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Course promotes safe whale watching practices

To ensure whale watching adventures are sustainable and adequate, on Nov. 21st and 22nd close to 40 tour operators and recreational fishermen from Puerto Peñasco and Puerto Lobos attended a training course offered by biologists from CONANP and from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC).

The course, which was theoretical and practical, focused on norms, protection protocols, and proper care when approaching whales. In addition, the training encompassed basic information about whale characteristics, species types, habits, protection, and reproduction. The course also reviewed rules tourists have to follow, among other topics related to the proper practice of whale watching.

The training course was led by biologist Lorena Vindiola from UABC, personnel from CONANP of the Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta Reserve, as well as from the flora and fauna protection area of the Islas del Golfo de California in Sonora.

“It is important that people are trained,” explained Maria Jesus Martinez from the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas of the Upper Gulf of California Reserve and Colorado River Delta, “so that the animal is not harmed and does not suffer from stress, and so providers can offer quality services to clients while ensuring this is a sustainable tourist attraction.”

Puerto Peñasco is the only port in the state to have obtained whale watching certification from SEMARNAT under Official Mexican Law, which establishes regulations for whale watching from January 1 to April 30.

Whale watching is a natural spectacle that attracts thousands of tourists from the US, Mexico, and other parts of the world, ready with camera in hand to capture images of whales while their journey along our coastlines.

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Revelry at Rocky Point Rally!

More than 25,000 visitors and 7500 motorcyclists enjoyed the 19th Annual Rocky Point Rally in Puerto Peñasco from Nov. 7th – 10th, reaffirming this as one of the most important Biker fiestas in northwestern Mexico.

The roar of engines, adrenaline, and leather jackets could be heard and felt across the city, particularly along the traditional points of Calle 13 and the Malecón, as well as the Mirador and other spots around town, as thousands of motorcyclists were entertained at several venues touting rock bands.

This year’s event also featured the traditional Saturday Bike Parade, on Nov. 9th, which included the participation of hundreds of motorcycles rolling along main streets where thousands of local families awaited to wave them by. This year also included the local “Charity Poker Run” and Saturday Bike Show, including a “Queen of the Streets” Ladies’ bike show.

It’s worth noting proceeds from Rally Registration, as well as from the Poker Run and Bike Shows, are distributed among local charitable organizations in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta.  Along with donations to the Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta DIF organizations, Red Cross, Fire Department, CAM La Montaña school for children with special needs, the local chapter of the George Papanicolaou Cancer Awareness and Prevention group, the José Dávalos “Casa Hogar” home for the elderly, and the Peñasco student home in Mexicali (through DIF), this year an additional donation will go towards the local Dialysis Clinic.

According to information from the Puerto Peñasco municipal police, which conducted safety operations during the event in coordination with other agencies, there were no fatalities stemming from the 19th Annual Rocky Point Rally, therefore underscoring the city’s safety.
Thank you again to all who choose Puerto Peñasco as a preferred destination. Save the date as the 20th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally will be Nov. 11 – 15, 2020!

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The biggest motorcycle fiesta is here!

More than 22 thousand visitors and more than 8 thousand motorcyclists are expected to come for the 19th edition of the Rocky Point Rally, the largest biker “fiesta” in the Northwest of Mexico that will take place from November 7 to 10.

This event brings together bikers from the United States, Mexico and other countries who cross hundreds or thousands of kilometers on their motorcycle to attend the rally.

At a press conference Oscar Palacio Soto, the main organizer of the Rocky Point Rally, announced that most hotels and resorts have reported reservations to be at full capacity.

Most motorcyclists come from the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California; as well as Sonora, Chihuahua, Baja California, and the middle states of Mexico. Also, more bikers from Indonesia, Sweden, and Canada are added every year!

The Rocky Point Rally is best experienced at the malecon and on Calle 13, both of which get flooded with motorcycles of all kinds as well as on 13th Street. The party has now been expanded towards the Mirador where there will be concerts with rock bands in English and Spanish. 

Other fun staples of this rally are the “Poker run”, motorcycle competitions and acrobatics, and of course the traditional motorcycle parade that takes place on the main streets of the city.

This event brings together thousands of visitors, and is mainly promoted to capture tourist influx in the so-called “low season”.

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More than 7 thousand attendees at the AA conference

More than 7 thousand people gathered for the 37th edition of the Regional Congress of Alcoholics Anonymous that took place in Puerto Peñasco from November 1 to 3.

This convention was able to exceed expectations with 7,200 attendees from the delegations of Sonora, Sinaloa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, and the state of Chihuahua. The main purpose of this conference was to inform the community about the support offered by Alcoholics Anonymous to people who require it and how the program actually works.

The conference was held at the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, where speakers who specialize in topics related to the group in this so-called “Spiritual Party”, as they call it.

 The AA Coordinator of Public Information for Northern Sonora, Ruben X, indicated that this city was chosen because its hotel infrastructure met the needs of the expected influx and so that attendees could enjoy its beautiful beaches and attractions.

It was announced that Mexico is the second country with the highest number of AA groups, exceeding 14,700 organizations throughout the republic. Meaning that alcoholism currently affects the same number of women as men in Mexico.

 The conference inauguration was attended by Natalia Rivera on behalf of state governor Claudia Pavlovich, mayor Ernesto Munro, representatives, and national and regional AA delegates.

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Puerto Peñasco celebrates International Coastal Clean-up Day

More than 800 volunteers, including children, teens, and adults, removed over 1.5 tons of trash from Puerto Peñasco’s beaches during a citywide event to celebrate International Coastal Clean-up Day.

On the morning of October 19th, hundreds of people toting buckets and trash bags took to the city’s coastline for the cleanup effort, which included beaches stretching from Playa Encanto and the Morua Estuary to the Mirador, malecón, Playa Hermosa, and areas in front of area resorts and hotels.

The main objective of the Beach Clean-up was to promote team work in caring for the health and ecosystem of our beaches, as well as to raise awareness among new generations as to caring for the sea.  This is even more important as Puerto Peñasco is the only beach in Sonora to hold Level II clean beach certification.

The recent clean-up effort included participation from the local Clean Beach Committee and Municipal offices, non-governmental organizations such as CEDO, the Puerto Peñasco Rotary and Lions Clubs, Grupo Intercomunitario Ribereño del Corredor Puerto Peñasco-Puerto Lobos, Street Vendors Union, local hotels and businesses, as well as the Pentatlón Deportivo, students and directors from area schools, along with other civil organizations.

Volunteers managed to collect items ranging from plastic cups and bottle-tops, cigarette butts, glass, aluminum cans, and other trash that is still continually left on our beaches, though less so through such awareness efforts.

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CEDO celebrates 40 years of research

The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) opened its doors in Puerto Peñasco in 1980 under the leadership of Director Peggy Turk-Boyer. Housed in its main offices next to a majestic whale skeleton, CEDO has distinguished itself for work on conservation programs and monitoring the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez, along with projects that involve fishing communities from the Upper Gulf of California, and responsible tourism. To mark CEDO’s 40th Anniversary, a series of events are planned throughout the Fall and Spring, culminating in a grand concert featuring Alejandro Filio and Fernando Delgadillo, set to the spectacular backdrop of dunes.

Signaling the start to the 40th Anniversary events, outgoing Director Turk-Boyer welcomed incoming CEDO Executive Director Nelida Barajas during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at CEDO’s offices in Las Conchas. In addition, CEDO signed a collaborative agreement with the City of Puerto Peñasco to further environmental friendly policies and strategies.

The ceremony emphasized CEDO’s 40 years of work in building valuable research that encourages understanding of ecological and socio-ecologic processes, while making the ecosystems of the Northern Gulf of California one of the most important study areas in Mexico.

Additional highlights include CEDO’s work in environmental education with students at all academic levels, as well as with the community in implementing permanent programs.
Celebrations marking CEDO’s 40th Anniversary are to encompass a series of events including seminars, talks, cleanup efforts, along with environmental festivals and movies, culminating with a night of music entitled “For Love of the Sea”, featuring Alejandro Filio and Fernando Delgadillo along the Sea of Cortez.

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Let the Sea of Cortez witness the happiest day of your life!

Saying “I do” to one’s beloved while seaside under an endless sky is a dream that more and more couples are seeing come true in Puerto Peñasco. Our coastal destination is a natural background to ensure dreams become reality, offering the beauty of our beaches, the best weather, and quality service.

Beachside weddings, through special planning and surrounded by friends and loved ones and the sea as witness, are a growing trend for Mexican couples and many from the U.S. and beyond who choose Puerto Peñasco as the perfect spot to seal their love.

The romantic atmosphere framed by a seaside sunset is idyllic for engagements, bachelorette parties, weddings, anniversaries, honeymoons, and intimate dinners.

This spectacular destination offers a variety of services specializing in helping to make each celebration unique and incomparable. We encourage you to work with the event planner of your choice as they are experts who will guide you through the entire process and make sure everything goes smoothly.

If your dream is a luxury wedding accompanied by ocean waves, Puerto Peñasco can surely offer something for you! From private beach side homes to restaurants or even spectacular terraces at elegant resorts, you can find decorations, banquets, live music, pastries, and boundless event details in this beautiful port.A beach side wedding will make for unique unforgettable memories, and will be extra attractive for all your guests who surely won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to share in your celebration in this wonderful spot, bringing you closer and connecting you with Mexican warmth in front of the Sea of Cortez.

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Puerto Peñasco named authorized area for whale sightings

Whale sighting activities off the coast of Puerto Peñasco have been officially authorized by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources under Mexican Official Law NOM-131-SEMARNAT-2010, which establishes regulations for whale watching excursions for the 2020 season from January 1st thru April 30th.

This means whale watching tours that allow tourists to get an up-close encounter with these “Sea Giants” is now an officially authorized activity in Puerto Peñasco, provided compliance with regulations.

Harbormaster Luis Castro Galan confirmed the official publication, which he says will benefit tourism, strengthen safety and protocol training, as well as provide tour operators with resources.

Castro Galan stated Puerto Peñasco was included within the official regulations for whale watching and habitat preservation activities following a request of the harbormaster’s office, tourism service providers, and National Commission on Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), given the presence of whales in the area early in the year.

This certification makes Puerto Peñasco the only spot in Sonora where this practice is officially recognized.

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UNAM Graduates and Students visit Puerto Peñasco as part of Exploration Series

A group of students and graduates from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, currently touring outlining areas of the country, will be including the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and its tremendous diversity in an ongoing scientific, cultural, and social documentary. 

The project, format of which is similar to a “reality show”, includes a multidisciplinary group as they travel the country by bus while focusing on topics of biodiversity, ecosystems, local cuisine, culture, and different interactions between regions.

David Gerardo Polo Sanchez, coordinator of one of the documentary teams, stated within the Pinacate they were able to visit lava bubbles, the dunes, and the Schuk Toak Visitors Center, which provided plenty of information on shield volcanoes, the scenic route, as well as the region’s ecosystem. 

The project has also included San Luis Rio Colorado, Caborca, Hermosillo, Guaymas, and Ciudad Obregón, where they have come across a patchwork of ecosystems such as the Colorado River Delta, la Ciénaga marsh, and the sands of the Colorado River.

“Sonora is a patchwork, it offers many things; everything has been impressive, there are many things within the same area,” detailed the researcher.

The documentary teams, made up of scholarship students that continuously rotate, will be traveling the country’s perimeter for 18 months. One team will travel from the southeastern part of the country to the northwest, and the other from north to southeast.

During their stay in Puerto Peñasco, the team received informational support from CONANP staff (National Commission on Natural Protected Areas), the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), as well as COFETUR (Sonoran Tourism Commission).

The informative shorts showcasing what the explorers encounter throughout their travels will be shown on Channel 11 and TV UNAM Sundays at 9 p.m.

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Puerto Peñasco continues to distinguish itself with important gastronomic events

Gastro 638, a collective consisting of local chefs, continues to surprise tourists and locals alike with pairing dinners and gastronomic festivals in the port.

Their second large culinary event of the year, “Gastro Fest 638”, will be held October 5th at Playa Balche at Mayan Palace. The event, geared at both visitors and Puerto Peñasco residents alike, comes less than five months after the collective’s first “Brasa Fest”.  The October 5th event will begin at 4 p.m, and includes participation of 638 chefs, local restaurants, as well as service providers.

Some of the restaurants that will be present and ready to serve guests include: Restaurant Miguel´s from Hotel Peñasco del Sol, Moonshadow Café, Infusión del Golfo from Laguna Shores, La postrería, Restaurant El Oktopus, Restaurante de Ramón, Alaburger con el Chef, Flash publicidad, and Mayan Palace, among others that have been joining the organization.

There’s nothing better than enjoying the beach along with great food and music to set the mood. Come have fun and support a good cause as some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the special needs school “CAM La Montaña”. 

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On a related note, on September 6th, Restaurant Miguel´s from Hotel Peñasco del Sol joined the popular Puerto Peñasco pairing dinners with an evening organized by chef Javier Garcia Cerrillo. At the dinner, named “1928 Club de Cenas”, nearly 50 guests were treated to 10 course samplings put together by 5 local chefs.

The successful chefs in charge of pleasing guests’ taste buds were Luca Appendino from Pane e Vino, Ohan Chitgian from Moonshadow Café, Yalvani Rojas from Miguel´s in Hotel Peñasco del Sol, Alberto Millán from Infusión del Golfo dat Laguna Shores and the host of the event, Executive Chef Javier García Cerrillo.

At the pairing dinner, guests were able to experience dishes that are not very common in our city, including Sea Urchin, Cornish Hen, Rabbit, and Berkshire Pig.

Everyone involved would like to extend an invitation to the next edition of “1928 Club de Cenas”, which will be held on October 18, at 8 P.M, at Miguel’s Restaurant in Hotel Peñasco del Sol.

Another chef that continues to surprise is Chef Tony Acuña who, along with his kitchen staff from Infusion del Golfo at Laguna Shores, has guided his guests through new pairing dinner experiences with tequila expert Engelbert Rios.

Their next pairing dinner is in November and we are very anxious to see what surprises they have for us this time.

Come and be a part of this celebration of food with us! Want to know more? Visit our events section

Here are a few tips and pointers for you to enjoy Puerto Peñasco’s pairing dinners to their fullest:

  • Be sure to arrive early, you don’t want to miss out on the first course
  • Wait to do the tasting along with the whole group so you can fully enjoy the qualities of the wine
  • Don’t swirl bubbly wines, as that can free carbon gas that produces bubbles and gives the wine its effervescence
  • Take notes so you can remember properties of the wine you most enjoy
  • Avoid distilled drinks prior to the pairing-dinner as this may modify your appreciation of the wine
  • Enjoy each dish to the fullest; no need to rush before moving on to the next dish
  • If you believe you’ve had enough, do not feel you must finish all the wine in your glass so you may continue appreciating those that follow
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Puerto Peñasco is chock-full of fun through the last three months of the year, and you don’t want to miss out on everything planned to enjoy for what’s left of 2019. We’ve got cultural, athletic, culinary, and musical events, as well as the highly anticipated Rocky Point Rally.


Obstacle course where you can challenge your own limits, to be held in the Playa Bonita hotel area. So get ready to race!

Saturday, October 5, 2019
8:00AM – 1:00PM (America/Phoenix)
Playa bonita
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Enjoy all the cuisine Puerto Peñasco has to offer right next to one of Puerto Peñasco’s most beautiful beaches.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
4:00PM-10:00PM (America/Phoenix)

Playa Balche de Mayan Palace
Grupo Vidanta
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🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️ The race starts at 7:00 am on the dot from Plaza de la Madre, and the route ends at the Malecon.

This event was created in order to support the George Papanicolaou Group 💓

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Plaza de la madre
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Pedal your way over 108 kms from Sonoyta to Islas del Mar in Puerto Peñasco.

Saturday, October 19 & Sunday 20, 2019
Saturday 3:00PM a 6:00PM
Sunday 7:00AM a 1:00PM

Saturday at Islas del Mar
Sunday Domingo inicia en Sonoyta y culmina en Islas del Mar
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The Cervantino Festival will once again have the Sea of Cortez as background as Puerto Peñasco has been chosen for a fifth consecutive year as a site for this international arts festival, and the only location in northwest Mexico. The Malecon will be embellished with performances by local, national, and international artists. Enjoy Mexican dance & culture, cuisine, and the majestic Sea of Cortez.

Del 24 al 27 de octubre 2019

Malecón Fundadores


A weekend of golf for AGA members and invited players at Mayan Palace.
Contests: Hole in one, closest to the pin shots on all par 3 holes, longest drive, and precision drive.

Del 25 al 27 de octubre 2019

Mayan Palace
Campo de golf Vidanta


Enjoy a beach volleyball tournament, party, and overall epic weekend on the beaches of Puerto Peñasco.

Noviembre 2, 2019
8:00AM – 6:30PM

Las Palomas and Golf Resort
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Join Luis “Gonzo” Gonzalez and other MLB greats for a game of golf, supporting a good cause while you’re at it!

Noviembre 16, 2019

Las Palomas and Golf Resort
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Come and have fun at the biggest motorcycle event in Northern Mexico and greatest bike fiesta just south of the border. Enjoy activities going on all week including parties, contests, and several fun events across town!

November 7 – 10, 2019

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora
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Committees to coordinate strategies for arrival of upcoming cruise in Sea of Cortez

At a recent meeting headed by Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro, along with Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, representatives from the local administration, safety and health agencies, as well as members from the local business committee, work committees were formed that are meant to strengthen the entry and return of the Astoria cruise ship in Puerto Peñasco come December.

