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Everything you need to know about Bioluminescence

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this amazing natural phenomenon, along with answers as shared by biologists from the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)

Is it possible to predict if this will happen again in coming days?

This is not a predictable phenomenon; there is no way of knowing if it will happen again, or if there is really a season for it in Puerto Peñasco. A detailed study would need to be done to know if this always occurs during winter and if there is a specific area.

Is it toxic?

No, it is not toxic.

Is this a common occurrence for Puerto Peñasco?

This occurs in places where the sea water is particularly cold, or warm and has happened before in Puerto Peñasco.

What causes this phenomenon?

The presence of bioluminescent (meaning they emit their own light) plankton microorganisms that react with the movement of the waves.

What makes the water change colors?

It’s due to the dinoflagellates – they are named this way because of the waving motion of their two flagellates – the size of dust particles that light up every time the water is agitated around them. These are the usual causes for the sparkling light that can be seen sometimes when swimming or sailing at night.

Is this the first time it has happened in Puerto Peñasco?

No, this phenomenon has occurred here before, notably in winter. However, the bioluminescence this January was particularly intense.

Is it safe to enter the water in the presence of the bioluminescent bloom?

Yes, you can go in. There are no reports of any harm caused by it.

Can it damage my skin?

There is no record of skin damage caused by this phenomenon; however, if you have sensitive skin it is recommended you consult your doctor beforehand.

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Everything you need to know about whale watching

– Whale watching, which is a natural privilege offered along Puerto Peñasco’s coasts, was recently authorized by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) under Official Mexican Law that establishes regulations for the practice of whale watching. 

– Whale watching most commonly takes place at the beginning of the year, and sightings can continue until April, sometimes sooner. Yet, whales in the area have appeared in November and departed before April, though this depends on temperatures.

– The route grey whales generally use to get here during the winter is basically a migratory line from the Bering Sea in Alaska, where they feed during the summer, arriving in the Sea of Cortez to give birth. After giving birth, the grey whales return north to start the process all over again, giving plenty of people the opportunity to spot them off the coasts of Baja California in Mexico, and California in the United States (Reference: El Kiosko)

– The types of whales that most frequent our coasts include Fin Whales, the second largest marine mammal in the world, and Humpback Whales, which tend to be more active and have more mobility. Dolphins can also be spotted during this time, which are usually found in groups swimming very close to our shores.

– Puerto Peñasco has several companies that offer cruises that allow tourists to approach and observe the Sea Giants, always respecting legal protocols of course.

Due to how long they have been active, Eco Fun and Del Mar Charters always stand out, but each year new tourist and private boats join in on the whale watching.

– If you ever get the chance to board one of these whale watching tours, we highly recommend you be equipped with a good camera and constantly alert, as they can show up when you least expect it.

– Keep in mind that even when in whale season, for many different reasons no cruise can guarantee actual whale sightings. 

Suggested protocols to ensure the protection of whales during whale watching trips:

The vessel must always move slower than the slowest whale in the group. In any event, the vessel must avoid sudden acceleration or deceleration.

*What CAN’T you do when whale watching?

When whale watching DO NOT:

  • Harass or cause any kind of damage to the whales, this includes obstructing its course.
  • Provoke the whales to disperse.
  • Get between a mother-offspring couple, approach a couple of mating whales, or those giving birth.
  • Do any of the following activities: fishing, snorkeling, swimming, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, or use of any kind of flotation or submergible device. Banana boats and ultralights or helicopter rides for observation purposes are also prohibited.
  • Toss or dispose of any type of waste, including garbage, oils, and any fuel used in operating vessels.
  • Collect, capture, hunt, trap, or acquire any type of wild life or vegetation, bring in or transport any species from one community to another.
  • Bring any service animal on board, with the exception of seeing eye dogs
  • Feed the whales.
  • Tow any kind of object, ropes, lines, nets, hooks, or any other similar object.

