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Another Mexico--Puerto Penasco

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A September 2002 trip to Puerto Penasco by azsunluvr

Sonoran Spa Resort at Sandy Beach Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Only about 200 miles south of Phoenix, Puerto Penasco, or Rocky Point,is a vacation destination for many Arizonans. The beaches are lovely with water temperatures that are warm enough to comfortably swim in 8 months out of the year.

Another Mexico--Puerto Penasco

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Downtown Puerto Penasco Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Without a doubt, the beaches are the draw here. The water stays shallow far out into the ocean, so it''s a blast for the kids. There are lots of shells to be found for the collector. Be careful -- the tide comes in fast and you may lose the items you thought you left safely higher on the beach (like my digital camera that got waterlogged). Quads are available for rent in town and riding the dunes is great fun. Bring your own helmet from the U.S. as there are none for rent. Better safe than sorry! If you forgot to hit the ATM before heading south, a stop in Gila Bend would be wise. Stockmen''s Bank, on the main road through town (402 W. Pima St.), is about the only option, but a great one. A frie...Read More

Sonoran Spa Resort at Sandy Beach

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Hotel

Sonoran Spa Resort at Sandy Beach Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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This is a new eight-story Spa Resort located right on the beach. There is still construction going on, but it is fully operational with restaurant, spa, three swimming pools and two hot tubs, tennis courts, fitness center, a small store and a souvenir shop. TV brings in the Phoenix affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. CNN and HBO II are also shown. The location couldn''t be better. It looked to me like all units have a (large) covered balcony that looks out over the ocean. One, two, and three bedroom units are available, ranging in price from $85-$375 per night depending on size and season. We stayed in a unit owned by friends who really put time, money and effort into making their pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Sonoran Spa Resort at Sandy Beach
Sandy Beaches
Puerto Penasco, Mexico
(800) 427-6259

Sonoran Sun Resort

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Hotel

Sonoran Spa Resort at Sandy Beach Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Sonoran Sun ResortI have stayed at each of the Sonoran Resorts: Sonoran Spa, Sonoran Sea, and Sonoran Sun. Each is a little nicer than the previous, though they are all very, very nice.Sonoran Sun is bright orange, which put me immediately in a Mexico vacation mood. The breezeway from the parking lot, past the office, restaurant, fitness room, and store to the pool area, and the beach beyond is very festive. During our stay, a band played each night in the breezeway near the restaurant.Our unit, W309, was beautiful. There are many little touches to make your stay comfortable. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

Sonoran Sun Resort
Sandy Beach
Puerto Penasco, Mexico
+52 638 383-7796

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes

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Hotel | "Mayan Palace Puerto Penasco--Part 1: The Good"

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:The ocean is calm and shallow. A perfect family beach. Lovely, soft sand. Lots of shells to be found.Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:I actually had to sit down one night to make a list of the pros and cons of this resort. A lot of people really like the Mayan Palace Resorts, their layout, their amenities, and their aura. I realized that the Mayan Palace does not fit the way I like to vacation, in particular, to timeshare. On the plus side: The décor is soothing, exotic. I love the metal sculpture in the open entry to the lobby. Carvings cause the sculpture to "sing" as the wind blows through it. In the unit, the t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes
Carretera Penasco- Caborca Km 24
Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
01 638 383 0402

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes

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Hotel | "Mayan Palace Puerto Penasco--Part 2: The Bad"

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby: Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:As appears to be the norm in Mexico, hard mattresses make sleeping fitful for me. Even the cushions on the couches are hard. The living area is too small for a gathering of more than a few people. When we socialized with a family we met, we had to be outside or in the lobby where there was room for nine of us to sit comfortably. A small under-cabinet refrigerator is inadequate for a week’s vacation 25 minutes from town and only one restaurant to choose from. The "freezer" portion can hold a couple of ice trays or an eight-pack of Eggo waffles. A twp-burner stove and no oven makes cooking d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes
Carretera Penasco- Caborca Km 24
Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
01 638 383 0402

