If you are looking to buy a second home or condo in Puerto Peñasco, now may be the time to do it. Rocky Point tends to follow the real estate market in the United States. When the market in the states is strong, so will be the market in the Mexico.
There are several developments in Rocky Point that have been sitting there with not much happening sales wise until recently. One such example is Esmeraldaon Sandy Beach, which recently announced that building C is being delivered and that they have opened up sales in the D or center building. It appears several have been sold.
Out on the Las Conchas side, Tessoro is experiencing resales as well as condos that were never sold. Tessoro sits on a pristine beach at the mouth of the Moru Estuary, which is great for walking, kayaking and fishing from the shore. The views from there are beautiful with Bird Island off in the distance and stunning sunrises in the morning and sunsets at night.
Past Playa Encanto is the newest development under construction known as Encantame Towers. By the end of May many of those will be delivered on the lower floors. The 2nd tower is also starting to come out of the ground. This development is by Miguel Gavara and Mary Snyder, who developed Puerta Privada and others and have an outstanding track record for delivering on time.
As you drive through Las Conchas you will see several homes under construction as well as homes that are having additions built on. There are not a lot of beach front lots left, but you can still find lots that have beautiful Sea of Cortezviews. Here you can buy existing homes or build your own. Puerto Peñasco has a number of highly qualified architects and builders, so you will have a quality home.
Going up north from Cholla Bay, Islas del Mar is going strong, with condos or homes. Here you have a choice of lagoon lots or waterfront lots. It is approximately a 10 mile drive on paved roads, from the center Rocky Point. From Isla del Mar, your sunset views are unobstructed. You also have the ability to see the Blue Herons and Egrets in the Lagoons. You can also golf on a very challenging course.
If you are investing in something for after retirement, you may want to choose to rent your home or condo. The rental market is very strong now and appears it will continue. During the summer months, even though it is hot and humid, the city gets many Mexican Nationals coming from Baja and Chihuahua. Years ago we had a high seasons for rentals, but now we have high season year around.
The realtors here are professional and will take the time to find something that you want. They are all licensed and are member of AMPI, so know that you will find someone you can trust and that walk you through the entire purchase process.
Many new little restaurants have opened in 2020 and 2021 for you to choose from. If you are looking for great Mexican food, hamburgers, fine dining, pizza or seafood, you will find something to please everyone’s taste. Don’t be afraid to venture out of tourist areas for some great food at reasonable prices.
Mid May will be an exciting time for Puerto Peñasco, with the arrival of the Mexican Navy Ship “Cuauhtemoc” or as it is known Caballero de los Mares which means The Gentleman of the Seas. It will carry a crew of 240 including 8 captains, officials as well as 100 male and female cadets. The cadets will be able to come on land while in Rocky Point to learn about this part of the Sea of Cortez. While at sea the cadets will undergo training and studies.
The ship will be anchored 1 mile offshore in front of the Malecon for locals and tourists to be able to view it. This incredible ship has made 36 training voyages and traveled to 209 ports in 59 countries. It has traveled over 5522 days at sea and traveled 705,000 nautical miles which is equal to 33 times around the world.
The history of the ship is amazing. It is 220′ long and 39′ wide and is named after Huehi Tlatoani Cuachtemoc. Built in Bilboa, Spain it was known as Celaya. It had 3 sister ships as well. It was launched Jan. 8 1982 and commissioned July 29, 1982. For its 39 years of service is home port is Acapulco, Mexico. It is a Class A ship and sails under the Mexican Flag. In its years of sailing it has won the Tall Ships’ Races two times.
Tall ships are amazing and are used many time for people who like to cruise, but want to do it on a smaller size vessel. Tall ships also can accommodate much smaller amounts of cruisers than a regular cruise ship, thus allowing them to more access to remote areas. You normally think of them for cruising not as a training ship for the military.
We are hoping to perhaps be able to go onboard like people of Rocky Point did when the Astoria Cruise Ship came last year for its cruises. It is not often that the small ports get so much attention. As of this writing it looked like it was near Ensenada and then will turn, go south and come up around the tip of Baja and into the Sea of Cortez to Puerto Peñasco.
Now for a lesson on Tequila. The one thing both Bacanora and Tequila have in common is that they are a distilled alcoholic drink. The main difference is that in order for Tequila to be called Tequila is that it must be made from the Blue Agave. Tequila is also a regional drink but is highly promoted world wide. Again the main difference in Bacanora and Tequila is with Tequila you won’t get that smoky taste.
