Things to do in Puerto Penasco

Water Activities

Jet Skiing

Jet skis are a very popular activity in Rocky Point. Puerto Penasco’s super calm waters and warm temperature make it the perfect place for jet skiing at high speeds if you like. You can find jet ski rentals all through out the town’s beaches. You can rent jet skis for one or two people. Rentals are priced by time starting with a minimum of half an hour. Prices vary from vendor to vendor but the average is 60.00 to 80.00 per hour. When renting a jet ski make sure you stay within the boundaries specified by the handler. If you don’t do that they will come and get you and have you return the jet ski to them with out any refunds regardless of how much time you have left on your rental.

If you bring your own jet ski make sure you have a title for it when you cross the border or you may not be allowed to bring it in. If you don’t own the jet ski then you need the lease agreement allowing you to bring it to Mexico or a notarized statement from the owner. There are a couple boat ramps around town. One at the Old Port (fish market), and there is one ramp in Cholla Bay right next to JJ’s Cantina. You could also launch your jet ski right off the beach if you’re equipped to do this.

So come and have some fun riding a jet ski, you may even be greeted by a friendly dolphin pod during your ride.

Del Mar Charters 520-407-6054 this is one of the many companies that offers jet ski rentals in Rocky Point

Jet skiing in Rocky Point


One of the best ways to explore Rocky Point’s beaches and estuaries is to get out on the water in a kayak.  Best of all there is no experience required.  The ocean waters here are very calm and there are no big waves.  Anyone can enjoy kayaking from the very first time, and this sport is good for all levels of fitness.  Couples and families with small children will like the kayaks that can accommodate two people.

Kayaking is lots of fun any time of day and all year round, but one of the best times to enjoy kayaking is at sunset time.  Turn it into a romantic evening with a breath taking sunset where you will enjoy the striking colors of a Puerto Penasco sunset while gliding along the oceans surface. Nothing is better than being on the water at this gorgeous time of day.

Many companies in town offer kayak rentals from as little as one hour to as long as you wish.  You can pick up the kayak at their place of business or kayaks can also be delivered to your hotel or condo. These companies also offer guided tours.  Kayak rentals include life jackets, assistance with adjustments and launching, route assistance orientation including local tide & current weather information. Most Kayak rentals come equipped with tackle & fishing pole holders.

You can kayak virtually anyplace along the Rocky Point coast, from Cholla Bay to Sandy Beach, you can take a kayak to one of the estuaries where you can view many birds and plants unique to this areas, you can go kayak fishing on one of the local reefs, you can go snorkeling on your kayak from Capitan’s Point to the reef rock of the Mirador area or for some of the best snorkeling in Puerto Penasco take a kayaking tour to Bird Island.

Prices vary by vendor but the average price for single kayaks is 15.00 per hour, 25.00 for half a day or 35.00 for a full day.  Double kayaks are about 10.00 more than single kayaks.

So hop aboard a wonderful Puerto Penasco kayaking adventure!

Sonoran Scuba located at the Sonoran Sea Resort is one of the many places where you can find kayak rentals.  They can be reached at 602-445-6382 ext 2100 or from Mexico 638-382-8251

Kayaking in Rocky Point Mexico

Banana Boats

A Banana Boat ride is sure to be the activity you don’t want to miss out on. Hop on this inflatable boat and have more fun than you ever imagined.  The Banana Boat ride could be the best ride for your money. It gives the thrill of a jet ski with a little more padding and it can handle around 6 to 8 people at a time. Banana Boat rides depart from the beach and take you out into the ocean but not too far from shore.  You will see banana boat rides available throughout Rocky Point’s beaches.  They usually charge between 10.00 to 20.00 per person depending on the amount of time you ride.

Banana Boat Rides in Puerto Penasco

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

To really immerse yourself in Rocky Point’s amazing ocean environment, just take a dip. You can go snorkeling or, if you want to do more than scrape the surface, try scuba diving. Diverse undersea realms live just off the coast of the Sea of Cortez.

Some of the top scuba and snorkeling spots in the area are located in Cholla Bay and Bird Island.

You can charter a boat from Cholla Bay for a great snorkeling excursion. You will find several companies here to take you on a snorkeling or scuba tour. You will be able to see a more diverse marine life here since the bay is deeper than the beach.

