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Trip to Cholla Bay in the 1950's

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Whales in Rocky Point 
Whales in Rocky Point

Happy New Year! I hope that your Holiday Season has been wonderful and I wish everyone a safe, happy, and prosperous 2016. Last year was another good one for our sales department and for Rocky Point in general. Sales were up, rentals and tourism were up, and things have been getting better and better each year.

This time of year usually slows down a bit in sales but in December we closed on 5 condos and we have 7 closings scheduled for this month. It looks like the start to another wonderful year. Actually, 2015 was another record year for our sales department, making each of the last three years better than any year prior - since the beginning of the Sonoran Resorts resales department over 10 years ago.

Things appear to be quite busy around town too with a lot of new construction and projects springing up. Everywhere I go there is activity - of course, it seems like about half of it are new OXXO stores going in (I guess that they are confident about our future too). When I went to buy some concrete blocks a couple weeks ago, I was told that they were all out and waiting on another batch to come in. I had not seen that situation in several years and it caught my attention.  So, all in all, the future is looking very bright for our little city on the sea and I truly believe that we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to be thankful for. 

Our December weather was a bit cooler than the previous year (at least as I remember it - I didn't do any research). I'm hoping that this month will see some really nice weather to make those whale watching trips more comfortable. Overall though, the weather really isn't bad. And, it seems obvious that I am more affected by the cold than some of our winter visitors. Almost every day I see some brave soul walking around the lobby, soaking wet in a swimsuit, while the rest of us are shivering in our winter jackets. It's funny going from the ocean side of the resorts to the parking side. There must be a 20° difference in temperature between the "sunny" beachfront side and the "shade" side. Even at this time of year, you might need sunscreen if you sit on your terrace watching the dolphins for too long.

Wintertime in Rocky Point can be some of the best times spent here all year long. Yes, it does get chilly, but it isn't usually "cold", and if you're in the sunshine and there's not much wind it is actually wonderfully comfortable. For me, I love the extra-colorful sunsets, the bonfires on the beach, the bright starry sky, sitting in the Jacuzzi, and having many of the beaches all to myself. Rocky Point can be a very different place during different seasons, different holidays, and even different days of the week. It really is a special place that you need to experience to appreciate.

In full truth, I have mixed feelings about sharing my experiences and promoting my favorite place. One part of me wants to keep the secret so that it doesn't turn into another "Cabo", "Cancun", or "San Diego", and another part of me just wants to tell everyone about about our secret so that they can enjoy it. I'm sure that many Rocky Point regulars feel the same way. Is the future Home Port a good thing or a bad thing? In my opinion, it's both. Our little "secret" paradise was lost quite a while ago and there is no getting that back. But, Rocky Point is a different place now - not worse, by any means. Just different. And, if I really think about things as they were 20 years ago, I realize that I like it better now and I welcome the future. You may or may not agree with me but, it is what it is, and things are changing here. I feel that it is for the better...

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've been here full time for 8 years 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. 
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Jim Ringquist
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Sonoran Resorts   Spa - Sea - Sun - Sky

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    By Joe Houchin

This impact study is aimed towards helping our readers understand more fully what  a cruise ship departure and arrival port will mean to our little slice of paradise by the sea. In past articles we have covered statistics based on known actual expenditures by cruise passengers and crew members, proven arrival and departure patterns of cruisers and many other details about this special tourism market, all of which have painted a rather dramatic scenario for unprecedented growth in our community.

We've shared about the importance of a welcoming atmosphere to cruisers who are all used to being pampered by the cruise lines from the time they purchase a ticket to the time they disembark at the end of their cruise. We know that all the city and its citizenry have to be sure of is to make every cruiser feel welcome, and make sure we have the service and supplies that meet the quality and availability they are accustomed to receiving.

On a few occasions we have devoted stories to rumor control when facts do not support what is believed by some readers, either through a misunderstanding or due to a distortion of the facts. This is one of those blogs.

In our last post, Part XVIII, we related a conversation with Wendy Winzer, Project Administrator for Port construction, in which she let us know that work on the new pier would taper off during the Christmas holidays due to so many workers wanting to take their vacations during this time. As predicted, it seemed their last job was to complete anchoring the light buoys that warn boats and ships where the jetty is located and where it will be when finished. They are easily seen for miles around. Wendy also informed us that bids had been accepted and construction was underway to build the docking platforms where the ships would be tied and anchored. This construction, too, she correctly predicted would be affected by the holidays.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a small article appeared in print that stated the federal government had cancelled the contract of a construction company involved in the building of the pier. This seemed to spur the rumor that the home port project was cancelled. The fact is that there were two companies contracted to build the dock that will be attached to the pier. The federal government decided that one company would be sufficient to construct the dock and cancelled the contract of one of the companies. The dock construction is a separately awarded contract and independent of the major pier construction that was initially awarded. The construction of the cruise terminal is yet another separately awarded bid. The construction of the terminal put out for bid and has been awarded, so we can look forward to that activity beginning in the new year.

As the new year unfolds, look for what will seem like one major construction project, which is actually three different projects, operated by three separate bid awards. We hope this clarifies any questions about the future of our highly anticipated cruise ship home port. We welcome and encourage inquiries from anyone looking for clarification on any phase of this important and ambitious endeavor. We will seek and find the facts when available to satisfy your inquiries.

