The fishing village of Puerto Penasco at the northeastern end of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) was founded in 1927 and is known as Rocky Point by U.S. visitors. It is three and one-half hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson. The scenic trip passes through parts of a two million acre Mexican bio-reserve and the U.S. Organ Pipe National Monument, which together form one of the largest nature preserves on earth.The well-known resort centers of Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas
are among the top resort destinations in the world. Puerto Penasco lies at the center of
the next resort area planned by the Mexican government and is intended to surpass all of
the others in size and amenities. Unlike any of the previous sites, it enjoys the clear
advantage from the outset of easy access by automobile from the Southwestern United
States.The Mexican federal, state and local governments recognize the need for additional
infrastructure to ensure that tourism continues to grown in the Puerto Penasco area.
There is an existing international airport with customs available. Over 1.5 million U.S.
visitors per year currently travel the highway to Puerto Penasco. Puerto Penasco has experienced extraordinary growth of tourism during the last decade.
What used to be a small fishing village has grown into the primary destination for
thousands of U.S. citizens living in the southwestern states. The present population of
the town is 45 – 50,000, and there are not enough accommodations in the area to meet
tourist demand. Presently, there are no large hotels, and there are limited motels plus asmall number of beach condominiums to rent. It can be impossible to find lodging without a reservation on a normal weekend. Puerto Penasco is in the Free Trade Zone, which makes passports unnecessary. Most local residents and shop owners speak some English and are attuned to the needs of visitors.