October 2016 

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The weather is here again! October in Rocky Point is just about as good as it gets. Warm days, cool nights, the ocean is still warm enough to comfortably swim and play. Every year many of us hope and expect temperatures and humidity to drop when September gets here, and every year we are disappointed and reminded that it happens either towards the very end of September or the beginning of October. This year we were lucky to have the change happen about a week ago. Perfect temperature, lower humidity, and lots of sunshine are what you can expect here for the next couple months.

Last month saw a couple hurricanes hit the Baja side and, as usual, we were warned of high winds and the possibility of heavy rains as they passed by our area. But, again as usual, we felt pretty much no effect from them at all. We did get a bit of wind and a few sprinkles but nothing that you would every consider came from a hurricane. That's Puerto Penasco. We live in the Twilight Zone where it can rain all around us and we don't get a drop. Don't get me wrong, it does rain here a few times per year but, for the most part, Caborca gets rain, Sonoyta gets rain, San Carlos gets rain, but we stay dry. Certainly there is some scientific reason for this but I have no idea what it is.

Seems another year is slipping by very quickly and Sam's Club already has Christmas decorations out - that's just wrong in my opinion. We're not even near Halloween yet, never mind Thanksgiving. Every year it happens earlier and earlier. Although, in their defense, it seems that every year goes by more and more quickly so maybe I need the extra time to make sure that I don't miss it completely...

October is always very busy with tourists and activities, actually too many to mention. I have several listed throughout this newsletter but I'm sure that I have missed more than I have included. If you're in town, pick up a copy of the Rocky Point Times and a JoinUs magazine in the lobby of one of our resorts (or in many places throughout town). If you're looking online, the Rocky Point Times has a website, Rocky Point 360 is full of great information, and there is a new site called Penasco Today that seems to be coming along nicely. If you're on Facebook, there are some good pages to review as well. Unfortunately, there is really no way to find all of the pertinent information and events in one place but, believe me, if you come down, you will find more than enough to do. Or, if you're like many of our visitors, doing very little is exactly why you came.

Enjoy your month, come to Rocky Point if you can, and if you need anything don't hesitate to ask. Let me put my experience and expertise to work for you, and re member, as always, I've been here full time for almost 9 years and I am more than happy to help you with whatever you need, whether Sonoran Resorts related or not.
Just give me a call or send me an email any time and I will do my very best to help you. If I can't help you myself, I'm sure that I can point you in the right direction and help find you someone who can. 
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Cholla Mall Gets a Facelift 


The Cholla Mall, Shack's 5th Avenue, or Rocky Point Rodeo Drive; No matter what you call it, the shopping area popular with tourists for numerous curios stores has gotten a facelift, courtesy of some of Puerto Penasco's very talented local artists.  


Faded paint and graffiti have given way to beautiful, hand painted murals, and the results are nothing short of amazing. The undertaking,organized by Ellie Balderma, Eddie Wharez and Erick Plata, surpassed expectations of most of the people involved and attracted attention from tourists and locals alike as the murals were being created. Social media attention for the project took off as well with thousands of "likes" on Facebook.  


The winners in this contest were as follows:  


Tied for First Place were Izrael Ríos for "Men of Sand" and Gabby Gómez with "Indigent". Each received $7000 pesos for the win. The second place prize of $5000 pesos went to Héctor Arvizu for his "Lion Fish" mural, and Gloria Núñez was awarded $4000 peso as third place winner for "Frida and the Alebrije". 


Since a photo is supposed to be worth a thousand words, these photos can speak for themselves: 







Rocky Point Rally's Sweet 16 Coming Right Up - Frequently Asked Questions Answered

It's that time again. Time to begin thinking about throwing the passport in the saddlebag and making a Fall trip through the desert to the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta Just South of the Border on the beaches of Rocky Point, Sonora, MEXICO! Rocky Point Rally™ is preparing its Sweet 16 celebration and again promises to offer more venues, more bands, and don't forget more beads along the popular Old Port route, bike show, desert rides, and poker runs. The fiesta stretches from Nov. 10th - 13th, so SAVE THE DATE!


Last year's 15th Anniversary well surpassed expectations and all signs point to Sweet 16 nearing record numbers of close to 10,000 bikers in this seaside spot, located just an hour from the AZ border. Along with record numbers, organizers are hoping to raise even more funds through voluntary registrations for the seven local charities that have benefited from the charity event since the Rally's inception: these include a school for disabled children, cancer awareness and prevention groups, a home for the elderly, the local office for family & children services, plus the Red Cross and local Fire Department.  Last year, additional funds from the Bike Show were put specifically toward scholarship programs.


This year, Latin grooves, country, and ROOOOCK will ring out over the Sea of Cortez with participation of Rocky Point Rally™ regulars Matt Farris and Mogollon, plus Latino Rebel Band, Whiskey's Quicker, and DL Marble out of Arizona. Add to the mix renowned Mexican guitarist Javier Batiz, known for having instructed the likes of Santana back in the day, plus a Saturday night show by AC/DC tribute band Noise Pollution. This Sweet 16 is gonna be SWEEEEEEET!


Registration for the 16th Rally Point Rally™ is already open online, making it easy to add your voluntary donation now and then as you roll into town you'll get your registration goodies - which includes the official annual Rocky Point Rally pin, patch, bandana, koozies, and more.


Looking for the perfect Rally this Fall? Grab your Passport and save the date for the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta Just South of the Border -  16th Anniversary Rocky Point Rally™ - November 10th - 13th, 2016!   www.rockypointrally.com 

Top FAQs for Rocky Point Rally 2016

Here's a list of some of the top questions we got at Phoenix Bike Fest!   We look forward to seeing you all this November.


1. When is the 2016 Rocky Point Rally?  SAVE THE DATE!  NOVEMBER 10 - 13, 2016


2. Where is Rocky Point?     We were thrilled to show folks the map of just how close Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, is the AZ border and talk about the 1 hour ride just down from the crossing at Lukeville.  For many, we believe, this was the first time they also heard about the Coastal Highway ride to Rocky Point when coming from the West that makes it a lot easier for folks from CA and spots near Yuma to easily ride down to Rocky Point.  Plus, a lot of people plan to do a loop from the West by riding in one way (Interstate 8 to Gila Bend, down AZ 85 to the border, and then to Rocky Point ....returning by way of Coastal Highway up through Yuma).


Distances / time to Rocky Point

From either Phoenix or Tucson, AZ    - approx 4 hours  (just one hour from the AZ border)

From San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora (just south of Yuma, AZ) - approx 3.5 hrs

From San Diego, Ca - approx 6 hours


3.  Passports?  Plenty of time to get that now before November.  Yes, a passport or passport card is needed for reentering the US as per the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative of 2009. More information at: WHTI  Accepted documents include:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. passport card (only valid for travel by land and sea)
  • Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)
  • Trusted Traveler Program cards: Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST
  • Children under 16 arriving by land or sea my present an original or copy of birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate
  • U.S. lawful permanent residents: Permanent resident card (Form I-551)
  • U.S. Military: Valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders

4.  Where to stay?  We of course encourage folks to check out accommodations with our local sponsors as they help us keep doing what we do.  As we finalize sponsorship packages together for 2016 be sure to check out:

www.cometorockypoint.com  (local Convention and Visitors Bureau with links & tel #s to area hotels)


5. Helmet law?  Yes, there is a helmet law in Mexico....as many long-time Rocky Point Rally goers can tell you, there is quite a bit of leniency particularly around Rally dates.  Ride safe.


