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Puerto Peñasco Q & A’s #8

Our readers are always asking  about what there is to do in Rocky Point.
From Sandy:

We will be coming mid December and staying for a couple of months. What is there to do and see while we are there?  The first week we will have family with little children, so need to entertain them.  We are staying in Las Conchas on the beach and wonder how far it is from the town.

Answer:

Mid December will provide you with nice sunny warm days but the evenings do cool off, so bring light jackets.  During the time when you  have the little ones here, you can take them to the tide pools when the tide is out and let them explore.  They will enjoy getting sea shells as well as maybe finding a baby octopus in those tide pools.  You can also take them to the aquarium which is located behind Capone’s on Sinaloa Blvd.  They will also have a learning experience if you take them to CEDO which is located in Las Conchas. Here they will be able to see a full size skeleton of a whale. There is also a gift shop with some great books on the area.  Another thing you can do with the children as well as adults is go back north of town to visit the Pinacate Volcano Visit Center.  Here you can watch a movie about the area and they are interactive things to view inside the center.

Biosphere
View from the Visitor Center at the Pinacate Biosphere

Now for the adults.  Rocky Point has 3 golf courses for those golfers.  One at Las Palomas, one at the Isla Del Mar and one at the Mayan Palace.  All of these will provide a challenge.  The course at the Mayan has several holes that parallel the Sea of Cortez. If you have people that love to fish, there is no better place than in the Sea of Cortez.  There are several fishing charters that will take them out and everything is included in the charge.  One of pour favorites is the Pancho Villa,which is a family owned cabin cruiser.  This time of year, depending on how far you go out or for how long you want to go, they will catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger fish (which are not huge) but do put up a fight, just to name few.  The crew will clean and fillet them for you to have at your beach front home.

Golf
Las Palomas Golf Course

Sea of Cortez
Horse back riding on the beach.

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

For the ladies, there is great shopping on Rodeo Drive.  here you will find Fabiloa’s Beach Apparel and accessories, Su Casa (gifts for the home) as well as many shops caring items made in Mexico such as Talavera pottery.  A must place to shop is Mercedes Rusticos  located on the hill as you are coming out of the Malecon and across from the Friendly Dolphin.  Here you can purchase complete sets of dishes made in Mexico as well as other glasses and other things for the home.  Check out the Blue Marlin for the best coconut shrimp around.  They can also hang out at the Boo Bar, which is located above the shrimp market.  Sit out under the big palapa and take in the sunsets.  You will find plenty to keep you occupied.

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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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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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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Garufa Grand Opening October 4, 2018

Garufa
Grand Opening Party Garufa.  Photo by Eric Brown

Ribbon Cutting
October 4 2018 was the ribbon cutting at a Private Grand Opening Party Photo by Eric Brown

The décor is warm and inviting with the use of brick work, comfortable tables and chairs, an open kitchen, handsome bar and lots of windows to make you feel right at home.  In the hostess station area there are chairs to sit in while waiting for your table.  From the front entry, you can see one of the 2 private party areas.  The lighting is soft but you can read the menu with no problem.  This time of year, dine on the outdoor patio and soak in the wonderful Rocky Point weather.

Garufa Inside

Garufa Argentinian Steakhouse opened their doors for a pre-grand opening party on October 5th in Puerto Peñasco to their family, friends and dignitaries.  As you can see from the photos it was a huge success.  They served aprox. 120 people in a professional timely organized manner.  The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food and their wines.

Garufa
Guests enjoying Argentinean specialties. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photos.

The meal consisted of wonderful Beef Slider appetizer .. next came Empanadas, that were divine. They feature 8 different types of Empanada’s on the menu and our table was really fond of the Blue Cheese stuffed ones. This was followed by a lovely salad to share.  After enough time to let everything settle the staff came out with melt in your mouth Arrecherra Steak (which is known in the United States as a marinated Flank Streak).  The meal was finished off with like little round pecan pies.  The meal was served with a Sangria, a Spanish wine or beer.  They make their own bread and rolls, which is a real plus as they are light and tasty.

Flank Steak
Simply delicious. Archerrea Steak. Photo by Eric Brown

Empanadas
Garufa offers 8 different Empanadas.

There wine list is outstanding and it includes wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico as well as Spain and other places.  The presentation of the wines is one of the most unique we have seen.  They feature a full bar with a lot of very nice Tequila’s also.

Wine Selection
Choose you wine from behind the glass walls. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photo.

