Rocky Point is a popular tourist attraction located in Sonora, Mexico. It’s along the Sea of Cortez, and is known by the locals as Puerto Peñasco. This beautiful seaside retreat is a great place for the whole family, with delicious food, vacation rentals, beautiful beaches and fun activities like fishing and snorkeling. But how are you getting to Rocky Point?

If you’re visiting from the States, it’s most likely that you’ll be driving down through Arizona. In that case, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

Your Papers

All adults, 16 and older, need passports to cross the border. A birth certificate will work for kids under 16. Don’t put off getting your paperwork and identification together. Make sure it’s in easy reach when you arrive at customs.

If you’re bringing your pets, you need to bring proof of their rabies vaccinations. You may only have 2 pets per vehicle.

Your Car

You need car insurance to drive. That law is the same in Mexico. Mexican car insurance can be obtained online, or in cities near the border. It’s best to get full coverage, and liability is mandatory.

Additionally, Rocky Point is in something called a “Free Zone”. You don’t need a visa for your car. However, if you plan to travel outside Sonora, you will need to get a permit. It costs 290 pesos, or 23 USD.

If you have car trouble in Mexico, don’t worry. The road between Rocky Point and the border is watched over by the Angeles Verdes, or the “Green Angels”. If you have problems with your car, simply pull off to the side and raise the hood. The Green Angels will offer mechanical assistance free of charge. The only thing you have to pay for is parts or gas. The Green Angels can be recognized by their white and green trucks.

Alternatives To Driving

You may not have a car or license, or may not want to go through the hassle of obtaining insurance. That’s okay! There are alternatives for getting to Rocky Point.

Sea Side Shuttle

Consider taking the Sea Side Shuttle. The shuttle allows you to board in Phoenix, Texas, and then ride straight to Rocky Point. You can sit back and let someone else do all the driving. Don’t worry about transportation once you’re at Puerto Peñasco, either. Just about everything is in walking distance, or you can hail a cab.

Additionally, there are private flights to the area. They depart out of Mesa, Arizona, and each plane can hold approximately nine people. If this sounds interesting to you, you may consider checking out the Westwind Air Service.

Your vacation rentals are waiting. So pack your bags, grab your papers and have fun!