Things to do in Rocky Point

 

Things to Do in Rocky Point

 Rocky Point Zip Line

Soar 150′ over the Altar desert at Puerto Peñasco’s only zipline adventure. Come experience five daring lines—the longest zip reaches 2000′!  This tour is over 1 mile of high flying fun! Our Zipline Tour is the biggest zipline adventure in Sonora, Mexico! It consists of 5 ziplines ranging in lengths of 350′ to 2000′ and heights of up to 150′ above the desert floor.

 

 

 Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and Grand Desert of Altar

Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar is located 30 minutes north of Rocky Point.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most significant visible landforms in North America that can be seen from space. The area is made up of 10 large and visually prominent circular volcanic craters, peaks and cinder cones, surrounded by active dunes that can reach a height of 650 feet high.  The crater known as “El Elegante” measures 4,593 feet wide.

The Pinacate Biosphere receive and the Grand Desert of Altar, with its spectacular landscapes, is home to over 540 species of plants, 40 species of mammal
s, 200 of birds, 40 of reptiles, also amphibians and freshwater fish.  There are also species of the Sonoran Pronghorn, bighorn sheep, gila monster and desert tortoise.

The Schuk Toak Visitors Center contains displays, topographical maps and an audio-visual theater with in-depth explanations of the Reserve.  The Visitors Center can also provide you with information about hikes to some of the closer and more spectacular craters and amazing vistas.

Fun Fact:  Between 1965 and 1970, NASA astronauts were sent to this area to train for future missions to the moon because of the similarities to the lunar surface.


Phone From the US:  011-52-638-384-9007
Entry Fee:  $50 Pesos for non-resident of Rocky Point and $25 pesos for residents
Know Before You Go:  Hats, Sunscreen, Lots of Water, Extreme Heat in the summer
Hours:  8:00   a.m.

 

 

Old Port & Malecon

 

A quick 10 minute drive from Las Palmas takes you into the Old Port and Malecon areas. Park your car and stroll along the main street looking for souvenirs and Mexican crafts. Then stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many oceanfront restaurants. The view of the sparkling lights from the resorts from across the harbor is beautiful at night.

This is where you’ll find the shrimp markets also. Pick out your favorite stall and let them show you want Rocky Point is famous for – Shrimp! Bring your cooler, and they’ll pack up as many kilos of shrimp on ice as you can carry!

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Banana Boats & Jet Skis

 

There are lots of water sports and activities to do right on the beach at Las Palmas!

Banana Boats
Ride the banana boats!  You and your friends and family of all ages can go for a banana boat ride!  For $5.00 per person you can ride the waves on the banana boat as fast or slow as you like – just tell the boat driver.
Jet Ski Rentals
Jet Ski rentals for 1 or 2 people are available by the ½ hour or hour.  Prices vary.
Kayaks
Take a ride on a kayak and paddle your way up and down the beach.  If you’re lucky a friendly dolphin will swim up beside you!
Stand Up Paddle Boards
Looking for a great way to exercise while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the Sea of Cortez at the same time?  Stand Up Paddle Boards are for you!

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

ATV and Rhino Rentals

 

Looking for something to do besides water sports? Right outside the Las Palmas Resort’s front gate are two ATV and Rhino rental outlets. Even though it is prohibited to take ATV’s and Rhinos on the beach, there is a huge area of open desert for you to adventure into, which makes for a great off-roading experience. Located in Cholla Bay, the most popular place to ride is “Competition Hill” – a 300 foot long sandy hill with a 30 degree slope.

Prices to rent the vehicles range between $15 to $150 depending on the type of vehicle and the length of rental time. Make sure to bring your ID.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Whale Watching Trips

 

During January, February, and most of March, the waters surrounding Rocky Point are home to families of fin and humpback whales. This once in a lifetime experience is something you will never forget. Just 5 miles offshore you’ll see the whales spouting and surfacing. Some of the whales are just as curious about you as you are about them, and have been known to “show off” close to the boats. It’s an unforgettable experience to see one of these majestic creatures!

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Isla San Jorge or “Bird Island”

 

Take a day trip to Isla San Jorge or “Bird Island” where you can swim, snorkel, kayak, or scuba dive with the sea lions. This rocky island is home to hundreds of sea lions, both adults and their pups, pelicans and many other birds. Located 27 miles southeast of Rocky Point, Isla San Jorge is a protected biological sanctuary for birds and sea life and one of the largest sea lion populations in the world.

