groupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti dancers

Band
Big Band Jazz

 
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Muscial group
Ma. Christine Plata y Musical GroupS

Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
Vocalist
Flor Amargo Vocalist on October 19

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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Q & A's about Travel to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico #5

The questions still keep coming so here we go.  We hope these are the answers are helpful to you and if you need additional information don’t hesitate to email me at

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Question: From Melissa. I am coming to Puerto Peñasco soon and will be bringing  my son and his friend. His friend is 11 and has his passport.  Is there any other documentation that I need or a consent letter?

Answer: Melissa, you should definitely have a letter of consent for the friend.  In case of an emergency and you need to have medical attention, you will really want to have that.  In the case of a child whose parents are divorced, you should get that letter from the parent who has custody and if the parents share custody, I would have both parents sign it and have it notarized.  This would also apply to yourself.  Even if you get questioned going back into the United States for some reason, you have proof that you have permission to have the children out of the country.  I am sure the boys will have a great time on the beach as there is so much to look for in the tide pools.

 

US Passports
Choose from a Passport or Passport Card or both.

Question: From Bill.  Can you clarify at what age do children need passports and can you clarify if the what documentation is needed to travel from Mexico to the United States by auto.  There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the new AZ driver’s license.  Is it acceptable?

Answer: Thanks Bill, this question comes up all the time.  Below is what I found out.  It seems to be different depending on the source you are looking at, which is contrary to what I have been told previously.  In other reports it says everyone has to have a passport or passport card.  On my next trip to the USA I plan to stop and ask at the border.  Regarding your question about the new drivers license that has to be done by 2020, there is nothing that I have been able to find from their site that says it can be used  for border crossing from Mexico.  Best bet is get a passport card.

Western Hemisphere Land and Sea

Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, children under age 16 who are U.S. or Canadian citizens do not need a passport when traveling by land or sea within the Western Hemisphere travel zone. This area includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the countries of the Caribbean Region. You must present your baby’s birth certificate or naturalization card.

For more information check out our blog post: PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

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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