Puerto Penasco is an old fishing village situated on the Sea of Cortez, where the state of Sonora meets the state of Baja California, Mexico. Known by its English name of ‘Rocky Point’, this city is only 60 miles of the Arizona border and is about a four-hour ride from Phoenix. Puerto

Penasco attracts thousands of Americans, in search of a quick beach getaway. The city has evolved from a sleepy fishing village to a popular tourist destination today!

Puerto Punasco
Puerto Punasco©/Radek Krajewski/Flickr

Essentials

Due to the proximity to its border, most Americans choose to drive to Puerto Punasco. Gather your friends and make a road trip out of it! You have the option of driving your own car or taking a rental on your trip, either way, remember to carry your passport or passport copy as that is your

ticket to returning back to the United States. A passport card is less expensive than a passport, but if you’re traveling by air, a passport is your only valid means of entry.

If you are traveling by car, your US insurance policy may declare Mexican coverage, however, Mexican authorities do not recognize this. Regardless of whether you decide to drive your own car or opt for a rental, remember to purchase Mexican automobile insurance. If you have an

accident in Mexico but don’t possess Mexican insurance, you might have to pay cash to cover all the damages.

Attractions

Puerto Punasco is known for its captivating scenery and clear blue waters. The town offers you the best of both worlds — traditional Mexican characteristics as well as luxury resorts for relaxation. Here, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Most times, when you’re traveling to a new

destination, you find yourself struggling to decide what to fit into your itinerary. Here are our top picks for activities and attractions in Puerto Penasco.

Puerto Punasco Beach
Puerto Punasco Beach©/Radek Krajewski/Flickr

Head to the Beach

Puerto Punasco offers its visitors plenty of beaches to stroll across, kayak, swim, fish, snorkel or collect shells in. The closest beach to the city center is Playa Bonita (Pretty Beach) which stretches to the West until it meets Sandy Beach. These are the two beaches where you’ll find a

diverse range of accommodation in Rocky Point. Make sure you head to the beach during low tide, as it can retreat up to a mile, depending on your time of visit.

Playa Bonita
Playa Bonita©/Esperanza Dickson/Flickr

Senorita Rita Sunset Cruise

On your visit to Puerto Punasco, you must witness the phenomenal sunset! The best way to do this is to jump aboard the Senorita Rita cruise. This two-hour long cruise is equipped with an open bar that serves a range of decent cocktails and craft beer. You can also enjoy sandwiches,

chips and other snacks. Senorita Rita departs from the marina and sails two times a day — around 3 pm and 5:35 pm. You can also catch a glance of the dolphins if you’re lucky. The cruise is priced at $25 and $10 for adults and children respectively. The cruise can also be hired

privately if you’re traveling with a big group, however, this is subject to availability.

Cruise
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Explore the Malecon

If you’re out and about in town and happen to come across the boardwalk alongside the Sea of Cortez, head on over to Puerto Punasco’s main street, known as the Malecon. Here, you will discover a variety of restaurants serving traditional Mexican food, as well as street vendors

serving local favorites. This is also the perfect place to do a bit of shopping for purchase souvenirs to take back for loved ones. Malecon offers a different charm as night falls —choose from a variety of bars and nightclubs to liven your trip! Here, you’ll also find the iconic “Puerto

Penasco” sign here, remember to carry your camera!

Malecon
Malecon©/Kristin/Flickr

El Pinacate Unesco Biosphere Reserve

Mexico has a total of 34 UNESCO sites to explore and one of them is only about 40 minutes from Puerto Punasco. A cluster of volcanic peaks and cinder cones lay in the barren land of the Sonoran Desert. On your visit, you’ll stumble upon ten huge craters which are believed to have

been formed by volcanic eruptions. During the 1960s, astronauts were sent to The Gran Desierto De Altar for training as NASA believes that the terrain shares many similarities to that of the moon.

El Pinacate Unesco Biosphere Reserve
El Pinacate Unesco Biosphere Reserve©/Fernando E de la Torre/Flickr

Tequila Tasting at Manny’s Tequila Factory

Tequila is Mexico’s trademark alcoholic beverage, which you must try at least once when in Puerto Punasco. Head on over to a Tequila tasting session at Manny’s Tequila Factory. This family business has been owned by 3 generations and today, it is a popular tourist destination.

Manny is a true character and has some great stories to share. Furthermore, a Tequila tasting includes a talk on the history of Tequila, the process of making it and a taste of 6 different types of tequila, including — blaco, reposado, anejo, triple distilled, antigun and gold.

Tequila
Tequila©/Gabriela Munin/Flickr

Dine at Citron Restaurant

Situated on the Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort, the Citron Restaurant is a must visit! It serves traditional Mexican food and is a great place to enjoy juicy steaks and fish. The restaurant is also equipped with a bar which serves 2 for 1 during happy hours. You can enjoy melodic live

music over your dinner here as they have weekly entertainments at night!

Stay: Puerto Penasco Hotels

Located in the Sandy Beach district of Puerto Penasco, this fully functional resort is equipped with several amenities, including swim-up bars, infinity pools, golf courses, and luxurious condos. Additionally, Las Palomas collaborates with many local businesses to offer guests multiple

activities, such as deep-sea fishing, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, whale watching and more. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, the complex also has a gym, Zumba instructor and spa facilities. There are two onsite restaurants and snack bars for you to

indulge your tastebuds. Aside from that, the resort also hosts weekly Mexican bingo, among other activities. This resort is high-rated and has been awarded a 4 diamond rating from AAA.

Puerto Penasco Hotels
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