September 2019
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Well, another month has sped by already. Time goes so quickly. It's still hot and humid here but the end is near and the town is packed full of tourists for the holiday weekend happening right now. The resorts are all full and everyone seems to be having a great time. It doesn't look like heat and humidity have had any effect at all on the number of visitors over the summer. Of course next month, October, is one of the very best months of the year for perfect weather, so if you can't make it down this month, be sure to come during the next.
 
September means fresh shrimp as this is the month that commercial shrimping officially begins after a several month hiatus in order to allow proper management of the little delicacies to avoid a decline in the population. The exact date varies year by year depending on expert reports outlining details of the population and other important data.
 
This month is also the month for Mexico's Independence Day and all of the celebrations that go along with the very festive holiday. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day and was only a localized battle which, somehow, became more popular in the USA than did the actual date of the holiday. In any case, you'll want to visit if you can to enjoy the celebrations and great food and music.
 
If you need a Mexican last will and testament for any reason, September is also the best month to have it prepared as this month is recognized by Notarios across Mexico as "will month" and most offer significant discounts for the preparation service. Let me know if you would like contact information for a professional who can assist you.
 
Labor Day is the unofficial beginning of the busy fall season and we usually see an increased number of visitors from now through around Thanksgiving, after which, things calm down a bit until the spring. That is certainly not to say that the town will be slow or the resorts will be empty though. At this point, Rocky Point gets many visitors all year round. But, if you like the busier times, pick the spring and fall or pretty much any holiday, and if you prefer fewer people, you can come in the Late Summer or during January or February. Better yet, just come as often as you can and enjoy yourself. That seems to work best for most people.

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 11 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. 
    
 Please check out some of our condos for sale along the right column.
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Besides our website, you can also see our listings at the following:
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Phoenix Association of Realtors MLS
Prescott Association of Realtors MLS
Northern Arizona Association of Realtors MLS
Pick up a handout at any of our Sonoran Resorts
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Various Real Estate and Trade shows in AZ, NV, and CA

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Sonoran Resorts   Spa - Sea - Sun - Sky
602-476-7511

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Sonoran Resorts Las Vegas Night Donations Have Begun

 

To begin the donation list from Las Vegas Night we were able to present funds to the DIF Youth Scolarship program which helps hard working young people in town stay in school. This program, which is one of the projects which First Lady Linda Pivac is most focused upon, helps with tuition, uniforms, books and backpacks, and even provides a community living house in Mexicali for some deserving students who attend UABC University. 




Second in line was the charity "Steps of Love" founded and run by Rocky Point enthusiast, Kathleen Duncan. Steps of Love is a US-based nonprofit organization that develops programming, creates infrastructure, and provides support that empowers the community members of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico to break the cycle of poverty. Education is their top priority. Learn more by visiting their website: https://stepsoflove.org

Stay tuned for more donation information coming next month...
Puerto Peñasco Certified as Longest Level II Sustainable Beach in Mexico
 
 
    
The Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification recently acknowledged Puerto Peñasco's Sandy Beach as the longest Level II recreational sustainable beach in the country.  Members of Puerto Peñasco's Clean Beach Committee attended the National Sustainable Beaches Gathering held August 22 nd in Mexico City, where they were presented with this most recent certificate.

Puerto Peñasco's Level II certification comes two years after having been awarded the "White Flag" as a sustainable beach and compliance with a series of regulations and strict standards regarding cleanliness, safety, and environmental education.  Those involved in the certification process have included resorts along Sandy Beach starting from Playa Bonita and the Playa Bonita RV Park to the condominium complexes of Sonoran Sky, Puerta Privada, and Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort. Environmental groups, civil society and schools from all academic levels, along with business leaders and the local government also played an important part in achieving Level II certification.

Marcia Ortega Morales and Luis Cesar García of the local Clean Beaches Committee were presented with the certificate acknowledging Puerto Peñasco's Level II sustainable clean beach certification. At the gathering, the two Clean Beach Committee members also presented a talk on the success of regulations when working toward sustainable beach certification in Puerto Peñasco.

This acknowledgment, in addition to offering safety and peace of mind to beachgoers consisting of tourists and residents alike, encourages society to comply with regulations while keeping this beach clean, along with all others throughout Puerto Peñasco.

The certified sustainable beach stretches 1522 meters along Sandy Beach, and is only surpassed by a Level III beach in Tamaulipas.  Sandy Beach is currently the only certified clean beach in Sonora. 

Shrimp Season 2019 Start Dates Confirmed 
 
 

Shrimp Season 2019 officially begins in the estuarine lagoon systems, marshes and bays of central, northern and southern Sinaloa, Nayarit, Colima, Jalisco and the Upper Gulf of California on September 24th, and in the areas of Sonora on September 21st.
 
The National Vedas Committee, with the participation of the representatives of the coastal and offshore fishing sector, agreed on the start dates of the 2019 season of shrimp capture in bays, estuaries, coastlines and open sea in the Pacific Ocean.
 
After the presentation of the National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Inapesca) of the results of the assessment of shrimp populations on the Pacific Ocean coast, it was agreed to lift the temporary closure for fishing of all existing shrimp species.
 
After the exchange of positions among producers, Inapesca reported that, based on the results of the distribution, abundance, growth and migration studies, it was concluded that:
 
Shrimp species completed their reproductive cycle during the 2019 closed season, within the average pattern.
The abundances are lower compared to 2018 in most lagoon systems and marine areas.
The sizes are similar to 2018 in most lagoon systems and marine areas.
The projection scenarios indicate that the 50 percent migration process will occur around the lunar effect between September 23 and 26.
 
