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Old 01-20-2010, 10:53 AM   #15
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Personally I think it's too bad more Americans don't travel outside the country. I think that we would all begin see the world just a little differently.

We have been traveling and driving in Mexico for over 30 years. Most years we are there for a month or more. We return to Rocky Point as it's an easy trip about 500 miles from Las Vegas and the roads are good. We prefer Playa Bonito as it's a little closer to town and it has a hot tub. However, many of our friends prefer the Reef. There is no wrong decision there just what you are in the habit of doing. We prefer beach front sites as we love the view from the front window of our motor home and our door opening onto the beach. Where else can you even park on the beach let alone for about $25 a night?

We've always heard the water if fine in Rocky Point and we've never had a problem using it to brush out teeth. However, we do use bottled water for drinking and coffee. Then again we waste money on bottled water in the US too so our habits concerning water don't change.

I'm probably a freak about electrical. I would never plug in without using an autoformer or surge protector. Having said that I don't do that in in the US either but the electrical is a little less reliable in Mexico and it's 30 AMP.

We always cross the border going through Ajo crossing at Sonoyta. It's a very easy crossing. For those who might wish to carry some fine liquors back with them don't buy them until you cross the border back into the US. Pull into the parking lot near the gas station in Lukeville. Then walk into the duty free shop at the border. Their prices are significantly less than you'll find anywhere. I love expensive tequila's so this is an important stop on the way home. Then you have walk back into Mexico show your passport once again to customs so that you can carry two liters of liquor back to the US tax free.

There are many ways to handle insurance in Mexico. National Interstate insures our motor home, and for $5.00 more per year I'm insured into Mexico. However, that does not give you liability insurance. I know it may seem strange but Mexico does not trust that if you do damage in Mexico that you'll return with payment. Even though in 30 years we have never had an accident or a problem in Mexico I would not cross the border without liability insurance. We get a drivers license policy that covers us on any vehicle we drive for a year from the Vagabundos club in Southern California. It's about $100 a year plus their membership. Some people prefer to insure their coach for one day going in and one day going out.

There are a couple of things you might want to consider doing while you are in Puerto Penasco. You can have your coach washed and hand paste waxed for $1.50 per foot. If you need some paint and body work, it will cost you about 10% of what it would cost in the states and the work is good. The shrimp and asparagus are fantastic! We always over dose on both of them. If you need dental work Mexican dentist are very good and they are about 20% of what you'll pay in the states. We've been using Mexican dentists for 15 years.

Everyone has their preferences for travel, which is fortunate otherwise we would all try to occupy the same spot a the same time. Puerto Penasco has some incredible sunsets, nice restaurants, and wonderful people. That's one of the reasons we keep going back. Calling it a border town in my opinon is just wrong.

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Old 01-21-2010, 10:01 AM   #16
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I am very happy to hear and know that we are not the only ones who have found this wonderful little FISHING VILLAGE of Rocky Point, Mexico.
There are 2 places in the area that can really use you help. The Childrens Home and the Nursing Home both depend on donations as they are self supporting.
The Nursing Home is run by some Nuns and can use "Depends" of all sizes and they Kids Home relies on donations collected at the large super market a couple of blocks from Playa Bonita RV Resort. Many of the large RV Clubs bring donation down from the USA for them, but they can always use more.
Rocky Point maybe you can give more information, Thanks
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:22 AM   #17
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Every year we clean out everything we are not using in our our motor home as well as accumulated shoes, clothing, and other items we would normally give to Goodwill. Then we would give them to locals working in the park. It's a small thing but they seem to really appreciate them, and I'm guessing most of it would go to waste if we donated them here. I was not aware of the collection box at the grocery store. I assume that is Lays? We'll find it and make a donation.

As one of our Mexican friends puts it when the US sneezes they get phenomia.
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It is Lays. Speak to the Manager and he will point out the person if he is there. They will take whatever you have, but would like a money donation and than go around the store with you showing what they need. You than pay for it. That the Children's Home person. Good time is 10am to noon.
Clothing and other would items would have to be delivered to the Old Age Home, which I feel will really let you see what they do with limited supplies. Ask at your RV resort for directions and it helps if you speak some Spanish as the Nuns English is limited.
Both places are worth the visit as it is amazing what a small number of caring people can do to make life a little easier for many.
Oh by the way, I can assure you, your tear ducts will get a cleaning when you see how happy you will make them.
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Both places are worth the visit as it is amazing what a small number of caring people can do to make life a little easier for many.
Oh by the way, I can assure you, your tear ducts will get a cleaning when you see how happy you will make them.
In my opinion we live in an entitlement world in the US. We expect to be given whatever we want whenever we want it. You never hear anyone say, Thanks! Mexicans need and make use of everything we give them and they truly appreciate it. We go to Jamaica at least once a year. Everytime we go down we carry school supplies. The group we go with has a scolarship program that we all donate to so that employess of the resort can send their children to school. These people really need our help just like the people in Haiti. In the end I think we are the ones who are better off for doing it.