Señor Amigo's

Restaurant

Señor Amigo's Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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I was picking up some groceries at my local Safeway and a woman overheard me talking to the produce manager about my upcoming trip to Rocky Point (a.k.a Puerto Penasco). She raved about having just returned from there and told me my first stop just HAD to be this place in the Old Port area for their shrimp cocktails. Of course, after dropping off our luggage at the condo, we headed off to find the place she described. She hadn't remembered the name of the restaurant, but from her description, we ended up at Señor Amigo's. Señor Amigo's is on the water's edge and offers indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a wonderfully sunny January day (about 72 degrees Fahrenheit), we sat upstairs on the roof...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Señor Amigo's
Malecon Kino
Puerto Penasco, Mexico

The Friendly Dolphin Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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The Friendly Dolphin restaurant comes recommended by several friends. We had eaten there before and thought it was just okay. Our kids hadn't cared for it at all, but this trip was just adults so we thought we'd try it again. The Friendly Dolphin is a cute little restaurant on a small hill overlooking the boat harbor in the Old Port section of town. My sister and I shared a plate of beef tacos with rice and beans. The tacos were okay. The meat seemed a little overdone to me. My sister really liked the fresh refried beans. My favorite is the rice. It's a fluffy white rice, with a buttery flavor. Corn kernels are scattered throughout. My husband and brother-in-law both ordered the Chicken Tinga burr...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

The Friendly Dolphin
Old Port area
Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Sonoran Grill

Restaurant

Sonoran Grill Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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After watching the sunset off the balcony one night, we didn't have the energy to head back into town for a meal. We decided to try the restaurant at the resort; we're so glad we did! There is quite a varied menu at the Sonoran Grill: steak, seafood, Mexican dishes, and pizza.

We opted for pizza and were very pleased. The thin crust was made on-site and had flecks of Italian spices. The pepperoni, mushroom, and cheese hit the spot. We figured even the kids would eat it. A large pizza, a large salad, and sodas for four people cost $21. Just about our cheapest meal yet!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Sonoran Grill
Sonoran Spa Resort
Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Bakal Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Bakal"

Bakal Restaurant Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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The only restaurant on the premises, and within a 25 minute drive, there's not much choice other than to eat here a time or two. If you can be seated by a window at sunset, you're in for a treat Our unit was not quite ready at our Saturday night arrival, so we went to the restaurant just as they were opening at 6pm. The buffet was labeled a Pasta Extravaganza, and looked pretty darn good! It turned out to be just adequate. We were filled, but not necessarily satisfied. At US$22 per person, it was an average price for an average meal. There was quite a good number of dishes to choose from, but many had seafood and I wouldn't eat it. I mainly enjoyed the antipasti dishes. The tomato and mozz...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Bakal Restaurant
Mayan Palace La Jolla de Cortes
Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Chino's

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Restaurant

Chino's Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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UPDATE January 2011...We found him! Chino is now working out of his home and it's a little tricky to find. From the main boulevard (Benito Juarez), turn onto Fremont St toward Las Conchas. At the 2nd Pemex station (Josepha Dominguez St) turn left. Across the railroad tracks, the next right has a blue building painted Pacifico beer. Turn right and then take the 4th right. Chino will be on the left. He's got tables and chairs and the familiar blue tarp shading the tables. Delicious as always! Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.October 2008 UPDATE...We can't find Chino any more. We spoke to a couple of Americans who live there year-round and they don't know what happened to him or where he...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2002

Chino's
Street vendor
Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Adobe

Restaurant

Adobe Restaurant Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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When my three hearts salad arrived, I was very impressed. With hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes with a tasty, if copious, dressing, I very much enjoyed this salad.

I was disappointed, however, in my cheese-stuffed chicken. It was quite blah. The grilled vegetables underneath were very good.