Inapesca said that the technical and scientific studies have as a main objective, an effort to maximize the use of the shrimp resource in terms of weight, biomass and utility, for which biological samples were carried out in the lagoon, riverbank, high seas and plants to evaluate the development reproductive, growth, migration and recruitment of shrimp.
 
In the same way, meetings were held with the productive sector during the 2019 period, with the purpose of fostering respect from the scientific information of the Institute the reproductive cycle of the organisms so that they reach the Commercial sizes for the benefit of the productive value chain.
 
It should be noted that the agreed dates have no scope in legal terms until the Official Gazette of the Federation is published.

How Safe is Your Cash in Mexico?


  
A recent news story about lost money transfers, and memories of the bail-ins in Cyprus has possibly got people concerned about how safe their money is, even in a bank.
 
It may also seem natural to wonder whether Mexico, with its history of currency devaluations, financial blowouts, bank nationalizations, and periods of runaway inflation, might not be a risky place to keep savings.
 
It may come as a surprise, therefore, to learn that Mexico's banks are well capitalized and were among the first in the world to fully implement the new stricter capital standards set by international financial regulators, known as Basel III.
 
When you deposit money at a bank, you are lending money to the firm, thus becoming its creditor. The higher a bank's level of capital, the better it is equipped to absorb losses in times of crisis, therefore making it safer for its creditors.
 
Mexico's solid banking system, which even allowed it to weather the 2008-2009 crisis without too much problem beyond a non-critical increase in past-due loans, is the result of tough lessons learned during the so-called Tequila Crisis of 1994 and 1995. Poor lending practices at that time were painfully brought to light by a series of political crises that led to massive capital flight, a peso devaluation, soaring interest rates, and the failure of a number of significant banks as they were unable to recover loans. People lost jobs, cars, homes and businesses, and it took at least another decade for the country's banks to start any significant lending again to consumers. The government bailed out the banks to the tune of US$100 billion.
 
Mexico established limited deposit insurance in the wake of that financial crisis, replacing the blanket coverage under the previous system, which caused not only a major economic headache but also a political stink. The original bank deposit protection fund, Fobaproa, was replaced by the current bank savings protection institute known as IPAB.
 
What does IPAB cover?
 
IPAB insures bank deposits in qualifying institutions for up to 400,000 UDIs, which are inflation indexed currency units. One UDI is currently worth about 6.28 pesos, so the total amount of money insured by IPAB is just over 2.5 million pesos (about US$128,000). The value of the UDI is updated and and published daily on the Bank of Mexico's web site.
 
IPAB protects money up to the value of 400,000 UDIs in savings accounts, checking accounts, debit cards, payroll accounts, and certain investment accounts such as term deposits and certificates of deposit. Detailed information on the qualifying institutions and the kind of deposits that are insured by IPAB, and on the limitations of the cover, is available in on the institute's website at www.gob.mx/ipab; an A-Z list of covered institutions can be found here.
 
A variety of financial institutions operate in Mexico offering deposit accounts and investment vehicles that, while perfectly legal, are not covered by the IPAB public insurance scheme. In the event of any problems that may arise, depositors may lose part or all of their deposits or investments as happened recently in this case with Monex.
 
Care should be taken to ensure that the organization where your deposits are held, and/or types of investments held, are protected under the scheme. Don't take the institute's word on it, cross-check directly with IPAB, which provides a list of banks, financial institutions and types of investment that are covered.
 
Clearly the safest place to keep savings in Mexico is at one of the larger banks, or one of those regulated by the government. Interest rates aren't particularly high, but offers of higher yields from non-regulated investment firms also carry significant risk of losing your money to fraud, or if the firm gets into operational difficulties.
 
Another safe place to consider for parking your money in Mexico is in government bills and bonds. A number of banks offer different funds that invest in such instruments, although the government also has a program where individuals can buy those securities directly; you can find information online at www.cetesdirecto.com.

Puerto Penasco Native Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada Wins by TKO, Retaining Title



On Saturday, August 24, before his home crowd in Mexico, Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada made the first defense of the super flyweight title of the World Boxing Council (WBC) title, after defeating Dewayne Beamon by TKO in the ninth round.
 
Estrada dropped Beamon twice to the canvas and defeated him in dominant fashion.
 
For the entire fight, Estrada maintained precision in his punching, with hooks the rained down and hurt the American challenger. The punishment was non-stop as the contest played out, and the referee decided to stop the fight in the ninth.
 
With this win, Estrada improved his professional record to 40-3, and 27 by way of knockout, while the challenger dropped down to 16-2-1, and 11 by knockout.
 
Before the contest, Estrada said that he was going to pursue a unification showdown with WBA world champion Kal Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs).
 
Yafai was in action back in June, when he won a dominant twelve round decision over Norbelto Jimenez.
 
"Now we're go for the unification, we're going for (Kal) Yafai and we are going to win that championship, and bring it back to Sonora," said the Mexican world champion, who expects that fight to take place by the end of the year.
 
Estrada recently signed a co-promotional contract with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Hearn is also the promoter for Yafai - which makes their unification bout easy to put together.
 
The date for the fight is unknown, but Estrada believes the contest may land on December 7th in Saudi Arabia - as part of the undercard to the highly anticipated rematch between IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz and challenger Anthony Joshua.

