Puerto Penasco - Rocky Point Guide and Directory
Here is a Rocky Point guide, also known as Puerto Penasco, located on the Sea of Cortez in the state of Sonora. Its close proximity to Arizona (about a 4-hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson) makes it a favorite playground for US citizens who want fun in the sun and a great beach vacation.
The town was originally founded in the 1920's when huge schools of shrimp were located off its coast. During the prohibition era, wealthy Americans came here to gamble, drink and fish. One of these visitors was Al Capone who came to enjoy the atmosphere and the freedom the town afforded. During WWII, the Mexican government allowed the US to build a paved road (Mexican Hwy. 8) from Arizona to Puerto Penasco. This road's purpose was to enable shipping access to the Gulf of Mexico due to the threat that the Japanese then poised. This very same road ultimately served another purpose, providing travelers a direct corridor from the deserts of Arizona to the Puerto Penasco beaches.