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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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Here come the motorcylces..2018 is the 18th Anniversary

Roclky Point Rally
Ready to Rumble in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco will once again be host to the “Largest Bike Festival this side of the border” and will be held November 7th – November 12th.  Oscar Palacio started this bike rally 18 years ago and we had  maybe had 1,000 bikes.  The main highway was blocked off to get the bikers to the right and give them some welcoming gifts as they donated to our charities.  I volunteered in one of the early years and when I see how far we have come from then, I am still amazed.  Now Rocky Point will welcome over 8,000 bikes.  The riders come from all over the United States, Mexico and even Japan.  The come in groups and many trailer their bikes and then ride them in town.  Most hotels have been booked since last year for this event.  If you don’t have a reservation, you had better hustle your bustle.
Registration Volunteers
22 local residents volunteer for 2 days of fun.

Stop by at the Rocky Point Rally and register to get you official pin, patch, koozie and more.  Spend some time with our volunteers to learn about the city and parade events.  These are full time residents of Rocky Point and love to talk about the place we call home.
 
Nov 7 -12th
One of the 100’s of motorcycles you will see while registering.

The committee has put together a star studded group of entertainers for the events that are held all over town.  Below is the list as of this writing of the entertainment locations and times.  Beside the musical part of the rally, the Bike Parade will be held on Saturday starting in front of the Cruz Roja. Line up is at  11:00   with the parade starting at  11:30 .

This year we are adding a second registration area and if you have pre-registered, you can pick up your things there as well.  It will be at Playa Bonita Hotel on Wednesday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Look for the Register Here Banner.
There will also be a ride to the Pinacate Grand Biosphere Reserve on Thursday and Friday.  No charge.  Starting place is Barklin Gas Circle K.
Here is the line current line-up:
Thursday November 8th
Banditos, Kick Off Party 7 p.m.  The Black Moods, 9 p.m. Christopher Shane, 12:30 a.m. The Summer
Wrecked at the Reef , 6p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Friday November 9th
Islas del Mar Taco Fest, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. (those on the Pinacate tour can wind up here after visiting the Visitors Center.  Open to all!! Drink ad taco specials
Tequila Bar 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  “Backroads”
Playa Bonita Hotel Sunset Party 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos 5 p.m. The Summer, 8 p.m. 50 Shades of Rock, 10:30 p.m. Christopher Shane
Wrecked, 6 p.m. La Merca, 9 p.m. Mogollon
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. the Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Backroads
Saturday November 10th
Tecate Main Stage in the Old Port, 1 p.m. Mogollon, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mr. Skynard
Tequila Bar, 1 p.m.
Playa Bonita, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt Farris
Banditos, 6 p.m. The Summer, 9 p.m. The Black Moods, 10:30 Christopher Shane
Wrecked 6 p.m. Crown Kings, 9:30 p.m. La Merca
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band
Skullyz, 8 p.m. Backroads
Sunday November 11th
Manny’s Beach Club 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Backroads
Boo Bar, 8 p.m. -11 p.m. The Moonshine Voodoo Band

If this is your first time here or 18th time, We encourage you to register and receive you registration package, which will have the official patch and pin, tube face coverup, Koozie’s, wrist band to get you on the Harbor Cruise aboard the Pirate Ship Rey del Mar and many other things from various businesses in town.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos.  All of money collected goes to 6 local charities. The charities are Bomberos de Penasco (fire department), DIF Puerto Penasco and Sonoyta (helps coordinate family needs in the communities), Red Cross, Jose Davalos Valdivia Casa Hogar (home for the elderly), La Montana (school for special needs children) and Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Puerto Penasco chapter of George Papanicolau Registration is held at Barklin Gas Station/Circle K just south of the over pass as you are coming into town.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your information here.  You can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE RALLY apparel.  For your money you will also be treated to a fish taco and nice cold Tecate.

pups for adoption
Come out and play with some of the pups up for adoption.

