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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.