Mayor Kiko Munro Visits Tucson to Promote Puerto Penasco


 
Known as Arizona's beach and the best destination in northwestern Mexico is exactly what Puerto Penasco has become in recent years, said Mayor Kiko Munro during his presentation at the annual meeting of Sister Cities from Arizona-Sonora.
 
The mayor of Puerto Peñasco highlighted the great work that the governors of Sonora and Arizona, Claudia Pavlovich and Doug Ducey, have done to strengthen the development of the so-called Megaregion, Sonora-Arizona, which boosts economic development, tourism, border crossings, culture, transportation, and more.
 
Accompanied by Leonardo Ciscomani Freaner, Undersecretary of Development Economic of Sonora; Luis Felipe García, executive vice president of "Visit Tucson"; Christian Price, president of the League of Cities and Peoples of Arizona, the mayor thanked the group for the invitation to participate in the annual program of activities organized by the Ministry of Economy (Sonora), and the Maricopa Association of Government.
 
Mayor Munro gave thanks for the promotional gains that have been achieved in the last 4 years, while government management Puerto Peñasco has continued to contribute to a safe destination for visitors. 2.5 million people last year, he said, and there is a great opportunity for business development and for Investors.
 
Mayor Kiko Munro also took the opportunity to invite his counterparts and special guests to visit Puerto Peñasco on December 7, to witness as the Astoria cruise line of Cruise Maritime Voyages departs on its maiden voyage from Rocky Point.
 
Finally, the mayor of Puerto Peñasco urged the authorities present to continue achieving agreements and to work in continuing joint cooperation between both entities to strengthen the Megaregion so that Peñasco, Sonora and Arizona continue to do well together.
 
Kiko Munro delivers strategic projects to the Pima County Administrator
 
Within the work agenda activities of Mayor Kiko Munro in the city of Tucson, Arizona, he met with Chuck Hucklberry, Pima County Administrator, to whom he delivered projects strategic for the continuation of development and economic growth of Puerto Peñasco. Projects such as the desalination plant, commercial loading port, as well as the next Arrival of cruises, were main topics discussed during the meeting.

Months of Coordinated Efforts and Protocol Precede Arrival of First Cruise Line through Sea of Cortez



With the highly anticipated arrival of the Astoria cruise ship on the horizon, a recent meeting addressed topics related to migration procedures for passengers, boarding, ship authorizations, transfers, and hotels, among other details in preparation for the influx of cruise-goers for the December 7th departure into the Sea of Cortez.
 
COFETUR (Sonora Tourism Promotion Commission) deputy coordinator Héctor Platt emphasized the need for commitment and coordination among migration, customs, and maritime agencies in facilitating and speeding up entry at the border and other arrival points along the cruise ship's route.
 
John Dennis, Operations Director for Cruise and Maritime Voyages, encouraged the readiness of representatives in initiating necessary procedures for the launch of the first "Astoria" cruise.
 
"This is a coordinated effort. We are going to work with the navy, the state of Arizona, and with the people of Puerto Peñasco," detailed Dennis, "We must develop a naval plan for ports, and work with hotels and tour operators in Puerto Peñasco."
 
Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), expressed appreciation for the willingness of migration and naval authorities in being present, calling on them to strengthen coordination for entry procedures so the Sea of Cortez cruise may begin in the best way possible.
 
 
Those present at the coordinated meeting included Juan de los Santos Quintero, Terencio Gutiérrez on behalf of the local administration, FONATUR representative Martin Martínez, representatives from the Sonoyta customs office, Port Captain Luis Castro Galan, Julio Cesar Navarro Contreras from the National Migration Institute, Puerto Peñasco OCV Director and Secretary Lizette Ibarra and Oscar Palacio Soto, among other representatives.
 
A meeting was also held with hotel directors, rental and tour operators. COFETUR deputy coordinator Héctor Platt, Cruise and Maritime Voyages Operations Director John Dennis, and Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lizette called on hoteliers to close ranks and put their trust in the arrival of the cruise that will transverse the Sea of Cortez.
 
"It's important hoteliers feel support and security, that there is a close relationship with the ship; this is not something improvised but rather two years of effort in working with tremendous passion on what is now a reality," explained the COFETUR representative.
 
John Dennis of Cruise and Maritime Voyages explained arrival and passenger transfer procedures through what will serve as the terminal, the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, inviting hoteliers to work with the cruise company in offering their services. The goal is for the Sea of Cortez cruise season to welcome 3,000 cruise-goers, particularly from the United States. Hotel representative Oscar Palacio Soto emphasized the importance of joining the project, which will begin operations this December and benefit the hotel and service sectors during the generally slower Winter season.
 
The meeting offered an opportunity to address concerns as to housing options and transfers for cruise-goers, with the proposal of arriving in Puerto Peñasco at least two nights prior to cruise departure. Furthermore, the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau made the commitment to develop a directory of lodging options at area hotels and condominium complexes, as well as of transportation services and tour operators.
 
Héctor Platt of COFETUR invited all present to take part in this new journey, which will certainly bring with it the need to readdress flights to the area, representing a before and after in the history of the Sea of Cortez.

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.


  
   
Puerto Peñasco has Received 1.6 Million Visitors this Year-to-Date

In the first eight months of 2019, Puerto Peñasco has been visited by more than 1,600,000 tourists, a figure that follows the trend of tourism that chose this destination during the same period of 2018, Héctor Vazquez del Mercado, president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau announced.

