Ahhhh, lovely November…still warm enough for shorts, bathing suits and watersports, yet cool enough in the mornings and evenings for a hoodie. Looking forward to perfect weather for the Motorcycle Rally and Thanksgiving!

I was going to say that the town really got jumping last month, but we never really slowed down – I mean not like we used to in the warmer summer months. We still had lots of visitors, quite a few events and local venues had lots of live music and things to do. November is packed full of events with the two busiest biggest being the Motorcycle Rally. Woohoo – four days of absolute fun, sights, and sounds – and it’s a charitable event to boot! There’s always so much going on over that weekend, so I encourage you to go register, get some swag and an event calendar so you don’t miss out on anything. Also check out your favorite places as many of them have live music, specials, and special events going on during the Rally. I have my BBFs from California coming into town again this year, so I’ll catch you down on the Malecon – always a great place to hang all day and night! As a reminder, this event does fall over Veteran’s Day Weekend, so we have extended hours at our Lukeville/Sonoyta border ONLY on Friday, November 11th and Monday, November 14th (open 6AM until 10PM). People start rolling in for the Rally all week so just remember that the border is only open until 8PM any other day of the week. AND, to our friends coming from California, Arizona or other parts of Mexico via our Coastal Hwy…BE SUPER CAREFUL! There are huge potholes and sand drifts.

I am just coming off a tour of Encantame Towers. WOW! Got a look at the new lazy river, waterslide, pool areas and the Rooftop Pool on the 2nd building. That is going to be the ticket as soon as it’s finished…and it’s 21 and over – adult shenanigans only!! Absolutely, gorgeous, gorgeous views and today was just about perfect! I’ve already pictured myself hanging over the edge of the infinity pool with a (fancy) plastic wine glass full of fine Malbec in hand soaking up the sun. Thinking I’d better call Casago and make my reservations now! The 3rd building is going up fast, the recreation areas are being worked on – they are really moving out there. Our new huge solar plant is out that way and they were working on the poles today and I’m very interested to see if we’ll get a visit from the President this month.  Stay tuned.

If you can’t come down for the Rally or Thanksgiving, then you’ll want to book November 5th: So much is going on that Saturday!! Start your day off downtown with the Mermaid’s Market and after you’re done shopping and eating, you can walk right around the corner and up the street to the Charanga Derby in El Mirador. If you’ve never been I highly encourage you to go – it’s a lot of fun and you get to soak in some local culture. After the Derby you can head over to El Tapeo on Sandy Beach and participate in their CheveFest (beer fest) where you can dance, sample beer, eat some more great food and listen to live music (they have a great wine selection too). Oh, and they are going to start doing wine pairing dinners as well…can’t wait for those dates!

Ti’s the season – or almost the season. Lots of charitable events going and we’re collecting donations – as we do all year long. If you have an urge to lighten your load and clean out your closets, we are welcoming all donations, but especially those of warm clothing like jackets, sweaters, long sleeve shirts and blankets, bedding, etc. Mario and my Uncle Pat always go to the barrios over Thanksgiving and hand out donations to families in need. All sizes of clothing are needed. Speaking of Thanksgiving, yes, you are allowed to bring one turkey into Mexico. If you don’t want to cook, lots of our restaurants serve up a mean Thanksgiving Dinner, with multiple seatings throughout the day, and you have no mess to clean up! Thanksgiving Weekend will be crowded and unfortunately, we don’t have extended border hours that weekend so plan accordingly, pack snacks, drinks and your patience.

Don’t forget to stop at Sanborn’s or WhyNot Travel Store and get your Mexican vehicle insurance as well as your copy of the The Rocky Point Times Newspaper – read it on your way down and do some recon and see what’s happening. You can also grab a copy at gas stations in Ajo. You definitely don’t want to spend precious hours on your phone looking stuff up – we have it all! If you do come to Rocky Point often, you might want to contact Alejandro Portugal and see about getting a yearly policy – it can save you a lot of money depending on how many trips you make.

Hope to see you around town for the Motorcycle Rally and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!