 While you are there, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue and be prepared to hold a few fur babies.  We have not only volunteers for the rally but participants as well adopt from Barb’s Dog Rescue.  She is located north of Rocky Point if you want to ride out and say hi.  Barb’s Dog Rescue will be holding a raffle fund raising event with such things as condo stay, sunset cruise on the Pancho Villa and more.

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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Summer in Puerto Peñasco… sit back and enjoy our city.

Well summer is finally here.  Fortunately thus far it has been quite pleasant.  One thing about living in Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point is that there is always a breeze off the Sea of Cortez.

Relax
Poolside at Playa Bonita

Sunset in Rocky Point
Catch a Rocky Point Sunset.

The tourist traffic has been very high for June and shows no sign of letting up for the rest of the summer.  Summer use to be considered low season and one pretty much had the beaches to themselves, but that is not the case anymore. Although we will be at the start of the humid season it is not deterring people from coming down to enjoy the clean water and beaches that this area has to offer.  Schools are out in Mexico, so many of our tourists come from all over the northern part of Mexico.  There will be anywhere from  5 – 10 tour buses parked at the various hotels and condos.

During the summer months a few of the favorite watering holes will close mid week or for the month of July, but there are still many places to go that are air conditioned or have lovely patios to catch the breeze.  Several new places have cropped up in the first part of 2018 for food.  One of newest is  Boulevard 301 which is located on Benito Juarez just south of Pollo Lucas.  It is open for breakfast and dinner and their food and service is excellent.  The presentation of the food looks just like the menu.  The currently do not take credit cards, but the food is reasonable and won’t break your wallet.  Another little treasure is La Cocina de Dona Rosa which is tucked near where Salmos use to be on Sonora.  The feature traditional food from both Sonora and the South of Mexico.  Here you will find Tamales wrapped in Banana leaves.  Although it is all great, the red chili Tamales in Banana leaves are devine.  Here you will find burritos that will serve several hungry people and they are made with the large tortillas that we call “Saddle Blankets”.  You can eat in or they will deliver to your home or business. Locally owned by Javier Carrera and Linda Soto, the food is prepared with love.  Another newcomer is Jerry’s Mexican Tacos “All You Can Eat”  which is located on Calle 13.  It is getting some great reviews and has been open just a short time.  Jerry also has a catering service and has been in Puerto Peñasco for many years.

Boulevard 301
Recently opened Boulevard 301. Food is as good as it looks.

Jerry's
Jerry’s Mexican Taco’s “all you can eat”

Tamales
These are the best Red Chili tamales I have ever had and wrapped in banana leaves Photo courtesy Linda Planted

Once you arrive in Rocky Point, there is a lot to do and see.  Love to fish?  Try Pancho Villa Charters, Big Momma or go out with Aldofo Perez on one of his boats.  All of them will provide you with a memorable day of fishing.  There are many sunset cruises to go on, so check with your hotel or condo front desk to see what will best fit your needs.  You can choose from catamarans,  cabin cruisers, Pirate Ships or sail boats and you won’t be disappointed.  If you are not fond of large groups I would recommend the Pancho Villa, Sol Chaser or any of the smaller catamarans that sail.

Boats
Heading out for a sunset.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for fishing or sunset cruises. Photo by Kathy Fredrickson Willits

 If you are a golfer you have 3 beautiful courses to choose from.  Mayan Palace, Isla del Mar or Las Palomas.  Many have summer rates so you can save a lot but still enjoy 1st class golf courses.  You can also go horse back riding on the beaches if golf isn’t your cup of tea.

Vidanta Golf Course
Vidanta Golf Course at the Mayan Palace. Photo by Plinio Rivera

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

Ride the hoses on the beach
Horse back riding

I would like to invite you to come down and enjoy a mini vacation or a whole week.  There is plenty to do and see, so make your reservations today.  Check out Puerto-Penasco.com or any of the many others out there.  Choose from a beach house or condo and sit back and relax.