From 2012 to 2018, Puerto Peñasco had a growth trend in the number of visitors between 5 and 10% annually, numbers that have been positive for the city and that have been maintained over the course of this current year.

The month of July, as is regularly the case, has been the month with the highest number of visitors as the summer vacations of the United States and of Mexico coincide.


 
        
  
   
Blanco & Negro - Black and White Ball 2019

It's that time of year again when the locals and the visitors all get together, don their black and white formal attire, and attend a super fun night of food, music, and dancing to support a very good cause. This event is a long standing tradition in Rocky Point and it has grown in popularity year after year. Proceeds from this even will help the DIF City sponsored charity to provide education assistance to those students needing a helping hand. This year, the event will be held at the Municipal Convention Center on October 19th. Please plan to attend this fun event if you can. You won't be disappointed. 

     
 
    
   
Another Warning of Sand Drifts Covering Highways

In the desert near the ocean, there is bound to be a lot of sand. Add some frequent strong winds to that sand and, inevitably, the sand blow and cause drifts - sometimes on highways. The worst seems to be the highway that runs from Puerto Penasco to El Golf de Santa Clara, also known as the Coastal Highway. There have been many accidents and a few fatalities caused by drivers who were surprised by the drifts. Most often, the accidents happen at night or by drivers using excessive speed as both cases make the drifts hard to see in time to avoid them. 

The City of Puerto Penasco has been diligent in getting the drifts removed as quickly as possible but Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate, so please drive carefully and be aware that these dangerous obsacles may be present. Most recently the worst have been in the area between km 54 and km 90 and also beware of the area between km 94 and km 100 as there are some potholes. 





   
Rocky Point Rally 2019 is Just Around the Corner

This will be the 19th year for the Rocky Point Rally in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora (aka Rocky Point), welcoming nearly 10,000 bikers from across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada each November for 4 days of fiesta, rides, music, and more on the shore of the Sea of Cortez. Donation registration, along with proceeds from Rally events (bike show, poker run) go to seven local charities including: Breast Cancer awareness group, home for the elderly, school for children with special needs, Children's and Family Services organizations in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta (DIF), the Fire Department, and the local Red Cross.

 
 
    
 
 
Mexican Banks Becoming Stricter on Currency Accepted

Banks in Mexico have always been very strict about accepting currency which is torn and taped, missing a corner, or heavily worn. There are many times that you can receive a bill at an OXXO one day and the very next day, the bank will refuse to accept the bill. The same strict policy applies to US currency. Recently banks have begun refusing to accept bills with writing, stamps, or graffiti of any sort. Because of the policies of the banks, most businesses in town will also refuse to accept currency in these conditions. Obviously, if the business owner can not deposit the bill in the bank, they won't want to accept it from you. It would be prudent to check your bills and spend the marked ones in the USA, where the banks don't seem to be as strict. 

  
       
 
   
Santa Claus Club to Host Cornhole Tournament

Always fun and all for a good cause, the upcoming cornhole tournament at JJ's Cantina is right around the corner. Make plans to enter and, even if you don't want to enter to win cash and prizes, you can show up to cheer on your favorite players. Event to be held on October 26th in Cholla Bay.
September: Mexico's Month of Flags and Parties


 
Walk around almost any town or city in Mexico during the month of September and you'll see streets, town squares, schools, shops, and commercial centers being dressed in patriotic decorations showing-off a display of reds, whites, and greens- Mexico's official colors.
 
Ambulant vendors selling Mexican flags are everywhere during the first half of September. If you're looking for a Mexican flag, this is the easiest time of year to acquire one, as almost every major street corner has someone selling them, from the small plastic flags which attach to a car or window, to colossal flags of monumental proportions-and everything in between.
 
September 16th is Mexico's official Independence Day and a national holiday. On the night of September 15th, state officials in towns and cities across the country re-enact Miguel Hidalgo's pre-dawn grito de independencia (cry of independence), which originally took place in the small town of Dolores Hidalgo, near San Miguel de Allende, in 1810. The festivities which take place to celebrate the country's independence are some of the liveliest you'll experience in Mexico.
 
The most popular provincial cities to attend for Independence Day celebrations are San Miguel de Allende and nearby Dolores Hidalgo-the 'cradle towns' of the independence movement. Other popular provincial cities where lively celebrations take place include Guanajuato, Querétaro, Oaxaca, and Puebla, although celebrations are national and every town and city will mark the occasion in its town square.
 
In Mexico City, the capital's zócalo (main square) swells with thousands of people who attend to hear the country's President re-enact the grito from the balcony of the National Palace. If you want to experience the atmosphere of Independence Day celebrations in downtown Mexico City on the night of the 15th, it's advisable to arrive early, and use the capital's Metro system to get there and away. (Line 2 of the Metro takes you to the heart of the city: alight at the station named 'Zocalo' and you'll step-up and out from there on to the city's main square.)
 
Traditionally, egg-shells filled with confetti are thrown and crushed on people during the celebrations, so we also recommend that leave your 'Sunday best' clothes in the wardrobe if you attend a local fiesta-at the town square, or elsewhere.
 
The Rocky Point Rally is the Largest Biker Fiesta in Northwestern Mexico

 

The event that began as a gathering of a few hundred motorcyclists from Arizona and Sonora in 2001 now brings together more than 9,000 bikers principally from the U.S. Southwest and Mexico.

