Marjean McDonald of Mesa says she has visitors coming to Arizona next month, and they want to spend at least a couple days in Rocky Point. Marjean asked Cap’n Greg how to make the most of their short time here. This is what he told her:

Thirty-five years ago, and even more, a visit to Peñasco included a mandatory stroll on the Malecón, which is a seawall along the waterfront. That’s where the majority of curio and fresh fish shops were located, as well as restaurants and bars. Sure, there were Manny’s and the Pit in the Mirador, La Curva in midtown, JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay, shopping on Rodeo Drive and the late-night craziness on Calle 13. But the Malecón was the heart of the action back then, and it still is for many of us. Tons of events are held there, and it is a popular community gathering spot. My advice on your first stay, even though you may be booked into a hotel or condo with its own bars and restaurants, is to make your way to the Malecón.

As you pass the marina harbor you’ll see the shrimp boats, fishing charters and sunset cruise boats. From the Malecón you’ll get a taste of the past as well as the present. The seawall vantage point gives you a panoramic view of the gorgeous sea all the way to Baja, and the impressive condo towers stretching along Sandy Beach. It’s where you can meet some of the locals that make this place so very special, and over a tasty drink you can ask gringo residents and regular visitors for recommendations about the array of outstanding places to eat and to be wonderfully entertained.

Marjean, Cap’n Greg guarantees that when you and your friends start at the Malecón, it will be the beginning of an unforgettable experience, and you’ll be ready to explore all the beachside bounty that Rocky Point offers.