6. Safety?  Puerto Peñasco is a top tourist destination throughout the year and has added a Tourist Assistance Unit as a complement to local efforts to ensure safety for residents and visitors alike. These folks are bilingual and able to help with questions about the area and general safety.  NOTE:  The U.S. State Department issues updates to travel advice periodically throughout the year, including to Mexico. For the past years, tips on traveling to Rocky Point solely indicate "U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco should use the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta, Sonora border crossing, and limit driving to daylight hours." This is also important as the border crossing at Lukeville/Sonoyta is closed from midnight to 6 a.m.


7. Insurance? If you are driving/riding in Mexico you must have Mexican insurance, with liability insurance.  It's worth noting the majority of policies from the U.S. do not cover you in Mexico - though some may extend 75 miles into the country (but CHECK to make sure you have liability insurance). You can get insurance online prior to the Rally, as well as over the phone or at various spots along the way. You need to have valid insurance for your entire stay, along with a valid driver's license. We encourage you to check with our sponsors for rates.  Plus, title sponsor SANBORN'S is planning on once again offering a special Motorcycle Insurance package just for the Rocky Point Rally - with coverage for medical expenses along with accessories and safety gear!


8. Registration? You can now register online for the 2016 Rocky Point Rally! - $20 US - This registration fee is a donation to a number of charity organizations that benefit from the event. The 16th Anniversary registration packet will include Official Rally memorabilia - and gifts from sponsors.


9. Meet up points to ride south with a group?  Stay tuned as at least two spots in Phoenix are planning to offer meet up spots on Thursday, Nov. 10th (one on Scottsdale side, another near Chandler) so folks can ride together. Important to note, these won't be sponsored rides but a good way to meet up with others headed to the Rocky Point Rally.


10. Events?  We're working on the calendar now and we're planning on more bands, more rides, poker runs, the traditional bike parade on Saturday to the malecón, bike show, toy donation spot (for the January Toy Run around King's Day), and more.  Watch for calendar info as it becomes available.


11.  Bands?  We've almost got the line up and 2016 is going to ROCK! 

Sonoran Sky Camera Becoming Go-To Site for TV News/Weather Stations

Sonoran Sky Live Camera on the News again
Sonoran Sky Live Camera is on the News again
The Sonoran Sky Live Camera has become a very popular site for fans of Rocky Point, and, why wouldn't it? How nice to just click on the link and see, live and first hand, what is happening on Sandy Beach in front of the Sonoran Sky Resort. We even have the flag system visible so you can see in an instant what the Port Captain says about the safety of boating on the Sea of Cortez at any given time.

Now it seems that the word is spreading to other media outlets and at least one News station has begun using the live camera as part of their weather segment whenever they are talking about Rocky Point. Above is a clip from a recent segment covering the latest hurricane that touched our part of the world. This one, like the ones before it provided little more than a sprinkle of rain but it was nice seeing our camera on the news.

Please bookmark the page and check in as often as you like. It really can provide a nice break in your day. Maybe add some soothing ocean wave sounds in the background and click the "full screen" mode so you can feel the stress melting away in anticipation of your next trip to our magnificent beaches and sea. Here are the links again, in case you don't already have them:  www.livecamrockypoint.com or http://www.sonoranresorts.mx/live.
Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee to Hold Pirate-Style Fundraiser Complete with Rock n Roll on the Sea
The Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee AC will be holding a fantastic fundraising event this month. This will be your chance to sail the salty seas Matey, while listening to some great live music. Special thanks to TAAC member Mark Olszewski for organizing this great event. 

Help Us Make Some Waves... Rockin' at Sea with Something Like Seduction aboard the Rey Del Mar Pirate Ship...


This event is a FUNdraiser to benefit the Puerto Penasco Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee AC 


October 8th at 5:00 PM Price $30.00 per person with open bar


Reserve and pay in Advance via PayPal markbarb@prodigy.net.mx
Or Call 602-324-9529 or locally 638-383-4963 for more info


And continue the FUN at the Official After Party at the Boo Bar

Something Like Seduction
Something Like Seduction


And, for you Roger Clyne fans, how about a chance to win your very own full size billboard banner signed by the band members? Interested? This will be another upcoming fundraiser for our committee.
Stay tuned for more information in next month's newsletter...

Are you a fan of Circus Mexicus - RCPM..? Would you like to own a GIANT SIZED piece of Circus Mexicus 2016 Memorabilia..? Soon you will be able to purchase a chance to own the Official Circus Mexicus 2016 Billboard Banner autographed by many of the artists that were present June 9th to 12th for this Great Live Music Event "Circus Mexicus 2016" in Rocky Point, Puerto Penasco, Mexico...




Here's another great event that you should attend this month supporting two great local causes. Compassion Without Borders and the Puerto Penasco Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee. This one is being organized and run by the good people of SUPing the Sea.  


In case you didn't know, SUP is an accromym for Stand Up Paddleboard and it is becoming one of the most popular pastimes here in Rocky Point. Unlike a kayak, you are standing up and have a much better field of view both of your surroundings and also into the water itself. It is very common for dolphins to tag along while you're SUPing along. The list of sponsors and donations continues to grow and you can expect a large turnout and a great day of fun and prizes.    

Look for some or our Tourist Assistance Unit agents to be at the event chatting with everyone and playing along, and don't be surprised if Mayor Kiko Munro shows up to enjoy the festivities as well.   


Please try to attend this event and give SUPing the Sea a try. After a little practice, you'll be SUPer happy that you did.  


WBO / WBA Flyweight Champion Juan Francisco "El Gallo" Estrada Returns


The Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) is once again proudly bringing back THE BEST in Boxing, featuring hometown and World Champion Juan "El Gallo" Estrada, announced OCV President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado.  The OCV President added the unforgettable boxing bout marks the return of THE BEST, Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada who will take on Filipino boxer Raymundo "Tornado" Tabugón.


The boxing event, scheduled for October 8th, is another effort of the Peñasco OCV and Zanfer Promotional Group to draw an increasing number of tourists to the area while presenting, for a second year in a row, a phenomenal boxing event featuring the world flyweight champion plus hometown pride.


The fights will once again include Box Azteca expert commentators Eduardo Lamazon, Julio Cesar Chávez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Carlos Aguilar and Rodolfo Vargas.  The legendary boxing voice of Jimmy "It's Showtime" Lennon Jr. will also highlight the evening once more.


The upcoming boxing event will take place Saturday, October 8th, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Francisco León García baseball stadium, plus there will be eight additional fights.