The meeting included defining committee tasks, and all were called to join efforts to facilitate cruise line operations for the Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ six scheduled 11-day cruises.

The Promotion and Diffusion Committee will be led by Lizette Ibarra, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, along with Municipal Tourism Director Rafael Mendívil. Together they will work on topics of promotion and dissemination of information about the cruise and special packages, as well as attractions, activities, cuisine, and culture from the departure port.

The Committee on Entry and Departure Logistics, represented by Harbor Master Luis Castro, includes naval and local government authorities who will address strategies to facilitate the documentation of foreign cruise-goers into the country at the border, while decreasing return time with support from public safety agencies.

Safety and Contingencies will be addressed by a committee led by City Secretary Terencio Gutiérrez and Municipal Civil Protection director Francisco Javier Carrillo. This will include representatives from public safety and rescue corps, which have already developed civil protection and safety operational plans based on hard facts and strengths to respond to any type of emergency. 

The Committee on Supplies, led by Aide Yaracet Verduzco, will seek out areas of opportunity with local and regional businesses who may be able to offer professional services and supplies to complement the Cruise & Maritime Voyage company.

As the meeting closed, those present made the commitment to continue to meet in order to present committee progress. Joint efforts of the various sectors seek to ensure the upcoming arrival of the Astoria cruise ship provides an extraordinary adventure for all who seek to discover the Sea of Cortez.

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Puerto Peñasco cuisine on the rise as best in Northern Sonora

The collective of Puerto Peñasco chefs known as Gastro 638 have been surprising tourists and locals alike with their now popular gastronomic wine-pairing dinners. To date, the chefs have presented culinary events in various restaurants at local resorts.

On June 21st this past summer, a pairing dinner was held at the Infusión del Golfo restaurant of Laguna Shores. There, executive chef Tony Acuña, accompanied by Chef L.uca Appendino of Pan e Vino and Uwe Holtze of Kaffeehaus, astounded diners with a four-course pairing dinner.

More than 50 people took part in the evening, delighting in the fusion of Italian, German and Mexican cuisine presented by the skilled masters of the kitchen.  On this occasion, the vineyard Alximia from Valle de Guadalupe took part in the evening together with winemaker Álvaro Álvarez.

On July 12th, executive Chef Tony Acuña once again thrilled guests with another pairing-dinner.  This time, Chef Neftalí Ponce, along with Chef Javier García, Chef Eliezer Lozano and “El Cielo” vineyard from Valle de Guadalupe, took part in the evening.  Infusión del Golfo restaurant of Laguna Shores once again provided a spectacular setting for the wonderful sold out pairing-dinner.

On August 10th, the Bakal restaurant at Mayan Palace resort of the Vidanta Group in Puerto Peñasco, hosted a pairing event led by executive Chef Neftalí Ponce Hernandez. Chef Neftalí, accompanied by 7 chefs, a sommelier, and a winemaker, along with a large support team, delighted diners with an exquisite menu.  Invited chefs for the evening included Chef Tony Acuña of Infusión del Golfo at Laguna Shores, Chef Eliezer Lozano Ibarra of Restaurante de Ramón at Sonoran Sea, Chef Javier García Cerillo of Miguel’s at Hotel Peñasco del Sol, as well as Vidanta host chefs Geronimo López Dominguez, Alberto Martínez, and Jesús Espero Santa Cruz. The chefs were accompanied for the evening by sommelier and Food and Beverages Manager Engelbert Ríos.  The vineyard Casa Barisal, accompanied by Juan Pablo Fernández Almaguer, made the marvelous pairing evening possible.

The next pairing dinners are set for September 6th and September 13th

On September 6th at 8pm, the pairing dinner take place at the restaurant Miguel´s of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Chef Javier Garcia Cerrillo will host the pairing dinner accompanied by other top local chefs.

September 13th, which will once again take place at the Infusión del Golfo restaurant of Laguna Shores.  Chef Tony Acuña will host the pairing-dinner once more, accompanied by tequila expert Engelbert Ríos.

We invite you to take part in Puerto Peñasco’s exciting cuisine! For more information and reservations for the upcoming pairing-dinner, please contact Laguna Shores at: 638 383 0210 ext. 400.  

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Here are some recommendations to help you fully enjoy these spectacular events:

  • Be sure to arrive early, you don’t want to miss out on the first course
  • Wait to do the tasting along with the whole group so you can fully enjoy the qualities of the wine
  • Don’t swirl bubbly wines, as that can free carbon gas that produces bubbles and gives the wine its effervescence
  • Take notes so you can remember properties of the wine you most enjoy
  • Avoid distilled drinks prior to the pairing-dinner as this may modify your appreciation of the wine
  • Enjoy each dish to the fullest; no need to rush before moving on to the next dish
  • If you believe you’ve had enough, do not feel you must finish all the wine in your glass so you may continue appreciating those that follow
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Sonora filmed at Pinacate Biosphere Reserve to be released across country on September 6th

The new film Sonora, directed by Alejandro Springall, brings to the screen the script based on the novel La Ruta de los Caídos of Puerto Peñasco author Guillermo Munro. With a release date of September 6th, more than 300 copies of the film will be shown in theaters across Mexico.

The film, which was shot over a period of two months at locations across Sonora including the Pinacate, the historical center of Hermosillo, Ures, Guaymas, and San Miguel de Horcasitas, tells the story of a group of people with diverse backgrounds who, due to varied circumstances, find themselves crossing the inhospitable Sonoran desert in a single vehicle as they attempt to reach their destination

The feature film, starring Joaquín Cosío as Emeterio of the Tohono O’odham ethnic group, along with Dolores Heredía, Giovanna Zacarias, Juan Manuel Bernal, Harold Torres, Jason Tobin and Sonoran actors Patricia Ortiz and Carolina Molva, combines spectacular panoramas of the Pinacate Reserve as no other film production has ever done.

The movie, which is also intended to make it to China and the U.S., shares the story of Chinese families upon their arrival in Sonora and the xenophobia they faced. The story also hits on the deportation of Mexicans from the U.S., survival of the Tohono O’odham community, and the Great Depression gripping the area at the beginning of the 1930s.

Prior to the film’s national premier, two special functions were held in Hermosillo and Puerto Peñasco respectively, which included the presence of various cast members as well as producer Edher Campos of Machetes Producciones, who assured the film’s beauty, story, and purpose could make it a true classic.

Don’t miss out on seeing this film set to the backdrop of the spectacular Pinacate, which brings to life the work of one of Puerto Peñasco’s own treasured authors!

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Puerto Peñasco certified as longest Level II sustainable beach in Mexico

The Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification recently acknowledged Puerto Peñasco’s Sandy Beach as the longest Level II recreational sustainable beach in the country.  Members of Puerto Peñasco’s Clean Beach Committee attended the National Sustainable Beaches Gathering held August 22nd in Mexico City, where they were presented with this most recent certificate.

Puerto Peñasco’s Level II certification comes two years after having been awarded the “White Flag” as a sustainable beach and compliance with a series of regulations and strict standards regarding cleanliness, safety, and environmental education.  Those involved in the certification process have included resorts along Sandy Beach starting from Playa Bonita and the Playa Bonita RV Park to the condominium complexes of Sonoran Sky, Puerta Privada, and Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort. Environmental groups, civil society and schools from all academic levels, along with business leaders and the local government also played an important part in achieving Level II certification.

Marcia Ortega Morales and Luis Cesar García of the local Clean Beaches Committee were presented with the certificate acknowledging Puerto Peñasco’s Level II sustainable clean beach certification. At the gathering, the two Clean Beach Committee members also presented a talk on the success of regulations when working toward sustainable beach certification in Puerto Peñasco.

This acknowledgment, in addition to offering safety and peace of mind to beachgoers consisting of tourists and residents alike, encourages society to comply with regulations while keeping this beach clean, along with all others throughout Puerto Peñasco.

The certified sustainable beach stretches 1522 meters along Sandy Beach, and is only surpassed by a Level III beach in Tamaulipas.  Sandy Beach is currently the only certified clean beach in Sonora.

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Infelices para Siempre wraps up filming in Puerto Peñasco

Filming for the Mexican romantic comedy “Infelices para Siempre” spent nearly a month in Puerto Peñasco, capturing some of the best images of what the desert and marvelous Sea of Cortez have to offer.

The feature film, starring Consuelo Duval and Adrían Uribe, produced by Jorge Aragón and directed by Noe Santillán, filmed in several locations in and around the city.  Film sets encompassed beautiful spaces at resorts, including Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort as well as Mayan Palace, as well as the Mar de Cortéz Airport, and of course representative spots of the region such as majestic dunes, the Grand Desert of Altar, craters at the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, and our spectacular beaches.

In the words of producer Jorge Aragón, they were looking for a paradisiacal spot with uncommon natural settings. They finally chose Puerto Peñasco, Sonora as the spot to tell the story “Infelices para Siempre”, which also stars Livia Brito, Ari Telch, Angelica Aragón, Luis Arrieta, and Ruy Senderos, among others.

The story follows a couple, worn out after more than 20 years of marriage, whose families send them to Puerto Peñasco, where they first honeymooned, in an attempt to save their relationship.  Through a series of mishaps and repetitions, much in the style of “Groundhog Day”, the two seek out a happy ending.

Cast, production, and film crew spent from July 18th – August 15th filming in Puerto Peñasco. This involved transporting over 100 people between technicians, makeup artists, wardrobe, and craft services. The film also several local providers including transportation, props, and services for film sets, plus many extras.

After wrapping up in Puerto Peñasco, production moved to Hermosillo where they would be filming at the airport before returning to Mexico City for editing and post-production.  The film is expected to be released in movie theaters in 2020.

Filming of this production will undoubtedly put Puerto Peñasco on the national and international map as a tourism site worth visiting!

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Peñasco welcomes travel promoters from Chihuahua

We started off the month of August with the pleasant visit of a group of 18 promoters representing different cities from across the state of Chihuahua. This initiative was organized by Sierra Tours in conjunction with the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote outreach to the cities of Chihuahua, Juárez, and Cuauhtémoc.

The group’s visit, strategically developed by travel promoters, event and tour organizers, television and radio media, as well as state influencers, was meant to show visitors our Port’s main attractions and activities, as well as reach out to local business leaders in order to plan and carry out tours and events in the future that would bring a greater influx of tourism to the area from Chihuahua.

The visitors from Chihuahua had an itinerary full of visits and activities, starting with an evening welcome at Manny’s Beach Club followed up with a visit to Islas del Mar the following day, which included activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. They also visited the boardwalk area, enjoying delicious food at the restaurant El Oktopus, then an afternoon a boat ride to take in the sunset before closing out the day with a delicious dinner at the Restaurant Puesta del Sol of Hotel Playa Bonita.

The next morning, the group enjoyed off-roading, visiting Cholla Bay and the well-known “Loma” (Competition Hill), followed up with a delicious brunch at Hacienda de Emilianos.  An afternoon of beach activities topped off the day, paired with a fun bar-hopping evening tour that started at Arena 3C bar, continued through different bars along the boardwalk, and wound up at Elixir bar and lounge.

This was just a small sample of the activities and fun that can be found in Puerto Peñasco. Our visitors returned with great motivation to make upcoming travel plans and promotion to the area a reality. Thank you to all you contributed to the success of our visitors’ itinerary!

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Labor Day fiestas await in Puerto Peñasco!

The U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend meant to say goodbye to intense heat while welcoming cooler temperatures, brings with it the expectation of thousands of visitors looking for rest and recreation on Puerto Peñasco’s beaches.

If you still haven’t made plans for the holiday weekend, starting the last weekend of August, Puerto Peñasco’s beaches, agreeable climate, ample hotel offerings, diverse restaurant menus, and several events await!

Taking advantage of the late summer weather, you can organize an early morning trip to nearby oyster farms to sample delicious oysters or clams, or maybe an adventure at sea to Isla San Jorge (Bird Island) to view the habitat of hundreds of birds and sea lions while you kayak, snorkel, or swim alongside them.

You can also reserve outings on one of the several tourist boats, together with a group of friends, family, or significant other, to relish in the sunset. With any luck, you’ll also come across dolphins and maybe even sea lions!

Another attraction in the cooler mornings is walking along the beach, looking out from the malecón in the Old Port, or from higher viewpoints, to take in the whole port.

Over the extended weekend, bars in the malecón, along Calle 13, in the Mirador, and on Sandy Beach provide live music featuring rock groups, DJs, country singers, or bands doing covers, offering a variety of venues for visitors.

Of course you can’t miss out on the tremendous variety of tourism services and adventures in the port, from off-road vehicles to ultralights, zip-line to jet-skis and banana rides over the waves, or perhaps a boat rental so you can get to know a bit about the Sea of Cortez.

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Months of coordinated efforts and protocol precede arrival of first cruise line through Sea of Cortez

With the highly anticipated arrival of the Astoria cruise ship on the horizon, a recent meeting addressed topics related to migration procedures for passengers, boarding, ship authorizations, transfers, and hotels, among other details in preparation for the influx of cruise-goers for the December 7th departure into the Sea of Cortez.

COFETUR (Sonora Tourism Promotion Commission) deputy coordinator Héctor Platt emphasized the need for commitment and coordination among migration, customs, and maritime agencies in facilitating and speeding up entry at the border and other arrival points along the cruise ship’s route.

John Dennis, Operations Director for Cruise and Maritime Voyages, encouraged the readiness of representatives in initiating necessary procedures for the launch of the first “Astoria” cruise.

“This is a coordinated effort. We are going to work with the navy, the state of Arizona, and with the people of Puerto Peñasco,” detailed Dennis, “We must develop a naval plan for ports, and work with hotels and tour operators in Puerto Peñasco.”

Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), expressed appreciation for the willingness of migration and naval authorities in being present, calling on them to strengthen coordination for entry procedures so the Sea of Cortez cruise may begin in the best way possible.

Those present at the coordinated meeting included Juan de los Santos Quintero, Terencio Gutiérrez on behalf of the local administration, FONATUR representative Martin Martínez, representatives from the Sonoyta customs office, Port Captain Luis Castro Galan, Julio Cesar Navarro Contreras from the National Migration Institute, Puerto Peñasco OCV Director and Secretary Lizette Ibarra and Oscar Palacio Soto, among other representatives.

A meeting was also held with hotel directors, rental and tour operators.  COFETUR deputy coordinator Héctor Platt, Cruise and Maritime Voyages Operations Director John Dennis, and Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lizette called on hoteliers to close ranks and put their trust in the arrival of the cruise that will transverse the Sea of Cortez.

“It’s important hoteliers feel support and security, that there is a close relationship with the ship; this is not something improvised but rather two years of effort in working with tremendous passion on what is now a reality,” explained the COFETUR representative.

John Dennis of Cruise and Maritime Voyages explained arrival and passenger transfer procedures through what will serve as the terminal, the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, inviting hoteliers to work with the cruise company in offering their services. The goal is for the Sea of Cortez cruise season to welcome 3,000 cruise-goers, particularly from the United States. Hotel representative Oscar Palacio Soto emphasized the importance of joining the project, which will begin operations this December and benefit the hotel and service sectors during the generally slower Winter season.

The meeting offered an opportunity to address concerns as to housing options and transfers for cruise-goers, with the proposal of arriving in Puerto Peñasco at least two nights prior to cruise departure. Furthermore, the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau made the commitment to develop a directory of lodging options at area hotels and condominium complexes, as well as of transportation services and tour operators.

Héctor Platt of COFETUR invited all present to take part in this new journey, which will certainly bring with it the need to readdress flights to the area, representing a before and after in the history of the Sea of Cortez.

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Puerto Peñasco’s desert and sea to once more serve as setting for film

Puerto Peñasco was chosen from among several options for the new film project “Infelices para Siempre” (“Unhappily Ever After”) given its scenery, sunsets, and natural light, which is perfect for filming.

The romantic comedy, produced by Jorge Aragon, and starring Adrian Uribe and Consuelo Duval; with supporting actors Livia Brito, Ari Telch, Angelica Aragón, and Luis Arrieta, among other Mexican actors, is also contemplating filming in San Carlos and Hermosillo.

Filming, which began on July 14th  in Mexico City, now brings cast & crew to Puerto Peñasco where they will be staying and filming at locations to include the Pinacate, El Golfo coastal highway, as well as area hotels & condos through mid-August.

Lizette Ibarra, director of the Puerto Peñasco Convention & Visitors Center (OCV), highlighted the importance of attracting national and international productions, noting the projection and promotion Puerto Peñasco is given is always exponential, especially with films such as “Infelices Para Siempre,” She furthered the film will not only be shown in movie theaters but will also be featured on streaming platforms.

Ibarra remarked, “Puerto Peñasco appearing on the silver screen makes all of us very proud; even before movie’s premiere our city is already being promoted. Just imagine, the starring actors who have millions of followers on their social media profiles sharing that they are here! Those who don’t know Puerto Peñasco will now be able to locate us on the map.”

This film’s production will be moving close to 120 people, actors, technical crew, art teams, extras, and collaborators that will be working in our city.

Sonora’s beauty for film locations

“Infelices para Siempre”, which brings together Adrian Uribe and Consuelo Duval for the first time in a movie, is about a married couple’s relationship and how, after twenty years of being together, they can’t stand each other anymore so their family sends them to where they had their honeymoon. The story will develop with plenty of comedy, confusion, and a lot of magic thanks to the setting on the Sea of Cortez.

The filming of this movie comes precisely at a time when the state government is promoting Sonora as an inviting state, with infrastructure and natural beauty for movie productions, television series, and documentaries. In addition, Sonora’s excellent relationship with neighboring Arizona seeks to strengthen joint film opportunities.