Tucson Beach offers good snorkeling straight from the beach. The beach is located near Cholla Bay and Playa Mirador. the ocean here is calm and guarded from wind and strong water currents.

Another good area is Playa Mirador right off Manny’s Beach Club, this beach has a lot of rocks and makes for a good snorkeling site.

Bird Island offers the overall best experience. These spots generally have clear and warm waters that are more ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

The tide in Puerto Peñasco rises and falls every 6 hours so you need to time your diving and snorkeling adventure accordingly or the waters can be too murky hence affecting visibility. It is best to plan your snorkeling and diving time during incoming tide, at high tide and one hour before the outgoing tide. This will allow for better visibility.

There are several companies in town that offer snorkeling and diving tours. If you are not a certified diver these companies have lessons which normally include one pool instruction and one dive in the ocean. The full activity normally lasts about 4 hours and all gear is included. They will take you to the most desirable snorkeling/diving spots in the area. They also offer snorkeling guided tours that include a professional guide.

Prices vary from vendor to vendor but the average rate for the pool lesson and one ocean dive (lasting about 4 hours altogether) is around 120.00 per person. If you are a certified diver you can rent a tank for about 50.00 and two tanks for about 65.00.

Guided snorkeling tours are around 50.00 per person and last about 3 hours or if you prefer to do it on your own you can rent the snorkeling gear for about 12.00 an hour.

This company offers snorkeling and scuba diving from Bird Island:

Del Mar Charters 520-407-6054

For scuba diving and lessons

Rocky Point Scuba Dive

Scuba Diving Bird Island in Rocky Point Mexico

Paddle Board (SUP), Boogie and Skim boards

Stand up paddle boards (SUP) offer a relaxing and fun way to play on the water. With very little gear, you can paddle in the calm and warm ocean waters of Rocky Point Mexico.

Paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world.  This is due mainly to the fact that paddle-boarding is an amazing full-body workout with almost no impact and since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon.  Even though paddle boarding is a total-body workout, people of all ages and fitness levels can try the sport. Unlike surfing, you don’t need waves to paddle board, and the very calm, flat waters of Puerto Penasco are best for beginners.

Paddle board rentals are available throughout town and the average rate is $20.00 per hour $45.00 for half a day and $60.00 for a full day.

Contact Rocky Point SUP rentals from the US 01152-638-384-4248 and they can deliver board to your condo or hotel.

Also Sonoran Scuba located at the Sonoran Sea Resort 602-445-6382 ext 2100 or from Mexico 638-382-8251 has paddle board, boogie board and skim board rentals available.

Paddle Boarding Puerto Penasco


Get clipped and take to the sky on an exciting parasailing adventure. Take in breathtaking views of Rocky Point as you go up hundreds of feet over the water, safely attached to a parachute. Parasailing is an exhilarating experience for the whole family, no skill or training is necessary.

You can book your parasailing adventure on the beach directly with the handler. Prices vary but the average is about $50.00 for one person or $100.00 for 2 people to fly at the same time. Normally anyone ages 6 and up is able to para-sail.

You can also contact:

El Golfo Parasail Services, they are located at the Old Port near the Intrepid dock [email protected]

Del Mar Charters 520-407-6054

Sonoran Scuba located at the Sonoran Sea Resort. They can be reached at 602-445-6382 ext 2100 or from Mexico 638-382-8251

Parasailing in Rocky Point Mexico

Kite Surfing

If you haven’t experienced this exciting and vibrant sport, it can be best described as a mix of wake-boarding and paragliding. Kite surfers strap into a short, double-ended board, and clip their over-sized kites to a harness. Different from windsurfing that requires tackling the wind, kite-boarders can utilize the wind’s energy even if they’re racing dead into it. When it’s time to change direction, they simply adjust their kite, turn their board, and go where they please.

If you are not an experienced kite surfer then you will need lessons but it’s definitely worth it.  Playa Encanto in Puerto Penasco is one of the best spots for kite-surfing.

Lessons and equipment rental are available through Rocky Point Kite Surfing located in Rocky Point in cholla Bay and can be reached at USA:    (734) 341 2397 MEXICO:  (638) 104 3002 [email protected]

Paddle Boarding Puerto Penasco