Donations from 15th Anniversary Rocky Point Rally go out to Community

Prior to the 15th anniversary edition of the Rocky Point Rally™, held this past Nov. 11th through the 15th, longtime organizer and Rally founder Oscar Palacio Soto detailed his hopes of nearing record numbers, raising more funds for charity over last year, and all in all making this year's Rally safe and one not easily forgotten. GOALS MET!


This past Saturday, Palacio and the rest of the Rocky Point Rally organizing committee presented Mayor Kiko Munro with two checks representing the total amount of donations for charity raised from the volunteer Rally registration and Over the Border Poker Run, along with the amount of funds raised for charity from various activities done over the weekend. This year, registration and poker run donations totaled $279,685.00 pesos (nearly $18,000 US). This is 76,000 pesos (about $4800 US) over the amount raised in 2014, which was already 75% over that raised in 2013. Organizers are working on strategies to make sure the number of donations from registration continues to grow in coming years.


In addition, after collecting information from charity groups who continue to raise funds for their organizations throughout the entire weekend of the Rocky Point Rally (through parking fees, bike wash, plus sales on beer and tacos), Palacio presented the Mayor with a second check for the amount of $90,500 pesos (about $5800 USD), which is illustrative of the additional benefits the rally brings to these organizations. It is notable to add, for a first time, this year culinary students from the local UTPP (Puerto Peñasco Technological University) were able to raise 9000 pesos for tuition from the sale of tacos at the registration area early into the weekend.


Traditionally, the seven organizations who receive part of the charitable donations from the rally include:

  • DIF Puerto Peñasco - Family and children's assistance agency
  • DIF Sonoyta
  • Red Cross
  • Fire Department
  • CAM La Montaña - School for children with special needs
  • José Dávalos Casa Hogar - home for the elderly
  • Grupo George Papanicolau - cancer screening and awareness group

This year, an eighth contribution was made specifically to the DIF's program for scholarships and assistance for Puerto Peñasco students pursuing higher education beyond the city. Similarly, scholarship funds were donated to the DIF from the Bike Show held on the malecón during the Rally, which for a 2nd consecutive year was successfully organized and run by members of American Legion Riders.


It is always a challenge to pinpoint the exact number of "iron horses" that ride around our seaside port over what has become known as "rally days" (or rally week to some). Palacio had initially anticipated at least 7000 bikes at this year's event, though for anyone who was down on the malecón over that weekend, not to mention at nearly every watering hole, hotel, taco stand and dive in town - this year DEFINITELY surpassed that initial mark - plus drew in over 20,000 visitors in all. Palacio's science of detailing the number of participants stems from information reported by area hotels and condos, the general flow of tourists through area restaurants and bars, and even conversations with folk at the US/Mexico border as to their own perceptions and observations. Whatever the number this year, we are certainly near the 10K mark (in number of bikes) and everyone is already gearing up for 2016!


Sweet 16! SAVE THE DATE   16th Annual Rocky Point Rally™ Nov. 10 - 13, 2016!


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Sonora Hot Air Balloon Route over San Luis Rio Colorado & Puerto Peñasco

     Press Release


The administrations of Puerto Peñasco and San Luis Río Colorado have joined efforts to promote the "Sonoran Hot Air Balloon Route" (Ruta del Globo Sonora), in searching to boost tourism throughout the region in a complete family-friendly environment.


Lucinda Dávalos, Puerto Peñasco Event Coordinator, along with Rubén Sánchez Martínez, Director of the Entrepreneurial Institute, and SLRC Tourism Director Marisa Carolina González Esquer, remarked this pioneering event in the northwestern part of Mexico aims to become a tourism attraction for Sonora and the region.


"The public will be able to watch how the hot air balloons are prepared, as well as have the opportunity for balloon rides. We will have a light show, community festival and food tastings," indicated González Esquer.


San Luis Rio Colorado held the Hot Air Balloon Festival from Dec. 11th - 13th, with the participation of 24 hot air balloons. The event is scheduled to take place in Puerto Peñasco from January 22nd - 24th.
Local Red Cross gives Annual Report


       By Rocky Point 360 Staff


The local Red Cross of Puerto Peñasco has provided more than 5,000 forms of service to the community during 2015, whether consultations or medical attention, and collected over 650,000 pesos from diverse fundraising activities throughout the year, indicated Board President Julio Valenzuela during a recent report of the institution's activities this year.


Valenzuela detailed numerous achievements this past year, as well as funds raised for the care and attention provided by the institution, along with ambulance services.


The Board Director stressed that within just one year the local Red Cross went from having 1 working emergency vehicle to 7, following repairs to existing vehicles and the donation of additional units through the efforts of the local Rotary Club (Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco, A.C.) and the State Red Cross.


He remarked the annual Red Cross collected rose just over 273,000 pesos (approximately $17,600 US) for the institution while an additional 318,000 pesos (approximately $20,500 US) were made possible from the "round up" program at local OXXO stores earlier in the year. Fees from license plates donated to the local Red Cross in 2015 totaled 49,000 pesos (approximately $3,150 USD), along with 40,000 pesos from property tax payments (approximately $2500 USD), and nearly 40,000 pesos from parking fee collections specifically for the Red Cross during the recent Rocky Point Rally. In coming days, the Red Cross will also be receiving part of the donation from registration fees raised during the recent Rocky Point Rally (last year this amount was approximately $2000 USD).


With funds from the various fundraising opportunities, the Red Cross is currently working on building a roof over the emergency room area at its facilities and has purchased ambulance equipment as well as worked to meet one of their strongest needs - that of buying diesel and fuel in general for ambulances.


