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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco..Part 2

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.

Pancho Villa guns drawn
Photo by Ole

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.

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Guests on the Pancho VIlla searching for Whales

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Pancho Villa is made for whale watching sunset cruises or fishing.
(Photo by Mike N Samantha Bosnick)

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.

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Amazing the grace of somethin this large

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“There she blows” and there was the elusive huge whale.

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Some of the Shrimp boats that bring in our precious shrimp

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.

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The Sol Chaser is the newest arrival to the Eco Tours boats

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Barb and Bob from Kansas enjoying the Sol Chaser

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Jeff and Lisa enjoying the trip. From Michigan and now Arizona

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Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

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Dolphin entertainment as seen from the Sol Chaser

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.

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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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco

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.

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Whale Watching on the Sea of Cortez.

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Join the fun on the Eco Fun

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Whale watching with Eco Fun

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 ecofunrentals@gmail.com.

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57′ Pancho Villa Whale Watching

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.

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Whale Watching Up Close and Personal

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 reservations@delmarcharters.com.

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.

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Jumping waiting to prey for food.

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Orca’s in Puerto Lobos

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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

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2017 Recaps and Resolutions for 2018

New Year's eve

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.

The Governors of Arizona and Sonora
The Governors of Arizona and Sonora

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 Mar golf 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.

  1. #)   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.
  2. #)   I want to start to do some limited traveling again… it has been to long.
  3. #)   Praying for continued good health for myself and my husband Bill as well as family and friends.
  4. #)   Whale watching is on my radar this winter as they will soon be in the upper Sea of Cortez.
  5. #)   With any luck being able to go the Valle de Guadalupe and do some wineries
  6. #)   Hopefully go back to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see family.
  7. #)   To be able to keep writing blog,s as I enjoy it so much.
  8. #)   To continue to meet and make friends.
  9. #)   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.

Come down 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.

Don’t forget to share us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to contact me via email or phone at 623-298-4284.

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