Real Estate
Sonoran SKY is one of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

If I may add one more thing.  Barb’s Dog Rescue is always in need of dog and puppy food.  The intake of puppies is huge and they eat a lot.  You can bring a bag down from COSTCO or buy it locally or if you want to donate money to buy it, let me know and I will take responsibility for getting it to her.  If you get bored while on vacation, go out and play with these fur babies and show them that they are loved.
Cute puppies
The little cutie on the left is looking for you! Please check them out.

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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Bacanora vs. Tequila… there are distinct difference. Part 1

If you have been following our wine road trip through the Valle de Guadalupewe spoke about how it is only a six hour drive from Puerto Peñasco.  Well the same can be said about finding the Bacanora Trail.  It is 6 hours to Hermosillo where you can spend the night in great accommodations with wonderful restaurants and then venture out to Bacanora.  Another nice thing is if you are a  Tequila aficionado, fly from Hermosillo to Guadalajara and board the Tequila Train or rent a car and spend a few days.

Almost everyone knows about Tequila or at some time or the other have had it, either in  a Margarita or a shot of it.  Many of you will remember if you did shots of cheap Tequila in your younger days by the headache you had the next morning.  One thing Tequila and Bacanora have in common is that they are both meant to be sipped and enjoyed like fine wine, vodka or whiskey.

Sunora
The beautiful bottles of Blanco and Cream Bacanora.

Let’s start with Bacanora as it is still relatively a new kid on the block even though Bacanora dates back over 300 years.  Bacanora got it’s name from where it originated in a little town in the middle of Sonora named Bacanora.  It became very popular and at first and was made of a variety of plants but soon the growers were using an agave type plant called Agave Pacifica as it was a regional agave. The agave Pacifica is a very hardy agave that can deal with the harsh conditions of the Sonora dessert.  As you drive through the State of Sonora in the central mountain region you will pass through cities like Bacanora, Sahuaripa, Arivechi, Tepache, Bacadehuaichi, Nacori, Banamichi, Arizpe or any of the other 22 towns in the area, you will see fields of Agave Pacifia.  This particular agave is a lighter more evergreen in color than the Blue Agave and has thin long leaves that can reach up to 60″ long.  They are harvested between 6-7 years old and the pina will weigh between 44-48 lbs.  A mature plant can grow up to 4′ high by 4′ wide.

Agave Pacifica
The Agave Pacifica is native to the Sonoran region .

The distilling process is simple but takes time.  Once the agave is hand picked  and the people that harvest them, cut the plant right from the trunk.  All leaves are removed from the Agave core.  Most Bacanora is made the traditional way of cooking the pinas in open pits that are made of lava rock and heated with Mesquite charcoal.  This is where you will get that great smokey flavor of Bacanora.  This usually take about 3 days.  After this the cores are mashed and chopped into a pulp.  It is at this point they are put into cement pits and washed while adding fresh water and covering completely so they are not exposed to air.  This fermentation process can take from 6-12 days.  Much of this also depends on the manufacture as to whether or not it is double or triple distilled.  From here it goes into stainless steel tanks where it completes the distillation process.  After a double distillation in which the vapor condenses and it goes through a copper still does it become Bacanora.  At Sunora Bacanora they do a triple still distillation for it’s premium quality.  The team at Amigo Brands through technology and innovation is also working on creating oak barrel aged Reposado and Añejo which has never been done.
Agave roasting
It is here where the agave is roasted

Bacanora fermentation
The traditional way of fermenting the Bacanora

Bacanora distilling
Here the juices are extracted.

