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Semana Santa/ Easter Holy Week and Spring Break

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It is that time of the year when our little city of Puerto Peñasco hosts college Spring Breaks and then is followed by Semana Santa or Easter Holy Week.  All condos and hotels are already being booked, so if you are planning on coming in March, I would suggest you make your reservations today.  Not to scare you off, but if you are looking for a time to come here and relax, you might want to put it off until April.  Spring Breaks begin March 1, 2018 so plan accordingly.  If you don’t want your family or kids to drive down, please check out Head Out To Rocky Point as they will have shuttles running all the time right from your door.  Please remember TAP bus line has pulled service from Phoenix to Rocky Point.

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You will several groups of Fariseo’s in Puerto Peñasco during lent

Semena Santa  is without a doubt the most important holiday in Mexico. For the calendar year 2018 it begins on March 25th or Palm Sunday and ends on April 1st or the Sunday of Resurrection (Easter Sunday). Last week I noticed the Fariseo’s are in town.  You will see these Indigenous people walking the streets in groups, in their outfits made of goat or pig skin with their drums and their bell leggings called Tenabaris and of course masks. The dance they do is called “pascola” and the bells make the characteristic sounds of this dance that you can hear from quite a distance. The masks represent Kings, animals, clowns and so much more but share one thing in common and that is having long pointy noses and big ears.  They also wear a wooden beaded cross under their shirts to be protected . Do not be afraid of them, they are harmless and are on a mission.  They will not speak to you or anyone through the entire time they are here.  In most cases they are taken in by locals so they have a place to stay while on this mission. They will let you take a photo of them but a donation to them is how they make money for the party on Saturday the 31st when they burn their masks and take away all evils for the year.  The Mayan and Yaqui culture is where much of this began in Mexico and has spread to Sinaloa and now Sonora. The Fariseo’s will be here the entire Lent season.

Fariseos dancers
Fariseo Dancers

Fariseos
Many different types of Fariseo dancers

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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TAP Bus Suspends Service to Puerto Peñasco

This blog is meant to be informative for all of you who have inquired about using TAP ROYAL bus service between Phoenix and Puerto Peñasco. Thanks to the people who used it and loved the convenience of it.  Due to no fault of the bus line, service, schedules or anything, service has been suspended. Currently we don’t know if it is permanent or temporary.  The issue is that Omnibus de Mexico which is a part of Grupo Toluca which is a conglomerate of bus companies is in the midst of purchasing Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico (TAP) and although TAP Royal has its own ownership structure, it is still an affiliate with TAP and it will now be in the hands of Omnibus de Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Needless to say this is a blow to people wanting to use TAP to commute between Puerto Peñasco and Phoenix and now especially at Christmas time. It offered affordable transportation as well as a fairly good schedule.

If you feel as strongly as I do, that we need to have this service running, let me know. Perhaps if enough people feel the same way, our sentiments can be delivered to the new owners. I think we all agree that the service should be daily and consistent and perhaps the trip from here to Phoenix should leave in the morning for those who want to rent a car to shop or catch a plane and these are things that can be tweaked. We have had too many airlines come and go, so this is a let down to our community in my opinion. Feel free to send me your thoughts or concerns and I will pass them on. Hopefully, Omnibus will see the value of this service to us and will resume the service soon.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point
Riders waiting to depart on TAP

Over the years we have had I believe 3 airlines start up service only to prove they are not in it for the long haul.  Any entity planning to offer service need to listen to the communities they are serving so that it not only cost effective for both the passenger but the companies themselves.  It is understandable with the airlines as you need to fill a plane. Rocky Point, however has always been a drive to city.  Even though on many holiday weekends our visitors can experience lengthy delays coming into Mexico but also returning to the USA. People don’t want to drive all over Phoenix to find a small airport and then wait and clear customs, etc.  So driving has been the answer and now many of the visitors either come a day early and may leave on a Monday or even a Tuesday to avoid the delays.

However, with a reliable bus service that has convenient schedules, it would be economical for people coming here for a holiday, dentist visit or just to sit on the beach for a day or 2.  With the proper promotion, they could probably attract Spring Breakers and senior citizens from the R.V. Resorts in the Sun City areas of the West Valley of Phoenix as well as those in the Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa areas.  In the days before people were told it was unsafe to go to Puerto Peñasco, there were tour buses that would fill up with these Senior Citizens and  they would come down and spend a few days and spend money in the community.  These tour groups had a huge financial impact on businesses of all sizes.

Hopefully Omnibus will look at what happened previously and take into consideration not only the financial impact on our community but the convenience of leaving the driving to someone else.  If you have ever thought of traveling to Mexico by bus, I would love to hear from you.

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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Spring Break- Semana Santa..What do they have in common?

