MX : (638) 388-6098 US: (480) 544-4254
For our closer neighbors the most common option is the one of driving or riding where we can be reached from the United States via, but not limited to, U.S. Highways 85 and 86 which connects to Mexican Federal Highway 8. From the center of Sonora the main route of access is Sonora State Highway 37. Transportation Buses and Public Van Services are also available from the Phoenix and Tucson areas as well (see our list of preferred business partners under “Our Friends” in the side bar), and a major highway known as the Coastal Highway which connects San Luis Rio Colorado and Yuma, Arizona now makes Rocky Point easier and faster than ever from Tijuana/San Diego and Los Angeles areas.
Also, due to technology today, between the internet map companies and vehicle GPS systems, getting here is a breeze, no matter where your stating point.
Rocky Point is also slated for upcoming marina / home port and other boat-related developments as part of the country's 'Escalera Nautica' efforts, which call for a chain of 'tourist-class' marinas sprinkled up and down the Baja coast in an effort to promote nautical tourism, thereby completing the availability to get to Rocky Point by land, sea, or air.
ROCKY POINT TODAY
Rocky Point a.k.a. Puerto Peñasco is a popular destination for tourists, particularly those that reside in the U.S. state of Arizona since it contains the nearest beaches. It is also a popular Spring Break destination with students from Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Rocky Point is located in the 'free zone' where tourists are not required currently to obtain immigration papers in order to visit. However U.S. Border Patrol agents advise that as of June 2009 a passport will be required to re-enter the United States.
Rocky Point has two main beach areas and several smaller ones. To the west of the Old Port area, there is a wide, flat area known as Sandy Beach. This is the home to several large hotel/resorts, and more are under construction. East of Puerto Peñasco, there is a long coast with several areas, known in parts as La Mirador, Playa del Oro, Las Conchas, and Playa Encanto, an area of beachfront and near-beach condos, homes and timeshares. Since then, many private and commercial projects have resulted in Puerto Peñasco growing into a major Mexico tourist destination with great resorts, hotels, restaurants, and fun things to do to include sport fishing, boat tours, golfing, boat sailing, jet skiing, dining, night life, and art of all types. Thousands of Americans have built homes in Rocky Point. The beaches are still there to enjoy, as well as the fish, shrimp, clams and scallops. But now Rocky Point has much more to offer visitors for vacation accommodations and fun and although Rocky Point still welcomes its Spring Breakers, it now offers so much more for the year round tourist.
In the early 1920's, two wandering fishermen, Victor and Benjamin Bustamante, discovered huge schools of beautiful blue shrimp in the waters off a "rocky point" known as Cerro de Penasco, and when other fishermen moved in, the town now known as Puerto Penasco was established. Rocky Point had one major problem...there was no fresh water. Thus, it appeared destined to remain a small temporary camp for Mexican fishermen.
In 1929, a US Mafioso named John Stone (an associate of Al Capone) saw the potential of the area as a resort destination and built a hotel and drilled a well for fresh water. Guests were flown in for fishing, hunting, gambling and (remember, it was during Prohibition) drinking. The availability of fresh water attracted more Mexican fishermen to the area, and the town began to grow. By 1931, Stone had managed to lose his licenses to do business in the area but before departing, Stone burned his hotel and dynamited the well, leaving Rocky Point once again without fresh water. The Hote rebuilt by the Bustamante brothers and re-opened as the Hotel Penasco thus becoming a landmark.
It wasn’t until 1936 that Rocky Point got another chance to develop. Mexico's President, Lazargo Cardenas came to the area in 1936 and started the process of building a railroad connecting the Baja area to central Mexico with a major railhead and sea port at Rocky Point. He named it Puerto Punta Peñasco (Port Rocky Point). Since then the “Punta” has been dropped. Rocky Point prospered for many years. The railroad was completed and the road to the US was built. The Shrimp and Fish industry grew. Several hotels were built and tourism florished.
Up until about twenty years ago tourism had again decreased, and was mainly in the form of camping on the beach, going fishing and Spring Break partying.Puerto Peñasco industry was then primarily commercial diving, fishing and shrimping in the beautiful Sea of Cortez. The pristine beaches with crystal clear waters stretched for a hundred miles north or south with almost no development until the early 1990’s when Mexican law changed to allow more foreign investment in the country. For many U.S. citizens today Rocky Point isn't just a place to visit, it's a place to live and do business.
There are a few options for getting to Rocky Point. It has a new and still expanding international airport just north of town, with existing commercial airports few hours away by car in Hermosillo, Sonora; Tucson, Arizona; or Mexicali, Baja California. As of 2005, there are a few charter airlines in Phoenix, Arizona, that offered flights to Rocky Point / Puerto Peñasco.
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