We made a run for the border and didn’t stop until we hit the coast.
One of the truly fantastic things about living in Arizona is being so close to the beautiful Mexican resort town of Puerto Penasco.
From Phoenix it’s an easy 2 1/2 hour drive to the border followed by an hour to the coast.
I hadn’t been to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) in years, and now I can’t remember why I ever stopped going? This fishing-village-turned-resort-town is just fabulous.
The drive from the border to Sandy Beach is a straight shot on a perfectly maintained highway. Almost every car you see on the highway has either Arizona or California license plates. I was actually surprised at how many California plates we saw! Anyone who drives from Arizona to Southern California with any regularity will appreciate how bad the condition of the highway is once you cross into California, so I couldn’t help but wonder if the Californians noticed how pristine the Mexican highway is?
We have always stayed in an area called Sandy Beach, on a kid friendly stretch of the coast that is populated with gated resorts.
|Sandy Beach, Rocky Point, Mexico
The resorts are comprised of privately owned condos, all of which have balconies facing the ocean. We normally stay at the Sonoran Sun, with it’s array of pools and swim up bar just steps from the beach, but this time we stayed next door at the beautiful and luxurious Bella Sirena.
Our condo was absolutely gorgeous. It was 1400 square feet, with 2 bedrooms (each of which has an ocean view) and 2 bathrooms, a huge kitchen with an open plan dining and living area.
|the master bedroom
|room with a view
|the living room looked out over the ocean
|the ceiling lit up at night
Beautifully decorated and fully appointed with everything you could possibly need, and with a huge patio from which the views were just breathtaking.
|breakfast view from our patio
We ate every meal on the patio, also the loveliest spot to enjoy morning coffee and to take in the sunset with a glass of wine.
|the sun sets over the Sea of Cortez while we watch from our balcony
Nights in Phoenix are now paralyzingly hot, so the balmy, ocean breeze filled evenings spent on the patio felt heaven sent.
|It was 113 degrees in Phoenix…
The Bella Sirena property itself is beautiful.
The gardens and foliage lined walkways are lovely.
There are multiple swimming pools including one with a swim up bar,
hammocks to stretch out on, grassy areas and of course, it’s own stretch of beach.
The Bella Sirena offers the choice of different sized condos as well as villas with roof patios for rent.
|Villa at Bella Sirena
|beach villa at Bella Sirena
Normally I like to rent a condo on one of the higher floors for the unimpeded view. This time we were only on the 2nd floor but still had a glorious view.