A couple of days later the out door patio was finished and just in time to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco. They open daily at 1:00 p.m.  One thing that makes this stand out beside the food is that it has ample secure parking.

Planning to come to Rocky Point for Thanksgiving, get your reservation for lodging in early.  Many restaurants will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner so check out Latitude 31 as they fill up fast.

My thanks to Eric Brown for allowing me to share his photos as my camera has a glitch.

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 regarding Puerto Penasco Mexico #4

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.

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Pets
Traveling with your dogs/cat into Mexico

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.

Read More: Bringing Your Pet to Rocky Point

Pet Boarding Puerto Penasco
Pet Boarding

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 Point and 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.

Rocky Point Rally
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

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”.

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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Fall will soon be in the air in Puerto Peñasco

The summer traffic is finally winding down and the schools are back in session, so that means that fall should be following by shortly.  With fall comes a lot of events for everyone.

September 16
The Mexican Flag is flying proudly all over the city.

If you have never been here on September 15th for the call to El Grito or the “Call for Independence”  it is quite a production.  This tradition dates back to 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call in Dolores, Guanajuato to gather all the people to revolt against the Spanish colonizers.  It is on this evening that all eyes are on City Hall at the intersection of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  City Hall and the surrounding streets are all decorated with Mexican Flags and red, white and green streamers.  Normally they attach fireworks to the light posts.  This is the night where  the previous Mayor passes the guard to the new Mayor.  In this case Mayor Kiko Munro will be Mayor for a second term.  It is here he is surrounded by his family and friends and makes a speech starting at 11:00 p.m.  The crowds are huge so if you want to see the festivities, make sure to get there early to find a place to park.  Throughout the city there will celebrations in the streets with bands, food vendors and vendors selling Mexican Flags and apparel.  At the end of the ceremony, the crowd will sing the Mexican National Anthem and then the party  begins.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

The long awaited Grand Opening of Garufa is  scheduled for September 28.   This restaurant chain from Zacatecas has been around for many years, but this is the 1st one opening in a tourist beach city.  While you are visiting Rocky Point make sure you add this to your place to have a great steak or seafood.  It is located next to Chango’s between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA.

Planning ahead for a visit to Rocky Point in October  mark your calendar for the Dirty Beach RunThe event takes place  October 20th and will consist of an obstacle course and a 5K run.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
October 26th-28th is the popular Cornhole Tournament in Cholla Bay

Check out these events for October.  On the 6th is the One Club Open, on the 13th you will have the Rocky Point Beach Vollyball Tournament, also on the 13th you can view the Regatta from Sandy Beach.  One of the great cultural events will be held October 18 – 20th in the Old Port and it is the Cervantino Festival . The last  event which is held in Cholla Bay is  the Cornhole Tournament.  This event draws huge crowds so get there early for a good parking spot.  We will give you more information on each event later in September.

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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Questions about Mexico? Ask Beverly III

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa does both fishing charters as well as sunset tours

We are continuing our  Q & A forum from our readers.  If you have any questions, please send them to us.
Question:Hi there!!!!

 It’s me again! How are you? I hope all is well! I’m just writing to ask you if you would recommend Puerto Peñasco in the month of October? My family and I are thinking of visiting this year again in the month of October. What do you think? Also, how has Puerto Peñasco been lately (safety and security wise)? Thanks so much for all of your help! Looking forward to your response soon! Take care and have a great day!!!!

Answer: Hi Susana,

October is a great month especially mid October.  The humidity should be almost gone.  There aren’t any major holidays as far as traffic goes.  There have been no safety issues or security from the time you enter Mexico until the time you head back.  The water will still be nice and morning walks on the beach are a must.  How long are you planning on being here?  Are you coming with small children?  If so, they can enjoy the tide pools looking for little creatures. A visit to CEDO in Las Conchas is a must as they will get to see a full size skeleton of a whale and it is a great learning center for them.  They have a gift shop with books about the area and it is really nice.  Most restaurants will be open everyday if you want to eat out.
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Boats
Heading out for a sunset.
Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

Question: This will be the first time visit to Puerto Peñasco and we are wondering what there is to do and is it safe.
Answer: Thanks for asking. Not sure what time of the year you are planning to be here, but pretty soon, the weather will be changing, so you can enjoy walking or running on the beach.  If you are a golfer, we offer 3 golf courses for your enjoyment.  Fishing your thing, there are several fishing charters to choose from.  After a relaxing day on the beach, take a sunset cruise on one or our many sunset cruises.  You can also to ride horse back on the beach which is really fun.  We have several really great restaurants to choose from and a few with Sea of Cortez view.  This places also offer a great sunset view.

