Spring Break 2023 hasn’t started, but there have been changes from the previous year that we can expect to see this year as well. Normally when the Spring Breakers arrive, the RVers leave. However, in 2022 there were still large caravans coming and going every week. The weather was great for tourism and for the people in RV’s on the Sea of Cortez. This is a boom for the economy and now we are now seeing that one US dollar is worth nearly 22 pesos.
It appears that most condos, homes, and hotel rooms are already full, so if you are thinking of coming down, make sure you have a place to stay before you arrive. This also applies to the week before Easter and Easter weekend. Semana Santa reservations are always full nearly a year in advance.
Car Show on the Malecon
The past weekend, Puerto Peñasco residents as well as our winter visitors were treated to a great car show on the Malecon. These vintage cars come from here, the USA and several cities in Mexico such as Tijuana and Mexicali. The vehicles have been totally restored and the paint and detailing on them is really something. If you missed it, plan to mark your calendar for next year. It will take to you back to “the good old days” when each brand of car was a different design from another.
The Mexican people, much like the people of Cuba, love their antiques cars and won’t part with them for any amount of money. If you are interested in seeing some of them that are here full time, many are stored in a building across the street from Numeros on Blvd. Kino. If the garage door is up, ask if you can go in and see them.
Traffic & Border Crossing During Spring Break Season
For the next few weeks, the traffic between the United States and Mexico, will be very heavy due to the various spring breaks. Make sure you are aware of what and what not you can bring into Mexico. They prohibit meat, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables and more. You can go online to get the complete list. If you are bringing dog food, you are allowed 1-50 lb bag per vehicle. The food can contain chicken or fish, but nothing with hooves. You are allowed 3 liters of liquor per person coming into to Mexico but only one going back to the United States.
Going back to the United States, no meat or dairy products, fruits and vegetables are allowed. You are able to take 50 lbs of fish or shrimp for personal use, but not for a restaurant. Again, you can visit the border website if you have any questions on what can and can’t pass through.
Remember the border hours are 6 am to 8 pm, but there are some exceptions during major US holidays. The hours of 6 am to 10 pm will be for the following weekends:
- Memorial Day Weekend
- Juneteenth Weekend
- Independence Day Weekend
- Labor Day Weekend
- Columbus Day Weekend
- Veterans Day Weekend
Mark your calendars if you plan on traveling on those holidays!
Bringing Your Animals Through the Border
Rocky Point is very pet friendly. If you bringing your dog or cat, please make sure you have their up to date shot record in case you are asked. They are mainly looking for an up-to-date rabies vaccine. If you don’t have it and get asked, you may be asked to turn around and go back. This is up to the discretion of the agent at the border.
Military Check Points
For the past couple of years they have had a military check point set up right after you enter into Mexico. You may be asked to pull over for a vehicle check. If asked to step out of your vehicle, make sure you take wallets and purses with you. If you get the green light, you may still be asked to pull over and they will simply ask where you are going.
As you drive through Sonoyta, the speed limit is in klm not mph, so adjust your speed accordingly. Most of the town is 40 KLM or between 20 and 25 mph, but keep in mind this varies around the school zone. The Chief of Police has implemented a new strategy to decrease heavy traffic. A police escort will take 10-15 vehicles through the city until the end of the town.
They tell you to follow the escort, not stopping even at stop signs. This is getting people through town quicker. Also, the chances of getting a ticket are slim. Hopefully, they will continue to implement this on all busy weekends and US holidays when the traffic is the heaviest.
First-timers in Rocky Point
If this is your first trip to Rocky Point, we welcome you to our piece of Paradise. There is something to do for everyone from going shelling on the various beaches, to getting sand dollars in Cholla Bay. Perhaps you have little ones with you and they can have so much fun in the tide pools searching for sea life, when the tide is out.
You can take a walk on the beach at sunrise or sunset to really make you vacation relaxing. Here you can rent horses or rhinos and ATV’s for your enjoyment or how about going parasailing. The fishing is great and the golf courses are in great shape if you are a golfer. Take a trip to CEDO and learn more about the Sea of Cortez or drive up to the Pinacate Visitor Center to learn about the volcanic activity hundreds of years ago.
Puerto Peñasco also has some fun shopping in 2 different areas. You can go into the Malecon to shop or enjoy a meal at one of several great restaurants. Another option is going to Rodeo Drive for shopping, authentic Mexican Food, and great Margaritas. The shops in both locations feature some of the finest handmade Mexican apparel and Talavera pottery you will find in Mexico.
While you are in Rocky Point, try out some of our new restaurants featuring cuisine from South America and different regions of Mexico. Once you spend a weekend here, you will want to keep coming back for your vacations and enjoy everything the area has to offer. You will fall in love with Puerto Peñasco, the people and the Sea of Cortez.