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Post by Rod » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00

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Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico information

Post by °T » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00

Puerto Pen~asco is finally a full-wedged gringo touron resort.  In 1982 I
was struck by the fact that this was one place in Mexico to which one can
drive without a car permit, camp on the beach for a dollar, snorkle, swim
and sunbathe, and buy inexpensive fresh fish to grill on the beach.  Boy has
Rocky Point changed!

Because of the windstorm Wednesday night we got a room in town.  To our
surprise, even the Mar y Sol motel in the desert north of town and far from
the beach wanted an extra $10...because it was Thanksgiving's Eve.  But we
finallly got something decent (thank goodness not all Mexicans know about
Thanksgiving) and went to look for dinner.  To my surprise, it's hard to
find a real Mexican-style seafood restaurant in downtown Pen~asco; most
restaurants sold expensive gringo food and were preparing...yuck...turkey
for Thanksgiving.  But with local help, we found Hotel Sen~orial which had
an excellent Sopa de Pescado (Fish soup).  Of course, we and one other
family were the only ones in that place.

Next morning we headed to the beach to camp in the rocky area where few
people go.  But the beach area was full of people on all-terrain vehicles
(ATV's) and no part of the beach or surrounding area was safe from these
morons, including little kids who rode around at breakneck speeds, including
right through our original camp.  We ended up putting up a barricade of
rocks around our camp.

While this typical rude gringo touron mentality was distressing in a place
that only a few years ago was so laid back, what amazed me even more was
that almost NO ONE but ourselves were in the weather despite the fact that
the weather and water were fine and there were no jellyfish or stingrays.  
Everyone was on an ATV and many drunks were riding aimlessly between the
beach and bar (100 yards is evidently too far to walk).  Why did these
people even bother to come here, I wondered.  Good grief, Is it finally hip
to be in Pen~asco?  I can even imagine that some kids saw us in the water
and asked their parents, "Mommy/daddy, why are those people in the water?  
What are they doing?"  And their parents not knowing the answer or being too
drunk to answer.  One generation of mindless people, competely cut off from
the natural world, raising the next generation on a life of mindless

Eventually we found a more defensible location where we could camp out of
sight of the tourons on the ATV's, steam clams (a great buy still), snorkle
off the rocks, collect a few shells, and search the tidal pools for neat sea
stuff (but we didn't collect anything live).

Pen~asco's inhabitants are still friendly despite the boorish attidudes of
most of the gringo visitors and I suppose that now that everyone speaks
English, it will help the Mexican immigrate, mostly illegal to the US.  So
there is an upside.  At least some people are no doubt making a bit more
money these days, but it doesn't seem to have affected them too much,
especially if you speak Spanish.  The Port Deli, though typically gringo in
style and cuisine, has a very good breakfast chilaquiles with coffee.  I
recommend it.  If you're one of the rare gringos who know fish (including
how to cook them), Rocky Point's still a steal.  I guess I should be
thankful that for most gringos, "fish" is a rectangular piece of homogenized
fish protein coated with bread crumbs that one sticks in a microwave and
then bathes in tartar sauce and mayonnaise.  

Off the road to Caborca is a neat little aquarium worth visiting, although
that part of town is now littered with beautiful Spanish-style, gringo-owned
resort houses with satellite dishes (we wouldn't want to be bored, would
we?).  In 1982, there was almost nothing in that part of town.  And of
course as is usually the case, most Mexicans aren't sharing in this
prosperity.  Next time if we go down, we'll probably come in the afternoon,
swim and eat seafood, spend the night, load up the cooler with seafood, and
head north.