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Rocky Point

History
Rocky Point is the gringo name for Puerto Penasco.

Rocky Point was settled back in the 1920's, but it's name originated from a retired British Lt. in the early 1800's who called the area Rocky Point. Marine Maps identified this area as Rocky Point until a Mexican General changed the name to Puerto Punta Penasco (Port Rocky Point). Now Americans dropped the Port and in Spanish the Mexicans dropped the Punta!

Arizona lost it's chance to have it's own beach in 1854. During the negotiations for a U.S. / Mexican border agreement, the Mexican General Santa Ana wanted a land bridge connecting mainland Mexico to the Baja. Congress ok'd his wishes, and the U.S paid Mexico $10 Million for this territory that now makes up southern portions of New Mexico and Arizona.

To make a long story short, Puerto Penasco's history includes the Seri Indians (rumored to be cannibals), Spanish Explorers, U.S. Mafioso characters during the Prohibition period, Japanese, and Korean fishermen.

Tourism is now the main industry. Rocky Point, like most of the Baja, is much more laid back than the larger tourist areas - and we can get there easily from Arizona or California!

Currency
The US dollar is accepted everywhere. The exchange rate will vary - banks generally will provide the best exchange rate.

Credit cards are accepted at most hotels and many restaurants. VISA and Mastercard are most accepted, American Express usually at some larger resorts and condos - but is not accepted at many restaurants. A surcharge is still common at some smaller establishments for using a card.

ATM's can be found at the local banks and will give you pesos, usually with a small fee.

Communications
Internet access and wireless (WIFI) are available at many condos, resorts and rental homes. Larger resorts and condos have direct international dialing using a credit card, or pre-paid phone card. Pre-paid phone cards are available all around town for purchase.

Average Temperatures
Month Water Temp. Air Temp.
January 56 52
February 60 55
March 62 59
April 66 66
May 72 71
June 77 77
July 85 85
August 86 86
September 82 83
October 74 75
November 65 63
December 59 56