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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!