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Is it Safe to go to Rocky Point?

Well it is that time of the year when US State Department sends out its warning about not going to Mexico!!  I say really?  I have been coming to Mexico by myself for over 25 years and have never once had an issue driving alone.  They say don’t drive at night, well let me tell you, we don’t drive at night in the US as there are to many crazies out there. We love our tourists and make certain you are comfortable and feel at home in our hometown.  For those of you familiar with motorhomes, over the years we have had large caravans of Prevost motorhomes ($1/2 million an up). They would not come here if it was not safe.  You must buy Mexican auto insurance and this can be done online or when you pass through Ajo, AZ.  Please get full coverage unless your  vehicle is a clunker, then you can insure only your drivers license.  My adage is you get what you pay for.  When we have to go to Phoenix for anything,  I dread it.

Sailing Boat in Rocky Point, Mexico

Come to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico aka Rocky Point.  We are an hour drive from the US border and the road is a good road with nice wide shoulders and the Green Angels patrol it regularly to see if anyone has a car issue.

Our pristine  beaches are not covered with sea weed and you can walk for along time without running into a soul.

Sunset in Rocky Point
Photo by @cokiegritus @RyleeDallaire

Go picking up shells or sand dollars. Our sunsets are stunning!

Malecon in Rocky Point
Photo by Oscar Monroy Avila

Come and go Whale watching.
Remember we are a small fishing town and we would love to show you our town.  Here, people look at you and say hello.  From the man that sells papers on the corner who waves at us every day to the people in Sam’s Club and yes to our neighbors.  Someone recently asked me “why would you want to move here”.  My reply is simple.. the PEOPLE,  the calm Caribbean Blue water, the sunsets, the history and culture just to name a few.  We have fresh fish and shrimp daily and not flown in once a week.  Great restaurants abound as well as the simple Sonoran Hot Dog stands and Taco stands.  Everything.. always fresh.. always clean and ohhhhhhhhhhhh so good.  Life moves slower here, so if you are in a hurry, perhaps we might not be for you.  People here don’t seem to have anxiety or heart attacks as our pace is different.
Bluer Marlin Restaurant
Blue Marlin Restaurant

If you are coming for “Spring Break” or perhaps you are a parent thinking about allowing your young person to come here with their friends, PLEASE tell them one thing and that is BE RESPECTFUL to the local people and don’t leave your brains at the border.  If they follow this rule, they can have a wonderful time and never have trouble.  We taught our grand children this rule from little on and it has paid off.  It is like the US, the people here don’t respect the people with a foul mouth or pants around their ankles or going half naked down the road in and open vehicle.
Jetski riding in Rocky Point

Be it an adult or young person, YOU are a GUEST in someone’s city and country, do as you would in the US.
Come and have fun and we will look forward to meeting you and make sure you are having a great time here.  Remember be safe, drive safe and not drunk and the Mexico life will be fun for you.
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and see Mexico like we see it.
As we say Hasta Pronto or See You Soon.
Want to know where to go for great food or anything else, email me at nocomosi@msn.com.
 
 
 

Things To Know In Puerto Peñasco

If you did not see it, Puerto-Penasco.com was mentioned in a write up in the Huffington Post last week. It was about people like me who live out of the USA.. it seems we are called “Digital Nomads”… so there, now I have a title. Writing the blogs is a great opportunity for me to show case the city and country that we live in and love. If you ever need to know anything about Puerto Peñasco, please email me and if I don’t have the answer, I will find it.

