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.
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.
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.
It is that time of the year when the whales once again make their appearance in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. However the main Whale Watching usually begins the end of January/March. It is absolutely amazing to see these gentle giants swim close enough that they can be seen from the condos on Sandy Beach. In this area we have Humpback and Fin whales. While you are in Rocky Point any time in the next couple of months, do yourself a favor and take advantage of one of the Whale Watching Trips. Along the way you are also likely to have the Dolphins accompany you and they do put on a show as they weave back and forth under and around your boat. Recently a couple of small whales have been sighted just off shore, but we will be in full swing to Whale Watch within a couple of weeks or so. When we see them is up to the whales.
You can choose whatever type of craft you would like to go out on. The following are the ones that offer not only Whale Watching, but they do Sunset trips, Bird Island trips (here you can enjoy the antics of the Sea Lions and their pups and a vast array of Marine life) or Fishing Charters.
1) Eco Fun is a 81’Catamaran that provides not only great picture taking opportunities but also has a complete open bar and 2 different snacks. You will not be disappointed with service of the crew. $45.00 USD pp for adults, $35.00 USD guests 11 years to 17 years and $25.00 USD for guests 3 years – 10 years. Maximum people for Whale Watching is 80. This is a great boat to do the Bird Island tours on so that you can swim with the Sea Lions and their pups and see Bird Island up close and personal. They carry on board Kayak’s as well for your pleasure. The sales office is located in the Baja Cantina Hotel on Matamoras in the Mirador area or phone them at 638-388-9699 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Pancho Villa Charters: Climb aboard this 57′ California yacht and sit back and enjoy. Pancho Villa Charters is a 12 year old family operated business and is named after the famed Franscisco “Pancho” Villa who was one of the most notable figures in the Mexican Revolution. It has recently under gone a remodel. It is available for Whale Watching, fishing, Wine Wednesday Sunsets and private charters. They personally meet with the client to make sure they get the most desirable trip ever and will cater to food and beverage preferences of the group. Whale watching is $50.00 USD pp or a 3 hour swim cruise. Want to go fishing it is $80.00 half day and $30.00 USD for the 2 hour sunset cruise or bay cruise. To make your reservation call 602-904-1700.
3) Del Mar Charters: This 42′ Catamaran is ideal for Whale Watching going out in small groups. This catamaran holds a minimum of 4 passengers and a maximum of 18 which is ideal for picture taking. It features lots of deck space for walking around as well as a net that will hold 8-10 people. Until sighting is in full swing they will not be taking any reservations. At the time of this writing the cost is $45.00 per person and it includes water, soda, margaritas and bottled beer.
They also offer trips to Bird Island and the cost for it is $90.00 per person and it includes snorkel gear, water, soda, margaritas, bottled beer and a burrito for lunch. Plan on a 4-6 hour trip. Here you can snorkel, swim or kayak with the Sea Lion pups. You can also choose from a day sail or sunset cruise.
Along with all of this you may opt for a fishing trip that will take you out up to 10 miles. They have 26′-29′ boats that is $310.00 for up to 5 people and $50.00 extra for each additional persons up to a max of 7. They provide everything from fishing license plus all the equipment to fish. Drinks and snacks are not provided but you can bring your own. For more information go to their face book page https://www.facebook.com/delmarcharters.mexico or email them at email@example.com.
Although you will NOT see Orca’s near Puerto Peñasco, they were recently sighted near to Puerto Lobos south of Rocky Point. They also visit once a year and as you can see from the pictures from fishinginlobas.com and arturo’sdiving&fishingtours.com they really put on a show. These big guys were recently spotted by a group of divers from Rocky Point.
I am sure if you have driven out to Cholla Bay, you may ask yourself what do people do out here? The folks in Cholla Bay are a very active group and they are always doing something to promote the Santa Claus Club that was founded by John Fowler years ago. In a previous blog we touched on the OTL Tournament the benefits the youth of Puerto Peñasco via the Santa Claus Club being held the same weekend on Sandy Beach by Changos.
The weekend of October 27th will be another Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay. This event will provide entertainment for everyone while raising money for the Santa Claus Club. The fun begins at Baja Cantina on October 27th at 6 pm. On Saturday the fun continues at J.J.’s Cantina in Cholla and ends October 29th at Dukes Sports Bar. There are money prizes for 1st – 6th place and even a prize for the 1st LOSER.
