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Packing the Perfect Beach Bag (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Rocky Point Dan blog where we are going to continue on the topic of packing the perfect beach bag. In our last post, we focused primarily on things you need to stay safe and comfortable while spending a day in the sun. Protection from dehydration and sunburns is very important. But let’s remember, you are here to have fun! Today’s post is going to be focused on the items you should pack to ensure an awesome time.

4. Frisbees, Footballs, and Fun

Most of the time you are going to be visiting the beach with a group of friends or your family. You want to bring things that can keep everyone entertained. Frisbees, footballs, and whatever else you can toss or kick around are perfect for this. Whether you are splashing in the surf or running across the sand, good times will be had by all.

5. Reading Materials

Of course, fun at the beach is not all about running around. You want to rest and relax as well, which is why we recommend bringing reading materials. Pack a good book, your favorite magazine, or whatever other light reading material you may have on hand. Spend some time chilling in the shade. Don’t be surprised if you get so relaxed you end up falling asleep.

6. Lunch and Snacks

If you are going to be spending an extended period of time at the beach, it is important to bring something to munch on. Make some sandwiches, pack some chips, fruits, and vegetables, and enjoy. We recommend bringing a good variety of items so that there is something for everyone. After all, you don’t want anyone getting all hungry and grumpy. That could spoil the good times for everyone.

 

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Packing the Perfect Beach Bag (Part One)

Without a doubt, spending the day at the beach is THE most popular activity for people visiting beautiful Rocky Point. Sure, you could be a minimalist and head down to those sunny shores with nothing more than the bathing suit on your skin and a smile on your face, but that could result in sun burns, dehydration, and probably some uncomfortable boredom. No, no, the minimalist approach is not the way to go. Instead, spend some time packing appropriately. Follow Rocky Point Dan’s guide to packing the perfect beach bag.

1. Sun Screen

Your number one priority when heading down to the beach should be avoiding sunburn. Not only are sunburns very painful and unpleasant, they are directly linked to the development of skin cancer. Protect yourself today and for the future by wearing sun screen.

2. Umbrella

While an umbrella may not fit in your beach bag, we highly recommend taking one with you. Even if you are wearing sun screen, direct prolonged exposure to the sun will take it out of you. It can sap your energy, dehydrate your body, cook your brain, and shrivel your skin. Bring an umbrella so you have the choice of escaping to the shade.

3. Water

Water is important for many of the same reasons as the last items we mentioned. You may be surrounded by water at the beach, but that isn’t water you can drink. Playing in the waves and relaxing in the sun will cause you to sweat and become dehydrated. Bring plenty of water, at least a liter or two per person.

4. Beach Towels

Yes, sand and beaches come hand in hand. While playing in the sand is fun, getting it in every nook and cranny of your body isn’t. Bring a beach towel so you have something to lay down on and something to dry off with.

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Perks of Living in Puerto Peñasco

It’s no secret that Rocky Point, Mexico is a fabulous vacation destination. Perhaps you have made several visits over the years and are beginning to think about retirement or a summer home. As Rocky Point continues to grow and flourish, it is the perfect place to invest in a home. Not so convinced? Here are some positives about homeownership in Puerto Peñasco. 

Location 

Only a four hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona it is closely located to the U.S. border. This means it has several conveniences, such as a large English speaking population and several modern shopping experiences with countless bars and restaurants. Tucked between the Sea of Cortez and the Altar Desert the views surrounding Rocky Point are some of the finest. 

Weather 

Rocky Point has typical, dry desert weather, with about only three inches of rain a year.  It’s hottest months include June through September where it can reach into the low hundreds. However, the rest of the year often remains sunny with an average temperature in the low eighties, reaching the low sixties at night. It may be a little hot, but the beach and coast line keeps it mild most of the year. 

Cost of Living 

Living in Rocky Point you will no doubt save money on things like groceries and healthcare services. Produce and fish are very inexpensive compared to the U.S., and other non-U.S. brand  products are cheaper as well. Dental work can sometimes offer services like teeth cleaning for only fifty dollars U.S. 

Things to Bring to the Beach

A day out on the beach is a day of fun luxury. No doubt during your stay in Rocky Point you will have a foray of beach days ahead of you. While the beach is a wonderfully relaxing and entertaining destination don’t forget to bring along some crucial essentials along with you, or your exciting day can quickly turn into a disaster. 

