Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico

Trip Start Oct 10, 2005
Trip End Oct 17, 2005

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Brisa del Mar

Flag of Mexico  , Sonora,
Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Puerto Penasco, Mexico is a great little beach town 65 miles south of the Arizona / Mexico Border. We arrived around 4:30pm and headed for Oceano Rentals. We had booked a house through them and had until 5:00pm to pick up our key. We followed the map they had provided to find a sign that said they had moved. The sign did not give directions or a new address that any of us gringo's could see. A local amigo was nice enough to yell from across the street that Oceano had moved and he gave us some directions in broken English. We thanked him and rushed off to our new destination, hoping we had some good information. It was 4:50 when we spotted the Oceano sign, and a sigh came over the car. As we knew we would have a place to sleep that night.

We got our key and within a few minutes we were driving up to our house. I immediately recognized it from the pictures, but was a bit nervous because I had made the decision on where we stayed and how 4 other people spent their money. When we walked through the door all worries were gone as the house was perfect. We were the first street off of the beach and the views were great. We went right down to the beach and the first thing that stood out was how large the tides were. There was 50 feet of rock pools between the sand and the water. We were just in time for the sun to dip into the ocean.

We spent some of the next days exploring the town. A few of us rented quads to ride into the huge sand dunes, while others walked through the markets occasionally stopping in to a local cantina for another cerveza or margarita. We spent most of our nights either at a bar or playing cards on our patio.

We first learned of Puerto Penasco through Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. The Peacemakers are a band out of Tempe, AZ who play in Puerto Penasco twice yearly in front of thousands of loyal fans from all over the US. The show was Saturday and we got to the Sunset Cantina (the concert venue is next door) early so that we could park the car right up front. We spent the next few hours in various cantinas eating and drinking. The show started around 8:00pm and ended after 6 hours of music and fireworks. The band did not disappoint, as the show was great. A four hour set by the Peacemakers means hearing songs that you haven't heard in a long while or maybe ever at a live show.

All in all our experience here was amazing. It is a great way to experience another culture without going too far, and the concert will be talked about for a long time. The trip was very reasonably priced and other than the long drive there were no negatives. We will definately be looking to do this trip again!

For additional information please check out: www.azpeacemakers.com
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eduardoe1987 on

I also liked very much Puerto Peñasco, they have amazing food and very entertainment activities, I travel with BestMex car insurance, and even though I never have any issues, it's better to feel safe at all times while driving in Mexico

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