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October 2015

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Welcome to October and the beginning of the beautiful weather that Rocky Point is famous for. This month sees the humidity fade away and the temps drop to very comfortable levels. There is usually a bit of a chill in the early mornings, followed by a day that isn't too hot to be out of the water and isn't too cool to be in the water. November usually has more of the same, although by the end, swimming does start to get a bit chilly (unless you're from cold country).

Things have been busy around here and this month is shaping up to be pretty close to "sold out" in our resorts for most of the weekends. If you are thinking of coming on Columbus Day weekend, I suggest that you make your reservations very soon if you want to find a condo to rent. This is all great news for our City, for renting owners and, of course, for our sales department.

Having our resorts full with rentals is a great thing because many of the renters will become Buyers. In fact, our biggest pool of successful Buyers come from people we meet when they are renting. On a busy weekend, it is not unusual to have 30 or more people wander into one of our onsite sales offices asking for more information. Having onsite offices open every day at each of our resorts definitely makes it convenient for people to gather information and discuss a condo purchase.

But, being sold out with rentals is not without challenges. When we have the most Buyers in town (renting tourists), we also have fewest condos to show them - because most of them are occupied. It's a problem that we gladly accept and we always find a way to work around it. Virtual tours, offers with a contingency clause, and even asking permission of renters to take a quick look are just a few of the  things that have been working just fine.

If you are from Southern Arizona or Southern California, you undoubtedly experienced the storm and extensive rainfall a couple weeks ago. Strangely, once again, Rocky Point was completely surrounded but received only a few drops of rain. No wind storm, no torrential downpour. Just a few clouds that cleared off in the afternoon, leaving another bright, sunny day. It's very interesting how and why that happens so often. Sonoyta will be flooded, Caborca will have a downpour, and Rocky Point will have sunny skies. Any meteorologists out there? Strange, but I'm not complaining...

Our new State Governor, Claudia Pavovich, and our new Puerto Penasco Mayor, Ernesto "Kiko" Munro have officially taken office. Our governor is making history by being the first female governor ever in the State of Sonora. Both she and our new Mayor, "Kiko" Munro, have really hit the ground running with some very positive and aggressive plans for our City and our State. I was in attendance at a meeting with the Mayor yesterday evening and have included a story below outlining some of his plans and goals for the near future. Things look very promising for Rocky Point.

I am going to omit a full story about the Home Port again this month because it is pretty much business as usual. Work continues and they are making blocks, placing them on the breakwater, hauling rocks, and moving right along, but there isn't really much new to report. They are scheduled to begin work on the terminal and the loading dock very soon but it hasn't begun as of today. I will keep an eye on things and report more thoroughly when there is a bit more to talk about.
Finally, I want to share some good news and some bad news: Our website, has been gaining in popularity, and every month we have more and more people visiting the site on a regular basis (it has a wealth of information). That is the good news. The bad news is that it has gotten to a point that we finally need to upgrade. That process is now underway so, you may find times that the website is not available, or you may find some information that is not current, because it is "under construction". This process shouldn't take too long but I did want to give you a heads up just in case you find a glitch (or a time when it is down). When it is finished, it will be better than ever so please bear with us...

Enjoy your month, come to Rocky Point if you can, and if you need anything don't hesitate to ask. Let me put my experience and expertise to work for you, and remember, as always, I'm here full time and I am more than happy to help you with whatever you need, whether Sonoran Resorts related or not.
Just give me a call or send me an email any time and I will do my very best to help you. If I can't help you myself, I'm sure that I can point you in the right direction and help find you someone who can. 
 Please check out some of our condos for sale along the right column.
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Jim Ringquist
Broker/Director of Sales and Marketing
Sonoran Resorts   Spa - Sea - Sun - Sky

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New Mayor of Puerto Peñasco Promises Improvements To City Infrastructure, Services, Government-In 100 Days!


Puerto Peñasco ushered in a new Mayor in September, as it does every three years. Mayors serve only one term of three years during which they endeavor to make noticeable improvements to their cities.

In many cases this system plays havoc with a lot of ongoing projects that affect life in the municipality. One good point with the system is that it guarantees fresh new ideas every three years allowing for improvements to the policies and injecting new energy into beneficial projects that are ongoing.

The new mayor, Ernesto "Kiko" Munro, a young, vibrant communicator  who comes from a long-time politically involved family, is fluent in English and understands the cultures of both Mexico and the United States.

On the evening of September 30, 2015, Kiko invited many of the community to attend his presentation called "100 Days of Projects and Actions" during which he expounded on what he promised to accomplish in his first 100 days as Mayor.
Of interest to most expats here and probably of interest to most regular visitors were his plans that included:
  • Continue street improvement projects around Puerto Peñasco;
  • Aggressive beautification projects to upgrade public spaces and create new and improved sports areas to help keep the children off the streets;
  • Place priority on public safety especially with regard to tourism;
  • Create a bilingual tourist police brigade trained to serve, guide, help and protect tourists from any kind of harassment and he will personally handle any such cases involving municipal employees;
  • Conduct major cleanup activities throughout the city, including the Malecon and other areas frequented by visitors;
  • Work closely with Chambers of Commerce in Mexico and the U.S.
  • Create an active Destination Management Organization to coordinate tourism promotion and marketing;
  • Coordinate his tourist importance plan as far as Sonoyta and the border to create a reputation of the corridor from the border to Puerto Peñasco as a "safe haven" for tourists;
  • The mayor emphasized that he has already put in place solutions to improve water quality throughout the city;
  • Expand street lighting projects to create a safer community;
  • Reopen existing and create new neighborhood police stations throughout the city;
  • Of particular note was his emphasis on "giving birth to development" which will bring new jobs and training in new technologies.
Kiko Munro's dynamic personality and speaking skills brought many episodes of thunderous applause from the packed house in support of his many promises.  His congenial manner made it easy to join the spirit with which he thoroughly outlined each area of most importance to him and his new administration. It was a refreshing night that gave everyone a feeling of getting to know the new mayor better.

At this point, all he needs to do to endear himself to the populous is make good on those promises within the next 100 days.

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Confidence That New Governor Claudia Pavlovich Will Support Penasco Tourism Industry

    Jose Antonio Perez - JoinUs Magazine   


Claudia Pavlovich Arellano knows Puerto Penasco as well as its needs, therefore there is confidence that as Governor of Sonora she will support the area's tourism industry, affirmed Hector Vazquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Penasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV).  


The OCV President stated that any new administration brings with it new projects, and undoubtedly this creates tremendous excitement and high expectations.


He indicated the Governor, who will direct Sonora over the next six years, knows first hand the needs and fundamental projects of this destination, including aerial connectivity, continuity on the Home Port, a new seafood market, and other important aspects.  


Vazquez del Mercado stressed the tourism sector in this port will work in a coordinated manner with the new administration, precisely because it seeks continuity of plans and programs already underway. In addition, important topics will be readdressed including the return of commercial flights in order to broaden the current tourist market.  

