'Articles from 2006' Category


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Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Puerto Peñasco, el nuevo polo de inversión

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

El maravilloso Mar de Cortés, resguardado por la península bajacaliforniana y el extenso y enigmático desierto sonorense, nos ofrece limitadas y fascinantes alternativas de diversión, y de ello hemos dado cuenta en estas páginas. Por su enorme caudal recreativo no solo ha atraído – y seguirá atrayendo – infinidad de viajeros de esta y otras latitudes. El gran potencial de desarrollo que por naturaleza ofrece el llamado acuario del mundo, ha llamado poderosamente la atención de los grandes inversionistas que, como expertos visionarios del futuro, han apuntado atinadamente sus recursos hacia el que se vislumbra como la máxima estrella del escenario costero mexicano: Puerto Peñasco.

Las perspectivas de éxito depositadas, a penas a mediados de la década pasada, en el primer desarrollo hotelero en el municipio, se han visto incrementadas abrumadoramente con la presencia incontenible de múltiples mega proyectos que le han dado un giro espectacular a la vocación primaria de esta joya sonorense. La fisonomía del puerto se ha modificado rápidamente dando paso a modernos y lujosos complejos hoteleros, elegantes condominios y torres de departamentos, así como exclusivos desarrollos residenciales.

En forma paralela, los servicios turísticos complementarios se han multiplicado en forma significativa: restaurantes de especialidades, comercios, asesores inmobiliarios, campos de golf, arrendadoras, recorridos turísticos, servicios de salud, talleres especializados y todo lo que conlleva un crecimiento de esta magnitud. Es tan acelerada la construcción de nuevos proyectos inmobiliarios, que rápidamente se requiere la incorporación de mayores y mejores servicios de esta índole.

Evidentemente, el privilegio de su posición geográfica ha traído consigo grandes ventajas para Puerto Peñasco, pero estas se han traducido también en grandes oportunidades para los inversionistas compradores de bienes inmuebles, en su mayoría familias norteamericanas y canadienses que han aprovechado la coyuntura para hacerse de propiedades a precios muy accesibles para su economía. Y no solo eso; las inversiones siguen aterrizando en el municipio dentro del sector comercio, la industria, y de servicios donde los inversores han encontrado redituables y, cada vez más consolidados negocios.

Por supuesto que para todo el panorama actual de desarrollo se esté dando de tal manera, es porque ha contado con el respaldo y la apertura de las autoridades correspondientes, quienes han visto reflejado su apoyo y estimulo con la llegada de capitales frescos que generan una gran cantidad de fuentes de trabajo y, por ende, un mayor desarrollo para la poblacion Roca porteña. No es de sorprenderse, entonces que el joven municipio este acaparando los mayores índices de inversión en nuestro país y en buena parte del mundo.

Es probable que cualquiera que no conozca Puerto Peñasco y haya leído con atención hasta este punto, llegue a concluir que en el corto plazo se habrán agotado sus márgenes de desarrollo tal como lo hemos expuesto. Nada más equivocado.

Puerto Peñasco es grande en todos los sentidos y en relación con su proyección futura, podemos afirmar que su crecimiento actual es incipiente. Así lo han visualizado los analistas y lo han entendido los grandes empresarios, quienes han cifrado la confianza de sus inversiones en nuevos y espectaculares proyectos que llamaran no solo la atención, sino también la llegada de nuevos capitales hacia los distintos sectores relacionados.

Lo anterior es el panorama presente. Están en puerta los ambiciosos proyectos de un aeropuerto internacional, la carretera costera y la escala náutica correspondiente a dicho puerto, en el marco del proyecto Mar de Cortés. Seguramente cuando estos hayan consumado su completa realidad – que ya inicio -, estaremos hablando de un futuro mucho más halagador todavía.

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THE AJO SCENIC LOOP

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

This is a 10.9 mile drive over a well maintained gravel road. It will take you through the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Essentially all Sonoran desert plants, for this elevation, are readily spotted on this easy self guided tour. Many say there are more Organ Pipe Cacti here than in the Organ Pipe National Monument. Saguaro, Organ Pipe, Hedgehog, Barrel, Prickly Pear and Cholla Cacti, Ocotillo and Jojoba, Mesquite, Iron Wood, Palo Verde and Elephant Trees, Fair Duster and Brittle Brush all are well represented or in abundance as are many more desert varieties.

  In addition, there are great desert and mountain views. There are unusual rock formations such as Balanced Rock, The Pillar and Wind Swept Rock. The Scenic Loop Road brings you in from behind A Mountain, gives you a final over view of Ajo, then returns you to Highway 85, about 0.7 miles West of the starting point.

The Plaza
  Mileage from the Plaza will be used to provide directions.