It is that time of the year again here in Puerto Peñasco, the college and high school folks are celebrating SPRING BREAK 2017 with a lot of partying going on.  So what do Spring Break and Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) have in common?  The word is PARTY!  It is amazing that it seems like just a short time ago we were talking about Spring Break 2016 and Semana Santa 2016 and now here we are again as we prepare ourselves for the deluge of kids and families for both events.

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They arrived on Ash Wednesday of last week. We spotted 2 of the Fariceos or Pharisees as they are also known are in town and surely there will be a few more.  In 2016 there were 4 groups of 2.  These are the people that walk the streets dressed in masks made of fur or cow, deer or goat hide and long robes or blankets wrapped around them.  You can usually hear them coming as they also wear leggings with  shells and or  bells that make sounds as they stroll around the neighborhoods and the Malecon as well as beating drums.  The masks come in all shapes and forms from clown like faces to animals and anything and everything in between.They never speak to you or take off their masks in front of you but sometimes they will gesture that they would like food. So no one can recognize them, they place a small whistle under their tongue to communicate with each other.   When you first see them, it is scary until you learn the history behind the process.

Fariseos in Puerto Penasco

Fariseos dancers

The Fariceos travel the region of Sonora for 40 days prior to Easter and travel from town to town and house to house and performing their dances in order to raise money for their celebrations.  Their travels start in Júpare, a small town near Huatabampo, Sonora.  It is estimated that there are well of 500 of the Fariceos in the State of Sonora.

Fariseos in Puerto Penasco

For the most part, these people are chosen to be Fariceos by family or friends and it is their task to be alone for one year.  It is said that this is a way of giving thanks for something good that happened to the family member or friend.  They do not take this duty lightly.   So when the 40 days are over, there is always a party with music, dancing and food.

Now to current times, Rocky Point is the closest Seaport for Mexican Nationals to come from many neighboring states and cities.  Combining all of these people who have come to visit family and friends as well as the Mexicans that come from the United States, the town is jam packed.  On Good Friday after the procession, all heck breaks loose.  If you have plans to go into the Malecon on Good Friday, you had better be there by 9 am and get a place to park and then you won’t leave until late in the afternoon.  These folks party all day and all night and you will hear music going until the wee hours of the morning.

So now you know what Spring Break and Easter Holy Week have in common… it is  and called a PARTY.  Come down and enjoy the festivities and learn about the culture and history of these holidays and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez. However, if you are the type that is in a rush to get somewhere, perhaps, you need to reschedule your visit.  Remember the long lines of vehicles coming in to Mexico and how long it may have taken you, well bear in mind you will probably meet these folks again on your way home, so be patient, sit back and smile.

If you don’t have a reservation, check out www.puerto-peñasco.com, or any of the other companies that handle condo and beach front house rentals.  There are still some units available, but they won’t last long.

Upcoming Events for March and April in Rocky Point

Spring Break in Rocky Point

Spring is just around the corner, but we have been enjoying Spring weather all of February.  For those of you who plan your trips a couple of months ahead of time here are just a few of the events you can come and enjoy.  First let me remind you of the major college  “Spring Breaks“.  From March 6 t0 March 13 is ASU followed by NAU and U of A March 12-20. There are still rooms available but they won’t last long.  We also have colleges in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah who come down,  so it is always pretty busy.

Mermaid's Market Pirate Extavaganza
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The Mermaid Market’s is always fun to go to at Shrimp Park.  They will be held March 5th and March 19th.  If you are looking for a “special gift” this is the place to go.  Everything from one of a kind jewelry pieces, apparel, home made candies and other food items, metal work and art and photos from local artists.

Mermaids Market Extravaganza

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day in the US but we celebrate it big time here in Puerto Peñasco.  Wear your green and go to any of the local bars for green beer and Irish fare.

March 18th – April 4th is Easter break for the schools in Mexico.  From Good Friday – Easter Sunday, it is called Semana Santa or Easter Holy week.  Lots of celebrating and Rocky Point is bursting at the seams.  March 21 is the birthday of Benito Juarez and it is a Mexican National holiday and long weekend.  Banks will be closed, so plan ahead.

In Cholla Bay the OTL (over the line) baseball tournaments are April 2, June 11 and Oct. 22.  Cholla Bay will have other events, but this is what we have so far.  April 9 is the CBSC Horseshoe Tournament.

At last Easter Sunday, when we can relax in peace and quiet.  Wonderful day to spend time with our families and friends on the beach.

Mermaid's Market Pirate Extavaganza
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

April starts out with a BANG.  On the 2nd is the  2nd Annual Mermaid Market’s – New Orleans  Cajun Party.  This year the Bayou Brother’s will be entertaining the crowds and were a crowd pleaser last year.  This is a great day, so get their early  for some great food and drinks and some cool music.  This is a great group from the San Diego area so we are looking forward to having them again.