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Rocking Two Nights in October-With Special Guests!



As if the October weather in Puerto Peñasco is not enough, now Peacemaker fans, friends and family have the clincher of an excuse to be here on the weekend of October 16, 17 and 18. Friday and Saturday will feature the full band with great guests, and on Sunday Jim Dalton, RCPM lead guitarist extraordinaire  will put on his free concert at Banditos.


Get your tickets online now at or because 1.) There's a limited supply, and 2.) because this will be their only full-band appearance prior to Circus Mexicus in June of 2016. In other words, there will be no January Jam 2016 due to some exciting events that will be announced soon.


On Friday night, October 16, 2015, on the patio of JJ's Cantina in Cholla Bay,
Jason Boots will start the fun at 7:00PM followed by Circus Mexicus favorites,
The Jons, in a rare full band set by this Latin inspired group of excellent musicians and entertainers. RCPM headlines and caps off the evening with their now famous All Covers Set described as a "very loose set where anything goes." Look for covers of major hits from the likes of AC/DC, Eric Clapton, The Go Go's, Prince and many other legends!

Saturday night, October 17, 2015 the outdoor stage at Banditos on the entry road to the Sonoran Sea and Spa Resorts promises a memorable night of great music beginning at 7:00PM with Nate Cook from Denver-based The Yawpers followed by the RCPM debut of Valley-based Black Bottom Lighters and their high energy reggae at 8:00PM and RCPM tops off the night with a full set list of favorites including their recently released songs and who knows what else!

Sunday, October 18, 2015 will feature Jim Dalton in Banditos for a no charge, afternoon set beginning around 12:30PM. Jim's fans are always mesmerized by his deep, smooth voice that can squeeze a pitcher full of country out of a nursery rhyme!

A limited number of advance purchase tickets are available for both nights and include (while they last) a two night combo option with a commemorative lanyard. Avoid the lines and buy your tickets at or right now.

To further enjoy the always great October weather in our little slice of paradise by the sea, golfers can join the Mexican Moonshine Tequila Classic on Saturday, October 17 at The Links at Las Palomas with a shotgun start at 9:00AM. Don't forget that all proceeds for this tournament and auction will stay in Puerto Peñasco benefitting family-oriented charities. For one of the limited spots in this super fun event go to while they last.

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Club Pelícanos 7th Annual Bicycle Race and Fun Ride Happens This Sunday October 4th!



Over the years this fun (and healthy) event has become a great annual tradition in Puerto Peñasco attracting more  and more cyclists of all ages from bicycle clubs and fun loving enthusiasts throughout northern Mexico, Baja California and Arizona.


Camaraderie prevails as hundreds of riders, racers and fans gather for a Sunday morning of healthy cycling  along the scenic coastal highway for up to 60 kilometers.  One reason for the popularity of this event is surely the organization. The entire course is looked after by the municipal police who ensure participants have a traffic-free and safe right of way while the local fire department provides ambulances and there will be aid stations in strategic locations all along the route offering water and fruit.


The genuine hospitality provided by local Club Pelícanos members and volunteers is certainly another reason for the rapid and continuing growth of this event, which has offered a reason, as if they needed one, for increasing numbers of U.S. participants especially from Arizona.


It only costs $15.00 USD ($200 pesos) to join the fun. That includes lunch and if you're one of the first 40 finishers you'll get an official Club Pelícanos 7th Anniversary T-Shirt to bless your relentless competitive spirit. There are three open categories, two for men (under 45 years of age and over 45) and a women's open, with trophies for the top three finishers in each category.


Men will race the full 60 kilometer route with a clearly marked turning point at kilometer 23 on the coastal highway. The Women's Open will cover 40 kilometers with the turning point located at kilometer 14 on the same highway.  Awe-inspiring views of scenic desert flora, the World Heritage Pinacate Mountains and the legendary Sea of Cortez will  reward the cyclists as they negotiate this well planned course.


The race begins and ends at Chango's Bar and Seafood Grill located just outside the entrance gates to the Sonoran Spa and Sonoran Sea luxury beach front resort condominiums in Sandy Beach. Preregistration starts Saturday from 5 to 7pm at Plaza de Madre park located in front of the baseball stadium and opens again at 7am at Chango's.


After the race, Chango's turns into a sort of seafood mixer for the athletes, fans, family and friends as trophies are presented amongst cheers, high fives and selfies. Chango's, an excellent seafood restaurant,  will serve the free fish taco lunch to participants and make  its creative and moderately priced menu available to all the rest.


Racers will enjoy a special treat this year from newest sponsor Shelly Persad of Rocky Point Chiropractic. She will be on hand to offer complimentary massages and chiropractic adjustments for those cyclists in need of some rejuvenation after staying the course. Her expert manipulations will be offered for free but we're sure Shelly would not be offended if offered a "thank you" gratuity for making you feel like new again!


By the way, Club Pelícanos is always looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of this totally non-profit event.  To learn more about the race or becoming a sponsor you can contact founding member and event coordinator Charlie Muratore by phone from the U.S. at 520-907-4348 or call his Rocky Point cell phone if your are in town at 638-380-5028. Charlie's email is Or  visit the club facebook page at 


So rack up your ride and head on down this weekend to meet some new friends and maybe even take home a T shirt or trophy from our little slice of paradise by the sea!  


Goal to Open Dialysis Center Before End of Year


Rafaela Félix de Figueroa, President of the Comprehensive Community Assistance Project A.C. representing the dialysis center project in Puerto Peñasco, recently reported on the clinic's progress in fulfilling requirements established by COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection of Health Risks). Plans are still set at seeing the clinic finally begin operating by the end of the year.


Samuel Ortega, Secretary of the association, reported on income obtained through donations from the community of Puerto Peñasco and beyond, including substantial donations of work, time, and money from U.S. visitors, and also outlined activities fundraising activities carried out over the past three years.


Ortega stressed the water treatment plant alone cost $19,450 USD while the three dialysis machines cost nearly $13,000, along with other parts of the office.

Ortega Castro expressed the purchase of this equipment meets part of the requirements outlined by COFEPRIS, though additional components are still lacking. These include an electric generator with a market cost along the lines of $14,000 USD, among other requirements for certification.


He indicated the Dialysis Center has been built and equipped to meet COFEPRIS standards, noting that once it opens it will be able to provide services to some 20 people, seven of whom receive benefits through the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).


As reported in August, the project will not be affected by the change of city administrations. This is due to the fact the Center is operated by a Board of Directors, currently led by Rafaela Félix.  


Potpourri - Short Shorts of All Sorts!

Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can't address the many short subjects with proper attention. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page. Here are a few "short shorts" to keep you up to date.
Puerto Penasco's Very Own "Gallo" Estrada Retains Title
Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada, Rocky Point's hometown World Champion successfully defended his title on Saturday, September 26th in the Puerto Penasco Convention Center against Hernán "Tyson" Márquez in an exiting match-up ending in a 10th round knockout by our home town hero.

