Rocky Point, Mexico
How long did you stay in Rocky Point?:a long weekend
Date of Visit (Month and Year):July 2004
Was this your first visit to Rocky Point?:Yes
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We picked up some more ice for the fish, and hit the road. The trip back was pretty fast and effortless. Crossing the border wasn't even a problem. They didn't ask for ID, they just felt behind the seat, asked where we were headed, and asked if we had any fruits or vegetables. We confessed we had a pineapple, knowing it was perfectly legal. We got stopped one more time at Organ Pipe National Monument. They asked what our citizenship was, and then waved us on. Even with a few pitstops for gas, rest room, and ice cream, we were back in Cottonwood by 3 pm. All in all, it was a wonderful trip, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Here's some of the somewhat negative, but expected, stuff:
* Women (especially unaccompanied by men, like we were) do get leered at and remarked to. We just ignored them.
* People will offer you drugs. Usually they ask if you smoke or pop, or a particularly unique strategy they tried on my friend, remarked on her tattoos and asked if she took anything for the pain.
* Kids hassle you to buy necklaces and to braid your hair. On the waterfront, the fishermen try and sell you shrimp and other seafood. At the Port, the guys try and get you to charter their boats. But a simple and firm "no thanks" is usually enough to get them to move on.
* We had no problem with crime, but we also made sure we were in by dark or shortly thereafter. We didn't hang out at the bars, were never loud and drunk, and we stuck to the main streets.
* We kept our money distributed, some deep in our pockets, some in my backpack, some in the room, even some in our bras. The bulk of our money was in small bills - $1s and $5s.
* There is only one ATM in Rocky Point and it only gives pesos. So it's good to get out all you think you'll need before you get there. We filled up the tank in Ajo, as I've heard the gas in Mexico is pretty inferior.
* It was July--hot and humid. On average it was about 90 degrees. The humidity ranged from 30% to 75%. Dress light, shower often, drink water, seek shade, stay in the A/C in the middle of the day.
* We brought a 5 gallon jug of our own water. We used it to make coffee, brush our teeth, and refill our water bottles. Most restaurants use filtered water, and bagged ice made with filtered water. At the tacos stands, we stuck to beer and canned sodas. We used lots of lime juice on most things, just in case.