Nearly 30 years ago my husband and I ventured to a small fishing village named Puerto Peñasco or as the American’s called it Rocky Point. It wasn’t long after that we decided to buy a little travel trailer in put it an RV Park, named Playa Miramar. We would come down on weekends and because I was self employed, I would sneak down a day or so ahead of Bill or stay a couple days later. People always ask, why did you come here? Our answer is quite simple, the love of the people and the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. In the old days every one meet on Manny’s on Friday night and thus a lot of friendships were made. Although a young town, Puerto Peñasco had a lot of history and a lot of characters. Everyone had stories about something including the one about the ghost of Competition Hill on the way to Cholla Bay. There was a wonderful old baker in the Old Port and we would all flock there on Saturday and Sunday mornings to get the best hot pan and boleos and then go back and make breakfast. Seemed every weekend there was a party at someone’s trailer and more new friends were made.
In 1996 we invested in Mexico by purchasing a lot and 10 years later, we invested more by building a home. I will be showing you a couple of sunset pictures in my blogs. Our sunsets are the best anywhere.
I would like to invite you to come down and check out “Paradise” as soon as you can. Now most of the RV Parks except Playa Bonita, Playa del Oro and the Reef are gone, but have been replaced by beautiful condo developments on Sandy Beach, Las Conchas and Mayan Palace Resorts. You can stay at any of the ocean front condos of the Sonoran Resorts either the SKY, SPA, SEA or SUN and have the small waves lapping at your door step. Several of the resorts also have beach front homes for rent. Ask any of the knowledgeable sales people at the resorts about what they offer…. You may want to soon have your own piece of “Paradise”.
The resorts offer tennis, fitness centers, swim up bars and more or golf at any of our 3 golf courses. Take a Sunset Cruise or day trips to Bird Island and watch the Dolphin and Sea Lions at play. If you are lucky now you will see Fin Whales which can reach nearly 40’ as the traverse the waters of the Sea of Cortez. You can also charter fishing trips by the day or half day and try your hand and catching a big one.
Make sure you stop in the Malecon and buys some fresh shrimp and fish. Shrimping is part of what put Puerto Peñasco on the map.
Our little town is growing and soon will be receiving cruise ships as we will be the only departure port in Mexico. We also have an International Airport as well as there are shuttles that come back and forth from Phoenix.
Now is the time to start planning for the 1st weekend in November for the Bike Rally. This will be our 15th year of having bikers from all over the US, Canada, Mexico and even some from Japan and Europe. I believe we had about 6,000 bikes. Last year we raised over $20,000 USD for 7 of our local charities. I have a team of family and friends that do the bike registration and it is so much fun to see some of the same people year after year. In addition to that money we had our 1st annual Bikers Toy Drive and in January on Los Santos Reyes (Kings Day) we along with DIF distributed toys to the children of Puerto Peñasco along with them having games and food. It looked like we had about 1700 children of all ages. It was so gratifying to see the smiles and hear the Thank You and Gracias from them all.
One last thing, I will tell you that if you decide to own here and retire here, you can get as involved with the community as you want to or just choose to sit and watch the water go by.