Shrimp Season Officially Opened on September 19th

About 100 shrimp trawlers headed to sea recently to satisfy the cravings of the thousands upon thousands of appetites craving fresh Sea of Cortez shrimp. Word is that this season should be very productive and a haul of about 1500 Tons of shrimp is expected. It is also believed that the harvest should include more of the larger sized shrimp this year due to this year's El Nino phenomenon. Come on down and enjoy some of the best, freshest, shrimp that you will find anywhere.

Las Vegas Night Donation Still in the Works

We met again with the Director and the Madre of Casa Hogar retirement community to clarify and get more information regarding the donation of the $5000 that we acquired through our 2015 Las Vegas Night for Charity this year. This donation is a bit more complicated as it involves several different projects, so it is taking a little longer. I am 99% sure that it will be completed and that I will have details and photos for next month's newsletter.

Check Border Wait Times and Averages on This Website

Labor Day tested the patients of many of our visitors when the border waits on the way back into the USA were a bit longer than some had anticipated. If you picked the wrong time to hit the border, people crept along in line for up to 3 hours or more. I always recommend hitting the border at 6:00 am when it opens, waiting until after 10:00 pm, or better yet, waiting until the next day to go back.

I ran across a new (at least new to me) site where you can see how many lanes are open, what the average wait time will be at an particular time, and even see graphs and data about the average wait times on any day/time of the week. It won't get you across the border any quicker but it may very well convince you to stay just one more day in paradise. Here is the link: LUKEVILLE BORDER WAIT TIMES
El Golfo Run

The Rocky Point Times 'El Golfo Run' is simply about having fun with friends new and old in May and October of each year, usually at full moon/high tide, on a three day/two night off-road trip of approximately 80 miles one way from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico to the small fishing village of El Golfo de Santa Clara traveling the dunes, salt flats, desert roads and beaches. Don't miss the 39th El Golfo Run!! Date: October 23, 24, 25, 2015. EMAIL RESERVATIONS ONLY PLEASE. ROCKYPOINTTIMES@YAHOO.COM

CEDO Beach Cleanup

CEDO, our local environmental watchdog and conservation group is sponsoring their annual October Beach Cleanup this month. Whether you want to join the rest of the CEDO gang, form your own beach trash patrol, or just venture out on your own, this is a super idea for this month, and for every month. Purerto Penasco has some of the nicest beaches anywhere and keeping them free of trash is easy if we all just do a little to help. Contact CEDO here: CEDO 

2015 Dirty Beach Mud Run
The poster says it all... 

15 Years of Sea, Sun, and Fiesta at the Rocky Point Rally™

By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero


Dubbed by some as "Sturgis meets Mardi Gras" on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in northern Mexico, the Rocky Point Rally™ will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this November (Nov. 11th - 15th). Just about an hour ride from the AZ border, and now with shorter routes from CA along the Coastal Highway dropping down from Yuma, the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora (aka Rocky Point) is adding an extra day, more activities, more charity events, over the border poker run starting points in AZ and CA, and of course más fiesta!


Since 2012 the Rocky Point Rally™, which benefits local charities in the area, has made an incredibly strong come back and Founder/Organizer Oscar Palacio Soto expects this year will bring in nearly 7500 bikers rolling through the once fishing village and still quaint popular tourism destination - often referred to as "Arizona's beach".


Registration bags this year have grown to include the coveted traditional pin along with patches, koozies, bandana, souvenir 15th Anniversary wristband, and more! Over the years, volunteer registration donations have raised over $150,000 US for a number of local charities including a school for disabled children, cancer awareness and prevention groups, a home for the elderly, the local office for family & children services, plus the Red Cross and local Fire Department. Last year, organizers added in a toy collection effort - so bring those toys with you - for distribution to area kids around the holidays.


The 15th Rocky Point Rally™ starts up this year on Wednesday, November 11th on the patio at Playa Bonita, where it all began 15 years ago. Country singer Matt Farris originally from Lake Havasu, AZ will take the stage at sunset, with American Legion chapters from AZ plus Rocky Point on hand for a display of flags. American Legion Post 109 Corona de Tucson, AZ will be holding the Bike Show again this year on Saturday, offering prize plaques for winners in each category. Thursday will include an even bigger kick-off party at Banditos over on Sandy Beach, which will be welcoming back The Black Moods out of AZ - along with Whiskey's Quicker (AZ) over the weekend! On Friday, there's a Ride into the Desert and the Pinacate Reserve and/or the Charity Poker Run making its way from resort to resort. That night, after all-day revelry and beads in the Old Port, the traditional Beach Fiesta hits Playa Bonita with parties going all night across city streets and cantinas. Bike Parade is on Saturday, ending up in Old Port with the Bike Show and Main Event concert stage, burn-outs, bike wash, and more! Arizona favorites, and long-time Rocky Point Rally goers, Mogollon will be topping off Saturday night on the Main Stage!


So, get your passport and plan on the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta Just South of the Border - 15th Anniversary Rocky Point Rally™ - November 11th - 15th, 2015! 

Work Begins on Second Wind Generator



Last month, through an investment of over 50 Million Pesos, work has begun on a second wind generator at the Energia Sonora wind farm.

This new equipment will service an additional 4500 families in Puerto Penasco who will receive savings benefits on their electric bills as stipulated in agreements with Energia Sonora, S.C.

The construction on the base of the second "papolote" (frequently referred to as "large kite") would begin shortly on land that the City had previously donated for the project.

"The Energia Sonora wind farm is being built in Puerto Penasco because this area represented the best option for the program, and because the municipal administration was open to the possibility given its interest in creating benefits for the people of Puerto Penasco".

The investment put into the Energia Sonora wind generators does not create debt for the City, as they are being done with Federal funds earmarked specifically for this infrastructure.
4.2 Million Pesos from 2% Accommodations Tax 

 Jose Antonio Perez - JoinUS Magazine  


But, 35% Fail to Comply with Obligation 


During the first half of 2015, nearly 4.2 Million Pesos were collected from the 2% accommodations tax. This reflects greater occupancy rates over last year, reported Hector Vazquez del Mercado, President of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV).


Vazquez del Mercado indicated that unfortunately there are still between 30% to 35% of accommodation providers who fail to comply with this obligation, which in turn impacts promotional efforts developed with resources obtained through the tax. The amount collected should be nearer to 6 Million Pesos.

He expressed it is time for the State Treasury Office to begin to charge those who do not comply, which includes hotels and accommodation providers who receive tourists but do not contribute their part toward the comprehensive promotion of Puerto Penasco.

He added while the OCV has received some funds through the State Government from this 2% tax, there is a current delay of about two months.

