Puerto Peñasco – Rocky Point

March 09, 2017
Linden Gray

 Puerto Peñasco – Rocky Point

Story by Jim Foreman

Often overlooked by travelers heading to Baja California or Mainland Mexico, Puerto Peñasco serves an important role. Arizona drivers including people from Yuma, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson all know Puerto Peñasco or Rocky Point, in English, as their closest beach city. Being located on the northern most point of the Sea of Cortez in northwestern Sonora, it’s easy to see why.

Curiously, the name Rocky Point predated the name Puerto Peñasco. On older mariner maps, the location known as Rocky Point was simply labeled a ‘Rocky Point’. The designation is due to the lava outcroppings that presented hazards to early mariners.

Today Rocky Point serves as a warm seaside resort town that has a little something for everyone.

Rocky Point has many locals who will gladly take you out on pangas (unsinkable open fishing boats) for a day of fishing or whale watching, when in season. There are also many opportunities to wear your favorite bikini or swim trunks and swim in the warm sea, paddleboard, or achieve a perfect golden tan.

Mexican Insurance for Rocky Point

Whale Paddleboarder – Rocky Point

If playing in the dirt is more your style, the surrounding Altar Desert is ideal for running off-highway vehicles along endless dunes and trails.

Known for it’s excellent seafood, Rocky Point has dozens of dining options. Many of the offerings cater to Norte Americanos but in the actual town one can also find more authentic Mexican food at more authentic Mexican prices.

Besides hosting weekend beach goers for Arizona residents, Rocky Point is known for several huge motorcycle rallies where the entire town takes on a festive atmosphere. Rocky Point is also a great Spring Break destination for sun and fun.

Mexican Insurance for Rocky Point

Rocky Point – Spring Break

Rocky Point is simultaneously something for nearly everyone. There are family friendly beachside resorts along with more lively and spirited offerings for those looking for a party atmosphere.

Rocky Point is accessible via air with scheduled flights from LAX and Las Vegas. A cruise terminal is under construction, while negotiations are underway for a cruise line to make Rocky Point a port of call.

Getting to Rocky Point by car is probably best and is very easy. Simply take Interstate 8 to the 85 South to Lukeville/Sonoyta and then follow Mex 8 south for about one hour. Alternatively one can reach Rocky Point from Mexicali or Yuma by taking Mex 2 to Sonoyta and dropping down Mex 8. From the Sonora side, Mex 2 is in rougher shape and not recommended. It’s better to travel within the US along Route 86 and then dropping down the 85 into Lukeville. One only needs to have their passports or passcards and Mexican Insurance for Rocky Point for vehicles traveling into Mexico.

Mexican Insurance for Rocky Point

Paddleboard Rocky Point

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9 Comments. Leave new

Cori Denardo
May 23, 2017 5:21 pm

When it comes to vacation spots, you don’t want to ignore Rocky Point. In so many ways, this destination is the top and most-visited place in Mexico. It only takes Mexico insurance policy to drive and get there.

Shad Leaton
July 24, 2017 5:58 pm

Annually, frequent visitors always consider Mexico for fun. So Mexico insurance helps in giving worry-free experience while traveling.

Linden Gray
July 25, 2017 2:59 pm

This can not be overstated. Peace of mind is important!

Adolph Gilchrist
September 10, 2017 6:04 pm

Mexican insurance covers your car during road accidents, theft or burglary, damages and may get you home during serious medical conditions.


This is true if you purchase full coverage Mexican car insurance.

Marcell Walker
November 28, 2017 5:53 pm

A Mexico insurance coverage should be on the top of your list when planning to head to Mexico for a break.

Theresa Degennaro
January 1, 2018 7:07 pm

If you want to stay in the campground, plan carefully your schedule and check the accessible campgrounds in Mexico. A little talk with your insurance provider can mean a lot for you.

Cassey Kellett
February 13, 2018 6:33 pm

It makes all the difference when you go to Mexico and experience the sun, beach sand, gourmet delights – not excluding of course their culture and practices. Travelling around Mexico is easier if you drive your car with Mexican insurance.

Meghan Utecht
July 23, 2018 6:17 pm

It’s really necessary to purchase Mexican insurance. When the unexpected happens, it will help you a lot in receiving claims.


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