Puerto Peñasco Things to Do

  • Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.
    Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.
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    General Relaxation in Rocky Point.

    by razorbacker Updated Apr 23, 2013

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    Wonderful varied things to do. Stroll along the streets and beaches, haggle with the street vendors, take a twilight cruise (cheap and fun), snorkle with the sea lions at Bird Island (more expensive, but fun - $75/person/half-day). Rent a quad-runner ($100 +/day). Combine clamming at Cholla Bay with a natural history lesson (Cheap and fun and keep your clams). Swim, boogie board. Fish. Ride horses (Didn't price those.) Get your hair done on the beach cheap. Nice jewelry deals with persistent, but good-natured vendors on the beach. Take an ultra-light flight along the surf. ($50/30 minutes. Wonderfully worth it according to La Bella Brenda!) Great food, nice people, great ambiance. Buen Viaje!!!

    Beach in front of CET-MAR Aquarium. El Edificio Municipal (City Hall) Coastal boulders and barnacles. Coast between Sandy Beach and Cholla Bay.
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    Banana boats! Fun for all!

    by HispanicYob Written Oct 13, 2007

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    If you like getting wet and thrashed about on a inflatable raft going at fast speeds then this is for you. The people in charge of driving them usually charge anywhere from 10 to 20 USD depending on how many minutes you choose or how many minutes they say when they quote you on a price. They take you out in the ocean, not too far from shore. You hold onto the handles on the raft and at first, they start out slow, then they go fast and you hit those waves pretty hard. Go for it and try it out! I almost fell off but my other friends fell off completely. Hang on for dear life!

    Just one of the many types of banana boats
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    CET-MAR Aquarium

    by razorbacker Written Sep 24, 2007

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    A wonderfully fun little local aquarium. We love to go there everytime we're in Puerto Penasco. A project of the connected vo-tech school and staffed by the students. Great variety of local marine life from sea turtles to manta rays, kissing fish to moray eel, octopi to sea lions. Entry $3 adults, $1 kids. Bags of sea lion or sea turtle food for $1. Two little hands-on tidal pools. Not much English spoken, but a fun place to practice your Espanol! VERY highly recommended!!! A true local treasure. Hours: M-F 10:00 - 14:30. Sat-Sun 10:00 - 18:00.

    Rex, Russ, Shirley, whale ribs by CET-MAR. Shirley and the kissing fish! Sea turtles in CET-MAR Aquario. Russ beats the sea lion to the fish. Best not mess with this CET-MAR turtle!!

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    Strolling on the Malecon (Old Port)

    by razorbacker Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    The Malecon is a wonderful place for a leisurely stroll, people watching, gulls, pelicans, all kinds of shops, restaurants, street vendors along the (one way) waterfront street. Beautiful vistas of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California).

    Camarone statue on Malecon promenade. La Bella Brenda on the Promenade. Shop along the Malecon. Me on the Hero Plaza overlooking Promenade. El Nino en la Promenada del Malecon.
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    Shop and Eat at the Harbor Town of Rocky Pt, MX

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 31, 2009

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    Just a short drive from our hotel resort in Rocky Point is the little waterfront town (Puerto Penasco). The tourism industry here has really blossomed ever since the great hotels and condominiums started sprouting up.

    Souvenirs and little things you can take home are available everywhere and for a very affordable price. There is seafood to be had everywhere, and we even tried a restaurant that was constructed over the waterfront. You’d be surprised to find fine dining here in Puerto Penasco!

    There is adequate parking space and just follow the flow of cars and you will find the area where people park (for a fee) near the waterfront.

    On one Sunday we were there, we even had mass at a small church (given in Spanish of course). It was at the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus - (Sacred Heart of Jesus) - Catholic Church services at noon Sunday - located at 65 Estrella Ave 3-29-59. There are also Non-Denominational Services - 9am Sunday at Playa Elegante R.V. Park's Recreation Room 91Matamoros Ave.

    Waterfront of Puerto Penasco Harbor, Mexico
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    Twilight Cruises.

    by razorbacker Updated Oct 1, 2007

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    Romantic, affordable, and highly enjoyable. Several tour offices offer these. My wife and I went out for a couple of hours for $25 each. 2 margaritas were included in the package. We had some happy sailors by the time we returned to port. I believe some had a good headstart beforehand!!!

    What do you do with a drunken sailor? Romantic outing. What a lovely sunset! Sunset cruise comes through. Sunset cruise.
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    The Party Boats

    by HispanicYob Written Oct 13, 2007

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    I couldn't think of a better name for them. I'm sure there's one but I can't remember it right now. There's plenty of these around Rocky Point's harbor. You'll find them at night too, with their neon lights flickering and the music blaring out. These are the party boats. From anywhere from 20-40 bucks they take you out for 3 hours or sometimes more. From the flyers that we saw, it included free alcohol and food. Even one of the ones I saw had strippers on it! We didn't get a chance to go on them but I thought I'd pass this one to you all.