Considered one of the most important biker rallies in the region, the Rocky Point Rally has managed to attract motorcycle and biker club lovers from Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico, as well as Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Mexico City. It has achieved such popularity that it has also attracted dedicated bikers from distances including Canada, Germany, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as Japan and the Philippines, to mention just some of the countries where rally goers have come from.

The Rocky Point Rally, which celebrates its 19 th anniversary this year, lasts four days in early November, from Thursday to Sunday, during which time the roar of the engines can be heard throughout the city along with rock and country concerts at sponsoring bars and central fiesta points such as 13th Street and the Malecon Founders.

The long-awaited biker fiesta, initially founded and still organized by local business leader Oscar Palacio Soto, includes a Saturday bike parade down Puerto Peñasco's main Blvd. Juarez, where participants throw out sweets to children who come out in appreciation to see them. The in-town "Charity Poker Run" and initial Rally registration help raise funds for several charitable organizations across the city including: the Red Cross, Fire Department, home for the elderly, cancer awareness and prevention group, a school for children with special needs, Children and Family services, as well as an educational fund.

The days of the Rocky Point Rally are filled with biker parties and motorcycles of all kinds, from sports, cruise, urban and even the most exotic. The Rally welcomes people of all ages and professions donning their best leathers. It is a time full of music and camaraderie among bikers from both sides of the border.

If you haven't witnessed the traditional motorcycle fiesta, plan for this year from November 7 th - 10 th.  The Rocky Point Rally awaits!

Goodbye to the Nun Sister Juana: New 200-Peso Note Coming This Month



The new note will feature Mexican independence icons Miguel Hidalgo and José María Morelos
Feminist poet and nun Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz will no longer adorn Mexico's 200-peso notes once new bills go into circulation in September.
 
The Bank of México (Banxico) has announced that the new bills will feature the countenances of Mexican independence icons Miguel Hidalgo and José María Morelos.
 
The bill's reverse side will feature an image of the El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a protected ecoregion in the Sonoran Desert.  
 
Banxico's Alejandro Alegre told the newspaper Milenio that bills are changed for three reasons: to apply more elements that will prevent counterfeits; to make them out of more durable, longer-lasting materials; and to incorporate features that aid the visually impaired and money counting machines in identifying them.
 
The 200-peso note is the second denomination to undergo a design change.
 
Last year, Banxico issued the new 500-peso bill, which replaced the faces of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with that of former president Benito Juárez. The change, along with that of the bill's color to blue, has caused confusion because it resembles the 20-peso note.
 
But the latter will gradually be taken out of circulation and replaced by a coin.
 
"The 20-peso bill costs less to manufacture, but lasts 40 months in circulation," said Alegre. "Whereas the coin costs more than printing a bill, but lasts more than 30 years in circulation, so [the change] makes better use of public resources."
   
One feature of Mexican currency that will not change, and for which it stands apart internationally, is the difference in the sizes of the denominations. This is another feature that helps the visually impaired identify the bills.
Mexico Tops List of Countries that Send Tourists to Arizona


 
Mexico sent more tourists to Arizona than any other foreign country last year, making it a lucrative market, one that other states are eager to capture as well.
 
Approximately 3.8 million Mexican tourists came to Arizona last year for leisure, according to a new report from the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), whose mission is to bring visitors - and their wallets - to the state.
 
Mexico was by far the top country. Canada came in No. 2 with 975,000 tourists visiting in 2018. More than half of all international tourists - 65 percent - came from Mexico, the report states.
 
"This is a really important market. It's worth investing in. It's worth paying attention to and it's worth marketing to," said Juan Ciscomani, Vice Chairman of the Board for the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC), a non-profit organization that has worked for 60 years to strengthen ties across the two borders to promote economic and social prosperity.
 
In spite of turbulent national politics over trade and immigration, tourists from Mexico continued to grow by 5.3 percent in 2018, said Becky Blaine, Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, that competes with states like California and Texas for Mexican visitors.
 
Mexican tourists spent $1.4 billion in Arizona in 2018. That accounts for more than 25 percent of the total $4.3 billion spent by all foreign visitors here last year.
 
Seventy-five percent of Mexican tourists came to shop as part of their leisure activities in 2018.
 
They reported three "top travel motivators" for visiting Arizona:
 
* Cultural and historical attractions, 63 percent
 
* Dining and gastronomy, 53 percent
 
* Urban attractions like nightlife and city tours, 52 percent  
 
Flight connections growing between Arizona and Mexico

A number of organizations and the governors' offices in both Arizona and Sonora, have worked to secure and grow this important industry. Last year was a record-breaking year with 45.4 million tourists to Arizona.
 
Major airlines, hotels and other industries have responded in kind.
 
A number of airlines announced new direct flights between Arizona and Mexico this past year. Travelers now have more options to fly to locations like Chihuahua, Hermosillo and Puerto Vallarta.
 
Enhanced safety along highway to Rocky Point

The AMC and the governors' offices in Arizona and Sonora also launched an initiative last year to enhance safety along a 63-mile stretch of federal highway between Lukeville, Arizona, and the beaches of Rocky Point in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. The new "safety corridor" includes better trained medical and law enforcement first responders and new bilingual road signs.
 
Marketing a "two-nation" travel destination

To maintain and strengthen tourism in both states, organizations and the governors' offices of both states also have worked to market the region as a "two-nation" travel destination, said Ciscomani of the AMC, who also is the Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
 
"We don't live in a world anymore where we just compete city to city in the same state," Ciscomani said. "It's now a regional effort.
 