In 1915 General Plutarco Elias Calle became Governor of Sonora and he put the ban on Bacanora as it was believed to have properties that were believed to be hedonistic and that drinking it was immoral.  It could not be made commercially nor sold anywhere, hence the start of boot legging began in the State of Sonora.  If caught the makers of the vile drink could be imprisoned or even hung.  During these times, people would go so far as to hide the Bacanora in their secret hiding places in their homes and  it became known as “The Secret of Sonora”.  This continued until 1992 when the ban was lifted and it was mainly due the popularity of Tequila and Mezcals. Imagine nearly 100 years of prohibition on Bacanora. In the year 2000 it was given  the Denomination of Origin (NOM) by the Mexican government.  Bacanora can only be grown in the State of Sonora or else it is called Mezcal.  Currently there are over 38 licensed distilleries in Sonora.  Each has it’s own distinctive taste.  Sadly because it is the drink of Sonora, very little of it is exported to the United States.  However, you can take a road trip from Puerto Penasco, Sonora by driving towards Hermosillo (the State Capital) and go East/Northeast on Highway 14 to reach much of the area.

Bacanora Fields
You will see many fields of Agave Pacifica along the route.

So the once referred to as “The Original Outlaw Spirit” has now gained so much popularity that there is now a huge effort to plant more of the Agave Pacifica in the State of Sonora.  Sunora Bacanora is also doing so making a Cream de Bacanora which is simply wonderful.
Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

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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Research came from Wikipedia and from Sunora Bacanora.

Bacanora "The Drink of Sonora"

Bacanora Festival
Bacanora Festival May 5, 2018 at La Casa del Bacanora

It has been some time since Puerto Peñasco has had a tequila festival but on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, La Casa del Bacanora will be introducing Bacanora to the residents and tourists in Rocky Point to Bacanora. The event is open to the public and will have FREE Bacanora tastings and you can purchase your favorite one right there. It will run from noon – 10 p.m. on the street in front of Los Martinez and it is where the sunset boats are moored on the way into the Old Port.

La Casa del Bacanora

The main sponsor of the event is Sunora Bacanora, who up until now has been marketing the product in the United States with it’s Blanco and Cream Bacanora.  The Cream Bacanora has a little history of how it is blended.  They take the Bacanora to Nevada and then bring the cream from Wisconsin to be mixed into this delightful drink.  They like to say “goodbye Bailey’s”…  “hello Cream Bacanora.”  The Bacanora Blanco is 84% proof and the Bacanora Cream is 30% proof so watch out.

Sunora
The beautiful bottles of Blanco and Cream Bacanora.

There will be at least 7 Bacanora producers in attendance as well as original products from Sonora such as Coyotas (a wonderful little pastry made with different fruits, which can be found everywhere in Hermosillo.  Next there will be machaca, jams and jellies, salsa with Chili Piquin (which is wonderful spice used in so many Mexican dishes) and olives just to name a few.

There will be traditional and folklore dancing, food from various restaurants as well as a contest with the various bars as to who can make the best drink using Bacanora Blanco or Cream Bacanora.  Should be interesting to see what our talented bartenders come up with.

Fields
This gives you an idea of what the Bacanora plant looks like.

Just to give you a little information on Bacanora.  The town named Bacanora is where it all began and it is only produced in the State of SonoraBacanora is located east of Hermosillo.  The plants are grown in the mountains there from the Agave Pacifica or Agave Yaquiana as it is also called, just like  it has been for several hundred years.  In the year 2000 there was a declaration that Sonora is the  only state in which it can be made.  It is regulated by Consejo Sonorense Promotor de la Regulacion del Bacanora which was formed in 2006.  The Agave Pacifica looks very much like the Blue Agave so of course the difference being it is not blue.

Sonora
This shows where Bacanora is located.

Bacanora
The little town where Bacanora got it’s name and it’s start.

Mexico
This map shows the regions where Tequila and Bacanora are grown.

After growing for 6-7 years they are then hand selected and harvested.  The process is similar to Tequila.  The leaves are then cut off and the core is roasted in underground pits for a couple of days.  After that it gets mashed and begins to go through the fermentation process from anywhere between 6 and 12 days where it is placed in stainless steel stills and heated with charcoal that is made from the Mesquite Tree. It goes through a double fermentation process to become Bacanora.  When you taste Bacanora you will sometimes get that smoky taste for which it is known to have.  As you can see from the chart below, you will see how the different types of Agave are used and what they make.  Bacanora is generally a higher proof than Tequila.