Sun Protection 

A sunburn is one of the worst things to come home with after a long day out on the sand. This is why sun protection is a number one priority when planning for beach time fun. Pack sunblock, hats, sunglasses, cover-ups. This will save your skin short-term and long-term, and keep your beach day a happy memory. 

Entertainment 

Unless you plan to spend the whole day in the water, or simply like to people watch, bring activities to the beach to keep you entertained. If you’re going solo, why not bring along a book you’ve been meaning to read? If beach day is a family affair bring along a frisbee, football, or even a deck of cards. It’s really up to you!

Extras 

The beach can be a messy place of sand, seaweed, and briny water. Bring extra towels and a change of clothes so you can clean up and be comfortable during your whole stay, and on the car ride home. 

What to do in Rocky Point

So, you’ve finally arrived in sunny Rocky Point, Mexico for a bit of fun and relaxation. Well, there’s a lot to do in this bustling Mexican city, you may not know where to begin. But never fear, there’s something for everyone at Rocky Point. Here are a few starting suggestions. 

Out on the Water 

Take a dip in the water for some swim and play time with friends and family! If you rather be out of the water but still want the breathtaking atmosphere and views, think about booking a whale sighting, deep sea fishing,  kayaking, or snorkeling expedition! 

Beaches 

Rocky Point has several beaches for you and your loved ones to traverse. Playa Hermosa Beach is popular for its low tides and rimmed tide pools, which make it extremely family friendly for children who want to observe (but not necessarily touch) sea life up close and personal. Sandy Beach is another popular spot albeit a little more rocky, it’s another bit of coast line to experience. 

Nightlife 

Puerto Peñasco is great fun for the entire family, but it caters to its older visitors just as well too. With an array of restaurants, bars, and clubs to visit you can make a night out on the town for yourself and some friends. 

History of Rocky Point

While many Americans and tourists from across the globe call it Rocky Point, Mexico, this popular Mexico city is referred to as Puerto Peñasco, Mexico by its natives. Rocky Point got its real start in the 1920’s, priorly only being a safe harbor for fishermen and businessmen alike. During the prohibition in the United States, John Stone saw the opportunity to make money, drilling a water well and creating a hotel and casino built off to the east of the small town. Tourists began to flock to Rocky Point in search of unrestricted fun. The town flourished from the tourist attention but when Stone and the natives came to a disagreement later on, he destroyed all that he had built, and until 1936 Puerto Peñasco would be forgotten. 

In 1936 President Lazargo Cardenas began the process of  building a railroad connecting Baja to central Mexico, and essentially, Rocky Point. With this new mode of transportation the small beach town prospered again. The fish and shrimp industry boomed, and many hotels were built. However, up until the 1990’s Puerto Peñasco had fallen somewhat dormant in popularity again. It was with the changes in Mexican law, allowing for more property and business outside national borders and stricter safety regulation that Rocky Point, Mexico became a go to place for vacation and fun. Now, many people even come to live in Rocky Point for retirement, or just because. Rocky Point, Mexico hit a resurgence; with new resorts, restaurants, and breathtaking views it’s popularity is sure to keep growing. 

Stay Mindful this Spring Break
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With Spring Break quickly approaching, Rocky Point is bound to get another increase in tourism as college kids come flocking for a week of relaxation by the beach. Although Rocky Point has become exceedingly safe and welcoming for tourists over the past few years, you can never be too safe on vacation - especially if you’re a party seeking college student. 

If you are traveling with a group of friends, always stick together. Alcohol may be a large contribution to your holiday, but one person should remain sober to keep a close eye on everyone. If one friend wanders off aimlessly and gets lost a fun vacation can turn sour. Friends don’t need to be babysat, but you should always have an idea of where they are. 

Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive! This should be a given no matter where you are. Always be sure there is one sober individual in your group to help everyone get around safely. On feet, or behind the wheel. Also be mindful of alcohol poisoning. Most people are not aware it has happened to them before it is too late. Drinking from sunrise to sunset may seem like great fun, but it can have serious consequences. Typical signs of alcohol poisoning includes vomiting, slow/irregular breathing, stupor, coma, etc.