“Infelices Para Siempre” is not the only production to choose Puerto Peñasco as a location.  The movie “Sonora” by Alejandro Springall, which will premiere this August, showcases the Sonoran desert dunes, which were also part of the backdrop for the Fox television series “Run Coyote Run”, as well as for the series “Yankee”, currently on Netflix.

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Various California agencies take part in Fam-trip to Puerto Peñasco

Six travel agencies that visited Puerto Peñasco from June 28th – 30th took part in a weekend full of tours and activities!

The agencies, traveling from different counties from across the state of California, were able to get to know and enjoy the attractions Puerto Peñasco has to offer visitors, all for the purpose of developing new offerings for their clients.

During the trip, agents had the opportunity to visit several hotels and resorts where they viewed presentations and toured the facilities and rooms. Agents were given information about area amenities and additional information to make it possible for the hotels and resorts to work with the agencies and become an option for future visitors.

The Puerto Peñasco Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCV), in coordination with Peñasco del Sol, Playa Bonita, Laos Mar, Paraíso del Desierto, Lluvia del Mar, Viña del Mar, Casago Management Company, Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort, and Grupo Vidanta, as well as Sierra Tours, Rocky Point Adventures, Ecofun Rentals, and Señorita Rita were the hosts that made this trip possible.

Aside from meetings and visits to hotels, the visiting agents had the opportunity to enjoy activities like sunset cruises, taste delicious local cuisine, and enjoy our wonderful beaches. 

During their stay, they shared live streams of their experiences, capturing the attention of hundreds of their followers.

Puerto Peñasco is undoubtedly becoming more attractive as a beach destination, not only for our friends from Arizona but also capturing the attention of potential visitors from other states.

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Thousands of Peacemakers celebrate 20 years of Circus Mexicus!

Close to 5 thousand people enjoyed a 4 day party of music and great atmosphere was enjoyed on the beaches and bars of Puerto Peñasco on the weekend of June 6-9, during the 20th edition of Circus Mexicus.

Circus Mexicus creator and ambassador, Roger Clyne, was accompanied by dozens of Rock, Country, and Latin American Rhythm bands that made the thousands in attendance dance for 4 days straight, whether it was on the Mexican Moonshine Main Stage or around the many sponsoring bars around town.

This edition of Circus Mexicus celebrated 20 years of concerts that started with just a handful of followers from Arizona, until becoming a forum for bands and solo artists that gather more and more musicians and fans from all across southern USA to enjoy the beach concerts and even participate in beach soccer matches.

Circus Mexicus is active in several different locations; main stage is “Moonshine Stage”; the “XX” acoustic stage, JJ’s, and Xochitl’s are all in Cholla Bay; and you also have Banditos Bar, Wrecked at the Reef, Boobar, Al Capones, Tekila Bar y Mannys Beach Club that are located all around the city.

The bands the provided the entertainment for this year’s edition of Circus Mexicus were: ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS, American Aquariumm S.o.S. Drew Hagar, The Black Moods, Jared and the mill, Miles Nielsen & the Rusted hearts, Orkesta Mendoza, Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey, Drew Cooper, The Cole Trains, Eddie Eberle and the Getaway, Enormodome, Ghetto Cowgirl, The Hollyhocks, Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good, Jim Dalton, The Jons, Justin Hitson, Kelly Steward, Lawrence Zubia, Marc Norman, Mr. Mirainga, Natalie and the Sweet talkers, Natalie & Brenna, Paul Jenkins, Sara Robinson and Marc Norman, Stephen Ashbrook band, The Strolling Bones, Sugahbeat, Thomas Laufenberg, Weep & Willow, and Whiskey’s Quicker.

Besides having excellent music and environment, the program is made up of charitable activities that destine proceeds to vulnerable groups and associations like the Casa Hogar Esperanza foster home.

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The very first Brasa Fest 638 was a success

The very first Brasa Fest 638 was a successful event tha gathered only the best in Puerto Peñasco and regional cuisine. With the Sea of Cortez for a backdrop, the best chefs in Puerto Peñasco showed off their grilling techniques with beef, seafood, seafood, pizzas, desert, and other surprises. Brasa Fest 638 also included bacanora and wine tasting from the Valle de Guadalupe, in Baja California, and from Cuatro Sierras in Sonora.

This event, held at Peñasco del Sol hotel, was an initiative by the Gastro 638 colective, headed by Neftali Ponce and made up of the most exclusive chefs of this city, who prepared their special dishes for the more than 700 people in attendance, who were also able to enjoy the latin rhythms of local band Agua de Coco, and cuban artist Irma Perez Parello. This first edition of Brasa Fest was honored with the presence of the state director of promotion and events, Alberto Gonzalez; mayor Kiko Munro; Rear Admiral Victor Manuel Alarcon; Pavel Denis from the Bacanora Regulating Concil; Juan Perdro Vanegas from the Hotel & Motel Association of Sonora; Francisco Duarte, general manager of Hotel Peñasco del Sol; among other authority figures who were present for the inauguration of the event. Chef Neftali Ponce, from the organizing committee, was very pleased with the camaraderie among chefs and with the response from the people who visited this first event as all tickets were sold out, proceeds of which will be destined to offer support to the Two Fish Ministries Food Bank.

Chef Neftali Ponce stated: “This is the first of many still to come, with some areas that still need polishing!!! This first Brasa Fest 638 marks a new chapter for Peñasco and culinary events, from now on this will be the minimum level we will deliver and every event from here on will be much better.” Among participating chefs there were representtatives from grupo Vidanta Puerto Peñasco: Mayan Palace and The Grand Mayan, Restaurante de Ramon, Peñasco del Sol, Infusión del Golfo, Avocato Burrito Repúblic, Moon Shadow Cafe, El Octopus, Pane e Vino, Emilianos, chef Caro Portugal from Alaburguerconelchef, and Kaffee Haus. Providing businesses that were in attendance were: Dipac, Cocalos, Sigma Comnor food service, Hermann Hesse Institute, Bodegas Brisal from Baja California, 4 Sierras from Cananea, Bichi Cori Bacanora, and the council.

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Gustavo Brown Tarín does intensive promotion for Puerto Peñasco across Asia

Gustavo Brown Tarín, CEO of Grupo SBR, is intensely promoting Puerto Peñasco as a first rate tourism destination and investment opportunity while visiting various countries across Asia.

The business leader, along with members of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce located in Los Angeles, CA, and a Mexican Business Executives Delegation, participated as speakers at conference seminars held in a variety of cities including: Bangkok, Thailand; Guangzhou, China; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Nagoya, Japan.  There they addressed topics including investment opportunities in Mexico, and particularly in Puerto Peñasco, as well as promotion of the Sonoran port’s tourism, economic, and natural attractions, which have positioned it as a globally sought-after tourism destination.

At each of the meetings and conferences led by Mr. Brown, he has been able to inform others about Puerto Peñasco, and the tremendous investment potential that exists including in the areas of medical tourism, possible construction of marinas, hotels, and the Home Port, among other topics.

With international relations support sustained by leaders of the Mexico-US Chamber of Commerce, Regional Director Marlen Marroquin together with Mr. Brown were able to meet with ambassadors as well as Mexican and U.S. Consuls, among other diplomatic representatives.


Furthermore, Marroquin and Brown held important meetings with investors from each of the regions visited. During these meetings, the Puerto Peñasco business leader was able to detail the virtues and investment potential in this tourism spot.  The important growth in the number of visitors Puerto Peñasco continues to see yearly is a worthy point that drew the attention of all investors who attended Brown Tarin’s conferences, resulting in ongoing commitments to exchange information in seeking firm investment in Puerto Peñasco.


Some of the contacts and links made during the promotional tour included Andrew Duff, US Consul in Guangzhou, China, Raúl Moreno, Latin American representative in Japan, Mar Ping, Culture and Education Official from Shanghai, China, Mexico General Consul Lorena Larios Rodríguez in Shanghai, China, Alibaba Group architect Alex Huang, Medical Tourism Promoter Javier Molina from Medical Avenue of Seoul, South Korea, General Adjunct Secretary of the World Trade Center in Shanghai, China, Anna Zhou, Enrique Morales, Mexican Embassy Chief of Economic Affairs in Japan, Samuel Maldonado, Representative of the Business Federation of Mexico Asia Pacific CANACO, Yan Cao, Corporate Manager of HSBC, and Michael A. Daschbach, First Secretary of the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

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Semana Santa is main economic and tourism generator in Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco received approximately 61,000 visitors during the first week of the vacation period known as Semana Santa (Holy Week), representing economic revenue of over 65 million pesos.

According to data collected by the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotel occupancy from Thursday to Sunday was 90% at area hotels and resorts.  The entire Semana Santa week maintained an occupancy rate of 69%, positioning Puerto Peñasco as the most preferred and most visited beach destination in the northwest region.

The city’s main streets, restaurants, as well as convenience and service stores were packed over the weekend with complete families and groups of friends traveling from Baja California, Chihuahua, and Sinaloa, as well as from our neighboring state of Arizona.

During the day, thousands of adults and children filled public beaches while at night, the popular Calle 13 and the malecón in the Old Port were closed off to traffic to provide space for the traditional bandas.

Semana Santa 2019 in figures:

  • 300 state police agents helps strengthen safety measures
  • The Red Cross responded to over 100 emergency calls including injuries from road accidents, illnesses, stingray stings, and other emergencies that arose.
  • More than 15 minors were reported lost in the most heavily visited areas, who were reunited with their parents.
  • More than 30 vehicles were impacted after being flooded by the high tide in the area of Cholla Bay
  • No cases of food poisoning were reported.
  • Nearly 50 tons of trash were collected over the period from Thursday, April 18th through Monday, April 22nd
  • Twenty-five members and 11 workers from the temporary jobs program participated in clean-up and trash collection efforts on public beaches and main streets.

Puerto Peñasco still anticipates thousands of visitors for the second week of this popular vacation period.

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A Safe Holy Week

We are very pleased to have you visiting our beautiful beaches during this 2019 Holy Week in Puerto Peñasco. Your safety is very important to us, and since we want you to fully enjoy your vacations here are our recommendations:

  1. Please drive carefully so to avoid any accidents, fines, or sanctions.
  2. Please use a helmet anytime you are on an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle).
  3. Be aware of speed limits on highways.
  4. Use Sunscreen!
  5. Keep a watchful eye on children, always hold their hand and do not lose them from sight. Especially in crowded areas.
  6. If you take pets to the beach, be sure to have them on a leash, and please don’t forget to pick up after them.
  7. Do not leave any valuables left unattended and in sight.
  8. When eating, please wait for at least two hours before going for a swim. Do not go swimming if you have been drinking.
  9. Don’t forget to hydrate! Drink at least 2 liters of water each day.
  10. Locate garbage containers.

In case of an emergency, call 911 an/or 511

Emergency Numbers:
Fire Department: (638) 383-2828
Red Cross: (638) 383-2266
Police: (638) 383-2626

Here is a list of prices you would pay for fines, if made within 24 hours:
Excess speed $806.00 Pesos
Disobeying a traffic sign $806.00 Pesos
Not using a protective helmet $404.50 Pesos
Driving under the influence $6,400.00 Pesos

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Governor Claudia Pavlovich in Puerto Peñasco for launch of 2019 Semana Santa Safety Operative

Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arrellano stressed the importance of a vacation period without serious incidents in Puerto Peñasco, noting the anticipated arrival of over 120,000 visitors. She encouraged tourists and residents alike to be responsible and collaborate with public safety authorities to ensure Puerto Peñasco continues to be a safe place to visit in being the region’s tourism destination with the highest influx of visitors.

“We are hoping for a vacation period with no fatalities, just as Spring Break, and that Peñasco continues to strengthen as a beautiful tourism spot. Let’s all take care of ourselves and travel well to be sure to return to our families safe and sound,” stated the governor.

The governor emphasized team work on behalf of the three levels of government, both in the city as well as along highways, with the participation of the Federal Police, Navy Sector, agents from the State and Municipal Police, ISSSPE and Youth Patrol, as well as the Red Cross, Fire Department, and rescue crews.  She recommended use of the 911 emergency number, as well as the direct 511 line, without the need to triangulate calls.

Also on hand on for launch of the 2019 Semana Santa Safety Operative in Puerto Peñasco were Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto Kiko Munro, State Public Safety Minister David Anaya Cooley, State Civil Protection Coordinator Alberto Flores Chanel, Navy Sector Rear Admiral Víctor Manuel Alarcón, and Raúl Quintero Barrón from Municipal Public Safety, among other officials and police agencies.

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Governor Claudia Pavlovich in Puerto Peñasco for launch of 2019 Semana Santa Safety Operative

Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arrellano stressed the importance of a vacation period without serious incidents in Puerto Peñasco, noting the anticipated arrival of over 120,000 visitors. She encouraged tourists and residents alike to be responsible and collaborate with public safety authorities to ensure Puerto Peñasco continues to be a safe place to visit in being the region’s tourism destination with the highest influx of visitors.

“We are hoping for a vacation period with no fatalities, just as Spring Break, and that Peñasco continues to strengthen as a beautiful tourism spot. Let’s all take care of ourselves and travel well to be sure to return to our families safe and sound,” stated the governor.

The governor emphasized team work on behalf of the three levels of government, both in the city as well as along highways, with the participation of the Federal Police, Navy Sector, agents from the State and Municipal Police, ISSSPE and Youth Patrol, as well as the Red Cross, Fire Department, and rescue crews.  She recommended use of the 911 emergency number, as well as the direct 511 line, without the need to triangulate calls.

Also on hand on for launch of the 2019 Semana Santa Safety Operative in Puerto Peñasco were Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto Kiko Munro, State Public Safety Minister David Anaya Cooley, State Civil Protection Coordinator Alberto Flores Chanel, Navy Sector Rear Admiral Víctor Manuel Alarcón, and Raúl Quintero Barrón from Municipal Public Safety, among other officials and police agencies.

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Puerto Peñasco expecting over 120,000 visitors for Semana Santa 2019

A huge influx of tourism, improved services, fun, and perfect weather are what thousands of families and friends from Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and our neighboring state of Arizona can expect in Puerto Peñasco for Semana Santa 2019.

This seaside destination offers more than 6500 rooms at area hotels and resorts, as well as recreational services such as boat cruises, jet skis, banana boats, ultralights, four-wheeling and ATV options, among other activities across the city.

As a secure destination, and to prevent any incidents over the vacation period while making sure visitors have a pleasant stay and return home safely, there will be 150 State security agents along with municipal police and support from Federal agencies in town, along with emergency crews on neighboring highways.

“We expect this Semana Santa to bring in economic revenue of over 125 million pesos, which will be felt in the hotel, restaurant, and service industry sectors in tourist areas and across the community,” explained Héctor Vázquez el Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

So, if you haven’t yet decided where to go this Semana Santa, Puerto Peñasco is definitely the best option! We recommend reserving your hotel or resort stay as soon as possible, before spaces run out!

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Forbes Magazine places Puerto Peñasco among Top 10 Spring Break Destinations Of 2019

Puerto Peñasco has appeared in Forbes Magazine’s “Top 10 Spring Break Destinations Of 2019”list, further positioning our seaside port among international tourist destinations.  With this news, Sonora Tourism Promotion Coordinator Armando Ceceña Salido noted this means efforts made by State and Municipal administrations, as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau and local businesses, are beginning to bear fruits by attracting a more international market.

The recent Forbes’ list was based on statistical analysis from March 8th through 24th for both 2017 and 2018, taking into consideration the inter-annual growth in demand of travelers. Puerto Peñasco came in number 6 spot on the Spring Break list, joining cities mostly in Florida as well as Saboya, France.

Ceceña Salido explained that both intense promotions, along with the quality of services offered in Puerto Peñasco, have placed this destination on “the radar” of many vacationers.

It is worth mentioning during Spring Break 2018, close to 120 thousand visitors from the United States, mainly Arizona, came to Puerto Peñasco, generating an overall economic revenue estimated at 120 million pesos.

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29,000 tourists visited Puerto Peñasco during first weekend of Spring Break

Occupancy rates across town reached 77% during the first weekend of Spring Break, with many hotels at full capacity.  This translates to approximately 29 thousand tourists, detailed Lizette Ibarra, OCV Director. Ibarra also noted overall expectations were met, though the weather was a little on the cold side during this particular week.

With more schools going on break in coming weeks, Puerto Peñasco anticipates the arrival of more Spring Breakers, principally from Arizona.

Lizette Ibarra highlighted the fact the U.S. State Department did not release any additional travel warnings this year, meaning that trust in this tourist destination is on the rise.

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Convention and Visitors Bureau contributes to road safety

With the goal of contributing to better roadways while increasing overall safety and awareness, the president of the Puerto Peñasco Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCV), Hector Vazquez del Mercado, recently presented a total of 40 traffic signs to the city, including Stop signs, Speed Limits, as well as DUI warnings, and mandatory use of helmets.

Puerto Peñasco mayor Ernesto Munro thanked the OCV for addressing the request, made by Public Safety, regarding the donation of signage for strategic points across the city. This clearly demonstrates it is possible for the community, the private sector, and the government to work together. The mayor also underscored his commitment to reinstate an informative program on traffic rules and fine amounts. This helps to reinforce informational tools provided by the OCV, as the new signs include details regarding diverse fines for traffic violations.

Accompanied by fellow hotel colleagues, President of the National Chamber of Commerce Federation (FECANACO), Ángel de la Puerta, and Mayor Ernest Munro, the OCV president indicated the signs are in response to requests made by Raúl Quintero, Director of Public Safety, as well as area hotels and resorts. The goal is to provide better road signage along key avenues and intersections.