MILE 0.0, The Plaza, set your odometer or write down your mileage. Head South for Organ Pipe National Monument.

MILE 2.4, Darby Well Road, sign is on the right. Turn right onto Darby Well Road and you are now heading straight for Black Mountain, the big one.

MILE 4.3, junction of Darby Well Road and Scenic Loop Road, this intersection is unmarked but it is obvious, parts of deserted buildings on the right – this is Darby Well. Caution: Occasionally campers will leave an arrow or something on cardboard to their friends. Disregard! Take the right hand road and from this point on, always stay on the best road. To the south, Balancing Rock will be most noticeable from here. The rock pile, overburden removed from the mine, will be on your right. Ahead are great desert view both near and distant.

NOTE: When stopping to take pictures, or to get a better view, pull carefully to the side of the road or park on a side road. Do not pull off the road into the desert!

MILE 6.1, Junction, Mica Mine Road, (unmarked) cuts to the left, but go straight ahead and stay on the main road. Organ Pipe Cacti start to appear among the Saguaro and Ocotillos.

MILE 7.0, The Pillar and Wind Swept Rock, on the left. The Pillar sits against the east face of North Ajo Peak (2776 ft.) and is back in, but Wind Swept Rock is quite close.

MILE 8.1, View of back of “A” Mountain “, (cross on top). “A” Mountain’s official name is Camelback Mountain, elevation 5,573 feet. Here there are Elephant Trees on the right side of the road. Organ Pipe Cacti everywhere!

MILE 9.0, Scenic Loop becomes paved and shortly it becomes Rocalla Avenue.

MILE 9.2, Starting to see part of Ajo.

MILE 9.8, Good over-view of Ajo.

MILE 10.1, Stop sign, corner of Rocalla Avenue and Sahuaro Street. Turn left one block to stop sign. This is the corner of Sahuaro Street and Highway 85. Phoenix to the left, Plaza to right at mile 10.9

Please enjoy the area and help protect it.

Thank You for visiting Ajo!

“The Ajo Scenic Loop”

provided by “Si Como No” a great gift shop, bookstore, jewelry store, etc. in Ajo, Az.

For more information you may call Patty at (520) 387-7001. She’s there Mon-Sat from 10am until 5pm.

Continued Growth in Puerto Penasco

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Sandy Beach to Cholla Bay Beatiful Condos and Beach Homes Old Port and Malecon

We are so thrilled with the continued growth in Rocky Point, Mexico. Many places that were under construction are close to being 100% complete, like Bella Sirena and Casa Blanca Golf Villas. There are also some new accomodations coming soon with such an elegance and style all their own, like Esmerelda and The Pointe. If you have any questions or wish to find out more about Esmerelda and The Pointe, please call 602-404-2982 and speak to the Experts at Sea Side Reservations, The Largest Management Company in Mexico. You can also click: www.rockypointexperts.com

If you are interested in buying property in Mexico, especially in Rocky Point, please click: www.realtyexecs-mexico.com. Reality Executives always ready to help and answer any questions you may have.

Airport fuel station opened

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

http://www.joinushereinrockypoint.com/83/airport_fuel_station.html

Air operations expected to increase

By: José Antonio Pérez

As part of the development and evolution of the international airport in Puerto Peñasco, on October 10th a station to provide fuel to planes was opened, a move that is expected to further help with the growth of the airport operations. Airport manager Alonso Domínguez Ruiz said that to begin with they would have a portable tank for 12 thousand liters of air fuel for piston planes, and shortly be adding another pipe for up to 12 thousand liters of turbo fuel for turbine planes.

He explained that the plan is to have two stationary tanks of 40 thousand liters each for December of this year or by January 2007, with the idea to meet the fuel demand that is sure to increase over the next few months. This service, he added, as well as effective security, is of the utmost importance as operations have increased by 30% since September of last year when the airport was reopened. Furthermore, local investors are very interested in purchasing their own airplanes.

Alonso Domínguez Ruiz said that previously the airport had received 5 or 6 incoming flights per day and now the rate is between 9 to 10 or even more. The airport manager said that the development of the airport includes related services, such a pilot school from a group in Hermosillo that intends to open a campus here, as well as an aeronautic mechanic shop.

Alonso Domínguez Ruiz confirmed that the local airport has the category of an entrance air port, which is being verified both in the United States as in Mexico. There had been a rumor stating the opposite but the situation is being remedied so that flights to the area will not see a decrease.

Fly by of Sandy Beach Resorts

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

2 major builders eye Rocky Point

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
  By Thomas Stauffer       

Arizona daily star  Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.20.2006 advertisement  Two major resort developers have announced a $1.2 billion project within the Sandy Beach Resorts master planned community at Rocky Point.    