 

Spring break is supposed to be a fun and thrilling week in college life! Staying smart and keeping safe will make the experience all the better!

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Gas Prices Dropping in Mexico
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Following the trend in dropping gas prices Mexico and Rocky Point have experienced their first decrease in price in seven years. Why is this you ask? Mexico legislature has recently passed a rescind on Pemex’s seventy-five year monopoly across the country. It is very possible that popular companies such as Chevron and Exxon Mobil will be taking over many petrol stations as well as building new additions.

With the elimination of the monopoly, gas prices can be set at a much fairer and competitive price. While Mexico’s output for gasoline has slid 25% in the past ten years, this isn’t to say they lack a steady reserve. In fact, it’s estimated there are is a ten billion gallon reserve, and even more awaiting in the Gulf of Mexico. Gasoline consumption and distribution throughout the country will not suffer any blows with this shift in business endeavors.

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Cleaning Puerto Peñasco Wharf
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Puerto Peñascos wharf is undergoing more dredging after a six month break. During this time resolutions as to where to put retrieved waste from the wharf was decided. The goal in this dredging process is to remove waste that creates obstacles in boat navigational channels around the area.

Supported by the public projects directors and the Natural Disasters Fund a steady investment in the project will lead to waste being moved through a pipe with suction for fuel residue and sand. Any waste collected will then be deposited on two areas of land in the city including near the “Bajada de los Guardados” and on the way to Las Conchas.

After this process is complete the wharf should be completely clean, allowing easy access and exit of boats without much incident. The project is planned to last six weeks.

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Whale Watching Tips
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Whale watching season has arrived in Rocky Point! Catching a glimpse of these large, majestic sea dwelling animals can be a real treat. Before you go out on a whale watching expedition here are some tips so you can make sure to have the best experience possible!

 Weather and Sightings

Before scheduling a trip out on the ocean make sure to check the weather forecast, reputable companies will not go out on an expedition if the weather is predicted to be poor. However this does not mean they are intimidated by some choppy waves. If you know yourself to get queasy easily, do yourself a favor and pick a day with a calmer sea. If you want to up your chances of seeing whales, ask around to see where the aquatic mammals were most recently spotted, as well as what species. This will give you a better idea of which boating trip to book. Keep in mind however there are no guarantees to a sighting, and companies that ‘guarantee’ a sighting often work where tickets are refundable for another day.

What to Bring

Your whale watching expedition is bound to be a good chunk of the day so make sure you pack all you need to accompany you on the boat. While it is usually ten to fifteen degrees colder out on the ocean be sure to still wear plenty of sunscreen and other protective clothing, the sun can be misleading! If you know you are prone to seasickness take some medicine shortly before boarding the boat, and bring extra if you think it’s necessary. If you want pictures that can last a lifetime, be sure to bring a camera out on the boat with you, you might capture the perfect moment.

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Mexican Insurance: An Overview

If it is your first time venturing into Mexico for vacation, it’s important to know the basics of Mexican Insurance for during your stay. Some American insurances will cover your car for so many miles inside Mexico though it may not be recognized. If you plan to do lots of driving around, it’s crucial to get properly insured for the country. 

Though you have some options, Mexico Insurance Professionals are the leaders in sellers of Mexican Insurance. The best part of having insurance through Mexico Insurance Professionals is the fact that authorities will have updated information on your policy almost immediately. If you get a fender bender crossing the border, you are covered with no hassle!  

You might be wondering why you need special insurance in the first place. While it’s true driving laws are practically identical to the United States, Mexico differs in-laws when it comes to what type they utilize. The U.S. uses the English Common Law where innocence prevails over guilt till proven; Mexico uses the Napoleonic Code, which is the opposite. This affects the financial responsibility law in Mexico, and anyone involved in an accident must have means to cover any damages caused. This means payment through cash or Mexican insurance. 

Put your mind at ease completely this vacation, and be sure to purchase Mexican auto insurance before coming to visit!

Popular Eateries of Rocky Point

As a growing tourist destination, Rocky Point is building and creating more restaurants and eateries by the day. With so many choices, it can be hard to decide just where you want to enjoy a tasty meal. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Hacienda Las Fuentes is one of the newer editions in the Rocky Point area with authentic food, warm atmosphere, classic architectural structure, and vast drink menu it’s a one stop shop!

