We are continuing our Q & A forum from our readers. If you have any questions, please send them to us. Question:Hi there!!!!
It’s me again! How are you? I hope all is well! I’m just writing to ask you if you would recommend Puerto Peñasco in the month of October? My family and I are thinking of visiting this year again in the month of October. What do you think? Also, how has Puerto Peñasco been lately (safety and security wise)? Thanks so much for all of your help! Looking forward to your response soon! Take care and have a great day!!!!
Answer: Hi Susana,
October is a great month especially mid October. The humidity should be almost gone. There aren’t any major holidays as far as traffic goes. There have been no safety issues or security from the time you enter Mexico until the time you head back. The water will still be nice and morning walks on the beach are a must. How long are you planning on being here? Are you coming with small children? If so, they can enjoy the tide pools looking for little creatures. A visit to CEDO in Las Conchas is a must as they will get to see a full size skeleton of a whale and it is a great learning center for them. They have a gift shop with books about the area and it is really nice. Most restaurants will be open everyday if you want to eat out.
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Question: This will be the first time visit to Puerto Peñasco and we are wondering what there is to do and is it safe. Answer: Thanks for asking. Not sure what time of the year you are planning to be here, but pretty soon, the weather will be changing, so you can enjoy walking or running on the beach. If you are a golfer, we offer 3 golf courses for your enjoyment. Fishing your thing, there are several fishing charters to choose from. After a relaxing day on the beach, take a sunset cruise on one or our many sunset cruises. You can also to ride horse back on the beach which is really fun. We have several really great restaurants to choose from and a few with Sea of Cortez view. This places also offer a great sunset view.
I have lived here full time since 2008 and have never had a safety issue. My children and grandchildren have also been coming here for many years with no issues. I tell people, if you are looking for trou0ble I am sure you can find it, but otherwise you will have a wonderful stay. Don’t forget to get Mexican auto insurance full coverage. It may be a little more expensive for full coverage, but it will protect your vehicle. Let me know when you plan to come and I will try to update you with events. The main thing we have upcoming will be the Rocky Point Rally, Veteran’s Day weekend. The town is probably already sold out.
If you are planning to buy or adopt a dog, check out Barb’s Dog Rescue. Choose from puppies or senior dogs, you won’t be disappointed.
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.
Once you arrive in Rocky Point, there is a lot to do and see. Love to fish? Try Pancho Villa Charters, Big Mommaor go out with Aldofo Perezon 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 Chaseror any of the smaller catamarans that sail.
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.
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.
If I may add one more thing. Barb’s Dog Rescueis 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.
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.
It is that time of the year when the whales once again make their appearance in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. However the main Whale Watching usually begins the end of January/March. It is absolutely amazing to see these gentle giants swim close enough that they can be seen from the condos on Sandy Beach. In this area we have Humpback and Fin whales. While you are in Rocky Point any time in the next couple of months, do yourself a favor and take advantage of one of the Whale Watching Trips. Along the way you are also likely to have the Dolphins accompany you and they do put on a show as they weave back and forth under and around your boat. Recently a couple of small whales have been sighted just off shore, but we will be in full swing to Whale Watch within a couple of weeks or so. When we see them is up to the whales.
You can choose whatever type of craft you would like to go out on. The following are the ones that offer not only Whale Watching, but they do Sunset trips, Bird Island trips (here you can enjoy the antics of the Sea Lions and their pups and a vast array of Marine life) or Fishing Charters.
1) Eco Fun is a 81’Catamaran that provides not only great picture taking opportunities but also has a complete open bar and 2 different snacks. You will not be disappointed with service of the crew. $45.00 USD pp for adults, $35.00 USD guests 11 years to 17 years and $25.00 USD for guests 3 years – 10 years. Maximum people for Whale Watching is 80. This is a great boat to do the Bird Island tours on so that you can swim with the Sea Lions and their pups and see Bird Island up close and personal. They carry on board Kayak’s as well for your pleasure. The sales office is located in the Baja Cantina Hotel on Matamoras in the Mirador area or phone them at 638-388-9699 or send an email to email@example.com.
2) Pancho Villa Charters: Climb aboard this 57′ California yacht and sit back and enjoy. Pancho Villa Charters is a 12 year old family operated business and is named after the famed Franscisco “Pancho” Villa who was one of the most notable figures in the Mexican Revolution. It has recently under gone a remodel. It is available for Whale Watching, fishing, Wine Wednesday Sunsets and private charters. They personally meet with the client to make sure they get the most desirable trip ever and will cater to food and beverage preferences of the group. Whale watching is $50.00 USD pp or a 3 hour swim cruise. Want to go fishing it is $80.00 half day and $30.00 USD for the 2 hour sunset cruise or bay cruise. To make your reservation call 602-904-1700.