Tickets are available online at:  www.globalticket.com.mx and at Café Limani (located in Plaza Pelicanos, Calle Coahuila y, local 1D [east side of Shrimp Park next to CANACO])


GENERAL: $300.00 pesos = +/- $15 

RING SIDE GENERAL: $800.00 pesos = +/- $42 

RING SIDE ORO: $1,200.00 pesos = +/- $63 

RING SIDE VIP $1,500.00 pesos = +/- $79 

Beach Clean-up Campaign Part of Efforts in Seeking Beach Certification




In commemorating International Beach Clean-Up Day, celebrated September 17th, and in coordination with schools, local organizations, and civil society, the local administration participated in a Beach Clean-Up Day via the Office of Ecology and Sustainable Development.


The clean-up campaign stretched from Playa Bonita toward Sandy Beach, precisely where focus is centered on obtaining beach certification for 1800 lineal meters of the coast. This certification would make Puerto Peñasco the first beach destination in Sonora to achieve such a feat.


Tlacaelel Rivera Núñez, Director of Ecology and Sustainable Development, reported thanks to the efforts and good will of more than 150 participants, the campaign was able to collect 2 tons of trash including 500 kilograms of waste consisting of: paper, cans, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, and other residue scattered along the beach.


Participants in the recent beach clean-up effort included members of the Clean Beach Committee, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), the Office of Ecology and Sustainable Development, and ZOFEMAT, along with students from New Land and Montessori schools, the #20 Technical Secondary, city employees, the Office of Art and Culture, the Puerto Peñasco sub-zone Pentathlon, and civil society. 

Potpourri - Short Shorts of All Sorts!
Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can't address the many short subjects with proper attention. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page. Here are a few "short shorts" to keep you up to date.

Shirmp Season Began on September 20, 2016 for the Sea of Cortez


Shrimp in Rocky Point is an attraction all it's own for tourists and locals alike. Most first timers are surprised to see how large and delicious they are and how much better they taste fresh from the Sea than the ones that they are used to buying in supermarkets. Our shrimp is unique and our Blue Shrimp is simply the best in the world.  


Over one hundred boats from Rocky Point head out each season searching for the fresh blue gold that everyone has been waiting for. Hermenegildo Ramírez López, Head of the Puerto Peñasco Fishing Office, indicated expectations are for this season to be regular, with capture of nearly 1500 tons of shrimp. Another indicator, he remarked, is that during the first week of coastal shrimping there were only 435 tons captured. This number is well below that from the same time last year.













Civil Protection First Responders Take Part in Water Rescue Course 


In striving to provide better safety and attention for tourists and fishermen, staff from Municipal Civil Protection and the Fire Department are taking part in a training program focused on Swimming Techniques and Water Rescue.  


Civil Protection Director Francisco Javier Carrillo Ruiz detailed the training is being led by outstanding members of the Puerto Peñasco Naval Sector of the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR). Noting that the course had initially been intended solely for Navy personnel, Carrillo remarked close coordination between the institutions allows for these type of exchanges, which are to the benefit of the community of Peñasco. The training lasts for four weeks for three hours per day.  


Our very own Luis Molina, Director of the Tourist Assistance Unit, is participating in the course and he will become the 2nd TAU Agent to be certified in lifesaving through the water rescue course. Molina remarked that the course has been very thorough and demanding and that certified lifesavers will be well prepared for water emergencies. Congratulations to Luis and the others receiving the training!


Special thanks to Navy Commander Rogelio Marban Diaz and Search and Rescue Unit Commander, Lieutenant CG Emilio Mar Celorio, for their strong support of our Tourist Assistance Unit.  



Sonoran Sun Resort Now Has Electric Car Chargers 


The Sonoran Sun, in cooperation with TESLA Motors, has installed three electric car chargers in the parking lot of the Sonoran Sun Resort. This is a first for not only the City of Puerto Penasco, but it will be the only charging station in the entire State of Sonora.


Two of the chargers are TESLA specific and will only work on TESLA vehicles but the third charger is a universal charger which will work on any "standard" electric vehicles. 


TESLA maintains an interactive map showing all of the available chargers in the world at any given time. This will put the Sonoran Sun Resort on the TESLA destination charging map and will surely bring in a new group of "eco-friendly" buyers and renters. The chargers will be restricted to owners, overnight guests of owners, and renters use only.  



Road work begins on repaving Blvd. Fremont and Ave. Luis Encinas


The administration of Mayor Kiko Munro has begun work to repave Blvd. Fremont and Ave. Luis Encinas.


Boulevard Fremont, he detailed, will be paved from the intersection with Boulevard Benito Juárez to the traffic circle located near Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez at the southern entrance to the city.


"The project consists of both paving and repaving this important city route with asphalt, as well as leveling areas for new pavement. This will also consist of re-leveling drainage, installation of abduction wells, residential outlets and sanitation discharges, in addition to the LED lamps that are already in place," stressed the mayor.


  Pane e Vino reopens Above Fish Restaurant on Whale Hill

One of Penasco's favorite restaurants is open again. They had closed their location on Blvd. Benito Juarez and for a month or so their loyal customer base was worried that they may not come back. Well, now you can relax because they are once again open for business. They are on Whale Hill right above FISH Restaurant. Two great restaurants in one location, you just can't beat that convenience.

Linda Pivac de Munro officially launches 2016-2017 School Breakfast Program


Linda Pivac de Munro, President of the Municipal Office on Integral Family Development (DIF), visited the Club Activo 20-30 Elementary School to launch the 2016-2017 School Breakfast program. The program itself will provide 5,437 breakfasts to students across 27 school facilities in the municipality.


"In coordination with schools, DIF is working hard to confront nourishment problems among our children. Each breakfast has the necessary nutrients to improve health and school productivity while also reducing consumption of junk food, which can lead to weight problems and obesity," expressed the Municipal DIF President.


She further stated it is important everyone know what these breakfasts represent for the students,  "With this, we are not only nourishing their bodies, but we are also feeding their spirits, dreams, and the future of our community."  





Mark Mulligan in Concert, October 8th at the Pink Cadillac


Join Mark at his first show ever at Pink Cadillac on Saturday, October 8th from 5:30 to 8:30PM. NO Cover, unless you'd like to pick up one of only 20 VIP seats on either sides of the bandstand. For more info and reservations, contact Dave at pinkcad02@yahoo.com  





Scary Good Time to be Had by All at Wrecked for Halloween 


Dare to attend the 7th annual Halloween Bash at Wrecked at the Reef on Saturday, October 29th. Live music, costume contests, drink specials, and plenty of spooky good times. The Haloween party at Wrecked just keeps getting better and better each year. Don't miss this one if you're in town.  




Mermaid's Market at Shrimp Plaza on Saturday, October 15th  


Everyone's favorite market is back for another season! Don't miss this great gathering on Saturday, October 15th at Shrimp Park Plaza. This unique event was the brainchild of Russ and Naomi Black and they have been at it for 5 years now. Each year just keeps getting better and better and this year is no exception. New to the Market this year is the new beer and wine garden. Now you can browse your favorite vendors, appreciate and purchase masterpieces from local artisans, and enjoy great food, all while enjoying a cold cerveza or a glass of wine. What a great way to spend an afternoon!   



