The Best Mexico Beaches in Sonora - Puerto Penasco for the holidays

December 9, 2009 by
Categories: Beaches, Destinations, Holidays, Rocky Point

Rocky Point Mexico Beach Vacation for the HolidaysHere in Flagstaff, Arizona, the headquarters for, many of us are snowed in today with 2+ feet of snow. I like the snow, but it causes me to dream of the warm, sandy beaches of Mexico. Since I've been planning to visit Mexico for Christmas, taking a break from the snow, I thought I'd write about the best beaches to drive to in Mexico. I will continue with the best beaches in Sonora, and then move on to the best beaches in Baja.

Puerto Peñasco or "Rocky Point", Sonora
Puerto Peñasco has become a very popular travel destination due to its close proximity to the U.S. border and the state of Arizona--only 66 miles south of the border and 210 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona. A modern, four-lane highway makes it easy for holiday vacationers to get there.

The old fishing town has been around since the 1930's and has a population of about 26,000, giving it a small town feel. Stretching along the Sea of Cortes in the Sonoran desert, the climate ranges between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter.

Puerto Peñasco is located in the Mexico "Free Zone," which means you can travel there without having to go through the time consuming hassles of obtaining a Mexico Vehicle Importation Permit. All you need to travel there is a passport or passport card and Mexico Auto Insurance.

Puerto Peñasco is rich in marine-life and fishing is very popular; there are many fishing charter companies that cater to deep-sea fishermen -and women. Other sporting events you can enjoy include: kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, playing in the sand dunes, and automobile and motorcycle racing.

Tourism is the second most important economic activity in Puerto Peñasco, the first being fishing. There are approximately 70 restaurants, 40 hotels, 14 RV facilities, several camp grounds and an abundance of night life.

Ecotourism is popular in Puerto Peñasco. Tides can rise and fall as much as a mile, leaving an abundance of sea life. CEDO - the Intercultural Center for Study of Deserts and Oceans is located there and offers research, education and conservation programs.

About 30 miles northwest of Puerto Peñasco is "The Pinacate,"  located in the Altar Desert. A biosphere reserve, it features thousand year-old gigantic craters-a half-mile in diameter and 400 feet deep. The plant and animal life here is also a sight to behold.