Mezcal Chart

Mezcal Chart provided by Sunora Bacanora.

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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Rotary Club meets Mermaid Market

Saturday February 3rd the Rotary Club de Puerto Peñasco comes together with the Mermaids Market for a fun filled day.  The Rotary Club’s event is called Festival de Mariscos “FISH BOWL”  Seafood Festival and is an annual fundraiser for the club.  The event is the day before Super Bowl so you will have no trouble remembering the date.  It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. at Camaron Park (Shrimp Park).  For those of you who have never been in Rocky Point before, it is the park across from City Hall on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  Come sample the seafood that made Puerto Peñasco famous.

Seafood festival
1st Festival de Mariscos Seafood Festival “Fish Bowl”

This event will not only give you the opportunity to try many different seafood dishes being prepared by several of Puerto Peñasco’s great restaurants, but will also give you a chance to hear so many of our wonderful music groups as well and shop the vendors of the Mermaid Market.  Remember Valentine’s Day is just only 12 days away from the event, so it is a great way to shop for your wife or girl friend and have fun doing so.  Beside shopping “3Boys” will also being selling fresh seafood, so bring your ice chest along.  The local scout troop will be selling their adorable miniature cactus and there will also be painting demonstrations.

Shopping
Talented artists at the Mermaid Market

 
Shopping
Shopping just in time for Valentine’s Day

Local  restaurants will be serving everything from fish burgers to cerviche and if you are lucky some fabulous Paella.  Here you can try seafood from El Tapeo, Collins Cantina, Blue Marlin, Sushi Sun, Don Julio’s, Mare Blue, Coffee Point, UTTP Culinary School, CEUNO culinary students, Jerry’s Banquets, Puesta del Sol (Playa Bonita), Shark Bite, Puesto de Escabeche, El Buzo, Postres by Vero and more.  Both the Mermaid Market and the Rotary Club will be selling water, Margarita’s, wine and beer. Tickets for the food and drink are $1.00 ea.($20 pesos) and prices for the food will range from 1 to 3 tickets each.  You can buy them in groups of 10, 20 50 as well as separately (see the poster above).

Clams in Rocky Point, Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 
Shrimp in Rocky Point Mexico
by Beverly Arrowood

 

Wear your dancing shoes as there will be music starting at 10:30 a.m. by Hijos de Mauricio followed by CETMAR Baile Folklorico at 12:00 p.m.  Next is local musician like Richard Scott on the saxophone at 1:00 p.m. and Stacey Joy (from New Mexico) at 2:00 p.m. Raffle drawing is at 3:00 p.m.

Music
Great Sax player Richard Scott

They have also put some great raffle packages together from local merchants, bars and restaurants, condo stays, boat cruises, spa massages, golf, artwork from the Mermaid Market artists, gift certificates and more.  There will be 10 packages to raffle off and they are all well worth the money. The raffle tickets are $5.00 USD each or 5 for $20.00USD.  You can also pay in pesos.  The drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. and you need not be present to win.

The proceeds from the event go help the local Rotary Club’s social service activities in the community and participation in Global Grant possibilities.  For more info on the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco check them out on line at www.clubrotariopuertopenas.com or Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco A.C. They hold 2 main fundraising activities every year and that includes the one in October called the “World’s Greatest Meal” and this supports in the effort to rid polio across the world (this is one of Rotary International’s main focus).

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.  One more thing, Whale Watching season is about to start so plan a trip on one of our many whale watching boats.

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Great restaurants in Puerto Peñasco! Part 1.

One questioned that is most asked is “where do we get great food” while we are in Rocky Point?  Years ago there were not that many restaurants, much less really good ones. Over the years that has changed and there are new ones opening constantly.  We have great seafood restaurants, Italian and Chinese restaurants.  Recently we had Empanada’s de Argentina open(located behind Capone’s)and currently opening is Cayena Bistro serving food from Venezula.  It is located on the way into the Old Port where Ramon’s use to be.  We have several Mexican resturants such as La Curva , which is one of the oldest in town and Lolitas,which is located on the road that leads to the Mirador area.  Most restaurants in Rocky Point serve freshly caught fish and shrimp and they are  served in many different styles.

