Rocky Point, Mexico has long been known for the migration of snowbirds, grown-up fun, and throngs of spring breakers from all over emerging on the town, but within the past few years the town image is changing to that of a family friendly one. Sure, there is still great nightlife to be had and spring breakers still flock to the Sea of Cortez to soak up the sun, but so do families. Peñasco is becoming very family oriented and you don’t have to look far to find something to do with your little one.
The Sea of Cortez holds hours and hours of discovery and fascination for kids. It doesn’t matter what beach you are on, when the tide goes out (as it does a couple times a day) a whole new world is uncovered. Tidepools are full of fish, crabs, starfish and many other sea denizens. If you’re lucky you might find an octopus hiding in-between the lava rock crevices. Walk up and down the beach and each tidepool is hosting a variety of inhabitants. When the tide comes in there are banana boat rides, kayaking, jet-skiing and, of course, swimming and beachcombing. Even at low tide many of these activities can still be enjoyed. For the more adventurous there are ultra light rides that take you high above the Sea of Cortez and Rocky Point as well as parasail rides, fishing charters and trips to Bird Island where you can snorkel, swim and kayak among some 3,000 sea lions. Done with the beach for the day? Head over to Cet-Mar Aquarium and spend hours feeding the turtles, sharks and sea lions. Explore the miniature tidepools and take a look at the variety of fish and eels on display in tanks. For a couple bucks it’s a great way for the family to spend part of the day without breaking the wallet. If you’re looking for free, there is always “window” shopping down in Old Port along the Malecon. And most weekends you will be entertained by local musicians, jugglers, fire breathers and a number of other talented folk. CEDO, the study of oceans and deserts offers a free educational and fun tour which is an excellent way for the whole family to spend a few hours. You get to learn about the Sea of Cortez and its inhabitants and see a full length Fin Whale Skeleton. Their gift shop also has some very fun and unique gifts if you’re looking for souvenirs.
When the night rolls around if you’re not old enough to belly up to the bar you might as well hit the sack. Not anymore! Head to the Malecon in the Old Port for cultural activities and great sunset photos. This area, once known for cruising and hanging out, has now become a beautiful section of town where the family can take a long stroll along the Sea of Cortez, eat at various restaurants and shop for curios, jewelry and fine art and grab some cool ice cream treats. Since the completion of the main construction earlier this year, the Malecon has been host to many city sponsored activities such as musical bands, ceremonies, charity walks, business expos, art walks and various family oriented activities. The once narrow walkway near the ocean in Old Port is now a scenic walkway with benches, shade, beautiful blooming flowers and the Governor’s Plaza. And with expanded parking more people are venturing down to see what is happening in Old Port. Many of the fish market stalls have been refaced as have the many businesses that dot both sides of the Malecon. From fine art galleries to small curio shops it has quickly become the place to shop, eat and dive into some culture.
All shopped and walked out? Head to Rocky Point’s new movie theater – Citicinemas. Can you believe it…Rocky Point now has a movie theater that shows first-run American movies with Spanish subtitles. Parents can join the kids for the latest movies on the big screen or drop them off for a few hours and head out for some fun of their own. Citicinemas is a fantastic addition to the City of Puerto Peñasco. The movie theater is located in Plaza Puerto Mio, has 6 theaters and a concession area. Plaza Puerto Mio is located just in front of the docks on Luis Encinas and Blvd. Benito Juarez.
If you are looking for an active oceanfront community that offers lots of amenities for the entire family, look no further than Laguna Shores Resort. Besides beautiful accommodations, there is plenty for kids and adults to do…free kayaks for exploring the Sea of Cortez and estuary, kids playground, 5,000 sq. ft. Trophy pool with child’s wading pool and palapa bar, restaurant, beach cabana beds, miniature golf, playroom with darts, billiards, foosball as well as cards and board games, DVD’s and books, beach volleyball, tennis and basketball court and for the adults – Cigar and Rum bar, a gym, and a masseuse. You won’t have to leave Laguna Shores Resort unless you want to go to the movie theater. Book your stay at Laguna Shores Resort in Rocky Point, Mexico on our website at www.lagunashoresresort.com or call 1-800-513-1426. Also take a look at our current special for you anglers out there – a great package for a weekend get-away: http://lagunashoresresort.com/fish-and-stay-rental-special. Like Us on Facebook and receive the latest deals and specials: www.facebook.com/lagunashoresresort.