If you’re feeling like going on a fun weekend or day trip to Mexico, try Rocky Point. It’s about 3 and a half hours from Phoenix, which is nice. Before you go though, there’s some things you should know. First, Mexico does not recognize American insurance, so you must get Mexican auto insurance if you think you might get broken into and want to file a claim. You get charged determined on your type and year of vehicle, what states you will drive in, the value of your vehicle, and the length of time you pan to be there. Insurance for our 2015 Grand Caravan cost us about $35 for one day. We got ours online at AAA, but I’m sure there’s a lot of other places you can get it from, including the last few towns in Arizona that you pass through.
Second, have some Pesos on hand. You’re a couple hours into Mexico, so they don’t take U.S. dollars without some persuasion.
Third, GPS got us there, but not home. We have T-mobile, and we didn’t have any internet connection anywhere, so GPS wouldn’t connect. Have your return directions pre-downloaded so you don’t have a panic like I did! (My husband, thankfully, remembered the first few directions we needed).
Number four, the main road is pretty good, but if you get off the beaten path at all it’s a mess! Dirt roads, trash and broken glass everywhere, train cars that double as people’s homes, shanty towns, pot holes bigger than a laundry basket, and people walking all over the streets trying to sell stuff. There was a parade that shut down the major street the day we went, or else we wouldn’t have gone onto other streets, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it, unless you choose to go on an adventure!
Look closely and you'll see the condition of the road
There was a large parking area where you could park for 6 pesos that was really close to the beach, so that’s where we headed. There were shops on the walk to the beach where they sold fruity drinks, and then on the beach they were selling blankets, jewelry, beach toys and sunglasses. It was an absolutely gorgeous beach at the base of a hotel, protected in a little cove so the waves never got too big. There was an area just above us where 4 wheelers were going over sand dunes, and there were also horses to ride, but neither the horses nor the 4 wheelers came onto the beach where we were. We picked up shells, dug holes, waded in the water, which was a pleasant temperature, and took a few walks up the beach. I didn’t feel like we were in danger, but I did carry the bag with our wallets, phones, and passports with me on our walks, and kept it within arms reach at all times, just in case. I’m just kind of paranoid I guess, because I do that no matter where we are. We didn’t get to the beach until 1:00 or 2:00ish, so we only had a few hours before it started to get dark, and I wish we would have left home earlier so we could have had more time to play.
Lastly, you must have a passport or a passport card to get back into the United States. There are 3 different checkpoints we went through, one where they checked our passports, and 2 where they just looked in the car. Just have your documents ready and you’ll be fine.