Puerto Peñasco, also known as ‘Rocky Point,” is a city in northwest Mexico, about 62 miles from the border with the United States. In the Sonora state, this former fishing village has had a boom after it caught the eyes of some developers in the 1990s. The city was originally chosen to be developed in the style of Cancun after overfishing and pollution had contributed to the decline of the town’s local economy. What lies there now is a very attractive vacation and adventure spot for snowbirds or really anyone just looking to enjoy a less-crowded beach town.
The resorts in Puerto Peñasco provide luxury and convenience, but there are lots of activities to do outside of swimming in the pool or gorging at the buffet. Due to its proximity to the beach, water sports are a huge draw in this former fishing town. Lay back on the sands with your plunder of clams at Cholla Bay after a day of exploring the Old Port, or chose one of the sunset cruise or snorkeling, like EcoFun Rentals or Del Mar Charters. Take wing and leave your worldly cares behind on an ultralight flight, and don’t forget to soothe your poor nerves with a stop at Manny’s Tequila Factory. Cast your line and get your sport fishing fix. Admire the sea lions of Bird Island, lay out on Playa Hermosa, or give up on the water altogether and explore El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. Top off your day with a visit to La Spa and truly treat yourself.
The closest major cities to Puerto Peñasco are Mexicali and Phoenix, both of which are over three hours to reach. Your best bet if you have time limits will to be to explore the smaller towns around the city. Really making a day out of visiting El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve will occupy you for several hours at least. However, if you’re willing to endure the drive time, Phoenix and Mexicali both have a lot to offer, especially if it’s your first time visiting.
Puerto Peñasco is a resort town, and much of the lodging reflects this. Popular places people plant themselves for the duration of their stay include Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort, Penasco del Sol Hotel, Mayan Palace, Sonoran Sun Resort, El Mirador Village Hotel, and Casa Blanca Golf Villas.
The best way to access Puerto Peñasco is by flying in through the local private airport, Mar de Cortés International Airport. It is also known as Puerto Penasco International Airport. Due to the city’s proximity to several cities in Arizona, like Phoenix, many companies offer shuttle rides across the border or from the airport. The best way to get around is by car or taxi, but walking is a reliable method too, especially around the resorts.
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