Go out and be a player or a spectator. While you are there, take the time if the tide is out to walk out into the bay and look for Sand Dollars or other shells. Make sure you stay for the sunsets as the are spectacular from there. J.J.’s Cantina is know far and wide for their NO SNIVELING merchandise. Get you t-shirts, license plate frames and more while enjoy a beverage on the outdoor patio under the big shade trees. This a great way to meet new friends or catch up with some old ones.
As you drive around through the area, you might even find a lot or a home for sale that you would like. There are many home available that have both bay and Sea of Cortez views. This can be a great investment for you and your family and a great place to retire.
Feel free to print the above form to register or go to www.santaclausclub.org for more details.
Make your reservations soon as the condos and hotels will be filling up. Need lodging, try Playa Bonita, Laos Mar, Baja Cantina or Penasco Del Sol Hotel. Many people are interested in the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”, so we are seeing more and more visitors coming for this event.
Any questions, email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com. Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and just 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.
Labor day is the last big weekend in Rocky Point before Thanksgiving. If you need a hotel or condo, better hurry as they are going fast. The weather can be a little hot, but hey, you have the Sea of Cortez to cool you off.
Many of the full time residents will be making their way back for the winter in September. If you are going to be back in Puerto Peñasco, please remember the annual Black and White Ball will be held September 30th at the Puerto Penasco Convention center. All proceeds go to DIF. For only $55.00 pp you will be treated to a wonderful dinner, dancing and the crowning of the Queen. Come see your friends and catch up. This is event is for anyone and everyone. If your hubby doesn’t have a tux, don’t worry, suits or sport coats are OK.
October seems to be the start of the RV’erswho make there winter pilgrimage to Puerto Peñasco. Many of the “snow birds” make their reservations a year or 2 in advance, so don’t be left out… make yours today if you are planning on being here for a few months.
October 30th is Halloween and in the RV parks like Playa Bonita, you will hear the children wandering around saying “trickey trickey”. No need to haul candy down unless you want as there are several places you can buy large bags of those sugary treats. As with every year, please be cautious that night as many of the children as well as the parents dress in dark clothes and it is very difficult to see them.
Another large event in October is Dia de la Muertos or Day of the Dead. The alters will be set up in the Rodeo Drive with celebrations going on all over town. This is a very special event and you can read about it in the next blog.
The Mermaid Markets will resume in Shrimp Park in fall and is the 3rd Saturday of the month, so watch for the details. This is a great place to do your Christmas Shopping.
The 17th Annual Bike Rally will be held November 9th – 13th which is over the Veterans Day weekend. The crowd is expected to be even larger than 2016, so get those hotel, condo or beach home reservations in now. Registration for the 17th Annual Rally will once again be held at Barklin’s Circle K just south of the overpass north of town. Stop by and register and get you official registration packet filled with goodies from local merchants. Here you will find the OFFICIAL shirts etc. The official registration is on the left side of the gas pumps, so come on over and register and say hi. Registration is only $20.00 USD or $350 pesos.
November brings families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Old Port will be bustling with people and the Playa Bonita RV Park, The Reef and Playa Del Oro will be filled to capacity. Once again, if you have not made a reservation, now is the time.
Puerto Penasco has something to offer for everyone in fall due to the beautiful climate.. warm days and cool nights. We invite you to come down and spend some time. Whether you want to golf, fish or just relax in your beach chair and watch the water go by, life does not get any better.
Please remember we are just a short 1 hour drive from the US border and we are safe. Mi Casa es Su Casa, so come down and enjoy our piece of Paradise. Spend some time trying our fantastic restaurants and enjoy the Sea of Cortez Shrimp.
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Be prepared to come out on April 11, 2017 for the Inauguration and game one of the 3 day home stand with the TiburonesDe Puerto Peñasco versus Centinelas de Mexicali at our new stadium. The stadium currently has 1300 seats including the new seats as well as the old 1st base side stadium seats. It will also feature 260 new V.I.P. seats. When complete it will have 1860 seats. It offers both the home team and the visitors a new dug out, locker rooms, office for the managers, showers and more. Down stairs there is a team gift shop with shirts, hats, and all sorts of souvenirs. Here you can buy beer at several locations as well as food. All the bathrooms have been re-done and new ones added.
The Cream de la Cream, however is in the center top of the stadium, next to the announcers station is where you will find a SPORTS BAR/ RESTAURANT. Here you can buy cocktails, wine, beer as well as have food. It will seat about 55 people and will offer a couple of big screen T.V.’s. There is no extra charge to see the game from here and as you can see from the picture, the view is awesome.
