Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point) is a privileged spot nestled in a corner of the Sea of Cortez, where sea waves blend into the dunes of the Altar desert, crowned by the majestically grand Pinacate Biosphere. It is undoubtedly a must-see destination!
Now one of the most important and frequented beach destinations in northwestern Mexico, this Sonoran port offers tremendous hotel and resort infrastructure, varied cuisine, and the most beautiful beaches around. Many of its beaches have been awarded national and international recognition as sustainable clean beaches.
Given its proximity to the United States, Rocky Point is a favorite beach destination for thousands of tourists from the U.S. and Canada, who often visit various times throughout the year. It is also appealing to tourists from Baja California, in search of warmer waters, visitors from Chihuahua as this is the closest beach to them, and of course tourists from across Sonora and other states looking for an escape to enjoy fun with family, friends, or even romance.
If you haven’t yet visited this Mexican treasure, which offers everything needed to enjoy a truly unforgettable vacation, here are more details on how to get here easily and safely by either land or air.
If coming from Southwestern U.S., including Arizona, California, New Mexico, and the like, the border crossing at Lukeville, AZ – Sonoyta, Sonora will put you at within an hour of Rocky Point. This broad-shouldered highway is very safe given the ample surface, signage, and emergency telephones along the route. These factors are bolstered as the highway is part of the Safe Corridor program. During the trip you’ll go through spectacular desert landscapes, as well as be able to see the Pinacate mountain range on the horizon.
For those traveling from Baja California, southern California, or other spots west, one of the recommended routes is the Coastal Highway connecting San Luis Rio Colorado to El Golfo de Santa Clara and Puerto Peñasco. The 2½ hour route departing El Golfo hugs the coast at times, allowing for glimpses of the sea while also passing through areas of petrified dunes and Salinas salt flats. Moderate speeds recommended along this highway due to road conditions, including accumulated sand in spots.
For those coming from other parts of Sonora, Chihuahua, or from the U.S. entering Mexico through Nogales, you can get to Rocky Point via the Caborca-Puerto Peñasco highway. Moderate speeds recommended for the two-hour drive on the two-laned state highway, due to road conditions and safety. Along the route you will spot saguaro and cactus stretching up from the desert floor. As you near the city, you’ll pass right near various oyster farms that are worth a visit.
If coming from regions in Baja California and California, and you’d like to cut down on distance so you can enjoy more time in Rocky Point, since April travelers can opt for the Tijuana-Puerto Peñasco flight offered by Calafia Airlines, which will get you here in under an hour. From the skies you’ll be able to appreciate a spectacular aerial view over the Sea of Cortez and the Great Altar Desert.
If you’d prefer not to use your own car, there are rental options to provide greater comfort, whether for individual use or groups, as various companies across the region offer rentals. You can also check for tourism packages to Rocky Point, or even catch a bus from any part of Mexico.
Whichever route you choose, we are ready to welcome you to Rocky Point. There’s still time to plan a vacation for 2022!
For more information, we’ve put together some links and contact information for tour companies, travel consultants, transportation options, rentals, and flight.
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