My husband ordered Tampiquena, a carne asada steak. He said it was flavorful and enjoyed it.

The service was very good. It was almost as if they were trying for upscale service, but the clientele is dressed for a beach vacation. It was an interesting juxtaposition.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

The Blue Marlin (El Marlin Azul)

Restaurant | "The Blue Marlin"

The Blue Marlin (El Marlin Azul) Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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The Blue Marlin was a pleasant surprise. Located on a street perpendicular to the Malecon in Old Port, it's near Lily's Restaurant.My chimichangas arrived smothered in a delicious guacamole. The two teen boys with me ordered cheese enchiladas and were very happy with the choice. I had a bite and liked them very much. I'd choose it next time.Better than the chimichangas was everything that came on the plate with them. I loved the rice, which is buttery with some corn kernels sprinkled in. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and black olives were a refreshing side.The Blue Marlin has limited outdoor seating, but in July it was too hot for that. The air-conditioning inside worked well and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

The Blue Marlin (El Marlin Azul)
34 Limeon Avenue, Old Port Area
Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Sandy Beaches

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Attraction

Sandy Beaches Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Comb the sand for shells at low tide...there are thousands, mostly small. High or low tide, you can wade out a long way and still only be chest-deep in the deliciously warm water. If you venture beyond the reef, watch for sting rays. It's a good idea to shuffle your feet when walking in the water anyway, in case a ray found its way closer to shore. Water shoes are a good idea. I've heard there can be jellyfish, but I haven't seen any yet. Dolphins are sometimes seen playing not too far out. There are a few vendors trying to sell jewelry and other items, but they're good about taking "no, gracias" for an answer. This is a great place for romance. An unobstructed view of the sunset is o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Sandy Beaches
Sonoran Spa / Resort and Princesa de Penasco
Puerto Penasco, Mexico
(888) 686-5575

La Spa de Penasco

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Attraction | "La Spa"

La Spa de Penasco Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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La Spa offers an array of services to pamper you. Several types of massages, body treatments, facials, waxing services, pedicures, and manicures. Prices range from $30 for a 30-minute massage to $175 for an ultimate spa package. My friend and I were treated to a wonderful pedicure. The vibrating spa chairs face a large picture window looking out at the courtyard, pools, palm trees, and the ocean beyond. Talk about paradise! The pedicure is only $35 and includes a full pedicure with foot soak, nail trimming and filing, sloughing, lower leg massage, and paraffin treatment. Your feet will be baby soft when you leave! On a two-for-one massage Wednesday, my sister and I went for the one-ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2002

La Spa de Penasco
Sonoran Spa Resort
Puerto Penasco, Mexico

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On our first trip to Rocky Point, we were excited to take our new Dodge Durango and go 4-wheeling in the sand dunes. Of course, it's even more exciting to go at night, right? So we loaded the three kids in the Dodge and headed out to the dunes at Playa Bonita around 11 at night. After a half hour of thrills and fun, the engine whined as the tires spun in the valley between dunes. Uh oh. Now why didn't anyone think to bring a flashlight and a shovel? We got out and tried to see what we were stuck on. We tried rocking it, lodging driftwood under the wheels, everything we know of. No luck. We were going to have to hike out. Let me pause here to mention that all day my husband had been t...Read More

Rocky Point in July--Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Sonoran Spa Resort at Sandy Beach Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Our first trip to Puerto Penasco about 6 years ago, was in June. The heat and humidity didn't deter us from this vacation destination. We just avoided summer, and especially enjoy the Spring and Fall.I'd been looking to be anywhere but home this summer, so when the opportunity arose to spend 4 nights in Rocky Point, we took it! I knew an air-conditioned condo on the beach would make the trip bearable.When I first got out of the car to register at the Sonoran Sun Resort, my eyeglasses immediately fogged up. The humidity was stifling!After we lugged all of our stuff from the car and unpacked, we headed for the beach. The ocean water was so warm, we could walk in without hes...Read More