Although the 20th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally was in November 2020, it will be celebrated November 11th – 14th of 2021. This was due to concerns of Covid. The Rocky Point Rally is billed as the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border. This year we will have the sanctioned event throughout the city. If you do not have your hotel or condo rental made, you may want to do it ASAP as many places are already filed up.
We will have our registration area set up at the Barklin Circle K (just south of the overpass coming towards Puerto Peñasco) as in previous years as well as Playa Bonita. Here you can register for $25.00USD and receive your official patch, pin as well as a surprise anniversary gift. Here you can also buy your Poker Run tickets for $10.00 USD. If you pre-register online, you can pick up your packet at these locations, just bring a copy of your receipt. In the pouch will be the program which will have discounts or coupons from many local businesses as well as the patch and pin. For the Anniversary this year, you have the option to purchase in advance a VIP package which will give you some special gifts as well for $100.00 USD. All of the registration money goes to our 8 local charities and this is a large part of their annual budget. The charities we support are Casa Hogar Home for the Elderly, DIF services for children and families in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta, George Papanicolau Centerfor cancer awareness, Red Cross, Bomberos (Fire department), CAM La Montana, school for children with disabilities and a local scholarship. When you register you will also be treated to a fish taco and a nice cold Mexican beer.
Right next to the registration area you can buy all of the official apparel such as tanks, tee shirts and sweat shirts. They have a great selection of styles and sizes for women and men.
In addition to all the friendships that are made every year, you will be treated to some great music and food throughout the city, Pirate Ship boat tours of the harbor, Bike Parade around the city, Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center. Most of the bars will have live music for your enjoyment as well as some really good food. Playa Bonita Hotel will host the Opening Night Welcome Party on the 11th.
So mark your calendar for some fun at the 20th Anniversary Partyof the Rocky Point Rally, enjoy some of our stunning sunsets and everything we have to share with you. If you have any questions regarding the rally, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Palacioalong 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.
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.
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 Frogis 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.
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.
Puerto Peñascowill 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 Pointwill 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.
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.
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 Hotelon 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 Party7 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 HotelSunset 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.
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.
We are continuing our question and answer series regarding a variety of questions from our readers regarding traveling to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. If you have a question you can send it to the email address below and I will try to answer it promptly.
Question:I will be traveling with my dog, what do I need to bring to enter Mexico and re-enter into the USA? Thanks, Ginger
Answer:Thanks for the question Ginger. What most of us have done who travel back and forth frequently is to make a copy of the shot record with a picture of your dog/cat. If stopped you can hand it to them. They are mainly concerned about making sure the rabies shot is current and the rabies vaccination must be 15 days prior to travel into Mexico . Once in awhile you are asked for a Certificate of Health. But if you have what I have suggested, you should be good. Certificates of Health are only good for 10 days in Arizona and are very costly. They can be gotten up to the day before travel. They use to be good for 6 months. One other thing to consider, if you are renting, check with the owner as most places do not allow pets. In the condo developments only owners can have their pets unless the owner gives permission. We do have a pet hotel here for boarding if needed and it is Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa. Hope this answers your concerns. If you are planning on bringing something other than a dog or cat, they are not considered pets according to Mexican regulations and there are several steps to go through for this.
Question:Do I need to buy Mexican Insurance and what do I need? Appreciate your help, Paul B.
Answer:Hi Paul, you do need to buy Mexican Insurance for either your auto or RV if you have one. By law, you are required to buy liability, but remember, that it only covers the other person’s vehicle. I would also suggest that you don’t just cover your drivers license if you are coming down with different vehicles. Here again it is a liability only policy even though it may save you some money short term. With insuring your DL you only have liability coverage and coverage is only if you are driving the vehicle or whoever is named on the policy. Buy full coverage on your vehicle and if you come down often, you may want to consider an annual policy as it will save you money in the long run. If you are planning on coming to Rocky Pointand then traveling say to Ensenada, make sure you are covered.
Question:Does 911 work in Mexico? From Jamie G.
Answer: Yes Jamie, it does work and you will be directed to an English speaking dispatcher if you are not fluent in Spanish. In the case of an accident with injuries, you may also contact the US Consulate in Nogales and they will have one of their 2 American volunteers help to assist you.
Remember there a lot of activities going on in the fall months, so plan ahead and make your reservations soon. The 18th Annual Bike Rally is Veteran’s Day weekend ( November 8 – 11) and most hotels, condos and homes are already booked. This is billed as “The greatest bike party, south of the border”.
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.
Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizonacrossing would be on the major United States holidays and the return would be the same issues, long lines for hours.
Fast forward to 2018 and you will find long lines on nearly every weekend coming and going. Tourists use to leave Sunday morning to cross back to the US, but then they found long lines, so they would leave later on Sunday. That worked for a little while, but longer lines. Then they started going back on Monday morning early and that also worked for awhile. Last week there was still a back up on Tuesday morning. We are a popular destination.
