My husband and I just bought a new Jayco Hybrid travel trailer are planning to head to Rocky Point over Labor Day. We are staying at the Reef RV Park so looking for any tips and information we should know from the experienced Rocky Point RVers out there.
Make sure your AC & Generator are in good working condition. Night time does not cool off much this time of the year, you will need AC to sleep unless you are a desert rat. Living in AZ doesn't automatically quality one as a desert rat, LOL!
Rocky Point is "Mexico Light". Hopefully it will give you enough confidence to venture further in future.
This statement has been made before and I don't understand it. If I lived in Rocky Point, I would be offended.
Would it be fair to say that my little town, with its one stoplight and no fast food restaurants is US light as compared to Chicago? I don't think so; they are just different. Rocky Point is part of Mexico. If one wants to understand the people in the US, one must look at both small town US as well as urban US.
If all one visited was Rocky Point and declared, "I know what Mexico is like," he would be wrong. That is no different that one visiting Vancouver, BC and then believing, "I now know what Canada is like."
A few pointers:
1 When crossing the border (both ways) have your passports ready and take off your sunglasses.
2. DO NOT SPEED when going through the smaller towns as they do have speed traps.
3. When dining out, do not be in a hurry, enjoy yourself. Speed doesn't work in Mexico.
4. Try Gammas for good deep fried whole fish which you make into tacos
5. Go to Choya Bay for breakfast at Xochi's. Pronounced Sochi. Get anything on the menu except the gringa food
6. Go to JJ's Cantina for a cool one and pick up your "No Sniveling" sign.
7. Don't order french fries anywhere. They haven't learned to make crispy fries yet but they are getting better.
8. Al Capones is one of the local hangouts and the food is good.
We have been going down there for the last 5 years spending 2 weeks. Next year we will be spending a month at Playa Bonito
The reason Mexico light term is used because of the amount Rocky Point has been Americanized. Another term is Arizona's Beach. The benefit of this is it is much easier for the first time Mexico traveler or the less adventurous to enjoy their Mexico experience. I don't believe anyone means to offend but to fairly describe. Don't go to Rocky Point and expect the full Mexico Adventure. We enjoy Rocky Point as well as traveling further into Mexico. Enjoy, you will have a ball if your AC is working, LOL!
When I was forced last winter to stay in the USA 600 miles from the border, I found a wonderful large Méxicano supermercado. When I went inside I was in México. I spoke español. The carnicero knew what I was talking about when I asked for a special type of chorizo and marinated arrachéra beef. With the Fabuloso and Foca odors mixed with ripe pineapple, shelves stocked with goods hecho en México I was in México.
I can go to Acapulco and drift into Trenton New Jersey if I wish to do that.
But deep-submergence fits very few gringos. Not even many "old hands" can tough it out on a true rural Méxican lifestyle. Beans, tortillas, beds where you feel every spring, café Nescafe and a plate of chilies that would rod out anyone's radiator. Tiny restaurants with a bare 60 watt bulb where one dares not presume anything on the menu, rather a "¿Que Hay?" (what is there?).
Or go to any city where the kids walk around with tablets and ear buds. Streets are clogged with new cars, and every restaurant I could ever afford to go to has at least one large flat panel TV up on the wall showing today's novela, or Futbol cruz azul vs los aztecas.
Puerto Peñasco has enough "México" in it to suit even me for a good stay. Maybe I would wander around until I found enchiladas I liked, or a restaurant that had a bowl of red-hot rajas the chilies escabeches to munch on while I await my Huevos Divorciados, and cafe de olla.
Hot? You bet! But does not Phoenix and Tucson have a similar clime during the summer monsoons? At the moment it is 97F here, around 37C with 60% humidity. I love it. Since I am not at home there are gringos to be found in the pueblo. Doesn't stop me from talking to my neighbors, whipping out some pico de gallo salsa, and priming the barbecue with mesquite getting ready for thick slabs of lenguado, excuse me, halibut.