The president of the OCV also reported, in coordination with resorts and hotels, free dining areas would be provided to members of the Tourism Auxiliary Police as an incentive to encourage their ongoing efforts while strengthening a sense of forming part of a larger team of tourism service providers.

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First cruise out of Rocky Point sets sail in December

Puerto Peñasco (3TV/CBS 5) — After years of planning, the first cruise ship to depart from Puerto Peñasco, aka Rocky Point, is slated to set sail in December, even if the pier itself is not complete.

That’s the word from Hector Vazquez, Puerto Peñasco’s Convention and Visitors Bureau President, as he joined the CBS5 This Morning & 3 TV’s Good Morning Arizona news teams Friday in a live interview.

Vazquez confirmed the cruise ship will take on passengers via ferry boats or will dock on the sparkling new pier, if completed in time, for the inaugural run in December. The Cruise & Maritime Voyages ship will tour of the Sea of Cortez, the only one to navigate solely in the Gulf of California.

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Tickets on sale for cruise through Sea of Cortez

The very first cruise boat, to launch from Puerto Peñasco on December 7th, is the perfect opportunity to attract national and international tourists to Sonora, deemed Hector Platt Mazón, sub-coordinator of operations for the State Tourism Promotion Commission (COFETUR).

Platt Mazon explained tickets for the 11-day cruises are now on sale, at a starting price of $1,300 USD per person, on the company’s website

“Our proximity and connectivity with Arizona, along with work on the Mega Region by Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, and promotional efforts on a national level, opens an array of opportunities to attract more tourists to our state,” he detailed, “which is why we invite everyone to enjoy this marvelous experience.”

The COFETUR official furthered that given the importance of this type of “journey” through the Sea of Cortez, his office is working to promote key destinations in Sonora, such as Puerto Peñasco and Guaymas, in coordination with their respective Convention and Visitors Bureaus.


Cruise and Maritime Voyages

Tickets for sale:

Cost: Approximately $1300 USD per person

Cruise launch date: December 7th, 2019

Duration: 11 days

Itinerary: Puerto Peñasco, Topolobampo, Mazatlán, Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto, Santa Rosalia Guaymas, and returning to Puerto Peñasco.

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BBC London to share global documentary on exceptional flora of the Pinacate

The British production company BBC London recently gathered spectacular images of extraordinary flora from the middle of the desert at the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve in the making of a documentary, which will be shared with the world. The production team spent over 10 days in February capturing the splendor of plants and flowers that paint the arid zones of the Desert of Altar, known for the tremendous biodiversity of its flora and fauna. The documentary, which will be part of the BBC program “Green Planet”, is conducted by renowned documentarian and principal BBC London voice David Attenborough. The piece illustrates the process from germination to extinction of flora that form part of the natural resources of the Pinacate, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The production team spent years planning this visit, precisely for when the colorful flora would bloom in the middle of the desert during winter. On this occasion, the production team was accompanied by scientists from the University of Arizona.

Japanese video documentarians also spent time this past month filming in the area of the Pinacate, using a small plane to capture scenes for a UNESCO documentary. This project encompassed diverse subjects from craters to flora, fauna, landscape, and dunes under a more general scope. All production work was done under guidance of staff from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve to ensure documentary work was done under the environmental protection norms of this national reserve.

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The Sea of Cortez giants have arrived in Puerto Peñasco.

“Whale watching is a spectacular nature show sought out by visitors and residents in Sonora’s most important tourist destination.”

During the months from January to March, these giant sea creatures migrate from the coasts of North-America with the purpose of reproducing and searching for food. It is at the beginning of each year when they allow themselves to be seen in Puerto Peñasco. In fact, the first sightings of 2019 have already begun, which makes us expect nature lovers will come and enjoy this phenomenal show.

Hector Vazquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), detailed, “we expect this whale watching season to be better than the last, since now we have more tour operators trained to offer this service, besides offering great prices for visitors.”

The president of the OCV indicated the office continues to increase promotion of tourist operators who help make whale watching trips with certified guides a possibility.

“It is very important to us that every person offering this service has absolute respect for Mexican norms, and for the whales as well. We know that, given our proximity to the United States, more and more people come to visit, meaning that care and respect for these animals is a priority for us,” he explained.

The types of whales that can frequently be seen here include Fin Whales, which are the second largest sea animal in the world; and the Humpback Whale, which tends to be more active and has better mobility. Throughout the season, one can also enjoy dolphins that can often be observed swimming in large groups near shores.

This season, tour operators are scheduling outings to San Jorge Island and other points near Puerto Peñasco for a chance to spot the visiting whales. It’s just a matter of making your reservation with time, and get ready to experience observing these sea giants, who sometimes seem to show off, even up close.

Most whale watching tours take off at noon to take advantage of the sun light and warmer temperatures. Be sure to take your mobile phone or camera so you can capture images and share your experience with others.
Tours are complemented with basic information on these animals, as well as appetizers and drinks to make the trip more enjoyable.

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Governor Pavlovich announces first cruise ship to depart from Puerto Peñasco

Press release, Hermosillo, January 13, 2019

Sonora has the best beach destinations, which will be on display to the world this year with launch of the first cruise ship to depart from Puerto Peñasco and travel through the Sea of Cortez, expressed Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano in announcing the beginning of operations of Cruise & Maritime Voyages in the state. Currently, this is the only cruise ship projected to sail from a Mexican port.

John Dennis, vice-president of Cruise Maritime Voyages, presented the project to the governor, indicating it is programmed to begin operations in December 2019.

Governor Pavlovich underscored the significance of the cruise ship to two of the most important ports in Sonora, that being Puerto Peñasco and Guaymas, as this will undoubtedly boost tourism and the local economy.

“Thank you, John, for thinking about Sonora and honestly the Sea of Cortez is breathtaking, I believe what you are going to do is going to have tremendous yields,” she stated.

To ensure the project’s success, the governor affirmed, tremendous work must be done on planning, while incorporating the hotel industry as well as the convention and visitors bureaus for promotion.

“You have the full support of the government, with all the support for due promotion to ensure this is a success,” she commented.

Cruise Maritime Voyages Vice President John Dennis detailed following a year of negotiations, operations will begin in Sonora on December 7, 2019.

The decision for the cruise ship to begin from Puerto Peñasco, he explained, is due to the amount of tourists who already make their way to the area where, in addition to its beautiful beaches, offers a variety of quality hotels and a number of tourism sites.

He added, since negotiations began, the Sonoran government has facilitated measures to ensure this cruise through the Sea of Cortez become a reality.

“From the beginning of our talks, the Governor and the state have been incredibly supportive as to the boat; when we began speaking of technical things, we tried to resolve some things that could possibly be a problem for the boat, and the support has been incredible,” he stated.

Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), emphasized this cruise will not only be the first for this Sonoran port, but rather the only one that is currently projected to set sail from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, as those that currently travel in Mexico begin in other global ports.

He added, this cruise will be the only one that will navigate solely in the Sea of Cortez, as other boats of this kind that have arrived to Sonoran coasts have not yet made their way to Puerto Peñasco.

The projected cruise will offer six trips in the Sea of Cortez, with a duration of 11 days each, beginning December 7, 2019 through February 11, 2020.

The Astoria, with a capacity for 500 passengers and 250 cabins, is considered to be the most appropriate to begin developing the Sea of Cortez route.

The cruise through the Sea of Cortez will begin in Puerto Peñasco, with an itinerary to include Topolobampo, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, and Santa Rosalia, before returning to Puerto Peñasco.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is Great Britain’s leading independent cruise line, backed by nine years of cruise ship operations from among a selection of 13 ports within the United Kingdom.

Those present at the recent announcement of Governor Pavlovich included Economy Secretary Jorge Vidal Ahumada, General Coordinator from the Tourism Promotion Commission Armando Ceceña Salido, Deputy General Coordinator of the Tourism Promotion CommissionHéctor Platt Mazón, and Luis Núñez Noriega, Sonora Port Administration Director, along with hotelier and Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau member Oscar Palacio Soto, Humberto Souza, on behalf of Puerto Peñasco mayor Ernesto Roger Munro, Jr., and Luis Alberto González González, Promotion Director from the Tourism Commission.

Cruise data

Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be the only cruise ship to depart from a Mexican port, launching from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.

Operations to begin December 7, 2019 and go through February 11, 2020

6 eleven-day trips are scheduled for the season

Route: Sea of Cortez, beginning in Puerto Peñasco with an itinerary to include Topolobampo, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, and Santa Rosalía, returning to Puerto Peñasco

Astoria ship capacity: 500 passengers, 250 cabins

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has received various awards, among these:
Favorite Cruise Line Specialist – Wave Awards 2018, as voted by readers of World of Cruising.
Best Ocean Cruise Line operator for groups 2018, as voted by the readers of Group Travel Organizer magazine.

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No gasoline shortage foreseen in Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora    January 9, 2019
Getting gasoline in Puerto Peñasco will not be an inconvenience for tourists or residents given that local gas stations have made assurances regarding ongoing fuel supply, reported Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Similarly, Lilian Castillo Félix, Puerto Peñasco representative for the National Petroleum Vendors Organization, mentioned the chaotic situations seen in other parts of the country due to gasoline shortages can be ruled out in Puerto Peñasco as gas stations in the region have enough product supply.

What is certain is that local gasoline retailers must be supplied from a plant in Rosarito, Baja California, and not from that which is traditionally used, situated in Mexicali, Baja California. Therefore, local gasoline businesses are prepared to compensate for additional time for transporting tankers to the city.

The PEMEX plant in Rosarito has committed to prompt and timely distribution to gas stations across the region, including Puerto Peñasco.  This guarantee ensures gasoline supply will not be a problem at gas pumps in Puerto Peñasco, at least in the short to mid-term.

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The importance of carrying out the Sonora-Arizona Commission.

The annual Sonora-Arizona Commission meeting brings more than 600 representatives together. The decision-makers are from the state of Sonora and Arizona. They make extensive agreements benefiting both states. The meeting is led by the governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, and Arizona governor, Doug Ducey.

This binational project focuses on strengthening areas such as the economy, education, and communications. Considering how close these states are to one another, they’ll address what benefits each state. Agreements and opportunities are a discussion at the summit meeting. As well as the progress between Mexico, the United States and Canada (AMEC) in this border region.

Also the summit meeting purpose is to generate alliances between businessmen and government officials to support the promotion of Puerto Peñasco as the most important turist destination in the State of Sonora.

The committees invited to Son-Az commission are the administration of emergencies, art and culture, legal affairs, finance and business, real estate, sports, economic development, education, and the environment among others.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Puerto Peñasco?

Thanksgiving will be on November 22nd We welcome the holidays with colorful decor. We create scrumptious meals in the warm kitchen. Chatter and laughter coalesce the house. Our table is adorned with traditional recipes and that aroma takes us to pleasant memories. There are some who have enjoyed these memories at their favorite restaurant.

Puerto Peñasco caters your favorite American holiday traditional especially Thanksgiving. The supermarkets provide everything to recreate your favorite feast. It is advisable to have an idea of what ingredients your recipe contain this will hinder frustrations. However, remember that there are foods that are not allowed by law to cross the border (* List of allowed food link here *)

If you don’t feel like cooking on your vacation time. Consider ordering takeout or delivery at your favorite restaurant. In Puerto Peñasco we understand how important it is for people carry on with traditions. We remind ourselves on the importance of gratitude. That is why there is a turkey on the table. That is, if you choose to have a turkey.

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Day of the dead in Puerto Peñasco

Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that honors the dead. This celebration has its origins in the pre-Hispanic era. However, thanks to the Spanish conquest elements of Catholicism are incorporated and celebrated mainly on November 1 and 2. Coinciding with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day. Which is when the souls of the children arrive.On November 2, the Day of the Dead, is when the adults arrive.

The atmosphere at the end of October and the beginning of November takes on a solemn and festive air. The aromas of cempasúchil, incense, copal and candle wax; to fruits, stews, sweet calaveritas, chocolate and bread of the dead. The pantheons are visited and decorated. There is decorative paper and catrinas everywhere. In addition, more people join in on the assembly of the altars.

Puerto Peñasco, official events will begin on November 2.

On November 2, the altar contest along Rodeo Rd.

On November 3 at 5 p.m will begin the procession of “Ofrendas en el Mar”, (Offerings in the sea). This is where people make altars for the dead on small fishing boats known as “pangas”.

The tour will begin at the Old Port, which ends at the docks. A mass will proceed and then the boats will enter the sea.

At 8:30 p.m., on Rodeo Rd., Will be the procession and contest of Catrinas.

However, many begin the celebrations much earlier, such as on October 26. Some schools will perform “Altares” contest. That same evening, will be Catrinas Night at La Cantina Sports Bar in the Sonoran Sky.

Although Day of the Dead is a celebration of Mexican tradition there will be Halloween themes incorporated with our festivities. You will just need to visit the stores to realize this. So do not forget to buy candy! They’ll knock on your door asking for “calaverita”, or to give them a choice between sweet or mischief.

For this reason we recommend you to be attentive, and follow social networks of your favorite places. The reason being of people participating in costume parties and catrinas throughout the Port.

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Get ready for the 18th Annual Rocky Point Rally!

Have you ever experienced Puerto Peñasco at the beginning of November?

There’s a pulsating sense of anticipation and optimism in the air, emblematic of a mini-vacation filled with the aroma of gasoline, open to all, and which often feels like the whole beach town has been reserved for fiesta.

In addition to the delicious weather and tantalizing sunsets, early November brings with it one of the largest motorcycle fiestas south of the US border. A festival filled with adrenalin, music events, motorcycles, and the best of friends from just about everywhere, not only the U.S. and Mexico but from across the globe. It’s the Rocky Point Rally, which is now in its 18th year!

Each November, the rumble of motorcycles can be heard reverberating through town, mixed with the roar of people, announcing four days of “biker” celebrations replete with rock concerts at several venues, a bike show, bike parade, charity poker run, rides, and sunset cruises, with the Malecón and Calle 13 being the most popular meet up points. A free rebellious spirit permeates Rocky Point’s main streets, which also includes taking in the wondrous beaches of the Sea of Cortez. Photos of bikes and beaches are particularly fantastic!

Blowing into town like a haboob, with an intensity spread across four days before riding back out again, the biker celebration leaves behind a whiff of tires mixed with sparks of youthful energy budding from the surface.

The Rocky Point Rally is a November celebration in town that can’t be missed, regardless if you have a bike! Yet, after you’ve experienced one Rocky Point Rally you’re sure to put buying a bike on your bucket list!

18th Rocky Point Rally Nov. 8 – 11, 2018!

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Travel to Puerto Peñasco remains safe

Puerto Peñasco expects an ongoing increase in tourism this summer as visitors come to enjoy our beaches and city given our peaceful surroundings and respect provided to gusts.  To increase tourist safety during their travels, the “Safety Corridor” program remains in effect between Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco, coordinated by authorities in Arizona and Sonora in an effort to ensure highway travel to Puerto Peñasco is a safe and enjoyable trip.

At the beginning of July, as they periodically do, the U.S. Department of State updated information regarding global travel warnings for those going abroad, though did not include any modification for the city of Puerto Peñasco.   It is important to highlight observations on travel to Sonora, and particularly to Puerto Peñasco, haven’t changed and the U.S. Department of State recognizes the northern part of Sonora has a lower crime rate than other parts of Mexico.

To get to Puerto Peñasco, it is recommended crossing at the Lukeville/Sonoyta border crossing and travel along Highway 8, preferably by day.  Please note, the border crossing at Lukeville/Sonoyta is open daily from 6 am – midnight.

To stay up to date with new information and travel warnings that may help with your travel plans, it is recommended for American travelers sign up in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) as well as follow the U.S. Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

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Readying for the 33rd Annual Piñata Regatta

Puerto Peñasco’s pleasant October weather will welcome hobie cat enthusiasts for the 33rd Annual Piñata Regatta! Organized by The Hobie Class of North America, along with Tucson Hobie Fleet 514, this year’s Piñata Regatta will take place October 13th & 14th.
The annual regattas, which attract participants from across the U.S. and principally the southwest, take place twice a year, with the Fall regatta set for just when the weather takes a turn for the better and the sea is nice still warm.
The vivid colors of the sails and apparently moderate speed of the hobie cats make for a spectacular show on the sea, attracting tourists and photographers looking to get that perfect shot.
In addition to the hobie cat races, the weekend event provides a meet & greet for participants, and activities ranging from raffles to a taco and margarita party for participants and their families.
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Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day in Puerto Peñasco!

If you still don’t have plans for Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16th), Puerto Peñasco and its warm beaches and weather is a great option for the whole family!

In commemorating Mexico’s Independence Day, the city celebrates on the night of September 15th complete with the traditional “Grito de Dolores” (Call to Independence), mariachi, regional artists, Mexican treats, fireworks, a traditional “burning of a makeshift castle”, and of course the famous “Grito” doen by the mayor from the presidential balcony at City Hall.

Bars and restaurants across the city offer live music and special dishes in celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, while some resorts also display special firework shows and performers.

Main streets throughout Puerto Peñasco are adorned in the patriotic colors of the Mexican flag, while people of all ages frequently dress up in traditional dress for the celebrations.

September in Puerto Peñasco tends to be when summer humidity levels drop and temperatures cool off, making it an enjoyable time for all. What better way to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day than at the beach? ¡VIVA!

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Ready to catch a meteor show in Puerto Peñasco?

The Perseids are the most visible meteor showers of the year, and they will be making their clearest appearance in the area on August 12th.

This natural phenomenon happens when the Earth’s gravity intercepts remains from a comet’s orbit, vaporizing them as they speedily race into our atmosphere.