Here you will find a list of the ones people love the most and telling you what they serve as well as to where they are located.  Trip Advisor rates most of these in the top 10 in Puerto Penasco with 4 1/2 -5 stars.  These are restaurants in the Old Port as well as Blvd Freemont. There are many more, but these are the ones most people talk about.

Shrimp in Rocky Point Mexico
by Beverly Arrowood

1)  Blue Marlin.  This restaurant started over 20 years ago as a smoked fish shop and over the years has evolved into a full scale restaurant.  One of his most popular items is the Coconut Shrimp which is served in a hollowed out coconut shell.  The creamy cilantro sauce is one of the best anywhere.  Want some great Baja style fish tacos for lunch?  Look no farther than the Blue Marlin which is located in the Old Port on the side street down from the Catholic church and Thrifty’s.  Here you will find a nice wine list as well.  The owners motto is “Welcome Home”.  Credit cards accepted.

The Satisfied Frog
Great food and great view.

2) The Satisfied Frog.  Yes this is the same Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ.  Here you find a diverse menu and they have daily “specials”.  They have wood fired pizza’s, BBQ ribs, Mexican food, fish and shrimp baskets.  They are best known for their Sunday Special which is a whole broasted Chicken for $12.00 and it is served family style complete with a big bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy and cole slaw. Here you will also find the only Strawberry short cake in town and it is served in a mason jar.  The burgers are also great and huge.  The Satisfied Frog is located at the end of the Malecon next to Vina Del Mar Hotel and sits right on the water. Credit cards accepted.

3)  Boo Bar.  Boo Bar  is located upstairs above the fish stalls.  Want a great hamburger or sliders,  or pizza, stop by this place.  Last year they added a large palapa covered patio which over looks the Sea of Cortez.  Here you can enjoy great food and cold beer all with a wonderful view.  Boo Bar probably has the best guacamole in Puerto Peñasco if anyone asks.  They are known for their fresh seafood. They also feature really good bands for your entertainment.  Boo Bar has the capability of handling large groups as well.  After you are done eating stop by their gift shop and pick up a Boo Bar flag or some of their great apparel. Credit cards accepted.

4)  Mary’s.  Mary’s has been known for it’s fresh seafood for years and is always consistent in quality.  Never have to feel bad about recommending them.

Great food, service and right on the water.
Great food, service and right on the water.

5)  Sr. Amigo’s.  Located on the right just as you enter the Malecon in the Old Port.  Great service and food.  Here you will find everything from fresh seafood to traditional Mexican dishes. Sr. Amigo’s has been around for many years and has a great following.  You will not be disappointed here. Dine upstairs or down and you are right on the water

6)  The Friendly Dolphin.  The oldest restaurant in the Old Port area  is the The Friendly Dolphin and features both Mexican cuisine as well as seafood.  It is located as you are coming out of the port across from Mercedes Rusticos.  If you are lucky enough you may even have the owner break out in a song.

 7)  Pane y Vino. Pane y Vino is owned by Chef Luca.  Fine dining here and you will find a great wine list to accompany your gourmet dinner.  They serve classic Italian, fresh seafood and great steaks.  After dinner, enjoy a decadent dessert while watching the city lights come on as  the sun sets. The food, service and view are really wonderful.

8)  Casa de Capitan is next to FISH and has Mexican food as well as seafood.  This is a great place to enjoy a margarita while watching the Rocky Point Sunsets.  This restaurant has been open for 24 years and going strong.

