RV Trip to Puerto Peñasco Mexico (Rocky Point) 2023 - Travel Happy RV

RV Trip to Puerto Peñasco Mexico (Rocky Point) 2023

Mar 1, 2021 | Mexico RV Destinations, RV Destinations

Rocky Point Mexico has been one of our favorite travel destinations for years and is even more fun when camping in an RV. Rocky Point is a 4 hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona. In the RV it took us about 6 hours.

Crossing Into Mexico from the USA – Last update March 2023

There’s a lot going on in the news regarding Mexico and safety concerns. However, we have traveled to Rocky Point for over 10 years and will continue to do so.

When we go we try to be be smart, observe our surroundings and stay in more public locations. Also, we stay together and don’t wanter off alone. But really, there are a lot of expats that live full-time in rocky point and plenty of travelers that visit from all over the country because it’s truly a beautiful and friendly town.

If you’ve never driven to Mexico, it’s really simple. Here’s some things to know:

  • Crossing the border from the USA into Mexico is simple. You may or may not get stopped, just make sure you don’t bring anything illegal across the border (including ammunition).
  • In an RV, they may or may not make you stop at the border. If they make you stop they may want to look inside your RV. The last couple times they came inside the RV we were able to stay inside while they took a look. But if they ask you to step outside follow their instructions. I keep my valuables on my person (purse, laptop bag, etc).
  • Crossing back into the USA is very easy, they typically do not look inside your RV, they will check your passports and send you on our way in most cases. There is an x-ray machine on the US side that the border agents may ask you to drive through.
  • The last time we crossed the US border they asked us a lot of questions about what we have in our RV. This is the first time we’ve experienced this. They asked if we have eggs, fruit, meats, medicines, etc. Apparently, blueberries are fine, but eggs were not (even though they came from the US). We found out that federal law prohibits bringing in eggs because they could carry disease.
  • From Arizona we cross into Mexico at the Lukeville – Sonoyta border entry. At the time this post was edited the border is open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Masks are no longer required.
Crossing US Mexico Border
Driving into Mexico at the Lukeville-Sonoyta border entry.

Where to stay with your RV in Rock Point

Wrecked at the Reef RV Resort

Once you cross the border, it’s only about an hour drive through desert (there’s nothing around and it’s a no hassle zone). Our favorite place to stay is Wrecked at the Reef RV Resort because it’s in a convenient location and they have a fun bar right next door that has beach volleyball and live music. La Merca is the band that plays there every weekend and they are really good, so we enjoy spending an evening here at least one night on our trip.

wrecked at the reef bar in rocky point mexico
Wrecked at the Reef Bar + La Merca Band

The RV resort is fantastic. It’s clean and well kept. You’ll need to make a reservation before arriving. This can be challenging because they make you mail a check to them, but it’s worth the trouble. They have RV hookups right on the beach so make sure to reserve one of those spots (but note that it’s now a 4-night minimum for a beach-front spot). We’ve camped in the spots behind the beach front, and it’s still very nice and super close to the beach. Every night we fall asleep to the calming sounds of waves crashing, and every morning we wake to a beautiful blue ocean view from our front windshield.

RV ocean views in mexico

3 Things to be Aware of When RV Camping in Mexico

Our trip was great, but there’s some things you need to consider if you’re staying at an RV park in Mexico:

1. Sewer

Mexico doesn’t have great plumbing. When we arrived, they were having a problem. The front office warned us that they were fixing it, and our RV neighbors also warned us to not hook up to the plumbing (nice neighbors!). We had no need to hookup anyway since we were only there for 3 days. Instead we just dumped right before leaving. Although the RV park did get the problem fixed pretty quickly.

