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Puerto Peñasco : Portal to Peacefulness
Puerto Peñasco – also known as Rocky Point - is an accessible place to unwind where water, sand, and sun meet in abundance to yield a soothing salve where worries wash away in the sound of the surf and smell of the sea. The proximity of Puerto Peñasco to the United States is a huge draw for those that are aware of this oasis, and also what gives the area its nickname as ‘the Beach of Arizona’ – for it is only 60 miles from the border and within the Free Zone. Flights into the local airport in Puerto Peñasco will soon resume, but until that time one can drive down (greeted by iconic Saguaro cactuses) from flying into Tucson, AZ or several convenient US locales. The dollar goes far, making entertainment, dining, property, and expenses highly affordable.
Puerto Peñasco began as a fishing town, a tradition that is memorialized in the humorous sculpture of a shrimper riding a gigantic crustacean in the town square. This legacy continues to this day, heard today in the voices of street-side fishermen calling out their fresh catches of the day and clear from the abundance of specialty seafood on the menus of local eateries. The Sea of Cortez is the lifeblood of Puerto Peñasco and provides for abundant recreational and relaxation opportunities. Due to the shelter of Baja California to the west, the Sea is much calmer and warmer than the raw Pacific Ocean – and at its hottest in the summer it is akin to bathwater!
One can interact with the water in many ways - long strolls at low tide on the beach with views of the mountains, sailing, yachting, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, or simply gazing out at the water and letting it lull you into a sense of peace. The abundant marine life provides ample entertainment – whale watching, frolicking with sea lions, and birding are all easily accessible. Chola Bay, nearby beyond the northern mountains, is known for its fresh oysters and scallops, and a special treat is to travel there for an unbelievably fresh sunset dinner.
The area is also home to the most endangered cetacean in the world – la Vaquita (little cow) – the population of which is less than 100. One can learn about the bio preserves in the region at CITA – an ecological center to get an insightful overview of the local flora and fauna and learn about their local sustainability study program. A popular pastime is ATV riding in the extensive sand dunes of the area and stopping afterwards to sip fresh Pina Coladas and coconut water by the side of the road. Additional enjoyable local activities include visiting Pinacate Biosphere Reserve – a ‘moonscape’ that NASA used to train for moon landings, local art shopping, and going to the town square in the evenings where mariachi gather with tubas, drum sets, guitars, and many joining in the singing. There are a wide array of restaurants and bars, and locals and visitors alike are friendly, courteous, and hospitable in this service oriented town which contributes to the safe atmosphere.
Puerto Peñasco is a sleepy secret that is going to soon come to the attention of many more vacationers, as the town is nearing completion on a deep water port that will allow cruise ships to dock in its waters. To meet the coming demand Puerto Peñasco is busy upgrading the infrastructure to support this coming wave: putting in concrete roads, walkways, and beautifying the area. Seize the moment and invest in property in Puerto Peñasco before the port is completed, capital floods in, and prices inevitably skyrocket. Acting now rewards your proactive investment with added value and profit before the coming flood of interest!
doll strung up on telephone wire : view from LA to LV megabus front window
megabus v. greyhound - the bus service to choose
In my travelers opinion Megabus is a superior bus service to Greyhound : their baggage allowances are more flexible, it is cheaper (you can find ridiculously low rates especially if you book early), they have outlets, and wifi. additionally, you can get a seat looking out of the big front window for $5 extra
the open road beacons
art school gallery showing 'curious critters' by David FitzSimmons
on the road to Mexico
porta jane - ladies only port a potty
opulent, ornate carved brazilian renaissance wood bed
the promising skeleton of a luxury condo complex
boo bar - complete with bar playground swings
men - no shirt no service
free the nipple folks
camaronero statue honoring the shrimpers of the area
the view from the top of the castle