Do you enjoy sipping morning coffee on a quiet balcony while watching the sun slowly rise or sipping a leisurely glass of wine while watching a glorious sunset reflecting on the Sea of Cortez? If so, a relaxing vacation at Encanto Living (Enchanted Living) is the ideal place for you. Located just a few miles from the quaint Mexican town of Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), this stunning, private, gated community is located on Playa Miramar (Miramar Beach), a quiet secluded beach away from all traffic and noise of Sandy Beach. Stroll along the pristine beach that goes for miles. Enjoy unbelievable shell collecting, watch pelicans swoop, admire the regal great heron, and contemplate the numerous tide pools. Don't forget to look seaward as dolphin sightings are common.
The majestic condo balcony has 180 degree views of the Sea of Cortez and Marimar Beach. You can hear the waves lapping at the shore and feel the gentle ocean breezes of the Sea of Cortez . At night you can see a sky full of twinkling stars. With over 2000 square feet of living area, this condo, which can accommodate up to 6 people and maybe 2 more small children on the cots, has 2 master bedrooms and 2.5 baths plus a king size sofa bed. A soothing Jacuzzi tub is located in the Grand Master suite. The modern kitchen is complete with granite counter tops and GE stainless steel appliances. The condo has a full size washer and dryer. Internet Wi-Fi and Direct TV are added features. The Encanto complex has its own water purification system with water initially coming from deep mountain wells.
Encanto Living was developed by the same group that developed all of the Mayan resorts throughout Mexico so quality, perfection and amenities abound. The Grand Lobby has soaring 15-foot ceilings and indoor fireplaces. The pool area is lushly landscaped with a heated infinity pool, sun loungers, oceanfront whirlpool spas, private cabanas, outdoor barbecues, assigned shaded parking, multi-function community room, tennis courts, fitness/exercise equipment room, and self-serve pool bar & grill area. The resort has 24 hour security and on-site English and Mexican property management.
Encanto Living Condos and next to Luna Blanca Condos (you can use their facilities also) are near the Mayan Palace , which is an easy walk down the beach or a 5 minute drive. There you can enjoy pool side margaritas and casual dining. Their fabulous restaurant offers a fantastic Sunday brunch as well as excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Premier Golf is just 2 miles away at the Mayan Palace's own J. Nicklaus signature 18 hole golf course. At the Mayan Palace you can sign up for water sports, eco tours and other activities for kids and the whole family.
A 20 minute drive takes you to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) where you can explore the fish market and shops in Old Port or enjoy the conveniences of a Sam's Club and Rocky Point's version of Wal-Mart (Bodega Aurelia). If you fancy the work of Mexican artisans, a visit to Cholla Mall is a must. With a little planning, many other activities are also available in town or along the beach, such as sailing, banana boats, jet skis, 4-wheeling ATV, ultralight planes, sunset cruises, fishing, and trips to Bird Island for snorkeling or just watching the wildlife.
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Where is Rocky Point? Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco in Spanish), Mexico is located 212 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona and is approximately 66 miles south of the Arizona/Mexico border. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Phoenix.
Located just over an hour's drive from the border with the United States, Puerto Peñasco is a small Mexican fishing village, receiving an ever increasing number of residents from Arizona longing for the beach. The resort is reinventing itself, trying to reshape its image as something more than a meeting place for groups of campers, and for people who come in their RV's. A new port is being built to accommodate cruise ship in town. The Encanto Living condo on Miramar Beach os on secluded section of beach south of the main town.
Puerto Peñasco draws visitors for its fine beaches, water sports, fishing, and desert-by-the sea beauty. Calm, warm water conditions are ideal for swimming and boating. Unique tidal conditions characterize many area beaches, creating some incredible tide pools filled with aquatic marine life. Windsurfing conditions are ideal from December through April. Fishing is best during summer months, but something is biting year-'round. If you enjoy eating seafood more than chasing it, the city's seafood market, near downtown on the seafront, Calle Alcantar, attracts visitors packing coolers and ice. Prices for fresh fish and shellfish are very reasonable. Diving options are somewhat limited to a few rocky outcroppings, plus a popular island (Isla San Jorge) with a sea lion colony and some coral formations.
Coasts of Puerto Peñasco, 110 kilometers in length, are an important refuge of sea life. Its calm waters house a large variety of species of flora and fauna, for which these have been declared as an ecological reserve in order to preserve the aquatic diversity that, nowadays, is endangered. In the beaches Miramar, El Mirador, La Cholla, Las Conchas, Playa de Oro and Playa Bonita, besides of natural reserves such as Estero Morua (Morua Estuary), it is possible to find tiny crabs, colorful sea shells, snails and sea cucumbers under the rocks or dragged by the waves, as well as pistol shrimps, anemone, sea stars and other animals.
Adventurers will find here a true paradise; desert, islands, semi-virgin beaches, caves and endless wonders to be discovered. Without doubt, the best option to know the natural treasures of the zone is to attend to the Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos [Intercultural Center of Desert and Ocean Studies (CEDO)], a non-lucrative organization which favors the ecological education and protection of land and sea environments of the region. Its facilities (located at 9 km from the beach Las Conchas) house an interesting museum, an extensive bookstore and some exhibits. But, what a better way to get sensitive before the urgency to preserve the natural environments than living them on the flesh? That's why; CEDO offers the visitors guided tours to the Sonora natural destinations.
