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Puerto Peñasco is a fast transforming fishing village in the desert state of Sonora, connecting the Baja California Peninsula and the rest of Mexico, about 62 miles south of the border of Arizona. Because of the lack of water there was no permanent residents here until a rail line was built in the 1930s. Since then it has bloomed into a popular beach, and fishing, locale for people from California, Arizona and Nevada, who call it Rocky Point.

Another one of its many nicknames is “Arizona’s Beach” because of the proximity of Tucson, Phoenix and Yuma. To promote tourism, Puerto Peñasco was declared part of the border “free zone,” meaning Americans can drive there without obtaining a visa. It has become a major tourist center in a short amount of time, with numerous hotels and camping/RV sites. An abundance of beautiful beaches, paired with an impressive display of marine life has prompted beachside homes, plans for condominiums, malls, marinas and golf courses.  The Mayan Palace resort has just added an entire new upper level units called the  Grand Mayan Puerto Penasco ,  Both are east of town about 20 minutes. 

Border Problems

While a convenient trek just across the border, caution should be used when undertaking this journey. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the state of Sonora, citing an uptick in assaults against Americans since 2012. Cartel activity, carjacking and highway robbery are the situations to be aware of. However, since this safety warning was announced, the Mexican government has provided more funding and police officers to these areas.

However, travelers should follow safety tips from the State Department to avoid any such circumstances. Some of the major advice is to use the Sonoyta border crossing at Lukesville, Ariz. to spend the shortest time on the road in Mexico en route to Puerto Peñasco, and driving only when the sun is up. While in the city, be a low key traveler, not flaunting wealth and just be aware of your surroundings; catch cabs only from designated taxi stands.

The Most Important Tip

In the end, the most important safety tip is to stay away from illegal activities yourself, or from people who are participating in those things. Unfortunately, bad things can happen anywhere, but using common sense and some specific safety tips should ensure a pleasant vacation and get you home safely. Keep these mind when traveling as well:

  • Stay on major thoroughfares where most other tourists travel
  • Never walk alone, especially at night, and be vigilant about using ATMs
  • Don’t wear jewelry or carry flashy handbags that might make you a target for pickpockets
  • When visiting bars and nightclubs, keep an eye on your drink
  • Don’t drink alcohol excessively
  • Wear your seatbelt (even though most locals don’t)

Safe Travel Tips for Mexico

There is an unjustified, but looming, fear about the safety of having your spring break or summer holiday in this land of good food and great drink: Mexico. The unfortunate thing is that when one bad news report goes out about one area of the country, it could blow up and make people think the

Is Huatulco safe?

We continue to hear that some places might not be safe for traveling, and many people are concerned about safety in Huatulco, a favorite destination for those who want to leave the hectic lifestyle behind for a few days and have a peaceful retreat. So, what about Huatulco?
Huatulco is one of the most

Mexico: Safer than U.S Cities

While some 150,000 Americans enjoy safe visits to Mexico daily, the media continues to sensationalize violent stories from the country. But Mexico is in fact safer than a number of major U.S. cities. Ask any traveler and they’ll tell you just how safe they have felt in places like Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, Washington

Mexico: As Safe as Any Other Popular Tourist Spot


While Mexico remains one of the greatest travel destinations, it’s often earmarked as a country full of violent crimes. But that’s not really the full picture. Sure, there is violence from time to time in isolated areas, such as along parts of the U.S. border, but the main tourist areas in the country are

Is Merida Safe?

Merida, a beautiful city just a few hours away from Riviera Maya, remains a safe place to visit and live. 
The City of Merida
Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan, located in the southeast of Mexico. Its population is about 2 million people, and most of its economy comes from service-related

Mexico is Safe: Just Use Common Sense

Mexican Resorts are Safe

Violence in Mexico is back in the news and so is the age-old question: Is Mexico safe? According to Mariano Castillo of CNN, yes it is. In her article “Mexico, As Dangerous – and Safe – As Ever,” Castillo lists the many troubles and victories that have affected the country.
Travel experts and analysts concur

Travel Is Still Safe in Mexico

According to the article, “Despite Bad Press and Travel Warnings, Mexico Tourism Holds Its Own,” travel sales show that not everyone is nixing travel to Mexico for spring break. In fact, despite the bad press (as reported by the news media and a constant flow of travel warnings), Mexico is relying on a record year

Mexico Still Safe Despite Murder of Malcom X’s Grandson in Mexico City

Mexico City officials confirmed on Friday a rumor that had been spreading on social media sites since Thursday: Malcom X’s grandson, 28-year-old Malcom Shabazz, was killed after a fight in a bar. According to Mexico City’s District Attorney’s office, Shabazz died in the early hours of Thursday morning in a Mexico City hospital. In

U.S. State Department Clears Majority of Mexico for Travel

According to Christine Delsol’s article on the SFGate news website, the U.S. State Department’s newest Mexican travel update does not spring any surprises or add any new tourist destinations to the listing of no-go zones in Mexico. Continuing a tendency that started with the Feb. 8, 2012 update, the State Department has gotten more