The President of the OCV reiterated collection of the 2% accommodations tax in the area is between 65% to 70%, while at least 30% of those subject to the tax are not doing their part to further promotion of this tourism destination.

Vazquez del Mercado stated they are once again calling on accommodation providers to fulfill this tax obligation. This is being done more so as a message of awareness, rather than pressure, and independent of the fact the State is authorized to enforce collection of this contribution.
US-Mexico Water Pact Brings Life Back to Colorado River's Parched Delta


LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - Mexican fieldworker Mario Mendoza, 47, had not seen the waters of the Colorado River flow through the desert of northwestern Mexico since he was a child.


But after the floodgates on a dam near Los Algodones, a town on the Arizona-Mexico border, opened last year, he watched in awe as the dusty channel began to fill with water and start to flow once again toward the Sea of Cortez.


"It was marvelous," said Mendoza, who was planting native trees on the banks when "the American Nile" began to flow along its course. "It's like being born again, seeing the river flourish again as it was before."


The arid American West is in the grip of a historic drought that led California Gov. Jerry Brown to impose mandatory water cuts this month, drained the two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River of more than half their capacity and raised an even chance of water rationing in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico in two years.


But in a rare bit of good news for the river, a push to rejuvenate its parched delta region is hitting its stride after a landmark agreement struck between Mexico and the United States released a surge of water through its lower reaches in March last year, allowing it to reach its outflow for the first time since 1998.


"The aim is to reconnect the river with the sea," said Francisco Zamora, director of the nonprofit Sonoran Institute's Colorado River Delta program, which has worked for the past two decades with U.S. and Mexican authorities, nongovernmental organizations and stakeholders on a drive to restore more than 10,000 acres of riparian, or riverbank, habitat and 30,000 acres of estuarine habitat in the delta, which had withered to just a tenth of its original size.


The lifeblood of the U.S. West, the Colorado River rises in the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains and flows for 1,450 miles through a vast and arid watershed spanning seven U.S. and two Mexican states. But pressured by growing demand from urban and agricultural users, it has not reached the sea regularly since 1960.


The binational water pact hammered out in 2012, known as Minute 319, sought to redress that. The first agreement of its kind by neighboring countries to give water back to a river they share, it ordered the release of a single pulse flow of 105,392 acre-feet of water that mimicked natural surge flows in spring.


The floodgates on the Morelos Dam, near Los Algodones, opened in March 2014 as a crowd of a couple of hundred people gathered to watch, and the river began to inch its way along its sandy bed, coaxed by Zamora, who anxiously scraped a channel for it with his foot to help on its 37-mile journey to the sea.


"The water was moving very slowly, and I wasn't sure [it] was going to make it that far," he recalled, standing in bright sunshine just south of the Morelos Dam. "It was that feeling that we've got to do something to help."


The pulse - equivalent to about 1 percent of the river's annual flow - eventually reached the sea nearly eight weeks later, drenching wind-blown seeds from native trees like willows and cottonwoods and enabling environmental regeneration in the newly damp soils of the riverbank.


Alongside its partners on both sides of the border, the Sonoran Institute is working to use every drop of water to restore key pockets of riparian, marsh and estuarine habitat in the delta that naturalist Aldo Leopold explored in 1922 and described as "awesome jungles" and "lovely groves" in his memoir "A Sand County Almanac."


The organization has some 30 full-time employees cultivating hundreds of thousands of native cottonwood, willow and mesquite trees in a nursery - the only one of its kind in Mexico - to plant at an archipelago of riverside sites providing habitat for more than 300 species of animals and birds, among them the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and the Yuma clapper rail.


A 130-acre plot cleared of invasive nonnative species and replanted four years ago is now a dense 30-foot tall forest with more than 200,000 cottonwoods and willows. It is already providing habitat for migratory and native birds, some like the yellow-billed cuckoo, not regularly seen in the region for half a century.


"When you see new birds that you haven't seen before, you know it's working," said Guadalupe Fonseca, a Sonoran Institute field coordinator, recalling the first time he saw the cuckoo. He oversees a team of 16 workers preparing to replant a sweep of land within an old meander cut off from the course of the river. "When we plant more cottonwoods and willows, more will come ... along with other new birds," he said.


RAISE THE RIVER Report From the Field, September 17, 2015
RAISE THE RIVER Report From the Field, September 17, 2015

Cervantino Festival Returns to Puerto Peñasco Oct. 8th-10th!
By Shandra Keesecker-Rivera


The International Cervantino Festival, THE premier arts festival in Mexico, is once again readying for celebrations throughout the month of October in the colonial city of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Along the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Peñasco has been selected as the only site in northwestern Mexico to offer a taste of the internationally renowned festival, now in its 43rd year, with a calendar full of rhythm, sights, and sounds that will fill evening skies over the Old Port from October 8th - 10th, 2015.


Among the more than 600 local, national, and international artists lined up to participate in the three-day event, this year's local Cervantino festivities will showcase singer Susana Harp and her orchestra from Oaxaca to close out the weekend. Others to perform include Tucson based Latin rhythm group Vox Urbana, rising ranchero star Alexis Montoya of Caborca, rock over the sea by Peñasco/Hermosillo artist Alan Munro, opera performed by students from the University of Sonora, and performances by internationally renowned composer/jazz musician Armando "Kennedy" Noriega of Puerto Peñasco, plus the local talent of Agua de Coco, Germán Esquer Delgado, traditional dances honoring the Tohono O'odham and other indigenous cultures of the region, colorful ballet folklorico performed by students from the area, and more. All of this set to the background of a spectacular October sun setting into the Sea of Cortez, providing the perfect venue to once again experience the wonder of Cervantino here in Puerto Peñasco.


Accompanied by Nina Mier, City Director of Culture and the Arts, along with Ernesto Leyva, City Director of Special Events, Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto "Kiko" Munro expressed his pleasure at once again bringing a taste of the international event to the shores of Puerto Peñasco. He recalled how the Cervantino festivals extended into Puerto Peñasco from 2009-2012, and he hopes to see the festival flourish so that in coming years it become a highly anticipated Fall event for the city, for both visitors and residents alike! He further thanked local sponsors that have joined to help make this year's Cervantino in Puerto Peñasco possible, adding his commitment to continue strengthening culture and promoting the rescue of cultural spaces across the city, among other projects.


Cervantino activities in Puerto Peñasco are scheduled to take place each evening, Oct. 8th - 10th, starting around 5 p.m. and into the night. Each evening will be capped off with performances on the main stage in the malecón, including a Noche de Salsa on Thursday (with Agua de Coco and Vox Urbana), Noche Mexicana & Rock on Friday (featuring traditional dances, opera, and rock), and finally an evening with Susana Harp by the sea to close out on Saturday night, with additional performances of Armando "Kennedy" Noriega, and Alexis Montoya, among many others.


