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Make a self catering apartment or holiday rental in Puerto Penasco, Mexico your home away from home

Puerto Penasco is right at the top of the Baja California Peninsula and is part of the Sonora Desert. Newly developed as a centre for tourism, it is popular with Americans as it is the nearest beach to Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona.

Things to Do in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Penasco means “Rocky Port” and was little more than a fishing port until the 1990s. The beaches are the main attraction, such as Playa Bonita which is famous for its light brown sand. Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and other watersports are all available along the waterfront. There are many tidal rock pools at low tide and where crabs, starfish and other marine creatures can be seen. Fishing is popular in the area. Join a fishing charter and go sport fishing or take a scenic cruise in the protected waters. Many visitors stay in Puerto Penasco holiday villas during the annual fishing festival in June. It features mariachi musicians, folk dancing and the crowning of a festival queen.

Places to Visit Around Puerto Penasco

The CET-MAR Aquarium is a local marine research centre near Puerto Penasco holiday rentals which is open to the public. It has tanks of marine life including turtles, octopus and colourful marine fish. To the east of Las Conchas is an estuary called Morua which is home to many species of birds making it a popular place to visit. El Pinacate is the volcanic region and biosphere reserve that protects this area. The volcanic craters are a major attraction, especially the Grande Volcano with its deep caldera. Set in the Sonoran Desert, it has some hardy wildlife, birds, reptiles and cactus. After rain the desert has spectacular short-lived blooms that are well worth seeing. Boat trips from Puerto Penasco take visitors to San Jorge Island to see the many seabirds, pelicans and sea lions that live there.

Weather in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Puerto Penasco holiday rentals enjoy hot sunny days all year round, reaching 36°C (97°F) in July and an average 25°C (75°F) from December to March. The area has very little rainfall with the possibility of a shower or two in August. The area enjoys 11 hours of sunshine on average in the summer months.

Travel to Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Puerto Penasco has a small local airport which has flights from Los Angeles International Airport. The nearest major airport serving holiday rentals in Puerto Penasco is Yuma International (YUM) Airport in Arizona which is about 269 km away. You can pick up a hire car from the airport and drive across the border along I-8. Another airport to consider is the General Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada International (MXL) Airport at Mexicala. It is 292 km from Puerto Penasco and is a pleasant drive along the Carretera Federal Hwy 2.

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