There are so many things to see and do in Rocky Point, the hardest part is narrowing down your itinerary! Puerto Peñasco is famous for its sublime beaches, 5-star dining, and exciting adventure tours that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Take a gander at some of the most popular attractions and activities that Rocky Point vacationers rave about.
Tempt your palate on a tour of Rocky Point restaurants
Foodie tours are very popular right now, and Mexican culinary excursions are all the rage. Famous for its shrimp fishing, Rocky Point provides the perfect location to sample sumptuous, south of the border cuisine. From your favorite Mexican dish to the one you’ve always wanted to try, you’ll find it at any one of the many restaurants found in Rocky Point. Of course your dining selection in Puerto Peñasco is not limited to regional cuisine. Steaks, burgers, pizza, barbeque, and everything you need to satisfy your hunger for (a dining) adventure is right here.
If you’re looking for a wonderful breakfast spot to begin your day, head to Coffee Haus (located on Benito Juarez between Calle 13 and The Mirador Area). This cozy café features fresh, made-from scratch pastries, tempting fruit salads and a nice selection of coffee and espresso.
Souvenir shopping for that perfect memento
If you want to load up on souvenirs of your stay in Puerto Peñasco or maybe you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind piece of handcrafted artwork — it’s all here. Rocky Point is brimming with places to pick up unique hand-made clothing, jewelry, sculptures, knick knacks, furniture and so much more.
Relaxing at Rocky Point Beach
This was your idea of a dream vacation all along, walking along the beautiful beaches of Puerto Peñasco, the surf gently lapping at your feet. Along the shore you stop to watch the waves crest. The fishing boats shrink into the distance, while the wave runners zoom past. As evening slowly settles across Puerto Peñasco, you decide to take in the spa, or perhaps a soothing massage. While adventure excursions abound, Rocky Point is most famous for the rest and relaxation that can be found along its pristine shores. Find the perfect Rocky Point resort to hang your hat and enjoy the absolute luxury of being pampered!
Kite Surfing adventures
Kite surfing is one of the most popular activities for ocean lovers. Imagine surfing the blue seas at blinding speeds, the force of the wind propelling you across the waves with a surf board strapped to your feet, your hands gripping a giant kite. Your kite surfing adventure will depend on your level of experience, with lessons offered for the beginner and refresher courses for the more advanced.
Snorkeling & Scuba diving in aquamarine waters
Snorkeling the reefs and beaches of Puerto Peñasco provide a fascinating look at aquatic life, and is a great activity for visitors of all ages. The changing tides provide a different experience every time you explore. With water this crystal clear, marine life so abundant, and reefs and coves so plentiful, a scuba diving excursion in the Sea of Cortez is another favored activity. The certified diving instructors in Rocky Point will provide everything you need for your diving experience. Lessons are offered for the first-time diver as are open water certifications.
Banana boat rides – fun for all ages!
One of the most affordable beach activities in Rocky Point, Banana Boat rides cost around $5. Be sure to tell your boat operator if you prefer smooth sailing or a tempest of a ride. This is a great family experience, especially for young children. Take the whole crew to the beach, find your boat and go bananas!
Kayaking the Sea of Cortez
Looking for the ultimate escape on the ocean? The beautiful Sea of Cortez is perfect for a sea kayak journey. You’ll be glad you brought along your waterproof camera when you venture out on your early morning tour as this is the best time to spot dolphins frolicking in the water. Kayak rentals are available from Kayak Rocky Point.
Explore the coast by Jet Ski or Wave Runner
Most of the visitors to Rocky Point who are ready for their Jet Ski or wave runner adventure bring their own equipment. If you’re traveling light, you can rent either from local outfitters. If you do bring your own, please remember to have a current title or rental agreement and obey the regulations regarding when and where you can ride.
Cap off the day with a sunset cruise
Sunset cruises aren’t just for lovers; Rocky Point offers sunset sails to satisfy every whim, from swashbuckling pirate adventures to party cruises around the Sea of Cortez. Sunset cruises are a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the ocean and your travel mates after a long day of adventure.
Get a bird’s eye view of Rocky Point parasailing
What would a vacation in Rocky Point be without an afternoon of parasailing? It’s the video everyone will ask you about when you get home, so give yourself and your friends an unforgettable experience. Soar up to 800 feet in the air, high above Puerto Peñasco, with nothing but the clear blue ocean far below. Prices vary depending on the duration of the ride.
Take in a round of Rocky Point Golf
Looking for a real links course in Puerto Peñasco? You’re in luck! There are three excellent golf courses in Rocky Point, giving golf enthusiasts ample opportunity to test their skills while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. The Club at Laguna del Mar, The Links at Las Palomas and Vidanta Peninsula de Cortez Golf Club are all open to the public.
If you can’t get a tee time on one of the major courses, or have restless kids in tow, mini golf still provides great way to play 18 holes in Rocky Point. Grab your favorite putter and get your (mini) game on.
Enjoy a full or half day of Rocky Point Fishing
Fishing for grouper, sea bass and enormous red snapper is one of the highlights of a Rocky Point vacation. There are plenty of fishing charters to choose from, whether you’re interested in offshore pursuits or prefer to cast a line in the shallower estuaries. Make those tall tales a reality, or just enjoy the experience of being out on the open water. You’ll be in good hands with veteran captains who know all of the fishing hotspots in and around Rocky Point.
Blaze a trail on horseback
Release your inner cowboy or cowgirl on a horseback excursion in Rocky Point. There are several stables along Sandy Beach that offer horseback riding tours along the beaches and dunes of Puerto Peñasco. Never ridden before? There are bomb-proof mounts suitable for riders of all skill levels, but just remember to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants!
Legendary parties: Rocky Point Spring Break
Situated just a few hours from Arizona’s biggest universities, it’s no wonder that Rocky Point has become the hottest spot for a Spring Break in Mexico. Party like there’s no tomorrow with your closest friends in Puerto Peñasco, where beautiful beaches, swim-up bars and amazing nightlife set the stage for this monumental rite of passage.
Pinacate Volcano Tours
Contact the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) office in Rocky Point and arrange a tour of the El Pinacate Volcano and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. Three different tours are offered depending on your physical abilities. Located in Puerto Peñasco, CEDO works closely with visitors, local communities, and the government to understand and minimize human impact on local environments and species through research, education, and conservation.
Boat excursion to Bird Island
Located 27 miles south east of Puerto Peñasco, Isla San Jorge (better known as Bird Island) provides a very important biological sanctuary for a wide variety of creatures including birds, sea lions and other marine life. Decreed a “Reserved Area of Shelter” for migratory birds and wild fauna in 1978, this group of several rocky islands is worth the one-hour boat ride, as you encounter dolphins along the way. If you visit Bird Island between October and April, you may spot grey, killer and pilot whales as well. Most tours incorporate snorkeling opportunities and even include an open bar!
Day trip to La Ostioneria (Oyster Farm)
La Ostionera de Puerto Peñasco is a must-visit for anyone who appreciates the delicate flavors of fresh oysters. Watch as the oysters are pulled from the sand, shucked before your eyes, and served with hot sauce on the side. By car, you’ll see signs to the oyster farms on the road to Caborca, about 7 miles outside of Rocky Point.