Rocky Point, known locally as Puerto Peñasco, is a beach-based city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. It sits along the shores of the Sea of Cortez (known in the States as the Gulf of California) a short 70 miles due south of the Arizona border.
The easiest way to reach Rocky Point is to drive through Arizona to Lukeville and then cross over into México. Once across the border, a short drive up and over the hill and across a bridge, then a right turn on to the highway 8 will bring the driver directly to Puerto Penasco.
Whilst Mexico does sometimes get a bad reputation, there have been no troubles reported in this border area and Rocky Point itself is considered to be safer than some American towns. The border itself is open from 6AM to midnight daily.
Getting Around Town
There are two shuttle companies that operate within Rocky Point. These are Transportes Superior and Transportes Nena’s. There are direct services by bus which go to Hermosillo and along Mexican highway 2 & 15. The Albatros Bus Company runs out of Benito Juarez and operates some buses going towards the States. Within town there are regular taxis which are cheaper and “taxi turistico” which are more expensive. Prices should be no more than $2-3 for a ride within the city. There are also micro-buses which local workers use to get around that are inexpensive.
Vacation Rentals & Apartment Rentals
Whether staying for a couple of weeks or for a longer duration, Rocky Point Mexico Rentals have a varied selection of properties available for rent for short periods of time in and around the city area.
Places to See
For views of the Gulf of California during the daytime, the Playa Mirador is an old beach in Rocky Point which spreads out over a couple of blocks that are filled with bars and partying spring breakers during April. At other times the area is less busy. Even during spring break there is the opportunity to relax on a quieter beach just a single block down to the west. Both of these areas have plentiful eating options to choose from. The local fish market which overlooks the Gulf of California is accompanied by a strong collection of bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors, and interesting little stores to visit.
Another popular beach is city beach at Calle 13 which has ATV rentals, a busy beach life, many beach vendors selling all manor of wares for cheap prices, and food trucks pulling up next to the sand.
Even though the official currency in México is the Mexican Peso, the exchange rate between the Peso and the US Dollar fluctuates quite a lot. The Rocky Point ATM’s typically offer competitive rates when spitting out Peso and accept major US-issued bank cards.
Local merchants most often accept US Dollars as well as Mexican Peso, but it is a good idea to always carry some Peso with you. Traveling in Rocky Point is safe and it’s an easy journey over the border from Arizona. There is also a solid contingent of Americans in town at all times.