Back in early September, I was so excited to get an email from Sea Side Reservations asking me to drive on down to Puerto Peñasco — known as Rocky Point to locals — for a gratis stay in one of their vacation rentals. A wanderlust craving a road trip, I couldn’t say no!
I’ve actually had friends recommend a trip down to Rocky Point in the past, but I never got the chance to actually go down there. So in the middle of October, just after a cold visit to Minnesota for my sister’s wedding, I headed to balmy Mexico to do important things such as sip on pineapple piña coladas, eat fresh seafood and dig my toes into the sand.
The accommodations — Bella Sirena Resort Room BE 503-V – were far more than I expected. I mean… it was huge and completely furnished, complete with a dining room table, full kitchen, spacious (fancy pants) bathroom and a view. I mean, a really gorgeous view. There was certainly enough room for at least two more people to join, if not more, and the rate is extremely affordable at $115 – $175 per night.
Hard to capture the bathroom, but it was a very nice space. Is it weird that I really like to look at bathrooms? Any time I visit a new restaurant or check into a hotel, I have to check out the bathrooms. Haha.
The morning after arriving, a sweet and highly recommend cafe called Kaffee Haus beckoned (yes, German food with a Mexican twist). Prices were low and the food was outstanding, as was the (much needed) coffee.
Another highlight from the trip was a visit to Malecon, a fish and shrimp market where you can find lots of goods for sale (get your haggle hat on), tons of restaurant options, and, of course, fresh fish for dirt cheap. Also available: glorious views. I was a little overwhelmed with the touting, but it’s par for the course at markets like this.
And finally… the Gulf of California is truly beautiful, and probably one of the main reasons people venture to Rocky Point is to splash in the waves. It was nice to be able to walk out of the Bella Sirena hotel room and straight onto the beach. I worried about it being too crowded, but it was buzzing just enough to make you feel like you were in good company without overwhelming you with crowds. There were massages to be had (yes, seaside massages), horse rides, and plenty more.
*Hotel accommodations were paid for by Sea Side Reservations in exchange for a blog review.