To help meet this need, Mayor Kiko Munro announced the City Administration has committed to provide the local Red Cross with 1200 liters of diesel/gasoline monthly. This is in addition to providing 9 salaries through the City for Red Cross personnel.


During the past administration the Red Cross was also given a piece of land to raffle off as a fundraising effort in helping to cover the needs of the institution. The raffle is set to take place on Friday, February 26th and tickets are available at the Red Cross located on Blvd. Fremont.

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.


DIF Vision Program 

The local office on Integral Family Development (DIF) recently held the third edition of its vision program entitled "Con DIF se ve bien", bringing the total number of those who have benefited from the program to 700 so far.

DIF President Linda Pivac de Munro explained, "This campaign is to directly benefit the wallets of many in the Peñasco community," as it provides eye exams and graduated glasses at a low cost.


Pivac de Munro thanked Optica Vista Sana for their support with this third clinic, which was able to provide 300 sets of glasses to adults who had been previously selected through socioeconomic studies.


Chef Ramon Opens New Restaurant Location in Old Port 

If you have spent any time at all in Rocky Point over the years, you surely have been to one of Ramon's restaurants. He is well known and respected in town as a great chef with great food and atmosphere. Now he has a new location in Old Port which is sure to please. Stop by and give it a try. I'm sure that you will be happy that you did.  
Mark Mulligan will Perform on January 2nd at Caribbean Parrot

If Trop-Rock is your music style, you won't want to miss Mark Mulligan, performing again on Saturday, January 2nd at the Carribbean Parrot on Sinaloa Ave. Mark puts on a great show and, as always, he just asks for a voluntary donation at the door for admission. And, as always, 100% of the money collected goes to charity.

Mermaids Market at Shrimp Plaza on Saturday, January 2nd from

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Mermaid's Market is a "Brick and Mortar" Artisan's Street Market held the first and third Saturdays (from mid-October thru April each year) in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico at the Shrimp Plaza in the center of town.

For more information, visit their website  http://www.mermaidsmarket.com.



Dollar is closing 2015 at historical highs vs. peso

2015's rollicking ride for the Mexican peso vs. the U.S. dollar appears to be wrapping up with the dollar closing out the year very near its all-time high.

The exchange rate decreased $0.0026 pesos or 0.02% to $17.24 pesos on Thursday December 24 from $17.23 pesos in the previous trading session.


Looking back, the USD-MXN exchange gained $2.48 pesos or 16.81 percent during the last 12 months from $14.75 pesos in December of 2014. Historically, the Mexican peso reached an all time high of $17.39 in early December 2015. The peso's record low was $0.01 in May 1972.


Current record low world oil prices have been blamed for much of the peso's weakness in respect to the U.S. greenback this year. However, as 2015 drew to a close, the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto took steps to try to strengthen the Mexican currency, including raising interest rates.


The strong U.S. dollar has generally been a plus in respect to its important tourism industry. High American tourist traffic and hotel occupancy rates in 2015 have partially been attributed to the dollar's strength, among other factors.  


As long as you exchange your Dollars for Pesos while here, it's like everything is on sale!  

Community Steps Up for DIF Toy Drive


On Sunday, December 13th, the community and local administration came together to make sure the DIF's "Toy Drive" was a success. Through this unity, the DIF was able to collect over 2000 toys, along with nearly 700 blankets and additional cash donations equal to just over $1000 USD.


Linda Pivac de Munro, President of the local office on Integral Family Development (DIF), detailed the DIF "Juguetón" was about to collect 2,663 toys, 681 blankets and $17,780 pesos.


"During this campaign," she explained, "we called on civil society, businesses, and institutions who showed their tremendous solidarity in contributing toys, clothing, blankets, and cash, which will be distributed in upcoming days among community children living in vulnerable conditions."


The event, which took over Plaza a la Madre from morning to early evening on Sunday, included music, numerous artistic performances, and a sampling of traditional Mexican fare.

More to Piñatas than Meets the Eye



The highlight of many a Mexican festive occasion-a birthday celebration, Christmas party, or posada-is the breaking of the piñata.

For the uninitiated, the piñata is a decorated clay pot or papier-mâché container filled with treats (more about those later) which is strung from a rope and flailed at in turns by party-goers who are blindfolded and armed with a stick. A person at one end of the rope-or sometimes a person at each end-will be able to swing the piñata in an attempt to keep it away from its attacker, and make the game last as long as possible.


When the piñata breaks, the contents are scattered on the ground and a rush is made to collect as much booty as possible.


At most children's birthday parties and Christmas posadas the order in which the participants get a shot is based on age, from youngest to eldest. This is logical since the bigger the person, the more likely they are to break the piñata, and the idea is to keep it going for a good while.


The duration of a "turn" is as long as it takes to sing the piñata song, which goes like this:


Dale dale dale, no pierdas el tino,
Porque si lo pierdes, pierdes el camino.
Ya le diste uno
Ya le diste dos

Ya le diste tres y tu tiempo se acabó.


Which loosely translates as:


Hit-it hit-it hit-it, don't lose your aim,
Because if you lose it, you will lose your way
Now you've hit it once,
Now you've hit it twice
Now you've hit it three times

And your time is up.


More thought and decision-making goes into a simple piñata ritual than you might expect.