The International Cervantino Festival (FIC) has been celebrated in the picturesque colonial city of Guanajuato in central Mexico since 1972, when professor Enrique Ruelas Espinosa brought short plays honoring Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra to stages and venues across the city. The festival itself is named in honor of Cervantes and has grown to include international performers, workshops, exhibitions, and concerts across Guanajuato and more recently has expanded to include various other parts of Mexico.


Mexico Places Second for Expats: Survey

Friendly people, beautiful beaches and tasty cuisine are among the reasons why expatriates are choosing Mexico as a place to live, ranking it second in a new survey.

The Ease of Settling In Index is the result of a survey by InterNations, a network and guide for expatriates, in which 14,400 people provided their feedback on life abroad in 64 countries.


This year, Ecuador held on to its first-place ranking for its low living expenses, affordable health care, friendly welcome and social opportunities, while Mexico moved up one to claim the No. 2 spot.


The cost of living and the ease of settling in overcame concerns over safety, political stability and peacefulness. More than four out of five expats viewed living costs favorably and more than three-quarters were generally happy about their financial situation.


Mexico ranked seventh against other countries on the survey's cost of living index and third in the personal finance index. In terms of happiness, Mexican expats - like Mexicans themselves - rank right up there in third place after Ecuador and Costa Rica.


Three out of eight say they are very happy with their lives, almost double the worldwide average of 19%, a sentiment shared by many native Mexicans. The United Nations World Happiness Report put Mexico in 14th place out of 158 countries this year.


Other reasons to like Mexico were leisure opportunities and climate, but in terms of overall quality of life its ranking was just 22 as a result of low scores in two sub-categories, travel and transport, and health, safety and well-being.

While travel opportunities got a positive rating from 94%, only 56% had a positive view of transportation infrastructure.


Personal safety earned a negative review from 14% of respondents, compared to a global average of 11%. Political stability was seen negatively by 19% compared to 16% worldwide, and peacefulness 13%, compared to 10% on a global scale.


Despite all that, Mexico has almost five times as many retirees as the global average: 23% compared to 5%. And 41% of expats in Mexico said they will probably never leave.


Working expats are somewhat less happy about Mexico due to long hours - on average 47.1 hours a week. Two out of seven expats work part-time and about 12% are self-employed.


But on the whole, expats working in Mexico are not dissatisfied - 73% said they were generally satisfied with their jobs. However, the state of the economy was a concern for nearly a third.


The top three nationalities of expats in Mexico are American, 42%, Canadian, 10%, and British, 6%. Retirees constituted 23%, and the average age is 48.8 years.


The survey was conducted online in February and March by asking participants to rate diverse aspects of life. The study also revealed there were 10 types of expat, ranging from people who had relocated for employment to those looking for a better quality of life.


Other high rankings were Panama, which placed eighth; Canada, in ninth; Costa Rica 12th; and the United States 13th.

When Mexicans Crossed Our Border - To Help

By Stephen R. Kelly
Special To The Washington Post
Published: August 30, 2015


In a scene that would have given Donald Trump heart palpitations, 200 flag-waving Mexican troops breached the U.S. border outside Laredo, Texas, 10 years ago and advanced unopposed up Interstate 35 to San Antonio.


It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.


This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina.


Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.


If this doesn't sound like the Mexico you've been hearing about lately - the one that has been ripping America off, the one that sends rapists and criminals across the border - you might want to consider this little-known gesture of humanity from our abused southern neighbor as you think about Katrina 10 years later.


I was serving as the No. 2 at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City in August 2005 when Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. The storm's track posed no danger to Mexico, and we followed events like most expatriate Americans - aghast, but at a distance.


But not Mexicans. They were watching the same scenes of floating corpses and botched relief efforts in New Orleans. My chief contact at Mexico's Foreign Ministry called to say the Mexican army had two field kitchens that could feed storm victims who had made their way to Texas, and the navy had two ships that could help with cleanup efforts in New Orleans.


I told my contact the offer was very generous, noted that many countries had offered assistance, and added that the State Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency would decide which offers to accept. He said it was too late for that. The convoy had already left Mexico City on its way to the border, and the ships were ready to steam from Veracruz.


To put this in context, the United States likes to think of itself as the country that does the helping, as we had done when Mexico City was struck by a devastating earthquake in 1985. But few had contemplated the possibility that Mexico would be coming to help us.


The next 48 hours were a mad scramble to get Washington to say yes, to figure out how to admit more than 200 military personal without passports or visas, and to recognize that the Mexican army, traditionally one of the most nationalistic and anti-American elements in the Mexican government, was making an extraordinary gesture.


It worked. The 45-vehicle convoy crossed the border at Laredo at dawn on Sept. 8 and arrived in San Antonio later that day. The only glitch was that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would not allow the Mexicans to serve the beef they had brought because they couldn't prove it had been produced in a mad-cow-free facility. Undeterred - and un-insulted - the Mexicans bought their beef locally.


By the time their mission in San Antonio ended Sept. 25, the Mexicans had served 170,000 meals, helped distribute more than 184,000 tons of supplies and conducted more than 500 medical consultations.


Mexican sailors also assisted with clearing downed branches and other storm debris in Biloxi, Miss., where they posed for photos with President George W. Bush, who thanked them for their help.


Nobody was more surprised by this humanitarian mission than the Mexican military itself. Perhaps pumped up by its unexpected display of competence and compassion, even for a normally haughty northern neighbor, the Mexican army became far less defensive, and more willing to cooperate with its U.S. counterpart.


Stephen R. Kelly, a former U.S. diplomat who served in Mexico from 2004 to 2006, teaches at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


A Drink to Warm Your Bones-and Heal Them  


Drinking tequila could be good for developing healthier bones


Popular at parties and long regarded as Mexico's national drink, tequila could also be good for you, according to new research.

The blue agave plant from which the celebrated liquor is made is also seen as an emblem of Mexico, and now researchers at the Centre for Investigation and Advanced Study (Cinvestav) have identified certain properties within it that improve the absorption of magnesium and calcium into the bones.


As a result, those who consume the Agave tequilana Weber could benefit from a healthier bone structure. And the plant itself could be used to treat osteoporosis.


The consumption of fructose molecules contained in the agave plant, when combined with intestinal microbiotics, was found to boost the production of new bone tissue despite the presence of osteoporosis. The findings were the result of experiments carried out on laboratory mice.


"We removed ovaries from female mice to generate osteoporosis," explained research leader Dr. Mercedes Guadalupe López Pérez. "Then we gave them fructose molecules from the agave plant - after eight weeks we took samples from the femur to measure absorption of minerals.


"We also tested for the presence of a protein called osteocalcin, which indicates the generation of new bone tissue. We observed that the mice that consumed fructose synthetized nearly 50% more of this substance."


The results of the investigation should open up the possibility of new types of treatments to combat osteoporosis, a disease estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide and linked to one-fifth of fractures sustained by men over 50.

