By M.A. Velazquez
There’s no doubt about it, the beach is always a popular vacation destination! Just a short drive from Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, El Centro and Imperial Valley, Rocky Point’s beaches offer a variety of experiences that are sure to please everyone.
Sandy Beach is layered with soft warm sand where you can relax and stick your toes in. This beach offers a variety of water activities 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 come across roving vendors offering snacks from burritos to mangos, and all without having to leave your comfy beach chair.
Playa Bonita, just right down from Sandy Beach and a bit closer to town, 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.
Playa Hermosa, located next to Playa Bonita, is a popular spot for visitors as there is public access from off Calle 13 as well as the frequented “bajada de los guardado” – with parking options available. No shade for the day? No problema, there’s plenty of beach shades for rent along this stretch. If you visit during the busy Semana Santa period, this is definitely the place to take in the popular banda music of strolling musicians.
The Mirador Beach is yet another great beach for vacationers. Here you will find a lot of reef where you can explore tide pools and catch a glimpse of 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 convenience stores. The Mirador also is home to RV parks and is a great place to do some fishing from 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 mat 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 is a great spot for fishing off the nearby rocks. While the sandy area is minimal, the rocks and reef make it interesting to explore. Nestled between some of the homes you may also come across an area where sea lions gather to bask in the sun. There are a few nearby restaurants and a convenience store, plus the beach vendors are sure to pay you a visit in case you want to do a little shopping.