First of all, what should go inside the piñata? Christmas piñatas tend to be healthier than birthday piñatas. They usually contain pieces of sugar cane, tangerines, or little oranges called naranjas piñateras, peanuts, a Mexican fruit called tejocote, limas (a sort of cross between an orange and a lime) and a variety of candy: boiled sweets, chocolate coins, and such.  Birthday piñatas tend to have more candy and less fruit.


Next, where to stretch the rope on which the piñata will be strung? This often involves at least one person, usually an adult, leaning precariously out of an upstairs window, or hanging-off the side of one of those spiral iron staircases common in Mexico as a way up onto the roof.


Finding the right stick to strike the piñata can be tricky. Years ago, a broom handle used to do nicely, but today most of these are hollow plastic or thin hollow metal tubes, and too light to make any impression on the piñata, especially the more common papier-mâché ones which are quite resistant, as the material is flexible. A baseball bat, on the other hand, is too heavy for the smaller swingers and an unfair advantage to the bigger children or adults. Piñata shops actually sell sticks that are about the right size and weight, which is fine in today's world of ready-made.  If the stick doesn't break during the ritual, it can be stored ready for the next party.


Once the piñata is all set up, and someone finds an adequate scarf or bandanna to use as a blindfold, the fun is ready to begin (the little children are not blindfolded, by the way).


If the piñata is one of the spherical ones with paper cones stuck on it, a common strategy frequently used by players is to knock-off one of more of the cones without breaking the piñata. There's a sort of unwritten rule that if you break one of those off, that ends your turn, but you get to keep the cone, which is useful for filling with goodies once the piñata is broken. If the piñata is thematic-Disney characters seem perennially popular-an arm or a leg or any other non-core piece of the piñata could be broken-off and kept for the same purpose.


With clay pot piñatas, one good crack can break them open and the contents would spill on the floor. With the more common and most popular papier-mâché variety, often the piñata will split rather than break, and just a few things fall out, prompting some of the children to rush-in to grab them while the person with the stick may still be in full-swing: if blind-folded, they might not realize the piñata has been split.  This calls for a time-out while the stray pieces of fruit or candy are retrieved. If the split or tear in the piñata is big enough, the person in charge of the rope will usually shake it up and down so that more fall out. Then one of the adults will take it upon him or herself to declare the piñata broken, step into the arena, grab the damaged artifact and shake it until all the contents are emptied onto the ground.


This signal is a cue for the scrum, as children rush in armed with their cones and other piñata parts, or at least one of those ubiquitous plastic bags, to fill.


After the adrenaline fest, adults with brooms appear to sweep up the remains of tissue paper, papier-mâché, and the odd broken fruit no one claimed; and some redress is made in benefit of the less aggressive of the participants whose share of the loot doesn't come anywhere near to what even the least social-minded might consider fair.

Gasoline, Diesel Prices to Drop 3% Today

 New pricing scheme another step toward an unregulated market


Gasoline prices will drop 3% on January 1st as a result of the next step toward an unregulated gasoline market in Mexico when a new pricing scheme goes into effect.

Unlike 2015, when a single gasoline price was officially calculated and established at the beginning of the year, 2016 will be characterized by monthly fluctuations, following the behavior of the international market.


The Finance Secretariat (SHCP) announced that the maximum price of magna will drop 41 centavos to 13.16 pesos per liter, and premium to 13.98. The price of diesel will drop to 13.77 pesos per liter. It will be the first time in nearly seven years that fuel prices will have dropped.


Monthly prices will be set within a range of no more than 3% above or below the previous month's price, said Revenue Undersecretary Miguel Messmacher Linartas, who explained that the idea behind the pricing scheme was to allow consumers to get used to an unregulated market.


He said new pricing scheme comes as a result of energy reforms, which call for a completely liberalized market by 2018. As part of the transition process, service stations other than Pemex franchises will be able to operate beginning Friday.

By 2017, the market will be opened to allow gasoline imports.


In the North, meanwhile, fuel prices will remain lower than the rest of the country, at up to 9.59 pesos within 20 kilometers of the border, a continuing strategy intended to dissuade Mexican drivers from crossing the border to buy their fuel in the U.S.

Despite the strategy, some of those drivers have been ticked that Texans can buy Pemex gas for seven pesos now that the state oil company has opened a station in Houston, its first outside Mexico.


The president of the Association of Mexican Gas Station Owners, Pablo González Córdova, said customers in northern Mexico, when asked if they wish magna or premium, say they want neither. Instead, they ask for the "gringo gas" for seven pesos.

Mexico Sets New Record in Tequila Export

Guadalajara, Mexico.- Mexico tequila exports achieved this new historical record year, with exports of 180 million liters of tequila sold in over 120 countries, said the president of the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), Miguel Angel Dominguez Morales.


He stressed that the CRT has been instrumental in developing the Mexican market ancestral drink, so that for the second time received the National Export Award.


He said that the primary objective has been to promote exports of the industry, with the aim that more and more nations know this drink considered "a gift from Mexico to the world."


He stressed that among other significant high-impact actions the sector is the collaboration agreement signed with Armex to capitalize tequila inventories and boost their national and international market, through a quick and inexpensive model.


"Over time, since its formation, the CRT strengthens our first denomination of Mexican origin, including through education and culture," he said.


Thus, he added that this year the ninth generation graduated diploma in technical tequila, reaching 398 technicians trained 129 companies, which aims to promote innovation in this industry that increasingly demands the professionalism of its members.  

