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Puerto Peņasco began as a small, quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez. Today, although offering every modern convenience, it still retains much of the traditional charm and culture of those early days. The Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, has long been known for its deep blue waters and white sand beaches. The resort regions are easily accessed via modern, divided highways from both Arizona and Southern California.


Puerto Peņasco is just 60 miles southwest of the U.S.-Mexico border. It is approximately a 3.5-hour drive from Tucson or Phoenix. No car permit or visas are necessary, as Rocky Point is located in a "Free Zone". The weather offers typically warm temperatures and clear skies, especially in the evening. The climate is more moderate than Arizona, being slightly cooler in the summer and slightly warmer in the winter.


Rocky Point started as a fishing village in the 1930's and gradually developed into one of the largest shrimp producing areas in the Sea of Cortez. During the Prohibition era in the U.S., an enterprising businessman, Johnny Stone, visited Puerto Peņasco (Rocky Point).  Realizing the potential of this village to attract wealthy Americans to vacation and fish, Stone built the town's first hotel, drilled a well, and opened for business. 


But it was not until years later when it was slowly discovered by some Americans as an alternative for retirement and vacation.  Rocky Point is surrounded by the Sonoran Desert on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other.  Unique ocean conditions in this town create extreme tides of up to 23 ft. between high and low, and this also produces a unique marine life.


Swimming in the area is very safe and emulates lake conditions with no rip tides and a very calm water. You can watch the sunrise and the sunset on the same ocean horizon. There are many places to visit while in Rocky Point, such as the Pinacate Mountains, which geographic condition was ideal for NASA's training for the Lunar mission due to its similarity to the moon's surface. San Jorge island and its sea wolves, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (a 55-foot long whale skeleton is near the entrance of the facility), and the sand dunes of the Altar Desert. 


Rocky Point is sunny almost year-round with practically no rainfall.  Rocky Point offers many sporting events including sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing and automobile and motorcycle racing just to name a few.  There are as well rentals on most sporting equipment. 


Fresh catch of the day can be purchased and fleeted for you at the fish market. Summer and winter alike, let the seasons be your inspiration. Puerto Peņasco has a whole orchestra of amenities to offer you a real symphony of pleasure. Come as a family, with a group, alone, or as a couple and get a taste of Mexico at it's finest.


Puerto Peņasco (Rocky Point) offers the exotic charms of a foreign locale within easy traveling distance of many U.S. locations.  Nestled between the Sea of Cortez and the desert landscape of El Desierto de Altar, Rocky Point provides easy access to all the amenities of the region. The people are friendly and many speak great English, so communication is generally not a problem.


The beautiful beaches stretch for 100 kilometers along the surrounding coastline. Among the most notable is Playa Arenosa (Sandy Beach) - Princesa de Peņasco's own beach. The warm, sunny climate and the abundance of ocean wildlife add to the appeal of this seaside retreat. Swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, water skiing, parasailing, and other water sports can be enjoyed virtually all year long, not to mention the wonderful fishing, clamming and oyster beds!


You can dine in one of the many restaurants available in Puerto Peņasco - and all minutes from the Princesa Resort. These range in style from quaint Mexican style cantinas to eating establishments so Americanized they actually import some of their ingredients.


"Shop till you drop" takes on a whole new perspective in the Old Port area of Rocky Point, offering sights, sounds and bargains to be savored. You'll find everything from open-air stands with T-shirts, jewelry and other wares, to upscale boutiques featuring fine art, local craftsmanship, clothing, and furnishings from rustic to elegant.


Weather: Rocky Point enjoys mild winters and warm summers with sparkling ocean waters and cool breezes to match. The average sea temperatures are very close to the outside air. The winter months bring some rainfall to this desert area, as do the "monsoon" months of late summer.


Tides: This northern region of the Gulf of California experiences one of the greatest tidal shifts in the world. Twice a day, the ocean will rise and fall as much as 24 vertical feet. The entire area around Rocky Point has been of scientific interest for marine biologists for years. This extreme tidal shift makes for excellent tide pooling as many of the beach areas reveal large tide pools at low tide.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 January 2009 15:55 )  


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