3) Del Mar Charters: This 42′ Catamaran is ideal for Whale Watching going out in small groups. This catamaran holds a minimum of 4 passengers and a maximum of 18 which is ideal for picture taking. It features lots of deck space for walking around as well as a net that will hold 8-10 people. Until sighting is in full swing they will not be taking any reservations. At the time of this writing the cost is $45.00 per person and it includes water, soda, margaritas and bottled beer.
They also offer trips to Bird Island and the cost for it is $90.00 per person and it includes snorkel gear, water, soda, margaritas, bottled beer and a burrito for lunch. Plan on a 4-6 hour trip. Here you can snorkel, swim or kayak with the Sea Lion pups. You can also choose from a day sail or sunset cruise.
Along with all of this you may opt for a fishing trip that will take you out up to 10 miles. They have 26′-29′ boats that is $310.00 for up to 5 people and $50.00 extra for each additional persons up to a max of 7. They provide everything from fishing license plus all the equipment to fish. Drinks and snacks are not provided but you can bring your own. For more information go to their face book page https://www.facebook.com/delmarcharters.mexico or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although you will NOT see Orca’s near Puerto Peñasco, they were recently sighted near to Puerto Lobos south of Rocky Point. They also visit once a year and as you can see from the pictures from fishinginlobas.com and arturo’sdiving&fishingtours.com they really put on a show. These big guys were recently spotted by a group of divers from Rocky Point.
WOW, soon it will be 2018! Where has 2017 gone? Glad the internet is around to do bill pay as I recall writing checks for everything and then it would take 6 months before I would get the new year correct. Times have changed and now I get annoyed in a store when someone writes a check and is holding up the line.
During 2017 we have seen a lot of good things happening here in Puerto Peñasco and there is promise of more to come in 2018. It was recently announced at the Arizona/Mexico Commission Meetings the construction on the Home Port will resume. That is to the credit of Governor Doug Ducey from Arizona and Governor Claudia Pavlovich the Governor from the State of Sonora. When this project becomes a reality, it will be a boom for both Arizona and Puerto Peñasco. Goods and service will come to the port from Arizona and employment for not only construction of the facilities but helping with the cruise ships, thus putting many more locals to work. One cruise line has signed a letter of intent to do the route.
Secondly we have seen tourism really blossom. In summer Rocky Point was full almost all of the time with families from El Paso, Juarez, Chihuahua and from the south of Mexico. We saw an increase in traffic from New Mexico and Texas. During USA holidays, the town is packed, thus creating lengthy delays coming into Mexico as well as the return to the USA. But never the less tourism continues to grow. Now that it is winter the retired folks are back in the RV Parks and they are all getting full again, even the off the beach ones are filling up.
Why do I mention these 2 items? It is because of the economic impact tourism has on Puerto Peñasco. The hospitality taxes increase thus allowing the city to better the infrastructure. Many folks are now again buying condos, lots and homes so the real estate sales are again on the rise. Shop owners are again selling their merchandise and restaurants and bars are doing very well.
We are seeing an increase in the construction of new hotels, bars and restaurants. All the sales tax again, helps Rocky Point grow. All over town you can see construction and it is moving forward not stalled as in the past.
The second Wind Fan was just installed so as to provide more power to city. There will be a total of 3 when completed.
Some of the developments that have been stalled since the economic nose dive a few years ago are now starting to rebound and have workers running around. The Laguana del Margolf course has been renamed and hopefully soon you will see model homes being built. Corona del Sol in Las Conchas is again selling and repairs are under way. Playa Azul which is located between Playa Encanto and the Mayan Palace has once again started promoting. All of this is great for Rocky Point.
On a personal note I have several resolutions that I am making and certainly hope to be able to keep.
#) I hope to be able to do more beach time with my husband and walks on the beach with our 2 German Shepherds Tucker and Frida.
#) I want to start to do some limited traveling again… it has been to long.
#) Praying for continued good health for myself and my husband Bill as well as family and friends.
#) Whale watching is on my radar this winter as they will soon be in the upper Sea of Cortez.
#) With any luck being able to go the Valle de Guadalupe and do some wineries
#) Hopefully go back to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see family.
#) To be able to keep writing blog,s as I enjoy it so much.
#) To continue to meet and make friends.
#) To be able to be a volunteer for various charity events which is something near and dear to my heart.
#10) To try to have more patience with everything and everyone around me.
I closing I want to wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year. Be safe no matter where your travels take you.
In the previous blog about RV Caravans coming to Puerto Peñasco, we touched on how these groups get here and where they come from. In part 2 we will be addressing several things to do once you are here as well as what you can and can not bring into Mexico.
