If you’re headed down to Penasco, you might be thirsting for a little more information that what we have to provide. Here are some choice books and resources that you might be interested in picking up before your visit.
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Beautiful stained glass inside The Friendly Dolphin.
The Rocky Point Gringo Guide to Puerto Penasco … is a great start if you want something ‘all encompassing’ about, well, being a Gringo in Penasco. Good read! Read the Amazon.com comments for a what others have to say about this book. We like it, we recommend it, and so do these people.
Distant Neighbors Don’t even think of buying property,living, or doing business in Mexico without reading this book. A clear insight into the Mexican psyche. From amazon: “A study of Mexico–political, social, cultural, economic–by a journalist who was for the past six years the New York Times bureau chief in Mexico City. With portraits of Mexico’s top leaders, about a nation whose stability is vital to our national well-being. ”
NTC’s Dictionary of Mexican Cultural Code Words : The Complete Guide to Key Words That Express How the Mexicans Think, Communicate, and Behave A complete insight into the Mexican culture, how they think, communicate, and behave. From amazon: “NTC’s Dictionary of Mexican Cultural Code Words explores the meanings of, and cultural context for, over 100 essential Mexican expressions, providing the reader with a map to the character and personality of the Mexican people. ”
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert … covers a large portion of the southwest in general – – but still a great read. Driving to Penasco is going to take you from the civilized world to the seafront, and you’re going to pass a lot of unique geography in the interim. If you’re wondering where it all came from, check out this great read.
Of course, you’re going to want to know where you’re going, so… for those of you who want the nitty gritty details, the Benchmark Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas is going to have a LOT of detail of Arizona and the southern region in general. Not a bad thing to have if you’re looking into taking a few side jaunts into and around some of southern Arizona’s smaller and more interesting towns.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with buying a good ol’ Rand McNally that covers, well, practically the whole northern hemisphere. Throw Rand McNally the Road Atlas Deluxe ’03: United States, Canada, & Mexico in your car and you can pretty much drive from Vancouver to DC to Penasco with the same map. Can’t fault that!
Yeah, we know, we called this the ‘Books’ section, but the odds are that if you’re going down to Penasco, you’re going to be driving, and nothing goes better with a long drive then the perfect music.
And, look, if you’re going down to Rocky Point – or anywhere in Sonora, for that matter – just take our word for it and buy this CD.
We think we’re qualified enough to recommend this one, so pick up the best just-hopped-in-the-car-and-I’m-going-to-Mexico CD ever made — Roger Clyne and the Peacemaker’s Sonoran Hope and Madness. If there’s anybody that encompasses the whole experience, it is definately these guys – check them out at www.azpeacemakers.com.