Russ and Naomi Black discuss Mermaid's Market
Russ and Naomi Black discuss Mermaid's Market


Sonoran Sky's La Cantina Sports Bar is More than Just Sports

The new La Cantina Sports Bar is located in the luxury Sonoran Sky Resort on Sandy Beach. And, as you would have guessed by the name, the bar has sports. Every sport that you love is on one of the big screen high definition TVs that are located on every wall of the place. Like football? It's on. Prize MMA and Boxing fights? Of course. Whatever sports you prefer can be found at La Cantina. There are even TVs in each of the seating booths for your up-close and personal viewing pleasure. 


But, you will find much more than a Sports Bar at La Cantina. To start with, the food is first class and prepared by a real live chef - not taken out of the freezer and put into the microwave. You will be impressed and you will return again for the food. The full bar is sure to fulfill all of your beverage desires and the experienced bartenders and servers will make sure that you are treated right. Need something special? Just ask. 




Live Music, you ask? Absolutely. You will find live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come enjoy your favorite bands ranging from classic rock to reggae and to Salsa Fridays.You can dance the night away to the special sounds of Agua de Coco, a very popular local Salsa group every Friday night. If you would rather not dance, you will have a great time enjoying the music and people watching as others step out on the floor. 


Enjoy food and drink specials and the every-night Happy Hour between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Food and drink specials are frequent and generous so stop by often to see what's going on.




Special celebrations are becoming very popular as well at La Cantina. The Mexican Independence celebration at La Cantina was impressive to say the least, and October 28 and 29 will be La Catrina nights as an early celebration to Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Of course, along with the special themes and decorations, come food and drink specials pertinent to the theme. 



And, underneath it all are the sports. This is a Sports Bar after all, right? With NFL season in full swing, there is no better place to watch your favorite teams play. You can catch all the games at La Cantina. 


Oh, did I forget to mention that this bar is on the beach? And, that the famous beachfront Tiki Bar is about 10 steps outside the door of La Cantina? Inside bar or outside bar? Tough choice but not to worry because you can have them both.




La Cantina Sports Bar is located at the Sonoran Sky Resort on Sandy Beach


Sonoran Sky is a gated, private, resort but La Cantina and the Tiki Bar are open to the public


The bar currently is open Thursdays through Sundays



International Cervantino Festival Returns to Puerto Peñasco




In continuing to improve this tourist destination, and with a commitment to resume cultural activities, Mayor Kiko Munro announced Puerto Peñasco will once again be a subsite for the XLIV International Cervantino Festival under the motto "Cervantes 400. From madness to idealism."


Thousands of artists are scheduled to take part in the event from Oct. 13 - 16, which will be the fifth time this port has been a subsite for the renowned international festival. This year, the festival will pay homage to Cervantes through a lavish program that brings together the best of the arts.




Together with Mario Welfo Álvarez Beltrán, General Director of the Sonoran Cultural Institute (ISC), Mayor Kiko Munro presented press with program details for the 44th International Cervantino Festival, to take place October 13th - 16th, with Puerto Peñasco serving as a subsite for the festival, motto for which this year is "Cervantes 400. From madness to idealism."


Headline performers "A Moving Sound" from Taiwan will open festivities on Thursday, October 13th. The following three days will be filled with boleros and songs by Rito Emilio Salazar and Jorge Martín Aguilar Tirado, as well as Astrid Hadad with the Mysterious Earth show, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sonora, as well as presentations by more than 1000 invited artists.


The mayor indicated efforts will continue to promote Puerto Peñasco as a spot for special performances, adding that during his first year in office the city welcomed important  events such as the 2015 Cervantino Festival, the "Viva Peñasco, Fiesta y Cultura" 2016 Carnaval, 2015 Winter Opera Gala, the first International Jazz Festival, Marina Fest, and Salsa Festival, among others.


ISC Director, Mario Welfo Alvarez, stated, through the Secretary of Culture, Puerto Peñasco has joined a project to transmit the multiple events of the International Cervantino Festival in the city of Hermosillo.


"We must stress the economic importance this festival represents, particularly for Puerto Peñasco," added Welfo Álvarez, "as it is one of the cutting edge tourism spots in northwestern Mexico."


The state official emphasized among the cities in Sonora invited to participate with the host site of Puerto Peñasco are Caborca, Hermosillo, and San Luis Rio Colorado.


Headline programs


-Thursday, Oct. 13th  "A Moving Sound" (World Music Group,Taiwan)

Traditional rhythms of Taiwan fused with contemporary music in creating a colorful sound that speaks to spirituality, human commitment to others and with nature.


-Friday, October 14th

Boleros and songs with Rito Emilio Salazar and Jorge Martín Aguilar Tirado


-Saturday, October 15th

Astrid Hadad, "Mysterious Earth"

A journey through magic and stunning scenes straight from Mexico's history, via Astrid's humorous, irreverent, though well documented point of view.


-Sunday, October 16th

Philharmonic Orchestra of Sonora


Artistic program:

- More than 1000 participants, featuring international, national, regional, and local talents

- 26 main events

- 40 alternate performances


At the Malecón Fundadores:

-Five stages

-Theater tent


-Callejoneadas (strolley musicians)

-Art Island

-Conversation table

-Children's area


-Living statues

-Photography and painting exhibitions

-Art show and muralists

-Presentation of authors

-Diverse workshops

-Special recognition of architect Daniel Almada Ibarra 

Kiko Munro Presents Results During First City Address




After detailing through his first City Address, explaining how Puerto Peñasco has made progress in economic revival, improvement of urban infrastructure, and in addressing the historic problem of the city's water supply, among other topics, Mayor Kiko Munro accepted that the challenge has just begun and he will continue moving forward until all goals are met.


With civil and military authorities on hand, as well as representatives from the different sectors of Puerto Peñasco, the mayor lauded the efforts of all city council members, as well as of each and every member of the Municipal Administration.


"I must say being Mayor is the most representative, demanding, and satisfactory role I have held in my life," he stated, "today I represent not solely the City Administration, which by legal mandate presents its first City Address through me, rather today I humbly and proudly represent the people of Puerto Peñasco."


He emphasized society and government have together taken the reins of the city in order to begin its transformation, little by little, in literally bringing it out of the stark reality it had been living through just one year ago.


"I was not confronted with tremendous surprises in stepping into this role," he remarked, "both you and I knew we would find disorder, negligence, fraud, irresponsibility, and injustice, in sum chaos and betrayal of citizens' trust."


He detailed how his administration had inherited a disastrous water network, with losses of 45% of potable water due to leaks, poor equipment and poorly maintained drilling equipment, which led to launch of a comprehensive program to rehabilitate wells.


The economy was depressed, he added, there was a 15% shortage in sewage lines, 20% shortage in electric lines, 82% shortage in paved streets, and 40% of the city's public lighting was faulty.


Kiko Munro noted when he took office there was no money, nor projects upon which they could work in order to strengthen a development proposal for the municipality.


"In many administrative areas we did not even find computers, not to mention the lack of machinery, and to top it off federal contributions were completely committed with an expensive debt...in sum, they left us in ruin," he expressed.


The municipal leader indicated instead of sitting back and complaining about the situation, they decided to set to work; all director level officials donated their first month of salary and did an in-depth diagnosis as to the condition of the area each received.


He underscored unfinished projects were reinstated, as it would have been unwise to not take advantage of work already begun with community resources, hence completion of paving of Boulevards Rafael Godoy and López Portillo.


