A Better Mexican Coast
It seems like everyone we talk to has visited Mexico’s Pacific coast in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, or Mazatlan. But we think Mexico’s most beautiful coast edges the Sea of Cortez – that mysterious U-shaped slice of ocean that separates Baja from the mainland where lore tells us pirates buried their treasure and the natives resisted Spanish conquest. Our favorite place to stay on these 2,500 miles of coastline is right up at the top of the ‘U’ in Puerto Penasco, aka Rocky Point Mexico.
Rocky Point didn’t begin to be developed into a tourist’s destination until the early 1990s, which means most of the hotels, resorts, and nightly rental properties are new. It also means there is plenty of unspoiled native Mexican culture, food, and scenery. The character of this picturesque village is 100% Latin, as is expressed through the relaxed, warm attitudes of the residents. Life in Puerto Penasco revolves around the natural rhythms of the sea. As such, it’s impossible to spend even a weekend there and not be touched by the inner tranquility and natural balance that permeates the place.
On our trip there, we went through FMIrentals.com and found a fantastic one-bedroom condo that overlooked the sea and was walking distance from most of the restaurants and shopping. Without a doubt, the highlight of the trip was watching the sunset each night from our private veranda while sipping on sangria and munching savory Mexican appetizers. Then we’d take a long, slow walk up the beach to one of the many local restaurants, all of which served seafood that had been caught that very day. We still dream of some of those meals and can’t wait to return again.
We’d recommend this tropical paradise to anyone who loves Mexico’s many beaches. Book a trip soon, before the Pacific Coast hordes of tourists discover what a perfect place it is!