6)  Chef Mickey’s Place International Cuisine on Freemont.  This is indeed a fine dining restaurant and it is located on Blvd. Freemont just east of Sinaloa.  Known for the Tequila Shrimp, Pecan crusted fish and many other creative entrees.  The most popular appetizer are the stuffed dates. Mickey does a great job with the filet.  For that sweet tooth, try any of the home made desserts.  You will also find a nice selection of wines at this place.  No credit cards at this time.

Looking for a great breakfast check out these restaurants.

1)  Kaffee Haus although is not in the Old Port but is on your left as you are heading into the Old Port.  It has been open since 2004 and has been a success since the day they opened.  They are open for breakfast and lunch only.  Trip Advisor has them at 4 1/2 stars.  No matter what time of the day or what day, plan on a wait unless you are there when they open.  Best Chiliquilles anywhere and the burgers are excellent.  They also feature daily specials and are well know for their Apple Strudel with Whiskey sauce.  Here you can also buy several little bakery specialty type desserts.  NO Credit Cards.

Sports Bar and Restauant
Sports Bar and Restauant

2)  Latitude 31.  Along with great breakfasts here you can get a great meal any time of the day.  If you want a great Thanksgiving dinner and don’t want to cook at home, this is the place to go.  Always consistent food and service, serving American, Mexican and seafood.  Again, you will find something for everyone there.  Great place to catch sporting events. While you are there, check out the little gift store downstairs if you are looking for something from Mexico at reasonable prices and good quality. Also  a recipient of 4 1/2 stars and credit cards are accepted.

3)  Candy Cake.  This little place started as a bakery and cake maker.  They are known for their delicious cakes.  It is located near the baseball stadium.  A few years ago, they enlarged the bakery area and started serving breakfast.  It is a breakfast like you would find in the south of Mexico and full of flavor.  It is usually packed with both locals as well as our winter visitors.  Treat yourself and go by to have your taste buds treated.

4)  Pink Cadillac.  This restaurant has been open for years and is located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point.  Besides serving really good American diner style and Mexican breakfasts, they have daily features as well.  If you love liver and onions, then this is the place for you.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have a full bar.  A must place to try.

Great pizza, fresh fish and good drinks.
Great pizza, fresh fish and good drinks.

5)  Capone’s.  Although best known for their pizza, burgers and fresh fish, this is a place to go if you want the best eggs benedict around.  They have about 10 different types and all come with beautifully fired potatoes and great refried beans that are served in a little tortilla cup.  They also have a traditional breakfast menu.  They usually have a nightly feature and many times is a fresh from the boat fish and they have a great clam bucket.  Full bar here and credit cards are accepted.  If you are planning on going on a weekend, get there early as it seems to be a meeting place for old friends and families.

6)  MicMickey’s Burger Bistro.  Chef Mickey opened MicMickey’s the spring of 2017 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If you are wanting a huge burger with green chili, this is the place to go.  It comes with a whole Hatch style green chili, cheese, grilled onions and fries.  It is one of the best around.  You can get both American food as well as Mexican specialties.  They serve an outstanding fish basket as well as a shrimp basket and also fresh made sweets.  There is something for everyone.  Good food, good prices and good service will keep you going back.  There is outside seating on the patio as well as inside and it can accommodate business groups.  NO credit cards.

Chili en Nogada

What a great way to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
What a great way to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

7)  Don Julio’s. It is located on Blvd Freemont just past Sinaloa on the right.  It is a  Hacienda style building  with large sculptures out front.  Their menu is traditional Mexican and it is very good.  They also have a Mexican buffet as well as a full bar.  There is also an out door patio to have a drink on. Not sure if they accept credit cards.

8) Bryan’s Sports Bar. Located on Blvd. Freemont in the plaza on the right before you head to Las Conchas.  Another super place to catch those sporting events.  They have nightly specials from wings to sliders to prime rib.  You won’t be disappointed in the food.  Bright and cheer sports bar décor.  Give them a try.

These places will  keep you busy trying out new things and meeting new people. In Part 2 of dining out we will touch on everything from Calle 13 to Sandy Beach.  So watch for it coming soon.

