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“Good Food Good Times” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Puerto Penasco

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San Jose, CA
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7 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Good Food Good Times”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2008

Eat tacos all day at the little vendors. If you want a nice resturaunt go to "The Reef" Great Food at good prices. 5 of us ate w/ drinks for $150 and by far the best meal I had there. Sunset Cantina is def. a good night spot. Haggle for your quads during the day and drink all night!

1 Thank shaunbeezy
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San Jose, CA
Level Contributor
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
“A place to avoid”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2007

Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) is being developed into a major tourist destination for Mexican and American vacationers. But if you're looking for relaxation and natural beauty, this may not be the place for you. One of the characteristics of Mexico is that there is no liability, responsibility or laws, per se, to control any activities. This is great if you want to ride ATVs like a maniac, send your eight year old child unattended on a Jet Ski, or set off fireworks at all hours, but it's terrible for the environment and for any peace of mind for the traveler. Puerto Penasco is a perfect example of a beautiful area which is soon to be completely destroyed by bad planning and uncontrolled tourism. It is/was a lovely area with dunes, teeming sea life, clear waters, and beautiful natural features. Since the area has been "discovered" by developers in the last decade, construction has taken off and now every possible scrap of land has or has plans for largescale development. The truth is that Mexico does not have the infrastructure to guide and manage this development so that the area grows in a thoughtful way. The area where the hotels are is quite a distance from the main shopping/eating area and the ”town” area, so it's necessary to drive or take taxis, which creates a huge amount of traffic, smog, and congestion. The dunes are being bulldozed at an alarming rate, and the delicate rock/sand hill at the end of the main beach (giving the area the American name 'Rocky Point') is wide open to ATVs and motorcycles. The seawater rises and falls by hundreds of feet twice a day (quite a sight) and at low tide, rock formations, coral, and tiny sea creatures are exposed. Of course, every tourist in the area is trampling all over those little animals' homes and picking up pocketfuls of shells, most of them with the creatures still inside. Mexican tourists are less educated about caring for the environment, so to watch their beach behavior is quite upsetting. Most Mexican beaches quickly become polluted because garbage is simply thrown on the ground and it all just washes right into the water, which makes it really gross for swimming. The beach waters are packed with Jet Skis and boats pulling banana rides and parasails, so there is a film of gasoline and debris on the surface of the water every afternoon. You can't swim without being surrounded by boats and asphyxiated by all the fumes. What’s more, my experience in this area was not during the high season, which I imagine must be unbearable. Lastly, Mexico’s idea of a vacation includes: hotels that are very "family friendly" and have no rules to control the children; music being pumped in day and night (and it's not lovely tropical stuff, but American grunge and techno); and hours of fireworks on the beach every night which make the area sound and feel like a war zone. There is a bit of enjoyment to be had here, but I'm not sure it's worth it.

7 Thank Andysaunt
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2 reviews
7 helpful votes
“wake up, penasco !! it is 2007 !!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2007

i had the misfortune to visit puerto penasco, due to my husbands work, but i hated the place !! one month was more than enough, for me.this is supposedly an up and coming resort, near to the arizona border with mexico ? to say the place is dirty, would be putting it mildly !? broken glass beer bottles, everywhere, are a real danger to those walking into town. you eat, and breathe dust all day, and night, never feel clean, and always a shortage of water for washing, and showering, so take the advice given to me...whether you need a shower or not, take one, while there is water.! only one supermarket, which is very expensive, and there is not a lot of choice, what there is , is of inferior quality. timeshare sellers , are abundant, especially for weekend punters..............be firm, but polite !? never leave any valuables on view, in your vehicle.............say no more !! puerto penasco, is not for the faint-hearted, or those allergic to jelly-fish !! for what you get, it is a very expensive place to visit, but if you are hardened travellers, try it anyway.

5 Thank educatedtramp
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1 review
18 helpful votes
“Stayin in Puerto Penesco”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2007

We just visited Puerto Penesco this past spring break. We drove from Colorado Springs with another family. We also brought several of my sons friends with as well. We enjoyed the area and food but had probems with the police randomly pulling us over and asking for money. Someone should address this problem.

18 Thank mom50
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2 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Where is the party, man?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2007

Well, its only 2 months away. What, you ask? Spring Break! Have you picked your "hot spot" to visit yet? No!? You might consider Rocky Point, Mexico. It is only 4 hours from Tucson and Phoenix, and it is a great place to party and have a good time. Rocky Point is definitly "Arizona Beach", so don't miss the fun and make your reservations today.

GrizzleyDogg in Scottsdale, Arizona

3 Thank SheaMexico
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