Puerto Peñasco is a quaint, unique escape unlike any others because this seaside town in Mexico is the perfect place to visit for an affordable beach getaway without compromising fun. Located about 60 miles from the U.S. border in Arizona, Puerto Peñasco, often called Rocky Point Mexico, is perfectly set along the north shore of the Sea of Cortez. It’s no secret why it’s such a popular destination for travelers of all kinds, especially those looking for a laid-back trip. Between the natural beauty of this seaside village and the quaintness, Puerto Peñasco maintains its popularity amongst tourists of all ages.

Though this fishing town is on the smaller side, (coming in with a population less than 63,000), it has become quite trendy with its close proximity and affordability. The small city is a popular destination for younger people, especially high schoolers and college students during major school breaks since the legal drinking age is only 18 years of age. Rocky Point also attracts most of its American visitors from Arizona, Nevada, and California, due to its nearby location, seaside vibe, and an array of activities for all kinds of tourists.

So Much to Do in Rocky Point

A visit to Puerto Peñasco can be spent in a variety of ways. Because of its location, Rocky Point Mexico is a fantastic year-round vacation option. Even in the winter months, the average daily high temperatures are in the low 70s. Beach lovers have their choice of miles and miles of sand. Playa Hermosa and Sandy Beach are both popular choices for beachgoers. Grab the kids for banana boat rides, kayaking, kite surfing, and even snorkeling! For an afternoon of fishing or just a day out on the water, it’s easy to charter a boat or book an excursion. Make reservations for an excursion to The Islands of San Jorge where you can get a glimpse of migrating birds and other wildlife as they travel to and from warmer weather. Sunset cruises are also perfect for romantic getaways and family outings to keep everyone entertained.

If you’ve had your fill of the sand at the beach and want to see some sand in a bunker, rent some clubs and book a tee time at one of the many scenic golf courses in the area. Local courses like The Club at Laguna del Mar, The Links at Las Palomas, and Vidanta Peninsula de Cortez Golf Club are open to the public and perfect for a round of vacation golf, with mulligans aplenty. If a championship round is not what the kids have in mind, there are plenty of mini golf courses to play to keep them entertained, and maybe get some of their leftover energy out!

So, where do you stay after a long day of adventures around Rocky Point? Vacation rentals are a hot topic with so many options beyond the simple hotel or motel. Rocky Point is home to plenty of accommodations for all sorts of travelers. Some of the best-for-the-money and most charming vacation rentals feature the best views of the water. Finding the best rentals on the beach is a great way to ensure convenient locations to the water during your trip. Staying in a house or condo gives you more freedom to choose your location in Puerto Peñasco. There’s no shortage of rentals on the beach with so many beautiful rental accommodations that can appeal to any travelers, from families with young children to retired singles and couples. Be sure to ask about local recommendations from your property management during your trip!

Renting a house or condo on the beach or wherever you choose for your stay in Puerto Peñasco is a great way to save money and keep your family grounded during your trip. By staying in a house or condo, you’ll have access to full kitchens where you can cook healthy and memorable family dinners together. Depending on your rental, you can have access to private balconies, decks, or patios. You’ll want to be sure to meet with the right property management to find accommodations with amenities, like private pools or tennis courts, that appeal to you and your family. The best part of renting a private residence is the freedom and privacy you get while still feeling less like a tourist and more like a local in this vibrant seaside town.