"Combined, the two states offer everything from Rocky Point beaches to Northern Arizona ski slopes and everything in between - the shopping, the professional sports games, top notch universities to visit," he said.
 
Tourism reduces tax burden for Arizona residents

While Phoenix and Tucson attracted the most overnight visitors, every single county in the state benefited from tourism, the report shows.
 
Last year, a record-breaking 45.4 million visitors from within and outside of the U.S. came to Arizona. They spent $24.4 billion. Of that, $3.63 billion went for tax revenue including $2.1 billion into local and state coffers.
 
The taxes generated reduced the average annual tax burden for Arizona households by more than $1,360, according to the AOT report.

Infelices Para Siempre Wraps Up Filming in Puerto Peñasco


 
Filming for the Mexican romantic comedy "Infelices para Siempre" spent nearly a month in Puerto Peñasco, capturing some of the best images of what the desert and marvelous Sea of Cortez have to offer.

The feature film, starring Consuelo Duval and Adrían Uribe, produced by Jorge Aragón and directed by Noe Santillán, filmed in several locations in and around the city.  Film sets encompassed beautiful spaces at resorts, including Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort as well as Mayan Palace, as well as the Mar de Cortéz Airport, and of course representative spots of the region such as majestic dunes, the Grand Desert of Altar, craters at the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, and our spectacular beaches.

In the words of producer Jorge Aragón, they were looking for a paradisiacal spot with uncommon natural settings. They finally chose Puerto Peñasco, Sonora as the spot to tell the story "Infelices para Siempre", which also stars Livia Brito, Ari Telch, Angelica Aragón, Luis Arrieta, and Ruy Senderos, among others.

The story follows a couple, worn out after more than 20 years of marriage, whose families send them to Puerto Peñasco, where they first honeymooned, in an attempt to save their relationship.  Through a series of mishaps and repetitions, much in the style of "Groundhog Day", the two seek out a happy ending.

Cast, production, and film crew spent from July 18 th - August 15 th filming in Puerto Peñasco. This involved transporting over 100 people between technicians, makeup artists, wardrobe, and craft services. The film also several local providers including transportation, props, and services for film sets, plus many extras.

After wrapping up in Puerto Peñasco, production moved to Hermosillo where they would be filming at the airport before returning to Mexico City for editing and post-production.  The film is expected to be released in movie theaters in 2020.

Filming of this production will undoubtedly put Puerto Peñasco on the national and international map as a tourism site worth visiting! 
Traditional Guacamole 



September 16th is Mexican Independence Day, also known as "El Grito." It marks the day in 1810 when the war that led to the country's independence began. "El Grito," which means "the cry," references the "Cry of Dolores," the shout by a priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla that encouraged Mexicans to free themselves and defend their rights. After eleven years of civil war, the Treaty of Córdoba, which recognized Mexican independence, was signed in 1821. Sadly, Father Hidalgo never got to see it as he was killed by Spanish troops in 1811. He is considered the father of Mexico.
 
Today people celebrate Mexican Independence Day with flags, red, white and green flowers, lights, and parades. The historic bell from Dolores is rung by the Mexican president with shouts of "Viva Mexico" and "Viva la Independencia." Of course, there is also lots of delicious food.

Oh and September 16th is also National Guacamole Day...

Guacamole is a staple of Mexican cuisine. Although it is pretty simple to make, it can be tough to get the perfect flavor. With this authentic Mexican recipe, though, you will be an expert in no time. 

This guacamole recipe is great because it only contains fresh, nutritious ingredients, and it only takes about 10 minutes or less to make! All you need for this particular recipe is the following:
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno (optional)
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt
  • Tomato
Instructions
  • Peel the avocado and remove the core.
  • Mash the avocado until it reaches your desired consistency
  • Add the onion, jalapeno, cilantro and tomato and mix well.
  • Add lime juice and salt to taste.
Para Que Sepan



As well as its two verbs "to know," and two verbs "to be," Spanish has two different words that can be translated as "for" and which occasionally cause some confusion for people learning the language.
 
The principal difficulty can be illustrated in the following phrases:
 
Lo compré para ti - I bought it for you;
 
Lo hice por ti - I did it for you.
 
The difference is that "para" denotes purpose or end use, while por expresses motive or reason for something.
 
Por is also used to mean on behalf of, or because of. Hablo por mí - I speak for myself. Me apuro por temor a llegar tarde - I am hurrying for fear of arriving late.
 
Por also means by, through, or about. Tres por cuatro - Three by four. Caminar por la ciudad - To walk through or about the city.
 
Para translates as "to" or "in order to" when followed by a verb in its infinitive form. Trabajo para ganar dinero - I work to earn money; but "so that" when followed by que and a verb in the subjunctive: lo digo para que sepas - I say it so that you know.
 
In some phrases, the two words can be interchangeable, such as por siempre and para siempre - both mean forever. "Forever and ever" is often rendered por siempre y para siempre.
 
Both words can also be used with qué to mean "why?" although there is a subtle difference:
 
¿Para qué preguntas? - Why do you ask? -in the sense of: for what purpose do you ask?
 
¿Por qué preguntas? - Why do you ask? -in the sense of: for what reason do you ask?






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Sonoran Spa E301
3 Bedroom End Unit
$398,000


IMPECCABLE UPGRADES AND UNBELIEVABLE VIEWS! 

NEW AGRESSIVE PRICE! 

