Majestic Views Overlooking the Sea of Cortez

by Dede Ogden

Whether it’s your first time to visit or your 10th to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, you’ll find new experiences to add to your memoir. This was my first trip with a teenager so I looked at things differently than my past vacations to the oasis in the desert. It was Willem’s first time venturing out of the United States dipping his toes in the Sea of Cortez and into the old-world charm of Mexico.

Driving from the Arizona border to the beach you pass by miles of golden sand, volcanic black craggy rock and, a variety of spiny cactus. Within one hour from the Arizona border you can swim in the warm ocean.

As we approached Las Palomas on Sandy Beach, the professional 72 par 18-hole golf course arose out of the sand dunes that sculpted the desert. Golf carts dotted the course and people swung their golf clubs hoping to get a hole in one. Entering the gated community, you felt like a VIP as they checked you in to rejuvenate your soul and guide you in to your luxurious suite.

Although Las Palomas Resort offers the 100% convenience of all hotel services, you experience a home away from home in an exotic destination at your very own private condo. Stepping out from our
penthouse we floated around the lazy river that circled the infinity edge pool. Settling in my raft and feeling the current push me, I felt weightless as I floated with a frozen margarita in hand. I put my head back to watch

the seagulls and looked out at waves lapping up on the beach. Steps away from our condo the beach offers new possibilities. Kids and adults kneeled down to spy on the sea urchins that washed up as the tide came in and went out. Crabs of all sizes scurried around making tracks in the sand and hid in their shells as we picked them up.

Kids of all ages got a thrill out of the activities to choose from at Puerto Penasco. Jet skis waiting to be rode; masseuses open for adults’ tired bodies, and vendors with your favorite Mexican memorabilia ready to be sold with just a wave of your hand. 30 minutes taking a leisurely ride at a slower pace or jumping waves at 50 miles per hour sure got my adrenalin going with this on-water experience.

Local vendors along the beaches prepare tasty frozen mango concoctions with or without rum as your mouth waters. I delighted in watching as fruit was cut into flower shapes only to be eaten moments later.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner on the premises at La Maria Bistro & Fine Cuisine features exquisitely prepared Mexican and World Fusion cuisine. Frijoles blended with the unique ingredients, and fresh seafood popular in this region reminds you that you aren’t in the States anymore. Make a plate of just desserts to try, even some shaped as swans.

Rocky Point
Since Puerto Penasco, also called Rocky Point, is arid and sandy, it only makes sense to get the thrill of renting quads and ATV’s. Keith, my companion, and I took our Maverick sand buggy down to investigate miles and miles of trails along some of the most beautiful rocky cliffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Off-road vehicles allow people to reach amazing locations that aren’t accessible by car. We walked down and sat on rocks in the ocean and watched as seagulls eyed and swooped down for the fish below. We raced up Competition Hill like all the other adrenalin junkies looking to see who can make it to the top of this sandy 300-foot incline in record time. The idea is to float on the tops of these sand dunes with your four wheels without getting stuck or to throw a mean sand rooster tail as you make a quick turn.

If you want to be above it all experience the Ultralight Flight of your life. Grab onto the handle and prepare to see where the ocean meets the desert from a bird’s-eye view. This is a must-try activity if you are a thrill seeker. It comes with a co-pilot so you can spread your wings and capture a close-up view of the Rocky Point landscape and all the resorts along Sandy Beach. Soar above the local beaches in Cholla Bay and watch people paddle boarding or sailing. Even if you aren’t flying look above and you can see Ultralights fly off into the sunset along the beach.

A Day at Old Port
Venture into Old Port for some shopping or, to the local eatery. Experience the “curios” where local merchants set up shop and offer trinkets that you can bargain for. Whether you’re looking at colorful dresses, rugs, or pottery indicative of Mexico; there is something for everyone. Hungry for fresh seafood, step into one of the many local restaurants in the

historic fishing port where you’ll taste their recent catches.

Savor gigantic shrimp wrapped with bacon and cheese or shrimp dunked in the classic cocktail sauce known for Rocky Point. Delight on the mouth-watering tacos filled with fresh fish or beef. Enjoy dinners atop El Capitan where the patio meets the lighthouse and the sunset changes color from yellow to orange with the moving clouds.

After dinner journey over to Wrecked at the Reef at the opposite end of Sandy Beach where families gather at the beach palapas and fire pits for chilly ocean nights. Play Ping pong or Corn Hole while listening to live music. I learned we could have plenty of laughs even if my sandbag can’t find the hole. No matter if its breakfast, lunch or midnight, Wrecked at the Reef is perfect for families wanting a relaxed atmosphere and to savor great food.

Then when it’s time to return to your home away from home, enjoy keyless entry, wireless internet with TV and DVD for those relaxing moments.

Our 2-bedroom 2 bath penthouse suite came with furniture and vases adorning the rooms that captured the Mexican culture. From the kitchen the sliding glass doors spanned the entire room and opened to the infinity edge pool, beach and lazy river that we could escape to at a moment’s notice. No elevator needed here. Soft king-sized beds adorned with 4 additional pillows wrapped around my body as I dreamt of the fun times that day. It was a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation even with a teenager in tow who wanted to be busy. In Rocky Point you always have ocean activities, adrenalin thrills and cuisine that meets everyone’s needs.


Dede Ogden is a travel writer when she gets to escape her job as a Cardiac Imaging Specialist focusing on people’s health and their hearts. She’s always on the lookout for new adventures that invigorate her mind, body and spirit. Maybe it’s in the ocean on a catamaran or driving in a sand buggy throughout the desert with the wind whipping through her hair. She’s got her camera at her fingertips to capture unique moments and to help tell a story.



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