Shrimping in the Sea of Cortez

 By Mike Bibb via Rocky Point Times


Being a BCE visitor to Rocky Point - Before Condo Era - I've witnessed many changes in the seaside community over the past 35 years. Some good, some questionable, some even more questionable.


However, one of the more noticeable alterations has been the impact contemporary tourism and government regulation has had on the local fishing industry.


Previously, independent and commercial fishing was a mainstay of the community economy. Numerous pangas (small boats) and trawlers supplied the RP citizenry and Mexico, as well as markets in the United States, with quantities of freshly caught shrimp and fish. The flavor and taste of these seaborne delicacies was considered unique. As a result, demand was high and the pescadores (fishermen) worked hard to supply growing markets.


Unfortunately, others also noticed the savory flavor and abundance of the Sea of Cortez sea life and moved in to reap millions of tons of aquatic creatures. Using large vessels and catch nets, practically every conceivable form of fish, shrimp, turtle, shark, porpoise, ray and even whale was nearly decimated by unrestricted harvesting policies going back several decades.


In 1940, author John Steinbeck and biologist Edward Rickets ventured into the Sea of Cortez and reported upon the presence of a sizeable commercial fleet of Japanese fishing ships dredging the sea floor for shrimp and other species - "The Log From The Sea Of Cortez," p. 204. This practice would continue well into the 1980s until finally the Mexican government, realizing over-fishing was destroying the sea's ability to replenish itself, began implementing laws to regulate the fishing practices of domestic and international fishing enterprises. The government also established sanctuaries, limiting or prohibiting fishing in certain federally protected preserves.


The results of these mandates have received mixed responses. Like many government imposed ordinances, adequate manpower and enforcement is a constant hassle, as is the usual "go along to get along" custom of personal monetary exchanges to ease the progression of certain transactions. Nevertheless, improvements in ship equipment and specialty-crafted fishing gear has enhanced the success of the daily catch.


Perhaps the most critical pieces of equipment are the trawl nets which are drug along the sea bottom to scoop up the shrimp. Newer nets are now equipped with something called a TED - Turtle Excluder Device - a safety feature allowing captured sea turtles to escape from the nets unharmed. Another mandated environmental feature of the modern nets is the BRD - Bycatch Reduction Device - an apparatus designed to provide an opening at the top of the nets to permit the release of non-targeted marine life, such as red snapper or other finfish. When properly used, the nets have greatly reduced the incidents of turtle and fish capture, thereby inflicting less harm and damage to a delicately balanced watery eco-system.


Even with governmental and environmental restrictions, Sea of Cortez shrimp, like other shrimp sources, remains the most popular seafood in the world. There's a logical reason for this. Shrimp is laced with all the natural flavors and nutrients its ancient habitat can provide. They are low in calories, have zero carbohydrates, high in protein and omega-3 fats. Shrimp also contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidants, as well as the mineral selenium and vitamins D, B12, B3, iron and zinc. All in all, a veritable smorgasbord of tasty healthy stuff.


When visiting Rocky Point, make a pass through the harbor and observe all the activity during shrimping/fishing season. You'll see boats being fueled, taking on crushed ice to preserve the catch, deck crews preparing the nets for launch and other activities related to shrimp fishing. All the while, gulls and brown pelicans are busily swirling about or randomly roosting just about anywhere they can perch. It's quite a mix of man and beast but all in a day's work for a Mexican pescador. 

Las Mujeres del Mar

Three decades after it began, the Women of the Sea oyster cooperative is still thriving in the wetlands south of Puerto Peñasco.

From the banks overlooking Morúa Estuary on the outskirts of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, Francisca Luna gazes out at the rows of stacked trays anchored in mudflats to bolster the life cycle of oysters wrapped inside.


It's a balmy Saturday morning and Luna has just arrived at the open-air restaurant where she and other women sell the oysters they cultivate in the water. She squints in the bright sun as she tries to assess whether it is prime time to don her rubber boots and plunge into the lagoon. After brief contemplation, she decides to wait.


"The water is still high," she says, almost in a whisper.


Luna's sturdy frame slips past a ramada and into a narrow kitchen where her sister, Rosario Luna Javalera, shucks oysters over a big sink. Nearby, Francisca's daughter, Angélica Medina, chops onions and chile peppers. Luna dives into a supply basket to retrieve crackers, condiments, and napkins. The crew's daily ritual of preparing to serve the oysters nears completion.


"Let's hope for a good day, girls," Luna says, then rectifies. "It's going to be a good day."


The trio belongs to a women's cooperative that for three decades has farmed oysters in the estuary just a few miles south of the heart of the town known in English as Rocky Point, which is about 60 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. The women's enterprise is among the oldest oyster-farming ventures in Sonora, a leading producer of the shellfish. Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) are the species most commonly produced in the state.


One of seven oyster farms in the region, the Women of the Sea cooperative has the distinction of being the first established by an all-female membership.


In Puerto Peñasco, residents refer to the cooperative simply as Las Mujeres, or The Women. Luna is one of the original 118 members who staked out a place in the estuary back in the early 1980s, when the beach resort that hugs the Sea of Cortez was still an isolated fishing village few Americans had discovered.

Whole families are involved in the cooperative, including kids.