My suggestion to avoid long weekend lines is to come either mid week or Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday morning at 6 – 7 am or after 5 p.m. Another good reason to come mid week if possible is the hotels and condos are usually a little cheaper. If at all possible, I would avoid traveling the week of Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend as these seem to be the busiest of all the holidays. There is no guarantee as to the travel times, however this is a good estimate. If you are here and have internet, go to www.USBorderWaitTimes and it will give you some idea on the day you are leaving. As for lines coming in there really is no way to tell. I did notice on the U.S. side, they have put out signs that say there may be slow traffic ahead. Please remember not to speed through Organ Pipe National Park as the Park Rangers can and do ticket people and please don’t put other people’s lives in danger by passing in no passing zones on both sides of the border.
There are many factors that come into play with long lines. There has been a strong military presence at the border on the Mexican side to help look for drugs or other contraband headed north. As of late, however, both coming and going, they mainly just wave you on through. This compounded with so many tourists and not all 5 lanes are open on the United States side creates a real log jam. On busy weekends for those of you coming to Puerto Peñasco, be patient.. the Sea of Cortez will be waiting for you, so no need to speed or pass in no passing zones. Remember all the nice people you may have met in line on the way in will probably be traveling with on the way home. Smile and hang in there.
One of the hold ups are that many tourists feel they don’t need a passport or a passport card. YES YOU DO… It is the law! Fortunately for these people it is also the law that if you are a US Citizen, they have to admit your back into your country. However, the border people can make your life very difficult and make you go through the secondary check point, causing you both a delay and creating a hold up of law abiding folks behind you. The law is everyone no matter what age must have a PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.
It is a very simple process. 1)If you are an adult, fill out the form DS11, 2) Get supporting documents (citizen evidence such as birth certificate), 3) Provide photo 4) calculate fees and submit. The cost for the PASSPORT is $110 for the Application and $35 for Acceptance Fee. The cost for the card is $30.00 for the Application and $35 for the Acceptance Fee. If you want both the book and the card the fee is $140 for the Application and $35. for the Acceptance fee. Bear in mind these are non-refundable fees if for some reason you are denied. Remember the adult Passport is good for 10 years.
If you are renewing your passport or passport card you will need form #DS82. Follow the steps on the form and mail in payment. The renewal fee for the Passport is $110.00, Passport Card is $30.00 and the combo is $140.00. You have already been accepted so you do not have to pay the additional $35.00. For renewals you will need 1) Fill out form, 2) Submit most recent passport (make a copy of it in case it gets lost in the mail, 3) Include name changes if applicable, 4) Provide photo 5) Calculate fees, 6) Mail forms.
If you have children under 16 they also need a Passport or Passport Card. The charges are as follows: $80.00 for the Application and $35 .00 for Acceptance Fee, Passport Card Application is $15.00 for the Passport Card and $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee or if you want both it will be $95.00 for the Application and again the $35.00 for the Acceptance Fee. The children must appear in person and their Passports or Passport Cards are only valid for 5 years. For the children you will also use form #DS11. 1) Fill out form, 2) Provide US Citizen evidence, 3)take a copy of the US Citizen evidence 4) Show parental relationship, 5) Present parental/guardian evidence, 6) Bring photocopy of ID, 7) Show parental consent in case of divorce bring a copy of the decree, 8) Provide photo, 9) Present fees and finish the application.
If you have additional questions or need more detailed information please go to https://travel.state.gov Remember the wait time to get your 1st passport or renewal back will take 4 – 6 weeks. You can expedite it with additional fees.
There are so many events going on currently with benefits for getting the necessary items for a child to go back to school, to new restaurant openings, fishing, golfing or just sit back and relax. Come fall the Mermaid Markets will start up again. Don’t forget about Bike Festival by the Sea of CORTEZ is coming up the weekend of November 8th – the 12th. If you haven’t gotten your room reservation by now, you had better do it as many places are already full.
WOW, soon it will be 2018! Where has 2017 gone? Glad the internet is around to do bill pay as I recall writing checks for everything and then it would take 6 months before I would get the new year correct. Times have changed and now I get annoyed in a store when someone writes a check and is holding up the line.
During 2017 we have seen a lot of good things happening here in Puerto Peñasco and there is promise of more to come in 2018. It was recently announced at the Arizona/Mexico Commission Meetings the construction on the Home Port will resume. That is to the credit of Governor Doug Ducey from Arizona and Governor Claudia Pavlovich the Governor from the State of Sonora. When this project becomes a reality, it will be a boom for both Arizona and Puerto Peñasco. Goods and service will come to the port from Arizona and employment for not only construction of the facilities but helping with the cruise ships, thus putting many more locals to work. One cruise line has signed a letter of intent to do the route.
