Often called "Arizona's Beach" or Rocky Point, Puerto Penasco lies on the coast of the Sea of Cortez in Northern Mexico, less than 70 miles from the Arizona border. Even though Puerto Penasco is easily accessible, it can still feel tropical and remote, which makes it the perfect romantic getaway, family vacation destination, or escape from cold winters further north. Come here to bask on the beach or spend an afternoon relaxing in a luxury spa. Explore the quaint shopping areas of this once-remote fishing village. And after the sun goes down, sample traditional Mexican cuisine at some of the best restaurants in Sonora.
Here are a few additional suggestions as you plan your trip:
-Go sea kayaking: A sea kayak is the best way to experience the estuaries and marine eco-systems around Rocky Point. Take a guided excursion or rent a boat and explore on your own.
-Play on the beach: Playa Bonita Beach is a beautiful place to relax and soak up the sun. Swim, surf, or go parasailing and see the coast from above.
-Take a charter fishing trip: Deep sea fishing excursions leave the harbor of Puerto Penasco on a regular basis.
-Play a round of golf: Tee off at Las Palomas or any of the other emerald green, beautifully manicured golf courses around the area.
-Go scuba diving and snorkeling: Explore the reef ecosystems and the dazzling variety of marine life that inhabit the Sea of Cortez and the coastal areas of northern Mexico.
-Enjoy the nightlife: After the sun goes down, sample some of the excellent restaurants and energetic night spots close to Sandy Beach and Rocky Point.
Development is gradually expanding in the Puerto Penasco area, which means that every year brings a wider variety of places to stay. Find an affordable condo close to the popular Cholla Mall and other conveniences, or rent a summer beach home along the coast with beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez. It's also easy to find a vacation rental within a few steps of Playa Bonita and Sandy Beach.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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