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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Rocky Point Rally 2017 is almost here November 9-12

If you have not been to the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco.  If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full.  It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.

Rocky Point Rally
The crowd waiting to register

Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point.  This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more.  This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF  Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)

Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town.  Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin.  Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register.  Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January.  You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.

MAlecon Toys Rocky Point Rally Toy Drive
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thursday:

Registration from 9-5

Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos  from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am).  Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9

Rocky Point Rally
Great paint jobs

Friday:
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris.
Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott  from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and  Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKY will present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00

Rocky Point Rally 2017 Wrecked at the ReefThe Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and  the Rocky Point Riders.

Biker Rally Mexico
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30.  The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port.  Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
Rocky Point 2015
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Biker Rocky Point Rally

The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is  across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium.  Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30.  Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone.  We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.

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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Never A Dull Moment in Puerto Peñasco

When you live in Puerto Peñasco, people always ask “what do you do there all the time”?  There is never a dull moment and if you are just visiting or live here and you get bored, than perhaps this is not the place to be.  Most of the bars in the area have great entertainment almost every  weekend so plan to check out one of the hot spots.  You can also walk around the Shrimp boats and take pictures or just enjoy Rocky Point Sunsets from the balcony of your condo or beach front home.  The town is pretty laid back except on busy holiday weekends such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

3 Ships on a calm day.
Mirror reflection in the Old Port

A Rocky Point Sunset

One thing about a community of ex pats is that for the most part everyone is charity minded.  We hold fund raisers for our friends who may have cancer or other things that change their life forever.  One such find raiser is being held at Latitude 31 for Erika Reyna Castro.  Ericka is a young woman who along with her husband have run the dive shop at the Sonoran SEA.  They have two small children to take care of beside running the business.  Now she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer.  So on October 28th, there will be a fund raiser to help defray some of the costs of the chemo and travel.  They will be selling raffle tickets for this event with some really great prizes and you need not be present to win.  This event coincides with Latitude 31’s Annual Halloween Costume Party which starts at 5 p.m.  Check out the flyer below for all the details, but there are some FANTASTIC prizes.

Latitude 31 Flyer halloween

The end of October looks to be an exciting fun filled month.  There are Halloween parties at Wrecked at the Reef starting at 9:30 p.m.  Southside Jillz will again be hosting her Halloween bash and if you haven’t been there, do plan to attend, costumes are optional and she does know how to throw a party.  There will be other Halloween parties, so drive responsibly as the little ones will be out tricker treating and are sometimes very hard to see.

Out in Cholla Bay, on the weekend of October 28th will be the Annual Cholla Bay Santa Claus Club Corn Hole Tournament.  The Santa Claus Club raises money for the under privileged children in Rocky Point and has been headed up by John Fowler since it started.  Check out the flyer and hurry to sign up today.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Love oysters?  The Cholla Bay Oyster House is holding its 2nd Annual Oyster Festival on October 28th from 3 p.m – 7 p.m.  It will feature all you can eat oysters, a clam boil,live music, Margaritas and a Tequila Table.  Tickets are being sold at the restaurant  and are $20 each.  If you aren’t in town for the event, remember every Friday is 50 cent oysters.  They are open Thursday – Sunday.  Great food and views so bring your friends down.

Annual Oyster Festival

If you love oysters but just want to sit by the water where they harvest them from, drive out the road towards Playa Encanto and go off to the right at the sign that says Oysters and Restaurant.  Bring your own drinks and enjoy the day now that the weather is cooling off.  These ladies make the best ceviche, clams and oyster’s you will ever have.

Also on October 31st go down to the Malecon  to the Boo Bar’s Cornhole Tourney which is billed as TUESDAY NOONER as it starts at noon with discounted drinks at noon and is under the palapa.

Cornhole

If you are interested in seeing a Art Film outside, drop on down to Puerto Viejo Café and Coffee for CineMartes starting at 8 p.m.  This is located across from Thrifty’s and the Catholic Church in the Old Port.

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