To enjoy the Aug. 12th “show”, we recommend you visit an unobstructed, dark area where city or building lights won’t affect visibility, for example like El Pinacate or perhaps a faraway beach. Excursions to El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve (with Sonora en Marcha Tour or Pinacate Tours) have been booking up as they prepare to take people camping so they can appreciate the meteor shower in the clearest of areas without city lights.

So, if you don’t want to miss this meteor shower or any of those coming up, seek out a special location, or book your spot on an excursion group. We guarantee you’ll have fun.

However, if you do miss this one, no worries, there are two more meteor showers scheduled to take place this year:
the “Orionidas” shower is expected to give us a show in October, and the “Leonidas” shower is expected for November.

If you are interested in booking a trip, contact the Facebook sites of “Lluvia de estrellas en el Pinacate Edición Perseidas”, “Sonora en Marcha Tours” or “Pinacate Tours” You can also call El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve at 638 105 8016, 638 108 0011 or contact the “Schuk Toak” visitors center at 638 383 1433.

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Promoting Puerto Peñasco at Arizona ASTA’s “Fiesta in the Desert”

(Phoenix, AZ).- The Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) once again furthered efforts to promote this wonderful tourist destination, as well as the state of Sonora, by participating in the Annual Fiesta in the Desert gathering of the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

Now in its 15th edition, the ASTA Fiesta in the Desert attracted approximately 400 travel agents, which was notably up over last year.

Travel agents seemed pleased in having Puerto Peñasco’s OCV, along with the State Tourism office COFETUR, present to discuss and show them all the area has to offer. They were similarly impressed with how much Puerto Peñasco has grown in tourism infrastructure, as well as the growing number of visitors per year.

Most questions about Puerto Peñasco from agents at the AZ ASTA were about progress on construction of the homeport, and many of the agents were excited with the idea of being part of the inaugural cruise.

The OCV promoters emphasized the safety and security offered by the Safety Corridor, recently put in motion through joint cooperation between Sonora ,Mexico and Arizona.

The ASTA Fiesta in the Desert is one of the largest travel fairs geared specifically to travel agents. ASTA’s mission is to assist with the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge, and professional enhancement. It is a magnificent source of providing recent innovations within the Arizona travel industry.

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OCV Peñasco participates in Sonora Arizona Commission and Sonora Fest


Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) emphasizes Safety Corridor between Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco, along with the confidence it generates for visitors and investors

The Puerto Peñasco Conventions and Visitors Bureau (OCV) attended the Sonora-Arizona, Arizona-Mexico Commission, held June 14th & 15th in Tucson, AZ, where they also hosted one of the initial welcoming events.

At the summit meeting, which was held at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa located on the west side of Tucson, OCV President Hector Vazquez del Mercado spoke about the importance of the Safety Corridor inaugurated on March 5th of this year, as well as the impact this has had socially and throughout the media.

Vazquez del Mercado highlighted the increase in the number of visitors to Puerto Peñasco, as well promotional TV campaigns the OCV has been running, representing an investment of 28 thousand dollars. These promotional spots, done in partnership with the tourist developments of Esmeralda, Playa Bonita, Peñasco del Sol, and Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort, have aired on channels 15 ABC, CHANNEL 5 CBS, CHANNEL 10 FOX, and CHANNEL 3. Furthermore, a 10 thousand dollar social media investment has reached 2 million views and had over 300,000 interactions.

The OCV President mentioned the influx of vehicles crossing the border at the Lukeville, AZ – Sonoyta, Sonora crossing has increased by 15% compared to the 2017 period, with this year already reporting the crossing of 121,390 privately owned vehicles.

Similarly, Vazquez del Mercado emphasized additional equipment required for the Safety Corridor requires to instill greater trust as both tourism and commercial activities continue to strengthen.

At the bi-national meeting, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was highlighted in order to promote a tourism campaign that promotes both states as one single tourist destination.

During the binational meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed that highlights the goal of promoting tourism across both Arizona and Sonora as a sole tourist destination.


The Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) also took part in Sonora Fest 2018, which took place in Sierra Vista, AZ June 16th – 17th following the Arizona-Sonora Commission. The OCV had been invited to participate by the State Tourism Office (COFETUR) and the Secretary of the Economy.

Sonora Fest is a space in which small and medium sized Sonoran companies can promote and consolidate their products, integrating themselves into the international market. Nearly 60 businesses from different sectors including tourism, food, textiles, jewelry, and furniture, among others, participated in this year’s event. Jorge Vidal, Secretary of the Economy for the state of Sonora, accompanied by Sierra Vista mayor Rick Mueller, and Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan, visited each of the displays to learn more about all the regional products offered.

OCV-Peñasco, along with other businesses and OCVs from across Sonora, was present at the successful event. Those that visited the Peñasco display were very interested in visiting and were seemingly surprised at the great progress made in the city’s tourism infrastructure. People asked about safety in traveling to Puerto Peñasco and they were informed about the recently implemented Safety Corridor.

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18th Annual Rocky Point Rally – Early Bird Registration

18th Annual Rocky Point Rally / Register here!

This will be the 18th year for the Rocky Point Rally, which welcomes nearly 10,000 bikers from across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada each November for 4 days of fiesta, rides, music, and more on the shore of the Sea of Cortez. Donation registration, along with proceeds from Rally events (bike show, poker run) go to seven local charities including: Breast Cancer awareness group, home for the elderly, school for children with special needs, Children’s and Family Services organizations in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta (DIF), the Fire Department, and the local Red Cross.

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Famous Instagram influencer Amber Fillerup enjoys family trip to Puerto Peñasco

The influential blogger Fillerup has more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram and a large presence in cyberspace.

(PUERTO PEÑASCO, SON) The very famous influencer of Instagram Amber Fillerup, was in Puerto Peñasco as a guest blogger this weekend from May 4 to 6, reinforcing the promotion and public relations campaign undertaken by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), this time in conjunction with the advertising agency OH Partners.

Amber Fillerup, (@amberfillerup) has more than 1.3 million followers on his Instagram account, more than a hundred thousand followers on Pinterest, has a webpage ( excellently positioned, a channel on YouTube and also an accredited account in Twitter

The celebrity has appeared in newspaper articles such as AOL, FORBES and Cosmopolitan, among other famous media.

Amber is recognized worldwide in cyberspace, where it can be seen that she has traveled to different parts of the world such as China, Thailand, Europe and other destinations, now projecting between us her already famous image of young and beautiful mother of good taste, enjoying the best places to visit.

Lizette Ibarra, Director of the OCV and Fernanda Ortiz, tourist promoter, hosted this important visit.

Amber Fillerup and her family were at some of our notable tourist sites, such as Mare Blu Ristorante, Kaffe House Restaurant, Casa del Capitan Restaurant, Bella Sirena Resort, and performed water activities in our splendid Mar de Cortez.

The influencer and her family enjoyed the exquisite cuisine that distinguishes us and were surprised by how much Puerto Peñasco has grown since they were here ten years ago.

The young family enjoyed their stay receiving the hospitality of Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort, where they had the time to enjoy the sun, pool and beach.

For the OCV Peñasco, the objective of these familiarization trips, or Fam Trips, is to promote Puerto Peñasco in the social networks of influencers and celebrities, and thus the restlessness among its followers to visit our great tourist destination.

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Puerto Peñasco Convention Bureau welcomes tour operators

Tour operators interested in bringing groups and holding events in our state

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora April 12th, 2018.

The Free Spirit Vacation Company, Puerto Peñasco Visitors and Convention Bureau (OCV Peñasco), and Hotel Peñasco del Sol hosted a fruitful visit for 29 different tourism operators from Arizona, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, among other states, from April 4 through April 6.

Principal questions addressed during the visit included the border crossing at Sonoyta and Lukeville, the new Safety Corridor between Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco, the Home Port project, flights in and out of Peñasco, and the variety of activities available for tourists.

During their visit to Puerto Peñasco, the tourism operators enjoyed local cuisine, a spectacular sunset following a boat ride to San Jorge “Bird” Island, and even a trip to the Schuk Toak Visitors Center at the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, where the magical and imposing desert impressed them.

Some of the many comments expressed by the tourism operators were:
– “My trip to Puerto Peñasco was fabulous. I am definitely going to start working with this city.”
– “I’ve been coming to Puerto Peñasco for 30 years and have watched the progress and growth it’s shown. I work with groups here and have never had a bad experience. I love it so much down here, I am actually planning on retiring here.”

Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau participates in Tucson’s “Spotlight” event

The Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) attended the “Spotlight” tourism conference in Tucson, AZ from April 7th to April 10th. The four-day event, organized by the Free Spirit Vacation company, welcomed 46 different tour operators from across the United States and Canada who are interested in bringing tourist groups to the southern U.S. states, as well as to the neighboring state of Sonora.

During the “Spotlight” conference seminars, OCV Peñasco had the opportunity to showcase the beaches and beauty Puerto Peñasco has to offer, as well as the magical, colonial, and cultural destinations found within the state of Sonora.

Participants at the “Spotlight” Conference and earlier Fam Trip to Puerto Peñasco included:

A&s Travel
A Closer Look Tours
Authentic California Vacations
Bank of Anguilla
Bartlett Tours
Arlington CVB
Bartell Hotels
Best Western Inn Suites
Boyd Gaming
Cruise Planners
Daytripper Tours
Free Spirit Vacations
Collette Vacations
Dafoe Travel Group Inc
Day Tripper Tours
Friends and Neighbors Tours
Getaway Tours of Arizona
Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines
Have Fun With Travel
Grayline Tours
J and H Travel Adventure
Landmark Tours
Legendary World Tucson
Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort
Magnolia Travel
Joslin Journeys LLC
Lcvca Southern Nevada
Marriot International, Wholesale, Tour & Travel
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Patty Tours
Paula’s Travel Agency
Pinal County Historical Museum
Rh Factor
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
Pinal County Historical Museum
Red Arrow
Sheraton Tucson Hotel
Sonora Tourism Office
Trapper Travel and Tours
Trendy Travel
Six Show
Sports Empire
Travel With JCP
Tripod Vacations
Verde Canton Railroad
Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau
Visit Tucson
Visit Yuma
Visit El Paso

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Tips and notes for Semana Santa 2018

  • More than 100,000 tourists expected in Puerto Peñasco from cities across Sonora, Baja California, and neighboring states
  • Easter weekend occupancy rates at nearly 100% at all city hotels and condo complexes
  • The malecón (Old Port) will be closed off to traffic from the “Anchor” statue from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Thursday – Sunday
  • Calle 13 will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8 p.m. – 4 a.m. Thursday- Sunday
  • Glass bottles not allowed in malecon (Old Port) area
  • Check points to be set up in different parts of the city to strengthen safety
  • Flyers to be handed out near entry points to city, highlighting Emergency Numbers and where to report any attempts of bribery
  • Use helmets for all ATVs, motorbikes, and off-road vehicles
  • Federal Police to assist with patrols along Sonoyta-Peñasco highway
  • Emergency numbers: 911 or Municipal Police: 383 2626
  • To report any attempts of bribery, please call: 388 0423 (comptroller’s office
  • More than 480 safety elements participating in Semana Santa operative, which includes: Municipal Police, Federal Police, the Marines, cadets from State Public Safety, State Preventative Police, Red Cross, and Rescue crews
  • Police delegation 1 to be operative during holiday break, located on Ave. Luis Encinas
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New Influencers and Travel Bloggers visit Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. March 9, 2018.

Nine travel bloggers, known as “influencers” visited Puerto Peñasco from Feb. 23rd – 25th for a promotional tour aimed at strengthening social networking campaigns meant to attract tourism to this seaside community.

The bloggers, selected by the local Convention and Visitors Bureau in conjunction with renowned advertising agency Owens Harkey, were hosted by Peñasco CVB Director Lizette Ibarra and CVB tourism promoter Fernanda Ortiz.

Along with visits to Peñasco’s inviting golf courses, the bloggers hit the dunes on ATVs, enjoyed the hospitality of local spots including El Tapeo, Casa del Capitan, and Peñasco del Sol hotel. Following their time, each blogger took away a great impression of what Peñasco has to offer in gastronomy, resorts, and tourists spots, plus enjoyed a brisk walk along the malecón set to the magnificent background of the Sea of Cortez.

For the social influencers, this was their first trip to Puerto Peñasco and they were surprised at the proximity of such an important tourism destination to the border, making it a favorite among those from Arizona.

Interestingly, among the blogging world, market studies show that women’s blogs are among the most visited, which is why this latest group of influencers was made up entirely of women! These “Fam Trips” (familiarization trips) aim to encourage influencing bloggers to promote Puerto Peñasco online and over social media, peaking the interest of their followers to visit!

Thank you to these recent visiting bloggers!

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Puerto Peñasco was present at the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

Puerto Peñasco was present at the annual Travel & Adventure Show, held January 13th – 14th in San Diego, California, promoting the beach destination as well as recreational, adventure, and lodging services in the area. With an estimated 12,000 people in attendance seeking vacation options, there was tremendous interest in the possibility of “road trips”.

The Puerto Peñasco promotional stand was staffed by Sue Schmidt of Playa Bonita Resort and Germinal Garcia of Hotel Peñasco del Sol, on behalf of Peñasco hotels, as well as Lizeth Ibarra, Director of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) and administrative assistant Fernanda Ortiz.
It’s worth noting among the various exhibits, the Puerto Peñasco stand was one of the most attractive as it offered a visual representation of the area, displayed across a giant LED screen. The vivid presentation included photos and videos of aquatic, beach, and adventure activities, as well as unique experiences to sites of interest including the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and Bird Island while highlighting the beautiful moments offered by the Sea of Cortez. The showing of Puerto Peñasco caused tremendous impact and garnered the interest of tour operators, bloggers, tourism promoters, and the public in general.

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Puerto Peñasco saw 5% increase in tourism in 2017

Over 2.3 million people visited Puerto Peñasco in 2017, representing a 5% increase over 2016. Puerto
Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado detailed along with
growing interest in this beach side destination nestled along the Sea of Cortez, the tourism industry was
further impacted by the peso-dollar exchange, bringing in important revenue.

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Arizona-Mexico Commission promotes MegaRegion along border

By José Antonio Pérez & Shandra Keesecker-Rivero

CSA / AZMC record breaking numbers aim to strengthen ties between Sonora and Arizona

The Annual Sonora-Arizona and Arizona-Mexico Commission surpassed expectations by drawing a record number of over 700 attendees to the two-day conference, held Nov. 30th-Dec. 1st in Puerto Peñasco.  The gathering, which included roundtable discussions of the Commission’s 13 committees and with a particularly strong focus on challenges and opportunities surrounding the future of the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), aimed to strengthen ties between the two states while promoting bridges of opportunity among productive sectors on both sides of the border.
Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano of Sonora, together with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, led the Commission’s plenary session on the second day, signing three Memorandums of Understanding and highlighting 16 committee agreements encompassing 37 plans and over 100 plans of action reached during the meeting.
Governor Ducey emphasized among the joint progress made, for example, was that to modernize and ease entry ports between Sonora and Arizona through the investment of at least 6 million dollars (speaking to the Mariposas entry in Nogales, as well as the commercial entry at San Luis Rio Colorado and another at Douglas, AZ). He also stressed the positive impact of the Lukeville-Sonoyta-Puerto Peñasco corridor, as well as agreements that promote education as a priority for both Arizona and Sonora.
Similarly, Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano noted the two states must continue to set an example for the world in advancing across borders through work, initiatives, innovation, and a common language of understanding.  She also emphasized the creation of the new Social Assistance Committee of the commission, which reached agreements concerning help for migrants and combating addictions.
The two Governors signed three Memorandums of Understanding during the Commission’s Plenary session, two of which strengthen joint educational activities encompassing scholarships and academic exchanges, including a relationship between Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Technological University of Hermosillo (UTH), and a third concerning information pertaining to the border crossing between Lukeville, AZ and Sonoyta, Sonora, which is the principal access route to Puerto Peñasco for most travelers from Arizona.
At the event, educator María Anabell Fiel Rivera, General Director of the organization Fomento Internacional de Educación y el Liderazgo, S.C. (International Promotion of Education and Leadership) was awarded the Alvaro Obregón Tapía Award.  Fiel Rivera has been particularly active in FIEL S.C. in developing opportunities for students to participate in Model United Nations forums, as well as scholarships and exchanges.

Home Port still seen as potential boost to Puerto Peñasco and Region

At the recent Arizona-Mexico Commission, Federal Economy Ministry delegate Luis Núñez Noriega stated renewed construction on the Puerto Peñasco Home Port, following federal approval of 250 million pesos (about 13 million USD), will encourage development of not solely Puerto Peñasco but of the entire region.  He furthered the Sonora-Arizona / Arizona-Mexico Commission gathering builds confidence in the growth rate of Puerto Peñasco’s economy while acknowledging the generous fighting spirit of its residents.

Ministry of Foreign Relations stresses example of Sonora-Arizona Commission

The formal relationship between Sonora and Arizona, who share a strategic vision, is an opportunity to seek efficient collaborative alternatives, deemed Rodrigo Reina Liceaga, General Policy Coordination Director for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Important progress between Arizona and Sonora in the areas of safety, health, and business show that, despite the current diplomatic environment between the two countries, actions can be pursued that benefit both communities and society.  He emphasized the relationship among the countries that are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is currently at a deciding point in time. The fact that Sonora can hold this type of binational meeting for what has been defined as a MegaRegion is quite interesting in what may provide positive results for the country.]]>

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Puerto Peñasco host to National Public Safety Conference

By Azucena Mazón and José Antonio Pérez

This past week, Puerto Peñasco was host to the 18th National Conference of Public Safety Secretaries. At the inauguration of the conference, which brought together the 32 Public Safety Secretaries from across Mexico, Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich stressed progress that has been made in the realm of Public Safety while requesting the Federal Government continue with gendarmerie patrol efforts in combating organized crime.

