Puerto Penasco

Travel Guide
Puerto Penasco showing general coastal views and street scenes
Enjoy sunset cruises and watersports on crystal-clear waters, golf and a vibrant nightlife scene at Rocky Point, a popular beach resort in north Mexico.

Puerto Peñasco is major beach resort at the northern tip of Mexico’s Gulf of California (aka Sea of Cortez). The resort attracts visitors with an offer of attractive beaches, enticing water, sporting activities and nightlife. Puerto Peñasco started as a quiet fishing community and grew in popularity during the prohibition years of the 1920s and 1930s. Today, the close proximity to the Mexico-USA border makes it a favored destination of U.S. vacationers.

Start at the resort’s historic quarter, the Old Port. Stroll along the waterfront Malecón Kino, home to handicraft shops, pottery workshops, ice cream parlors and restaurants. Experience the vibrant activity of the Fish Market. Check out Posada la Roca, a hotel where Al Capone once stayed. Legend states that Capone used the city as a base for smuggling liquor across the border.

Stretching north around a curving bay from the Old Port are Puerto Peñasco’s main beaches, Sandy Beach and Playa Hermosa. Discover attractive strips of golden sand lined with beach bars, condo-style accommodation and large hotel resorts. Try kayaking, Jet Skiing, parasailing and snorkeling. Go deep-sea fishing, take a sunset cruise along the coast or visit Isla San Jorge, an island revered for its birdlife and sea lion colony.

Play a round of golf at courses such as the Jack Nicklaus-designed Peninsula De Cortes Golf Course. Enjoy guided nature walks and interactive science exhibits at the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans. Visit El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a spectacular landscape of deserts, volcanic craters and mountains.

Puerto Peñasco is famous for its nightlife, too. The bars, cantinas and nightclubs on Calle Matamoros are favorite hangouts of the Spring Break crowd. Cholla Bay is another busy nightlife district.

Puerto Peñasco is about a 4-hour drive from both Phoenix and Tucson, in the U.S. state of Arizona. Get to the resort with a rented car or catch a bus from Hermosillo, Tijuana or the Arizonan cities. The combination of nature, recreation, entertainment and a balmy climate make Puerto Peñasco a great year-round destination.

Where to stay in Puerto Penasco

Laguna Shores Resort
Laguna Shores Resort
3 out of 5
1 Laguna Shores, Puerto Penasco, SON, 83550
The price is $91 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Puerto Penasco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (186 reviews)
"Excellent service"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Laguna Shores Resort
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
4 out of 5
Blvd. Costero 150, Sandy Beach, Puerto Penasco, SON, 83550
The price is $264 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Puerto Penasco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,933 reviews)
"Like the view and the whole condo"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
Peñasco del Sol
Peñasco del Sol
3.5 out of 5
Paseo de las Glorias No 1, Colonia Antigua Explanada, Puerto Penasco, SON, 83550
The price is $190 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Puerto Penasco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"I liked"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Peñasco del Sol
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
4 out of 5
Blvd. Costero 150, Sandy Beach, Puerto Penasco, SON, 83550
The price is $264 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Puerto Penasco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,933 reviews)
"Like the view and the whole condo"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
Encanto Living by Kivoya
Encanto Living by Kivoya
4 out of 5
Carretera Puerto Peñasco-Caborca Km 23, Colonia Ejido Miramar, Puerto Penasco, SON, 83550
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in Puerto Penasco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the overall value in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (91 reviews)
"The condo we stayed at , was very beautiful, and the view to the sea was amazing. The swimming pool and the area around was beautiful too. A very relaxing and beautiful place to stay at."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Encanto Living by Kivoya
Luna Blanca by Kivoya
Luna Blanca by Kivoya
4 out of 5
Carretera Puerto Peñasco-Caborca Km 22, Colonia Ejido Miramar, Puerto Penasco, SON, 83550
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in Puerto Penasco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (67 reviews)
"This place was AMAZING!! Very quiet and perfect for a family vacation! We will definitely be back!!"

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Luna Blanca by Kivoya
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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