Bienvenido Noviembre! This month is absolutely packed with events from the very fun 7th Annual Charanga Derby to the 23rd Annual Rocky Point Motorcycle Rally to an always packed Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend! The weather is going to turn any day now, if it hasn’t already by the time you read this, and we’d like to welcome each and every one of you to our wonderful home of Puerto Peñasco. Our border closes at 8PM every day, but we have EXTENDED BORDER HOURS FOR ONE DAY ONLY this month on Friday, November 10th. The border will be open until 10PM. This is the last day of 2023 that we will have extended hours and we have no 2024 dates as of yet. CBP has been incredibly busy at the border so hopefully things settle down so that they can give us some extended border times.
We’ve started making some changes to the paper and have lots more to come with a HUGE change coming in spring! We jumped up to 80 pages this month and have no plans of slowing down!!!! Please patronize our advertisers and thank them for continuing to make this paper free for everyone. And thank our contributing writers and Mario and Alicia for doing the heavy lifting and keeping things interesting. And, of course, thank you to our subscribers. We were the first (Bulk Mail Permit #1 in Lukeville, AZ) and are still the ONLY ones who mail out monthly subscriptions. Don’t forget that subscriptions make an excellent Christmas gift! We encourage everyone to share photos of their fun time in Rocky Point and as well as articles about your experiences, favorite places to eat or best things to do. Feel free to submit your articles or photos for print consideration to Alicia at email@example.com.
After 12 years of dedicated service to our community, Rocky Point 360 is sailing into the sunset. Sami is off to new ventures and adventures, and we thank her for her service (for more than 12 years) and wish her all the best. Don’t worry, she’s not leaving Rocky Point, she will still be doing translating and has been the official translator for the city and will continue with that as well as her writing – hopefully she’ll write some more articles for us.
Well, we’ve lost another airline ☹ Yep, no more Calafia flights to Puerto Peñasco. We’ve known for a while but were hoping they’d magically pull it together before we put it in print. Stinks! Someday we will have cruise ships and flights!
So, I happened to jump onto Facebook the other day, which I try not to do because people dishing out incorrect information in the comments drives me batsh*t crazy, and I saw someone ask where the Immigration office was in Sonoyta and where to park so that she could get her FMM stamped, which she had obtained online. Simple, right? All she needed to know was that it’s on the right-hand side as you cross the border, and you can park in the median or along the curb. Most of the comments were that she didn’t need one…or that she shouldn’t get one…or I’ve been here for 20 years and have never been asked…you’re in the Free Zone so you don’t need one (that changed in 2015 btw)…if you’re staying less than 72 hours you don’t need one…you only need one for real estate transactions…blah, blah, blah. (Thank you to those who did give her the correct info. according to Mexican Law). Why would you EVER give someone travelling to a foreign country incorrect information that is not in accordance with their laws? Mexican LAW is that EVERY tourist to Mexico NEEDS to have an FMM. It does NOT matter if you are staying 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week or 6 months (there is a charge for staying more than 6 days FYI) – when you cross that border you either have an FMM or you get one at the border. Chances are that you will never be asked for one while visiting Puerto Peñasco, but it is the law and if you are asked, and do not have one, you can be penalized. This is the law…what you choose to do with this information is up to you. You also need Mexican vehicle insurance (minimum of liability) – your regular U.S. policy is not recognized in Mexico. This is the LAW! Again, what you choose to do with the information is up to you.
We’d like to welcome all the bikers and rally spectators to our fine city, and we hope you all have a blast and safe travels. The town will be packed and there are tons of things going on all around the city. If you’re coming for Thanksgiving Weekend, and don’t want to cook, make sure you make reservations at your favorite restaurant.
Have a super November and we’ll see you at the beach!!