Puerto Peñasco is a privileged spot nestled in the corner of the Sea of Cortez, where the waves from the sea meld with the Desert of Altar, crowned by the grandeur and majestic Pinacate Biosphere. This is undoubtedly a destination you must explore!
Transformed into what is now a beach destination and positioning itself as one of the most important and frequented spots in Northwestern Mexico, this Sonoran port offers great hotel infrastructure, varied cuisine, and beautiful beaches. Many of its beaches have been distinguished nationally and internationally in meeting goals of cleanliness and sustainability.
Given its proximity to the United States, Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point) is a favorite beach destination for thousands of North American tourists who visit the area several times throughout the year. This destination also welcomes many visitors from Baja California in search of the warm sea, visitors from Chihuahua as this is the closest beach to them, and of course tourism from across Sonora, among other areas. All who visit are sure to find an escape for fun with family and friends, and romance.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore this Mexican treasure that offers all you need for a pleasant and unforgettable vacation, we share details on roads to get here to ensure a safe and easy trip.
If coming from Arizona, California, or other states in the American Southwest, the border crossing at Lukeville, AZ – Sonoyta, Sonora will bring you to within an hour of Puerto Peñasco. The ample road, with shoulders, is safe given the smooth surface and varied signage along the way regarding spots of interest and emergency telephone contacts, which form part of the Safe Corridor program. Along the way, you’ll be able to take in the spectacular desert landscape as well as view the Pinacate range on the horizon.
For those coming from Baja California, southern California, and other spots that direction, a suggested route is the Coastal Highway that connects San Luis Rio Colorado to the Gulf of Santa Clara, and on to Puerto Peñasco. The two- and half-hour journey hugs the coast for much of its span, allowing you to catch glimpses of the beach. This highway also runs through areas of petrified dunes and salt beds.
For those traveling to Puerto Peñasco from the southern part of Sonora, Chihuahua, or U.S. visitors who crossed into Mexico at the Nogales or Agua Prieta entries, the Caborca-Puerto Peñasco highway will take about two hours to our beach destination. It is recommended drivers travel at moderate speed along this two-lane state highway due to bumpy conditions in spots, as well as for safety precautions. You’ll spot saguaro and other splendid desert cacti from the road and, as you approach the city, you’ll come across turn-offs to oyster farms you should explore at some point.
Along with highway routes to get to Puerto Peñasco, direct flights between Tijuana and Puerto Peñasco are planned to start in April 2022. This will cut down on distance and time, providing safe and rapid travel.
If you’d prefer not to drive your own vehicle, you may opt for renting a car for greater comfort, or for larger groups. There are several companies in the region that can provide rental or shuttle services. You can also check for travel tours to Puerto Peñasco, or travel by bus from any part of Mexico.
Whichever way you choose to get to Puerto Peñasco, we’ll be ready to welcome you! Plan your vacations for 2022!