There are lots of Mexican beach destinations that are frequented by travelers looking for a little fun in the sun. But one of the lesser-known beach spots worth visiting is Puerto Peñasco. Also known as Rocky Point, this tourist town is just south of the Arizona border and just a four-hour drive from the city of Phoenix. It’s fun to lounge on the beach, take a cocktail cruise at sunset, and get active with a wide variety of water sports here. To fully enjoy the laid-back vibe of this Sonoran beach, here are some hotel recommendations to plan your trip!

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Playa Bonita Resort Ocean views at Playa Bonita Resort
Ocean views at Playa Bonita Resort

Playa Bonita Resort (Prices & Photos)

The Playa Bonita Resort is located on Hermosa Beach and offers a chill vibe near the golf club. There are 124 rooms here, two swimming pools, and a Jacuzzi for guests to enjoy. The rooms have queen-size beds, satellite TV, and other amenities, while suites here have kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers. There’s a mini-mart onsite and a great restaurant and bar, Puesta del Sol. Package deals are typically offered for spring break getaways, and you can even arrange for shuttle bus service from Phoenix to Rocky Point for around $70 round trip.

Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort Pure beach luxury at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
Pure beach luxury at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort

Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort (Prices & Photos)

Travelers also love staying at the Las Palmas Resort in Rocky Point because this is a private resort and a gated community that is safe, exclusive, and luxurious. Here you’ll find beachfront condos and homes available for rent, full-time security staff, a restaurant, clubhouse, three pools, and a waterslide. The resort has 20 three and four-bedroom homes and also four towers of one, two, and three-bedroom condos. Enjoy views of the Sea of Cortez and enjoy secluded beaches with the charm of Old World Mexico. This is a great place to stay if you’re traveling with kids because there’s a kids’ pool, game room, and exercise room. There’s also a spa onsite for relaxation and rejuvenation treatments. However, pets are not allowed at this resort. There are four condo towers (Bonita, Grande, Delphin, and Baja) to treat yourself to something more spacious and accommodating than a standard hotel room. The Grille at Las Palmas serves Mexican and American cuisine on the poolside patio, in the dining room, and for room service. The restaurant is open from 8am to 10pm every day except for Tuesdays.

Inn at San Luis Walking up to the Inn At San Luis
Walking up to the Inn At San Luis

Inn at San Luis (Prices & Photos)

If you’re looking for more of a quaint bed & breakfast vibe for your Puerto Peñasco vacation, consider staying at the Inn at San Luis. This is an American-owned and English-speaking B&B that is for adults only. There are three king rooms and a queen room that are relaxing and located in the Centro District. If you drive here, you can leave your car in the gated courtyard and take a taxi to get around town to avoid parking hassles. However, the whole town is only about five miles long so you can walk to pretty much everything too. Room rates start at about $75, and amenities include a private entrance, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and more. Breakfast is included in the room rate, served daily from 7am to 9am, and typically includes eggs, meats, fruits and vegetables, and tortillas.

Peñasco del Sol Hotel Pool fun at Hotel Peñasco del Sol
Pool fun at Hotel Peñasco del Sol

Peñasco del Sol Hotel (Prices & Photos)

This is a beachfront hotel in Puerto Peñasco that is in walking distance of all of the downtown restaurants, nightlife and attractions. There are 208 rooms and suites here that are beautifully furnished and have lovely views of the beach and nearby surroundings. The hotel recently underwent a $15 million renovation. This is a popular spot for weddings and meetings, and package deals are often available. These include golf packages if you want to play a few rounds, dog packages if you don’t want to leave your pup behind, and romance packages for celebrating something special. The rooms here are equipped with plasma TVs, coffeemakers, and you can choose a spacious family suite with two bedrooms and a kitchenette if you’re traveling with kids. For dining, Miguel’s restaurant serves local and American-style cuisine. Other amenities include the Azul Beach Club for specialty drinks, the Chill Lounge for after-dinner cocktails, the swimming pool, high-speed internet access, and snack and souvenir shops. There’s also a business center here and over 10,000 square feet of event space.

Luna Blanca by Kivoya

Luna Blanca by Kivoya (Prices & Photos)

Kivoya is a vacation home rental company that is also popular among tourists who travel to Puerto Peñasco. Luna Blanca 103, for example, has two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and is on the ground floor. This is a kid-friendly property, but pets are not allowed. Guests here enjoy the full kitchen, washer and dryer units, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and high-end finishes. Three are several other Luna Blanca units as well, and the prices start at around $150 USD. These upscale condos on the beach are next to a golf course, offer free self-parking, a business center, and two outdoor swimming pools. Treat yourself to a fun holiday rental in Puerto Peñasco!

The Marina Pinacate Pool view at the Marina Pinacate
Pool view at the Marina Pinacate

The Marina Pinacate (Prices & Photos)

Another great choice for vacation rental condos in town is the Marina Pinacate by FMI Rentals. This is a casual accommodation option that’s located on the top of a breakwater, so you’ll be only about 50 yards from the beach. It’s easy to walk to restaurants and bars from here and enjoy a family vacation. The units for rent have one, two, and three bedrooms and also a full kitchen. Most units have ocean views and some are poolside. On the property, you’ll find barbecue grills, a pool, and a kids’ pool too.

Hospedaje Mulege Rooms for rent at Hospedaje Mulege
Rooms for rent at Hospedaje Mulege

Hospedaje Mulege (Prices & Photos)

You’ll also be close to the area’s attractions and dining when you stay at the Hospedaje Mulege. There are seven rooms here that all have Wi-Fi access, with single rooms, double rooms, and deluxe rooms available. Some rooms have ocean views, and all of them have a mini-bar fridge, air conditioning, and cable TV. Private parking is also available for guests. This hotel is in the heart of the old port and near the Malecon, so it’s easy to walk to the nearby seafood restaurants and check out the beautiful beaches during your stay.