In reviving the economy, an intense campaign to promote Puerto Peñasco as a safe destination for tourism and investment was begun, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors to the area during the first eight months of 2016.


The mayor emphasized his administration has put special focus on street lamps, not just as a topic of urban image but rather as a point of public safety and quality of life.


"We are replacing common street lamps with LED technology," he explained, "We have already installed more than 2000 street lamps during this first year, and will be installing 6000 more in the coming months and, thanks to reports from the community, will be able to put 80% of public lighting into operation."


He added another topic that required urgent attention was that of roads, noting they have repaved or fully paved 12 important city streets during this first year, or rather one street per month on average.


He detailed roads they have addressed so far during his administration have included: Avenida Constitución, Rocaportenses Blvd. and Rafael Godoy Blvd., the streets San Luis, Juan de la Barrera, Juan Aldama, López Portillo, Francisco I. Madero, Luis Encinas and Juventino Rosas, as well as Boulevard Fremont and Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Boulevard.


"This means during this first year of our administration we were able to invest 248,860,137 pesos into roads, which has translated into rehabilitating 320,934 square meters of pavement, including 263,876 square meters of repaving with asphalt measuring 3 cm. thick, 27,153 square meters of hydraulic concrete, and 29,905 square meters of paved roads with asphalt measuring 5 cm. thick."


In addition, he expressed, a comprehensive program was begun to address pot holes in order to provide maintenance to 18% of the streets, while they also restored and brought dignity to important public spaces such as the Police Department, three public safety neighborhood offices, the Municipal Women's Institute, three Community Centers, the Basic Rehabiliation Unit, the Municipal DIF, Civic Auditorium, Casa de la Cultura, City Hall, and the malecón, among others.


With respect to a lack of basic services in sectors of the city, they broadened water, sewage, and electric lines to neighborhoods including 4 de Marzo, Brisas del Mar, and San Rafael.  San Rafael also saw the start of a process to regularize property titles.


In fulfilling the goal of providing a new look to Puerto Peñasco, the mayor mentioned rescue of 29.4 million pesos from the State Consensus Board for Public Projects from the 2015 fiscal year, which had been considered lost yet that they were able to put into 16 projects.


He commented in maintaining the city's image, a Peñasco Limpio program was implemented to ensure more efficiency with collection of waste due to trimming of trees, and debris in neighborhoods.


"The tremendous challenge for this administration is precisely that of looking how to associate the lack of quality in services and infrastructure in the city with the services and infrastructure in the beach area," he stressed.


The Clean Beach certification process is yet another achievement referred to by Kiko Munro during his First Address, who expressed his certainty Puerto Peñasco will soon become the first destination in Sonora to have obtained this.


In working to provide better quality to visitors, the Tourist Auxiliary Unit was created, which is made up of bilingual staff, equipped with an all-terrain vehicle, six four-wheelers, six bicycles, two Segway motorized vehicles, uniforms and radio communication equipment.


He also announced aerial connectivity with the cities of Tijuana, Hermosillo, and Cd. Juárez, which was achieved through the determined backing of State Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, who was represented at the City Address by Social Development Secretary Rogelio Díaz Brown.


Mayor Kiko Munro stated in order to strengthen the activity which represents both the origin and sustenance of Puerto Peñasco, for the first time in the city's history they developed the Office of Fishing Affairs.


"Through this office we have been able to work closely with the sector and offer training as a method to achieve added value for sea products that may be marketed at a higher price.  We have supported 300 families with 261 wills and assisted with the development of 84 applications for commercial fishing permits, which strengthens the gaps from previous years," he remarked.


He emphasized they were also able to carry out the desilting of the wharf and dock entry area through an investment of 20 million pesos from the Natural Disaster Fund.


In the area of finances, he detailed, the City had a terrible credit rating when his administration first stepped into office.  Given this, they designed an austerity plan with a 10% cut in expenditures and, through discipline, they have been able to achieve what had seemed impossible: a financial restructuring that was unanimously approved by City Council and the State Congress.


"Thanks to this, we have a greater margin to use our own resources in public projects and therefore guarantee investments of 116 million pesos that will help us to ensure Puerto Peñasco has 100% lighting along streets and in public spaces in the coming months, as well as complete refurbishing of the water lines," he assured.


He highlighted launch of the Peñasco Seguro Plan through the model of education about values and prevention, along with Community Police, training and modern equipment.


Mayor Kiko Munro stressed the great work of the Municipal Office on Integral Family Development (DIF), presided over by his wife Linda Pivac de Munro, who has demonstrated tremendous sensibility in supporting students, women, children, and the elderly.


He noted he had made a total of 65 promises during his campaign, of which he has fulfilled 46 with another 13 already underway, and 6 that are pending. This represents 70% fulfillment of these promises.


Finally, he pointed out the Municipal Administration will close out 2016 with additional projects beyond those already scheduled, through an investment of 240 million pesos.


During the solemn session held at the Convention Center, those in attendance included representative Célida López Cárdenas, on behalf of the State Congress, along with members of the Administration: City Trustee Elizabeth Jiménez Borboa, City Secretary Olayn García Cinco, and council members Miguel Bastida Fernández, Maritza Montijo Quintana, Perla Alcántara García, Saúl Núñez Gordiano, Juana Espinoza Delgado, Nora Núñez González, Rogelio González Ruelas and María Teresa Valdez Rodríguez.


Also in attendance were former Puerto Peñasco mayors: Valente Cornejo López, Oscar Palacio Soto, Guadalupe Hernández Vega, José Luis Espinoza Sesma and Alejandro Zepeda Munro, as well as the Governor of the Tohono O'odham ethnic group Servando León León, and former mayor of Caborca, Darío Murillo Bolaños, former mayor of San Luis Río Colorado, Florencio Díaz Armenta, and former mayor of Plutarco Elías Calles, Agustín Quiroz.


Special invited guests included Rear Admiral Rogelio Marbán Díaz, Commander of the Puerto Peñasco Naval Sector, General Arturo Reséndiz Leana, Commander of the Military Garrison in Sonoyta, the mayor's parents Ernesto Munro Palacio and Mrs. Raquel López de Munro, Federal Representative Everardo López Córdoba, local representative Lina Acosta Cid, and Harbor Master Luis Castro Galán, as well as State PAN President Leonardo Guillén Medina, and his municipal counterpart Julieta López López.

Federal and Municipal Authorities Oversee Resumed Operation of Rehabilitated Wells




Mayor Kiko Munro, along with Omar Gómez Ruiz, General Coordinator of Emergency Attention and Basin Council of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), and Sonora CONAGUA delegate César Lagarda Lagarda, were on hand for resumed operations of one of the 5 rehabilitated wells aimed at addressing Puerto Peñasco's historic water problems.


These projects, which are in addition to the drilling of two new wells and construction of a sand remover, are part of a comprehensive program on the extraction and distribution network, through a federal and municipal investment of over 18.5 million pesos.


The mayor detailed the investment, which totals 18,575,000 pesos, includes 10.4 million pesos from the federal government and resources of around 8.1 million pesos from the Municipal Potable Water, Sewage, and Wastewater Operating Office (OOMAPAS).


