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If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you know that Jared and I were in Puerto Peñasco (or Rocky Point) Mexico this last weekend. Seaside Reservations invited us to come and experience Rocky Point and document our time there. I will admit that Jared was very hesitant about agreeing to go. Even though I grew up in Phoenix I’ve never been and he’s never been so all we had to go on were things we’ve heard from others.
We decided to take an adult only trip and bring some friends along with us who had been numerous times before.
We made reservations at the Bella Sirena resort in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo. The drive from Phoenix is simple down the 85 through Why, AZ (a good spot to top off your gas tank) right to the border. We were flagged to pull over coming in to Mexico which our friend had told us only happened 1 other time to him. We just unhitched the trunk, they took a peek in and we were on our way.
You will go through the small town of Sonoyta. There will be a few alto signs (stop) where residents may stand with a coffee can asking for money. We gave a $1 at each one (because why not – spread the love right?). Once you go through a couple stop signs you’ll find that you are in desert for a 40 minute drive to Rocky Point. The entire drive is around 4 hours from north Phoenix. Pay attention while driving in town, the roads aren’t marked clearly and stop signs seem more like a suggestion than a rule. As long as you’re watching what others are doing and are paying attention you’ll be fine.
Safety: Many people ask me “Was it safe?” and I really think it’s all relative. My husband thinks about everything when we travel anywhere regardless of country. Here’s a little checklist I made up of things you’ll want to have with you
- Passport card/books for adults and/or at least birth certificate for kids under 15 – more info here
- Phone and chargers (make sure your phone will work and if you need to do anything – ask your provider directly because the internet has really old info. Our Verizon phones worked perfectly despite what google may tell you)
- Make sure your car has been recently checked and serviced
- Mexican insurance (car and travel/injury – we had insurance for all 4 of us for $60)
- Water – please don’t end up on an episode of “I shouldn’t be alive” again that is regardless of country. You’re driving in the desert. We always used bottled or filtered water (except for taking a shower).
- Cash but not a ton (we took $200)
- Printed out Google Maps – on paper like the olden days. Data is expensive so have your maps ready to go in case you need them. You can print out the city maps (or save the pdf to your phone like I did) from the Seaside Mexico map page
- Food plan – leave time to shop on your way through town. There is a Sam’s Club or we visited the Super Ley which is like Safeway. The prices will be in Pesos and the exchange rate right now is 13/1. There were several other families shopping like us for food for the weekend.
- Make sure you know what you can/can’t bring across the border
- Travel during the day.
You can find more travel info on Seaside Mexico’s site.
At no time did we feel unsafe. I wouldn’t go wandering around parts of downtown Phoenix that I wasn’t familiar with and the same goes for Rocky Point. We aren’t “night club” party people so I can’t speak for the night life in the city. We made our meals at “home” in the condo (both the guys are awesome chefs) and hung out around the gorgeous resort/beach area.
We bought shrimp at the fish market and veggies at an outdoor market. There will almost always be other people who frequent the area around while you’re shopping so don’t be shy and just ask if they have a recommendation if they look like they know what they’re doing. I think that’s such a fun part of traveling is talking to other people.
Now that all that is out of the way – here is some of the gorgeousness we got to experience.
If you can believe it I have MORE photos but I wanted to give you a chance to ask questions before I finalize my next post.
So what questions do you have about visiting Rocky Point Mexico?