Through the years, the back-breaking labor that is seeding, sorting, and cleaning oysters tested many members who chose to leave. Some left because of the unpredictable nature of trying to make a living growing oysters, others over apprehension about the staying power of the cooperative. The physical rigors of the job, which requires standing in water for hours at a time, also forced members out. Nowadays, six hardy women comprise the cooperative. Most rely on family members-including some males-to lend a helping hand.


"Growing oysters comes with many challenges," says Maria Isabel Cervantes, the president of the cooperative. "It's not for everybody."


In the beginning, oyster mortality posed the greatest threat; cultivating the bivalve mollusks is risky because they are vulnerable to natural forces. But the mid-1990s ushered in a boom in growth that began to transform the town into a coveted tourist destination. Pristine beaches and teeming fisheries beckoned vacationers from both sides of the border. The wetlands became increasingly attractive to developers as new luxury houses and resorts took shape all around.


Sitting behind the wheel of her work truck one early afternoon, the soft-spoken Cervantes is not in the mood to recall legal battles waged to defend the women's livelihood. She would rather talk about how the women are working to boost oyster production and obtain organic certification from the government. Someday, she says, the cooperative would like to export oysters to the United States.


From her vantage point on the shoreline, Cervantes points toward a wooden structure that stands half-built next to the restaurant up above. When completed, it will serve as a lab where the women will grow their own oyster seed, or larvae. The idea is to reduce the millions they buy from hatcheries each year to stock their operation.


"We will start small and, little by little, add more of the seeds we raise ourselves," she adds.


All the women will be trained to handle the lab work, while continuing to care for oysters in the trays that stay in the water for months at a time, feeding on plankton and algae as they grow.

At "El Barco" Restaurant, the taste for oysters is cultivated early; Natividad Hernandez watches over her daughter.


Luna was in her mid-20s when she attended the first workshop on cultivating oysters after a friend told her about the nascent cooperative. She was an unemployed, single mother who had moved to Puerto Peñasco from Sinaloa state after the death of her husband.


Luna knew little about oyster farming, but she quickly seized on the new opportunity and set out to learn the trade.


"It's intense labor," she says. "But I'm grateful I came across the cooperative when I needed a job the most."


Though her earnings are unpredictable because they depend on a variable rate of oyster mortality each season, Luna says she makes enough to raise her family's standard of living and put two of her four children-three girls and a boy-through college. Luna's second-oldest daughter chose to work alongside her mother and aunt.


The job has allowed Luna to be her own boss and, when her children were growing up, to bring them along to work and keep watch over them.


Compared to more than 30 years ago, when Luna and the other women farmed oysters without running water, the operation has come a long way, she says, wiping down kitchen counters before heading outside again. She jumps into her pick-up truck and drives to a shack overflowing with old boxes, foam squares, and plastic trays. Before she owned a car, Luna and her kids often slept in the darkened, closet-sized dwelling because transportation in and out of the estuary was hard to find.


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Mexico's PEMEX Opening Five Gas Stations in Texas


Mexico's national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos is opening its first gas stations in the United States with five inaugural store right here in the Lone Star State.


Known as Pemex, the Mexican oil company opened its first gas station at 9722 Park Place Boulevard in Houston on Thursday morning. Four more stations are planned to open in Houston this month.

Although Pemex has a refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, the organization reported that the five gas stations are franchised and do not sell their brand of gasoline.


The newly opened Pemex gas station includes a fully-stocked convenience store and a "Taco Shack" restaurant.

Pemex officials said Houston was chosen as their launching point due to its high Hispanic population, and in particular Mexican population. If all goes well, they could expand their franchising opportunities in other markets.


"This pilot program will allow us to judge the impact of the Pemex brand against others and will identify business opportunities as part of our evaluation process to enter other external markets," Pemex officials said in a statement.


Although all Pemex gas stations in Mexico are full service, the Texas locations will be self-service. Pemex officials said the gas stations in Texas are being opened as part of Mexico's energy reforms, which have opened the nation's energy markets to foreign competition and investment for the first time in more than 70 years.


Observers say the franchise in Texas could be an important test for Pemex as Mexico seeks to open its lucrative gas station market over the next few years.


Starting in 2016, foreign companies will be able to obtain a permit to set up service stations in Mexico where they will be able to sell fuels from any company. Private companies will be able to freely import refined oil products into Mexico in 2017. The Mexican government will remove all price controls on gasoline and diesel in 2018.


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Mexico-USA Accord Lifts Airline Restrictions



Carriers can choose the routes and the frequency they wish


Restrictions on air transportation between Mexico and the United States were lifted in what U.S. officials described as a "landmark agreement" which leaves airlines from both countries free to fly the routes they choose.

Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza signed the new air services agreement today with U.S. Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington, D.C., after the completion of discussions that began in 2012.


They described the accord as "transcendental" because they expect it will result in improved connectivity, generating more tourism and trade, while Foxx called it a great day for civil aviation for the two countries.


More frequent flights are expected as a result, and lower fares are also possible. The pact also facilitates the establishment of alliances between airlines of each country.


Foxx and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry forecast a "significant" increase in trade and travel between the U.S. and Mexico.


"The new agreement will benefit U.S. and Mexican airlines, travelers, businesses, airports and localities by allowing increased market access for passenger and cargo airlines to fly between any city in Mexico and any city in the United States," they said in a joint statement.


"Cargo carriers will now have expanded opportunities to provide service to new destinations that were not available under the current, more restrictive agreement."

Expansion of the air cargo industry is anticipated because a Mexican or U.S. carrier will be able to transport freight from either country to a third.