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I am very happy to hear and know that we are not the only ones who have found this wonderful little FISHING VILLAGE of Rocky Point, Mexico.
There are 2 places in the area that can really use you help. The Childrens Home and the Nursing Home both depend on donations as they are self supporting.
The Nursing Home is run by some Nuns and can use "Depends" of all sizes and they Kids Home relies on donations collected at the large super market a couple of blocks from Playa Bonita RV Resort. Many of the large RV Clubs bring donation down from the USA for them, but they can always use more.
Rocky Point maybe you can give more information, Thanks
RP is old hat to us Phoenicians. I have been enjoying the area since 1963 and it was very popular prior to that. I am a bit more hesitant to go there now considering the drug problems on the border. I wouldn't advise against going there but would certainly advise to not take guns, bullets or drugs of any kind. And take your passport.
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In my opinion Rocky Point is a really relaxing place to go. It may be a little touristy but I don't really lump it into the same category as border towns like tijuana or Nogales. I realize that many think you have to go further south to experience the real Mexico and I'm fine with that. We enjoy camping on the beach and dry camping at the Reef is about as good as it gets. We don't feel uncomfortable there and kind of live by the mantra that if you look for trouble you'll find it wherever you are. If you don't, you'll be fine. Just like anywhere else, just use situational awareness.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:08 PM   #22
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I realize muggings and robbery of tourists in Mexico may be in the minority but as the news recently reported about one elderly couple who discovered what its like to be one of the minority statistics, do you want to be the one in 1,000 or so? It may happen just as often in the States but at least here you're treated as a citizen and not an outsider, I hope anyway since I've never been in that situation.

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I'm fortunate to have made enough trips into Baja that I've forgotten how many. First on in 1973, last one last October. Never been to mainland but hope to do the full-monty Yucatan and back trip some day soon. Here are the rules of the road as I have learned them:
1) Never, ever, ever travel at night on open Mexican highways. That is probably an unnecessary precaution south of Ensenada and north of La Paz, but the down side if you get into a bad situation is unpleasant enough that managing daylight travel only is important.
2) allow enough time to transit the border so you never violate rule #1. For me, I want to hit Ensenada in daylight, or get further south (i.e. thru Tijuana & south to a safe place to stay). TJ has nothing that interests me as a motorhome traveler, and Ensenada has less and less over the years. South of that is old Mexico, and friendly, hospitable people.
3) don't sweat the military inspection points, but keep an eye open if an inspector gets interested too long in your stuff. These guys are dirt poor, and have pockets. Only once had a soldier try to swipe my wife's pearl earrings, but a wary eye kept it from happening. Report any irregularity to the commander. Had a lot of other funny experiences w/the military inspections; one guy asked if he could have a beer out of the fridge- worlds fastest chug-a-lug, and really put a smile on his face & mine as well.
4) local water is as good as it is. I have a filter & RO system to fill the tank and use whatever hose I can hook up to and get excellent water, but need a place to send the wash water while filling. YMMV. Bottled water for drinking & cooking is a good idea if you don't have a purification system; local bag ice is made from purified water (Mexicans know about the vagaries of local water and many get bottled water for consumption even where the local city water is supposedly good).
5) always travel w/your sense of humor and patience well adjusted, and you will have some of the greatest travel experiences of your life. You will also gain tremendous perspective on life and the advantages to which we are born.
6) always declare imports. this includes donations BTW. Do not bring medicine or medical supplies that could be used internally (sutures, catheters...) as these require a special import license and will be confiscated. Do not try to run the border by not declaring donations as you will be fined and spend a long and trying period at the border (ask my wife). (On second thought, don't bring the subject up w/my wife)
Import duty is about 15% of market value, and if you declare w/a well organized list of donations you will pay the import tax and be on your way in less than an hour.
7) learn some Spanish and you will earn the respect of all the Mexicans you come in contact with. Spanish for Gringos is the best intro to the language and learning it that i have found.
8) Do a little philanthropy while in Mexico. My wife & I run a scholarship program in Mulege, and we love it. There are many such programs, and programs in medicine and other areas as well. Makes our travel more than just an interesting way to kill time, and is likely to build some really valuable, life long friendships.
9) Never, ever, ever bribe a cop or other official. This may look like a good thing short term, but if it goes the other way on you, you will wish you had never entered Mexico. Take plenty of time to complete any travel, so if you get stopped you have time to impress on a cop (if he solicits a bribe) that you will only pay a fine to the appropriate authority where you can get a receipt (might take 20 minutes, but it will seem like 2 hours to have this discussion). Most stops are courteous and do not involve attempted extortion; I was stopped recently on an overly expeditious transiting of the Baja peninsula (read that: speeding continuously thru many hundreds of miles of highway) by a federal cop, who warned me politely and sent me on my way. First time I've been stopped in, well, don't remember being stopped before, and he should have written me a ticket. Nice guy. Might have been impressed that I addressed him in Spanish, or that I was in Baja working on flood relief from a recent hurricane, but I darn sure earned a ticket and was prepared to deal w/the fine and delay. Offering or cooperating w/a requested bribe only aggravates the situation and announces yourself as a patsy that can be played. If you are stopped unjustly and are asked for money, be patient and insistent and the official will lose interest, and move on to other more productive pursuits.
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Wow, what a list of does and don't does. Really sounds scary for someone who has only been north of the border twice and never south of the border in over 70 years. Don't know if I'd ever have the nerve to do it.

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