Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Traveling in Mexico’ Category

Rocky Point Revisited, Puerto Penasco

The infinity pool at the Sonoran Sky Resort

Sit on a sunny, sandy beach at the end of a four-hour drive from downtown Phoenix. Yes, we’re back in Rocky Point, Mexico (Puerto Penasco), where the shrimp are huge and the people are friendly.

The only problem with staying at the Sonoran Sky Resort is that the condo is so comfortable we have to force ourselves to leave the balcony overlooking the Sea of Cortez…not to mention the infinity pool and various hot tubs. Ah, the beach is calling…

More people on the beach and signs of life at half finished resorts and condos

Stroll for miles in the sand and collect seashells, while dolphins and an array of water birds feed on fish in the sea. There is no question that folks are returning to Rocky Point, after a barrage of negative media several years ago scared them away. It is time to revisit, folks.

Enough shells for everyone

While walking the sandy beach, we come across a half-full RV camp, which was all but deserted last year. “I’ve been coming down here every year for thirty-years,” Jim says from his circle of RV Campers. “The people here are the nicest in the world. I just don’t understand why we can’t cook Mexican food this good back home in Colorado.”

Last year this RV park was empty. Now we see many enjoying the view.

Truth be revealed, I travel to Rocky Point mainly for the shrimp market. These big blues sell for only seven dollars per pound, and the venders will even clean them for you. You can take up to 50 pounds of shrimp across the border per vehicle. Fresh Halibut (Flounder) sells for three dollars per pound, and a bag of steamer clams is even less. Marcos, a fish monger, says that he does not like to go fishing. “All you see out there are whales and dolphins,” Marcos says. “I like to stay here on land and talk with people from all over.”

Marcos showing off his shrimp

The Malecon shows signs of bustling again. Groups of tourists weave through the shops. We see many more USA license plates this year (2013), as compared to last year. The Canadians are a bit sad to see their private paradise rediscovered by folks in the USA, but they are still gracious. “Come down to our condo,” says a man from British Columbia. “We’re having a feast with lots of shrimp and beer.”

Sunrise over Rocky Point from our balcony at the Sonoran Sky Resort

 

In the end, though, Rocky Point reminds us to relax and enjoy the moment. The laid back atmosphere and easy going people provide a nice break from “life in the city.” Like Jim said, “As I’m driving out of town, I’m already thinking about when I can return.”  Ron Mitchell

For the best condo reservations on Mexican Beaches, visit:    www.seasidemexico.com

Puerto Penasco, Mexico: Missing Rocky Point

The road to Rocky Point flows smooth and easy.

Soon…sip cerveza, feast on fresh shrimp and gaze at amazing sunsets over the Sea of Cortez…almost by yourself.

“The US Government is mad at Mexico,” a gringo from Prescott, AZ says. “All that news about this place being dangerous is simply not true. That police captain was killed over three years ago, and they make it sound like it happened yesterday.”

The lack of crowds moseying around the Malecon feels eerie. Several years ago, consumers filled the fish markets, shops and restaruants. Most folks from the US are reluctant to visit and they are missing out.

Fresh caught humongous shrimp sell for seven dollars per pound. Fresh flounder and halibut cost only four dollars per pound. Clams, oysters, squid and octopus chime in for even less. “We miss the Americans,” Marcos, a fish dealer, says. “Not just the money, but they are nice and like to have fun. They appreciate the beauty and simple life that is Mexico.”

Walk along miles of barren beach, explore tide pools and watch pelicans and other seabirds dive into the sea. An occasional vender may approach, but the days of high-pressure sales have developed into a simple inquiry, followed by your “No gracias” that ends with a respectful smile.

Mare and I walk the shore while shrimp boats bob in the water. Along the way to Cholla Bay, deserted RV parks await resurgence, and houses appear abandoned. High-rise condos sit idle. Back during the housing boom, resorts and condos sprung up like palm trees. “Now’s the time to buy,” says Johnnie, a real estate agent. “I paid $219,000 for my 2-bedroom  oceanfront and now the same one sells for about $119,000.”

We walk 12 miles and around the barren point of Mummy Mountain. Two men linger ahead, suspiciously. “I think that they’re gutting a deer,” I say to Mare. She says that there are no deer here. Turns out, they are surveyors, mapping ground for the next resort. See what propagands paranoia can do to our thoughts?

Some folks still come, though. Birds migrate to this warmer weather, along with Canadians who flock to the sea, immune to negative hype. They are rewarded with serene paradise and excellent food…Chile rellenos, chorizo, beans and rice and fresh tortillas come to our table but cannot last long enough for a photo. (Sorry)

Rethink a visit to Rocky Point. You can still rent ATV’s to ride through the dunes, or charter a boat to explore and fish.

Shop the eclectic marketplaces, where prices have not been lower in years. Most of all, relax and immerse in the casual beach atmosphere that is uniquely Rocky Point. Give it another chance. You’ll be glad that you didn’t miss out. We were. Ron Mitchell

For hotel or resort vacation rentals, you may want to check out;  https://www.seasidemexico.com/Rockypoint/ 

Rocky Point VenturesRocky Point Puerto Penasco Mexico (puertopenascojoe.wordpress.com)