Another Blog About Mexico

Jun 13, 2013 View Comments by

Another Blog About MexicoWell the good guys and the bad guys
Well they never work past noon around here
They sit side by side in the cantinas
Talk to senoritas
And drink warm beer
– Mexico by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

Convincing my wife that driving to Mexico with our kids was no big deal wasn’t easy, but now that we have passed through all of the checkpoints her apprehension has turned into excitement (mine too). Our destination today is the Sea of Cortez to enjoy a multi-day music concert known as Circus Mexicus, hosted by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. We are headed to the town of Puerto Penasco, AKA, Rocky Point, AKA, Arizona’s beach. Just a couple of hours south of Arizona, it is a great location for the whole family, but you do need to prepare in advance.

While the town is filled with locals and tourists riding ATVs and dune buggies, there is an obvious lack of motorcycle visitors. I really expected a town like this to have more riders visiting. It seems like such a great destination. The road down has been designated a no-hassle highway. This means you do not need any special permits to drive between the U.S. border and Puerto Penasco. However, if you are going to be exploring beyond this area, be sure to have the proper permits and tourist visas, or you may find yourself donating your ride to the local authorities.

Following the rules closely down here is not optional. Many of the street signs are in Spanish only, so be armed with some basic understanding before heading down. Most speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour so watch closely. It can feel painfully slow, but as I witnessed the police have no hesitation in negotiating a few pesos from your wallet, for even a minor offense, before sending you on your way. It is recommended that you keep your driver’s license separate from where your cash is to limit how much you might be suggested to hand over.

A few more thoughts on riding in the area; Yielding to larger vehicles is expected, so if you are riding you may need to push yourself into traffic or you will not get in. Though the cars around you may be driving like a Mario Bros. video game and you’ll see local drivers with kids standing on seats and no seatbelts, these rules do not apply to visitors. Having a non-Mexican license plate makes you a person of interest at all times. Lastly, be sure to fully understand Mexican Vehicle insurance before heading in. There are many places to purchase it before you cross the border. Don’t skimp on this. Make sure to get a policy that includes that an adjuster and an attorney will come to the scene in the case of an accident, otherwise the police may detain you for hours.

Puerto Penasco offers plenty of entertainment; great music, tasty street tacos, and pineapples filled with adult-concoctions that are a great way to pass an afternoon seaside. If there is something you want, be prepared to negotiate. Most things can be purchased for around half of the starting price.

While some of what I have written here may sound negative, it is only intended to create awareness, not to discourage. I believe the logistics are worth overcoming to partake in the beauty of the area. Any travel in Mexico can be dangerous, however, if you follow the rules and act with respect the residents here (even the police) will reciprocate. In the end you simply must decide what your own personal level of comfort is when traveling.

For me, “I got my lures, got my bobbers, now I’m gonna go” . . . down to the ocean, put away my laptop, trade in my street clothes for a bathing suit, and head into the warm water that awaits . . .

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I am an introvert posing as an extrovert. I love travel in all forms, but prefer 2-wheels. I created AdventureHermit as a way to share my adventures and inspire others to find joy through discovery; writing for RoadRUNNER is a dream come true!