Ooo...do not question my sense of adventure! The dare had been uttered and I frantically searched for flights to Tuscon.
Once there, we packed up a SUV, two women on a mission of fun and exploration. I shoved my cash in my bra, though, just in case, and kept my passport within sight. I may be adventurous, but I'm cautious, too. Like I said, I've seen a lot of movies and I really like my head attached to my body.
Crossing the border into Mexico was much easier than anticipated. The only "bandits" assaulting us were people selling tortillas and blankets. So far, so good. Onward we drove toward the Sea of Cortez.
We stayed at the Grand Mayan Hotel, which is a twenty-minute drive from the town. Personally, I loved this hotel. The food was great, the staff is nice, and the beach is phenomenal. My only issue would be the insistence of the time-share people when you first check-in. We had already booked an ocean view room--that is their carrot they hang in front of you to go on the tour--and needed to be rather firm about our room confirmation. Other than that, it is an exceptional property and I would go there again in a heartbeat.
The town of Rocky Point is filled with people who have been deported from the United States. All of them have a story to tell so be prepared to listen. They were nice, though, but it is a very poor town compared to resort areas like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, or Puerto Vallarta. There is no airport there so people need to drive across the border. There were a lot of license plates from Arizona, Texas, and California as if those three states have a well-kept secret in this beautiful town south of the border.
If you don't want to drive your personal vehicle, there are tour companies that run people directly from the Phoenix airport to Rocky Point and back. One of the companies is called Head Out to Rocky Point. I mention them because we met up with their van driver at Why Not, Arizona, and followed them down to our hotel so we wouldn't get lost. Very nice people and, no, I'm not getting paid to endorse them.
If you do decide to drive, be aware that American car insurance does not apply to Mexico. You need to purchase special Mexican car insurance prior to going that could cover an accident or theft. Don't think you can rent a car and go---most rental companies won't allow that.
I highly recommend this trip if you're looking for a beach vacation that is a bit different from the norm. I still think about how serene that beach was--wide, full of shells, with miles of sand stretching out for miles.
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