2. Electric plugins

On our first trip, because we parked driving forward into the space (instead of backing in) we needed an extension cord for the electric plugin. The RV resort did have an extension cord, but they require a cash only deposit and after using it, it wasn’t working because it was old and the wires were messed up. Our neighbor ended up having an extension cord and let us use it (wow we got lucky), but after that trip we purchased a 25-foot extension cord and keep it in the RV for these kinds of situations. Lesson learned! If you have a motorhome, it’s definitely worth driving in so when you wake up you see the beach through your front windshield. And there are no rules at this RV park regarding which direction you park.

3. Power surge protector

You need to have this whenever you’re plugging in at any RV park. This regulates the amount of power to your RV when there’s inconsistent and faulty power. During one of our trips in Mexico, our neighbor had a surge protector that tells you how much power is coming from the hookup and there was more power than needed…which could ruin your appliances or start a fire in your RV. The surge protector prevents this from happening.

Where to Eat in Rocky Point, Mexico

Of course you can take food with you and cook or visit the fishing wharf and buy fresh shrimp and fish to cook (it’s so good!), but my husband and I love to eat out and find great restaurants, especially when traveling.

Here’s a list of our favorite places to eat when we’re in Rocky point:

Breakfast:

  • Xochitl’s Cafe (pronounced So-cheese) – Get the breakfast bean and cheese burrito, so good!! Everyone is very friendly and they have a rooftop patio. Cash only.
  • Kaffehaus – Who knew you could get authentic German streusel in Mexico, but it really is possible. The food is tasty and worth the wait, but beware, unless you get here really early you’ll probably have to wait an hour to get a table. Cash only.
  • Candy Cake Breakfast and Dessert – Oh my WOW, we finally got to try Candy Cake for breakfast on our last trip and it didn’t disappoint. The sauce on the chilaquiles was delicious. We got doughnuts to go and they were some of the best we’ve ever eaten. They also lasted 3-days without getting stale, pretty impressive.
  • Diego’s Tiki Bar – Diego’s is just a lot of fun and right on the beach. You’ll really feel like your vacation started when you start sipping on their beautiful (and tasty) tropical cocktails. We’ve had breakfast and lunch at this spot, but really enjoy the breakfast dishes.

Lunch/Dinner:

  • Pane E Vino – This restaurant has an upstairs and downstairs. If you want delicious Italian stye pizza (like seriously legit pizza) then visit the downstairs restaurant, it won’t disappoint. If you’re in the mood for crazy good lasagne or pasta, then visit the upstairs restaurant…the views are fantastic and it’s a great romantic night out.
  • Tacos El Molcajete – The tacos El Pastor are great. We like to order the “parrillada” for 5 people which is a large platter of food that you can share with your entire group. It includes El Pastor, chorizo, beef, chicken, pork, fried cheese, onions, avocado, and plenty of fresh tortillas.
“parrillada” at Tacos El Molcajete

Dessert

  • Churros y Elotes Penasco – Um, if you like churros, these are the best you’ll ever have. If you don’t like churros, you will after you eat these. It’s worth driving off the beaten path to find these.
  • Thrifty Ice Cream – This nostalgic ice cream parlor used to be more popular in the US, and can be found everywhere in Rocky Point, Mexico. The Ice cream is so good. Just make sure you know how to order what you want in Spanish or you’ll probably get an ice cream cone no matter what you order. Love this place (and rocky road)!
Thrifty Ice Cream Mexico

Try RV Camping in Rocky Point, Mexico

This is one of our favorite places to go for vacation. But visiting in an RV is a unique experience you can’t find in many places. Being able to stay beachfront, bring your dog and let them run on the beach, be close to bars, and have great views make Rocky Point a hidden treasure – and just a 4-5 hour drive from Phoenix. And everyone we’ve ever met at the RV park is always friendly.

We take our Polaris side by side with us and there’s lot’s of places to go off-roading in the sand and this is the vehicle we drive around town.

The trip is inexpensive, especially considering you’re right on the beach. If you haven’t been to Puerto Peñasco Mexico, I highly recommend taking the trip!

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