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Old 12-14-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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Travel to mexico-puerto penasco

Hello folks,
We are staying in Goodyear, AZ at Cotton Lane RV Resort which is quite nice. Neat, clean, and not too expensive. I digress, DW and I were looking into heading into Mexico to go to Puerto Penasco. This is a resort town about 100 south of Phoenix. The popular name is "Rocky Beach" and has in the past been a very popular destination for RVer's in Phoenix. Not any more.
We went the AAA here in Phoenix and the staff said going there is NOT recommended anymore. Too much risk. We were advised to "go at your own risk, travel during the day, and stay in the RV resort only"
Accordingly, we have changed our plans and are headed to the coast in Texas.
Sad situation. Have been to CABO and had a great time. Especially the town.
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Hello folks,
We are staying in Goodyear, AZ at Cotton Lane RV Resort which is quite nice. Neat, clean, and not too expensive. I digress, DW and I were looking into heading into Mexico to go to Puerto Penasco. This is a resort town about 100 south of Phoenix. The popular name is "Rocky Beach" and has in the past been a very popular destination for RVer's in Phoenix. Not any more.
We went the AAA here in Phoenix and the staff said going there is NOT recommended anymore. Too much risk. We were advised to "go at your own risk, travel during the day, and stay in the RV resort only"
Accordingly, we have changed our plans and are headed to the coast in Texas.
Sad situation. Have been to CABO and had a great time. Especially the town.
Regards,
JimB

A couple of things: It's a bit further than 100 miles, closer to 250. It's known as "Rocky Point" by the 'gringos'. And, it is a very sad situation indeed. The wife and I went down there a few times around 12-15 years ago and it was awesome. But, even then we were told not to travel at night. Since then things have gotten much worse. With the current climate regarding cartels/drugs/immigration I would not consider going there. Personally, I hope things change soon. I really liked it back then and wish to go again when(if?!?) things calm down a bit.
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If one likes living or dieing on the edge then I say go for it. As far as me going down there, ain't going to happen.
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We have been going down there for the past 5 years or so and will be going back in Feb. If you leave out of Gila Bend and enter at Lukeville, it is only about 90 miles. If you are worried about the trip, you can call the Puerto Penasco tourist bureau and they will come to the border and escort you down. They will also escort you back to the border.

Here is a BB where you can get some info on PP. RockyPointTalk.com - The Largest Puerto Penasco Discussion Forum

Sure there are bad things happening but if you don't go where you shouldn't be anyway, you will be fine. We ask the locals where to stay away from and heed their advise.

Also, the American press adds a lot of drama to the situation. Anything to make a spectacular news story.
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Also, the American press adds a lot of drama to the situation. Anything to make a spectacular news story.
I don't think the American press does add an drama to what's going on in Mexico!
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Been there three times and loved every trip. However, in today's environment, with the threat of violence at the border and the inability of BOTH countries to control the drug cartels, I doubt that we will ever go again.
But it was fun, and we have great memories.
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