Casa del Capitan is known for it’s amazing views. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez. With good company and good food, this is a must. 

The Lighthouse is an eatery located close beside the actual Rocky Point Light House! It too offers breathtaking views, tasty meals, live music and dancing. 

The Friendly Dolphin is just as friendly as its name suggests. With fun decorations and exciting atmosphere this a great place to take the whole family. You can sit indoors or out on patios, and if you're lucky the owner might stop by your table to sing a song!

La Curva is simple on the outside, but the dishes prepared and served there are some of the best, pleasing even the most seasoned or inexperienced pallets to Mexican cuisine. Reasonably priced with great service La Curva holds its own. 

In Case of a Sting: Jellyfish and Stingrays

Rocky Point beaches are gorgeous, but tourists aren’t the only ones who enjoy them! In the warm blue water jellyfish and stingrays dwell. From afar these are some captivating creatures, but getting to close can come with unwanted consequences. It can be hard to see them at first glance, so shuffle your feet along the sandy floor, also known as the “Stingray Shuffle”, to possibly ward any lingers off safely. Here are some further health and safety tips should you accidentally get stung. 

With a jellyfish sting, it’s very important, you remove any tentacles with a flat surface like a credit card. Using hands to pull or rub will only allow the tentacles to sting continuously, and more wounds for you. Only use sea or saline water to clean the area of the sting, and use Windex (or another product including ammonia) to stabilize PH levels. 

When stung by a stingray flush the wound with fresh water exclusively. After that soak it in the hottest temperature water you can stand and use tweezers to carefully remove any stingers or stinger fragments. Amerimed, a health station located on Sandy Beach can provide a shot for the puncture wound as well as any of the methods mentioned above should you need or desire the help. 

Bringing Pets to Mexico

If you’re planning an extended vacation in Rocky Point but have some beloved furry friends, you might be worrying what to do with them while you’re away. Luckily, cats and dogs are permitted over the U.S. border into Mexico should you find yourself unable to part with them. However, there are a few elements to bringing your four-legged friends you may want to be aware of. 

Bringing any pets over the border will fall under “Import and Export of Live Animals”. Always declare your pets should your documentation be checked. Two animals are allowed per person though you can’t bring more than three pets without a proper import certificate, which comes at an extra cost.  

For your pets, you will also need a signed health certificate from the veterinarian. The certificate should show your animal has all proper vaccinations including rabies and distemper. Vaccinations will need to have been given over thirty days prior to travel dates otherwise, they might face quarantine. The health certificate will also need to confirm your pet was healthy ten days before travel. 

Keep in mind that due to less animal control in Mexico, there may be a noticeable amount of stray dogs. It is very likely these animals have ticks, worms, or other health issues that might cause a threat to your furry friends should you not keep a watchful eye. If there are any mentions of swine flu, bird flu, and mad cow disease you may be more thoroughly checked at the border. 

If your pets are in good health and can’t stand to see you go, bring them along for some vacation fun!

What to Consider When Buying a Condo in Rocky Point

What was that you just said? You have decided to live the good life? You have decided you want to buy a condo in one of the most beautiful locations in all of Mexico? Is it because you enjoy the beach, the sun, and having fun? Well, whatever your reason are, we understand. Buying a condo in Rocky Point is not only a great decisions, it is an investment as well! Rocky Point Dan is an expert at all thing Rocky Point, today we will share a few things to consider when buying a condo in Rocky Point. 

Location, Location, Location 

The classic rules of real estate still apply here. Location is one of the most important factors to consider when you start looking at condos here in Rocky Point. As yourself, what matters most to me? Do I want easy access to the city, or would I rather be walking distance to the beach? Do I want to be on the beach? You should also ask around to learn as much as you can about the neighborhood you might be moving into. You don’t want an unpleasant surprises once you move in after all.

Always Use a Professional

This is particularly important here in Mexico. You want to deal with a real estate professional who knows the ins and the outs off the city like the back of his hand. You want someone who lives and dreams condos. You want someone who knows the neighborhood of Rocky Point almost as well as he knows his own kids! This kind of realtor can be your guide in the buying process. He will help you find the perfect place for you. The place you can live out all of you dreams. 

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