The stadium project is being done in 2 stages. The 1st stage is what you will see on the 11th. The second stage will include the redo of the 1st base stadium in addition to adding a parking lot as well as the relocating of 2 of the light posts. All the lighting is new so it will seem like day light.
For those who have lived here in Puerto Peñasco for years you probably have attended a Tiburones baseball game. The stadium really was not a place the city or team could be proud of as it had gotten shop worn. So under the administration of Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro, the Municipal Stadium is getting a complete make over. Francisco Leon Garcia stadium will once again be something that Rocky Pointcan be proud of and offer it’s residents a great deal of inexpensive entertainment. From seeing the stadium, the $30,000,000 peso investment should pay off very nicely.
After spending some time with Wilfredo Guzman the Director of Municipal Sports Institute, I learned the team has been around since 1960 and has had several names. It has been in the existing stadium since 1979, so it was time for a make over. The season runs from April – July and longer if there are play off games. The official opening day of the season was April 4. The 6 team league that they play in use to be called Liga Norte De Sonora but is now known as Liga Norte De Mexico.
The 6 teams that comprise the league are Tiburones De Peñasco, Rojos De Caborca, Algodoneros De Mexicali, Marineros De Ensenada and Freseros De San Quintin. These teams are development teams for Triple A clubs. Each Triple A club has 2 development teams to work with and draw from. The coach of the Tiburones is Raul Cano who is a very famous man in Mexican baseball. There are a few other notables on the team of 30 and 6 coaches. Jeremy Acey hails from Sacramento, CA and plays on 1st base. You also have SergioMitre who played with the New York Yankee’s for 5 years. The head pitching coach is Vincente “Huevo” Romo who is in the Mexican Hall of Baseball Fame as well as having played for 8 years for the L.A. Dodgers and the San Diego Padres teams. He is one of the most famous pitchers in Mexico.
If you have not been to a game, it is not expensive by any means. No $10 hot dogs or $15 beers here! Admission to the games is inexpensive to say the least. General seating is $60 pesos, V.I.P. seating is $100 pesos and children will be $30 pesos. Beer will probably be $1.50 USD as in the past. You can go on game day anytime after 4 and purchase your tickets. Get there around 5 to get a great seat and sit back and relax.
So whether you a local or visiting, come out and show your pride for the Tiburones Aprill 11th at 7 p.m and be prepared to be amazed! The Grand Opening happens to fall in the middle of Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week). There are still rentals to be had, but they won’t last long, so book your room today.
What do you think of when you think about team sports in Mexico? Usually the first thing that comes to mind is Soccer. Well after seeing the well over 120 young boys and girls at the 8th Annual Baseball Clinic put on by the Youth Foundation of Puerto Peñasco it will be baseball. They ranged in age from 4 years old and up. Each of the younger players teams seemed to have at least 1 girl on the team and one team had four young girls. The teams were from Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta and they were all so enthusiastic. The little guys were so shocked when they actually hit the ball that they had to be reminded to run.
Rick Busa is to be commended on his effort and hard work in putting the event together. He had coaches from Puerto Peñasco and the Phoenix area. We had the pleasure of speaking with Carlos who played semi pro baseball a few years ago. The kids came up to these coaches for autographs and they got them freely. Carlos spoke of why he donates his time to do this. In his words he said he grew up poor and his father worked hard so he didn’t have the time to spend with his kids. He wants to see the youth of today have so much more than he did.
When we arrived they were in full swing with teaching pitching, batting and more. Then they went into a wiffle ball game. Watching the little ones was a real treat as it brought back a lot of memories of when our kids were little an involved in T-ball and softball. It was really amazing to see how well the small ones were doing with their batting and not off a tee.
We would like to thank the following people who donated and came together to help coach these future stars of tomorrow.
On behalf of the City Of Puerto Penasco and the Youth Foundation of Puerto Penasco, we would like to thank the following men who stepped up to coach. Pete Hartmann, JD Rameriz, Troy Pearce, Carlos Gonzales and John Monterio. Also the coaches of the teams that were there should be thanked as sometimes it can be a thankless but rewarding job, if you have ever coached a baseball team of kids.
The list of sponsors are ; YSF, City of Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point 360, Max’s, Rotary Club, Pro Alliance, Las Palomas, Sonoran Resort, Oceano, Satisfied Frog, Rocky Point Dreamer and Mark Olszewski at Penasco Rocks(photogrpher) and Puerto-Penasco.com. These are the people who have helped with donations as well as getting the word out about the foundation.
