Rocky Point News

Happy New Year! I hope that your Holiday Season has been super terrific and that you got everything that you wanted for Christmas. We at Sonoran Resorts wish you Health, Happiness, and Success throughout this new year. 

I'll start this month's newsletter on a serious note. I would be remiss in my responsibility to you if I tried to sweep the events of December 18th under the rug. I am sure that you have heard many different versions, most of them are more than likely only loosely based on the truth. As they say, "The tales get taller on down the line". I can sum up the experience in just five sentences. After that, I"m finished with the subject and ready to continue down the very positive path that we're on. 

It was a secret Federal operation to take down a criminal element that was in town and staying at Bella Sirena Resort. It was conducted at a time with the least possible tourists in town and no people on the street - 4:00 a.m. on aWednesday in mid-December. The bad guys were tipped off to the operation in advance which increased the scale of the conflict, nonetheless it was a complete success and no innocent people were injured. Rocky Point will remain a safe place because of it and it sends a very strong message that this little city will not tolerate criminals or criminal activity. Life here was completely back to normal by the early afternoon and the vast majority of comments have been positive and thankful that our Police and Military are doing their jobs to protect Puerto Penasco. 

OK. On to the big news about the Home Port. Long story short, Construction Has Started! For the naysayers and doubters, just come and take a look for yourselves. There was a small ceremony on December 10th as work actually began. The official ceremony should be coming soon and I'll let you know as soon as I have information on the date and who is expected to be here. Since Sami from RP360 has already written a great article on the subject, I will re-post her article below rather than repeating the information myself. We're on our way! 

The Black and White Ball, held at the new convention center, was a huge success again this year. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this time but everyone that I talked with who had been there told me that the convention center is absolutely beautiful. It is most certainly another huge asset to RockyPoint and will help bring large groups of people to discover our paradise.

Paving continues on the main Boulevard Benito Juarez and you can expect to detour around the construction as you come into town. Samuel Ocana is slated to be the next road to begin repaving (story below). Even though there are a lot of very bad roads in town, the new ones are being built with hydrolic concrete and should last for a very long time.

It's official! The year 2013 marked a record high in both number of resales and total dollar amount of resales since the inception of our Sonoran Resorts Sales Department many years ago. Officially, we had 62 Closed and Pending sales for a total of over 20 Million Dollars. I am very much looking forward to this being another great year as we continue to maintain our leadership role in Puerto Penasco. Information cimpliments of Jim Ringquist

Sonoran Sun Amenities

Condo Amenities

  • 2 Bedrooms
    • King bed in Master
    • King bed in Second Bedroom
    • TV’s with built-in DVD/VCR players
    • Ceiling fans
  • 2 Full Baths
  • Fully Stocked Kitchen
    • Kitchen table/chairs and bar stools
    • Telephone – incoming calls free, outgoing calls require passcode
  • Laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Living Room
    • 50"  TV
    • Directv with NHL Center Ice and the NFL Sunday Ticket
    • DVD/VCR Player
    • X-Box player with several games
  • 4th floor balcony with table/chairs and lounge chairs
  • Water bottle, towel and cleaning supplies (dishwasher, laundry and paper towel) service daily

Resort Amenities

  • Located right on Sandy Beach
  • Security
    • Gated and patrolled parking lot
    • Patrolled poolside/grounds – wristbands required
  • Two large pools (one heated) with swim-up bar and snack stand
  • Kiddie pool
  • Two hot-tubs
  • Restaurant and Sports Bar/Game room
  • Fully equipped Health Club
    • Free Weights, Cybex Machines, treadmills, etc.
  • Convenience Store
  • Souvenir store
  • Business Office
    • Fax Machines, Internet Access
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Pay Phones
  • Tennis Courts
  • Live Entertainment
    • On weekends bands play in the courtyard and restaurant
    • Periodically Movies are played poolside on large screen
  • Beach venders
    • Hair braiding, jewelry, pottery, hats, shirts, cigars, etc.

Rocky Point Directions

Sonoran Sun From Phoenix

  • I10 West
  • Approximately 21 miles west of the 101 Loop, Take AZ-85 South
  • Approximately 37 miles, when you have entered Gila Bend, take a right on AZ-85 South (there is a McDonald’s on the corner)
  • Travel approximately 80 miles to the Mexican border in Lukeville.
  • After entering Mexico, follow signs for Puerto Penasco and Rte 8.
  • From the red/green security stop light at border it is 58 miles to the "Carborca" then "Laguna Del mar" turn.  Go RIGHT here. A left would take you to the Mayan Palace, which is also clearly marked.  These are the first LARGE GREEN signs you will come to when you are in the Rocky Point area. You will be traveling parallel to Sandy Beach
  • 3.3 miles you will make a left at the stop sign.
  • 2.3 miles you will hit a round about with a "Quick Trip"gas station.
  • 2.2 miles you will be at the driveway to the Sonoran SUN.  It is the seecond to last complex....ENJOY!!

