Due to its close proximity to Arizona and miles and miles of Sandy beaches Rocky Point Mexico has now become a major tourist destination. As a result there is now a large amount of beachfront resorts and hotels as well as numerous beachfront homes.
In the 1920’s John Stone from Ajo, Az came to Puerto Penasco to build a hotel & casino to profit on the people who came over the border to escape prohibition. During his time in Puerto Penasco John Stone built a well and started a flight service from Phoenix and Tucson to bring Americans to Mexico to gamble and drink. It is said that everything was going very well until Stone and the locals started to have differences they couldn’t resolve. Stone left Rocky Point but not before burning down the hotel and blowing up the water well.
The story goes that during the time John Stone was in Puerto Penasco Al Capone frequented the area and used the village as a transfer point to get liquor to his organization.
The predominant language is Spanish but English is spoken by most of the people in the service industry such as Puerto Penasco hotels, restaurants, bars, street vendors, etc.
The currency in Puerto Penasco is the Mexican peso but all the local merchants accept US dollars and actually prefer them. Most restaurants and bars also publish their rates in US dollars.
In some cases you can save a few dollars by exchanging your US dollars to pesos. This would be useful with merchants that quote you the price in pesos. You can do it in advance at your local bank or in Rocky Point at a bank’s ATM machine.
Any time you can use your credit card in Puerto Penasco your bank gives you the highest exchange rate on that day. Check with your bank first to see how much the international fees are as they can sometimes be high making the use of a credit card in Mexico not worth it.
ROCKY POINT MEXICO RENTALS
Rocky Point Mexico Resorts
There is a large number of beachfront Puerto Penasco resorts, with most of them located on Sandy Beach. Most of these resorts are high rise buildings consisting of condominiums equipped with full kitchens and balconies with ocean front views.
These are the resorts located on Sandy Beach:
Esmeralda Resort. Top of the line luxury condominiums, the latest development on Sandy Beach (construction to be resumed the end of 2017).
Sonoran Sun rentals with ocean side pools, swim up bar, restaurant and spa.
Bella Sirena rentals elegant condominiums situated on 14 acres with beachfront and ocean view villas.
Las Palmas rentals most kid friendly resort in Puerto Penasco with water slides small and large, restaurant, swim up bar and spa. In addition to the high rise buildings Las Palmas also offers 3 and 4 bedroom ocean front villas for larger groups.
Sonoran Sea rentals is a true beachfront resort with negative edge pool, small kids waterslide, restaurant and swim up bar.
Sonoran Spa directly beachfront with restaurant, full service spa, fitness room and full service bar at the pool on weekends.
Princesa de Penasco rentals consists of 5 – 5 story buildings with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums ocean view and ocean front, restaurant, fitness club. Usually with lower rates than most other Sandy Beach resorts.
Casa Blanca rentals is located on 5 acres just behind Princesa De Penasco and is just a short walk to the beach. The resort offers an 18 hole putting course, walking paths, lush desert tropical landscapes, 4 swimming pools.
Las Palomas Rocky Point rentals is considered the best resort in Puerto Penasco and the largest resort in Rocky Point to date. Las Palomas has been awarded a AAA Four diamond resort. It offers a Jack Nicholas Golf Course, palapas on the beach, beach volleyball, water slide, kiddy pools, negative edge pools, jacuzzi’s, swim up bars, 2 lazy rivers (bring your own raft), upscale restaurants, spa, fitness center. Las Palomas also offers daily maid service as well as room service.
Puerta Privada located next to Las Palomas is an owners only resort and no rentals are available here.
Sonoran Sky rentals. The resort is the newest of the Sonoran resorts and it offers direct beach access, 3 swimming pools, 3 jacuzzis, swim up bar, spa, and sports bar.
Las Gaviotas rentals is a small condo resort with a pool, kiddie pool, bbq grills and beachfront access. Restaurants, bars and shops are just a short walk away.
Mairna Pinacate is located on top of a sea wall and just about 50 yards from the beach. This smaller resort is steps away from numerous restaurants, shops and bars. It is one of the least expensive Sandy Beach resorts.
Luna Blanca is located on Playa Miramar about 22 miles east of Puerto Penasco. Beautiful luxury resort. Very private (only 37 codnos) with miles and miles of sandy beaches right in front of it.
Encanto located right next to Luna Blanca on Playa Mirador. Private cabanas by the infinity pool with desert lush landscaping. Gated community, outdoor bbq’s, fitness room facing the ocean.
Mayan Palace. Upscale beachfront hotel located about 25 miles from Puerto Penasco along the La Pinta Estuary. Swimming pools, lazy river, golf course, Jacuzzis, full service spa.
ROCKY POINT MEXICO HOTELS
Puerto Pneasco currently only offers 2 beach front hotels located on Sandy Beach. The rest of the beachfront accommodations are all condominiums.
Playa Bonita Resort is one of the first hotels in Puerto Penasco. Located at the end of Sandy Beach the Playa Bonita offers ocean view rooms with 1 or 2 beds, swimming pool, restaurant, Jacuzzi. Very short walk to lots of restaurants, bars and shops.
Penasco Del Sol Hotel located right on playa Heromsa technically an extension of Sandy Beach at the end of Calle 13. The hotel offers rooms with 2 queen beds most with ocean views and some suites, swimming pool, swim up bar, restaurant, high speed internet access, business center.
Laos Mar hotel is located behind the Playa Bonita Hotel right across the street from the beach. Laos Mar is a Best Western hotel and it offers rooms with 2 queen beds and 1 bedroom suites. There is also a swimming pool and restaurant. The hotel offers free continental breakfast included with your reservation.
PUERTO PENASCO aka ROCKY POINT MEXICO WEATHER
Contrary to what you might expect from a beach town the weather is actually drier than most. The average year round high temperatures are 83.7 °F (28.7 °C). Higher temperatures as high as 104 °F (40 °C) are not uncommon in the summer.
The ocean temperature varies throughout the year. With February reaching a high of 82 °F (28 °C) and a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in the summer.
The most direct way to get to Puerto Penasco is from the Arizona border thru the point of entry in Lukeville. The distance from Phoenix or Tucson is about 220 miles (350 km).
Driving directions from:
Puerto Penasco City Maps
Prices can vary but expect to pay around $190.00 per person round trip. Less if more people traveling together.
Shuttle from Phoenix contact Head Out to Rocky Point
Shuttle from Tucson contact Rocky Point Rides
Bus service to Rocky Point from Phoenix starting September 28, 2017. Contact TapRoyal for more information. Introductory rates as low as $70.00 per person round trip.
MEXICAN CAR INSURANCE
When traveling to Mexico your U.S. car insurance policy will not cover your liability for damages or for injury to other drivers. If you were involved in an accident where you caused injury and or damage to another driver, passengers or their vehicle, you would not be covered by your U.S. car insurance policy and could possibly be arrested if you didn’t have Mexican car insurance.
It is also unlikely that your U.S. insurance company covers you for collision, theft and possible damage to your vehicle. So if you have an accident in Mexico you could end up without a way to recover damages even if you are not at fault unless you purchased a Mexican car insurance policy. Read More…
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Puerto Penasco offers a wide range of activities and things to see for all ages.
Some of the favorites are a romantic sunset cruise, horseback riding, jet skiing, fishing, golf, shopping, the Pinacate biosphere, bird watching, bird island tours, beach combing, paddle boarding, parasailing, dining, night life, and much, much more. For more detailed information visit our Things To Do page.
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