Nearby Popular Attractions/Things to do
If you’re more inclined to stay dry on the sand, Rocky Point has more than a few options, and the Puerto Peñasco weather is more than ideal. Some of the most popular beaches here include Playa Arenosa (which is often dubbed ‘Arizona Beach,’ as it’s the closest beach to the U.S. state of Arizona), Las Conchas, and Sandy Beach. Rocky beaches are famous for having intense sun and minimal shade, so be prepared with sunscreen and umbrellas. Other beaches to consider are Playa Hermosa, which is good for water sports, and Playa Mirador.
If you’re a golf enthusiast visiting Puerto Peñasco, you’re in luck! There are three great courses in the surrounding area: the Club at Laguna del Mar, the Links at Las Palomas, and Vidanta Peninsula de Cortez Golf Club are all open to the public. If you have money to spend, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Mayan Palace is a definite bucket list gem. If you’re really looking to fuse the concepts of a carefree vacation and golf,
While Rocky Point may be mostly known for its turquoise waters and relaxing beach vibes on the Sea of Cortez, it’s also home to an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. The El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve is a vast stretch of sand dunes, dormant black and red lava flows, and patches of water with diverse plant and wildlife species. You can book a scenic drive to tour the park, visit the massive maar craters, and get a real taste for the Mexican desert with family and friends.
Back in town, make sure to set aside some time to stroll the area known as the Malecon, the main street and pier in Puerto Peñasco complete with beachfront hotels, restaurants, and great little tiendas for trinket shopping. This vibrant part of town is known as the “Old Port,” and is a great place to wander, people watch, and take photos of the giant famous statue of a man sitting on a shrimp.
When you visit Rocky Point, there is tons more to do than just lounging at your sandy beach resort. You’re going to get out in the water, but with what kind of equipment? Snorkeling, paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, banana boat rides, jet ski rentals, and sports fishing are all on the menu. We highly recommend trying out a new activity under the Sonoran sun.
In Rocky Point, it’s not uncommon to see ATV’s zooming through town instead of cars. We recommend doing as the locals do, and renting an ATV of your own. Use your four-wheeled buggy to hop around from beaches to restaurants, but also make sure to take it out on the dunes and along the long stretches of sandy beaches. Depending on the deal you lock down, your price can be anywhere from $15 to $50 per hour. In nearby Phoenix, this 2-Hour Arizona Desert Tour has us blown away.
When was the last time you went to an oyster farm? Exactly. La Ostionera de Puerto Peñasco is an absolute must for seafood enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a spontaneous thing to do. Watch as the oysters are plucked from the reefs, shucked before your eyes, and served with a dollop of hot sauce and a squeeze of lime. It doesn’t get fresher than this.
The Mexican State of Sonora isn’t one of the five states that can legally call their agave alcohol tequila, but there’s plenty of small-batch tequila made from 100% blue agave. Head to one of the tasting bars where you can try blanco, reposado, anejo, triple distilled, antiguo, and gold.