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Old 09-22-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) safety

I've heard conflicting reports regarding tourist safety in PP. A friend related that conditions have seriously declined regarding safety and advised not to travel there. He also expressed concern about even the safety of the roads. Does anyone have any recent info. Was considering a trip there this winter. Thoughts?
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:05 AM   #2
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There is absolutely no problem and the road is excellent. We were there in June and will be going again later this year. It's a shame people keep spreading misinformation. You are safer there than in south Tucson.
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safe....not here.

I got caught for an overnight stay in Mexico because of a gunfight....Nuevo Progresso.
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We winter in Ajo and have never heard of problems over the border. The place is a cash cow for the Mexicans and I understand security is very tight. We've seen some monster, expensive rigs heading that way. I understand there is a dry camping area that is also patrolled.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:25 PM   #5
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I got caught for an overnight stay in Mexico because of a gunfight....Nuevo Progresso.
Yah, if you'd stay out of the red light district you would'nt have had that problem.
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Mexico & safety

I have driven, camped, and hiked the Baja,sailed the Sea of Cortez, went to Peurto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Alcata, San Blais and in between for the last 5 years. We wandered in cities, barrios and back country villages, went to cock fights, local ball games and fiestas where there wasnt another pale face to be found, and never, ever had any trouble.

We followed the rules, learned a bit of Spanish, always said Gracias and Senor, paid a few small bribes - no big deal - showed respect to the Mexicans, their courty and their way of doing things. In return we were treated generously, kindly and people went out of their way to help us.

We love Mexico and can harldy wait to get back.

in the meantime, Vancouver has registered its 35th murder this year, and there are drug sellers on the streets of Victoria.
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My bigest complaint and deterrent to traveling to Mexico is the hassle of waiting in line and clearing customs going back into the good ol' USA.
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We went down to Loreto,Baja Sur in July. A 5 day mini vacation. We had no problems ,we drove down. Since 1999 I have been down the Baja 7 times. Never any trouble. Only problem I have is I can't go more. Adios, John
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We will be heading back down there in November ... second trip this year. We try to go twice per year. We have had no problems whatsoever. Puerto Penasco is a small fishing town and is very safe. The border crossing can get backed up during peak days since it is only a two lane crossing at Lukeville. We stay at Playa Bonita RV Resort and usually have a beach front site. Here are a couple of shots from our last trip.
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We are headed down to our winter home in San Carlos, Sonora in a few weeks. We feel perfectly safe there. You could sleep all night on the main drag of San Carlos and not be harmed.
Have heard of zero problems in Rocky Point, Puerto Penasco. No pot growing and little smuggling.
Listen to the people who have been there rather than those who are afraid to go.
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My bigest complaint and deterrent to traveling to Mexico is the hassle of waiting in line and clearing customs going back into the good ol' USA.
The Lukeville crossing isn't bad if you can avoid weekends.
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An experience is always good until it's not. Here's a link that will allow you to get the data rather than just personal opinion's. Check a couple of countries just to get a comparison. Of course US states are not included in the database. It also doesn't acount for the number of visitors so you cann't get a feeling for deaths per 1000 visit days. I would expect the best time to travel is right after sunrise. Bad guys tend to sleep in....


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An experience is always good until it's not. Here's a link that will allow you to get the data rather than just personal opinion's. Check a couple of countries just to get a comparison. Of course US states are not included in the database. It also doesn't acount for the number of visitors so you cann't get a feeling for deaths per 1000 visit days. I would expect the best time to travel is right after sunrise. Bad guys tend to sleep in....


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Data/Flata, it shows a couple of vehicle accidents for Puerto Penasco in the past two years. We are not talking about personal opinions here, we are talking about personal experience of which I'm wondering how much you have in this part of Mexico.
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