Please if you can donate money or equipment, please contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more thing you will see this quote at the end of my blogs every month. As we get near the holidays of Spring Break and Easter the US State Department send out the message, about coming to Mexico. Linda Schultz and her husband are from Wausau, Wisconsin and visited Puerto Peñasco in December and here is what she said
“I noticed the travel warning for Rocky Point, I had to chuckle about some of the responds. There are areas in Wausau that I would not feel safe in, common sense goes a long ways but it seems a lot of people don’t have that. I could come back tomorrow to Rocky Point, I sure enjoyed my visit, the problem is getting there.”
They flew into Phoenix and came down with other relatives from the Phoenix area.
So we invite you to come to our city and remember you would not be invited if we thought it was not safe.
The “Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco” was founded nearly 9 years ago by Rick Busa. He has enlisted coaches from the US to come down and donate their time free of charge to work with these young kids. Many of these guys have enlisted their friends to get equipment donated or purchased and given to the these kids. Getting young children involved at an early age in sports as we all know is so important. It teaches them confidence, sportsmanship, being part of a team and so much more.
In 1973 Bill and I went Kino Bay Sonora for a week of vacation. Almost every night we would go to the baseball field with our guama of beer and watch baseball. Sometimes it was kids and sometimes adults. It was hard at times to figure out which team was which as they had no matching uniforms or equipment…. but boy could they play ball. I am certain that many of you know how many Arizona Diamond Back players have come out of not just Mexico but the State of Sonora.
Over the years here, we have gone to our Tiburon Baseballgames and it is great to see the talent on these Sonoran teams. Think of this “Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco”as an investment in the young athletes of tomorrow.
Upon speaking with Rick Busa over the weekend, he explained that we are a week away until the annual baseball coaches clinic for the children of Puerto Peñasco. This year looks to be a bigger year for the children. Everyone is talking about the baseball clinic.
The bad news is that they are behind of lasts years donations of cash and equipment. They are asking everyone to please step up to the plate and help them out. “We have friends all over that can pick up or even drop off the sports equipment”.
Rick went on to say that they are a 501(3) foundation so it will be tax deductible. The cash can be sent through Money Gram, Western Union or through your bank. You can contact us through our Facebook page or send Rick Busa a message via Facebook or email. Rick and his group have put so much into this that I hope everyone can donate something. Every little bit will help these kids learn.
If you need to and can’t find him, please send me your info and I will see that it gets passed on. His email is email@example.com. My home number is 623-298-4284 if it is urgent.
I along with Rick Busa thank you in advance for helping the Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco.
You can tell how long someone has been living here or has been coming here if you remember the Sky Divers that came for several years. They landed on Sandy Beach when there was nothing there. While it is hard to believe prior to the late ’90’s there were 2 things on Sandy Beach one being Playa Bonita and the other The Reef (which gave new meaning to a dive bar). Nothing but pristine soft sand and beach. As we all now know, that has changed big time.
Fast forward to weekend of September 25th – 27th. The Sky Divers will be back and they are coming all the way from Puerto Vallarta . Jamie Heesh and his group of tandem divers will their bringing their single engine Cessna 182 which holds 4 persons plus the pilot and a single engine Cessna 182 which holds 6 divers plus the pilot to Puerto Peñasco.
In an interview recently with Jamie, he explained that his 1st dive came as a result of a friend in 1994 while he was living in Southern California and the dive was out in Hemet, California. He did 3 dives on his first weekend. Jamie moved to Phoenix from So. Cali where he continued diving and then to Puerto Peñasco where he worked with the Mayan Group in sales and then later transferred to Puerto Vallarta with the Mayan. Through all these moves he has never forgotten that first dive and has never lost his love for Sky Diving in Mexico. While he has been working at the Mayan he still spends his free time doing tandem dives which land on the beach. Down south they land in either Nuevo Vallarta or near the Grand Venetian also in PV.
I was interested more in the landing, as I remembered my 1st hot air balloon ride in Phoenix, when the winds kicked up and we had to land at Deer Valley High School. The pilot told me he wanted me in the front of the basket and I said I don’t think so. My thought was if the basket tipped I would be dragging my face across the football field with the pilot and the other guy on top of me! Jamie explained how the tandem landing works and I could go for this. The main tandem diver lands on either their feet if it is windy or their butt in the soft sand if it is not and then the passenger is just there for the ride so to speak.
