By M.A. Velazquez
There’s no doubt about it, the beach is the most popular summer vacation destination. With the warmest season of the year just a few months away, now is a great time to start planning your beach vacation. Many beaches can be over crowded and accommodations and activities can be pricey in the summer, but this is not the case in Rocky Point. Just a short drive from Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, El Centro and Imperial Valley, Rocky Point’s beaches offer a variety of experiences sure to please everyone.
Sandy Beach is layered with soft warm sand where you can relax and stick your toes in. This beach has a large variety of water activities available including, banana boat rides, jet-ski rentals, paddle board rentals and kayak rentals. If you want to take home a souvenir but don’t want to leave the beach- not to worry, the stores come to you on Sandy Beach. Vendors offer everything from sunglasses and beach bags to Talavera art, beach dresses and jewelry. You can even buy snacks from roving vendors such as burritos and mangos, all without having to leave your comfy beach chair.
Playa Bonita, just right around the corner from Sandy Beach, is also a great beach for families and offers an RV park with electrical and water supplies. There is a restaurant and bar nearby and you can also find beach vendors selling souvenir items.
The Mirador Beach is yet another great beach for summertime vacationers. Here you will find a lot of reef where you can see tide pools and sea life swimming about when the tide is low. Most tourists put up canopies here and spend the day relaxing with family and friends. The street right in front of the beach has restaurants, bars and continence stores. The Mirador Beach also has an RV park and is a great place to do some fishing from the shore.
If you are looking for a bit of solitude, try the Las Conchas Beach. Surrounded by private homes this beach is perfect for long walks and collecting shells. The shore is covered with shells in all colors, shapes and sizes. The peace and quiet found here makes it ideal for lying on a beach matt and reading a book or magazine or just relaxing.
Cholla Bay, just east of town, is a residential area but also has public beach access. This beach is great for fishing off the nearby rocks. The sandy area is minimal but rocks and reef make it interesting to explore. Nestled between some of the homes you will find an area where sea lions gather to bask in the sun. There are a few nearby restaurants and a convenience store and the beach vendors are sure to pay you a visit in case you want to do a little shopping.
Taking in the sunset at one of our beautiful beaches is an unforgettable experience. Unlike many US beaches, music and alcoholic beverages are NOT prohibited on the beaches in Mexico. You can feel free to bring along whatever food, drinks and music you feel will help create the perfect summer beach vacation for you and your family and friends. The summer season is a great time to visit Rocky Point’s beaches. The sand and sun await you!