The deal still requires approval by the Mexican Senate, but Ruiz Esparza predicted that would come early in the new year. No such ratification is required in the U.S.

While some Mexican airline executives and workers have been critical of the agreement for fear of domination by the larger American aviation industry, Aeroméxico has welcomed it.


But Mexico's largest airline is seen as being in a favorable position for its alliance with Delta Air Lines. Its Mexican competitors have no such arrangements.

Mexico's carriers have a fleet of 300 planes. U.S. carriers have 7,500.

Fans Bid Farewell to Longest-Running Show


 Sunday-morning tradition with Chabelo ends after 48 years


An institution in Mexican television, Chabelo, the friend of all children, has said farewell after almost half a century on the air, putting an end to the longest-running show on Mexican TV.

En Familia con Chabelo (Family Life With Chabelo) first aired on November 26, 1967 and quickly became a Sunday morning staple for Mexican families.

On December 30, 2012, the show was awarded a Guinness Record for its 44 years of uninterrupted broadcast. Xavier López was awarded another Guinness Record for portraying the Chabelo character for over 57 years.


On November 27, Chabelo announced his long-running show's final air date.

After 2,459 weekly episodes, Chabelo said his final goodbyes yesterday to his fans, who span generations.


The three-hour-long show was typical. Chabelo randomly drew from his studio audience of 500 people, involving both children and their parents join in what had become traditional competitions, often accompanied with songs from his vast repertoire.


Children from around the country and elsewhere in the Americas also had a chance to be part of the show via telephone.

At the end, the much-awaited climax of the show, in which Chabelo drew three names from all the day's winners, giving them the chance to take part in his famous catafixias, where contestants were given the option to swap the prizes they had already won for others hidden behind a curtain.


The catch - there always was one - was that behind the curtain contestants often found jokes or just candies instead of the hoped-for prizes, although one or two of them also hid bigger wins.


At the end of the show, Chabelo thanked his audience "for filling this studio."

"Every time you're here, you let me do what I chose to do with my life. When a man does what he likes all his life, he is a very fortunate man, as I am, and that's why I now say to you, thank you very much."


On his Twitter account he expressed the same feeling, adding hope for his fans: "Thanks, buddies, a heartfelt thank you! We'll soon see each other."

People in the audience said after the end of the show that the mood in the studio was very sad. Initially, Chabelo said his farewells through the studio's speakers, but the audience's expressions of affection persuaded him to return to the stage and spend some time with them.


Chabelo was joined during the show by Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga, who said he felt "proud to be standing next to such an important character, mainstay of many [media] formats."


Chabelo also received a letter from President Enrique Peña Nieto, which he read on air. The president thanked the TV host for his "permanent professionalism and commitment to family values."


For many, including the host himself, it was emotional.

"At one point he couldn't help himself and he wept. We were all very emotional," said one audience member.


As with many characteristics of the Chabelo persona and his show, the word catafixia has become part of everyday language in many Spanish-speaking countries. It means swapping or exchanging something, often to one's detriment.


The 80-year-old Xavier López, who stands an imposing 1.92 meters tall, gave life each week to Chabelo, decked out in his trademark short pants, suspenders and socks, a character who will long be remembered by generations of Mexicans.

Chimichanga - The Great Mexican Food that was Invented in Arizona

  History of the Chimichanga, Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina, Massachusetts

There is a debate on how the chimichanga actually came to be, but there seem to two stories that stand out more then the rest. It is said that it all started in Arizona at El Charro restaurant. The owner supposedly dropped a burrito into a vat of hot oil. When he saw what happened, he went to say a Spanish swear and said "chimichanga" instead. The two words have similar letters in them, so it was an easy mistake to make.


There is another chef located in Arizona that claims he made the first chimichanga. He states that he would put unsold burritos into the deep fryer and sell them as "toasted monkeys." They came to the conclusion that chimichanga means toasted monkey. When a chimichanga went through the deep-fryer, it would become golden-brown. This color resembled, you guessed it, a toasted monkey.


Only the true creator knows for sure but the chef from El Charro doesn't try to take credit for inventing the chimichanga. He just lets the other chef take any credit necessary for the invention.  


If you feel like trying to take on your own adventure creating a chimichanga, here is a delicious recipe . It is a great way to create your own masterpiece in only an hour from the first spoon of butter to the placement on your plate!

 Chimichanga Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small tomato, chopped, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese, plus more for topping
  • Mexi-sauce, for topping
  • Shredded lettuce, for topping
  • Mexican rice, for serving



Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Melt the butter with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in the skillet; transfer to a bowl. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt; toast 30 seconds. Add the tomato and cilantro and cook until slightly dry, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken and sour cream and warm through. Remove from heat.


Brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the butter-oil mixture. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans down the center of each tortilla, leaving a 2-inch border on both ends. Top with 1 cup chicken mixture and ¼ cup cheese. Fold in the ends and roll up.


Put the chimichangas seam-side down on the baking sheet; brush with the butter-oil mixture. Bake 8-10 minutes per side, brushing again after you flip. Top with the sauce, more cheese, lettuce and tomato. Serve with rice and the remaining beans.


Make Mexi-sauce:


Sauté ½ cup chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves in a skillet with vegetable oil. Add a pinch of each of chili powder, cumin, sugar, and salt; cook 30 seconds. Stir in two 4-ounce cans of chopped green chiles (drained and rinsed); cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer until thickened, then puree. Stir in ¼ cup chopped cilantro. Enjoy!  

