Rocky Point or Puerto Penasco is located in the northwestern corner of the state of Sonora. It’s a great place for living and many expats choose it for their place of residence. That is why many people speak English, even though the main language is Spanish. Tourism and fishing are the two main sources of income for people living in Rocky Point. Now that you know a little bit about this place, let’s see what life in Rocky Point looks like for families with kids.
What every family with children wants to know about a certain place they are planning to relocate to is about its educational opportunities. At a certain point, Rocky Point had some fifty schools! You would probably agree that’s a lot for a place with a population of just under 60 thousand people. At the moment, the number of schools is not so high, but there are still great opportunities for education. What schools here have in common is that their pupils wear uniforms and children are taught the right values. You will not see many children with their phones and tablets during their recess or lunch break. But you will notice the schoolyards swarming with children playing football, or basketball, or any other game.
Schools are not so posh here, and many of them do not even have the air conditioning, but kids are happy and that’s what matters. They are thought to be happy with what they have and to help the less fortunate ones. There are a few bi-lingual schools too. Many English speaking foreigners relocate and enroll their children in these schools easily.
Cost of Life in Rocky Point
Naturally, if your family is about to move one of the first things you should consider is the cost of living in a new place. There are some big decisions that you have to make right away. One of them is whether you will buy or rent a home for your family. Maybe the best thing to do is to start by renting until you decide if this is the place where you want to live permanently, or at least for a longer period of time.
The amount of money you will have to set aside for monthly rent when living in Rocky Point starts from 200 USD for an apartment further away from the beachfront. Of course, if you decide to rent a home closer to the beach, be prepared that you will need much more. The utilities are not included in the mentioned amounts.
Cooking and eating
Groceries are much cheaper here than in the USA. Meat, fish, and poultry are about 30-40% cheaper in Rocky Point. If you are moving to Mexico from New York City, for example, you will not believe how much money you will have left in your wallet after grocery shopping!
The local restaurants serving traditional Mexican food are very affordable, which makes them perfect for families that like to eat out. Even though food is spicier here and it tastes stronger, every restaurant offers kids-friendly options, so the entire family can enjoy themselves.
If you are not coming from some other parts of Mexico, you should know that your domestic health insurance policy won’t be valid here in Rocky Point. If you do not have medical insurance, we strongly advise you to get it as soon as possible, be prepared to pay 30 USD minimum for a doctor’s appointment, while dental services start from 50 USD. Healthcare is in good condition in Rocky Point and you will not struggle to find a clinic where English is spoken.
Since the border is not so far away, some drug-related crimes do happen. However, if you avoid suspicious neighborhoods and try to stay out of trouble, you and your family will be just fine.
Entertainment in Rocky Point
Life in Rocky Point offers so many entertainment options. The place welcomes many tourists, which means that there is always something to do in Puerto Penasco.
Picnic by the sea
Having a beach day with your family is one of the great and cheap things to do in Rocky Point. It’s good for your health, shape and for family bonding. You can bring your already prepared food or decide to prepare it on the spot with your family which might be more fun. Young children will enjoy themselves exploring whichever beach you choose to take them to. Most of them will be fascinated by tide pools and sea creatures they will be able to see inside them. Light-colored sand, blue waters and black rocks – that is a combination that cannot be found at many places worldwide, but Rocky Point has it. As a matter of fact, it is named after it.
Since Rocky Point is a popular seaside destination for tourists, it makes sense that it offers alot. Here are some of the activities:
- Banana boats are very popular in Rocky Point. Ask your speed boat operator for a smoother or a bumpier ride and have fun! Older kids can have a ride while younger ones play in the sand.
- Kayaking tours are not just for tourists. The great thing about life in Rocky Point is that you can enjoy the amazing nature and exploring marine life. The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans performs its activities here.
- Your kids will probably be thrilled to see the aquarium and the sea life inside of it. That would be a great family activity and your kids can learn a lot from it.
Isla San Jorge
Bird Island, or Isla San Jorge, as the locals call it, is also one of the popular destinations for families with kids. The island is rich in birds and sea lions and it can be explored in various ways. Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are just some of the options.
Millennials love life in Rocky Point, just like the retirees do. People of all ages can have fun here which means that the place is perfect for families with kids too.
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