The Mexican resort
town of Puerto Penasco, also widely known as Rocky Point, beckons thousands of visitors to its shores each year to relax or take part in any number of outdoor activities. Located just 60 miles from the Arizona border, the destination is heavily frequented by American tourists who drive in from Arizona and California. This destination is especially popular with college students during Spring Break because of its proximity to the U.S. Whether driving or flying in, getting to Puerto Penasco is fairly simple with a little preparation.
Book an airline ticket to Puerto Penasco's Rocky Point Airport, though their airport mostly accommodates smaller airplanes, via Aeromexico Connect (see Additional Resources). You can also fly into major area airports, which are all roughly three hours away, in the Mexican cities of Hermosillo, Sonora, or Mexicali in Baja and drive to Puerto Penasco. There are also some charter flights available from Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Some Puerto Penasco hotels offer airport shuttle services, so check ahead of time to see if your hotel is one of them.
If you don't want to fly, you can drive into Puerto Penasco from San Diego or Arizona via Mexican Federal Highway 8, which cuts through the lower portion of both states and descends directly to the Mexican resort city. You will need to insure your car specially for travel in Mexico using AAA or another reputable service (see Additional Resources) or rent a car on either side of the border, which usually includes insurance in the price.
Make sure to bring your passport with you; as of June 2009 a passport is required to re-enter the United States.
Currently based in France, Laura Dixon has been a freelance writer since 2008. Dixon specializes in various topics including health, travel and culture. Previously, she worked as a weekly newspaper reporter in Central California. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and international relations from the University of California.