March 2007



Rocky Point Has It All!

The Old/The New

By Carol L. Allen.

A charming mix of the old and the new, friendly faces, a magnificent beach, quaint shops, memorable restaurants, and plans for incredibly luxurious development.

This is Puerto Peñasco 2007.

My husband Jim and I were treated to a few days in Rocky Point recently, thanks to the hospitality of Morris Jackson and Sandy Beach Realty as well as Sea Side Rentals.

In the few days we were there, we saw incredible changes in the area from those times, just a few years ago, that we used to camp out on Sandy Beach.

Still The Old Town Charm

As the snapshots surrounding this story indicate, there are still charming restaurants, shops, mariachi bands, RVers, and, as always, excellent fishing opportunities.

The little shrimp boats still go out at night, their navigation lights twinkling against the dark waters of the Sea of Cortez. (And their catches are legendary cuisine in the local restaurants.)

However, there is more and more to Rocky Point, perhaps more than we had ever dreamed there would be.

This issue covers some of the present development and the future plans — from luxurious condominium complexes, to beautiful golf courses, and an incredible assortment of new marinas — to give you just a taste of the new flavor of "Arizona’s Sea Coast."

But, With New Plans

It is, of course, impossible to address everything; there is so much happening just south of the border.

We suggest, for example, that Southwesterners who would like to visit Rocky Point get a copy of Rocky Point Times, a monthly periodical that addresses some of the basics such as conversion to the metric system, maps, some necessary travel advice, and more: www.rptimes.com or e-mail rptimes@prodigy.net.mx.

Our coverage of Puerto Peñasco today begins on page 14 of the March issue.

Besides descriptions of the Nautical Ladder, there is mention of some businesses such as Santiago Ocean Services that can hook up the visitor with excellent fishing, watersports, sunset cruises, and more — and of Sandy Beach Realty, instrumental in the marketing of beautiful residential structures such as the Esmeralda Resort on Sandy Beach.

This is only a sketch of Rocky Point today. However, as the years go by, we predict that more and more Arizonans and other water lovers from the Southwest will find their way south — just three and a half to four hours away — into a coastal paradise.

We did, and we’ll be back.

A View In Brief

To give a partial view of what’s available and what’s happening in Puerto Peñasco today, please see the following stories and photos on pages 14 through 27 in the March issue:

"Your Place On The Beach" (Sea Side Reservations)

"#1 For Fun" (Santiago Ocean Services)

"Nautical Tourism: Preparing For A New Wave Of Visitors"

"In Rocky Point: The Next Step Ahead" (SBR, Gamir Developments, Grupo Questro, etc.)

"Splash! Yachting The Waters Of The Sea Of Cortez"

"Dive Into Rocky Point, The World’s Aquarium"

"Blue Aquarium: Snorkeling At Sandy Beach"

"Kite Surfing In Rocky Point: A Sensation, An Escape, A Way Of Life"

"Rocky Point’s Future: New Marinas Are Good News For Boaters"

"Break The Waves; Crash The Waves!" (jet skiing)

"Puerto Peñasco: An Investor’s Paradise"

"Cinco De Mayo Is Also For Sailing"

"From Jet Skis To Mega Yachts"

"Luxury In The Plans For Sports Enthusiasts" (new sports club)

"New Puerto Peñasco Group: Uncommon Women On Common Ground"

"Morris Jackson" (sales for Esmeralda Resort at Sandy Beach)

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