Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Cruise Port
Port of Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco): An Overview
Rocky Point, also known as Puerto Penasco, is slated to open in early 2017 as the first cruise ship homeport in Mexico. The Mexican government has earmarked roughly $100 million for the project, adding a cruise terminal and convention center to the town, which is located in the Gulf of California. About 200 miles south of Phoenix and Tucson, Rocky Point is an easy drive-to port for Arizona residents.
Allowing for cruises through the Sea of Cortez, this one-mile-long port is being constructed on 12 acres of land donated by a local resort owner. Improvements to existing hotels and roads in the beach town have been promised by the local government prior to the port's opening, in addition to better access to the local airport for those flying in and out of the port.
Beaches: Puerto Penasco is, above all, a beach town. Large swaths of sand abound, and activities from banana boating to horseback riding are offered.
Fishing: Rocky Point is also a fishing hub; locals provide bait, tackle and the use of boats to those who wish to rent them for a few hours.
Scuba Diving: For visitors who wish they were fish, several scuba tour providers can show you the amazing underwater life in the Sea of Cortez.
Cet-Mar Aquarium: Anyone interested in marine life will appreciate a visit to this aquarium, which houses sea lions, sea turtles, and a variety of interesting fish and other aquatic animals. (43 Las Conchas Road; 638-382-0010; open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The local currency is the Mexican peso, but U.S. dollars are widely accepted.
The official language is Spanish, but English is prevalent, given the port's proximity to the United States.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor