The Mexican resort town of Puerto Penasco, Sonora has long been a favorite of residents of Arizona. Located on the Sea of Cortez (also called the Gulf of California) the town has even been given a nickname by visitors from Arizona, who refer to the sunny getaway as Rocky Point. For residents of Phoenix, Puerto Penasco is more than 100 miles closer than San Diego, another favorite of "Zonies." With the pandemic affecting border crossings and businesses worldwide, we thought it would be a good idea to check in with someone in the know about the situation in Rocky Point, and we were able to have a chat with Keith Allen, a founding member of the Penasco Business Coalition as well as the Director of Sales of Encantame Towers, a now-developing beachside property offering one, two and three-bedroom condos. Here's what Keith had to say.
I guess the first thing would be, is the border between Arizona and Puerto Penasco open?
Keith Allen: Yes, the border is open.
Are there any special permits or considerations a U.S. citizen needs to be aware of in order to drive in Puerto Penasco?
KA: Currently it's just a passport that's required at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Of course people come to play on the beach. Are beaches open?
KA: Puerto Penasco's beaches officially reopened August 1st and are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Federal measures call for a distance of about four meters, approximately 12 feet, between groups and the use of masks will be required to enter the beach. Visitors are allowed to walk the beach and swim in the ocean and alcohol is permitted on the beach as long as it is in plastic containers. Dogs are welcome on the beach too.
How about resorts, bars and restaurants?
KA: Resorts, restaurants, bars and other activities are currently open, but the number of customers may be limited. So it's best to give businesses a call before going. Upon entering restaurants the front desk attendants may ask visitors to complete any necessary sanitary protocols. This may include having your temperature taken, cleaning your shoes, wearing a face mask and/or using disinfectant gel or sanitizer. It's best to check with each individual business to confirm their operating hours.
What about the Sea of Cortez cruises that were initiated out of Puerto Penasco this year?
KA: Earlier this year we saw our first cruise ship dock in town, but due to Covid-19 no cruises are currently planned. However we're working with cruise lines to get ships back to Rocky Point in the future.
So there you have it! Puerto Penasco is open, being safe, and the fun is waiting for you. For more information to help you plan your visit go here.
For information on Encantame Towers go here.
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