Information and Frequent asked questions

New Highway Rocky Point to Yuma.

The new highway connecting Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) to El Golfo de Santa Clara is now open for travel with no construction. The new highway connects Rocky Point directly with San Luis Rio colorado and Yuma. Californians can now travel to Rocky Point in just a few hours. People can cross either through Yuma or Mexicali, take highway 2 east and at the eastern edge of San Luis there are clear signs directing to the new coastal highway toll road. The toll road is $94.00 pesos which is around $7.85 dlls.

How to get to Rocky Point?

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Directions to Rocky Point From Phoenix Arizona

1.- Take the I-10 West to the end of town (Buckeye area).
2.- Take Hwy 85 south to Gila Bend, this is the same exit I-8 to San Diego.
3.- You will drive through Gila Bend until you see a McDonald's. There is turn right before the McDonald's that is a the continuation of Hwy 85 South (90 more minutes until you get to the border). The border town is called Lukeville.
4.- Follow Hwy 85 straight into Mexico. You will have two turns to make into the town of Sonoyta. Just follow the signs overhead that point to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point).
5.- You now have about another 60 miles before you get to Rocky Point.

Directions to Rocky Point from Tucson Arizona

1.- Take the I-10 West to I-8 (just before Casa Grande).
2.- Take I-8 West to Gila Bend, take the 2nd exit and turn left on Hwy 85 South.
3.- Follow Hwy 85 straight into Mexico, you will have 90 more minutes.

How to get to Rocky Point from California

The new intercoastal highway has been completed. People can cross through either Yuma or Mexicali, take highway 2 East and at the Eastern edge of San Luis there are clean signs directing to the new coastal highway toll road. Toll road is $94.00 pesos around $7.85 dlls. You will pass El Golfo de Santa Clara before you get to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point)

US Passport Regulations?

US and Canadian citizens aged 16 and over who are entering the United States from Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean by land or sea are required to show a passport or alternative WHTI-compliant document such as a passport card.

Children up to the age of 15 may present proof of citizenship alone, such as a birth certificate, a consular report of birth abroad, a naturalization certificate, or a Canadian citizenship card.

Rocky Point International Airport

Sponsors – State of Sonora and Mayan Resort Group (Grupo Vidanta)
Capacity – Up to Boeing 767 and Airbus equivalents
Runway – 2500 meters (8200 feet)
Airlines – Expected: Alaskan Airlines, AeroMexico

In Negotiations: Mexicana, Continental, American Airlines, America West.As we receive more information on commercial flights (times, pricing, etc) to/from Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) out of main bordering states/Mexico, we will inform our visitors immediately. Commercial flights are expected early 2010. Private and Charter flights are able to use the new airport starting in November 09.

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Many people don't know that Puerto Penasco has its own small airport catering to light aircraft called Aerodromo Internacional Puerto Penasco. It has two runways (one asphalt, one gravel) and has been undergoing upgrades over the last few years to keep pace with Puerto Penasco's growing rate of air travel. Puerto Peñasco's International Airport (Rocky Point Airport) is located at Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and surrounded by a magnificent view of the "Mar de Cortes". The airport is located as you entered Rocky Point coming from the US border.

There is also a new airport development project in process which is located on the way to Caborca, towards the Mayan Palace Resort. Once completed, this new airport will be able to cater to larger aircrafts. We are in the process of gathering more information on this upcoming airport.

Below is information on the currently operational airport in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point).

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The Peñasco Airport has experienced a number of stages of growth. It is a fully equipped airport so that if you are just in transit or visiting, you will have a pleasant and smoothly-run experience.

It was founded during the 1940s when "Mexicana de Aviación" inaugurated its route Mexico City-Mexicali, with a stopover in Puerto Peñasco. The airport consisted of an office with a telegraph operator who provided information about route conditions. In 1973, the current runway was built together with a small terminal building.On August 5, 1994, it was declared an International Airport by the then president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari. This benefited pilots landing in Puerto Peñasco, who, prior to that, had to register with customs and immigration authorities in Nogales, Sonora or in Mexicali.

On September 28, 2005, a new phase began the most significant in the development of Peñasco's International Airport.
The airport has many amenities including but not limited to:

1. Waiting room
2. Snack Bar
3. Pilot quarters with TV, computers with internet connection and restroom

4. Area for handling check-in luggage
5. Public restrooms
6. 42 Parking lots including some for handicapped
7. Signage and information for passengers
A few additional details about the Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Airport:

* Airport code: PPE
* Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) #: MX61066
* Phone number: Phone (52) 638 383 6097 / 638 1020293

      The airport is located at latitude: 31.35, Longitude -113.526 with max runway length of 4805 ft. has a brief writeup, which includes this gem: "Upon landing do not be intimidated by the presence of uniformed marines with automatic weapons they are merely doing what the us government is requesting and paying for!" :)

      There has been talk about development of an air park in Penasco for more info see: this article on

     Read this neat article entitled "Flying to Rocky Point" that is worth reading - lots of good info in there.

      On a semi-related note: Dan Checkoway has an amazing website and travelouge up on his website ( that details his flight from California to Guadalajara, during which he flies right over Puerto Penasco. It includes some really cool arial photos - scroll down until you start seeing 'Sea of Cortez' in his comments.

Bringing Food, Plants, and Animals into Mexico

National Health Services of Mexico (SENASICA) has guidelines on what is allowed, regulated and prohibited to bring across the border. The following is an overview of some of those items. Detailed information can be found on the SENASICA website.

Allowed Imports

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Leather products, except for endangered species like wild lamb, jaguar, black bear, etc.
  • Honey
  • Dogs and cats (a maximum of two per traveler) with health certificates and rabies vaccine records.
  • Roasted coffee, dried prunes, packaged spices, dried herbs, preserved fruits and vegetables cooked or dried mushrooms and dried truffles.
  • Dry cooked, packed and bottled foods
  • From the USA and Canada: refrigerated, frozen, vacuum packed, pork and processed vacuum packed pate, milk and cheese. All must be in the original package and properly labeled.

Regulated Imports – there are special requirements for these products

  • Poultry and poultry products
  • Wild plants and hunt trophies
  • Rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, etc.
  • Hide
  • Seeds, seedlings, fresh plant parts, etc.
  • Plants, fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, raw cereals, etc.
  • Dairy products
  • Bees and bees’ products (except honey)
  • Fresh, dried, canned, smoked or frozen meat and meat products from quarantined countries
  • Flours like corn meal, etc.
  • Veterinary medications and biological products
  • Agricultural chemicals and raw materials

Prohibited Imports

  • Soil
  • Bales of hay, natural straw or any straw decoration
  • Homemade food items
  • Meal of bone or meat
The above information is courtesy of SENASICA.