These visits allow knowing the vast dunes, volcanoes, and sarahuales of the Reserve of the Biosphere of El Pinacate, lodged in the core of the Great Desert of Altar. They also get close to the “tide pools” in the costs of the Sea of Cortes, zones where the tide goes up and down several meters, twice a day. On going down a wide coastal line is discovered and ot can be seen among the holes of rocks hundreds of marine animals such as snails, sea cucumbers, pistol shrimps –which produce strong sounds similar to gunshots–, anemone, sea stars and even octopus.
Another travel goes deeper in the estuaries of the desert coast, such as the estuary Morúa, home of countless species of resident and migratory birds. At San Jorge, a rocky island located at some 40 kilometers to the southeast from Puerto Peñasco, reside pelicans, bobo birds, seagulls and bats. However, the main inhabitants of this reserve are seals; CEDO vessels get close to certain areas of the coast where tourists can swim, snorkel or sail in kayak surrounded by the friendly mammals that get close to play with them.
Recently remodeled, the main tourism corridor of Puerto Peñasco gathers souvenirs shops, restaurants, bars, cantinas and other establishments of tourism interest. It is a cultural space where natives and visitors attend to have fun, take a drink, eat some seafood dish or just for a walk with a unique landscape as background: the Sea of Cortes. Along 450 meters, establishments where local craftsmanship is sold open their doors, ideal to buy a souvenir of the trip; traditional food restaurants, which mainly consists in seafood prepared in different ways, and bars that, when the night falls, offer live music and cocktails to the visitors.
In the stores lining up on the jetty it is possible to find, among other objects, craftsmanship elaborated with sea shells, hats, collars, earrings and bracelets with shells and stones, sunglasses, Cuban cigars, purses, postcards, sandals and typical candy. Restaurants offer a varied menu: gourmet Mexican food, seafood, grills, fine steak cuts and international food. Dinning on its terraces allows, besides of enjoying exquisite dishes, admiring a magnificent view at the light of candles.
At the beach of the jetty –where the sculpture of El Camaronero rises, symbol of Puerto Peñasco– is a space of co.existence and a gathering point for the natives. Most of popular festivities are celebrated here; the commemoration of the battle of May 5th, the anniversary of the foundation of the port, the Holy Week and other religious festivities. Frequently, parties are organized where local bands play live music, such as the "Sunday afternoon parties”.
A tiring journey but extremely enriching is the one that makes us get deeper in the Sonora desert, which landscape is formed by volcanoes, large sandy surfaces, and a clear night sky. In no other place of the Mexican territory reigns the silence with such deepness; for this reason and for many other, thousands of visitors from all over the world gather here to live an experience out of the ordinary. El Pinacate –which takes its name from a black beetle which lives here–, is a natural protected reserve which is found in the core of the Great Desert of Altar, a fraction of the huge Sonora Desert. With a surface dominated by more than 500 craters, it was here where NASA tested the lunar vehicle that it would use in the Apollo space program.
Rocky Point, a site of exceptional natural wealth, is the favorite destination of many practitioners of aquatic sports. Annual events of sportive fishing tournaments, triathlons (sportive competitions comprising three stages: swimming, running and biking and to which attend athletes from all over the world), sailboat races and other activities practices on the ground, such as desert motorcycle races are carried out here. As a tourism destination that began from sailing and fishing, Rocky Point has the entire infrastructure to enjoy the sea and explore its corners –large vessels, small yachts, jet skies, kayaks, sailboats…Water sports equipment and ATV rentals are available at area resorts and outfits around town.
After swimming in the calm waters of the sea, exploring its depths or taking the sun in the soft sand, what about calming the hunger with some fresh shrimps, oysters in their shell or a tasty zarandeado fish? At Puerto Peñasco, the most popular dishes are those prepared with freshly harvested seafood. Costa Brava shrimps are offered in the restaurants; these are covered with cheese, wrapped in strips of bacon and fried. They are served with a sweet apple sauce, butter, honey and wine, and accompanied with salad or rice. Zarandeado fish, the star of the menu of palapas and luxury restaurants, is added with onion, garlic and hot-peppers and wrapped in banana leave to be roasted later in charcoal.
The natives eat a dish called “caguamanta”, which main ingredient is the stingray cooked in steak with garlic, green beans, carrots and a pasilla chili sauce. The culinary offer of Puerto Peñasco also includes dishes made with meat, a basic component of Sonora gastronomy.
On returning home, why not taking a small piece of paradise with us? We can choose among a large variety of creations elaborated by the craftsmen of the region and which are sold in stores, markets and galleries. A large number of stores open their doors on the jetty, but it is possible to find open establishment practically in any corner. In these spaces we can find decorations made of sea shells and snails, pieces of ceramic, hardware, jewelry and figures carved in hard wood (dolphins, sheep and turtles, among other animals). Likewise, the inhabitants of Pápagos elaborate carved wood figures, rustic pieces of pottery made of clay, stones and choya sticks.