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.
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. For this reason 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.
Puerto Peñasco is a gastronomic destination, it was founded by fishermen in the 1930´s and has become a culinary destination.
You will have access to the highest quality produce and the freshest catch of the day dishes as well as new trend creations.
The area has local sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
Resorts and Restaurants have hired world class educated chefs who have been creative and adapted local cuisine using ancestral ingredients such as the mezquite flower. Remember; there is much more hidden in a cactus.
You can always go to the fish market and try traditional fresh seafood dishes such as long broth, seafood bisque and grilled fish.
If you want to keep it local, discover local spirits such as Bacanora tequila and Mexican wines from the Guadalupe Valley in Baja.
Explore and experience biodiversity, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, bird watching, kayaking, explore the tide pools, swim with sea lions, explore an oyster farm and estuary excursion, visit the volcanic region el el Pinacate and this is only the beginning.
Escape for a few nights and celebrate life with love.
Get romantic, find the perfect spot by the sea for a memorable moment. If you want to include others in the celebration, Rocky Point offers a variety of facilities and local vendors for dream weddings.
There is room for everyone, invite your guests to stay in a resort or large house. Check out our options and we can help you to pick the best one.
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Ajo, Az 85321