Rocky Point, also known as Puerto Penasco, is a tourist destination city on the coast of the Gulf of California in Mexico. The city is known for its pristine weather and relaxing beaches, which together create the ideal locale for resort-goers, who can find plenty to do on Rocky Point's shores. A couple of the city's featured resorts even offer all-inclusive packages, charging a single price to cover the hotel room as well as meals, beverages and even, at one of the resorts, special activities.
Sonoran Sea Resort
Sonoran Sea sits on Sandy Beach in Rocky Point, with the Sea of Cortez stretching out from the beach to the west and the city's old port and harbor to the east. It includes a gated complex with more than 200 fully-furnished condominiums, each of which faces the ocean and features equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, satellite TV and a large beachfront terrace or patio. But the best part is that the resort offers all-inclusive options.
Rates differ depending on the type of condo you rent and which days of the week you plan to visit, with weekend rates running higher than weekday rates. The all-inclusive package includes the condo as well as food and drinks for four days and three nights. Approximate prices are as follows:
- One-bed, one-bath condo for two people: $1,190 on weekends, $1,130 on weekdays
- Two-bed, two-bath condo for four people: $1,980 on weekends, $1,900 on weekdays
- Three-bed, three-bath condo for six people: $2,830 on weekends, $2,760 on weekdays
- Three-bed, two-luxury bath condo for six people: $2,880 on weekends, $2,800 on weekdays
If you plan to bring more people than are specified in the list above, you'll have to pay an extra $315 per person, regardless of whether your reservation is for a weekend or weekday.
Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort
Las Palomas features a few different packages that include the guest stay in an oceanfront or ocean view condominium as well as $100 in credit to spend on food and beverages. Packages change throughout the year, but sample options create a tempting picture of what's offered:
- January Jam Package: three days and two nights plus food and drink credits starting at $390, plus live music and viewing of the Mexican Moonshine Golf Classic
- Spring Break Package: three days and two nights; food and drink credits; and unlimited access to group aqua aerobics, fitness and Spanish lessons for $625 per person, or seven days and six nights of the same for $1,335 per person
Things to Do in Puerto Penasco
If your all-inclusive package includes no daily activities, or if the ones listed don't suit you, there's plenty to do in Rocky Point itself – for everyone from thrill-seekers to geology buffs.
- Visit the craters: If you venture about 30 miles outside the city, you'll find sites for the El Elegante, El Tecolote and Cerro Colorado craters. As you explore the area, you'll find information stations to educate you on the history of your surroundings, including animal and plant life and volcanic activity.
- Wander the boardwalk: El Malecon, Rocky Point's boardwalk, stretches about a quarter of a mile and offers beautiful views of the sea as well as live music, food and art.
- Go deep-sea fishing: Rocky Point's history is rooted in sailing and fishing, and its sea-centered culture hasn't faded yet. Rent a boat and take the family fishing among the surrounding reefs, where the Sierra mackerel, trigger fish, corvina, grouper and spotted sea bass abound.
- Watch the sunset: Watch the sunset from a sailboat. Several companies offer sunset cruises from Rocky Point, so whether you prefer a party boat, catamaran or simple sailboat, there's something out there to suit your taste.
- Ride the dunes: Rocky Point's neighboring sand dunes are the perfect spot for ATV riding and even sand boarding for those who enjoy extreme sports. Rent a 4x4 and enjoy the challenges among the dune sands, rocks and mountain track.