However, López Pérez added that the agave plant will only work on patients who have healthy intestines. This is because microbiota contained in the body are essential to fermenting the fructose molecules and converting them into acids that will allow the absorption of calcium and magnesium into the bones.


Osteoporosis sufferers are not the only ones who could benefit from a moderate tipple of tequila. The agave plant may also help against diabetes, as it lowers blood glucose levels and produces insulin, and aid those who are overweight thanks to a hormone it produces that keeps the stomach fuller for longer, resulting in a reduction of eating.



Tacos Al Pastor - Made at Home

At many local establishments, you'll find a turning spit of pork, basted with chili and onions, dripping fat and flavor. Shave some off into a tortilla and you've got a taco al pastor, the classic Mexican street food.


It's a similar scene halfway across the world in Jerusalem. At the hole-in-the-wall Al Waary restaurant, there's a vertical rotisserie of beef spinning next to the flames, flavored by tangy vinegar. Shave some off into a pita, and you've got shawarma - the quintessential Middle Eastern street meat.


If you're thinking these beloved dishes might be linked, you're right. "Shawarma is very interesting," says Ali Qleibo, a Palestinian anthropologist, sitting at the Al Waary shawarma joint. The origin of the word shawarma comes from the Turkish word çevirme, which means "turning."


You can find some version of shawarma everywhere in the Middle East where the Ottoman Empire once reigned.


"Turks call it döner kebab; Greeks call it gyro; Iraqis call it kas," Qleibo says. "This shows you the all-pervasive influence of the Ottoman Empire, because all the subjects of the Ottoman Empire eat shawarma even though they call it by different names."


Of course, the people of the Ottoman Empire didn't all stay there. About 36,000 people under Ottoman rule left for Mexico between the late 19th and early 20th century.


"People came from as far as Egypt. I found some people who came from Iraq," says Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp, a history professor at Sonoma State University who has tracked the migration of Middle Easterners to Mexico. "The majority came from the Levant, as it was called during that time, which is now modern-day Lebanon and Syria."


The migrants left for the usual reasons: looking for economic opportunity, dodging army conscription and escaping sectarian violence. And when they arrived, they brought their food with them. "By the 1930s, there were restaurants that served shawarma," says Jeffrey Pilcher, a historian and author of the book "Planet Taco."


Then the cuisine morphed: "During the 1960s, the Mexican-born children of these Lebanese migrants ... start opening up their own restaurants, and they start to create a kind of a hybrid cuisine," Pilcher says.


"They take the technology that they grew up with in these Lebanese restaurants, the vertical rotisserie - but instead of using lamb, they use pork," Pilcher says. "They marinate it in a red chili sauce, which gives it that distinctive color, and they cook these up and serve them and call them tacos al pastor."   



Even the term "al pastor," which means "in the style of the shepherd," is a nod to the original Middle Eastern lamb version of the dish.


When Mexico's economy boomed after World War II, tacos al pastor moved from small towns to bigger cities and eventually into the US.


The fact that this classic dish was a relatively recent import from the Middle East doesn't necessarily make it any less Mexican, adds Pilcher, the taco historian. "Authenticity isn't always something that dates back to the ancient Aztecs and Mayas," he says. "That meaning of Mexico is continually being recreated in every generation."


But whether it's lamb or pork, tortilla or pita, Jerusalem or Rocky Point, the essentials have remained the same: Fat and fire, a handful of spices, a quick meal - and a taste of tradition.



  • 1 white onion, divided
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 juicy oranges
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ground guajillo chiles
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3lbs boneless pork loin
  • a handful of fresh cilantro
  • 16 tortillas, corn or flour
  • fresh salsa
  • lime wedges



Peel the onion, cut it into quarters. Cut the bottom and top off of the pineapple and cut the skin off. Slice long pieces of pineapple off until on the core is left and discard the core.Place half of the pineapple in a food processor along with two quarters of the onion, and squeeze the two oranges into it until you get all the juice out. Peel the garlic cloves and discard the papery skins. Process the garlic, fruit and onions for a couple of seconds, then add in the vinegar, chile powder, salt, oregano and cumin.


Process the mixture for about 10 seconds or until smooth. Place the remaining pineapple and onion in separate, air-tight containers and refrigerate.


Cut up the pork into thick slices. (Tip: This is easier to do when the meat is partially frozen.) Place the cut up pork into a large glass bowl with a lid.  Pour the mixture over it and toss the meat to coat it.  Add the lid and refrigerate overnight for best flavor, or at least 6 hours at minimum. Toss the meat a couple of times during marination time to enhance the flavors.


Prepare your grill and get it warmed up over medium-high heat. Place pork slices onto grill and turn them often, brushing additional marinade on the outside once or twice during the first few minutes of cooking.  Discard remaining marinade. Place remaining pineapple and onion on the outer portion of the grill and cook until softened and it begins to brown. Cook the pork slices until they begin to brown and blacken a bit and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Remove pork from the grill and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Place the pork, onions and pineapple on a chopping block or cutting board and use a heavy cleaver to chop it all up into small bite-size pieces. Toss to make sure pineapple and onions are evenly combined with the pork.


Serve immediately with a stack of steaming hot corn or flour tortillas. Also have the usual Mexican garnishes available, chopped onion, chopped cilantro, fresh salsa and lime wedges.




Bilingual is Better: the Advantages of Speaking More Than One Language 


The most significant advantage which has been reported recently must be the fact that "bilingual patients developed dementia 4.5 years later than the monolingual ones." This was the outcome of a research lead by Dr Thomas Bak. It also concluded that "bilingual switching between different sounds, words, concepts, grammatical structures and social norms constituted a form of natural brain training, which was likely to be more effective than any artificial brain training programme". For further details, read BBC's article Speaking a second language may delay dementia. The full research paper can be bought here.

Bilingualism has also been found to enhance a child's working memory as shown by a research  conducted at the University of Granada under the supervision of Ellen Bialystok.  The "working memory includes the structures and processes associated with the storage and processing of information over short periods of time." You can read more about this in the article Bilingual children have a better "working memory" than monolingual children   


In their article Being Bilingual Makes You Smarter The social network Verbalisti  write that "the bilingual experience improves the brain's so-called executive function - a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks."


Bilinguals are better at multi-tasking. "Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at switching between tasks than are children who learn to speak only one language" as explained in Bilingual Children Switch Tasks Faster than Speakers of a Single Language. 


Bilingualism makes you more open-minded and sensitive to others:  "bilinguals have an enhanced awareness of other people's points of view, born from their deeper understanding, from an early age, that some people have a different perspective." This probably makes bilinguals better managers as well as stated in the Financial Times article The Multilingual Dividend 


Another study found that bilingualism enhances your listening ability. It showed that in a noisy environment bilinguals are "better at detecting the different sounds, therefore enhancing attention." Read more in the article Study Indicates Bilinguals are Better Listeners (Literally).   