Tequila comes from the city that bears it’s name and it is located in the State of Jalisco which is about an hour drive north of Guadalajara. As you travel along the highway, you will see fields, as far as you can see, of the Blue Agave and they are in all stages of growth. The first Tequila was produced in the 16th century in the town of Tequila. The Cuervo family was the first licensed distillery and the Sauza family was the first to start exporting. Over 300,000 plants are harvested annual. The town of Tequila is a quaint little town with cobblestone streets and not far off the toll road. You can see the larger distilleries as you enter the town. As you drive through the streets you will be greeted on every block by stores selling and tasting Tequila. The joy of doing this is that you will be able to see all the beautifully decorated bottles in all shapes and sizes. Recently we have seen some of these earthen vessels at COSTCO and TOTAL WINE in the Phoenix area. Below are some of the various bottle you can find in the United States as well as some great brand names in pretty bottles here in Puerto Peñasco.
The soil around Tequila is that of red volcanic rock which is great for drainage. There are 2 regions where the plants are grown and are know as the lowlands (which produce smaller plants, 150 lbs that give off an herbaceous taste) and the highlands will grow plants that can reach 240 lbs and they have a sweeter flavor. In the area there are over 100 distilleries that produce over 900 labels. The men that tend these Blue Agave from the planting to the harvesting are called Jimadors and they are the ones to say when a plant is ready to be harvested.
If you go to Guadalajara you can take the Tequila Train to the town of Tequila while sitting back and sipping while taking in the country side. If you have time, spend a few days there relaxing as you tour the various factories. There is lodging, golf and some great food along the way. Transcend yourself into thinking how this all started so many years ago.. Maybe if you are lucky, you can help break open a pina at one of the factories.
The process is very similar to Bacanora. Once harvested and the leaves stripped away, they are put in ovens and baked. From there the are either mashed or shredded. The juice is then put into either stainless steel or wooden tanks where they will ferment for 3 -7 days. Like Bacanora, Tequila is distilled twice and then either bottled or put into wooden barrels for further aging in order to give it that wonderful amber color and lovely flavor. Unlike wine that gets better with aging in the bottles, it does not change in the bottles. They say it is best to drink tequila within the first 2 years after opening it due to oxidation.
There are now 4 categories of tequila. 1) Blanco or Silver ages less than 2 months in stainless, 2) Resposado(rested) means it is aged from 2 months to 1 year in small oak barrels, 3) Anejo must be aged from 1 year to 3 years in small oak barrels and 4) Extra Anejo (this category just started in 2006) and it must rest 3 years in barrels.
By Mexican law, as I said, Tequila can be only produced in Jalisco, however now they have added certain cities with the States of Guanajuato, Michoacán,Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Also by law all Tequila has to be 38% but to ship to the United States it must be 40% or 80 proof.
When shopping for Tequila in Puerto Peñasco, check out The Tequila Factory, which is located on Benito Juarez near the railroad crossing. Here you find Manny’s Beach Club tequila and it is produced only for them in Jalisco. The have all 4 of the categories as well as many delicious flavored ones. Have Fernando tell you the story of how it started before he starts giving you samples. He will make up some great concoctions for you.
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.
In my previous blog, I covered the first two days of wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe. Here you will find part 2 of our wine tasting adventure there. This region is only 20 miles northeast of Ensenada Mexico and is nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by high mountains. It receives fog in the morning and nights but warm sunny days. Grapes are grown in this area but also they source grapes from the regions of San Vicente and Oso Negros. Due to the drought the past 7 years, most growers are using irrigation but many are still dry farming. From what we learned, land is very reasonable, but it is all about water rights.
This region also holds many wine tasting events with the biggest one coming up July 26 – August 19. It is called “Fiesta de la Vendimia”. There are wine and food events held at many wineries as well as gourmet wine dinners. You will also find events held in Tijuana as well as Ensenada. It will showcase some 70 wineries from the region.
Day 3 found us starting out at ALEXIMA WINERY. It is not only a winery but a restaurant and the building is very modernistic. I was first introduced to their wines at El Tapeo Wine and Tapas in Puerto Peñasco at a wine dinner. They were featuring 4 of their wines for tasting and they were very nice.
Our next stop through the back roads was LAS NUBES which is nestled into the side of a mountain. This winery is not only built first class, so are their wines. It was a Saturday when we were there and it was packed but the patio is large and people just joined others at the tables. It offers a sweeping view of the Valle de Guadalupe to see while tasting the scrumptious wines. Here we settled on the 2015 Syrahto add to our growing collection. The young man behind the tasting bar asked if we would like the presentation in English or Spanish and we had to say English. Even though it was very busy, he took the time to explain about the wines.
