Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, is 212 miles by road and just four hours driving time from either Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona. The name dates back to 1826, when Lieutenant Robert William Hale Hardy of the British Royal Fleet was sailing by the coast searching for pearls. He named the point Rocky Point. The name was then on marine maps. Then, in the 1930, the President of Mexico changed it to Puerto Punta Penasco (Port Rocky Point). Later on, Americans dropped the "Port" from its name. Rocky Point began as a small fishing village, famous for its shrimp. It has grown into one of the most desired seaside resort vacation hotspots in Mexico.
Many people rent beach houses, beach condos at the resorts, camp, or stay in hotels in Rocky Point. Activities that are available include ATV riding, fishing, jet skiing, water biking, scuba diving, snorkeling and parasailing. Whatever you want to do, the choice is yours!
Be sure to bring a valid passport or the new passport card, as C.B.T. (Customs and Border Protection) requires one or the other to return to the U.S. Children 15 and under do not require a passport (although it's not a bad idea) but must be in the company of their parents and have a valid birth certificate.
It is required to get Mexican auto insurance prior to driving into Mexico, as auto insurance is required by Mexican law and U.S. policies are not, as a rule, valid in Mexico. You can purchase temporary day-by-day policies as you approach the border or, for immediate online service, follow the "Online Mexican Insurance" link from this site. Note that you cannot purchase the policies in Mexico – they must be purchased prior to crossing the border.