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Puerto Peñasco/Rocky Point for Visitors

Many people think that Puerto Penasco has been re-named Rocky Point by the many Americans who visit here. This is not correct.
This city was first dubbed Rocky Point in 1826 by Lt. Robert Hale Hardy of the British Royal Fleet. Only much later did President Lazaro Cardenas change the name.

Located approximately 66 miles from the US border at Lukeville, Arizona, there are almost 50,000 full-time residents in Rocky Point.
Although tourism has become increasingly important to the city, the importance of the shrimp and fishing industry cannot be denied. In recent years, the sport fishing industry has grown and is now also an important activity for many who come here.

Most tourists who visit Puerto Penasco are from Arizona, but more recently, more and more Canadians, Californians and Texans are finding their way here. One interesting fact is that Puerto Penasco is the nearest beach to El Paso, Texas!

The drive time from Phoenix is 3.5 hours, from Tucson, 4 hours and from San Diego, only 6 hours, by way of the new coastal highway.


From Phoenix: Head west on I-10, take Exit #112/Hwy 85 South. Hwy 85 will take you through Gila Bend, Ajo and Why, and then to the Lukeville border crossing.
If coming from the Queen Creek part of Phoenix, take AZ 347 S through Maricopa to AZ 84 W, and then I-8 toward Gila Bend/San Diego. In Gila Bend, take Highway 85 South. Another option from Maricopa is AZ 238 to Gila Bend.

From Tucson: Take Ajo Way/AZ 86 W through Sells to Why. Turn left on Highway 85 S and continue on 85 to the Lukeville crossing.

** NOTE: The Lukeville/Sonoyta border entry is only open between the hours of 6am-midnight, 7 days per week.

From California and southwestern AZ: Puerto Peñasco can now be easily reached by car along the new Coastal Highway 003. From the US/Mexico border near San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, take Mexico highway 2 east to highway 003 that leads to Santa Clara Gulf. From Santa Clara to Puerto Peñasco it is about 1½ hours. Note: Part of this section is a toll-road. © 2012