Here you will find whites and roses’, young reds, reserves that are mainly 2011 -2012 and a wonderful blends with names like Cumulus and Nimbes, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Nebbiolo. Any of them will make a great addition to your wine cellar.
About 1 hour later we were back on the dirt road in search of ADOBE GUADALUPE. The tasting room is in an old Mission style building with several tasting areas. Although packed with people, the tasting people did a very nice job of explaining things. As we entered the tasting room there was a Food Truck parked next to it and the food looked so good.. but we were there to taste wine. After sampling 6 wines we decided on the Jardin Secreto and a blend called Uriel Rosado. We could not have been more happy with our purchases.
After making a couple of wrong turns we finally found VINA de FRANNES. I had previously learned that an old co-worker of mine was bringing people from Tucson, Arizona to see the region and so we agreed to meet them at 3. Despite us making a few wrong turns we got there just ahead of them. They did a tasting with one of the marketing people while we did our tasting by a great guy and Catalina Martinez, who is in sales and marketing. All of the wines were excellent, so we decided to have lunch there and enjoy the Chardonnay while over looking the vineyards and learning about the history of the winery. Step into the tasting area where you can choose from 8 wines to purchase such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosato and an array of reds, as well as olives and olive oils.
My husband Bill choose pasta and shrimp and it was delicious. I saw Pizza on the menu and it had my name written all over it. It was done in a wood fired oven, so a nice char on the crust. It was served on a wooden board that had been dressed with Balsamic, so as you picked it up the glaze stayed on the bottom of the crust. I also ordered a small salad and the dressing had Balsamic and coffee in it and I must say it is the first time I ever finished a salad. Lastly, I could not resist the Basil ice crèam and it did not disappoint me.
The day ended with the fog rolling in, so we drove back to Quinta Estrella B & B and opened a bottle of wine before getting ready for our last day of tasting.
On day 4 we started out the day again with a great breakfast of fresh fruit, chiliquiles, pastories and fresh bread. Our first stop was CLOS de TRES CANTOS. It is an eclectic array of buildings and a lot of common areas outside. It was very foggy and quiet cold, but the young lady in the tasting room made us feel right at home. They do the tasting sitting down at long wooden tables. We enjoyed all of the wines but the one that we purchased was called Hoja en Blanco and was a crisp white blend. The vineyard is surrounds also by Olive trees as a great deal of Olive Oil is produced in that region. They also have 2 Casitas for rent and the view is very nice. The winery and casitas sit up on a slight hilltop.
Next we decided to go to L.A.CETTO, even though it is very large just to say we saw it. When we arrived after following a tour bus down a long dirt road and past several vineyards, they had a booth set up to pay for the tastings. I choose the Premium one .. $100 pesos per person so I bought 2, no more sharing. We only get the less expensive L.A. Cetto here at our local Sam’s Club, so you can imagine our surprise when we found they make some really good wine for the price under the Don Luis label. They had a Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot. We purchased the 2 whites and the Merlot. As were walking around we saw a man carrying a case of Chambruele Champagne, which we did not know it was made by them. So that completed our case of wine. Alejandro, our young man pouring the tastes also had been to Puerto Peñasco and loved it. They also have a more expensive tasting that includes more, but we were very pleased with ours. We also found some found some local cheese that had black olives in it and some Olive Oil, all of which are very good. So glad we gave it a shot.
Our next winery of the day was a real sleeper called MAGONI. Beautiful grounds surrounded the tasting room and were greeted promptly as we arrived. We learned a lot from the gentleman in the tasting room including the fact that they are making Balsamic Vinegar that is being aged for 18 years. They have it in a barrel room that smelled so good when we walked in. It is pricey for every day use, however to just have with some crusty bread would be wonderful. We loved their 2017 Cab and Chardonnay so that was our next purchase. This was the only winery we found, that like California, when you pay for the tasting, you keep the glass. Plus for my birthday Bill bought me a shirt that says SAVE WATER .. DRINK WINE! I couldn’t agree more!!!
Next stop was to CAVA MACIEL. We had met the winemaker Jorge Maciel several years ago at a wine dinner and tasting at El Tapeo in Rocky Point. He was surprised that I had kept his card all this time. It was so nice to have the tasting done with him personally as he is an excellent wine maker. If you decide to travel to this wine area, make sure you mark this winery as one to stop at. He does a lot of traveling around Mexico and the United States to promote his wine and the region. We bought a bottle of Vino Luna and can’t wait to have it. Next time we will get more reds than we did this trip. His winery overlooks several vineyards and is very comfortable. The front opens to the mountains and vines and there are tables out in front for larger groups.