After sitting down with Charlie and Geri Sing from The Rambling Suns RV Club (Sun City Elk’s Lodge 2559 who will be the hosts for the trip in October of 2018, one comes to realize that there is a lot of planning that has to go into these caravans when you have a minimum of 20 RV”s traveling together and not just to and from Rocky Point. These trips have to be planned far in advance in order to get the reservations at the RV parks. As stated previously, at one time there were 9 RV parks in Puerto Peñasco and now there are 2 large ones that are on the water that can accommodate that many rigs plus all the other rigs that are already there.
So now the 20 plus rigs from the Sun City Elk’s Lodge have arrived at Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach and have set up home for a week. What do they do next? Usually at the end of the day there is a social or happy hour, followed by an evening pot luck dinner with lots of conversation going on. These groups are made up of folks of all ages so there is something for everyone.
Here is a list of suggested things for them to see our city and everything we have to offer.
1) Tour the Pinacate Biosphere where they will see where Apollo 11 astronauts trained for the Moon landing.
13) Need dental work done? Imagen Oral, Dr. Yamamoto are just a few for you to choose from.
When you are coming to Mexico, make sure you have insured your rig and tow vehicle if you have one. This can be done from the USA either on line from several different companies. But it is a must!!
When you are in a caravan, as you enter into Mexico, you probably will all get the green light, which means proceed slowly. If you are traveling in groups of 3 or more, you may get the red light which means stop or they may just wave you on through. If you travel with your fur babies be it dogs or cats, have their shot records handy (they are looking for the rabies shot). If you are coming for more than a week and need a large bag of dog food, chicken is allowed but no beef. An example is the 38 lb. bag of Kirkland Chicken is allowed if it is sealed.
Here is a partial list of things that you can not bring into Mexico. The whole list is very long, so this gives you an idea.
Plants, eggs, dairy products, beef and pork products. Depending who’s list you are looking at, these can change. If you are coming at Thanksgiving, you are allowed one turkey per vehicle (as they recognize this is a big American holiday).
You can bring in 6 liters of wine plus the 3 liters of alcohol, but remember you can only take 1 liter back into the USA. Again with Sam’s Club in Rocky Point, there is no need to haul down a lot of stuff. You can buy cases of bottled water, chicken, meat, pork, cheese, eggs at Sam’s or Ley’s. The town also features the best FRESH SHRIMP and FISH, a lot of great fresh produce markets and a couple of butcher shops. Remember if you are a meat eater, some of the best beef in Mexico is raised in the State of Sonora.
If you have any questions about what you can and can not bring, please feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will provide you with an answer. Maps of Rocky Point are available, just send an email.
So come on down, sit and relax and enjoy what Rocky Point has to offer. The people are friendly, no traffic congestion, great food, warm weather, beautiful clean soft sandy beaches and sunsets.
The “Toma Color” Race is modeled after the now world famous “Color Run” this is a colorful 5K race celebrated around the world.
Last Saturday March, 30 was celebrated the first Toma Color Race in Rocky Point, Mexico. The difference between this Color Run and other 5K races is that in the color run at the end of each kilometer you are splashed with powder colors.The race started in front of the baseball stadium and the finish line was in the Malecon were in a party vibe awards were presented in the categories: Youngest Runner, Oldest Runner, Biggest team and best team costume. All the proceeds from this race go directly to benefit the Hemodialisis Unit here in town, there were approximate 800 participants and raised $120,000 pesos for this cause. Video of the Event:
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For more information please visit: TomaColorPuertoPenasco.org
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Rocky Point has an incredible beach and there are several activities you can do while you are here for your vacation!
The tide cycles in Rocky Point make the beach very unique and constantly different throughout the entire day. Some of the things I like to do when there is low tide are:
– Set up some small goals with shoes, beach towels, or actual little soccer goals and play soccer with your friends! When the tide is low you can run around a huge area that is flat and open, which is perfect for a little game of soccer.
– Play paddle ball. Paddle ball is a simple game where you and a partner hit a ball back forth with each other and see how many times you can hit it back and forth without dropping it. This game can provide entertainment for hours! I have found myself playing this game for hours without realizing how much time passed by.
– Skimboard! When the tide is low there a little areas and pools that form which are perfect for skimboarding. If you want to try a new and challenging sport I definitely recommend trying skimboarding. Be warned though that this is a dangerous sport and if you fall you can seriously injure yourself. Start off slow and then you will progress accordingly.
When the tide comes up there are a bunch of new activities that you can try and enjoy. The ones that I have personally found to be the most enjoyable are: – Rent a jet ski. Even though the hourly rates for a jet ski are slightly expensive, it’s worth it. Riding a jet ski through the Sea of Cortes is amazing! Make sure you are safe though and never doing any dangerous maneuvers. It is very easy to find people to rent jet skis from they are.
