Puerto Peñasco is located in Sonora, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez approximately 60 miles south of the border town of Lukeville, AZ. Travel time is approximately 3.5 hours from both Phoenix or Tucson.
An increasing amount of flight options are becoming available, however most prefer to drive and have the conveniences of a car while there. There are now several options connecting Puerto Peñasco to Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Tijuana, Nogales, Hermosillo and beyond via safe highways. We recommend a Google Map to find the best route from your origin.
DRIVING FROM THE BORDER
A good rule of thumb is to drive slower than you think you need to and stop twice as long as stop signs when driving in Mexico. It’s a different way of thinking, so bring a good playlist and a pocket full of patience and enjoy the slower pace Mexico is known for. It will save you time and money in the long run.
If traveling by air and renting a car in the United States to drive to Mexico is your chosen method of travel, be sure to call ahead and make sure your rental car agency allows you to do so. The good news is most do allow it provided Mexican auto insurance is purchased through the agency, but not all allow their vehicles into Mexico.
Once you arrive in Puerto Peñasco, or as some refer to as the “drinking village with a fishing problem” please remind yourself drinking and driving don’t mix north or south of the border. Many shows are within walking distance of Sandy Beach where most of the American owned condominiums are located, but taxis are a plentiful option for those that aren’t. It’s recommended you secure your destination and fare with the driver before getting in the cab.
US dollars are as common as Mexican Pesos in Puerto Peñasco. You’ll likely save a few pesos here and there using pesos, but it’s not required. Some choose to use credit cards to ensure the best possible exchange rate, others choose not to based on security concerns. ATM’s dispensing US Dollars and Mexican Pesos are becoming more common throughout town, but bringing cash in either form is always recommended.
There are options to fit any size group, budget or luxury. It’s really up to you. Recommended online resources include www.laspalomasresort.net, or www.cometorockypoint.com. Concert venues are most commonly found at Sandy Beach, but other locations within Puerto Peñasco include Cholla Bay, The Malecon and The Mirador.
Local news source www.rockypoint360.com has a cumulative listing of local happenings, things to do, event calendars and tips to name a few all updated daily. Follow them on social media too.
WHAT TO BRING
Don’t feel you’ve got to go crazy and bring “everything.” The Super Ley grocery store chain is now found at both the border town of Sonoyta and in Puerto Peñasco as is Sam’s Club and Walmart. Bringing drinking water and snacks are a good idea. For a list of what you can bring into Mexico, visit www.mexonline.com or www.rockypoint360.com. We suggest sunscreen, your favorite sandals, swimwear and a great playlist to start.
WiFi and online business centers continue to become more accessible around town, in resorts as well as in private residences for rent. Cellular service has made significant progress in quality over recent years over most services. It’s recommended to contact your carrier prior to leaving the United States to answer any questions.
GAS & CAR REPAIR
Full service gas stations are available at dozens of PEMEX stations found throughout town. There is an Autozone on the northern edge of town for basic needs as well as tire and repair shops should something go wrong while in Mexico.
The best resource to review before entering Customs is www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/cbp-reqs-mexico . Most of it’s common sense, but it will answer questions regarding pets, booze and other tidbits overlooked by many. Passports and/or federally issued Border ID Cards are required for adults.