Lo Que Pasa Es Que...


Translated literally, the words say "what happens is that...", although in Mexico, this arrangement of words is frequently used to begin sentences that must inevitably end in the listener's disappointment.


The concepts of 'no' and 'can't' do not rest comfortably in the realms of polite conversation and friendly interaction of Mexican social culture and so to avoid being off-hand, Mexicans (and foreign natives who have assimilated Mexican culture) can often be overheard using the now ubiquitous "Lo que pasa es que" at or near the start of sentences which require a pretext to soften the blow of whatever 'negative' is about to be conveyed.

Although it's possible to perceive the words as nothing more than short shrift intended to assuage the consequences of poor form in the undertaking of some deed or promise, that would be technically inaccurate when taken in the broader context of Mexican culture, and especially when you have been in Mexico long enough to understand the primary reasons which can bring about no hay.


The words may be applied to your circumstance in almost any given situation. You might be going to pick-up your dry cleaning on the day it's due; or visiting a coffee shop to meet someone; you might be ordering something particular from a restaurant's menu, or calling to inquire why your cable TV signal has unexpectedly vanished. It seems to be particularly well-rehearsed in office environments, when you attend a place to receive some authorized form, certificate or thing, vital to progress your plans.


Whatever the situation, when a sentence directed towards you contains the words '
Lo que pasa es que...', you need to immediately adjust your expectations and understand that however eloquent, plausible, compelling-or otherwise-the reasons about to be explained to you are, the answer will be a form 'no', or 'no hay'

Here are a few examples:  

Lo que pasa es que las cosas se han desmadrado un poco.

It's just that things have gone a little bit crazy on this end.

No, lo que pasa es que está un poco pesado.

It's just that this is a little bit heavy, that's all.

Pero, lo que pasa es que Trey...

But, what happens is that Trey...

Entonces, lo que pasa es que cualquier hombre...

So, what happens is that any man...

Pero lo que pasa es que hicimos un gran acuerdo.

But, you know, the thing is we made an important agreement.

Porque lo que pasa es que todavía no puedo despedirme.

Because the thing is, I just can't say goodbye yet.

No, lo que pasa es que... quiero montarme solo.

No, no. It's just that I want to go on myself.

Bueno, lo que pasa es que no puedo alcanzarlos...

Well, the thing is I can't reach...



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Just for the fun of it... 

Sonoran Spa W507

2 Bedroom West Building  

Link to Listing

Includes Private Garage   

This condo shows like a dream. Many upgrades and never been used as a rental. This one really stands out from the rest and it won't last long. This is one condo that you need to see in person to appreciate.
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Hurry. This one will sell very soon.

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Sonoran Spa E109
2 Bedroom Ground Floor

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This is a beautifully upgraded ground floor condo that comes very nicely furnished and is ready to go. This condo is a rental machine and will provide a very good rental income for an investor. Or, if you choose to keep it all to yourselves, that's OK too. Super convenient ground floor access to pools, Jacuzzis, and the beach. These ground floor condos do not come up for sale very often. Seller now offering terms. Give us a call!

Come and take a look today. 

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Sonoran Sea W310 
1 Bedroom West Building


Luxury one bedroom condo at the Sonoran Sea at a great price. This is the only one bedroom listing in the popular West building and it won't last long. Beautifully upgraded and furnished very nicely. It has not been used as a rental and it is in great condition. Priced to sell too!   Sold fully furnished and ready to go. Don't let this one pass you by. Call today.

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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 Sea E205
2 Bedroom East Building

 Link to Listing  

This is a brand new listing and it really must be seen to be appreciated. There are so many upgrades, built-ins, and special features that you really need to take a look at them in person. The unique features and model perfect looks has already make this one very popular. The condo has not been used as a rental and it is in impeccable shape and turn-key ready to enjoy.  Call or stop by one of our sales offices to see this one before it's gone.

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Sonoran Sun E307
2 Bedroom East Building


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. Just 20% down and it's yours. Call for details or to schedule a tour. You need to act fast on this special deal.

Come see for yourself.

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Sonoran Sea E808
3 Bedroom Extended Terrace

 Link to Listing    

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.

 Come check it out for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

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Sonoran Spa W806
2 Bed 2 Bath Top Floor

 Link to Listing 
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 E1004    

2 BD Top Floor    



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Beautiful "penthouse level" condo available for sale. These condos don't come available very often and this one is a beauty. Unbelievable views and top floor privacy. Assume the developer loan at 5.9% interest. Come and see this one before it's gone!       


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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 Sea E708
3BR East Building

 Link to Listing 
Private Garage Included 

This beautiful Ocean Front condo has unbelievable views and a truly fantastic price. 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. Includes your own private garage for your vehicles and toys.  You really need to come and see this one before it's gone.
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Sonoran Sea E802
2BR East Building

 Link to Listing 
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 Sun W212
1 Bedroom West Building

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Brand new listing and priced lower than any other one bedroom at the Sonoran Sun Resort. This condo has been totally remodeled and is in perfect condition. It provides excellent rental income and would be a fantastic investment - or just keep it all for your own personal use. Either way, you can't go wrong on this one. Call or stop by and talk with one of our Sales Representatives today! You'll be glad you did.

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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

 Link to Listing  

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. Great price - great condo.

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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.  Just 20% down and you're in. 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

 Link To Listing 

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 one and 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.

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