Before I left Phoenix for the East Coast, I made a list of all the West Coast adventures I wanted to take. High on my list was a trip to Puerto Penasco (aka Rocky Point), Mexico. Just a quick 4-hour drive from the Phoenix area, I somehow convinced one of my co-workers and fellow adventurer that this would be a great way to spend a long weekend.
We headed down on a Friday afternoon, stopping midway at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the giant dinosaur sculptures for a leg stretch.
The scenery on the drive down was gorgeous. We were practically the only ones on the road and it was cacti as far as the eye could see.
We made it to the border without incident and promptly stopped at a package store to pick up very reasonably priced bottles of tequila for our weekend.
After realizing our planned accommodations were not suitable for a weekend stay (long story that includes scorpions), we promptly packed up and found a resort with plenty of vacancy for us for the weekend. We ended up in a 1-bedroom condo with a full kitchen, living room, and balcony. Here’s our view of the pools from the balcony:
We ventured into “town” to have dinner and see some of the sites, but because it was off-season, many of the shops and restaurants were closed. We did manage to find an oceanfront restaurant with beautiful views of the sunset.
The next day, we spent some time enjoying the sun, and made it to the pool just in time for happy hour.
On our way home we found a cute coffee shop to fuel us for the drive ahead and stopped at the Super Mercado to buy Mexican vanilla, cinnamon, and other fun food items.
All in all, it was a (thankfully) uneventful weekend and to be honest, we probably would have enjoyed a 4-hour drive in a different direction, perhaps San Diego instead. #liveandlearn