Traveling to Rocky Point Bienvenidos A Sonoyta - the sign above basically says it all about driving to Puerto Peñasco - Welcome. Sonoyta is a small town of 10,000 people just across the Arizona/Mexico border from Lukeville. The town is full of life. The first thing you’ll notice is the many vendors selling their wares, kids going to school, and small family owned businesses trying to make a buck. It’s really commerce at its best. You’ll want to stop at the Arizona Market just on the other side of town for grocery’s that you have forgotten to bring and a nice clean restroom. Two other recommended pit stops
More Is It Safe to Go To Rocky Point, Mexico The Lukeville/Sonoyta border towns, are a three hour drive from Phoenix to the Arizona border and a 6 hour drive from San Diego. To get to Lukeville from Phoenix take the I-10 Interstate west to highway 85. Take 85 south. You will pass through Buckeye, Gila Bend, Ajo, Why and finally arrive at Lukeville. Alternatively, you can take I-8 to Gila Bend then south on 85. Click for Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point route maps.
More Rocky Point Travel Tips For those uninitiated to driving in Mexico, we want to provide you with some insightful information on road conditions, signage and useful travel tips when traveling to Puerto Penasco. We hope to dispel some of the myths of travel in Mexico.
Violence on the Way To Penasco? There has been much news in the American press of violence along the U.S./Mexican border associated with the Mexican drug cartel and the Mexican Government’s war on drugs. It’s my opinion that the press have sensationalized the drug related violence. More
Road to Rocky Point Road signs are part of the enjoyment of driving through Mexico, particularly in the city. You’ll find that the speed will drop from 80 kph to 40 kph very quickly. Remember Mexico does not use MPH. You’ll even find that within a matter of 50 feet the speed will go from 30 kph to 20 kph and back up to 30 kph, so be aware. You will also see signs for “no passing” “No Rebase”, “dangerous curves”, “protect the plants”, “no throwing trash” Stephanie and I pass the hour travel time practicing our Spanish, reading the different business signage and road signs along the way. More Santa Clara Coastal Highway Completed in December 2008, the Coastal Highway connects the Gulf of Santa Clara with Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, Mexico. The coastal highway now opens up the Sonoran Gold Coast to faster and easier access to Baja residents and those in the Western United States. What traditionally has been a destination for Arizona residences, the new Santa Clara Coastal Highway will provide residences from California a convenient means by which to reach Puerto Peñasco.
More Spring Break Tips - Know Before You GoOver 100,000 American teenagers and young adults travel to resort areas throughout Mexico over Spring Break each year. While the vast majority enjoys their vacation without incident, several may die, hundreds will be arrested, and still more will make mistakes that could affect them for the rest of their lives. Using some common sense will help travelers avoid these unpleasant and dangerous situations. We encourage all U.S. citizens to phone home periodically to assure family members of your safety and inform them of your whereabouts. Remember, whether you travel to Mexico by land, air, or sea, you are entering a foreign country and are subject to the laws and customs regulations of Mexico.
Mexico Driving Laws Driving under the influence of alcohol, or drinking while driving, is strictly prohibited and considered a crime. Driving while under the influence of drugs, and instances of drug possession are prohibited. Respect speed limits and road signs as you would at home. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license on them. Setting off fireworks in any part of the city is prohibited.
U.S. Travel Requirements. On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, will be required to present one of the travel documents listed below.
Many of these documents are already available, and obtaining one now will ensure that you are ready on June 1, 2009, when they will be required.
U.S. Passport – This is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies a person’s identity and nationality. It is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
U.S. Passport Card – This is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land and sea.More