A weekend in paradise

Sunset in Puerto Peñasco on Sandy Beach
Here’s the sunset view from Saturday night.

My husband has been dying to go to Puerto Peñasco (known as Rocky Point to the gringos) for at least six months. I’ve been hesitant because it’s a four-and-a-half-hour drive south and across the border into Mexico. Number one, I can’t stand long drives.

Number two, we hear all these stories of drug cartels and crime in Mexico, so I’ll admit, I was a little afraid. Then, the neighbor across the street said she and her family went to Mexico and got COVID. They had to quarantine in their hotel room for 10 days before they could come home.

She said “People think what’s the big deal, you’re in Mexico at the beach? But we weren’t allowed to leave our hotel room and we weren’t enjoying great food. It was hard.”

vendors on Sandy Beach in Puerto Peñasco
Sitting under a palapa outside the hotel, the parade of vendors selling everything from tamales to henna tattoos give the beach a circus atmosphere. The vendors aren’t allowed inside the rope fence and they do respect the boundary.

The drive wasn’t bad at all once we got out of Phoenix. I even drove part of it. We drove through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument which was beautiful.

Organ Pipe National Monument visitor center
The visitor center at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument with an Organ Pipe Cactus in front.

I absolutely love Puerto Peñasco! I loved being at the ocean. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. The food was amazing and cheap. Fresh seafood to my heart’s content at around $20 for dinner for two. The accommodations were wonderful.

I’m so thrilled I got out of my comfort zone and went exploring with my husband. We’ll definitely be back — and I’ll post more photos and details this week.

Downtown Puerto Peñasco after dinner Friday night. The young man on the drums impressed us.

Where have you been hesitant to travel to and then once there discovered you loved it?

22 thoughts on “A weekend in paradise

  1. Looks like a lovely trip and I’m glad you had safe travels. I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to make that drive! We took the family to Cancun in February and, thankfully, we had no issues. Entrepreneur and I will be doing more traveling now that things are opening up more. 💜

  2. Gorgeous. We have been invited to go with some friends to Mexico later this year. We got our passports but I am still not sure how much I want to go, for all the travel reasons you mentioned. I know my husband really wants to go so we will.

  3. I love Mexico but we usually go to less-resorty places (not that we don’t enjoy those too). I would love to get back to Oaxaca and/or San Miguel de Allende but it may be a while before we are comfortable enough to get on a plane again. I’m glad you went despite your fears and ended up enjoying yourself.

    • I’ve only been to Cabo before. I had a roommate in college whose parents owned a condo there. I’m sure it’s changed a lot! I’d love to explore less touristy places too, but it was fun to be able to drive there.

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