Color Run Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Color run MExico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The TOMA COLOR RACE is scheduled for April and is a 5K and 10K.  For more info on this go to Facebook.com/TomaColor5k.  Funds go to local charities.

Beach Beer Tournament

April 16th will be a busy weekend with the BEER BEACH OLYMPICS on Sandy Beach and as you can see form their flyer, it should be a really fun event.  Also again the 2nd Mermaid Market of the month.  The following weekend April 23rd will be the International Jazz Fest.  Watch here for more details as they become available.  Plan to come down for this one as we have some great music lined up for your entertainment.  Last but not least on April 30 is the RockyPoint Triathlon held at Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resorts.  The town will be filled with lots of athletic folks, so come and join them.

Rocky Point Triathlon

One more item to plan early on is the Torneo de 10th Anniversary at Las Palomas Golf course.  This event will be held May 13 – 15.  Check the flyer for all the details.

More Events Coming to Rocky Point:

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Something Like Seduction at Boo Bar

Spring Break in Rocky Point

Spring Break Party in Rocky Point

Ignite Entertainment is offering a new concept for Spring Break and is a once-a-year phenomenon. There will be DJ’s all day and night bringing you the best of mash-up’s . The event is being held in the empty lot next to Playa Bonita.

Spring Break Party in Rocky Point
Spring Break Party

The event is on the 14th and 15th of March
Spring Break kickoff Party
On day one there will be Beer shotgun contest, Bikini contest, Six Pack Competition, Lap Dance Off.
Starts at 1:00 pm.
Admission: 25.00
Age restrictions: 18+
Box office: 1-800-274-5517
Spring Break Saturday Showdown
On day two the Saturday Showdown.
Starts at 1:00 pm.
Admission: 25.00
Age restrictions: 18+
Box office: 1-800-274-5517
Ying Yang Twins in Rocky Point, Mexico
Ying Yang Twins

Tickets
VIP Tickets

  • Meet the Ying Yang Twins
  • Party with the Dj’s
  • VIP Section Access
  • VIP Area Food and Drinks
  • Early Entry to Event

Prices

  • VIP 1st day Ticket $80
  • VIP 2nd day Ticket $80
  • VIP Both Day Tickets $150

General Admission

  • All Access to the Event
  • All Day Music
  • All Day Shows
  • All Day Games
  • Early Bird Price

Prices

  • 1st day Ticket $25
  • 2nd day Ticket $25

Both day Tickets $45

Spring Break Beach PArty in Rocky Point
Spring Break Beach Party

To book a room at Playa Bonita or more information Call Toll Free 1-800-997-9431 or Free from Mexico 01-800-681-6534
Or Visit: http://www.puerto-penasco.com/

Peñasco Del Sol Hotel is having events you do not want to miss!

Peñasco Del Sol Hotel is having events you do not want to miss!

Spring Break in Penasco del Sol
Spring Break in Rocky Point

This upcoming March 14 2014 this hotel will be having a DJ, pool party, a disco night and volleyball competition. This year’s Spring Break will be better than ever. Make you reservation with us if you want to have some fun in the sun.
To book a room at Penasco del Sol or more information Call Toll Free 1-800-997-9431 or Free from Mexico 01-800-681-6534
Or Visit: http://www.puerto-penasco.com/

-Yaraise Jimenez

Rocky Point Spring Break 2014

It is hard to find a more perfect spot to enjoy your Spring Break in 2014 than in Rocky Point, Mexico. Rocky Point has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for spring breakers for nearly 10 years, not to mention it is home to one of the most popular marine ecosystems in the world, the Sea of Cortes. With Rocky Point being one of the safest and closest (only 3.5 hours driving from Phoenix, or Tucson) Mexican cities for spring breakers to travel to, students from colleges all around the country come together for a week of partying and fun. During Spring Break there is never a lack of activities to participate in. With obstacles courses along the beach, banana boats, jet skis, para sailing, horse back riding adventures, snorkeling and several awesome clubs and bars to choose from, you will never skip a beat./ springbreak2014Don’t forget though, in order to cross the border (into Mexico and out of Mexico) you are required to bring a passport. Children who are under 16 years of age can present a birth certificate at the Mexican and US border and be allowed to cross. Everyone else must have a passport issued by your country of residence. Please check out our passport requirements. Be sure to reserve your condo early because Spring Break is one of the busiest times of the year for Rocky Point and resorts tend to sell out. Please be aware that most resorts require a minimum of a 3 night stay and there must be at least one person who is 25 years old in your group.
Please feel free to email, or give us a call to get a quote or your next vacation in Rocky Point, Mexico: info@puerto-penasco.com – 1 800 997 9431.
Spring Break 2014:
University of Arizona: March 15 – 23
North Arizona University: March 17 – 21
Arizona State University: March 9 – 17