A friend told me she and her husband visited Puerto Peñasco 25 years ago and there was nothing there but a campground. Today, there are giant towers of condos, hotels, restaurants, beach houses and three golf courses. The marina is packed with fishing and pleasure boats.
I wonder what the residents of Puerto Peñasco think about this?
Are they happy because American tourists have turned the town into a flourishing tourist town? Or, do they resent us with our brand new cars driving into town throwing our money around? Maybe they liked the quiet Mexican fishing village pre tourist destination? Or, maybe they like the jobs and opportunities for a higher standard of living? I don’t know.
Here are more photos from our trip last weekend:
What are your thoughts about Americans coming into a sleepy fishing village and turning it into a tourist destination? Do you think the Mexicans appreciate the changes? Why or why not?
I’m sure it is good and bad. Better for the economy but way to many people and to much commercialism.
That’s what I think too. There are pros and cons.
That is an interesting question. I keep thinking about Hawaii and how the locals are tired of mainlanders visiting the islands and outpricing them from being able to afford to live there. I don’t believe that is the case here, but I believe it does happen in locations like this eventually. Many individuals do not consider this.
Puerto Penasco is known as Phoenix’s beach. I agree we haven’t out priced the locals there yet like Hawaii. But someday it could happen.
Also, thank you for the lovely video. It was nice to hear the ocean this morning. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s nothing like the sound of the ocean.
Amen to that. 🙂
The water looks beautiful! Closer to home is Gulf Shores, ALabama but I think it has been discovered! Still much quieter than other places.
The water was gorgeous. I need to visit that area some day.
Like most things, it’s a mixed bag. Some will benefit, some (probably most) won’t. If you drive not too far from a thriving tourist center, there is usually devastating poverty.
Absolutely we saw extreme poverty.
Such a provocative question. Tourism is the main revenue for so many places around the world and they have been devastated by the pandemic. I assume some will profit and some will not but tourist industries do employ a lot of people? xxoo, C
The resort we stayed in had hundreds of employees who looked very happy to be there.