|So we'd been thinking of visiting Puerto Penasco, Mexico (Rocky Point) for some time & after learning that it was only a 4 hour drive south of Phoenix we decided to head that way for a week. I did a bunch of Goggling, trying to determine the border 'rules' concerning passports, dogs, food, liquor etc & questioned Jeff extensively. We knew that weapons were illegal in Mexico so we made arrangements to leave them, as well as several other things, in Phoenix with our family. Meat, fruits, vegetables etc were all questionable. We understood there to be at least two fairly large RV parks available & even though you can go online & make reservations (by email) we decided to wing it & just get a spot on arrival. That way if we weren't comfortable we could just turn around & head back into the good old USA.
We headed out Tuesday morning, taking I-10 West out of Phoenix to State Highway 85 South. We then followed 85 through Gila Bend, Ajo and Why until we reached the Mexican Border. At the border we were stopped briefly, asked a few questions about what was in the 5'er, I.e. Quads, razor etc. After informing them that we had nothing inside other than our normal living quarters we were motioned on through. After all the worrying & planning they never asked for a passport or dog 'papers', nor did they question us about guns, liquor, or food. I understand they pull many folks off to the side & search their rigs but we must look very 'responsible & mature!!!' LOL
Just over the U.S./Mexican border is the Mexican town of Sonoyta. A very poor town indeed, with many crazy drivers! And yes, we did stop in Ajo & purchase Mexican insurance for our weeks stay. We figured out very quickly that this is a MUST! We stayed to the right and there were signs directing us through town. They directed us to Mexico Route 8 and an almost straight run to Puerto Penasco, commonly known as Rocky Point. There are a few sharp turns so it was important to stay alert & I would suggest that if you ever make this trip it would be preferable to drive only during the daytime. About an hour or so of driving through the desert we finally arrived & were able to follow the signs to the Playa Bonita RV park.
The main road all the way from the border was paved & in reasonably good condition. Once we turned off the main drag the city streets were all dirt. In pretty good shape & easy to drive on. They do post all of their Stop signs very low & if there is a vehicle parked near one of them they are easy to miss. And there are plenty of them, so you need to go slow & easy & keep your eyes peeled for crazy drivers & signs at all times!!!
Upon arriving at Playa Bonita we checked in at the office & learned that all of the beach front sites were full. Not unexpected but a bit disappointing. Rates for full hookups are as follows: Ocean View $24 daily, $144 weekly & $536 monthly. Beach Front are: $29 daily, $203 weekly & $786 monthly. There is a laundry room, although we never saw it as well as a Jacuzzi, recreation room, free (lousy) Wi-If, restrooms & showers. And for us, the biggest reason we wanted to go, on site teams of guys that wash & wax your rig VERY inexpensively! We had 4 guys working on our rig for nearly 4 hours & they did a great job! Total cost, $75! Wow, no wonder we Americans head down here to get our motor homes & 5'ers done. Well worth it for sure :) And one last comment, there are massage tables down on the beach & you can get an awesome massage for $20! Is this place not awesome? Yes, it is!
Before I close this particular post I should mention that about 4 miles on down the road is the second RV park most Americans use while in this area. The Reef is very nice, way less crowded (at least during this particular week) & there were a couple of beach front sites available. Had we gone there first we probably would have chosen that park instead of the Playa Bonita. There is also two restaurants on site & we enjoyed the Wrecked at the Reef restaurant very much, both for breakfast & lunch. And, we understand they will have a wash & wax crew available if you request one, although I don't think they are on site like they are at Playa Bonita. Their rates are as follows: Beach Front $35 nightly $700 monthly - Ocean front $20 nightly $500 monthly
Both parks offer year round storage & it appears many folks take advantage of that option. And apparently, for just a few bucks, they will move your rig to a site for your scheduled arrival. We saw them moving several & wow, are they ever good at it. Well, that's enough info for now.
I took more pictures during our weeks stay then I want to post in one blog so I will split this into two entries. I'll tell you about some of our adventures & about our border return back into the states next time. It went well by the way, so not to worry. We had a wonderful time & look forward to returning again next year! If you would like to get to the 'beach' and are in the Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico area this is a mighty fine choice. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email, we'd be happy to help you out.