Traveling from Phoenix, Arizona to Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) is a popular destination for many Arizonans seeking a beach getaway. My wife and I with a few friends made the trip recently and felt perfectly safe. Rocky Point is a beautiful coastal town located in the Mexican state of Sonora on the shores of the Sea of Cortez. To get there, you have a couple of transportation options:
- Driving: The most common way to reach Rocky Point from Phoenix is by driving. The drive takes about 3-4 hours, depending on your starting point in Phoenix and the border crossing wait time. Here are the general steps to follow:
- Start on Interstate 10 heading West from Phoenix.
- Continue south on AZ-85 to the border crossing at Lukeville AZ (not much at Lukeville).
- Cross the border into Mexico and take Mexico Route 8 South (MEX-8) towards Puerto Peñasco.
Follow the signs to Rocky Point and all the Arizona license plates heading south.
- Flying: While there is no major airport in Rocky Point, you can fly into the Mar de Cortés International Airport (PPE) near Puerto Peñasco. From Phoenix, you would need to take a flight to the airport with one or more layovers. After arriving at the airport, you can use ground transportation services to reach Rocky Point, which is around a 30-40 minute drive away.
- Shuttle Services: Several shuttle services and private transportation companies offer trips from Phoenix to Rocky Point. These companies provide door-to-door services, making the border crossing process more convenient.
- Bus: You can take a bus from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Some bus companies provide direct services to the town. The journey takes longer than driving, and you may have to transfer at the border, so it’s essential to check the bus schedules and availability.
Before planning your trip, it’s essential to check for any travel advisories or border crossing requirements, as they can change over time. Also, ensure that you have all the necessary documentation, such as passports, and familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations. It’s recommended to have Mexican auto insurance if you’re driving, as U.S. car insurance is not valid in Mexico.