Sun, Beach, Party Time, Many Activities, Cheap
Corrupt Police, Crappy Roads, Theft
If you live in AZ and want a weekend break it's great
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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!!!more
Hmmm....at first I was impressed with this place. Let me run down the positives. It's a beautiful...more
Rocky Point, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
The Mayan Palace is located all over Mexico. In Penasco it is about 25 min. out of town. If you walk...more
Good, cheap food. Upstairs right on the shoreline. Shaded roof, but open on all sides with cool ocean breezes blowing through. Little kids come through hawking cute carved handicrafts. Different musicians stroll through, playing for donations. Some very nice traditional Mexican music. A very relaxing experience. Great ambience! We eat here at least...more
Very good seafood and Mexican food at very reasonable prices. Large portions. There's some language barrier there at times, but they try very hard to understand English, and we try very hard to communicate in Spanish. I tell the kids what to say so they can practice and at least make an effort. (Anyone who speaks Spanish and English will have a...more
The absolute Gold Standard in our view for the finest food in Puerto Penasco. This is our CERTAIN destination each time we travel south of the border. We headed here our first evening back in Puerto Penasco in a few years (mostly due to the new, ill-advised, crippling U.S. requirement that all U.S. visitors carry passports to travel to Mexico,...more
This restaurant is located in the top of a hill with a very nice view, anyways i went there to propose to my girlfriend, there was a guy playing the guitar and i talk to Armando and the guy playing the guitar i told them about what a special night i was planing, and i ask the guy playing the guitar if he could play a special song when i request him...more
Great food, great location, great ambiance, great staff, great experience! We've eaten here on several occasions on several different visits. It's always a pleasure. The owner, Senor Hector Ortega, is a real gentleman and means it when he says, "Bienvenidos! Mi casa es su casa!" Try the un-advertised Blue Marlin special for two, consisting of...more
One of my very, VERY favorites! Beautiful spot for lunch on a hot summer day. Upstairs from little Pescadore Plaza. Right above the water. Killer views. Thatched roof. Sides open to the air with cool breezes blowing off the ocean. Don't miss this experience. Mariachis come through frequently. Charming little kids with cute little wooden figurines...more
Sammy's has the most crazy wet Tshirt contests in all of Rock Point. We were at the reef and thier contests were pretty cool. But when we saw sammy's it off the chains!!! It's just pretty much girls gone wild LIVE! I took about 120 pics of the contest and it lasted at leat 1 hour! The music was bumpin even after the contest, I wish that the...more
We always stay right next to Manny's it's the place to be...we went there every night durig our Spring Break...there aren't that many options...lets see there is BAJA which is too packed I would say and for me it was too nuts....girls making out on the bars...but in a very nasty way...not sexy just plain vulgar...so you pervs can check that...more
I have seen many a nightclub go under over the years that I've been going to Rocky Point. One of the stalwarts, however, is The Pink Cadillac. It's a big wearhouse-style top 40 dance club with two bars. Even in the slow season it is one of the few clubs that stays pretty busy. As with most things in mexico, anything goes...more
This is a whole warren of shops just across the street from The Point's boardwalk. Go down the walkway to the left of the ice cream shop, and you'll find a maze of shops, interesting, varied, from very economical to "Wow! Wish I could afford THAT!" You can spend a very enjoyable afternoon browsing there. Look around. You'll probably find more to...more
Eclectic mix of fun and pretty items. There is such a variety of bright and inviting items to fire the imagination. ***Here is my distilled pearl of advice for you: Shop, browse, bargain, price, but DO NOT BUY until you have walked up one side and down the other, making mental notes of choice items you wish to revisit. This can benefit you in many...more
Casa Antigua is the heart and soul of Mejico. Very eclectic selection of beautiful accents. Diverse range of wonderful treasures you MUST have for your home! So many things you just CAN'T live without. All they have in common is that they are each the heart of the universe to you. And each is the most beautiful thing in the world. So much beauty,...more
There are at least three popular beaches in Rocky Point.You can find whale bones at Sandy beach but please do not bring this back to the USA as it is illegal. There is also the Playa Hermosa Beach which is best explored at low tide when you can see pools of fish, octopus, squid, crabs, and coral enmeshed with sea plants. And there is of course the...more
This is the pedistrian bridge over the main road into town. We had to go the the bank one day and found ourselves having to use it. This seems to be indicative of the general up-keep of things in Rocky Point. The popular restaurants and bars seem to keep up on things pretty well, but otherwise you kind of have to just take things as they are....more
Mexico has been known as the land of no rules for a long time, but it seems that the locals are pretty sick of gringos crossing the border and causing a ruckus. On our way to dinner one night we were stopped, along with everyone else driving on the main road, at a DUI checkpoint. It's still unclear to me exactly what the laws are in Mexico, our...more
The SCUBA diving in Rocky Point is pretty horrible. This is where we went for our checkout dive and the conditions were horrible. It's so sandy there that the visibility is horrible if there is even the slightest storm. There isn't much wildlife besides rays and a few fish to see, but the area is highly populated with shrimp and if you go during...more
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I have to say you should book a dive or snokel trip with the "Lobo Del Mar" group.
This is a family owned business made up of mostly transplanted Americans. Every one in the family has a job. From the smallest to the oldest. Belly dancers, dive masters, boat captains, and para-sailing instructors. Almost forgot, the have the best dinner cruise and, or, sunset cruise with all the margaritas you "should" drink. Each time we've gone out we've had the pleasure of the Dolphins visiting!
The Best Place to Dive/snorkel???
Bird Island. Check the pictures out!
Fondest memory: Bird Island. It is very close. Only 16 miles out from the Mayan Palace. The sea lions (2500 live here) are fantastic!