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Looking for your beachfront condo?

You never saw it coming, but the next Cancun is going to be in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. That's about 4 hours southwest of Tucson on the eastern edge of the Sea of Cortés, and consequently it is crawling with Arizonans. Heather and I were there for the first weekend of Spring Break 2006. If you're looking for an "authentic" Mexican experience (it's only authentic if our stereotyped expectations are met, of course), you won't find it in Puerto Peñasco, aka "Rocky Point." It's well on its way to Cancun's sprawling resort-like complex of highrise condominiums and tacky poolside cabana bars. The students from my school love it. It turns out, Puerto Peñasco isn't the only place getting an overhaul in the name of American tourism. The marinas, ports, and resort towns around Baja California and western Mexico are slated for major development to draw you and me and our greenbacks into the Mexican economy (it needs all the help it can get). The project, La Escalera Nautica (Nautical Ladder), is named for its succession of nautical stops that climb the coastline (apparently renamed the Sea of Cortés Project more recently). With their eyes on the filthy rich Americans with big yachts just to the north, the project's designers seek to create a string of stopovers separated by about a day's sailing distance, and of course exploit as much of their natural environment as possible in the name of economic expansion. If you're looking to invest, I hear they're still a few hundred million short. Heather and I stayed in the top floor of this deluxe beachside condominium thanks to our dear friend Lisa and the speculative eye of her mother who owns a place there.

Look closely and you'll see Heather on the balcony up there.
There were six of us there for the weekend, including Heather's old pal Sande and her beau Museem (hey, how do you spell your name?). From this vantagepoint we could see the bathing beauties and some dolphins just off-shore. The beaches were dotted with gringos and a constant stream of local merchants hawking hats, sunglasses, kites, toys, and even pottery. Despite the Spring Break bikinis and bare skin, it was remarkably chilly and breezy. I left my bikini in the room. And here we have the future of Mexican tourism!!!
(Clockwise) Me, Heather, Lisa, Sandee, Museem, Heather Too
Thanks to the group for the good times. Spring Break 2007? Haiti!

“Looking for your beachfront condo?”

  1. Anonymous Marcela Roxanne Duenas Says:

    If you like Puerto Penasco, you should come and check out the Mayan beach! I work for the Real Estate there, and it is incredible what we are doing! The international Airport in 2008! Check out our beachfront towers too at www.lunab.com and www.encantoliving.com... and dont forget to look for me:
    Marcela Roxanne D.

  2. Anonymous lisa Says:

    i did a google search for my name... and look what I found! I have to say that those pictures are not the ones I would have chosen to come up when you type my name into google... but hell... at least some pictures come up.