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Puerto Penasco - Mexico
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Our flight with AirCanada was very pleasant. The upgrade to executive class, especially, was exceptional. The great thing about it, it was all free. The connecting flight from LA to Phoenix with United was delayed for half an hour. This left us only about 40 minutes window to pickup our luggages, catch a taxi, and then catch the last 5PM-shuttle to Puerto Penasco. Surprise there. Our taxi driver was great as he managed to slice through the Phoenix rush hour, enough to catch our Puerto Penasco shuttle. A well deserved tip.
The Supremo Shuttle Rocky Point Tours, as it turned out was really a public transport that made frequent stops as it picked up and dropped off locals on the way. After about 4 hours of driving, we got to the Mexican border. Instead of going through the border gates, the driver pulled over to the side just few feet from the US Customs Checkpoint. As everybody was getting off and started unloading their luggages, we were puzzled. The hint came to us after the driver, with little English, started unloading our luggages too. As it turned out, we had to walk past the US post, then towards the other side, to the Mexican border guard who ushered us to the usual Mexican "Red or Green" light switch. And of course, the light had to be red! While the guard prompted us to open our luggages, someone in the group had tipped us that there was actually another shuttle van waiting for us from the Mexican border side. Apparently the shuttle that dropped us off at the US border had the Arizona plates while the shuttle waiting for us at the Mexican side had the Mexican plates. Well, the things you learn everyday...
We got to Puerto Penasco after 10PM and still had to take a cab to Mayan Palace Resort, which suprisingly was about 25km away from town.


Some Insights

For $45 (2-way), a taxi brought us to the town of Puerto Penasco, dropped us off in the morning at the Malecon and instructed the driver to come back at 4PM to pick us up at the same location. On the way back to the Mayan Palace, we dropped by at the local supermarket, Santa Fe, to pick up some groceries. We gave our driver extra $10 for waiting for us patiently while we did our groceries.

At Mary's, we had a super platter meal of fresh jumbo shrimps cooked in 3 different ways, and fresh fish, more than enough for 2 people, all for $30.
Just before the taxi was back to pick us up, we bought 2lbs (about 12pcs) of jumbo shrimps (and these are really large shrimps!) at the Malecon for $14, and a pound of fresh scallops for $5. I am pretty sure, you can buy it a lot cheaper if you barter...

Weather

January to May - 'Spring' - you can expect an average of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit; cools off at night
May to August - 'Summer' - you can expect 80 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
August to December - 'Fall/Winter' - you can expect 60-75 an average degrees Fahrenheit, with rain more likely during this stretch of the year.

Travel Tips

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 of Puerto Penasco is a very friendly little town known for its shrimps. And they're large!

Phoenix to Puerto Penasco shuttle: with Supremo Shuttle - $50/per person one-way; but you need a taxi from/to the airport ($25), then another taxi from Puerto Penasco to Mayan Palace Resort ($30). With TakeMeToRockyPoint shuttle: $180/person back & forth; includes pickup from airport and Mayan Palace.

- bring casual light jackets when travelling to Puerto Penasco in Spring/Winter
- bring casual dinner clothes, dress shoes
- if you like tennis, bring your rackets and balls that way you don't have to rent one
- Mayan Palace in Puerto Penasco also has a golf course

2012Jan - Puerto Penasco MX - Beach Shots
Date: Sun Feb 12 18:31:28 MST 2012, [ 77 photos ]
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The beach is very nice and could stretch out for miles at low tide with several sand bars. These beach is full of sea shells at some point and often times, birds could be seen feasting on fish.

The water is usually cold around Dec to Mar.

 Location(s): The Grand Mayan - Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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2012Jan - Puerto Penasco MX - Resort Activities
Date: Sun Feb 12 18:54:35 MST 2012, [ 44 photos ]
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Whether you like chilling out by the poolside, or relaxing at the lounge, there are lots of activities around the resort: group games, card games, water aerobics, yoga classes at the gym, pool & spa, tennis, golfing (there is a Jack Nicklaus-designed and inspired golf course), night entertainment, karaoke nights, volleyball by the pool or at the beach, hiking, biking, ATVs, kayaking, billiards, etc.

We brought our tennis gears this time and enjoyed regular 2hr routines at the court for the duration of our stay.

 Location(s): The Grand Mayan - Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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2012Jan - Puerto Penasco MX - Around the Resort
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Around the Mayan Palace & Golf Resort, Rocky Point/Puerto Penasco

 Location(s): The Grand Mayan Resort - Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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2012Jan - Puerto Penasco MX - Around the Resort Night Shots
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Various evening scenes around the resort

 Location(s): The Grand Mayan Resort - Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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 enjoying sunset right from our suite
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2012Jan - Puerto Penasco MX - Old Port and Malecon
Date: Sun Feb 12 19:39:47 MST 2012, [ 27 photos ]
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The old port and Malecon at Puerto Penasco town

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 Location: town Malecon - Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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 as this monument says - this town lives up to its huge shrimps
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