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Summer is Beach Time in Rocky Point, Mexico

Soon the schools here in Mexico will be out and Puerto Peñasco will be inundated with families from all over the northern part of Mexico and Baja.  It is always humorous to see people who live in Rocky Point head to Ensenada, Baja California for the summer and the families from Tijuana and Mexicali head east to enjoy the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.  Here we also get many tourists from the State of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michocan and others.  For many of the these states we are the closest Sea Port to them.  Puerto Peñasco welcomes you all.  Also school will soon be out in our neighbors to the north being Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.  The city will be bursting at the seams with license plates from all over.  A word to the wise… make your reservations today to get the best views at your favorite condo or beach front home.

Wild life in Sonoran Desert

There are many activities in Puerto Peñasco for families to do such as walking in the tide pools, beach combing for shells, going to Cholla Bay looking for Sand Dollars, going to CEDO (which is an effort from the US and Mexico to let people know about the area and how it was formed and the sea life that lives in the Sea of Cortez).  It is at CEDO where you will also find a full size whale reconstructed.) Next stop is  the Pinacate Biosphere  Reserve, which is located north of Puerto PeñascoIf you are not familiar with this area, as you are coming south at aprox KM 50 you will see a huge mountain range off to your right  just after you have crossed the twin bridges.  It is here where you will find Prong Horn Sheep, deer and a multitude of wild life.  Do your family a favor and stop and visit the visitor center  as it is for all ages.  You can also go out on the Banana boats or take the family fishing.  The Sonoran Sea has a store where you can rent boogie boards, snorkeling gear or take scuba lessons and much more.  A must to do is to go out to Bird Island on the Eco Tour Boat to swim with the Sea Lions and Dolphins.  The whole family will enjoy a sunset cruise aboard the Pirate Ship.

Banana Boat Riding in Rocky Point, Mexico

When you come in the months of July, August or September, be prepared for heat and humidity.  But for the ladies out there, remember the humidity is great for your skin.  Be careful in July as the Jelly Fish will be here as well and were actually sighted this past weekend, but they are a much smaller specie and the tentacles surround the jelly part and do no go out like long fish lines. You can recognize them as they are usually dark blue in color.  Word to the wise…bring ammonia or meat tenderizer with you as that will help take the sting away.

Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Bare in mind that in summer many of the restaurants and bars that you normally go to may be closed mid week, so plan  your food ahead of time.  We have Sam’s Club and LEY’s to shop at for food and beverages.  Right now we are getting in some great green grapes from Caborca.  Fresh fruit and vegetables abound all year around here, so no need to haul food across the border.

One more little item. If you are renting a condo, most do not allow your little dogs and cats.  Check before making your reservations.  We do have 2 places that will board you furry family members so not to worry and one of them is in a vet’s office.  All resorts, bars and most coffee shops have Wi-Fi (if you can’t live with out it).

So as I say ” Life is a Journey.. Not a Destination and the Journey Begins in Puerto Peñasco”.  Come and have fun and enjoy our piece of PARADISE.

Summer Cocktails For Your Beach Vacation

Rocky Point is famous for its tequila and delicious cerveza, but what if you get a little tired of having to go to the bar and store to buy your drinks? You should consider making some cocktails in the comfort of your condo, that way you can save money and also try your hand at bar tending (just kidding).
Sometimes it’s nice to try something a little out of the ordinary, so here are a few drink recipes that we thought you guys would enjoy and might spice up your next vacation to Rocky Point.Food Network's Raspberry Mimosa The first recipe we wanted to share with you guys is the Raspberry Mimosa. This is a great way to start off brunch, or for a light drink at any point in the day! To prepare your Raspberry Mimosa you are going to want to start off with pouring 1 teaspoon of raspberry liquor into 8 champagne glasses. Fill the glasses halfway with orange juice and the rest with champagne and then add a raspberry for the finishing touch. Now enjoy!
Raspberry Mimosa is a great way to start off your day, but you might be looking for something a little different. If you are on vacation with your friends and family and bust out this cocktail you are sure to have everyone impressed with your cocktail creation skills. This next drink is called the Green Hornet. It takes a little longer to get going, but the end result is well worth your time. To start this drink you need to heat 1/3 of a cup of sugar and water in a sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved, once it’s done chill it. Pour this cold syrup into into a strainer with 1 cup of fresh mint and 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro and then strain it. Grab your 4 glasses and rub the rims of 4 glasses with a slice of jalapeno and a lime wedge. 05_Fun_Cooking_00035.tifAfter you’re done dip them in salt and sugar. Prepare your glasses with ice. Get a cocktail shaker and pour half of your syrup, the juice of 1 lime and 1/2 cup of tequila in a shaker, shake it well and then strain into 2 glasses. To finish the cocktail top it off with some ginger beer. And there you have the Green Hornet!
If you are having a get together at your condo, or maybe hanging out with a lot of people at the beach perhaps it’s best you create a drink several people can enjoy at the same time. Our suggestion for you is to whip up some Mojito Lemonade. Everyone loves Mojitos, so why wouldn’t they enjoy some Mojito Lemonade. To get started you are going to need some mint leaves, lime wedges, and a large pitcher (depending on how much lemonade you want). Take your mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle them at the bottom of a large pitcher. Add lime-mint-syrup, rum (be careful you don’t want to make it too strong), lime juice, and more ice to make sure it’s as refreshing as can be when people are drinking it on the beach. Top it off with some club soda to add taste. Now your Mojito Lemonade is ready to be served. Depending on personal preference you can garnish each glass with a lime wedge and mint leaf for some extra taste and traditional mojito style.
Thanks to TheFoodNetwork for all these wonderful recipes and photos.