Destination guide

Puerto Penasco—this town knows how to party

Once a sleepy fishing village on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Penasco—also known as Rocky Point—has turned into a thriving coastal resort that's especially bustling when the spring break crowds arrive. Shimmy into your swimsuit and work on your tan at Sandy Beach, tee off in one of the golf courses, or sip a margarita while enjoying sunset views. Self-catering facilities in Puerto Penasco vacation rentals let you cook and enjoy the catch of the day. At night, put on your dancing shoes and take part in Puerto Penasco's vibrant nightlife.

Things to do

Puerto Penasco—you'll love it here, naturally

Sure, you can attempt to Google the marine life in Playa Mirador's tide pools, or you can just have an expert accompany you. The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (aka CEDO) set up shop in Puerto Penasco, the intersection of two marine and two desert "biosphere reserves". You can attend talks on natural history at the CEDO visitor center, or sign up for their kayaking or boat trips, nature tours, tide pool walks, and scientist-led excursions to the UNESCO-listed El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve.

Activities

The sea is the place to be in Puerto Penasco

Have a big breakfast before leaving your Puerto Penasco vacation rental, because you'll need the fuel for the water activities available. There's sailing, windsurfing, and parasailing for the adrenaline junkies, or you can sign up for fishing, snorkeling, or dolphin- and whale-watching excursions. When the tide is low, Playa Mirador, the oldest developed beach in town, turns into a family-friendly attraction where little ones peer in the tide pools and discover mollusks, fishes, and aquatic plants. You'll be famished after all that seaside action, so duck into an al fresco restaurant for a fresh and scrumptious seafood meal.

Weather

Puerto Penasco is hot stuff (quite literally)

You can thank Puerto Penasco's desert climate for abundant sunshine all year round, but it does get pretty hot—the highest recorded temperatures are in the triple digits. Average summer temps from July to September dance around 85 degrees, with highs in the upper 90s. In the winter, the average temperature hovers around 58 degrees in January, the coldest month. The summer months, particularly August, are the most affordable time to visit, and kicking back in your air-conditioned Puerto Penasco vacation rental is the best way to beat the sweltering summer heat.

Natural features

Kayakers and bird-watchers are screaming for Morua

Just a 15-minute drive southeast of the city, the Morua Estuary is a birder's paradise. Kayak through the shallow aquamarine waters while keeping an eye out for some 140 species of endemic and migratory birds. You don't even have to look far and nigh, as there are lots of waders on the shore alone. Meanwhile, exploring El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve will make you feel like you're walking on the moon, because the combination of volcanic craters, cinder cones, and black rocks and soil are as close as it gets to a moonscape.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Puerto Penasco

Fly into Puerto Penasco, Sonora (PPE-Puerto Penasco Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Rocky Point?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,686 vacation rentals near Rocky Point. From 304 Houses to 1,215 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rocky Point for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rocky Point?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rocky Point:

  • Las Conchas: 286 vacation rentals
  • Peñasco: 70 vacation rentals
  • Bella Vista: 442 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Beach: 1,088 vacation rentals
  • Benito Juárez: 97 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rocky Point?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rocky Point. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • El Malecon: 1,679 vacation rentals
  • Bonita Beach: 1,675 vacation rentals
  • CEDO: 1,681 vacation rentals
  • Old Port: 1,678 vacation rentals
  • Fisherman's Monument: 1,678 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rocky Point listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rocky Point?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 304 Houses in Rocky Point. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rocky Point include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,215 rentals available
  • Villas: 50 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 18 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Resorts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rocky Point?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,261 vacation rentals with pool available in Rocky Point. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.