   

Grupo SBR, which has built more than 1,500 units at Sandy Beach, about 60 miles south of the Arizona border on the Sea of Cortez, will team with Grupo Questro, the largest developer in Los Cabos, at the southern tip of Baja California. 

The 630-acre project, known as The Joint Venture, will feature two 300-room beachfront hotels, 900 beachfront condominiums, an 18-hole golf course and resort with 1,000 homes and 1,000 more condominiums, and a convention and expo center to be built by the state of Sonora. 

Rocky Point, or Puerto Peñasco, has long been known as a spring-break party spot, but an infusion of major capital is fueling the kind of development boom that Cabo San Lucas saw about 15 years ago, said Almer Elzink, marketing director for Sandy Beach Resorts.       

“It’s really taking off,” Elzink said. “It’s the fastest growing tourist destination in Mexico, and what we’re doing here is constructing a master planned community that will really be a complete city.” 

Sandy Beach Resorts, a 5,000-acre planned development, has primarily been built by Phoenix and Sonoran developers but has recently attracted major players from Mexico City, Cancún and now, Cabo San Lucas, said Bruce Greenberg, a Tucson real-estate appraiser and one of the most active real-estate consultants in western Mexico. 
“This is a wonderful thing for Puerto Peñasco and Sonora,” Greenberg said. “They’re going to bring a well-recognized Cabos San Lucas resort developer in Grupo Questro to help spur continued development in Sandy Beach.”   

The convention center, slated for completion in September 2007, will host the Border States Governors annual meeting shortly after its grand opening, Elzink said.       

Rocky Point-based Grupo SBR is a group of 15 companies with more than 1,300 employees, and Los Cabos-based Grupo Questro is led by Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro, the heir to the Corona beer family, Elzink said. 

● Contact reporter Thomas Stauffer at 573-4197 or tstauffer@azstarnet.com        

http://www.azstarnet.com/business/161136.php

Cholla from the Air

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

I recently took some pictures of Cholla Bay from the air..  The water looks great. If you want any specific part of Cholla Bay, let me know. 

 cholla bay rocky point  DSC00736.JPG  DSC00732.JPG  Rocky Point from the air

 

Steve Schwab

www.visitrockypoint.com

 

Passport info for next year

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

U.S. Passports and the New Passport Cards

As many people are aware, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was created to help strengthen security at our borders. It will require U.S. citizens traveling by land from Mexico to present passports or another accepted form of identification upon entering the U.S. by January 1, 2008.

What type of documentation will be required to return to the U.S. at that time?

All travelers will be required to present one of the following to an officer upon returning to the U.S.:

  • U.S. passport
  • Passport card
  • SENTRI pass*
  • Border Crossing Card (or “laser visa” for Mexican citizens)
  • NEXUS program* (used along Canadian borders)
  • FAST program* (for commercial truckers) *At this time it is anticipated that the SENTRI, NEXUS and FAST programs will be acceptable for re-entry, although this has not been completely confirmed.

I’m familiar with a U.S. passport, but what is the new passport card?

The new passport card will be able to fit into your wallet, like a driver’s license, making it easy to carry. It will be perfect for frequent travelers who cross land borders between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The card will be a less expensive alternative to a passport, yet it meets the requirements of a passport when traveling by land. The new card will use biometic technology meaning it will have a computer chip containing the information of the traveler as well as a digital image of the them.

When will the new passport card be available?

The State Department is currently developing the program and is looking to have it implemented by the end of 2006.

I know passports can be expensive for a family, what will be the cost of the new passport card?

They believe the passport card will cost $50, although it may be less expensive if possible. This makes it about half the cost of a U.S. passport.

Can I use this card when I return to the U.S. by air or sea?

No. The card is only for land crossings.

Where can I get a passport card?

It has not been announced how to obtain a card, but we will update this page when we have more information.

 

You can find out more information on www.Bajabound.com 

 

The Pointe de Las Conchas

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Master Plan

The Pointe de Las Conchas is a development that will rise above all others in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point). Following exacting western construction standards, The Pointe de Las Conchas will feature five luxury high-rise condominium towers totaling 770 units and 30 beach-front homes. Each unit will have the peace of mind of 24-hour gated security. On our 24.2 acres of oceanfront land, you can look forward to over 12 acres of lushly manicured common areas, more than four acres of lakes, six large pools, three swim-up bars and grills, a day spa, sweeping ocean views from every unit and miles of breathtaking beaches right at your doorstep. All an easy drive from Phoenix or Tucson. Finally, paradise is within reach. And that’s The Pointe.

For More Information Contact:

Kenneth Wallace

kenneth.wallace@thepointemex.com