Bilingual children are less easily distracted. Judy Willis MD, a neurologist, teacher and author states that "compared to monolinguals, the bilingual children develop greater attention focus, distraction resistance, decision-making judgment and responsiveness to feedback"  and that "research supports encouraging parents to retain use of their native language in the home" in her article Neuroscience and the Bilingual Brain.   


If you grow up as a bilingual you are often also bicultural. In his article Advantages of Being Bicultural  Prof François Grosjean lists the benefits as "having a greater number of social networks, being aware of cultural differences, taking part in the life of two or more cultures, being an intermediary between cultures" as well as having "greater creativity and professional success".



In Spanish, the Tiny Word "Vez" Packs a Punch with Multiple Uses

Vez (plural veces) is one of the most commonly used nouns of Spanish and can usually be precisely translated as "occurrence," although in practice it is usually translated as "time." Here are some examples of everyday usage:
  • Mil veces te quiero, Maria. I love you a thousand times, Maria.
  • Llegamos cuatro veces a la final. We made it four times to the final.
  • Será la última vez que me veas. It will be the last time you see me.
Una vez is usually translated as "once," although obviously it could also be translated literally as "one time," and dos veces can be translated as "twice" or "two times":
  • Se toma una vez por día en un nivel de dosis decidido por el médico. It is taken once per day at a dosage level decided by the doctor.
  • ¿Te has enamorado dos veces de la misma persona? Have you fallen in love with the same person twice?
  • "Sólo se vive dos veces" es la quinta entrega de la saga James Bond. "You Only Live Twice" is the fifth installment in the James Bond series.

Veces can be used in making comparisons such as the following:

  • Es una pila que dura hasta cuatro veces más. It's a battery that lasts up to four times longer.
  • La envidia es mil veces más terrible que el hambre. Jealousy is a thousand times worse than hunger.
Vez and veces can be used in a variety of phrases. The following examples show some of the most common, although these aren't the only translations possible:
  • Alguna vez voy a ser libre. Sometime I am going to be free.
  • El gato de Schrödinger sigue estando vivo y muerto a la vez pero en ramas diferentes del universo. Schrödinger's cat was alive and dead at the same time but in different sections of the universe.
  • A mi vez, no puedo comprender el tipo que dice que la casa es tarea de la mujer. For my part, I can't understand the type who says housework is a woman's job. (Also used are phrases such as a tu vez, "for your part," and a su vez, "for his/her part.")
  • Cada vez que te veo me gustas más. Every time I see you I like you more.
  • La actriz tolera cada vez menos la intrusión en su vida. The actress is tolerating the intrusion in her life less and less.
  • De vez en cuando es necesario perder la razón. Once in a while it is necessary to be wrong.
  • Estoy fantaseando en vez de estudiar. I am daydreaming instead of studying.
  • A veces sueño que estás conmigo. Sometimes I dream that you are with me.
  • Los baratos muchas veces salen caros. Cheap things often sell for a high price.
  • ¿Por qué el mar algunas veces se ve verde y otras veces azul? Why does the sea sometimes look green and other times blue?
  • Había una vez una gata vivía en una casita blanca. Once upon a time a cat lived in a little white house.
  • Una vez más Einstein tiene razón. Once again, Einstein is right.
  • La red otra vez fuera de línea. The network went offline again.
  • La felicidad se encuentra rara vez donde se busca. Happiness is rarely found where it is looked for.


Enjoy your month. See you on November 1st!  

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Sonoran Sky 1105

1BR Premium Condo 

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Sonoran Sea W807
2 Bedroom West Building

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This is a model perfect condo that was not used as a rental. Best priced 2 bedroom at the Sonoran Sea Resort. It is in near perfect condition and it really must be seen to be appreciated. Comes very nicely furnished and ready to go. Views, views, and more views. You won't find many nicer than this one. Put it in the rental pool to earn some income or keep it all for yourself. This is a truly impressive condo with amazing views.

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WiFi Cafe and Convenience Store
Sonoran Sea Resort


Are you thinking about moving here to paradise but don't know how you would make a living? Well, this might just be your lucky day! How about owning a WiFi Cafe and Convenience store, right inside the lobby of the beautiful Sonoran Sea Resort? This turn-key business INCLUDES the Real Estate! Terms Available! This opportunity won't be around long so please give us a call today.

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Sonoran Sun E307
2 Bedroom East Building


Price just reduced for quick sale. This is a great price for a 2 bedroom at the Sonoran Sun and this condo has everything! Won't last long. Ocean Front luxury at a great price. You need to act fast on this special deal.

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Sonoran Sea E808
3 Bedroom Extended Terrace

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This is a unique 3 bedroom condo with a separate entrance to your "mother-in-law" quarters. The terrace is HUGE and the views are unbelievable. Priced to sell and beautifully furnished. Condos like this one don't come available often so you need to move quickly before it's gone. This condo will be a fantastic rental, or keep it to enjoy all for yourself. Fully furnished, turn-key ready to go.

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Sonoran Spa W806
2 Bed 2 Bath Top Floor

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Here is a condo that won't be around for long. This penthouse level 2 bedroom is fully furnished and ready for you to enjoy. The views are spectacular and you can see the lights of the Old Port at night from the comfort of your terrace. This one is ready to go so come check it out. This can be a private getaway for you and your family, or you can place it into the rental pool and realize a nice income while you're not using it. Contact one of our sales staff today to set up a time to view this great condo. Priced right to sell quickly so don't wait too long. Lots of great things are going on in Rocky Point and now is the time to get into this beauty before prices go up. 

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Sonoran Spa W704
2BR West Building

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 This beautiful condo really has some of the best views on Sandy Beach. Your private terrace overlooks the Sea of Cortez and you will have a front and center view of the Old Port lights every night. This condo is in perfect condition, nicely furnished and ready to go. Come and take a look for yourself. Call today.

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Sonoran Sea W107
2BR Ground floor

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Here is a popular ground floor condo priced to sell. These units don't come up for sale often. Beautifully furnished and great rental history are just the beginnings. Walk right out your door and to the pool and beach. Embrace the fabulous unobstructed beachfront views of the Sea of Cortez. This one is already getting alot of attention so act quickly and don't miss out on this fantastic bargain.

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Sonoran Sea E310   

1 BD Unique Arrangement   



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Here is a unique condo that you won't find anywhere else. This one bedroom condo can sleep up to 8 people comfortably. This could be great for rentals or if you have a bigger family and don't want to spend the extra money on a two or three bedroom unit. Contact us for more information. Don't miss out on this great deal.      


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Sky 701
4BR Premium End Unit

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This condo must be seen to be believed. Panoramic views down the beach in both directions. The owners are anxious to sell and are offering a great price. This is the lowest priced 4 bedroom at the Sky. This can be a great rental - perfect for your family, friends, or a group purchase. Call our office for more details. This one could be your dream come true.