In representation of the National Safety Commission, Office Chief Alejandro Chanes Ortiz noted the importance of this type of event.  Speaking on behalf of National Safety Secretary Renato Sales Heredia, Chanes Ortiz highlighted advances in public safety following implementation of the new Penal Justice System eight months ago, along with re-engineering the Public Safety Ministry, and reducing the number of high impact crimes, among other measures.

Sonora Public Safety Secretary Adolfo García Morales detailed important proposals presented at the conference included that of a new crime incidence registry, as well as creation of technical evidence units to immediately respond to home burglaries through investigation.

Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro expressed his appreciation to Governor Pavlovich, acknowledging her ongoing support of Puerto Peñasco in the area of public safety, among other priorities. The mayor reiterated safety is of the utmost importance, therefore work at a local, national, and state level aims to maintain the order and peace we all deserve.


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Unprecedented number of turtle nests in Puerto Peñasco so far this year

Additional first hand accounts were also reported from Las Conchas during the week, and Playa Encanto on Sept. 22nd
The ZOFEMAT Coordinator detailed 557 turtle eggs have been recovered so far this year, which are then put into artificial incubation, with hopes most will hatch so the young can return to the sea.  He added between 2015-2016, only one turtle nest was reported, which means an 800% increase this year solely along the area of Sandy Beach. He noted resort security guards have roped off nesting areas for the last six nests, providing additional security for the specimens.  PROFEPA (Environmental Protection) authorities then authorized removal of the eggs so they could be relocated, which has been carefully done by biologist Itzel Cárdenas from the Vidanta Group along with support of ZOFEMAT, PROFEPA, and CEDO Educational Coordinator Paloma Valdivia.

By José Antonio Pérez *Video courtesy of Robert Bascelli*


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17th Rocky Point Rally surpasses expectations once again!

The 17th edition of the annual Rocky Point Rally roared through Puerto Peñasco Nov. 9th – 12th, surpassing expectations and drawing more than 8500 bikes to the city, along with at least 20,000 tourists!  Over the years, the Rocky Point Rally has transformed the second weekend of November into a must do event for “bikers” from across the southwestern U.S., northern Mexico, and up into Canada. The 2017 Rally also welcomed a group of over 20 bikers from Indonesia for the first time this year!
Among the yearly charitable efforts of the Rocky Point Rally, proceeds from registration fees, the Bike Show, and Charity Poker Run are donated to local organizations including: the Red Cross, Fire Department, George Papanicolaou Cancer Awareness and Prevention Group, CAM La Montaña school for children with special needs, the José Dávalos Valdivia home for the elderly, as well as the Municipal DIF offices (family and children services) in Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco. An additional donation is made to the Puerto Peñasco Student Home in Mexicali, helping local students further their university studies.  This year, funds raised from the Rocky Point Rally totaled $541,247 pesos (nearly $30,000 USD)!
Save the dates!
4th Kings Day Toy Run of the Rocky Point Rally is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2018!
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Excellent Participation of Puerto Peñasco at San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

th-5th in San Diego.

Tourism promoters from OCV-Peñasco, Lizette Ibarra and Tania Félix, reported approximately 12,000 people visited the two-day Travel & Adventure Show.

“Representatives from several of our tourism providers, such as SeaSide Reservations, Playa Bonita, Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort, and RPR Mexico, helped promote the destination and the acclaimed services we offer,” stated both OCV officials. They added the OCV of Caborca, represented by Juan Pedro Venegas and Eduardo Monteverde, were also part of the prestigious event in promoting the joint Peñasco-Caborca route (one that mixes beach tourism with history and ecology, as well as the culinary diversity of Sonora). The Puerto Peñasco stand stood out at the 2017 Travel & Adventure Show in being one of the most frequented and for its outstanding exhibit, and attention to inquiries, detailed OCV-Peñasco staff. Attendees at the 2017 San Diego Travel & Adventure Show consisted primarily of young families with children, as well as adults ranging in age from 35 – 60.  Per observations, the majority of families were comfortable with highway travel time (between 5 – 6 hours) between San Diego and Puerto Peñasco. Ibarra and Félix emphasized many vacationers and potential visitors see Puerto Peñasco as a good option for weekend visits, or rather in escaping the city and daily routine.  Some couples remarked it could be a great spot to meet up with their children studying or living in Arizona. Fortunately, Puerto Peñasco is a tourist destination that now sells itself. Visitors, who have perhaps even traveled to other parts of Mexico, return to Puerto Peñasco to see its potential in continuing to be the best host and beach destination in Sonora. It is worth noting there is considerable demand for commercial flights to Puerto Peñasco, as well as interest in the different land routes. ]]>

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Puerto Peñasco: First Clean Beach Certification in Sonora

First in Sonora, and largest certified clean beach in the country. (Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 2, 2017) Finally, following combined efforts of the Clean Beach Committee, businesses, along with hotels and resorts in this city, as well as several governmental offices, the tourist destination of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora was awarded Clean Beach certification for an extension of more than 1500 meters from Playa Bonita to Sandy Beach. This becomes the first certified clean beach in Sonora, as well as the largest beach with clean beach certification in the country. Hector Vázquez del Mercado, president of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), remarked 13 years of constant and strict sampling and monitoring by federal authorities per Mexican Norms culminated in certification, guaranteeing Puerto Peñasco’s beaches as apt and safe for recreational use. During the First Ordinary Session of the Clean Beach Committee, Omar Gómez Ruíz, General Coordinator of Emergency Care and Basin Council, and personal representative of National Water Commission Director Roberto Ramírez de la Parra, presented Mayor Kiko Munro with the city’s Clean Beach certification along with five flags to display at specific points. Others present included Julio López Hernández, Emergency Attention and OCNO Basin Council Coordinator, Luis Alfonso Robles Contreras, Board President of the Upper Northwestern Basin, Jackeline Salazar of the State Water Commission, and several Mayors from across the State, in addition to representatives from the hotel, business, and tourism sectors, government officials, and invited guests. Vázquez del Mercado emphasized to obtain this important achievement, resort developments have been participating ardently with equipment, continuous work to clean up trash, signage, security and monitoring, as well as safeguarding swimmers. “The intense promotion of Peñasco will not only continue,” he stressed, “but these efforts will be doubled so the fruit of our labor can be recognized, along with the responsible culture for preserving the environment of this beach destination, one free from trash and pollution, as well as the grand spirit of service and hospitality that distinguishes our tourism community.” The Peñasco OCV President commented by making this certification public, they plan to project Puerto Peñasco even more so as both a national and international tourist destination. “This confirms we are a clean, safe, and quality beach, which makes this destination even more attractive to potential tourism markets,” he detailed, “We are going to appreciate and conserve what we have achieved, as this recognition will not be the only or the last for this destination as we are going for more in all senses.” Vázquez del Mercado believed it important to broaden a culture of healthy beaches, and that efforts be made to see this is not the only beach to achieve certification, but rather the entire community become actively involved in seeing that other heavily frequented beaches also participate in caring for recreational spaces. Following the certification event, federal authorities presented corresponding flags to several tourist resorts located along the certified beach. These symbols were hung at each of the participating sites. ]]>

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Rocky Point Rally 2016

By M.A. Velazquez The 16th annual Rocky Point Rally is almost here.  Scheduled for November 10th through the 13th, this is one of Rocky Point’s most exciting events. The five day rally event is packed with excitement, even if you are not a rider. It begins on Veterans Day, Wednesday, with many of the local area bars offering welcome specials for riders and tourists. By Friday November 11th, many of the visiting bands will be arriving and free concerts are planned at several local area restaurants and bars. There will also be several bands playing outdoor shows Friday night on 13th Street. On Saturday morning, November 12ft, be sure to catch the biker parade down Benito Juarez Avenue, the highlight of the weekend.  This is the perfect chance to admire the many shiny and colorful bikes up close and not only hear, but feel the roar of the engines. People will line the street with folding chairs and riders toss candy and goodies to parade attendees. The parade culminates at Old Port where the bikes park all along the old port road and live music is performed in the amphitheatre area at the end of the street. There is no charge to view the parade, however if you have a bike and would like to participate, you must register and pay a participation fee. Local area restaurants and bars will also air Saturday college football throughout the day. Live music and rally specials will continue through Sunday with many restaurants also airing Sunday football. November brings optimum weather to Rocky Point so it is the perfect time to get out here, enjoy the cool temperatures and see some unique bikes. Funds raised from parade participation fees and some ride events will support local charities. Make your plans early, as rally weekend is one of the most popular weekends of the year, and we’ll see you in Rocky Point! ]]>

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Gratitude to Governor Pavlovich for reviving commercial flight to Puerto Peñasco

13346551_734555070018291_1472424336135127984_nDuring a recent press conference, Sonora Tourism Coordinator Jesús Antonio Berumen announced the launch of accessibly priced commercial flights to improve aerial connectivity to Puerto Peñasco, bringing the states of Chihuahua and Baja California along with parts of Sonora closer. The flights, which are to start July 21st, will connect Puerto Peñasco with the cities of Cd. Juárez, Hermosillo, and Tijuana-San Diego twice a week, with schedules running Thursdays and Sundays. This will place our destination in stronger contact with the rest of the country. Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV – Peñasco), stated local resort and hotel service providers thank the State Government under the leadership of Governor Claudia Pavlovich for the tremendous boost this tourism port has received. He added the flights will revive all productive sectors in the community with the need to shorten travel times and distances for both vacation and business activities. Vázquez del Mercado further recognized the TAR airline for continuing to trust in our State, and particularly in Puerto Peñasco as a destination that little by little has made firm strides in becoming a preferred spot among our visitors, who have discovered the area offers many unexpected marvels.]]>

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Rocky Point is a safe destination

Hector Vazquez-OCVPP 2“We want to assure travelers that their safety is guaranteed while visiting,” President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitor Bureau Héctor Vazques del Mercado M. said. “Rocky Point is a premier destination and this renewed travel advisory is only a precaution advising travelers with common-sense safety tips for the region. Our guests will have a top-of-the-line, 24-hour private tourist police presence in town, as well as police vigilance on the highway on their way in. We provide our guests with luxury and relaxation while ensuring their safety, and we want anyone traveling to or currently staying with us to know that this advisory doesn’t affect that.”]]>

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Rocky Point Rally 2015

By M.A. Velazquez The 15th annual Rocky Point Rally is almost here.  Scheduled for November 11th through the 15th, this is one of Rocky Point’s most exciting events. The five day rally event is packed with excitement, even if you are not a rider. It begins on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th with many of the local area bars offering welcome specials for riders and tourists on both the 11th and 12th. By Friday November 13th, many of the visiting bands will be arriving and free concerts are planned at several local area restaurants and bars. There will also be several bands playing outdoor shows Friday night on 13th Street. On Saturday morning, November 14th, be sure to catch the biker parade down Benito Juarez Avenue, the highlight of the weekend.  This is the perfect chance to admire the many shiny and colorful bikes up close and not only hear, but feel the roar of the engines. People will line the street with folding chairs and riders toss candy and goodies to parade attendees. The parade culminates at Old Port where the bikes park all along the old port road and live music is performed in the amphitheatre area at the end of the street. There is no charge to view the parade, however if you have a bike and would like to participate, you must register and pay a participation fee. Local area restaurants and bars will also air Saturday college football throughout the day. Live music and rally specials will continue through Sunday with many restaurants also airing Sunday football. November brings optimum weather to Rocky Point so it is the perfect time to get out here, enjoy the cool temperatures and see some unique bikes. Funds raised from parade participation fees and some ride events will support local charities. Make your plans early, as rally weekend is one of the most popular weekends of the year, and we’ll see you in Rocky Point! ]]>

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Springtime in Rocky Point

By M.A. Velazquez

Spring is the perfect time to visit Rocky Point! The weather couldn’t be better than in the spring. Outdoor temperatures are in the low 80’s and the water is now warm enough to partake in all your favorite water activities or relax and play in the waves. You will find fantastic rates on hotels here for the spring season and great amenities at all of the resort. Be sure to plan your trip early for the best deals and availability at resorts and hotels. Spring time in Rocky Point also offers many activities! There’s the Black Moods band at the Malecon on March 6th, 7th,8th, 13th and 14th, The Car Show Expo on March 7th and 8th at the Convention Center, Mermaids Market at Plaza Camaron on March 7th and 21st, St. Patrick’s Day parties and specials at local restaurants and bars on March 17th and the First Day of Spring Parade down Benito Juarez Blvd. on March 21st. And with Spring breaks all over the US throughout the month of April, you are sure to find activities and specials for tourists all season long. Hornaday Mountains, MacDougal Crater & Pinacate Peaks, Pinacate Volcanic Field, NW Sonora, Mexico, aerial view south.The inviting spring weather is also perfect for visits to The Pinacate Peaks and Shuk Toak Visitors Center as well as CEDO (The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), both of which offer tours and have knowledgeable staff members who offer tours and talks. As the sun sets over the Sea of Cortez you can bring a close to your day with a relaxing massage on the beach or a sunset cruise around the bay. With the phenomenal spring weather, there’s no better place to be than in Rocky Point!]]>

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Happy New Year! 2015 offers great opportunities!

Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau will continue to boost promotion throughout northern Mexico and southwestern United States in 2015

By Azucena Mazón

As part of the agenda for 2015, the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) aims to work on promotional measures to increase tourism to the area by 5 to 10%. Sights are set on extending promotion to California, particularly San Diego and the Imperial Valley, while strengthening efforts in Arizona. Similarly, goals are to boost promotion of the port in Mexico, primarily in the states of Chihuahua, Baja California, and Sonora itself.

These goals were recently outlined by OCV President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, who further made assurances another important topic for 2015 is to continue insisting on the reopening of commercial flights. He maintains this goal is an effort to attract new markets, lower costs, as well as encourage new jobs.

“We must insist on reopening flights, which is the way Puerto Peñasco will be able to take a new step; it’s an immense benefit, and will bring new products,” he emphasized.

Vázquez del Mercado explained opening a flight is necessary provided though the city is an important regional destination, it remains isolated. He believes an aerial connection to the area is urgent in bringing down travel costs while shortening distances. To restart an airline project, he stated, investment from the state and federal levels is needed, as well as from the tourism sector.

Another point on the agenda for 2015 is to encourage hotels to advertise promotions well in advance of high-season periods, such as Semana Santa and Spring Break, with the goal of achieving full occupancy.

In addition, there are goals to provide training in customer service among staff at area hotels and restaurants while incorporating other service providers in tourism related fields.

The OCV also plans to continue promoting Puerto Peñasco through annual events such as the large Tianguis Turístico (Mexico’s largest tourism fair), continue meeting with travel agencies and associations for retired individuals in the U.S., all with the shared objective of seeking new markets.

Among plans for the New Year is also the possibility of attracting large events to the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, welcoming artists of both national and international caliber, in order to position the ExpoCenter as a place for grand shows while continuing to draw visitors to the region.


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Peacemakers and Thieves unite at January Jam in Rocky Point

December 27, 2014

For Immediate Release

(Tempe, AZ) As a bitter cold front converges on the U.S. from the Pacific Ocean, it’s time to pack panchos and sombreros and head south toward warmer Mexican latitudes for Roger Clyne & The Peacemaker’s (RCPM) annual January Jam VII, to be held January 23-24th, 2015.

Joining RCPM will be Tramps & Thieves, veterans of past Circus Mexicus weekends and Valley favorites from Phoenix. Tramps and Thieves will kick things off Friday night at 8pm outside at Banditos, located behind both the Sonoran Spa and Sonoran Sea Resorts. RCPM will follow at 9:30, playing an entire set of cover songs. The set theme will be, “Anything goes”, according to Roger Clyne. Last year, RCPM covered songs from bands representing all types of genres including Fleetwood Mac, Social Distortion, Doobie Brothers, Split Enz, Led Zeppelin and The Violent Femmes to name a few. The band began rehearsals earlier in December and promises to put their unique spin on a different list of songs this year.

Saturday night takes on a more traditional look as RCPM returns to JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay for the 7th year in a row. In 2008, following an intense eight day recording session in Cholla Bay, which spawned songs for the album Turbo Ocho, the band announced an impromptu show on their website to be held the following Saturday at JJ’s Cantina. A few hundred fans made the journey and January Jam was born.

Jason Boots will get the party started at 5pm. Fans are encouraged to get there early as tables and seating are first come, first served. In keeping with tradition, RCPM will take the stage at sunset for what is always a long and surprised-filled set in one of the most intimate settings they play all year. In a new twist, PH Naffah will return to the stage with James Gerard and the Serious Moonlight following RCPM at approximately 9:30pm. Members also include Jim Swafford, Chris Kantor, Dave Entz and J. Scott Howard.

circus15Earlier on Saturday, Naffah will host his Mexican Moonshine Tequila Golf Classic Saturday morning at the Links at Las Palomas. Using a 9-hole format with great prizes, lunch and raffle items, the tournament raises money for local Rocky Point charities each year. Non-golfers are also encouraged to come and support the event. Registration and information can be found at the band’s merchandise website .

Still haven’t had enough? Jimmy Chorizo, aka Peacemaker guitarist Jim Dalton will play a free Hangover Set inside Banditos on Sunday afternoon at 1pm. A full food and drink menu will be available.

Discounted condos at both the Sonoran Spa and Sonoran Sea are available while supplies last by calling RPR Mexico at 866-483-3379 and using RPR’s discount code RCC115. Las Palomas Resort is also a preferred partner and reservations can be made on their site at .

