Road Trip From Phoenix AZ to Puerto Penasco Mexico.

Big waves on sandy beach looking towards the old port

Big waves on sandy beach looking towards the old port

I went to Puerto PenascoMexico (Rocky Point) for the first time in 20 years. The last time I visited I was just out of high school and drove down with some friends for Spring Break. This town has changed a whole lot. And not for the worse but for the better. All along Sandy Beach are beautiful high rise condos and beach front homes. I stayed in the newest building called Sonoran Sky and it was beautiful. The lobby of the Sky is gorgeous with tile flooring and large glass windows that look out to the ocean. They also have a gym that faces the pool area and the beach. I drove down in my own car and purchased Mexican Auto Insurancewhich was relatively cheap, only $45 for three nights. The parking lot at the Sonoran Sky is totally secure and I wasn’t worried in the least about leaving my car parked out there.

I ended up renting a 1 bedroom condo on the 5th floorof the Sky. It was a beautiful condo with travertine tile flooring, the kitchen has full size stainless steel appliances, solid granite counters and a breakfast bar. The best part of the condo was the huge glass sliding door that leads out to the furnished balcony which allowed for awesome views of the sandy beach and the ocean. All of the Sonoran Sky condos from the 1st floor all the way up to the 15th floor Penthouse suites offer ocean front views.  I took this picture showing two of the resort pools from my balcony.
Sonoran Sky Pools and the beach at low tide

Sonoran Sky Pools and the beach at low tide

And this photo of some caballeros (cowboys) riding their horses on the beach.
Riding horses on the beach.

Riding horses on the beach.

All in all, the two days went by way to fast. I was really starting to relax and get into the swing of things too. I think next time I go to Rocky Point I’ll definitely want to stay one full week. Getting to Puerto Penasco from Phoenix is so easy too. It’s less then 3 hours to the border and once you cross it’s just 60 more miles to the beach, fun times and relaxation.  I also wanted to say that at no time did I ever feel like I was in danger. There were always cars in front of me and behind me with Arizona plates, other tourist all going to the same place I was.

This is a great place to head after staying at one of our Vacation Rentals in Phoenix AZ. I have some recommendations for places to eat if you go. The first day I went to Pollo Lucas, they are in a thatched roof building called a palapa, located on the main Hwy into town just north of Calle 13. At Pollo Lucas they cook whole charbroiled chickens and serve them with homemade flour tortillas (made right there fresh) rice, beans and salsa. It was easily the best BBQ chicken I’ve ever had.
My second recommendation is for Marys in the old port. When I woke up Sunday morning it was cloudy with some intermittent rain showers and for me that means I’m in the mood for a good hearty soup. Marys hit the spot. I went in and ordered a piping hot bowl of 7 seas soup. It was full of fresh (just off the boat) jumbo shrimp, red snapper, clams, calamari and more and all of it was pulled right out of the Sea of Cortez. Marys serves the soup with piping hot corn tortillas on the side, along with some lemons and chips with salsa.
I’ll leave you with one last photo.
Sandy Beach looking towards Cholla Bay

Sandy Beach looking towards Cholla BaySunset from Princessa

Good freinds Shea and Lolis sitting down for breakfast at Tacos Luis!

Tacos Luis in Puerto Penasco. This is were you come for breakfast if you want to eat good like the locals do!

El Poblano Tacos - The best Carne Asada and Pastor

Shea, Lolis and Santana at Santana's Coffe in the old port - Rocky Point.

The best seafood in Rocky Point. Get the 7-seas soup. It's so good.

Live crab - just off the boat. Only $1 per crab!

Jumbo shrimp from '3 Boys II' in the Malacon - Rocky Point Only $7US per pound of Jumbo Shrimp.

My good freind Lolis enjoying the Pastor Tacos at El Poblano in Rocky Point.