When you think of a Mexico vacation hotspot, top choices that come to mind may include Cancun and Cozumel in the south on the Yucatan Peninsula and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas several hundred miles south of the American border along the Pacific Ocean. However, there is no need for you to venture far into the heart of Mexico to find a dynamic and memorable vacation spot – Rocky Point, Mexico is practically an American neighbor while offering all you can ask for in a vacation destination.
Rocky Point, a modern oasis
Also known as Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point is a fishing town in Northern Mexico that is easily accessible from the U.S. and offers tranquil beaches, top-rate dining, and adventure outings – visitors can stay as active or relaxed as they like. This area, only 66 miles from the U.S. border, was built to attract visitors and has something for just about anyone.
Located next to the Sonoran Desert (Desierto Sonorense), the area was not much more than a spot on a map until the 1920s when it gained some traffic during Prohibition but it then experienced a lull until the early 1990s. In the past three decades, development has boomed with businesses and attractions, vacation rentals and resorts, designed to please the modern traveler flocking to the area.
No shortage of activities to fill the day in Rocky Point
With its proximity to the American border and array of beach-lovers activities, Rocky Point has become the beach retreat Arizona and other southern American desert locales wish they had.
For those in search of shopping and dining, foodie tours offer a way to sample local seafood, Mexican cuisine, or popular burgers and pizza. Local shops feature handcrafted jewelry, clothing, and other souvenirs. Available water activities include kite surfing, snorkeling, banana boat rides, and of course the obvious: relaxing on the beach.
For a more ecological experience, there is no shortage of tours and outings too. Just an hour and a half away by boat is Isla San Jorge, also known as Bird Island. This small group of islands is a gathering spot for a variety of species of birds as well as seals, sea lions, and other wildlife. You can take a boat tour out to the islands and then explore the area by kayak or snorkeling. Some other offerings include whale watching tours and a tour of volcanic craters. The CET-MAR Aquariums also offer a glimpse of local sea life, offering views of sea turtles, octopus, and other ocean inhabitants.
Evening fun in Puerto Penasco
After a day of fun in the sun, you can stretch your vacation long into the wee hours. Start by relaxing with a sunset cruise on the ocean. The Malecon draws an outdoor crowd every weekend, complete with dining and music. If you are still not ready to call it a night, there is no shortage of nightclubs where you can dance the night away. If you prefer to stay closer to “home”, an evening at the pool bar is a good time to make new friends.
There is no shortage of activities in Mexico and a trip to Rocky Point lets you get a taste of a bit of everything from one convenient location.
Photo Courtesy of Johnida Dockens