Las Palomas
A challenging beautiful golf course. Photo courtesy Plinio Riverio

I have lived here full time since 2008 and have never had a safety issue.  My children and grandchildren have also been coming here for many years with no issues.  I tell people, if you are looking for trou0ble I am sure you can find it, but otherwise you will have a wonderful stay.  Don’t forget to get Mexican auto insurance full coverage.  It may be a little more expensive for full coverage, but it will protect your vehicle.  Let me know when you plan to come and I will try to update you with events.  The main thing we have upcoming will be the Rocky Point Rally, Veteran’s Day weekend.  The town is probably already sold out.
If you are planning to buy or adopt a dog, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue.  Choose from puppies or senior dogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Look at this face!
This little lovebug is a new addition at Barb’s Dog Rescue

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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Amador Dental Care has moved to a new location

The Amador Dental Clinic has opened it’s doors in a new location. Dr. Shirley Amador Garcia and her husband Paul Amador Chong opened on Blvd. Freemont in the Plaza del Sol Center early August.  As you  know Dr. Shirley is a General and Cosmetic dentist and Paul is a Registered Dental Hygienist.   This is the center that Chef Mickey and Mic Mickey’s is located in.  The new office is on the left side of the center facing Blvd. Freemont.

Dentist
Dr.Shirley Amador and her husband Paul Amador Chong in fornt of their new office

You will still have the personalized service as you received before or even better as they believe in dental care with a heart.  When you go here, you are treated like family.  They are committed to your dental health.  Every morning they have “huddles” with the staff to make certain that patient is #1.  They work with and train the front desk to be accurate, so that the patient doesn’t drive to Puerto Peñasco only to find there appointment was not entered in the log.  Because of their work ethics they treat the staff as equals and that way everyone is working as a team.

Paul Amador
Paul Amador greeting one of his old patients at the new location.

X-Ray
This is state of the art dental X-ray equipment

In their new location, with the help of a new machine, they can do total Panoramic x-rays that acts much like a MRI machine. It scans the entire mouth both top and bottom and can detect TMJ, infections, bone issues, sinuses and more.  It is totally digital and non-evasive as far as radiation goes.  When it is finished, it will show your whole mouth on the computer screen that is in each office.  This in conjunction with conventional X-ray photos will provide a total picture of your mouth and gums.  They also use a smaller camera unlike the  old camera’s that had a big piece of X-ray material to get into your mouth.

Amador Dental Care
Hand held X-ray

The facility has a total RO (Reverse Osmosis) system that meets the highest standards thro0ughout.  While you are having your dental work done, they have over head televisions watch to take your mind off of things and relax.

Dental Care
Sit back and relax while getting your teeth cleaned or any other dental procedure done

This husband and wife team have been together in this field for over 12 years. They met in dental school and the rest is history.   They have 3 other doctors that will come and preform specialized dental procedures. They have Dr. Raymond Lopez, Endodontist who specializes in root canals, oral surgeries will bring Dr. Adrian Brau from Hermosillo and Dr. Andreas Garcia who is a Periodontist in Mexicali.

Dr. Shirley and Paul also volunteer at the Rocky Medical Clinics in the San Rafael area when they hold dental clinics as they believe in giving to others less fortunate.

Please give them a call or stop in and see the new facility and make your appointment to make that smile even more beautiful.  You may reach them from the USA at 602-773-1058 or in Mexico at 638-388-7308. Their email is amadordentalcare@gmail.com

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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Questions about Mexico.. ask Beverly on Puerto Peñasco.com

We at Puerto-Peñasco.com are striving to make our blogs more useful in answering your questions that have been sent in.  I welcome your questions and will do a posting a couple of times a month to answer them.  When you send me a question please tell me if it is OK to use it along with just your first name and city you are from.  These are frequently asked questions on other forums but I will not bother you with sarcastic answers but rather try to help make your stay in Rocky Point enjoyable.

Sonoran Resorts
Beaches and Pool.

Q: First from Cherilyn

My family and I visited Puerto Peñasco at the end of June. We enjoyed ourselves. We are thinking of coming back soon. I wanted to see if you knew of the best months to come and visit Puerto Peñasco. Please do explain some down times so that I would have a better understanding on which months would be best. 🙂 I am aware that there various opinions on when it’s a good time to go and when it’s not.  Since you’re a resident of Puerto Peñasco, I thought I’d ask you! 🙂 Many thanks for responding.