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This is a blog to let you know about 2 items that are very important to tourists as well as people living in Puerto Peñasco. Mexico will be holding their elections on Sunday June 7th. This is the case throughout Mexico. The are electing State and Federal Congressmen and women, Mayor and Governors. Puerto Peñasco will become “dry” from midnight June 6th to midnight June 7th. What that means is that no alcohol can be purchased. Stock up on Friday if you live here. Thus far the election candidates seem to be running a low key race. There have been a lot of small rallies in the neighborhoods and both here and Guaymas there were large rallies on the Malecon. I am sure next week there will be a lot of celebrations.

holding a jellyfish

The next thing to touch on as it nears July, the Jelly Fish will have arrived. There have been sightings of them already but July is usually when it peaks. If you have not seen the Jelly Fish here, they are usually smaller in size and a beautiful dark blue body with LONG tentacles and that is what stings you. It does not hurt to take ammonia to the beach as that will usually take the sting out. Many of the Jelly Fish wash up on shore, but don’t let that fool you..STAY AWAY. You will see them in other parts of Mexico’s beaches and Southern California, but they usually look like large white or opaque plates.

little girl holding a jellyfish

It depends on if we are in a La Niña or El Niño year ( that is where the water temperatures change dramatically)as to when they arrive in full force. To show you how the difference can be, several years ago, the beaches outside of the town were being covered with dead Pelicans. Scripps was called in from San Diego and it was determined it was due to the water change and when the birds dove there was not food at the level they were use to. It is amazing how the water temperature can change so many things

Pelican Rocky Point

Next we have Sting Rays. These are the flat with wing like bodies that make them float through the water. They can range in size from small extra large to filling up the back of a pick-up truck (I have seen this myself) out at La Pinta Beach. These are the most difficult things if you get hit. The barb that is their tail is what you will feel. Usually at low tides is when this will occur. Please when you are wading in the water shuffle your feet. They actually do not want to hurt you, but that barb is the mechanism that they use to protect themselves. So remember shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. If you do get hit by the rays, get to the Red Cross as soon as possible or if needed have the resort you might be staying to call them out to the resort. Those barbs are nothing to mess with.

Stingray in Puerto Penasco

June will be filled with many events, but we will cover them next time. Also watch for additions to our ever changing blog and news feed pages. We will be adding a lot of new things so keep watching and “liking” us (facebook.com/PuertoPenascoMex). Most of all remember we are a very safe port and place to vacation. Also remember “Mi Casa es su Casa”.

Border Crossing Tips

In order to get to Mexico you must cross the US/Mexico border. Crossing the border makes some people nervous, but let me assure you there is nothing to worry about! All you have to do is make sure you are following all the rules that both the countries have set on what can be brought in and out. If you follow these rules you will be able to make it across the border to Rocky Point in no time!
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There are fewer rules about what you can bring when you are going into Mexico rather than what you can bring on the way out, but you still want to make sure to strictly follow them so you don’t run into any unneeded trouble. When crossing the border into Mexico you cannot bring any meat, or produce. Some people will tell you that you can get away with it, but I always say you are better safe than sorry. Plus, there are several grocery stores close to the resorts that you can get all of your essentials. The biggest rule when crossing the border into Mexico is do not bring any guns, or ammunition. When I crossed this was the only thing they asked us for and they mean business. You don’t want to fool around with bringing these kinds of things into Mexico, or you will find yourself in some serious trouble.
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For a general rule of thumb, it is best not to bring back anything into the United States that is illegal here. Do not bring any drug paraphernalia, marijuana (or other drugs), fireworks, Cuban cigars, switchblade knives, sea turtle boots  (or any other type of endangered species). If you attempt to bring back any of these items you are at the mercy of Customs and Border Patrol and the severity of your punishment is up to them. When going on vacation a lot of people like to buy gifts for friends and family and that is OK. Although, there is an $800 exemption for gifts and personal artifacts, which includes one liter of alcoholic beverages per person who is over the age of 21. This holds true for every 30 days, so if you wanted to bring down more than the allotted amount, come back to Rocky Point for another vacation 30 days later!
 
If you make a mistake and accidentally bring back something you aren’t supposed to, but aren’t aware of it and CBP confronts you, simply tell the truth and tell them you did not know. It is best to be up front with them and not try to hide anything from them, or be sneaky. You are dealing with United States law and border safety is not a joke to CBP. Crossing the border is easy and should take very little time, just make sure come up with your windows down, that everyone in the car is being respectful and have your passports ready!