Secondly we have seen tourism really blossom. In summer Rocky Point was full almost all of the time with families from El Paso, Juarez, Chihuahua and from the south of Mexico. We saw an increase in traffic from New Mexico and Texas. During USA holidays, the town is packed, thus creating lengthy delays coming into Mexico as well as the return to the USA. But never the less tourism continues to grow. Now that it is winter the retired folks are back in the RV Parks and they are all getting full again, even the off the beach ones are filling up.
Why do I mention these 2 items? It is because of the economic impact tourism has on Puerto Peñasco. The hospitality taxes increase thus allowing the city to better the infrastructure. Many folks are now again buying condos, lots and homes so the real estate sales are again on the rise. Shop owners are again selling their merchandise and restaurants and bars are doing very well.
We are seeing an increase in the construction of new hotels, bars and restaurants. All the sales tax again, helps Rocky Point grow. All over town you can see construction and it is moving forward not stalled as in the past.
The second Wind Fan was just installed so as to provide more power to city. There will be a total of 3 when completed.
Some of the developments that have been stalled since the economic nose dive a few years ago are now starting to rebound and have workers running around. The Laguana del Margolf course has been renamed and hopefully soon you will see model homes being built. Corona del Sol in Las Conchas is again selling and repairs are under way. Playa Azul which is located between Playa Encanto and the Mayan Palace has once again started promoting. All of this is great for Rocky Point.
On a personal note I have several resolutions that I am making and certainly hope to be able to keep.
#) I hope to be able to do more beach time with my husband and walks on the beach with our 2 German Shepherds Tucker and Frida.
#) I want to start to do some limited traveling again… it has been to long.
#) Praying for continued good health for myself and my husband Bill as well as family and friends.
#) Whale watching is on my radar this winter as they will soon be in the upper Sea of Cortez.
#) With any luck being able to go the Valle de Guadalupe and do some wineries
#) Hopefully go back to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see family.
#) To be able to keep writing blog,s as I enjoy it so much.
#) To continue to meet and make friends.
#) To be able to be a volunteer for various charity events which is something near and dear to my heart.
#10) To try to have more patience with everything and everyone around me.
I closing I want to wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year. Be safe no matter where your travels take you.
The 17th Annual 2017 Bike Festival is now under our belts here in Puerto Peñasco. It is estimated that we had well over 8,000 bikes in town for the 4 days event. It is billed as the “largest bike festival south of the border” and indeed it was. The entire Old Portwas wall to wall motorcycles. There was a group of 30 riders that came from Indonesia via California, many riders from Canada, Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and more. Then we had the clubs from Tijuana, Mexicali, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and other areas.
The group of 25 volunteers did an outstanding job of getting people to register and giving the riders directions. This was the 2nd year, that a pre-registration was done and it was very successful. Between online registration, Sandy Beach Poker Run, Bike Show and our local registration, we raised $541,247.00 pesos. What that means is the 8 charities, they will each receive $2781.00 USD and $3750 pesos.
There is a great deal of effort that goes into making this type of event run smoothly and safely. Remember Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) is still a small town to host this type of event. Oscar Palacio has been the coordinator of the event since it started and has to make many trips to the US/Mexico Border to make sure that everyone is on the same page to get these riders through not only the border crossings coming and going but through the little town of Sonoyta. Then come the trips to San Luis Rio Colorado to meet with those folks as well as the military check point that is set up at El Golfo. We also have local, state and federal police around town for safety of the bikers.
Several years Sr. Palacio came to coffee and asked myself and Sami Keesecker if we would help him to not only get the American community here behind it but to help with the entertainment and registration. How could we say no? So here we are about 6 years later and still getting folks involved. All of the volunteers are for the most part full time residents of Rocky Point and love to be involved with charity work. Attach the word charity to anything and they are all in to help. We now have a waiting list of folks that want to help. Beside being there for 2 full days to register the riders, they also spend 1 evening stuffing the bags the riders get when the register.
Speaking of charity, these are the charities that benefit from the Bike registration money raised. Red Cross (Cruz Rojo), Bomberos (Fire department) Casa Hogar Home for the elderly, DIF Penasco( the groups that helps with families in need, CAM La Montana (school for special needs children) , DIF Sonoyta and George Papanicolau Center (center for women’s cancer awareness) and DIF Scholarship.
During the rally, we also have a Toy Drive in which the bikers can either bring a toy down from the USA, purchase one here or donate money. This was also a huge success. The toys will be distributed on Kings Day on January 6th. If you would still like to donate toys or cash, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.
If you have not been to “the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border“ now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco. If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full. It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.
Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point. This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more. This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)
Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town. Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin. Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register. Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January. You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.
Registration from 9-5
Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am). Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the . Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris. Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKYwill present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00
The Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and the Rocky Point Riders.
Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30. The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port. Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium. Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30. Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone. We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.