*Source www.viajarbuceando.com

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Christmas and New Year’s in Rocky Point!

Christmas is another very important day, reuniting families across the globe. The holiday spirit embraces the city with decorations and lights, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus.   The winter holidays are another great time to seize the moment and enjoy a quick getaway to Puerto Peñasco with friends and family. The beaches are warm and of course the season is marked with special events, dinners, maybe even a parade, but definitely the familiar welcome that always awaits visitors. 

The final holiday of the season, and of course to wrap up the year with a bang in Puerto Peñasco is, of course, New Year’s! Yet again, friends and family come together to celebrate the year that has passed and to wish each other a better upcoming year.

Close out your year by celebrating it in Puerto Peñasco! You will undoubtedly have a memorable time as restaurants, bars, and nightclubs put on gala dinners, feature live music, offer New Year’s toasts, masquerades, and the traditional countdown to ring in the New Year!

Any one of these dates is a great excuse to hit the highway and travel to the beaches of Puerto Peñasco, where tourists are always received with open arms. Puerto Peñasco always has events and specials to offer. Come and fall in love with Puerto Peñasco!

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January Jam! Beachside winter music festival for the soul

From the creators of Circus Mexicus, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, January Jam is an 11-year-old music festival stretching over three days that brings together popular bands, friends, and fans from across Arizona, Texas, California, Illinois, Minnesota, and beyond!

For 2020, January Jam is set for MLK Weekend, January 17th – 19th!

After the initial idea for the event came out of a post-session recording concert, January Jam has become a platform for several bands particularly from the southwestern US, though its main attraction is the atmosphere of friendship and fellowship that abounds. 

In recent years, the music festival weekend has also included the Mexican Moonshine Tequila Golf Classic, bringing together friends in helping to raise additional funds for local charities. While beneficiaries of the yearly donations change from year to year, they are all within the local community.

Throughout January Jam’s lifespan, more and more venues have become staples of the event, including the pioneering “JJ’s Cantina”, Banditos, Las Palomas, Wrecked at the reef, Chango’s, Capone’s, Boo Bar, Xochitl’s, Tekila Bar, and Señor Amigo. Each year also sees more and more musical acts joining in on the fun.

Early January is the perfect time for this beachside music fest, as Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers get to unwind from their busy concert schedule in a spot they consider to be like their second home.

For local Mexican nationals in Puerto Peñasco, ticket discounts are available at the door.

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Thanksgiving in Rocky Point 2019

One of the most important days to celebrate in the United States is Thanksgiving; a date that brings together family and friends in being grateful for what one has. This year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday, November 28th

In Puerto Peñasco, where many US ex-pats reside, and which receives thousands of tourists, Thanksgiving time can make you feel right at home. With this in mind, several restaurants prepare traditional Thanksgiving dinners so that people from the U.S. feel welcome. Another custom families have adopted is that of booking a resort stay or rental home to celebrate by cooking their own dinner, or having a caterer prepare their food for them.

In addition, you can commemorate Thanksgiving in our beautiful port by joining your favorite people somewhere near the beach, or on a terrace where you can enjoy dinner along with an unsurpassed view.

Historically stemming from the popular retelling of Pilgrims celebrating their first harvest in the New World in 1621 with the Wampanoag Native Americans, Thanksgiving was celebrated as early as 1789 under the first U.S. President George Washington and then established as the 4th Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln. A U.S. Congressional resolution in 1941 confirmed Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November.

If you’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving in Rocky Point and you still haven’t picked the right place to visit, here are some options for a traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie dinner, as well as several spots offering a full menu.

  • Zuquin Banquets
  • Pane e Vino
  • Islas del Mar
  • Peñasco del Sol Hotel
  • Infusión del Golfo
  • Mare Blu Ristorante
  • Cielito Lindo at Sonoran Sky
  • Colin’s Cantina at Princesa de Peñasco
  • Islas del Mar 

..among others

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Day of the Dead in Puerto Peñasco!