Sonoran Sun From Tuscon

  • Take AZ 86 West for approximately 118 miles
  • At the intersection of AZ 85, take a left
  • Travel approximately 26 miles to the Mexican border
  • Travel approximately 80 miles to the Mexican border in Lukeville.
  • After entering Mexico, follow signs for Puerto Penasco and Rte 8.
  • From the red/green security stop light at the border it is 58 miles to the "Carborca" then "Laguna Del Mar" turn. Go RIGHT here.  A left would take you to the Mayan Palace, which is also clearly marked. These are the first LARGE GREEN signs you will come to when you are in the Rocky Point area.  You will now be traveling parallel to Sandy Beach
  • 3.3 miles you will make a left at the stop sign
  • 2.3 miles you will hit a "round about" with a "Quick Trip"  gas station.
  • 2.2 miles you will hit the driveway to the Sonoran SUN. It is the second to last complex....ENJOY!!

Sonoran Sun From San Diego

  • Take I-8 East for approximately 270 miles
  • Take Exit 115 for AZ-85 South
  • Travel approximately 80 miles to the Mexican border in Lukeville.
  • After entering Mexico, follow signs for Puerto Penasco and Rte 8.
  • From the red/green security stop light at the border it is 58 miles to the "Carborca" then "Laguna Del Mar" turn, go RIGHT here.  A left would take you to Mayan Palace, which is also clearly marked.  These are the first LARGE GREEN signs you will come across when you are in the Rocky Point area.  You will now be traveling parallel to Sandy Beach
  • 3.3 miles you willl make a left at the stop sign
  • 2.3 miles you will enter a "round about" with a "Quick Trip" gas station.
  • 2.2 miles you will be at the Sonoran SUN. It is the second to last complex. ENJOY !!

Sonoran Sun From Tailgators

  • Take I-10 West to to AZ-85 south
  • Travel approximately 37 miles to Gila Bend.  Take a right at AZ-85.  There is a McDonalds on the corner.
  • Approximately 80 miles to the Lukeville/Mexican border
  • After entering Mexico, follow signs for Puerto Penasco and Rte 8.
  • From the Red/Green security stop light at the border, it is 58 miles to the "Carborca" then "Laguna Del Mar" turn, go RIGHT here.  A left would take you  to the Mayan Palace, which is also clearly marked. These are the first LARGE GREEN signs you will come acrosswhen you are in the Rocky Point area.  You will now be traveling parallel to Sandy Beach.
  • 3.3 miles you will make a left at the stop sign
  • 2.3 miles you will enter a "round about" with a "Quick Trip" gas station
  • 2.2 miles you will see the Sonoran SUN.  It is the second to last complex.  ENJOY!!

Rock Point Travel Tips

Travel Distance

  • Phoenix – 212 miles, directions
  • Tucson – 212 miles, directions
  • Anthem – 235 miles
  • San Diego - 270 miles, directions
  • Tailgaters/Il Primo Pizza - 203 miles
  • Distance from the Border to Rocky Point is 66 miles
  • Get gas in Ajo or Why so you don’t have to fill-up in Mexico, though the gas there is considered fine.

Car Insurance

  • Required by Mexican Law
  • Either purchase on the Internet or in Ajo at one of the many gas stations

For crossing the border back into the U.S. Lukeville border


Pets

  • Can I bring my pet into Mexico?
    Yes. Dogs and Cats are allowed. You will need to carry a copy of the rabies certificate in case you are asked. Do not bring livestock, birds or other rare animals into Mexico.
  • Can I bring a bird back to the U.S. from Mexico?
    Yes you can but you will need to exit through San Luis and the bird will be quarantined for 30 days. It is not advised.
  • Are there veterinarians in Peñasco?
    Yes, we have vets here in town that can give care for your animal in case of emergency or general preventative care. They also sell dog and cat food and pet items as well as offer bathing services and pet boarding.
  • What do I do if I lose my pet in Peñasco?
    The best way we have found to recover a lost pet is to saturate the area with flyers offering a reward. Hand them to taxi drivers, water trucks, etc. and put an ad on the local Mexican radio station. The best way to ensure your pet’s safety is to leave it at home or keep an extremely close eye on it.
  • Are Pets Welcome in Restaurants and Shops?
    As a general rule, NO! People come to Mexico and think just because they are here that it is perfectly acceptable to bring your dog into a restaurant. It is not. Some cantinas will allow dogs. You need to ask the shop or restaurant owner first before assuming your pet is welcome.

Cell Phones

  • They do work in many parts of Rocky Point, though not always at the Sonoran Sun Resort
  • You need to dial 001 before dialing the area code and phone number when calling the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions for entering into Mexico

  • You are allowed $50 per person of new merchandise
  • ALL meat items are subject to confiscation
  • 3 liters of alcohol per person
  • 2 cartons of cigarettes per person
  • No firearms of ammunition
  • Domestic Pets allowed
  • Carry the title and registration to all vehicles, trailers and toys
  • If you are carrying over $50 in new items or over $10,000 in cash, you must stop and declare at customs and pay any related taxes.
  • If you are going to travel outside of the Free Zone in which Rocky Point is located, you will need an FMT (personal tourist visa) which can be obtained at the immigration office in Sonoyt

Calling the Sonoran Sun

  • The phone number for the Sonoran Sun, when calling from the U.S.:
    • 011-52-638-383-0200
    • To connect to our unit, follow the prompts and then our unit is 402 in the West building.  You end up dialing 1, then 1, then 1402

Emergencies

  • Dial *112 from a cell phone
  • Dial 066 from a landline
  • Bilingual officers are now located at two locations
    • Municipal Building on the corner of Benito Juarez and Freemont
    • Between Hotel Penasco del Sol and Playa Bonita