As Mayan owners, we decided to visit Puerto Penasco. It is about 4-5hours drive (on a public shuttle) from Phoenix. The Mayan Palace & Golf Resort here was lovely but a little too remote from the town of Puerto Penasco. Even though this is not the warmest place in Mexico during the winter months, we can only imagine it as wonderful in other months. We found this month the best for us--the place was not so busy. The resort staff were absolutely terrific! The beach was amazingly long and stretched out for miles at low tide, and was full of various kinds of shells.
Our ocean-viewing Master Suite was large and comfortable. It was a treat to wake up in the morning with the ocean view or watch the sunset from our suite. It included a kitchen with all the amenities if you need to cook or eat in. Food at the resort was a little too expensive. The large heated indoor pool was a plus where we enjoyed evening dips or water aerobics, or group ball games. We also enjoyed the resort's tennis courts. I think we were the only ones that used that facility during our entire stay. Of course we came prepared for this; we brought our own tennis racquets and balls! During the day, there are lots of activities to be had: yoga/stretching, gym & spa, group games, golf, tennis, volleyball, pingpong & pool tables. At night, more group games: karaoke nights, pool tournaments, Mexican dinner entertainment, etc. The activities staff whom we get to know well often times called us at our suite to remind us of the activities.
We rotated between staying at the property and exploring the town of Puerto Penasco, about 25mins away from the resort. A taxi picked us up at the resort, dropped us off at the town Malecon,later picked us up again in the afternoon, went for groceries while the taxi waited for us--all for $45. That's how flexible and friendly they are here. In town, we usually ate at Mary's. While there, you have to try their seafood platter. It is more than enough for 2 people. Jumbo shrimps (I mean large, large shrimps) cooked in 3 different ways, and fresh fish. We also picked up fresh shrimps and scallops at the market. Francisco at Mary's was great: he stored our fresh seafood in their coolers while we went around the town Malecon and later even used his cell phone to call our cab driver.
The town of Puerto Penasco: Puerto Penasco is a small fishing village located on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Commonly referred to by visitors as Rocky Point, this small fishing town has blossomed into a popular modern day vacation destination. The town is very friendly and is known for its shrimps.
Location: The Grand Maya Resort, Puerto Penasco, MEXICO