Puerto Peñasco – better known as Rocky Point in English, has a year-round sunny, warm, warmth climate no matter what time of year you need a break. Located on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in the Mexican state of Sonora, it’s the perfect winter beach paradise. Stroll the sand or take a dip in the waves or partake in any one of the exciting land and sea winter activities in Rocky Point available there.
If you’ve ever been tubing or water skiing, you’ll love a ride on a banana boat. The inflatable craft are pulled by speed boats. Once you’ve secured your life jacket and boarded the craft, take off from the shore and head out – but not too far – into the sea. Drivers will go as fast or as slow as the six to eight riders want to go.
Plan your winter break between January and March and prepare for some whale spotting. The winter months are the time of year when whales from the Bering Sea migrate to the warmer waters of the Sea of Cortez. You’ll see adults as well as their newborn calves out for a swim. There are several boat charters that offer whale watching excursions.
SCUBA Diving and Snorkeling
The beautiful waters and undersea world of reefs and more make Rocky Point a great place to get up close and personal with fish and other sea creatures. There are plenty of companies to take you out for an excursion and include all the equipment you’ll need to make undersea memories to last a lifetime. If you’d rather strike out on your own, ask about renting gear.
If you’d rather try to catch fish than swim with them, Rocky Point has you covered. There are plenty of fishing charters that will take you deep sea fishing or to the shores of San Jorge Island, Bird Island, or other destinations. Prepare to hook sierra mackerel, trigger fish, corvina, grouper, spotted sea bass, and many others to enjoy for you next meal. Most companies provide all you need – bait, tackle, rod and reel, and whatever else is necessary to turn a ‘fishing’ trip into a ‘catching’ trip.
From the Jack Nicklaus designed Vidanta Puerto Peñasco course, to any of the town’s other fabulously maintained links, the golfer of the group will want to make sure to pack their clubs. If you didn’t bring your clubs and still want to play, ask about gear rental.
If you’re having trouble deciding between beach time and spa time, the beach resorts of Rocky Point may have an answer. Many offer massages on the beach. Let your masseuse’s hands relax away your stress and worry while the crash of the waves of the Sea of Cortez rock you into a lullaby to complete your relaxation.
If you’d rather experience an entire day of relaxation, not just a short time on the beach, choose one of the many amazing spas in the area for a day of relaxation. Indulge in a menu of services like mani/pedis, facials, and several different types of massages. Revitalize your mind and spirit along with your body as you treat yourself to a body wrap or polish. Make sure to check out all of your chosen destination’s offerings to tailor a package of relaxation that is just right for you.
Even with no snow on the ground, the homes and businesses of Rocky Point light up with holiday cheer. Whether the décor is as simple as a wreath on the door and a candle in the window, or the halls are completely decked, Rocky Point sparkles and shines throughout the holiday season. You might see sights like life size clay replicas of the Nacimiento (Nativity) in yards or public spaces. See the lilies, evergreens, luminaries and more that prepare homes for las Posadas (Inn, or Lodging). Follow a processional led by children and young people to church on Christmas Eve.
If you happen to schedule your Rocky Point getaway during the month of January, make sure to include the annual January Jam Winter Music Festival. The weekend festival includes bands from the southwest US as well as local ensembles. Participate in other festival weekend events like the Mexican Moonshine Tequila Golf Classic, which helps raise funds for local charities.
Winter Activities in Rocky Point
If you’re in need of a place to lay your head and relax after a day of adventure or pampering, book a luxury home or condo rental with FMI Rentals. Enjoy privacy and a homelike atmosphere that will make your stay in Rocky Point one to remember for years to come. Stay in a cozy one-bedroom condo for a more intimate experience or choose a sprawling six bedroom to accommodate a large group. Stay beachfront or blend into the community of Rocky Point for a vacation like no other.