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Puerto Peñasco , Sonora , Mexico

Puerto Peñasco, also called Rocky Point, located on Sonora's northwestern Gulf of California coast, is generally known for its warm weather and clear skies. The climate is more moderate than Arizona: slightly cooler in the summer and slightly warmer in the winter. The beautiful sands and warm water attract US tourists. From Tucson or Phoenix it is approximately a four hour drive: making it an ideal vacation spot.

The discovery of blue shrimp in the waters off of Cerro de Peñasco, literally "Rocky Point", in 1920 led to the establishment of the village. Back then water was trucked in from the Mexican border town of Sonoyta 60 miles away. The sandy trail that is now the highway "Mex. 8" which was paved during WWII. The shrimping expanded greatly in the 1950s. Unfortunately, over harvesting has made the supply somewhat unpredictable now.

The town retains the charm of a modest shrimping village and local restaurants are good if not elegant. While shrimping and fishing are important to the local economy, tourism is gaining in importance.

Puerto Peñasco is the port for approximately 10 charter boats. The Sea of Cortez houses a variety of fish including flounder, grouper, marlin, red snapper, sea bass, and yellowtail. The Puerto Peñasco magazine provides information on what fish are out there and when they bite.

Diving is one of the more popular activities in the Rocky Point area. Due to the shallow warm waters dives can be extended to 90 minutes. Visibility is usually good but not great.

About 30 miles north of Puerto Peñasco, Mex. 8 passes near the crater strewn landscape of Pinacate Desert National Park, which was designated a biosphere reserve in the early 1990s. The reserve is one of the world's most unique environments consisting almost entirely of lava fields interspersed with sand dunes and moonlike craters. The park entrance is off of Mex. 2 west of Sonoyta. There are no facilities although camping is allowed with a permit. The tourist office in Puerto Penasco can provide tour information. Telefono: (638)3-4129

Casa Del Milagro is located in the Playa La Jolla community at the Northern tip of the Sea of Cortez, also called the Gulf of California. The water is warm and usually fairly calm. West of Playa La Jolla is an opening to an estuary, then a residential area called Las Conchas, and finally Rocky Point.

An estuary directly behind Playa La Jolla is within walking distance and is an ideal swimming spot. During high tides the Estuary fills up with sea water up to a depth of 15-20 feet. During low tide, marine life in tide pools may be explored. Scuba and snorkeling are local attractions. High and low tides occur twice each day.


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