Stop by to check out this fantastic listing at the Sonoran Spa Resort. This condo has been completely remodeled and upgraded from the ground up and it is absolutely beautiful. Listings like this don't come around often and, when they do, they always get a lot of attention. Come see this one before it's too late. You will be glad that you did. 
 
Fully furnished and turn-key ready to go. This condo has not been used as a rental but would make a terrific rental investment - or simply keep it all to yourselves. Either way, you really can't miss with this one and the price is right. Call or visit to receive more information and to tour this beautiful condo.


CALL TODAY: 602-476-7511
 
Sonoran Sky 1109
3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Luxury Condo
$599,900

     
       TRUE LUXURY 3 BEDROOM - 3 BATH! 


Beautifully furnished luxury 3 bedroom beachfront condo at the Sonoran Sky Resort. Fully furnished and turnkey ready to go. Assumable developer financing available. Never used as a rental. This one is  getting alot of attention so act quickly and don't miss out on this fantastic bargain.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sun W801  
3BR End Unit   
$549,900

NEW ATTRACTIVE TERMS AVAILABLE!
 
This condo must be seen to be appriciated. Beachfront views are spectacular. Very nicely furnished, turnkey ready to go. This end unit condo has the wrap around terrace, giving much more room to enjoy and adding to the views.
Energy saving window tinting, upgraded window coverings, stainless appliances, and more. Too many upgrades to list. Lots of interest in this condo already so don't wait too long. Give us a call or stop by the on-site sales office today! 

Call Today: 602-476-7511



Sonoran Spa W806 + Garage  
2 Bedroom Top Floor  
$350,000

 
 
TOP FLOOR BEAUTY!   FINANCING AVAILABLE!
 
INCLUDES 15'X30' GARAGE    -   TRUST ALREADY IN LLC
       
Penthouse level two bedroom beauty at the Spa for sale. Very nicely furnished and turnkey ready to go. This condo comes with a large garage and the trust is already in an Arizona LLC. Save money and quick close. Come and see this one before its gone. Call us today for an appointment!

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sky 609 
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Luxury 
$554,900


 
GREAT NEW PRICE!  
 
 This condo is beautifully furnished and total luxury combined with a great price makes this one a must-see condo. Ready to go for your family or for a great rental income. An aggressive price and motivated Sellers make this one a sure bet. Contact one of our Agents for more details. Come see this one today! 

 Call Today for Information or to Schedule a Tour

602-476-7511

Sonoran Sun W410  
1 Bedroom West Building   
$259,900
FINANCING AVAILABLE!   GREAT RENTALS!
  

Fantastic beachfront views are just the beginning for this fabulous condo. Unbelievable rental income and luxury, beautiful furnishings make it a sure win. This condo is ready to go and owners have even decided to offer seller financing. Keep it as a rental for income or just keep it for yourself and your family. Either way, you can't go wrong with this beauty. 


Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sun E304 
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 
$379,000


HUGE TERRACE!   TERMS AVAILABLE!
 
This is a very special one bedroom condo at the Sonoran Spa and won't last long. Love to entertain or just love having a huge patio for spending time enjoying the weather and the views? Then this is the condo for you. The condo is super nice and ready to go and the terrace is HUGE. You really must see it to appreciate it. This is the only one bedroom available at this time at the Sonoran Spa and it is priced to sell. If you are looking for a truly turn-key beauty, this is it.  Great price. Great views.  Ready to go. This condo is a home run. Come take a look!

Call Today: 602-476-7511


Sonoran Sky 410  
4 Bedroom 4 Bath Premium 
$850,000


FANTASTIC CONDO AT A GREAT PRICE!


Luxury four bedroom condo at the Sonoran Sky Resort featuring exquisite furnishings, wrap around terrace, and absolutely unbelievable views, all at a super great price. This  fantastic condo has it all - and it has never been used as a rental. This condo truly must be seen to be appreciated. Priced to sell too! Don't let this one pass you by. Call today.

Call Today: 602-476-7511


Sonoran Spa N701  
1 Bedroom End Unit 
$199,000 


NEW LISTING!     FANTASTIC VIEWS!      END UNIT!
 
 
Not many condos like this one come available these days, especially at this price. Being an end unit means an extra side door with double the fantastic views. This condo is super nice and is very nicely decorated and turn-key ready to go. You can't go wrong with this one. Don't wait. See this one today. 
 
Call Today: 602-476-7511

 

Sonoran Spa E501         

3 Bedroom End Unit     

$399,900      

 

 Link to Listing   

 
OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE!
   

This condo has it all. Turn key ready with views all the way down the beach . Excellent condition and just waiting for a new owner to appreciate her. Perfect for a rental or as your own Rocky Point getaway.Best priced three bedroom at the Sonoran Spa.  Call for more details or, better yet, just come and see this beauty for in person!   

Come and see this one. You'll be glad you did!       

 

 Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sky 103 
2 Bedroom Ground Floor  
$469,000
 
 UNBELIEVABLE NEW PRICE!     GROUND FLOOR SKY LUXURY! 
 
This is an opportunity that just doesn't come around very often. A fantastic, ground-floor two bedroom at the Sonoran Sky Resort for $469,000. Really? What's the catch? No catch, just hurry on over to take a look. This condo rents as well as any that we have seen and it is a money making rental machine. Also, fully furnished luxury and priced to sell quickly. 
What are you waiting for?