By this time the fog was rolling back in so he headed back to La Doble T for our sausage sandwich which was outstanding. Fresh bread and the sausage was better than a Wisconsin brat. Next time we’ll bring some of those back with us.
We can’t wait to go back again to this wonderful region of Mexico and hopefully spend more time and have the chance to go into Ensenada to try out the micro breweries of which there are many. So Monday morning, we got up and had fruit, bread and coffee before packing up the JEEP and saying adios Valle de Guadalupe. See you soon.
I normally don’t do blogs on areas other than Puerto Peñasco, but over several years of doing this, I get asked a lot by tourists who winter here, what can I do to see Mexico. Many of the Rv’ers love wine and have never heard of the Valle de Guadalupe’s Wine Country. So we decided to take an adventure and headed over to see what it looks like.
On May 17th we left Puerto Peñasco and headed over by ourselves and without a map! If you don’t get off the toll roads it is anywhere from a 5 1/2 – 6 hour drive. It is 3 1/2 hours to Mexicali and the rest of the trip takes you over La Rumorosa (which is windy step climb) it resembles Highway 8 between El Centro and the Tecate turn off. This part of the road is called 2D and it is not for the faint of heart or people that have a fear of heights. As the driver, you can’t enjoy looking around as the bus lines use it and they do fly. Seeing the vineyards, makes the trip worth it. Once you arrive in Tecate, you take Mexico 3 towards Ensenada which will take you through the Valle de Guadalupe. It is indeed beautiful to see all the green vineyards and the stunning wineries up on the hillsides.
Our first stop was to meet our friend and winemaker Iker Turcott (KRUGER VINEYARDS) who also has a cute little sandwich shop (La Doble T) next to the winery and he has some great gourmet sandwiches. He prepared a couple of the sandwiches, while we relaxed with a glass of Chardonnay and checked out the winery. He is doing an outstanding job with his new Chardonnay and also does some wonderful reds. We had time for one more winery before checking into Quinta Estrella B & B, so Iker suggested RETORNO Vinicola. The young man in the tasting room was very knowledgeable and helpful. They were in the process of doing some labeling and it was all by hand. Here we purchased a bottle of red called Palabra. Nice wines at reasonable prices. Most of the small wineries that we went to, do under 2,000 cases and we prefer them to the large wineries. However, we did find a couple of the large ones that were a treat. We checked into Quinta Estrella and were greeted by the hostess Patricia (Beba) Sanchez Dias. After we unpacked we sat outside with our purchase from RETORNO and some cheese and sausage. The evenings and mornings were cool and foggy but the daytime was beautiful. Beba’s husband Benito joined us that evening and we learned a lot about the area. He is Director General of Abulones Cultivados in Ensenada. It is there that they farm raise Abalone. We learned that an Abalone grows at the rate of 1″ per year. No wonder they are so expensive! It was at this winery we ran into a couple from Sonoyta which is the crossing most people use to enter Mexico and he is an architect. She invited us to stop by and say hi when we pass through.
Day 2 of our adventure began with a wonderful breakfast with fresh fruit, pastries from Ensenada, eggs any way we liked and coffee. Our first stop was a small winery close to the B & B called Rancho Velasco. When we arrived , we learned that Sr. Velasco had been hospitalized but the winemaker Acessio Bellafiore, took us down to the winery. It is located in what appeared to once be a basement to the very old Misiones de California and was constructed of thick Adobe walls that had been plastered over. As we sampled the wines we talked about the area and he explained he had come from Italy a few years ago and was also making some of his own wines there. We purchased 3 bottles of Misiones de California Vino Tinto Blend. He graciously poured one of his wines out of the barrel and even though it had only been in the barrel about 8 months you could tell how good it is going to be.
