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ROCKY POINT

Located just 66 miles south of the US border on the North end of the Sea of Cortez. 

From Phoenix and Tucson the 210 mile drive takes approximately 4 hours. 

Rocky Point started as a fishing village in the 1930's and gradually developed into one of the mar shrimp producing areas in the Sea of Cortez.

During the Prohibition era in the US, an enterprising businessman, Johnny Stone, visited Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point). 

Realizing the potential of this village to attract wealthy Americans to vacation and fish, Stone built the town's first hotel, drilled a well, and opened for business. 

Al Capone, who was among his clientele, brought friends along to enjoy the climate, drink, gamble, and deep-sea fish. But it was not until years later when it was slowly discovered by some Americans as an alternative for retirement and vacation.   

Rocky Point is surrounded by the Sonora Desert on one side and, the Sea of Cortez on the other.  Unique ocean conditions in this town create extreme tides of up to 23 ft. between high and low, and this also produces a unique marine life.

Swimming in the area is very safe and emulates lake conditions with no rip tides and a very calm water unless it is windy.

You can watch the sunrise and the sunset on the same ocean horizon. 

There are many places to visit while in Rocky Point, such as the Pinacate Mountains, which geographic condition was ideal for NASA's training for the Lunar mission due to its similarity to the moon's surface.

San Jorge island and its sea wolves, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (a 55-foot long whale skeleton is near the entrance of the facility), and the sand dunes of the Altar Desert.  Rocky Point is sunny almost year-round with practically no rainfall. 


Rocky Point offers many sporting events including sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing and automobile and motorcycle  racing just to name a few. 

There are as well rentals on most sporting equipment.


Rocky Point offers everything from relaxing with a cold margarita on a magnificent sunset cruise, to shopping in the  mercado, or along the local stands near cholla Bay.  Fresh catch of the day can be purchased and fleeted for you at the fish market.