"Through this investment we have guaranteed the appropriate function of the rehabilitated wells, same which had provided 110 liters per second and now provide 345 liters per second. To this we must add the 120 liters per second provided by the other two recently drilled wells," he furthered.


The mayor also acknowledged the backing received from Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano.


Sonora CONAGUA Delegate César Lagarda lauded the efforts of Kiko Munro and called on the community of Puerto Peñasco to also do their part in ensuring timely payment of water bills, noting federal and municipal efforts are not enough on their own.


During the event, Mayor Kiko Munro presented the CONAGUA representative with a binder of projects meant to ensure investment in Puerto Peñasco's water infrastructure continue in 2017 in order to definitively resolve the city's water supply problems. 

The Problem with Predicting Exchange Rates

In recent years, one of the hardest things to predict has been the Mexican peso/US dollar exchange rate. Just when the peso seems to be making a comeback, something else happens leading investors to move back into dollars, either buying US Treasury bonds as a safe place to park money (despite very small returns), or buying dollar contracts in futures markets to protect their foreign investments against depreciation of the currencies in which they have invested.


The Mexican peso abandoned its relatively stable trading trading period of ~11 pesos to the dollar in the crisis of 2008 and devalued by over 40%.  During 2009-2010 the currency gradually regained its strength and traded between 11.5 and 13 pesos for most of the period between 2011-2014, albeit with a couple of brief forays into 14.


However, since the autumn of 2014, the Mexican peso came under renewed pressure, consistently selling at rates well above 15 pesos to the dollar.


In September 2016, the currency breached the psychologically-significant 20-peso to the US dollar level at exchange houses and retail banks, with its weakness attributed to falling world oil prices (Mexico is the world's fourth largest oil producer in the Western Hemisphere), a general rise in the value of the US dollar, and uncertainty in the run-up to US elections in November.


The weaker peso has its advantages and disadvantages.


To begin with, it makes Mexico's exports relatively cheaper, and therefore more competitive in the international market. Similarly, it makes vacationing in Mexico a more attractive option, and retirees living here with dollar-denominated pensions will find that their incomes stretch further when purchasing locally-produced goods.


For people with peso incomes, particularly those who travel frequently to the US, or who buy a lot of imported goods, the depreciation of the currency is a definite disadvantage.


One thing that has changed in the past 15 years or so, is that currency depreciation hasn't been reflected in high inflation in Mexico. In earlier decades, when the currency was controlled at a certain level until it became unsustainable and a devaluation was necessary, an immediate reaction in Mexico would be to put up the prices of goods and services even if they weren't directly associated with the dollar-local rents, for example. This general knee-jerk reaction, with the excuse that "es que subíó el dólar," would be reflected in general inflation, pushing up the cost of living for everyone.


This exchange rate effect has diminished in more recent times, and today a higher dollar will only add to the cost of things such as imported goods, and products that require imported components.


Currency exchange rate predictions are often based on what economists call "fundamentals"-which include things like the country's debt payments as a percentage of GDP, its trade balance (Mexico tends to have very small trade deficits), the rate of inflation, economic growth, etc.-but global economic and political events in particular have a tendency to sideswipe economists' logic: two years ago, experts and surveys predicted the Mexican peso would recover from its then-lows of 15; in the event it has moved to trade lower.


What most people want to know is what the exchange rate will do next, and here the Spanish expression "no tiene palabra", or "there are no words", is relevant. The safest answer to this question is to say that most year-out forecasts are usually wrong - probably more a matter of random error than ineptitude: a banker once described forecasting as "a mug's game".

Mexico Medical Training: There are Differences

Things you should know about health care in Mexico

Many Americans come to Mexico expecting that a dermatologist in Mexico received the same training as a dermatologist in the U.S.

We assume a doctor is a doctor and skin is skin on both sides of the border. That is a big assumption and it is well worth taking the time to get an overview of medical training and qualifying criteria in the U.S. versus Mexico.


Surprisingly there are more similarities than differences but the differences are important and are a reflection of cultural and historical realities in the north versus the south.


Training begins right after high school in Mexico and in the U.S. it is only after completion of a baccalaureate. This means that Mexican medical students are younger throughout all major milestones of medical training.


They are responsible for all aspects of patient care earlier in their life and in training. Normally it is common to have younger graduates in Mexico and older graduates in the United States.


In broad strokes the Mexican medical students tend to accept criticism and work hard at improving technique and care of their patients. Perhaps because students in the U.S. have more life experience, they may mistake it for medical experience and thus are harder to convince to follow protocol and not question orders.

One of the ways the Mexican government meets the demands for universal health care is to require all medical graduates to serve a year in government-supported networks of clinics serving remote or disadvantaged communities.

After this final year the medical student becomes a doctor and can either do a residency or go straight into practice. Because the residencies are very competitive and represent several more years of low-paying work, many medical school graduates do not pursue specialty training and remain in general practice.


Board certifications across the standard "specialties" are very similar in the U.S. and in Mexico. Specialty training here is at least three years, with many specialties requiring up to eight.


The training and certification processes are becoming more and more uniform in the two countries.

Patient survival is the ultimate measure of the quality of care. In Mexico, as in the U.S., patient survival is directly related to the treating physician's training and education. This means completing a residency as well as engaging in post-graduate medical education.


Compared to the U.S., quality control of private medical services in Mexico is a bit more slack. Once graduated either as a general practitioner or specialist, a doctor can set up office and never again read a medical journal or participate in continuing education if they so choose. And, some claim to be certified in a specialty when they are not. Less stringent oversight of private practice makes this more common in Mexico than in the United States.


So how can you make sure your chosen doctor is up to date in his field or truly qualified for the procedures he's performing? What can you do to ensure that you are in the best possible hands?


The following websites contain information about physician training and certification. If your physician does not appear at these sites you are encouraged to ask them why not. They should always be able to document their training and continuing education.


* At www.cedulaprofesional.sep.gob.mx you can check both the general medical and specialty license. Make sure your provider has a medical license, known as a cédula profesional. Note that the site is in Spanish and requires knowing the doctor's complete name.


* Board examinations are called Exámenes del Consejo and each specialty has its own website. You can look up consejo mexicano de followed by the name of the specialty and check when a doctor obtained his boards and if he recertified. For example, Cardiology Boards are www.consejomexcardiologia.org.mx.


* Recertification is important because it requires physicians to attend medical meetings, publish and teach, etc. This translates into better, more current practice. Most specialties require recertification at least every five years.


Also, many doctors are members of the American Academy of their specialty and thus meet the stringent training and education criteria required of their members.


Finally, physicians practicing in government certified hospitals, public or private, are required to have all their certifications in order.

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead 




The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life.  When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment.


Celebrating The Day of the Dead has a long history in Mexican Tradition.  The Day of the dead is celebrated on November 2nd.  Sometime one hears reference to "the days of the Dead" which refers to the Days of October 31 - November 2.  October 31 is Halloween or All Hallows eve. November 1 is "el Dia de los innnocentes" or the day of the children and All Saints Day.  November second is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead.