Our next stop was VINISTERRA that started in 2002.The young man in the tasting room, Omar, was very pleasant and knowledgeable about his product. Here we ran into a Canadian fella with a small group, who had been to Puerto Peñasco and was telling them how beautiful it was there. Ironically the Canadian had taken a wine making class with the girl friend of Iker Turcott and they are splitting a barrel … small world. After doing the tasting, we decided to sit on the patio and enjoy a bottle of Domino Rosado, while taking in the vineyards and winery. We purchased both Domino Rosado and Domino Blanco as the warm summer will soon be upon us, making us not drink our favorite reds. Here again the white wines and Rose’s of the Valle De Guadalupe have come along way and although we are red wine drinkers, really enjoyed the weather, wine and cheese and crackers. Next stop was TRES VALLES, a 1/2 mile down the road (as the crow flies). Here were met again by a nice young man in the tasting room, who knew his wines and also knew Rocky Point. We tasted all of their wines and purchased 2 bottles of a red blend called Jada Rosada and Jada Blanco. My husband and I have spent many years wine tasting in Paso Robles and Lodi, California and if there is one thing we finally learned is that you split tasting or by the end of the day they all taste good. We did the same in the Valle as it is especially important when you are not familiar with an area.
Please see Part 2 to learn about the rest of our mini wine vacation. I hope you enjoy this and the photos. It was amazing to see at one winery the tiny fruit had just begun and 5 miles down the road they were about the size of peas.
We recently did a blog about Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and suggestions on which boats do Whale Watching tours. I included in that information things about fishing charters and sunset cruises that these 3 companies do. By all means these are not all the boats that do sunset cruises or fishing trips. There is the Big Momma, they also do fishing charters and The About Time.
This past week we had the opportunity to go along the owners of the Pancho Villa as it was the owners birthday. We boarded the boat at 11:30 and took of at noon on a beautiful sunny day (of which we have many) and headed out of the harbor. As soon as we boarded the boat, we got to make new friends. One couple lived not far from where I came from in Wausau, Wisconsin, several others also live here full time, so lot’s of story telling about how we have seen this sleepy little fishing village evolve. We went along at a comfortable pace and the Pancho Villa is a very comfortable vessel. Several years ago it had the back of the boat extended so there is ample room to move around as well as sit in some comfy Adirondack style chairs or go on the deck or sit with the captain.
We were out 5 miles when the cry “there she blows” came and sure enough just ahead was a huge whale. She seemed to almost be circling us as it would dive down and then come up again. It is breath taking to see these giant creatures of the sea and this one seemed to love to play hide and seek. Look closely and you can see the Pinacate Range in the back ground.
Our next venture was on the Sol Chaser with is owned by the same folks that have Eco Tours. The Sol Chaser came from Mazatlán and is a 54′ catamaran which has been retrofitted with a new bathroom that has easy access to it. There is comfortable seating on the side, on the bow and with the captain that is covered. It featured an open bar as well as chips/salsa and a vegetable platter. On this trip we did not see the elusive whale nor did any others that were out. However, at about 9 miles out, we got to be a part of the dolphin show. There were at least 30 or more and they decided to entertain us. Everyone was trying to get photos and videos as they played and jumped in front of us with sometime 5 jumping out of the water together. On this trip we met people from Kansas and Michigan(but now reside in Prescott. You never know where your partners on the boat come from to see Puerto Peñasco community. It is always our pleasure to when asked, be able to give them accurate information on the town and places to go and things to do and see.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the people having a great time enjoying the weather and the water as well as watching the whale and dolphins. Hopefully they will hang around longer if the water and temperatures start to warm up. The whales come into the Sea of Cortez because of the warm water so they have not been as plentiful as other years. On February 14, they were again spotted, so we know they are here. Call one of the companies doing the tours and make your reservation as they do fill up fast. Even if you don’t see anything, it is so nice to be out on the water and making new friends.
Whale Watching in Rocky Point vs. San Diego! Rocky Point is a mere 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson where as San Diego is a 6 hour drive. Rocky Point has little or no congestion on the roads … you know the freeways in San Diego. But the best part is that you can go out on small intimate boats vs boats carrying 150 people. So it is a win for all, short drive, no heavy traffic and everyone can see the whales up close and personal. So don’t let whale watching pass you by in 2018.
Recently the U.S. Consul General from Nogales, Virginia Staab and the Consular Section Chief, J. Michael Harvey put on a presentation for all U.S. citizens living in Puerto Peñasco. They covered a lot of issues that were of concern to many in the crowd such a Bank Trusts and buying property in Mexico. They also stated that they are going to try to have meetings every 3 months.
One of the most important things they informed the group about is a program called STEP or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This is a free service and your information will not be shared with anyone other branch of the United States government such as the IRS, etc. What this program does is to let the U.S. Consulate know that you are either living or visiting abroad by registering at the nearest U.S. Consulate. By registering you will receive important travel warnings and other safety conditions in your destination country in order to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans. It will help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency. It will also help family and friends get in touch with you in case of an emergency.