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Sonoran Sea W601
3 BR Premium End Unit

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Great Price on Custom End Unit!

Complete custom condo with nothing but the absolute top end finishes, appliances, and furnishings. The list is just too long to print here but please go to the link and check out everything that is offered with this beauty. You certainly will be glad that you did. Come see it soon because it won't last for long!

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Sonoran Sun E704  
2 BR East Building  

Great price on this beautiful  2 bedroom at the Sun. Views all the way down the beach and to the new Home Port. In the future, you can watch the cruise ships coming and going from your own private beachfront paradise.  This condo is priced to sell and it is very nicely furnished and ready to go. Brand new stainless appliances. Come see it today.


Sonoran Sun W802
2 BR West Building

Great Terms!

This unit is very nicely furnished and has some of the best views in town. Enjoy the tremendous views of Old Port and the Sea of Cortez from your large private terrace. This condo is totally turn key and the only thing missing is you. Terms available with just 20% down and 5.9% Interest.

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Sonoran Spa W609
2BR Premium Patio

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Beautiful two bedroom condo with huge extended patio for entertaining. Owner will carry with 40% down. Great Views!

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Sonoran Spa E704
2BR East Building

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This beautiful Ocean Front condo has the lowest price of any 2 bedroom condo at any of the Sonoran Resorts. Owner priced it to sell and it won't last long. Nicely furnished and turn-key ready to go. Put it in the rental pool for income or just keep it for yourself and your family. Either way, you can't go wrong with this beauty. The unobstructed beach front views are spectacular and you can look right out and see the new Home Port in the distance. Imagine watching the lights of cruise ships from your terrace as they come and go.  You really need to come and see this one before it's gone.
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Sonoran Spa N803
1 Bedroom Top Floor

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Top Floor one bedroom available at the Sonoran Spa Resort. This is a beautifully furnished top floor condo with unbelievable ocean views. Price reduced for a quick sale. Turn-key ready to go to provide great rental income or to use all for yourself and your friends and family. This one won't last long so come and check it out right away!

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Sonoran Sea E802
2BR East Building

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This is a great price on a fantastic condo at the Sea. The views from this condo are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the Sunsets and the future cruise ships from the comfort of your private oceanfront terrace. Nicely furnished and ready to go. Come and see this one today before it's too late.

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Sonoran Spa N502 
1 Bedroom - 1 Bath

Luxury one bedroom condo at the Sonoran Spa at a bargain price. Recently reduced and it has gotten a lot of attention since then. It is the lowest priced one bedroom at any of the Sonoran Resorts and it won't last long. Sold fully furnished and ready to go. Don't let this one pass you by. Call today.

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Sonoran Sun W806
2 Bedroom West Building

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This is the perfect deal that you have been waiting for. Three Bedroom, Wrap Around Terrace, Great Terms, Great Rentals. You really need to take a look at this beautiful condo. The wrap around terrace gives you the most unbelievable views in town and the price/terms make it a great deal. This condo rents VERY well.

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Sonoran Spa W207
2BR West Building

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Very Nice 2 Bedroom condo at the Sonoran Spa Resort. This is one of the few remaining great deals at the Spa. Oceanfront views, palm trees, Old Port lights at night. Come and take a look at this one. Owner may consider financing with large down payment.

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Sonoran Sun W906
2BR 25% Share


Owning a 25% share of this condo can be the solution that you have been looking for. Enjoy ownership and 13 weeks for a fraction of the price of buying a full ownership unit. This condo is very nicely furnished, turnkey ready to go and has some of the best views on Sandy Beach. West side location allows views of old port lights at night as well. The price is right so come and buy this one before someone beats you to it.

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Sonoran Sky 705 
1BR Premium Condo

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Great price on a 1 bedroom at the Sonoran Sky Resort. This one is unfurnished and waiting for your creative design. Seller financing is available with 25% down. Great Buy!

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Sonoran Sea E1001
2 BR Top Floor



Newly remodeled top floor condo with stunning views all the way down the beach in both directions. This is one of the best views on Sandy Beach. Priced right to sell quickly, this condo could be yours. Fully furnished and ready for you to move in or add it to the rental pool. Condos like this one don't come on the market very often so you need to hurry before it's gone.

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Sonoran Sea W904
2 BR West Building
$274,900 Great Terms

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This is a model perfect condo with absolutely stunning beachfront views at the Sonoran Sea Resort. This condo is in perfect condition and has the best of everything. If you are looking for a truly luxurious, turn-key beauty, this is it.  Great price. Great views. Ready to go. You can't lose on this one. Take a look!

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Sonoran Sky 709
3 Bedroom Premium Condo

Luxury 3 Bedroom at the exclusive Sonoran Sky Resort. This is an immaculate condo and a great rental income property.  The views from the terrace are nothing short of breathtaking. Take advantage of this fantastic price and make this condo yours. Seller will finance for up to 10 years at only 5% interest.

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  Sonoran Spa N308
1 Bedroom North Building


  Newly upgraded 1 bedroom at the Sonoran Spa. Great potential as a rental or you can keep it all for yourself. This is a great price for a one bedroom with great financing available.  Come take a look for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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Sonoran Sun E509
3 Bedroom Premium

This 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Premium condo must be seen to be appreciated. Great price and ready to move in and enjoy This one is a Must See beauty with ocean front views beyond belief. Just 20% down and your in.

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Sonoran Sun E204
2 Bedroom East Building

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Beautifully furnished oceanfront condo. This condo has never been a rental and it is in perfect condition. Priced to sell - this one won't last long.
You need to see this one to appreciate it. 

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Sonoran Sky 1010
4 BR Premium End Unit

This is one of those condos that absolutely has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Premium end unit with wraparound terrace and views forever. You can see all the way from Old Port to the new Home Port from the comfort of your luxurious 4 bedroom condo. Impeccably furnished and ready to go. Be sure to come and see this one as soon as you can. It won't last long.

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Sonoran Spa W310  

3BR West End Unit


This spacious 3 bedroom end unit condo at the Sonoran Spa is a great buy. Lots of room and fantastic beachfront views. Very nicely furnished and ready to move right in. Rental income is an option or keep it all for yourself.  Be the proud owner of this beachfront beauty. Call or stop by one of our sales offices today for more details.

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We are Rocky Point's only exclusive and dedicated team who have always, and will always, sell Sonoran Resorts and ONLY 
Sonoran Resorts!
If you are looking for a team of  real professionals who specialize in Puerto Penasco's best family of "True Beachfront" resorts, you've found us, and we are here to serve you.

Whether Buying or Selling, no one can serve you better when it comes to the Sonoran Resorts. We have been here since the beginning, and we will be here for you when you need us.

We don't just sell the Sonoran Resorts, we ARE the Sonoran Resorts. We work directly with the Developers, the HOAs, and the Rental companies. We really can help you in ways that no one else can.






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Jim Ringquist
Sonoran Sales Group