The period between the end of October and beginning of November acquires a solemn yet festive mood, filled with aromas of marigold, incense, copal, candle wax, tasty dishes, candy skulls, chocolate, and “pan de muerto” filling the air. Families visit and decorate the resting places of loved ones; colorful perforated paper and Catrinas abound, as more and more people create traditional altars.

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican tradition honoring the dead. Though the celebration originates from the pre-Hispanic era, thanks to Spanish conquest aspects of Catholicism have been incorporated and it is celebrated principally on Nov. 1st and 2nd , coinciding with the Catholic “All Saints Day”. Traditionally, November 1st is when the spirits of children come to visit, while November 2nd is for the spirits of adults.

Official city events in Puerto Peñasco will begin on November 1st.

The traditional altar and catrina contests will be held on November 1st and 2nd  on the popular “Rodeo Drive” curios shops road, beginning around 5 pm each day. Celebrations are to include altar displays, theater, music, film, art, a traditional procession, catrina contests, and of course lots and lots of delectable Mexican food.

Still, many people begin celebrations earlier with altar and catrina contests held at schools, bars, and in clubs.

Even though Día de Muertos is a traditional Mexican celebration, Halloween has now become part of local festivities, all you need to do is look inside any store to notice this. So, don’t forget to buy plenty of candy so you won’t get caught empty-handed by would-be trick or treaters.

We recommend you stay alert and follow social media sites of your favorite spots because there will surely be costume and catrina parties all over the city!

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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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How to celebrate U.S. holidays in Puerto Peñasco?

Even though we’re already in the ninth month of the year, there are still some American holidays left to celebrate. Many people take advantage of these long weekends to head out and celebrate in another city. Such is the case for Puerto Peñasco, which receives thousands of U.S. visitors looking to spend a fun holiday weekend with family or a group of friends at the beach.

Columbus Day (Oct. 14th in the U.S. this year), is celebrated as a day to commemorate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. In Mexico, this is commemorated on Oct. 12th, called “Dia de la Raza” (Day of the Race).  In some parts of the U.S. this has also come to be called Indigenous Peoples Day.  The three-day weekend is a great time to visit Puerto Peñasco and take in the 34th edition of the colorful “Piñata Regatta”. The hobie cat races showcase colorful sailboats from the neighboring states of Arizona and California that come to sail the Sandy Beach area and take advantage of the cooler weather.  Most bars also have special deals over the weekend, making Puerto Peñasco the ideal spot to enjoy Columbus Day on the Sea of Cortez.

Halloween is another U.S. holiday that has become popular in Mexico. In Puerto Peñasco, it has become a busy day with plenty of movement and kids dressed up in their most terrifying costumes who go “trick or treating” to several different businesses and neighborhoods with U.S. expat communities, as they tend to be ready with candy and are eager to hand out treats! 

Many area bars and clubs throw Halloween parties, offering fun prizes for the best costumes as well as deals on food and drinks, and plenty of party and fun for all!

Another important date is November 11th, U.S. Veteran’s Day, honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Thousands of people from the U.S. choose to spend the holiday in Puerto Peñasco as it also coincides with the now famous Rocky Point Rally, the largest biker fiesta in northwestern Mexico.  Veteran’s Day, along with the Rocky Point Rally, turn the weekend into an extended week of patriotic celebrations and motorcycles. If you haven’t made your reservations, you still have a chance to do so and should because it fills up quick!

Thanksgiving Day is yet another very special day (Nov. 28th this year). This is when families get together to share a wonderful meal, grateful for blessings received, and to share good wishes. This celebration is always on the fourth Thursday of November, and is another extended break that many families take advantage of to visit Puerto Peñasco. On Thanksgiving you’ll be able to find the traditional turkey dinner (yes, with apple or pumpkin pie!) at most restaurants who will try their best to make you feel at home. Don’t forget to make your Thanksgiving reservation at your favorite restaurant!