When I asked him about the dive itself, I could hear the excitement in his voice. He has taken people as young as six and as old as a lady who was 85+. Now I am thinking, I could do this. The fly time from Mar de Cortez Airport is about 20 minutes and goes to the altitude of 10,000′. The first 45 seconds is the free fall and the actual dive last between 5 -7 minutes on the chute.
At least compared to years ago, they can re-fuel at the airport here where in those years they had to fly over to TJ or Mexicalli and re-fuel. Of course they used much bigger planes as about 20 divers came out at one time. I just remember the first time I heard the plane and looked up and saw them all. It was awesome. In those days they did not advertise or have FaceBook or things of that nature. They came as a group and just had a heck of a good time in Puerto Peñasco.
With every thing that is happening in Puerto Peñasco this is just one more thing to bring people here. We can offer it all, World class fishing, golf along the Sea of Cortez, Bird Island tours and snorkel with the Sea Lions, para sailing, largest Motorcycle Rally this side of the border, motorized hang gliding, watching the Tiburon baseball games, Tequila, beer and wine festivals, art shows, combing the beach for sea shells, whale watching tours, sunset cruises, cruise ship departures(coming in the future) and now Sky Diving.
Check out their e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 01-044-322-105-0960. The cost for this is $235.00 per person. Bring a friend with you and it drops to $210.00 per person. Make your reservation as soon as possible as the already have 40 reservations booked. You will be shuttled out to the airport. Also if you don’t own a home or condo in Puerto Peñasco don’t forget to make those lodging reservations.
They will be doing their landings on Sandy Beach in front of the Princesa Condos and it sounds like a party is going to be happening. Food, vendors, beverages and more. Get there early and stake out your spot on the beach and wait for the fun to begin. Better yet, SIGN UP now so that you can see Puerto Peñasco from the air.
Let’s all get out and show this group some Rocky Point hospitality. Remember
what we say here “Welcome Home”.
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***UPDATE FROM THEIR WEBSITE*** We regret to say that we have to indefinitely cancel our plans for the Skydiving event in Rocky Point. After a trip to Mexico city we have found out the laws for plane permits are changing and no plane permits will be issued in Mexico until this is complete. There is no time frame for completion of what normally takes a week. We did not take any deposits and will be notifying our clients as soon. I would love to keep this page going, so please stay tuned!
This Sunday (April 12th) at the Malecon the 5k Color Run called Toma Color (a unique race where the runners are stained with color on every Kilometer) gather 180,000 pesos for charity that will go directly to the School for Special Needs Kids “CAM La Montana”. We Present to you a Gallery of Photos taken this Sunday.
In 2014 Toma Color inspired by the Color Run which started in the United States as a 5K run. The Color Run is now in over 50 countries. The purpose of the event is to promote health and happiness and came from an ancient Hindu ritual that celebrates the coming of Spring by coloring people.
Here in Puerto Peñasco a group of entrepreneurial friends got together and decided to do something to benefit the community and raise money for charities. This is the 2nd Annual 5K and 10K gathering. Last year it started at the Tiburon Baseball stadium and ended in the Old Port on the Malecon. This years run will start in the Malecon Fundadores through Fremont Blvd to Fremont Plaza. Freemont Plaza is 2.5 KM and return to the Malecon. 5K means one trip on this route and 10K means 2 trips.
In 2014 we had over 800 participants and raised over $120,000 pesos which was donated to the Hemodialisis Center of Rocky Point. 2015 our goal is to increase the amount of participants and also raise money to also help CAM La Montana, a school for children with special educational needs. While you are there registration you might check to see what else is needed for the Hemodialisis Center.
This event is open to anyone and you need not run, you may walk or jog. Last year we had people with children in strollers and wheel chairs. If you are Rocky Point we encourage you to sign up for this event and give to our community. It does not matter if you live here or are just spending the weekend. It is a great way to spend family time and all is for charity. Come meet the people of Rocky Point and learn more about our charities that we work with as a community.
Participants will receive sun glasses, T-shirts with a bag of color for the final picture. At the end of the run the party begins in the Malecon in front of the Governors statues. Dress comfortably wear comfortable shoes. You may want to bring a hat as well and sun block.
Early registration goes from February 15 – March15. For groups of 10 or more the cost is $200 pesos and for individuals it is $250 pesos. From March 16- April the cost is $250 pesos for groups of 10 or more and $300 pesos for individuals. Registration is at Puerto Viejo Cafe in the Old Port (across the street from the Catholic church) They are open Thursday – Tuesday 8am- 10 pm. While you are threat yourself to the best coffee anywhere. It is from Chiapas and is fresh roasted at Puerto Viejo.