Rocky Point Cruise Port

Rocky Point, also known as Puerto Penasco, is slated to open in early 2017 as the first cruise ship homeport in Mexico. The Mexican government has earmarked roughly $100 million for the project, adding a cruise terminal and convention center to the town, which is located in the Gulf of California. About 200 miles south of Phoenix and Tucson, Rocky Point is an easy drive-to port for Arizona residents.

Allowing for cruises through the Sea of Cortez, this one-mile-long port is being constructed on 12 acres of land donated by a local resort owner. Improvements to existing hotels and roads in the beach town have been promised by the local government prior to the port’s opening, in addition to better access to the local airport for those flying in and out of the port.

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Jan. 24, 2017.  According to current estimates, an investment of 1 billion pesos (approximately 50 million USD) is needed for completion of the Puerto Peñasco Home Port, detailed Sonora Tourism Promotion Director (COFETUR) Daniel Camacho Saldívar.

The COFETUR Director made these statements during a presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 24th, to Mexican Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro, and other officials gathered at the Home Port construction project in Puerto Peñasco. He explained progress on the Home Port currently represents 55% on the breakwater jetty, with a 2% advance on the construction of the dock. He reported 491 million pesos have been invested in the project so far, meaning there are still over 1 billion pesos programmed for the overall investment.

The COFETUR Director detailed construction on the breakwater jetty has reached 720 of the planned 1,531 meters in length, representing about 55% progress, while there has been 2% progress on construction of the dock.

Camacho Saldívar emphasized Puerto Peñasco has tremendous potential for cruise ships to offer 3 to 5-day cruises along a regional route encompassing both parts of Baja California, Sinaloa, and Sonora.  In the long term, this could lead to expanded routes to the center of the country, as well as up the coast to the United States.

Following the presentation, both Mexican Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano indicated available investments and short-term alternatives will need to be reviewed in seeing this important project through.

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