    One of the party boats on the harbor
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    Great way to end the day, or get the Party Started

    by mark0shark Updated Jul 24, 2006

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    If you are looking for a reasonably priced activity that is suitable for all ages from kids to adults, be sure to go out on a Sunset or Dinner Cruise, aboard the REY DEL MAR (Pirate Ship) or the 124' INTREPID Yacht. There is a spectacular sunset just waiting for you to enjoy.

    And considering that Puerto Penasco only averages about an inch or two of rain per year, with temperatures that rarely drop below 60°, even in the winter months, it's a safe bet you'll be able to enjoy a sunset cruise year round. You can find more info on cruises and boat charters at Rocky Point Boat Trips

    There's a beautiful sunset waiting for you... Cruise on the REY DEL MAR Aboard the good ship REY DEL MAR Another Rocky Point Sunset... Looking back at Rocky Point...
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    Fishing

    by snowsk8er Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Do you have any tequila? No, GO FISH! Just when you're recovering from your hangover from the night before, it just feels right to go fishing. It's fun, in the sun, and something anyone can do. You might even see some dolphins.

    fishin' in the yellow boat
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    Changes on the Malecon Plaza

    by razorbacker Written Apr 4, 2009

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    There have been a lot of changes to the Malecon waterfront promenade and the plaza over the past year or so. It's even more enjoyable and romantic than before. We just LOVE Puerto Penasco. If we were rich we'd have a home there. If you've never been, give it a whirl. If it's been awhile, WHAT are ya waiting for???!!! Buen viaje, amigos!

    New sculptures above the plaza. Part of the bold new promenade design. Focal gull sculpture. Brenda on the newly revamped upper plaza. Local hero.
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    Fishing!

    by mnhaus Written Mar 27, 2005

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    We had a great time renting a boat for a few hours and trying our luck on the Gulf. Our guide Jose knew exactly where to go for some decent fish. These weren't exactly your prize-winning trophy catches but we had a great time and it provided us with a few meals!

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    I'll Fly Away!

    by razorbacker Updated Aug 8, 2011

    Take an ultralight flight just north of Puerto Penasco. About a 20-minute flight for $40, well worth the price in our view. Flight paths vary: some go further south and buzz the Sandy Beach area, others are more north. Zach and Jen flew the southern route, mine was more the north option, over the coast, above Cholla Bay and the lava mountain where we were 4-wheeling a short time later.
    We made our flights on May 21, 2011, the day the world was supposed to end, but it didn't, thank goodness, and we think we got our money's worth!

    Jen preparing for flight. Lava mountain and northern coast La dolce vita!! Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Skimming the surf
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    Four-Wheeling Family Fun

    by razorbacker Updated Aug 8, 2011

    Numerous vendors en route to the beach rent 4-wheelers. In our experience each one rents for $20/hour. Or you can rent one all day for $100, I believe.
    One caveat: We rented from the last vendor on the road to Cholla Bay, and he tried to rip us off.
    We rented 4, and had them back in under an hour. That meant we owed $80. I had given them a $100 bill. When I asked for our $20 change, the local flunky tried to stonewall me. Had to wait on the boss, and HE tried to steamroller us...acted stupid first, then said the $20/hour was for the WHITE ATVs, but we wanted the RED, which were $25. I had to demand he call the police a number of times ("Llamada la policia horita!") before he finally relented and grudgingly gave us our change. I told him, "Next time, just be honest!"
    Anyhow, you may want to avoid that particular vendor.
    OR you may just want to be sure and NOT OVERPAY from the start! My bad!

    Fun time! Looking south to P. Penasco from lava mt. caldera Panoramic view over Cholla Bay Pause for the cause above Cholla Bay Easy Rider
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    The beach!

    by HispanicYob Written Oct 5, 2007

    The most important part of any Mexican beach town (or any beach or resort town)! The beach! The beach in this place is very spread out and pretty big. There's vendors of course, in shaded canopies offering their wares. Lots of cool knick-knacks to take home to loved ones. But you didn't come here to spend all your time looking at knick-knacks no?!?!?! (I hope you didn't) A word of caution, try to wear your flip-flops or water shoes with you, as here and there, to my discovery, there's broken glass in some places! Watch where you step. When the tide's out, there's lot of little hermit crabs everywhere. Pretty cool!

    The view of the beach from my hotel room balcony The tides of change One of the awesome stretches of beach
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    Ride ATVs in the desert

    by gcb123 Written Aug 7, 2007

    Rocky Point has one fun activity you will probably never do in the USA - ATV riding in the desert. There are rentals all over the Sandy Beach area. The farther you go from the condo area the lower the price. In the new tourist shopping area (my mother calls it Shack's fifth ave)we rented them for $20 an hour. As its Mexico, there is no BS to deal with. Just leave them a drivers license, sign a short release form and go. There are acres of scrub land to ride in and a sand mountain to climb. The view from the top is beautiful. Just be careful to watch out where you are going as there is zero control of the riding area. My 15 year old daughter and her friend loved it as did my 40+ year old wife.

    view of ride area Sand Mountain - keep your speed up and stay right girls loving the ride one more with condos in the background
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