Aug 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Discover Where the Sonoran Desert Meets the Sea

Seniors living in Arizona or southern California, have undoubtedly heard of Rocky Point. I know it fairly well myself having traveled there ten times on church mission trips. During our visits, we provide food and clothing and on our last trip we installed electricity to a family who had never had any.  In addition we “finalized” a bathroom for a mother and her children who had only a camp-like disposable toilet.  It was neat to see the reaction of each family as they turned on the lights and flushed the stool. It was gratifying to say the least. Anyway, I want to share with you the attraction of what can been called “Arizona’s Beach.”  Phoenix-area residents have purchased an estimated 2,400 beachfront condominium units and detached vacation homes and the number is on the increase. Rocky Point is “where the Sonoran Desert meets the sea.”

Getting there will be an experience in itself as you will be stopped at least twice en route by the Border Patrol stations.  Crossing the border is not bad going in, but in returning you will need your passport and no fruit or vegetables with you in your car.  Puerto Peñasco is nestled in the northwestern corner of the Mexican state of Sonora, on Mexican highway #8 approximately 65 miles from the Lukeville, AZ/ Plutarco Elias Calles (Sonoyta) border crossing. It is important to note the Lukeville/Sonoyta border entry is closed from midnight until 6 a.m.  Going to Rocky Point,  we pass through Why, Arizona (what an unusual name, huh?) and have to stop for gas and the almost essential necessary Mexican car insurance.

Growing Tourist Destination for Seniors

Today Rocky Point is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in all of Mexico. This is due in large part to the proximity of Rocky Point to Arizona, and the ease of getting  there.  Many seniors and foreigners alike visit Rocky Point en masse to take in the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Rocky Point has a wide range of hotels and condos for rent as you enjoy the sandy beaches and the sparkling waters of the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula. You will find that thrills abound as you can take an ultralight, rent an ATV and ride the dunes near Sandy Beach.  The Malecon (port) is neat, full of rusty boats that go out daily to bring in the catch of flounder, jumbo shrimp, oysters and a wide variety of other ocean fish.  There is always plenty to see and evenings will invite your palate to one of the many fine restaurants.

Seniors, have you ever been on a Banana Boat?  Give the diver a thumbs up as you bounce over the many waves.  Pack a cooler, sunscreen and a good book or two and spend the day just relaxing at the beach.  There is a wide variety of spots to take in daily.  Nearby you may visit Le Pinacate Volcanic Region Reserve.  If you like aquariums like the one at Monterrey, CA take in the CET MAR where you can feed a sea lion or to the CDDO to learn about the many creatures living in the Sea of Cortez.  In addition, many choose to be brave and pilot a jet ski boat or go parasailing. Deep sea fishing is also very popular in search of the big sea bass or grouper.  If you are a pilot, The Sea of Cortés International Airport is approximately 9 miles southeast of Puerto Peñasco on the Peñasco – Caborca highway #37. The airport currently offers two runways and can receive both private and commercial planes.

For more information go to and see for yourself all the attractions. Check it out on YouTube with this promotional video. ¡Buen viaje! jeb

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