Christmas is another very important day, reuniting families across the globe. The holiday spirit embraces the city with decorations and lights, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus.   The winter holidays are another great time to seize the moment and enjoy a quick getaway to Puerto Peñasco with friends and family. The beaches are warm and of course the season is marked with special events, dinners, maybe even a parade, but definitely the familiar welcome that always awaits visitors. 

The final holiday of the season, and of course to wrap up the year with a bang in Puerto Peñasco is, of course, New Year’s! Yet again, friends and family come together to celebrate the year that has passed and to wish each other a better upcoming year.

Close out your year by celebrating it in Puerto Peñasco! You will undoubtedly have a memorable time as restaurants, bars, and night clubs put on gala dinners, feature live music, offer New Year’s toasts, masquerades, and the traditional countdown to ring in the New Year!

Any one of these dates is a great excuse to hit the highway and travel to the beaches of Puerto Peñasco, where tourists are always received with open arms. Puerto Peñasco always has events and specials to offer. Come and fall in love with Puerto Peñasco!

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Top Ten Weekend activities in Rocky Point!

Top Ten Weekend activities in Rocky Point!

Visiting Puerto Peñasco this weekend?

Here are our recommendations on how to spend an incredible weekend along the best beaches northern Mexico has to offer!

Visit the Schuk Toak Visitors Center of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve.

Get to know all the different species that inhabit the Greater Altar Desert, observe the majestic craters and lava trails, and explore the largest dunes in Sonora. This is really an adventure you can’t miss, and you’ll even be able to cross “visit the only volcanic area visible from space” off your bucket list.
El Pinacate

Visit Bird Island

Enjoy the trip to this protected island that harbors hundreds of sea lions and different types of birds, where you will be able to kayak, paddleboard, or even swim with the sea lions.

Isla San Jorge aka Bird Island

Play  Golf

Puerto Peñasco has 3 golf courses, each offering unique sceneries that unite the desert, sea, and greens. What a perfect combination for a round of golf!

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Stroll along the Malecon

This is a must when visiting Puerto Peñasco. Take a nice stroll down the Malecon and take in the amazing sunset, go shopping for typical Puerto Peñasco souvenirs, or grab a bite to eat with a spectacular sea view.​
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Have an off-road adventure

Explore the sand trails the largest desert in Sonora has to offer, on your choice of ATV or UTV. This is definitely an exciting experience you don’t want to miss!
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Go on a sunset cruise

Get an actual front row seat for sunset! There are several sunset cruise options in Puerto Peñasco, where you can enjoy your favorite drinks, good music, and the variety of entertainment featured on each boat. Pick your trip of choice and enjoy the greatest sunsets the Sea of Cortez has to offer.
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Parasailing

This is an experience you will want to relive over and over again! Just imagine the panoramic view from the sky over the Sea of Cortez, where you can take in not only the immense sea, but also the malecón, and Puerto Peñasco’s beaches.

Ultralight rides

Another adventure in the skies you can’t miss out on is flying over the bay aboard one of these small light planes, which will make you feel endless excitement. The view is incredible and the experience is unique. You can find these in the Sandy Beach area.

Zip-Line

Speaking of adrenaline rushes, the Zip-Line is a must! Check this one off your list after having experienced the longest zip-line in Sonora, offering a majestic view of how the desert meets the sea.

Banana rides & Jet Skis

Puerto Peñasco offers the popular, and fan-favorite, banana boat rides and jet skis. Hop on this inflatable ride and have as much fun as you can imagine, or relieve some stress and get your adrenaline pumping on a jet-ski. Don’t forget to follow instructions and use a life vest.
Banana boat, Jetskis

Visit our activities section where you will be able to explore different options you can enjoy in Puerto Peñasco. Also, feel free to check out our events section and be in the know on everything that is going on in Puerto Peñasco. Don’t forget that most hotels, bars, and restaurants have something special ready for you!

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