You need to check this one out soon. Call or visit for more details.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Spa E210 
3 Bedroom East Building 
$429,000

 
MANY UPGRADES!  OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE!  

  This condo truly has it all. Great beachfront views, beautifully furnished, upgrades throughout, turn-key ready to move in. This would make an excellent rental, with people requesting it again and again. Or, keep it as a non-rental and enjoy the beautiful condo all to yourselves. The choice is yours but you'll need to act quickly. It has already been very popular with our salespeople.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

 
Sonoran Spa W602
2 Bedroom West Building 
$276,000

PRICE REDUCED!     PRICED TO SELL!    FINANCING AVAILABLE!

This condo is ready to go and has views that will be the envy of all your friends. Fully furnished, non-rental and turn-key ready to go. Great rental potential though, if you choose to make it into an income property. Priced to sell quickly as owners moved out of the area. 

This condo must be seen to be appreciated.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sky 1403
2 Bedroom Beachfront Luxury
$479,000


FANTASTIC PRICE!  TERMS AVAILABLE!  VIEWS! VIEWS! VIEWS!

If you're looking for a model-perfect, beach-front, turn-key, total luxury condo at the Sonoran Sky for a great price, look no further. This condo is absolutely amazing and you really need to come and take a look for yourself if you're considering investing in a wonderful vacation/investment property. Views go on forever and this would make an excellent rental as well. Don't wait.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sun E801
3 Bedroom with Wraparound Terrace
$579,000


UNBELIEVABLE VIEWS!  GREAT RENTAL HISTORY! 
FINANCING AVAILABLE!  NEW AGGRESSIVE PRICE! 

This is an unbelievable listing with a great price, many upgrades, and absolutely unbelievable views from the huge wraparound terrace. This fantastic 3 bedroom, 2 bath end-unit condo boasts many upgrades, updated furniture and appliances, and a wraparound terrace with beach and ocean views forever. Excellent rental history. You need to see this one for yourself. Call for details or to schedule a tour. You need to act fast on this special deal.

Come see for yourself.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sun E705
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
$355,900 

Great Condo!  Priced to Sell!
 

Check out this beautiful, fully furnished, two bedroom oceanfront condo at the Sonoran Sun Resort. Seventh floor location gives fantastic views down the beach and plenty of privacy. Easy access to beach, pools, Jacuzzis, store, restaurant, etc. Condo is in terrific condition. You may want to keep this beautiful condo all for  yourself, but it could be a great vacation rental as well. The price is right and you need to see this beauty. 

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sea E710  
1 Bedroom Top Floor  
$279,900 

TOP FLOOR BEAUTY!      NOW TERMS AVAILABLE! 
 

Great top-floor beauty with possible financing available. Panoramic views down the beach in both directions. Fully furnished and ready to enjoy. This could be a great rental - perfect for your family.  Call our office for more details. This condo can be your dream come true. Come take a look for yourself.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sky 601 
4 Bedroom Luxury End Unit 
$789,900


LUXURY 4 BED 4 BATH!  TERMS AVAILABLE!  UNBELIEVABLE PRICE!

HUGE WRAP AROUND TERRACE

Best price at the Sonoran Sky on a luxury 4 bedroom, 4 bath, end unit condo. This is one of the nicest condos in town with the very best views all the way down the beach. Non-rental unit in excellent condition and fully furnished, turn-key ready to go. Make this one yours!

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sea E410
1 Bedroom, East Building
$229,000

 
NEW LISTING!   FANTASTIC CONDO - FANTASTIC PRICE! 
          
This is a great price on a fantastic condo at the Sea. The views from this condo are nothing short of spectacular. Completely furnished and turn-key ready to go. Nicely decorated and shows very well. Great rental income potential and priced to sell quickly. 
Come and see this one today before it's too late.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sun W212 
1 Bedroom West Building 
$219,500


   
AGRESSIVE NEW PRICE!   EXCELLENT RENTAL HISTORY!         
   
Beautiful condo 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.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Spa W606
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 
$279,000

 
  NEW LISTING!     GREAT PRICE!    
  
This is condo is priced to sell and waiting for a new owner. Aggressive price and true beachfront views make this a sure winner for anyone who wants a condo for enjoyment and rental income if so desired. Beautifully furnished and turn-key ready to go. This condo has always been very well cared for by the owners. Bargains like this don't last long.

Call Today: 602-476-7511

Sonoran Sky 806
1 B R Luxury Condo
$339,000

 
FANTASTIC PRICE!

ULTIMATE IN CUSTOM LUXURY!

Absolute luxury at the prestigious Sonoran Sky Resort. the Nautical theme in this condo is as unique as it is beautiful and it is an absolute one of a kind original. This is the ONLY one bedroom condo for sale at the Sky and it will make a great rental, or keep it all for yourselves. Really is a must see to appreciate beauty.This condo is ready to go and it can be yours. Contact one of our Agents for more information.

Call Today: 602-476-7511
 

Sonoran Sea E302
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
$319,900

FINANCING AVAILABLE! 

Beautiful fully furnished condo for sale with very good terms available. This condo has been a good rental property and it is turn-key ready to go. The beachfront views are exceptional and it is priced to sell. Come see this great condo today! 

Call Today: 602-476-7511 


 
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.

Our In-House closing team will make things happen quickly and professionally and we will save you money. Our attorneys are on salary and no additional attorney fees are charged to our clients. Loyalty to the Sonoran Resorts Sales Team is both appreciated and rewarded! 

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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