During the boat ride to the island chances are good you will be visited by pods of dolphins riding along side your boat. If you’d like to take a trip to the island please let us know – we have preferred charter companies that we partner with in order to provide our guests with the best rates and a great experience.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Ultralight Flights

 

Ultralight Flights
Pretend you’re a pelican and go for an ultralight flight! Soar above Sandy Beach and view the Sea of Cortez from a different angle. Ultralight flights are available 5 minutes away from Las Palmas. The price is approximately $40.00 for 30 minutes.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Oyster Farm

 

Attention all Oyster lovers! Located approximately 25 minutes outside of the center of Rocky Point on the road to Caborca are the freshest oysters you will find! One of the oyster farms has a small restaurant serving up tasty oysters taken right from the sea to your table.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Sunset Cruises

 

After a day at the beach or the pool, it’s time to take a cruise to see the fantastic sunsets over the water that Rocky Point has to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for a large party boat with live music, or a smaller, more personal and romantic cruise, Las Palmas can point you in the right direction.  Most of the cruises cost approximately $25.00 per person and include all you can drink beer or margaritas.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Golf

 

Anyone for a round of golf by the sea? There are 3 courses in Rocky Point: The Links at Las Palomas, The Club at Laguna del Mar, and the Peninsula de Cortes at the Mayan Palace.The closest course to Las Palmas is The Links at Las Palomas which is a 5 minute drive away. This is an 18-hole, par 72 link-style golf course.

Located 25 miles outside of town is the Peninsula de Cortes golf course located at the Mayan Palace resort. This Jack Nicklaus design course is situated on a 2 mile peninsula with a tidal estuary on one side, and the Sea of Cortes on the other side.

Fifteen minutes from Las Palmas is The Club at Laguna Del Mar course. This course, also designed by Jack Nicklaus is surrounded by salt water lagoons and views of the Sea of Cortes, and the Cerro Prieto Mountain.

Please contact us if you’d like to arrange to play one of these courses, and Las Palmas staff will be happy to assist you.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Horseback Riding

 

After a day at the beach or the pool, it’s time to take a cruise to see the fantastic sunsets over the water that Rocky Point has to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for a large party boat with live music, or a smaller, more personal and romantic cruise, Las Palmas can point you in the right direction.  Most of the cruises cost approximately $25.00 per person and include all you can drink beer or margaritas.

 Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

 

Fishing and Sailing Charters

 

The waters surrounding Rocky Point and the Sea of Cortez are teeming with a wide variety of fish such as trigger, corvine, dorado, grouper, yellowtail, different types of bass, red snapper, sierra and skipjack. If you’re interested in putting together a fishing trip, Las Palmas has a relationship with the preferred fishing charter company in Rocky Point and can assist you in customizing a trip that suits your preferences.Rocky Point and Del Mar Charters is also home to a 42 foot Catamaran called the “Tempo” that is perfect for groups who want to go sailing, snorkeling, kayaking and charters for other adventures to the more remote beaches further south.

Marked photos courtesy Eric Brown, EB Photography, ericbrown1@cox.net

Night Life

 

If you still have the energy left after a day at the beach or the pool, there are plenty of things to do and places to go to keep you entertained in the evenings!

 

Elixir Bar-Lounge
Location:  Mirador Area, Half a block each of Matamoros on Durango.
Vibe:  Upscale, modern, young locals and tourists
Music:   2 Stages – Guest DJ’s – different music on each stage
Cover Charge:    Yes
Drink Specials:    Yes – Check Facebook for current specials
Dress Code:  Yes
Food:  No
Wrecked at the Reef
Location:  West end of Sandy Beach just past Esmeralda Resort
Vibe:  Indoor/Outdoor – fire pits, laidback, casual, beach bar
Music:  Live Music on weekends, DJ, and televised sporting events.
Cover Charge:  No
Dress Code:  No
Food:  Yes
Banditos
Location:  Sandy Beach in front of the Sonoran Sea
Vibe:  Indoor/Outdoor – fire pits, laidback, casual, beach
Music:  Live Music on weekends, DJ, and televised sporting events.
Cover Charge:  No
Dress Code:  No
Food:  Yes
Chango’s
Location:  Sandy Beach in front of the Sonoran Spa (across from Banditos)
Vibe:  Indoor/Outdoor – fire pits, laidback, casual, beach
Music:  DJ
Cover Charge:  No
Dress Code:  No
Food:  Yes