In all areas of Mexico where there is a large population of American’s living you will find people that are volunteers for the U.S. Consulate and they are referred to as Wardens. The job of these volunteers is to help you or a loved one in case of emergency. For example if your child who might be here on “Spring Break” should get hurt and is taken to the hospital or clinic, the U.S. Consulate will notify the warden who then goes to see what the person needs. They will be asked to sign a Privacy Act form, so that the warden can give you as a parent all the info on the injured person. This can relate to auto accidents or anything effecting a tourist or resident in Mexico. In Rocky Point there are 2 people to contact, one being Rick Busa and the other is myself Beverly Arrowood. Although we have not had to be called on very often, know that we are here to help when needed.
To register simply go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/step.html/ or for a specific country like Mexico go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html/. It is very simple to do and only takes a couple of minutes. You can register individuals or groups traveling to Mexico.
You can also reach the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales during business hours (8 am to 5 pm) by dialing 01-81-8047-3145 from Mexico or 011-52-81-8047-3145 if calling from the U.S. For emergencies out side of the normal business hours or weekends the number to call from Mexico is 001-619-841-3203 and if calling from the U.S. 1-619-841-3203.
If you would like information on the services provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales you can reach them at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nogales/.
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.
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.
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.
If you aren’t aware there is a new way to get to Puerto Peñasco from Phoenix. It is called TAP ROYAL. It is a bus ride that will give you 1st class service not only while traveling on the bus but while waiting for the bus to depart as well. The cost is a bargain at only $70 round trip. The bus leaves the Phoenix terminal Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday at 10:00 a.m. and arrives in Puerto Penasco a little after 2:00 p.m. It leaves the Peñasco del Sol Hotel in Puerto Penasco bound for Phoenix at 4:00 p.m. and arrives around 8:30 p.m. Looking to make a reservation, you can call 602-272-3030 or in Mexico at 01-800-0011 827 or the Hotel Penasco del Sol Kiosk at 638-128-2685. You can also go to www.taproyal.com and book your tickets as well. Tickets can be purchased up to just before departure time as of this writing.
Recently the new ultra modern terminal opened at 2707 W. McDowell road in Phoenix, AZ for people traveling to and from California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. This 5500 sq. ft facility is not only comfortable for the passengers who ride it but for the drivers as well. The upstairs features dorm style sleeping quarters, kitchen and shower facilities. Many of you probably have not ridden a bus in Mexico and do not know but the back-up driver sleeps in one of the compartments below the seat area.
The terminal, which opened in 2015, is not in a part of Phoenix where one would expect to se such a beautiful modern building. The project was funded directly from foreign investment for both the purchase of the land and the construction of the building as well. Keith Rosenblum a consultant for Mexico based Transportes y Autobuses de Pacifico or TAP ROYAL stated recently that you will never receive inferior service on a TAP bus or at the terminal. The terminal will be a luxurious place to await your trip.
If you have ever traveled in Mexico, you probably know that bus ridership in Mexico is still the dominant form of transportation. TAP is using late model Volvo 9700 luxury coaches with panoramic windows 34 Amaya seats, bathroom, professional sound system, Wi-Fi and flat screen movie monitors. TAP is also very safety conscious and the buses have a 3 point seat belt for your protection as well as highly professional drivers. They currently operate 30 buses in the United States and over 300 run through the country of Mexico.
Current US destinations are Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales, Las Vegas, Huntington Park, CA and they are now exploring entering the market in El Paso. In Mexico they service such cities as Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point),Obregon, Hermosillo, Navajoa, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Tepic, Guaymas , Guadalajara and more. With so many destinations, you can traverse Mexico for very little money and in comfort. You can sit back, relax and read a book or watch movies. With the price of gas in Mexico being so high plus the cost of the toll roads this is indeed one of the best ways to travel and it allows you to see the beautiful country side of Mexico.
Although TUFESA Bus Line out of Obregon has been doing Mexico – USA for over 10 years, they have not run any buses to Rocky Point. TAP ROYAL has been around for some time, it is the first to do the route to and from Puerto Peñasco.
If you are thinking about travel in Mexico, start with a trip to Rocky Point aboard TAP so that you get a feel for the experience. I know you will not be disappointed. Come down and spend a weekend or a week with out breaking your piggy bank. Hotel / bus packages are available so no need to drive, just sit back and dream of the beach. Put together a group of friends or your family and experience the easy of travel on a TAP ROYAL bus.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 SKYwill present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00
The 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.
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)
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.