By M.A. Velazquez
Labor Day is just around the corner so now is the time to make your plans for the long holiday weekend. Rocky Point is a great holiday destination and what better place to soak up the sun and say so-long to summer?! With the average temperature in September at about 84 degrees, it is the perfect time to escape the heat of the city and head to the beach. So what is there to do in Rocky Point over a four-day weekend?
The Malecon (old port) is sure to be buzzing with action as people nosh on tasty food and various restaurants and sip cocktails at the bars along the beach front street. You can also visit local vendors selling everything from sunglasses, purses and beach dresses, to souvenir t-shirts, cigars and key chains. You can find unique hand crafted iron décor for your wall or yard, traditional Mexican talavera and a wide array of silver jewelry. The recently remodeled area offers palm trees for shade and benches for relaxing and admiring the orange and pink sky over the deep blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. This area also makes for a perfect picture spot! There will be free live music at many of the restaurant/bars around town from local groups to visiting artists from the US.
Beach-time is also a must over Labor Day weekend! The days are long with the sun setting around 7 pm, you have plenty of time to play in the waves, boogie board or hop on a banana boat ride. When you are ready to relax, try a massage on the beach or just enjoy fresh mangoes or Margaritas on a beach chair or towel. If you stay at one of the resorts on Sandy Beach, most of them have swim up bars and/or kids play areas and on Labor Day weekend there is sure to be live music and the pools to keep you in a festive mood. Most of the local restaurants will also be offering holiday promotions as well. You can also check out the free local Mermaids Market which will be held on Saturday September 5th from 10am – 3 pm in the lobby of the Sonoran Spa Resort where you can find arts, crafts and home-made treats by local artists, enjoy free dance performances and even catch some live music.
A bit of Labor Day history: Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also traditionally symbolizes the end of summer and is often celebrated with parties, barbeques and family gatherings. It is a federal holiday and in addition to government offices and banks being closed, most companies observe Labor Day as an official paid holiday, making it a four-day weekend for many Americans. So gather up your family and friends, take advantage of the four day weekend and come to Rocky Point!