Vacation Recap: Spring Break in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

This polka dot maxi dress is adorable and so easy to wear

A couple weeks ago, our family took a much-needed getaway down to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It’s better known as Rocky Point by AZ locals, which is the literal Spanish translation. The reason I love it? It’s only a 4 hour drive from my home in Scottsdale. Woo hoo!

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Polka dot maxi dress (available in other cute prints as well), white denim jacket, cutout bag (LOVE this thing), tassel earrings, sunglasses, sandals

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you might remember I’ve been to Puerto Penasco before (click the link for last year’s recap). Kurt and I went down there last year for a media trip and decided to take the kids back with us for the first time this year. It was their first trip to Mexico and we were all ecstatic to spend some time having fun in the sun.

Flamingo sweatshirt (size up), the best denim shorts I’ve ever owned, gingham hat, tassel earrings, white Birks ($12 dupe here), beach bag, aviators

I had so many people ask me about my experience driving to Mexico and if it was safe. I can tell you this. I’d never take my kids there with me if I didn’t think it was safe. I did want to make sure we drove across the border during the day time with a full tank of gas, but I never felt uncomfortable in any way, shape, or form. As with anywhere, you just need to be smart.

The most comfortable striped tank dress ever, white denim jacket, wedges, white tassel earrings

We stayed at Encanto Living, which is a condo complex that has access to the amenities at the Mayan Palace. The Mayan Palace was about a 2 minute drive down a dirt road (note this part about the dirt road for later) from our condo. While Encanto Living had a really nice heated pool, beach and hot tub area just downstairs, Mayan Palace is really where you want to be to get a true resort feel. However, we loved staying in a 2 bedroom condo with a full kitchen. The whole area is a good 20 minute drive away from downtown Puerto Penasco.

We went for 3 nights since Kurt couldn’t be away from work for too many days. We planned ahead and packed a bunch of stuff for meals. There are restaurants at the Mayan Palace, but otherwise you have to make the trek into town to grab something to eat. We didn’t want to stress out about driving back and forth, so we hit up the good old US grocery store before crossing the border.

Camo joggers (C/O Evereve), front tie tank, vintage wash hoodie (I wore this thing constantly), earrings, slides (similar)

We drove there on a Saturday morning and stopped for lunch in downtown Puerto Penasco at Mexican restaurant called La Casa del Capitan. I mean, everyone drives to Mexico and immediately gets tacos and margaritas, right? The restaurant has the prettiest views up on a cliff and is definitely worth the stop. Fair warning though – the margaritas are strong. Holy moly, they like their tequila there! Haha.

Gingham swimsuit, white cover up (similar), denim shorts, sun hat,
cutout bag (LOVE this thing), tassel earrings, sunglasses, sandals

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing in the sun and being merry. The boys hit up the Vidanta golf course at the Mayan Palace while Kenzie and I chilled by the pool. Since we went early in March, it was pretty chilly in the mornings and evening, but felt amazing when the sun was on our faces.

Striped wrap swimsuit, yellow paisley boho kimono, denim shorts, earrings, sun hat, white Birks ($12 dupe here), beach bag

We were only there for four days and did end up with about a day and a half of rain. Yeah, we would have preferred sunshine the whole time we were there, but what can you do. But boy, did it ever rain! It absolutely dumped buckets on us for a good 24 hours, causing insane flooding in the area. Think of it as the 100 year Rocky Point flood.

Well, remember that dirt road we had to take for a few minutes to get to our condo? Well, it made our drive back to the States quite an adventure. It took us about 30 minutes to get to the main road because the dirt road was full of mud and completely flooded. I’m talking 2 feet of standing water in spots and just gross mud everywhere. We had my SUV, but I was a nervous wreck the whole time we were driving.

Yellow button down dress (very similar), cognac wedges, straw bag, denim jacket

We somehow made it back to the highway without getting stuck, thank goodness. No clue how, but I give my husband 10000% of the credit for navigating those roads. I know people who have been going down there for years and they’ve never seen rain like that before. I’m sure if we went every year for the rest of our lives, this would never happen again, but it was quite an adventure for sure.

I need this pom pom swimsuit

High waisted pom pom bikini, kimono cover up, white Birks ($12 dupe here), beach bag,

Overall, I could have done without the rain, but we still had such a great time. In case you are counting outfits, I obviously didn’t have a chance to wear all these outfits while I was there. We had some extra time to take pictures since it was raining anyways. Most of these shots were taken while it was sprinkling so it gave us a little something to do during our downtime. Plus I’m a horrible over packer and knew the Mexico background would make for better content than shooting them at home! #bloggerproblems

The best palm print pj’s ever

If anyone ever has any questions about visiting Rocky Point, definitely shoot me an email. I’m a big fan of Rocky Point and will absolutely go back, even with the freak flood. And with that, I’ll leave you with a few more outfit shots. Thanks for reading, friends!

Eyelet top (can be worn on or off the shoulder, denim shorts, earrings,
wedges. Outfit C/O Evereve

This sweatshirt is old and I couldn’t find anything casual like it, but this palm print top is super cute, denim shorts, sun hat, tassel earrings, sunglasses

Button dress, sun hat, straw bag, earrings, white denim jacket, sandals

Pom pom cover up (maxi in white here, or short pink here)

My travel outfit home. Striped tank, denim shorts, hoodie, earrings Note the rain on the glass. Haha