Tickets for both Friday and Saturday go on sale Monday, December 29th at . Fans can save money by purchasing in advance a commemorative laminate with a lanyard that includes admission to both shows Friday and Saturday night. Updates for both January Jam and Circus Mexicus can be found on the site as the band inches closer to returning in June for its signature event weekend.

For more information on RCPM including how to purchase music, go to . Information on Roger’s premium line of Mexican Moonshine tequilas can be found at . RCPM is an independent rock band formed in 1998 and self produces its own concerts in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico. Information for all concerts held in Rocky Point can be found at . Still have questions? Contact Greg Ross at .



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Rocky Point Rally's 1st Kings Day Toy Run – Jan 10

1st Rocky Point Rally Kings Day Toy Run are coming together. Folks are invited to ride down to Puerto Peñasco the weekend of Jan. 9th – 11th, 2015 to get in on the fun and giving out of gifts. In teaming up with the local Office on Integral Family Development (DIF), which receives part of the Rally donations from November registration fees each year, we’re planning a Fiesta Mexicana on the morning of Jan. 10th before loading up the presents and riding down Blvd. Juarez to the DIF’s kids party in the early afternoon! What is Kings Day? Traditionally, Kings Day (Jan. 6th)  is celebrated across Mexico as part of the Christmas season, and particularly with gift giving for children. Kings Day is one of the most anticipated days for Mexican children as in various parts of the country the figure of Santa Claus is not as prevalent (particularly in southern Mexico), so the Kings fulfill the role of delivering surprises and toys. The day is complemented with families and friends sharing a traditional “rosca de reyes” (round pastry made only at this time of the year), champurrado (hot holiday drink), and tamales. Weekend plans start on Friday evening, Jan. 9th, over at Banditos at about 6:30 p.m. with a rocking acoustic set by rising country star Matt Farris. Yeah, that Matt Farris who took the stage this November at the traditional Friday night fiesta at Playa Bonita, plus on Saturday night on the malecón! On Saturday, we’ll head to Shrimp Park (Plaza del Camarón near City Hall) around 10 a.m. for music, food, local artists, and to collect gifts. Food will roll in around 11 a.m. Then, around 1:30 p.m. we’ll gather up all the gifts, load up (bikes and other vehicles welcome to join) and head to the Chamizal fiesta grounds to the DIF party. Yeah, you can dress up like one of the Three Kings or even Santa! See you then!

Special vacation packages

PLAYA BONITAPlaya Bonita Hotel Toy Run 2015   Reservation Code 159710
  • Three days / 2 nights $158.00 US with breakfast included (based on double occupancy)
  • One night $85 US with breakfast included (based on double occupancy)
  • Reservations directly at: From the US: 602-512-1182 or Mexico: 01-800-426-6482
PEÑASCO DEL SOLPeñasco del Sol Hotel Reservation Code 151KingBikers
  • $99 US/night with breakfast included (based on double occupancy) *Extra person + $16 USD
  • Reservations directly at: Tel: 638-383-0300,  From US: 888-683-0067
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  • 20% discount on new reservations for January 2015 at the following condo complexes: Princesa de Peñasco, Las Gaviotas, Sonoran Sun, Bella Sirena, Pinacate, and Sonoran Sky
  • Minimum 2 night reservation

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Yuridia presents unforgettable concert in Puerto Peñasco!

nd took in an evening of romantic ballads and popular songs during the nearly two hour stellar concert of Yuridia. Backed by a mega production, the concert by the “queen of ballads” lit up the audience from the moment Yuridia took the stage, accompanied by her musicians and group of dancers who began the night with the powerful “Señora.” The Sonoran singer, winner of various awards including “Best Live Show” by The World Music Awards, brought the crowd to their feet as she made her way through songs which are popular across Mexico and Latin America, including “Sin él,” “Pienso en tí,” and “La Maldita Primavera,” among many more along with a potpourri of songs in English and mix of songs by the unforgettable Tex-Mex singer Selena. Yuridia, who was launched to fame after appearing on the reality show “La Academia”, thanked the community of Puerto Peñasco for coming out to the show, as well as those who traveled to get here, stating she felt “at home.” She invited the audience to sing along with the ballads that have made numerous singers famous, and which she has now made her own through her curious and harmonious voice. Yuridia had various wardrobe changes throughout the performance, appearing in a transparent dress adorned with black feathers and a billowing cape as she first took the stage. She then stepped into an elegant gold dress to interpret the most romantic songs of the evening, followed by an 80s style look in black, and a two piece silver and black outfit which combined nicely with her dancers, who she accompanied through carefully crafted choreography. Between songs Yuridia took advantage to call out to the audience, even inviting one of her fans to share his drink in toasting “broken hearts.” After leaving the stage following what would have been the final number of the evening, the public clamored for more by chanting “otra, otra,” until the singer reappeared after another change of wardrobe to top off the evening with the piece that helped launched her to fame, “Ya te olvidé.” The concert, which was well received by all in attendance, had been organized by the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau with the principal goal of promoting tourism to the city by offering events of such high caliber. [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="4586,4587,4588,4589,4590,4591,4592,4593,4594,4595,4596,4597,4598,4599,4600,4601,4602,4603,4604,4605"]]]>

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14th Rocky Point Rally™ surpasses expectations!

th, there were easily 2500 bikes along the malecón area with thousands more left in area hotel and condominium parking lots – with lots of bikers opting to taxi it down to the main events this year. Biker fiestas, the roar of engines, and leather jackets could be seen, heard, and felt throughout the city this year with events expanding across Plaza de Gobernadores in the Malecón, along Calle 13, as well as out to various sponsor restaurants and bars. This included Thursday night’s Kick-Off party which drew an even larger number of bikers than expected. In addition, Saturday’s mid-day parade went off without a hitch and with a good showing of rally goers. This 14th edition of the Rocky Point Rally™ presented a larger variety of events, including both rock and country concerts, a Miss Rocky Point Rally contest, and special prizes at Saturday’s bike show, among others. Another twist on this year’s Rally were the number of motorcycle groups and friends who arrived well before the event, or chose to stay longer. In addition, a number of “non-biker” tourists came to town to take in the rally without bikes. Within the coming week, Rocky Point Rally™ organizers plan to present funds raised from the registration fees to the seven charitable groups that benefit from rally proceeds each year: DIF Sonoyta, DIF Puerto Peñasco, CAM La Montaña School for children with special needs, the local Red Cross, Fire Department, José Dávalos Valdivia Home for the Elderly, and the Puerto Peñasco chapter of the George Papanicolaou cancer prevention group. Plans are already in the works for next year’s 15th Anniversary of the Rocky Point Rally™, with dates set for Nov. 11 – 15, 2015. Ongoing information at: Interested in becoming a sponsor for 2015? Please drop a note to:]]>

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Hotel Packages for Yuridia concert

Yuridia in concert Nov. 22nd in Puerto Peñasco Tickets available in Puerto Peñasco @ Circle K on Blvd. Juarez – Information on getting tickets from out of town, please contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Puerto Peñasco   638 383 0444 VIP $1,600 pesos ORO $1,200 pesos PLATA $ 800 pesos GENERAL $400 pesos * VIP and ORO tickets will have access to VIP lounge areas * VIP, ORO, and PLATA tickets have numbered seats *General Area and Plata will have beer, water, and soft-drink sales Accommodations available: * HOTEL LLUVIA DEL MAR: $750 pesos/noche * HOTEL SEÑORIAL: $ 550 pesos/noche  tel: (638) 383 2120 * PARAÍSO DEL DESIERTO: $500 pesos/noche habitacion sencilla  ( 2 personas MAX)  $560 pesos/noche  habitacion doble (MAX 4 personas)  TEL: (638) 383 6175 * PEÑASCO DEL SOL: $1238 pesos/noche, 2 personas, desayuno incluido, TEL: (638) 383 0300 * PLAYA BONITA: $ 97 USD /noche ( MAX. 4 personas)   TEL: (638) 383 2586. * LAS PALOMAS: 3 días y 2 noches para  2 personas + 2 Boletos VIP para el concierto:   $556 US   Lada sin costo  01 800 1081000 * VIÑA DEL MAR: $ 650 pesos/noche cuarto sencillo (2 personas) $750 pesos/noche ocupacion cuadruple (4 people) TEL: (638) 383 0100 * SEASIDE RESERVATIONS: con el codigo YURIDIA2211 podrán obtener los siguientes precios con descuento: Condominios completamente amueblados frente al mar en Princesa Condominios, Sonoran Sky, Sonoran Sun y Bella Sirena 1 recamara para 2 personas desde $305.69 dolares por 2 noches (viernes y sábado) 2 recamaras para 4 personas desde $343.78 dolares por 2 noches (viernes y sábado) 3 recamaras para 6 personas desde $500.21 dolares por 2 noches (viernes y sábado) 4 recamaras para 8 personas desde $1010.58 dolares por 2 noches (viernes y sábado) desde USA 602 288 8966   desde Mexico ( 638) 383 0700]]>

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1st Rocktobeer CheveFest Oct 11

By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero

On October 11th, at least six craft beer makers from Baja California, plus another from Hermosillo, will participate in Puerto Peñasco’s 1st “Rocktobeer” CheveFest, which will also include guacarock master of Mexican rock “El Mastuerzo” and his group Jijos de Maíz. Local bands RoJo and Los Hijos de Mauricio will open up the night at the “amphitheater” of Laos Mar Hotel.

chevefest (2)Tickets to this first CheveFest in Puerto Peñasco are 200 pesos (both pre-sale and at the door) and available at El Tapeo wine bar at Laos Mar Hotel, the local DIF, and at the offices of Rocky Point 360 (Plaza Pelicanos next to the Convention and Visitors Bureau). Gates open to CheveFest at 7 p.m., with craft beer tasting to take place from 7:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m. After the tasting, visiting craft beer makers will have beer for sale at reduced prices as many of them are just introducing themselves to larger markets. The local DIF will have food stands set up through the evening. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will once again be for the ciy’s first Dialysis Center (now approximately 70% complete), as well as a possible percentage for the George Papanicolaou cancer prevention and awareness group.

Oct. 11 – 1st CheveFest /Rocktobeer

Laos Mar “Amphitheater”

Doors open 7 p.m.

Beer tasting 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Live Music beginning at 7:30 p.m. with local rock groups Grupo Rojo and Los Hijos de Mauricio. Headliner El Mastuerzo y Jijos de Maíz



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14th Rocky Point Rally™ rumbles into town Nov. 6 – 9, 2014!

By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero

The 14th Annual Rocky Point Rally™, to be held across the streets of Puerto Peñasco from Nov. 6th – 9th, will certainly live up to its name as the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border while raising money for local charities. Begun initially in 2001 with just 380 bikers, the November Rally quickly doubled and has become one of the most highly anticipated yearly events for bikers across Mexico and Southwestern U.S. This year, estimates point to at least 6000 bikers for the 2014 version of the Rocky Point Rally™!

Events lined up for this year include a kick-off party at Banditos with the contagious energy of Tempe based rock group The Black Moods, along with Friday night’s traditional sunset Beach Fiesta on the terrace of Playa Bonita Hotel set to the country sounds of Lake Havasu native and Nashville signed singer Matt Farris, plus rock on the malecón and Calle 13 with Pachuca Blues out of Tijuana. For the first time ever, the Main Event for Saturday night will take place at Plaza Gobernadores in the Malecón where, after a day of rocking with Pachuca Blues, bikers and rally goers will continue the fiesta with the music of Matt Farris and headliner Mogollon!

Saturday will also offer the traditional Bike Parade through town, which is doubling up as a Toy Run for 2014, set to begin in front of the Red Cross at noon before winding its way through town and ending at the malecón. Bikers are asked to bring a toy for the Toy Run Parade, which will be collected and given out at a follow-up event at the beginning of January (Jan. 10) for Kings’ Day – a traditional day for children to receive gifts in Mexico. Folk are of course invited to come back in January to take part in giving out all the gifts!

Activities during the 14th Annual Rocky Point Rally™ also include the traditional Mystery Poker Run, a Condo Poker Run on Friday, spectacular desert rides out to the Visitors Center of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, contests for Miss Rocky Point Rally with different sponsors, bike wash, a Rally Passport tour through town, and condo stay raffle prizes for folks at registration!

Registration for the 14th Rocky Point Rally™ $15 US, with 100% of registration and poker run monies going to seven local charities: Red Cross, Fire Department, La Montaña school for children with special needs, José Dávalos Casa Hogar home for the elderly, and George Papanicolaou group for women’s cancer testing and awareness, as well as both the Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta offices on Integral Family Development (DIF). Since it began, the Rocky Point Rally™ has raised more than $130,000 US for these different groups.

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Alejandro Filio in concert Aug. 23

For more than 30 years, contemporary Mexican singer/songwriter troubador Alejandro Filio has sought to strengthen Mexican music. This Saturday, August 23rd, Filio’s poetry and song will fill the Las Palomas Convention Center in Puerto Peñasco.  Tickets are 300 pesos (about $23 US and available at the Reception desk of Phase II at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort).]]>

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Puerto Peñasco takes part in Fiesta in the Desert!

th – 12th in Scottsdale, brought together a record number of travel agents and tour operators from across the globe, more than 200 of whom attended the OCV’s presentation highlighting all that Puerto Peñasco has to offer. Thanks to support from both the Mexican Tourism Board (CPTM) and the Sonoran Tourism Commission (COFETUR), the presentation received welcome comments and tremendous interest in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and Mexico as a whole. With the support of CPTM, the Puerto Peñasco OCV presentation detailed important points including the proximity of our beaches to U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and California, the growing number of yearly visitors to the area, beach activities, ecotourism, golf, the Pinacate and Grand Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve – named a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, as well as traditional massive events in town such as the Rocky Point Rally™, triathlon, and concerts including Roger Clyne’s Circus Mexicus, etc. Comments heard throughout the presentation included exclamations of surprise, such as: Wow! Rocky Point offers all that? Rocky Point is that close? Is there an airport? How can I get there? We can fish like that in Rocky Point? I want to go to Rocky Point! ASTA President Staci Blunt thanked the Mexican Tourism Board for their presentations, as well as for the great mood created throughout the event. This year’s Fiesta in the Desert left behind the tremendous satisfaction of being able to interact with a grand number of people, all interested in Puerto Peñasco!]]>

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Mexican Tourism Secretary visits Puerto Peñasco

During her lightning visit to the area on Wednesday, July 9th, Mexican Secretary of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas made the commitment to include the Puerto Peñasco homeport among topics at the National Cruise Policy Board. She also committed to promote the construction of sustainable infrastructure in the area of the Pinacate and Grand Desert of Altar, while providing follow-up on topics regarding connectivity to the port.

After flying over parts of the Pinacate and Puerto Peñasco’s beaches, accompanied by Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés and State Tourism Commissioner Javier Tapia Camou, the Tourism Secretary met with a number of business leaders in Puerto Peñasco to listen to their concerns and requests.

Ruiz Massieu Salinas made the commitment to follow up with important topics including the homeport, the lack of aerial connectivity to the area, and greater tourism promotion of Puerto Peñasco on an international level.

The Federal official stressed Puerto Peñasco is part of a national asset, therefore the Federal government must support the State and local governments, as well as private sector, to ensure its infrastructure grows and it can sustain the existing tourism sector, in referring to the U.S. market.

Finally, the Tourism Secretary made the commitment to return to Puerto Peñasco to address requests from the tourism sector in uniting criteria to improve this tourism destination.


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Sea turtle lays eggs on Sandy Beach

After laying eggs, turtle covers nest and returns to sea

Press Release:

A group of tourists in Puerto Peñasco alerted municipal authorities on Thursday morning, July 3rd, of a sea turtle who had made her way out of the Sea of Cortez and onto the beach to lay eggs, before returning to the sea. The turtle appeared in front of the condo area along Sandy Beach to begin the egg laying process before then covering up the nest and returning to its natural habitat.

Members of the local police arrived at the spot, who then roped off the nesting area in order to prevent illegal removal of the eggs until inspectors from the Federal Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) can arrive from Hermosillo.

Based on photos and video, the PROFEPA inspectors will determine the characteristics of the sea turtle, as well as the number of eggs deposited. Once this work is complete, PROFEPA staff will keep watch over the turtle egg nest in upholding environmental law.

In addition to the visiting family who alerted police, various tourists walking along the beach were also witnesses to this much unexpected sight. All waited while the turtle finished laying her eggs, and then returned to sea.

Studies show the coasts along the California peninsula and Gulf of California are home to five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world: leatherback sea turtle, olive/pacific ridley, green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle (caguama), and hawksbill sea turtle.


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Vívelo para creerlo tourism campaign: Live it to believe it!

State Press Release

Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés visited Mexico City in early June for the launch of the national tourism campaign “Vívelo para Creerlo” (Live it to Believe it), which presents promotional spots from across Mexico.

“We were with President Peña Nieto for the launch of Mexico’s new tourism campaign; we viewed the promotional spots from across Mexico and all of the content for tourism competitiveness in the country, and particularly in Sonora. Under the program Vívelo para Creerlo we saw all of the marvels there are. Here in Sonora, with our beaches, land, and magical pueblos, is a State which is in the best moment to strengthen tourism,” stated Governor Padrés.

The gathering also included presentation of state programs of competitiveness for tourism destinations as well as strategies for Mexico itself. In 2013, Mexico was the second most visited country within the Americas, and one of the countries with the greatest presence among global tourism.


