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Rocky Point Mexico Customs ~ Puerto Penasco Condo Rentals

The beaches in Mexico are open to the public, so explore and enjoy. The beaches do not have lifeguards, so it is important to keep your eye on children or weak swimmers, due to the extreme tides in Rocky Point. They have several areas to enjoy;The Sandy Beach, the Rocky Beach, and Tucson Beach. The Sandy Beach is miles of sand with very few rocks, so swimming is fun and safe. The Rocky Beach, which is between Manny’s Beach Club and the Pitahaya Bar, is sand mixed with some larger black rocks. Yes, be more careful when swimming, but you can also enjoy some great snorkeling in this area. The Tucson Beach is for you to find on your own. It’s more secluded than the others and a bit smaller. It has the best of both worlds, swimming and snorkeling. Take the family, explore some tide pools, and just enjoy the Sea of Cortez any way you can!  

Transportation in Mexico
Taxis are very affordable in Mexico. We suggest that you tell the driver where you are going and negotiate a price, before you enter the vehicle. If you don’t like the first price offered, say “No thank you”, and watch how fast the price goes down.

Age scheme
In Mexico age 18 years old is considered an adult. This applies for serving drinks. For other services, such as car rentals, the minimum age is 25 years old.

Green Angels
(toll free number In Mexico only 91-800-903-0092)
Green Angels are a fantastic free service provided by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism. They are bilingual mechanics that patrol the main highways and provide emergency road service and first aid.

They operate in the morning & afternoon hours, and will repair your vehicles for minor emergency breakdown problems. The only cost to you is the parts. Just open your hood up all the way to signal them! If you do need their service, we suggest a tip, these guys really do care and are definitely Angels.

Spanish is the official language in Mexico, yet English is widely understood. The best way to win hearts is to attempt to use any Spanish you may know. Mexican people welcome any attempt you make to speak their language.

Mexico is improving their highways more and more every day. If its a toll road, it is called “Cuota”, and “Libre” means no toll. Most of the roads are in good condition, however, there is less shoulder and you may encounter a few potholes here and there. The road to Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) is done very well with no potholes and large shoulders. All the Speed limits are in Kilometers, the best way to know how fast to go is to “go with the flow of traffic”.

Money Exchange
You may use US dollars or Canadian dollars in Puerto Peñasco, as they use a dual currency system. If you desire, you can change your money into Pesos at any local bank, but it is not nessesary. They do accept US currency all over Rocky Point. We can tell you that it does help to get smaller bills for shopping and spending, so you can get change a bit easier. 

“NEVER TAKE A FIREARM ACROSS THE BORDER!!!!!!!” (There are exceptions to this but contact a Mexican Consulate to determine the current exceptions.If you are crossing the border to visit the “Free Zone” (Rocky Point included), you must have the titles to any vehicles you are crossing with. This includes boats, jet skis, water bikes, ATC’s, dune buggies, etc. If you are not able to provide legal documentation of the vehicles you may be turned back at the border.

Customs Procedure (

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States. While welcoming all legitimate travelers and trade, CBP officers and agents enforce all applicable U.S. laws. CBP prevents narcotics, agricultural pests and smuggled goods from entering the country and also identifies and arrests those with outstanding criminal warrants. On a typical day last year, CBP officers welcomed 1.2 million people at the nation’s 314 land, air and seaports while denying entry to more than 3,000 inadmissible visitors.

All foreigners and Mexicans coming from another country are international passengers and have the right to bring the following items, tax free:

  • Items for personal use such as clothing, shoes and toiletries in reasonable amounts according to the length of their trip.
  • One photographic, video, or motion picture camera, including a power source, except professional equipment. Up to 12 rolls of film, or videotapes.
  • Books and magazines
  • One used sports article or piece of equipment for individual use which can be transported by one person.
  • Up to 20 packs of cigarettes or 50 cigars.
  • A maximum of 3 liters (approx. 3 quarts) of wine or alcohol if the passenger is an adult.
  • Medicine for personal use. (with your prescription).
  • Suitcases or bags to transport the items.

If you are legally a resident of another country in addition to the items listed, you may bring into Mexico, tax free:

  • Binoculars
  • A photographic camera
  • A portable television
  • A radio/tape recorder with a maximum of 20 records or tapes.
  • A typewriter or portable computer
  • Up to five used toys (if the passenger is a minor)
  • Fishing Tackle
  • A pair of skis
  • Two Tennis rackets
  • A non-motorized boat up to 5 1/2 meters in length or a surfboard, with or without a sail\
  • Camping equipment and a tent.

If you are traveling by camper, trailer or motor home you may also bring in:

  • A video cassette recorder(VCR)
  • A bicycle (with or without a motor)
  • Household linens and kitchen utensils
  • Living room and bedroom furniture
  • Importing Additional Merchandise
    You may import additional merchandise valued at up to $1,000.00 by paying a corresponding tax without the intervention of a customs broker. (Contact Mexican Customs for the list)

In addition, you may impose without the services of a customs broker, one computer system as long as its value, added to the above merchandise, (of $1,000.00) does not exceed $4,000.00 U .S. Currency.

To pay the tax, multiply the value of your excess merchandise by 20.84% (if the product originated in the U.S. or Canada).

This information, supplied by Paisano Information at the Mexican Border, is subject to change.

It is forbidden to introduce drugs, fire arms and explosives into Mexico. If you do so, you will be subject to penalties and imprisonment.

Visas are obtained at the first building on the right after you clear the border check station at Lukeville. A Visa is required ONLY IF you are going beyond Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), or if you plan to visit Mexico for 72 hours or more. You will need proof of citizenship such as a U.S. passport, birth certificate, voter’s registration etc. (a driver’s license is NOT proof of citizenship.)

if you take your dog or cat into Mexico, you are required to have:

  • A U.S. veterinarian’s certificate Form 77-043 and
  • A rabies inoculation permit valid within the past 6 months.

Information updated by Shea Peil at

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