– Ride the banana boat. Banana boats are all along the beach in Rocky Point and they are only $5/person! It’s about a 6-10 minute ride and you better hold on tight! My biggest advice for the banana boat is to make sure that if you fall, protect your face. Falling on the banana boat is very common and generally safe. Just be careful if it happens and make sure you protect yourself!
– Parasailing. This is one of the activities that you HAVE to try here in Rocky Point. You get to see the beautiful Sonoran Resorts, beaches, and people from 300 ft in the air! It is awesome to be able to have a birds eye view on the surrounding area.
These are just a few suggestions for you guys on activities that I have come to personally enjoy. You may find a different activity that you enjoy more, but I definitely recommend trying at least a few of these when you go down to Rocky Point for vacation.
Hello everybody my name is Esteban Obregon and I am an intern here at Puerto-Penasco.com. I am a 20 year old college student pursuing my degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. I will be starting a new blog segment where I share with our followers (you guys) my personal experiences and blog about Puerto Penasco from my perspective. I have been going down to Rocky Point for several years now for both family vacations and now that I am of age (and most importantly my mother now allows it), vacations with friends. Vacationing with family and vacationing with friends is an entirely different experience, each filled with it’s own unique way to enjoy what Rocky Point has to offer. My experiences with each of these vacations have always been positive and I found several activities, restaurants, clubs, and local spots that I enjoy returning to. Whether it was riding Jet Ski’s through the beautiful Sea of Cortes, getting fish tacos at a local stand in town, or getting to see Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers rock a fantastic show, there are countless activities to do in Rocky Point for people of all ages. With that being said Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers I would also like to let you guys know that they are playing a massive show in Rocky Point on June 8th. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see this band live I strongly recommend it going to check them out, you will not be dissapointed. Their live show is something that everyone has to experience at least once. I will be sure to do a post on this concert and share some pictures and videos with you guys. Through this blog I will be able to share with you guys my favorite things to do while I am in Rocky Point, my most recent experiences in Rocky Point and hopefully make your next trip to Rocky Point more safe and enjoyable.
Please feel free to comment or message us on ourFacebook, or Twitter accounts if you have any questions or topics that you would like me to blog on. I will do my best to respond to all your questions and suggestions in a timely fashion. My first post will be tomorrow and I will be sharing with you guys a few tips that I have been given throughout the years whenever I am go down to Mexico. By following these tips and instructions I have been able to make several trips to Rocky Point without a problem.
Rocky Point is not only margaritas and sunsets with an ocean view, well… there is a lot of that, but there are many activities you can do in Rocky Point’s calm waters of this beautiful beach town. One popular activity we present to you today is Kayaking. What is Kayaking? Kayaking is the use of a kayak to move across the sea, river or any water surface. A Kayak is very similar to a canoe with the difference in the sitting position a Kayak is where the paddler faces forward, legs in front using a double bladed paddle.
Kayaking in Rocky Point is a very easy thing to do. You don’t need to be an expert, the convenient location of Rocky Point in the northern part of the state of Sonora, makes the water currents very calm and there are no big waves, thanks to the Baja Peninsula that blocks a big part of the Pacific Ocean making it great for this kind of activities and also for water skiing and other water sports.
There are several companies that rent Kayaks in town you can rent one from an hour or for a week whatever works with you. They can even deliver the Kayak to your resort of choice. Kayaking in Rocky Point is very safe and the experts will guide you through a safety course with all the information you need to know about the local sea, weather, tides and currents. Of course you also get a life jacket with the rent of your Kayak!
You can Kayak the coast of Rocky Point from la Choya to Sandy Beach or any route you choose, you can ask the experts any question about this and they will help you to adjust any detail to your liking. You can cruise around Rocky Point with your Kayak and even go fishing on it, most Kayaks have fishing pole holders.
You can use a Kayak to tour Rocky Point and go Snorkeling, but if you rather have a guided experience, some companies also offer guided tours one of them is:
Contact KayakRockyPoint.com they can take you to a guided tour like fishing to the local reefs, Estuary Tours, Sunset Tours, Snorkeling, sightseeing and family fun tours.
Prices Ranging for the tours from $11 to $35 USD.
For More information please Visit: KayakRockyPoint.com
There is another company called facebook.com/SonoranScuba you can contact them for more information about Kayaking they also offer: Scuba diving Courses, Snorkeling, Charters, Bird Island Diving Charters, Fishing Charters, Ultralight flights & Sunset Cruises
For More info about Sonoran Scuba:
PADI Dive & Activity Ctr.
Sonoran Sea Resort
Road to “La Choya” Km. 3.5 (about 2 miles)
Zip Codel: 83550 Phone Number: (638) 382 8251 ext. 2100