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Welcome donations from Rocky Point Triathlon

One of the mostly highly anticipated activities in Puerto Peñasco is the annual Spring Rocky Point Triathlon. Each year, the RockyPointTri also does a good job of collecting donations for local organizations. Just recently, donations from the Spring triathlon were presented to the local Office on Integral Family Development (DIF), which will certainly be beneficial in furthering healthy activities of the social service organization.

On June 18th, staff from the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau presented numerous donated items of sports equipment collected during the Spring RockyPointTri, along with $300 US, to local DIF Director Samuel Ortega. These donations included 177 t-shirts of various colors, 8 caps, 21 visors, and 43 cups, along with a baseball bat.

The 2015 Rocky Point Triathlon is scheduled for April 25th. For more information, visit RockyPointTri and start making plans to swim, bike, run, and help the community in Rocky Point next Spring!

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Puerto Peñasco's 1st Wine and Beer Festival!

Mexican wines are the toast of the town and on June 28th, Puerto Peñasco will host its 1st Wine and Craft Beer Festival at Laos Mar Hotel. A wine festival is best paired with music, so the night is to include performances by Mexican troubadour Nicho Hinojosa along with the local talent of the groups Rojo, Hijos de Mauricio, and Antonio Mosqueda. Proceeds from the event will go to ongoing work to equip the city’s first Dialysis Center, which has been an important goal of the local DIF. Seven wineries from the region extending toward Baja California will be present, along with a variety of Mexican craft beer from areas including Ensenada, Tijuana, and Cucupá, each stationed under romantically rustic gazebos.

Tickets for the 1st Wine and Beer Festival to be held June 28th are $275 pesos (approximately $25 US) and may be purchased during the week at the local DIF offices (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.), as well as at El Tapeo Wine Bar located within Laos Mar during business hours (5 p.m. – close). Reservations and additional information at El Tapeo: 638 380 5017 or 638 112 3189



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¿Qué es Circus Mexicus?

¿Pensando en que hacer este fin de semana en Puerto Peñasco? ¡Abraza tu espíritu de rock y acércate a la música de Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers!

El grupo rockanrolero Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers de Tempe, AZ desde hace más de diez años ha acogido las playas de Puerto Peñasco como el escenario principal para su gran serie de conciertos bajo el lema de Circus Mexicus, llenando los rincones de la ciudad con música rock alternativo, que lleva un toque de country y pop, durante un lapso de por lo menos 4 días. Este año la música llega a nuestras playas del 5 al 8 de junio, brindando un festival de buenas vibras y convivio entre los más de 4000 fans, que año tras año se dirigen a Puerto Peñasco provenientes de por lo menos 35 estados de la Unión Norteamericana y otros tantos países alrededor del mundo.

Con el fin de acercarse más a la comunidad de Puerto Peñasco, y en busca de crecer el número de fans de su música por este lado de la frontera, habrá un descuento especial del 50% para residentes Mexicanos de Puerto Peñasco en la compra de boletos tanto para el concierto del viernes, 6 de junio, así como para el concierto estelar el día 7 de junio. Por lo tanto, el precio del boleto para el día viernes para locales (nacionales) de Puerto Peñasco será $10 US y $20 US para el día sábado. Solo hay que presentar su credencial del IFE con dirección en Puerto Peñasco, o licencia de manejo, para recibir el descuento al momento de comprar sus boletos en Banditos (antes The Hut, y anteriormente Chango’s) (Los boletos estarán a la venta los días miércoles de 6 p.m – 8 p.m., jueves 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. en JJ’s de 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., viernes 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., y sábado 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. y en la entrada principal tanto el viernes como el sábado de 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.).

Aparte de la gran cantidad de turismo que atrae el festival de Circus Mexicus a Puerto Peñasco cada año, y por lo tanto un derrame económico importante en los centros de hospedaje así como en los restaurantes, cada año los mismos fans realizan donaciones a través de acciones como su evento de “Hot Dog & A Smile” lo cual recauda fondos para la casa hogar Esperanza para los Niños, así como donaciones en especie para apoyar las necesidades tanto de la casa hogar como de la Fundación de Jóvenes Deportistas por medio de donaciones de equipo deportivo. Ahora en 2014, también habrá la posibilidad de estacionarse en las áreas de los desarrollos túristicos Sonoran Spa y Sonoran Sea durante los conciertos tanto el viernes como el sábado, el cobro en el estacionamiento de $5 US se donará a los esfuerzos continuos para equipar el primer Centro de Hemodiálisis en Puerto Peñasco.

Otros grupos que tocarán durante el evento Circus Mexicus incluyen:

Jueves, 5 de junio – fiesta de inicio en JJ’s Cantina en Cholla Bay

7:30 pm  Random Karma

9 pm  Ghetto Cowgirl

10 pm  Hickman-Dalton Gang

Viernes, 6 de junio – en el escenario principal en frente de Banditos (anteriormente The Hut y Chango’s)

7 pm  Shurman

8 pm  Sand Rubies

9:30 pm  Cracker

Sábado, 7 de junio – en el escenario principal en frente de Banditos (anteriormente The Hut y Chango’s)

7 pm The Black Moods

8 pm Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (con The Jons)

Domingo, 8 de junio – Hot Dog & a Smile en JJ’s Cantina en Cholla Bay

11 am Ghetto Cowgirl

Noon  Sand Rubies

1 pm  Shurman

2 pm  The Black Moods

3 pm  Shawn Johnson

4 pm  Elvis Before Noon

5 pm  Random Karma


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Puerto Peñasco honors Día de la Marina

By Shandra Keesecker

On June 1st, Puerto Peñasco celebrated the 72nd National Marine Day honoring members of Mexico’s Navy as well as the lives, work, and sacrifice of local fishermen. The morning ceremony held at Plaza Gobernadores in the Old Port included the presence of Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta and First Lady DIF President Rafaela Félix de Figueroa, along with State Public Safety Secretary Ernesto Munro Palacio, the royal court of the local Marina Fest, and city council members.

Following the ceremony held at Plaza Gobernadores, officials and guests made their way to the docks where they boarded boats and headed into the waters of the Sea of Cortez to place honorary wreaths just off the city’s coast.

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Se celebra Día de la Marina en Puerto Peñasco

El 1° de junio , Puerto Peñasco celebró la 72 ª Día Nacional de la Marina para honrar los miembros de la Armada de México , así como la vida , el trabajo y sacrificio de los pescadores locales. La ceremonia de la mañana se llevó a cabo en Plaza Gobernadores en el Malecón y contó con la presencia del Presidente Municipal Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta y la Primera Dama Rafaela Félix de Figueroa, junto con el Secretario de Seguridad Pública del Estado, Ernesto Munro Palacio, la corte real de la Marina Fest, y miembros del cabildo.

Después de la ceremonia celebrada en Plaza Gobernadores, los funcionarios e invitados se dirigieron a los muelles donde se abordaron los barcos y se dirigieron a las aguas del Mar de Cortés para lanzar las tradicionales coronas de flores.


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Tourism growth in Puerto Peñasco

By Azucena Mazón

According to information gathered by the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) from local hotel and accommodation agencies, there has been a 14% increase in tourism to the area from January to May over 2013.

The annual increase in tourism to Puerto Peñasco exceeds the national growth average, reported at from 2% to 6% across Mexico, and global increases in tourism of around 5%, according to information provided by Convention and Visitors Bureau President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado.

Some of the factors that have influenced a growth in tourism to Puerto Peñasco include the improvement (minor though symbolic) of the U.S. economy, as well as improved roadways, and ongoing promotion of Puerto Peñasco’s beaches both in the U.S. and Mexico.

During his recent visit to Puerto Peñasco for inauguration of the city’s new Expo Center, State Director of Tourism Promotion (COFETUR) Javier Tapia Camou remarked during the first quarter of 2014 Mexico as a whole had a 25% rebound in tourism above 2013.

“Last year was a record tourism year in Mexico, and during the first quarter of this year we were already 25% above 2013, which points to a good year. Sonora is not an exception, and we are experiencing this here in Puerto Peñasco,” he emphasized.


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Positive Memorial Day numbers

By Azucena Mazón

With the number of visitors topping 35,000, U.S. Memorial Day Weekend has firmly established itself as one of the best tourism weekends in Puerto Peñasco.

Groups of friends and entire families took to the beaches and streets of Puerto Peñasco this past weekend, resulting in an overall occupancy rate of 87% at area hotels (from Friday through Sunday). This represents an economic boost to the area of nearly 20 million pesos ($1.75 million US) according to statistics reported by local accommodation providers to the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV).

Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, OCV President, stressed though there were thousands of vehicles and ATVs roaming the city streets, there were no fatal accidents during the holiday weekend within the city or along surrounding highways.

He indicated this past Memorial Day weekend represents a 15% increase in the number of visitors over the same time last year, which is a good sign for the hotel and tourism market as the Summer begins.

“We are now entering into the Summer vacation months, with weekends pointing to higher occupancies and of course more so when there are events, such as the upcoming concerts of Roger Clyne, and July 4th weekend,” detailed Vázquez del Mercado.


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Peñasco ExpoCenter Board appoints Director

By Azucena Mazón

Following creation of the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center Governing Board, headed up by Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta and consisting of representatives from corporate associations, the Chamber of Commerce, and municipal officials, Celida Botello was named Director of the recently inaugurated ExpoCenter.

Botello’s appointment was well accepted by members of the administrative board and representatives of tourism promotion organizations given her experience and background in Puerto Peñasco.

Those with inquiries about the Convention Center may direct calls to City Hall or contact Celida Botello directly at:

The Peñasco ExpoCenter, officially inaugurated on May 8th by Sonoran Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías, has already been the site for various important events including the World Championship Boxing event between Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada and Richie Mepranum, a festive celebration with 2000 mothers for Mothers’ Day, and was the host site for the recent HerbaLife convention. Upcoming events include a night of lucha libre (wrestling) this Saturday, May 31st, and the presentation of singer Nicho Hinojosa at the end of June.

Convention Center Governing Board include:

President – Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta

Vice-President – City Trustee Herme Damián Velázquez

Secretary – Celida Botello Navarro


Laura Palacio Soto, State Secretary of Tourism delegate

Guillermo Muñoz Fierro, President of the Puerto Peñasco Chamber of Commerce (CANACO)

Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV)

Engineer Heberto Reyna, City Director of Urban Development, Public Projects and Ecology

Alberto Rodríguez Parra, City Treasurer


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High expectations for Memorial Day Weekend

By Azucena Mazón

semana santa 44According to statistics provided by the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), reservations at area hotels and condo providers is at 80% for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. There are even a number of beach front hotels (and rental agencies) reporting full reservations for Saturday, May 23rd.

Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, OCV President, indicates the U.S. Memorial Day Weekend, combined with the launch of the summer vacation period, is one of the most important tourism dates for the city’s beaches.

There are a variety of events scheduled for this weekend in Puerto Peñasco including the initial days of Marina Fest, and Expo Bacanora 2014 which will present mariachi, folkloric dance, and tastings. In addition, The Links golf course at Las Palomas will be holding its 8th Anniversary tournament, the Dirty Beach Mud Run will take place at Rocky Point Speedway, there’s a Mark Mulligan trop rock concert, plus the final round of Cholla Bay’s annual Fishing Derby, among other options.

The number of entire families coming to the area has increased, which means a different type of economic boost to the city over groups of younger visitors, as families are seeking out restaurants and family entertainment.

Una afluencia cercan a los 40 mil visitantes recibirá Puerto Peñasco para el fin de semana del “Memorial Day”

De acuerdo a estadísticas de la Oficina de Convenciones y Visitantes a la fecha hay un 80% de reservaciones de hoteles y condominios, incluso algunas operadoras y hoteles frente a la playa han alcanzado reservaciones totales en sus habitaciones para el día sábado 23 de mayo.

Héctor Vázquez del Mercado presidente de la OCV señaló que el fin de semana de “Memorial Day” que se une al arranque del periodo vacacional es una de las fechas más importantes de movimiento de turismo para las playas , pues se toma esta fecha como el inicio de la temporada de verano y de vacaciones.

Para este fin de semana en Puerto Peñasco   tendrá eventos variados eventos como la Expo Banacora 2014 con presentación mariachi, bailables folclóricos y degustaciones, Torneo del Golf en Las Palomas, una carrera repleta de obstáculos en el lodo, el concierto de Mark Mulligan, y la última ronda del torneo anual de pesca en la Cholla, entre otras opciones.

Además de la visita de grupos de jóvenes, ha ido en incremento la afluencia de familias completas lo que significa otro tipo de derrama económica para la ciudad, al visitarse también restaurantes y lugares de distracción familiar.

El Memorial Day se celebra en los Estados Unidos el último lunes de mayo por lo que estadounidenses tienen la oportunidad de tomar vacaciones en un fin de semana largo.


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Dirty Beach Mud Run this Memorial Day weekend!

Across the globe, challenging yet fun outdoor obstacle courses are all the rage and Puerto Peñasco is not an exception! Over Memorial Day weekend, the Rocky Point Speedway near the Reef will be the site for the 5th Dirty Beach Mud Run! The course, which stretches across 5K includes 15+ obstacles and surprises along the route! Costumes and team participation encouraged! Pre-register online or on Friday, May 23rd at Playa Bonita Hotel between 6 pm – 8 pm, or register the same day beginning at 10 a.m. at Rocky Point Speedway (near the Reef on the way to Cholla)*Ages 12+* Charitable proceeds go to the Mexico Children’s Foundation.

Additional information: Dirty Beach Mud Run US: 602-361-8311 Mex: 638 386 6084



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Uniting Nations Cup May 15 – 18

For a fourth year in a row, the Peninsula Golf Course at Mayan Palace of Grupo Vidanta will welcome amateur golfers from across the U.S. and Mexico for this weekend’s Uniting Nations Cup. The international tournament, to be held May 15 – 18, 2014, will begin with an evening cocktail on the 15th at 6 p.m. in the Lobby of Mayan Palace.

Since it began, the Uniting Nations Cup has strived to promote bonds of friendship between both countries through an exciting weekend of golf. This year’s emblem “Where Fellowship and Talent Come Together” highlights this goal. At the first Uniting Nations Cup, the U.S. team was victorious while Mexico earned the Cup in the tournament’s second year. In 2013, the U.S. regained the Cup title and all are excited to see what will happen this weekend.

Designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II, Peninsula is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Mexico,  situated on a peninsula with the Sea of Cortés on one side and a peaceful estuary on the other. The most notable characteristic of this course are the nine seaside holes, offering golfers the luxury of taking in unmatched views. Proud partners of AZ Golf Association and Southwest Section PGA.

Torneo Uniting Nations  15 – 18 de mayo

Para el cuarto año consecutivo, el campo espectacular de Peninsula en Mayan Palace del Grupo Vidanta será sede del torneo de golf, Uniting Nations Cup, que se llevará a cabo del 15 al 18 de mayo del presente, empezando con un coctel de bienvenida a las 6 p.m. en el lobby de Mayan Palace.

Desde sus inicios, el torneo Uniting Nations ha pretendido fomentar los lazos de amistad entre ambos países por medio de un emocionante fin de semana de golf. El lema del torneo este año, “Una experiencia de fraternidad y talento”, fortalece este objetivo. Durante su primer año, en 2011, el equipo de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica resultó victorioso aunque México regresó en 2012 a tomar la corona. En 2013, nuevamente el equipo de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica retomó la victoria entonces todos esperan con ansia para los resultados del 2014.

El evento, marca un hito en la historia de Golf de nuestro país, y será jugado entre equipos de México y los Estados Unidos en el Club de Golf Península; un escenario de alto reconocimiento internacional, por ser uno de los más bellos campos de Golf en México y por ser uno de los Clubes afiliados a la AGA.


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Peñasco Expo Center

The Peñasco Expo Center, with a capacity for 2500 people, parking for 1000 vehicles, and space that may be divided into 10 halls, was officially inaugurated on May 8, 2014 by Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías. Governor Padrés was accompanied by COFETUR Director Javier Tapia Camou (State Director of Tourism Promotion), and Puerto Peñasco Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta along with various local and state officials.

Though this marked the formal inauguration of Peñasco’s Expo Center, which is sure to attract new levels of convention tourism to the area, the Center had already been center stage on April 26 as site of the World Boxing Championship in which hometown flyweight boxer Juan “Gallito” Estrada Romero defended his two world titles.

The Peñasco Expo Center will serve as a pillar for the future of tourism in Puerto Peñasco.

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Puerto Peñasco present at Tianguis Turístico Mexico

tianguis-turisticoMexico’s 39th Tianguis Turístico is in full swing in Cancún, Quintana Roo with Puerto Peñasco proudly represented by Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year’s three day event (May 6 – 9, 2014) anticipates more than 8000 people, including 59 invited countries and over 700 companies. The annual Tianguis Turístico Mexico is one of the most important platforms for tourism promotion in the country, drawing in national and international buyers. Vázquez del Mercado notes this year a record number of buyers were present at the Tianguis’ inaugural event!]]>

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Memorial Day in Rocky Point!

This Memorial Day Weekend, discover all the opportunities Puerto Peñasco offers, whether that be water sports, golf, ecotourism,  fishing, an outing to Bird Island, or sunset cruises ….pick your adventure!  In addition to opportunities to explore desert landscapes and maar craters at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pinacate Biosphere Reserve just north of town, this year visitors can take in the trop-rock sounds of Mark Mulligan, be challenged by the Dirty Beach Mud Run obstacle course, sample Sonora’s own agave enriched spirit – bacanora – or take in a round of golf at one of the area’s three spectacular golf courses. The Links at Las Palomas will also be hosting its 8th Anniversary tournament over the weekend. Remember, throughout the year there is always something to make your stay unique and fun while ensuring you have the best time in Puerto Peñasco!  See you on the beach!


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