Some Christian's hold to the belief structure that every day should be treated like Christmas, - as every day Christ's love is born and should be celebrated.  Therefore, the positive, compassionate attitude that is associated with the Christmas season would ideally be maintained throughout the year.  Christmas Day is celebrated formally to remind us of this value.  The day of the Dead is similar.  During the days of the Dead, some believe that the souls of the departed return to earth to visit with and to provide council or give advice to family and loved ones.  There is a belief that this is true every day, but that November 2nd is the day set aside to remember and honor those who have passed.          


In Mexico, there is a tradition of visiting grave sites.  Unlike the United States where graveyards are privately owned and maintained, graveyards in Mexico are often publicly owned or managed by local churches.  It is up to the families of the deceased and other community members to maintain the graves. 


During the days of the dead, the family often takes the opportunity to visit the grave site and pull weeds, clean any debris and decorate the graves of loved ones.  Often candles, flowers and the favorite foods of the deceased are placed on the grave and the family visits, eats, sings and tells favorite stories about those who have passed.


In the United States or for those for whom visiting the grave site is not possible, (often graveyards are closed during the evening hours) the tradition has been adapted.  Many set up altars in their homes and often communities host a variety of events. Altars are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones.


Food placed on the altar consists of the loved ones favorite dishes and treats.  Drinks should be placed in the altar to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home.  In many villages it is customary to offer alcoholic beverages.  Salt is considered the spice of life and is one the staples that are often left at the altar.  The scents of marigolds as well as burning copal (a resin of the copal tree) are thought to be most beloved by the spirits of the dead and invite them back home.


The rituals used to celebrate the day are varied and colorful.  Yet, all carry the same message, celebrating the day of the dead is a true celebration of life.   



Understanding Dia de los Muertos
              Understanding Dia de los Muertos
Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin)

Calabaza en Tacha, or Candied Pumpkin, is a traditional Mexican recipe of calabaza (a type of winter squash) cooked in brown sugar cane syrup. It is said that this recipe dates back to pre-Hispanic times in Mexico, when the native Tarascans living in the northwestern state of Michoacán sweetened pumpkins with honey. Now, in Mexico, Calabaza en Tacha is traditionally prepared especially for the Day of the Dead but it is great any time that fresh pumpkins are available.

As the calabaza cooks in the sugar cane, it becomes sweet and tender, while taking on the color and taste of the syrup glaze.

Serves 8


Prep time: 15 min.

Total time: 1 hr., 10 min.



1 calabaza (4-5 lbs.) or other 4-5 lb. winter squash, like butternut squash or sugar pumpkin

2 cones(8 oz. each) GOYA® Brown Sugar Cane - Piloncillo 

1 orange, zested and juiced (about 2 tbsp. zest and ¼ cup juice)

4 GOYA® Cinnamon Sticks



Cut calabaza in half. Scoop out seeds and stringy flesh. Discard stringy flesh, and reserve seeds for another use, if desired. Cut calabaza into 3" pieces; set aside.
2. Add 8 cups water to medium heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar cane cones. Bring water to boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Stir in orange juice, orange zest and cinnamon sticks. Add reserved calabaza pieces to sugar mixture; return sugar mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, without stirring, until calabaza is completely tender and syrup seeps into flesh, about 30 minutes.
Using large slotted spoon, transfer cooked calabaza to serving tray. Cover with foil; set aside. Using slotted spoon, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and any loose calabaza skins from liquid.
Return liquid to boil over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces to thick syrup that coats the back of spoon (about 3 cups), 25-30 minutes.
Drizzle reserved calabaza with syrup; Serve calabaza warm, or at room temperature. Alternately, ladle reserved calabaza into small serving bowl, drizzle with syrup and serve with milk or ice cream.

All Expats Can Safely be Considered Gringos

 Bodie Kellogg

A 1786 definition says the word comes from griego, Spanish for Greek

Is it an odious term that only applies to obnoxious Caucasians with sunburned skin, bright clothing and abominable behavior? Can only Americans be gringos, or do Canadians also qualify? What about Brits or Jamaicans?


When I first talked to some of my Mexican friends about the origins of the word gringo, I was told it began during the Mexican revolution when the U.S. soldiers were chasing Pancho Villa across the border into Mexico.


As the story goes, the U.S. troops wore green uniforms and the Mexican people would shout "green go" whenever they encountered the solders.


After pondering this suspiciously convenient interpretation, I had to ask myself a couple of questions. First of all, why would Mexicans shout something in English to the soldiers? If they wanted to say green go, shouldn't they have been shouting"vete verde?"

The other real problem with this anecdote is that the U.S. Army wore tan-colored uniforms during that time period, not green. Plus, what peasant in his right mind would shout something that could be construed as hateful to a large group of armed and angry men.


I have also had explained to me, by Mexicans and Anglos alike, that the word came out of the Mexican-American war of 1846. In this version, the American soldiers sang the song "Green Go the Rushes, Oh" while marching through the countryside. 


So again, the origin comes from the bastardization of the words "green go." If either of these two wartime scenarios was correct, it would mean that only Americans could properly be called gringos and I know this would deeply disappoint a lot of Canadians.


The first dictionary which listed the word gringo was published in Madrid, Spain, in the year 1786. The word was then defined as any foreigner who has any type of accent which would prevent them from speaking perfect Castillian Spanish.


That dictionary cited the word griego (Greek) as the root word from which gringo evolved. Evidentially, several hundred years ago in Castillian Spain any language that wasn't Spanish sounded like "Greek" to them. There are some days I feel a bit like that myself.

Since 1786 is the oldest written reference to gringo and doesn't require a stretch of the imagination, I am going to go with this one as being the most likely basis of this frequently used word. Besides, by this definition the Brits and the Jamaicans as well as Canadians can correctly be called gringos, which is only fair.


So should you be offended if someone calls you a gringo? Is being called a gringo such a shameful thing? Will we need to form gringo support groups to bolster the diminishing self-respect suffered by those encumbered with this questionable moniker?


Even though the term started out as derogatory in 18th-century Spain, it has moderated through the years into a general designation for Anglos in Mexico. However, as with everything in the Spanish language, context and emphasis defines the ultimate intended connotation.

When you high-five your Mexican buddy and he calls you a pinche gringo, it is a term of endearment, but when shouted by strangers and accompanied with expletives and rude hand gestures, it is to be considered disparaging.We can never totally evade or avoid our gringoness, but with time and attention we can to strive to shed some of the boorish layers, and blend a little bit more into life in Mexico.


So if you are not quite sure just how much of a gringo you are, this might help:


* If you are overcome with nausea when you pass through the meat section of the mercado, you might be a gringo.

* If you use your turn signals often and your horn rarely while driving, you might be a gringo.

* If you find yourself planning fundraisers and painting orphanages in your spare time, you might be a gringo.

* If you answer your Mexican phone with "hello," you are a gringo who needs more Mexican friends.

* If you feed the street cats and dogs in your neighborhood, you are a pet-friendly gringo.

* If you attract roving trinket vendors like buzzards to a carcass and then actually buy from them, you are most likely a gringo tourist.

* If you show up at your Mexicans friend's wedding wearing plaid shorts and a tank top, you are an uncultured gringo.