A:  The weather here in summer is very much like Phoenix.  Our humidity right now is higher than June and will remain this way until usually near the 21st of September. That is when the weather seems to change.

If you don’t mind the humidity you can enjoy the summer months.  In June and July there are some Jellyfish so that is a concern, but they should be gone pretty soon. From October through June are great months with warm days and cool nights.  The Sea of Cortez starts to get cold in November and warms back up again in March/April.
Thanksgiving is a great time to be here as there are so many things going on like art festivals, Mermaid Market, etc.  Between Christmas and New Year it usually slow.  You should avoid Spring Break weeks and Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day as the town is packed.  Also the weekend of Veterans Day November 8th – 12th is packed as we have our 18th annual Bike Fest and the city is packed with motorcycles.  We don’t mind the bikers as they do contribute a lot to the economy and help support our 7 charities.
Glad you enjoyed your selves.  One other thing, there is no longer a off season and if you come you may want to consider arriving on Thursday and leaving on Mondays as even with out a holiday weekend, there have been long lines crossing back to the US.
Passport
Simple Application for getting your Passport

Q: Do I need a passport to get back in to Mexico?

A:  You do not need a passport to get into Mexico but you should have one to get back into the United States.  It is the LAW.  Also by law if you are a United States citizen, you have to be admitted back into your own country, however, immigration can make your life miserable and your wait time a little longer by putting you through the secondary check point.  Not only that, while everyone in your vehicle is fumbling around for a birth certificate, you are holding the law biding folks up behind you.  Please read our blog “PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Sonoyta
Crossing from Lukeville, AZ to Sonoyta, Mexico

Q: Do I need a car permit to go to Rocky Point?

A:  Currently we are part of the FREE ZONE as is the Baja Peninsula, meaning no permit needed.  However if you are planning on traveling south of Empalme  you will  need one.  These can be gotten about 15 miles south of Sonoyta or can be gotten at the Mexican Consulate in Arizona or California.  The cost for this is about $44.00 USD.  You must have a valid US credit card to pay with and there are also some refundable temporary import fees that are refunded when you turn our permit in.  This permit is called TIP or Temporary Vehicle Permit.  Banjercito is a Military Bank that helps tourists traveling beyond the FREE ZONE to obtain a TIP.   Make 3 copies of everything as many times their printers don’t work or you have to pay to have them done at the bank there.  You will also need a credit card from the United States or cash.

You will need your Passport or passport card plus these additional items.

  1. Driver’s License issued outside of Mexico
  2. If you are not a Mexican citizen, a Mexican immigration permit-such as a tourist (FMM), business or immigrant permit/visa.
  3. Original and photocopy of Bill of Sale, Deed to Property and Vehicle Registration issued by a foreign authority in the applicant’s name. If the title of the vehicle is in the name of a spouse, child, or parent – a birth certificate or marriage license must be presented.
  4. Proof of temporary or annual Mexican auto insurance policy for your vehicle.
  5. Certificate of cancelled import permit for any prior temporary import permits.
  6. In addition, if you have a leased, financed or company car you will also need the following:
    • Leased Vehicles: Lease contract and notarized letter of permission from the leasing company.
    • Financed Vehicles: Credit contract and notarized letter of permission from the lienholder or lending institution.
    • Company Car: A notarized letter of permission confirming the employment relationship and authorizing the employee to import the vehicle into Mexico.
    • Above information from MexPro.

Q: Am I required to get a visa to go to Puerto Peñasco?

A: Only if you are planning on going farther south or staying longer that 7 days, then you need to get a 180 day temporary tourist VISA at the INM office to the right of where you get the red light/green light.

  • Easily obtained at an INM office at the border or online (online still requires a stop at INM at the border for the official stamp).
  • Requires a valid passport or passport card
  • The stamped FMM is valid for land travel throughout Mexico
  • Cost as of January 2017, $533 Pesos (appx U.S. $24) per person; FREE if the trip is 7 days or less and you cross by land
  • May be issued for up to 180 days.  This price varies due the floating peso.

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PASSPORT or PASSPORT CARD.. it is the LAW

Years ago, the only time there were back ups going into Mexico at the Lukeville, Arizona crossing 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.

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The scenery through Organ Pipe National Monument

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.

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Simple Application for getting your Passport

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.

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

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.

Passport Card
Front and Back of the US Passport Card

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.

Registration Volunteers
25 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Rocky Point Rally
The Old Port packed with bikers.

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.

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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