If you want to boat on the Sea of Cortez, why not shove off from Puerto Penasco? Choosing one of the many Rocky Point boat rentals available allows you the opportunity to experience the vastness of the sea up close and personal. With just a brief excursion out onto the sea, tried-and-true land-lovers can build a new appreciation for aquatic life. Whether you want a romantic private excursion, a sunset booze cruise, an eco-tour, or chartered fishing, you’ll find it all in Rocky Point, Mexico.
Sailing the Sea of Cortez is a world-renowned experience on the bucket list of any serious boater. The beautiful, crystal-clear, warm waters, combined with hundreds of secluded bays and islands, makes it an unforgettable adventure. It is one of the rare places in the world when you can wake up in a private bay, truly away from it all! The Sea of Cortez is often referred to as “aquarium to the world,” with its rich and diverse marine life and unparalleled fishing opportunities.
Whale watching: Whale-watching runs from January through March. While this is normally the “off season” in Rocky Point, whale-watching is bringing more and more visitors to town. Fin whales and gray whales migrate down south from the Bering Strait to have their babies in the warm waters of Puerto Penasco. In addition to the relaxed pods of floating whales cresting the water line to greet you, it’s not uncommon to witness swimming turtles, gliding rays, and jumping dolphins as well. In some cases, you may be able to see this oceanic activity right from the comfort of one of our fully furnished vacation homes, if you book one of Sea Side Reservations’ beachfront properties in Rocky Point with large bay windows or balconies!
Fishing: The islands, reefs, and estuaries of Rocky Point attract many different kinds of fish — and sport fishers, too! Spring and summer charters go out to the “51-mile reef” outside Cholla Bay, where there is halibut, red snapper, mackerel, whitefish, trout, and gold spotted bass. Water temperatures are at the highest in late summer and early fall, which increases the odds of catching trophy fish like dorado, sailfish, and marlin further from shore. You can fish for rock bass and trigger fish from shore in the “Old Port” in Penasco, where local fishermen can be found selling their catch of the day. Winter is a less popular time to fish, but you may still come across grouper, pinto bass, red snapper, and yellowtail in the chilly waters.
Shrimping: Mexico exports more than 90 million pounds of shrimp to the United States each year. Prime shrimping season runs from September to December, although there will still be a few boats out as late as April. It is a great time to visit and enjoy fresh shrimp – not to mention, see the hundred or so boats in the shrimping fleet leaving shore for a few weeks. You’ll find many shrimp-related souvenirs and large bronze statues in Plaza del Camarón and the Malecón dedicated to the shrimping industry. The Malecón Avenue plaza is a popular place to watch shrimping boats come and go.
Recreational activities, like guided boat tours, cruises, parasailing, and jet-skiing, give vacationers access to the fun and incredible beauty of the Sea of Cortez. Puerto Penasco boasts a very successful industry revolving around Rocky Point boat rentals. Here are a few highly rated options:
Bird Island (Isla San Jorge) is one of the most popular boating destinations in Rocky Point. This beautiful island, located 27 miles south of town, is a frequent resting place for birds and other wildlife crossing the Sea of Cortez. The reserved area of shelter for 20 different species of migratory animals – including brown pelicans, marine swallows, and blue-footed boobies — and has even been featured on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. You’ll likely see many different bird species along with dolphins, whales, and a large colony of over 3,500 sea lions. A tour here is an opportunity to jump in and actually swim with the young, curious animals. Once you reach the island, you can swim, scuba, snorkel, or kayak. Most guided tours last 4 to 6 hours round trip, and some offer open bar and lunch included with their rates.
These are some of the boat tour companies that go to Bird Island:
One of the best places for boaters to set down anchor is Marina Pinacate, which offers close proximity to the bustling restaurants, taco stands, cafes, shops, and bars of 13th Street — but also beach access 50 yards away. Most units offer ocean views, offering breathtaking glimpses of the lighthouse, shrimp boats, and sunsets. These private condos are fully equipped with all the modern conveniences – full kitchens with microwaves, stoves, dishes, coffee makers, and dishwashers; pull-out sofas and furnished outdoor patios for entertaining guests; big screen TVs with cable; maid service; and tasteful décor.
Rocky Point boat rentals come with all you need to experience a safe trip out onto the ocean, but it can be important to prepare for the fun by learning and practicing boat safety. Before you ride out into the sunset, invest in some swimming lessons and safety courses. Check the Rocky Point weather conditions and keep apprised of the tides before setting out to sea. Planning ahead can guarantee that you’ll have the best trip possible, both during the day and when you’re back at your roomy vacation rental at night.
At Sea Side Reservations, we specialize in luxury, whether by land or by sea. Our commitment to providing the very best in rentals means that our vacation properties tend to fill up fast. Book your reservation online with us today to ensure that you get to experience the best of Rocky Point in complete luxury. Our friendly staff is waiting to help guide you through the process of reserving a little piece of paradise. Contact us today!