* If you think Taco Bell is the Mexican phone company, you are a gringo who just fell off the Love Boat.

* If you have purchased enough candy and flowers from little children to open a small tienda, you are a culturally sensitive gringo.
* If you actually stop and talk when confronted with timeshare salespeople, you are most certainly a gringo who has been in Mexico less than a day.
* If you become frustrated and angry when communicating with the locals because they don't speak enough English, you are really a gringo, and you should consider learning some Spanish.

Let me know if you would like links to any of the earlier ones. (There are over 5 years worth now)

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1 Bedroom North Building

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Check out this beautiful, fully furnished, one bedroom condo at the Sonoran Spa Resort. Convenient 2nd floor location allows for easy access to beach, pools, Jacuzzis, store, restaurant, etc. Currently rented on a one  year lease but could be a great vacation rental as well. The price is right and you need to see this condo. 

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Sonoran Sea W107
2BR Ground floor

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Here is a popular ground floor condo priced to sell. These units don't come up for sale often. Beautifully furnished and great rental history are just the beginnings. Walk right out your door and to the pool and beach. Embrace the fabulous unobstructed beachfront views of the Sea of Cortez. This one is already getting alot of attention so act quickly and don't miss out on this fantastic bargain.

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Sonoran Sky 701
4BR Premium End Unit

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This condo must be seen to be believed. Panoramic views down the beach in both directions. The owners are anxious to sell and are offering a great price. This is the lowest priced 4 bedroom at the Sky. This could be a great rental - perfect for your family, friends, or a group purchase. Call our office for more details. This one could be your dream come true.

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Sonoran Sea W601
3 BR Premium End Unit

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Complete custom condo with nothing but the absolute top end finishes, appliances, and furnishings. The list is just too long to print here but please go to the link and check out everything that is offered with this beauty. You certainly will be glad that you did. Come see it soon because it won't last for long!

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Sonoran Sun E703   
2 BR East Building  

Just 25% gets you in the door! Great price on this beautiful  2 bedroom at the Sun. Views all the way down the beach and to the new Home Port. In the future, you can watch the cruise ships coming and going from your own private beachfront paradise.  This condo is priced to sell and it is very nicely furnished and ready to go. Brand new stainless appliances. Come see it today.


Sonoran Spa E802
2 BR Top Floor


This unit is very nicely furnished and has some of the best views in town. Completely upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Did I mention the views? This is a super nice turn-key condo and you can't go wrong with the great price. Come and see it soon.

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Sonoran Spa W609
2BR Premium Patio

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Beautiful two bedroom condo with huge extended patio for entertaining. Owner will carry with 40% down. Great Views!

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Sonoran Sea E802
2BR East Building

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This is a great price on a fantastic condo at the Sea. The views from this condo are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the Sunsets and the future cruise ships from the comfort of your private oceanfront terrace. Nicely furnished and ready to go. Come and see this one today before it's too late.

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Sonoran Sun W212
1 Bedroom West Building

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Brand new listing and priced lower than any other one bedroom at the Sonoran Sun Resort. This condo has been totally remodeled and is in perfect condition. It provides excellent rental income and would be a fantastic investment - or just keep it all for your own personal use. Either way, you can't go wrong on this one. Call or stop by and talk with one of our Sales Representatives today! You'll be glad you did.

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Sonoran Sky 1502
3BR Penthouse

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The best of the best. Super luxurious 3 bedroom, 3 bath penthouse at the Sonoran Sky Resort. Priced to sell on the private penthouse floor. This is one of those condos that you just need to see to believe. You really can't put a price on the views from this condo.
Photos coming soon...

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Sonoran Spa E504
2BR East Building

  Non-Rental Condo!   

This condo is very nicely furnished, turnkey ready to go and has some of the best views on Sandy Beach. One day soon, you'll watch the ships roll in from your very own private terrace. This condo is a non-rental and it shows. Nicely furnished and just waiting for you. Give us a call or stop by the on-site sales office today! 

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Sonoran Sun E101  
3BR Ground Floor

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This is one of the few condos that really must be seen to be appreciated. It is a ground floor, end unit with more privacy than you would expect in a resort. Right on the beach and near everything, yet far enough from the pool and pool bar to give make it quiet and peaceful. These condos rarely come up for sale so please come and check it out right away. Beautifully furnished and turn-key ready to go. This condo has never been used as a rental and was always meticulously cared for by the owners.

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Sonoran Spa W603
2 BR West Building - 1/4 Share

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This is a great condo with absolutely stunning beachfront views at the Sonoran Spa Resort. How often will you use a condo in Rocky Point? Maybe owning a 25% interest is the answer for you. If you are looking for a truly turn-key beauty, this is it.  Great price. Great views. Ready to go. You can't lose on this one. Take a look!

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Sonoran Spa N807
1 B R Top Floor


Top floor one bedroom condo available at the Sonoran Spa Resort is priced to sell. Great views and nicely furnished. This condo is ready to go and it can be yours. Contact one of our Agents for more information.

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  Sonoran Spa N502
1 Bedroom North Building


  Super nice1 bedroom at the Sonoran Spa and the best priced condo in all of the Sonoran Resorts. Great potential as a rental or you can keep it all for yourself. Prices are going up and this condo won't be around for long. Come and take a look. You won't be disappointed.

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Sonoran Sun E509
3 Bedroom Premium

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This 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Premium condo must be seen to be appreciated. Great price and ready to move in and enjoy This one is a Must See beauty with ocean front views beyond belief. Just 20% down and your in.

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Sonoran Sun W101
3 BD Ground Floor End Unit

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Fantastic Views  of Sea of Cortez and Old Port from this ground floor Beach Front end unit with wrap around patio. Non rental unit with lots of privacy. Beautifully furnished and turn-key ready to go. This would make a super rental, or keep it all for yourself. Come and see this one. You're sure to be very impressed.

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Sonoran Sky 1010
4 BR Premium End Unit

This is one of those condos that absolutely has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Premium end unit with wraparound terrace and views forever. You can see all the way from Old Port to the new Home Port from the comfort of your luxurious 4 bedroom condo. Impeccably furnished and ready to go. Be sure to come and see this one as soon as you can. It won't last long.

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Sonoran Spa W310  

3BR West End Unit


This spacious 3 bedroom end unit condo at the Sonoran Spa is a great buy. Lots of room and fantastic beachfront views. Very nicely furnished and ready to move right in. Rental income is an option or keep it all for yourself.  Be the proud owner of this beachfront beauty. Call or stop by one of our sales offices today for more details.

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We are Rocky Point's one and only exclusive and dedicated team who have always, and will always, sell Sonoran Resorts and ONLY Sonoran Resorts!
If you are looking for a team of  real professionals who specialize in Puerto Penasco's best family of "True Beachfront" resorts, you've found us, and we are here to serve you.

Whether Buying or Selling, no one can serve you better when it comes to the Sonoran Resorts. We have been here since the beginning, and we will be here for you when you need us.

We don't just sell the Sonoran Resorts, we ARE the Sonoran Resorts. We work directly with the Developers, the HOAs, and the Rental companies.

We really can help you in ways that no one else can.






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Sonoran Sales Group