Rocky Point (AKA Puerto Penasco, Mexico), a lovely beach town just a few hours south to Scottsdale and Tucson AZ, offers beautiful sand beaches and a budding art community. However, it is not the kind of art community where galleries and museums are all concentrated in one area. However, interested Gen Xers, if you keep your eyes open you will find it.
**Disclaimer: Aspects of this trip were hosted, however, all opinions are my own. I strive to provide my readers with my most authentic sentiments.
I didn’t travel to Rocky Point with the expectation of there being an art community. As a matter of fact, there was no mention of it at all. I don’t believe this is something the tourism folks are capitalizing on at this time. Perhaps, the reason it is overlooked is that Rocky Point’s art isn’t highbrow. It is of a grittier variety and much of it is public art. But this suits me just fine. I think, for a lot of Gen Xers, the less conventional art forms appeal to us. If you are like me, you will be both pleased and surprised.
Where to Look
So, you may be wondering, where can I find this art. If you stroll just a couple blocks off the Malecon, on Ignacio Zaragoza Street you will find the brightly painted Galeria del Mar Bermejo. The gallery offers an eclectic mix of jewelry, pottery, and unique gift items from around the world. But don’t stop looking here. Meander the back streets where you can find a plethora of street art. Additionally, you will find a few private galleries scattered about and a massive pottery shop. Here you can find everything from trinketry to enormous planters.
The public art extends beyond the towns informal arts district to its beautiful sandy beaches situated on the Sea of Cortez. Behind the Penasco Del Sol Hotel, you will find a nice sized family-oriented beach. Here the sun shines and the music plays loudly into the night. The stairs leading to the beach have been adorned with lively beach art (street art but on the beach). There is a bit of a carnival feel. Vendors sell their wares from tents that shield them from the hot Mexican sun.
Artful Places to Stay
When you tire of the beach you’re going to need a place to rest your head. Gen Xers looking for something different from the run of the mill resort hotel, you may want to consider the eclectic Dream Weaver Hotel. This privately-owned boutique inn offers imaginative rooms. No two are the same. Situated just off the Malecon, you will always be where the action happens.
If you prefer more of the luxury resort type hotel but want to keep the art theme going, consider the Penasco Del Sol. The lobby interior and exterior, as well as the restaurant, are teeming with murals, statuary, and paintings.
And if you enjoy food that tastes amazing and is served up with artistic flair, I suggest you travel about 40 minutes from the downtown to Ola Mulata at Vidanta’s Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan. Here you will enjoy fine dining with a flare in a casual outdoor setting. And if you want to stick closer to town I suggest you try El Oktopus, located on the Malecon. You will find exceptional food in a casual atmosphere. I love the funky décor at this place and the view from the second floor is breathtaking. I couldn’t look away.
If you visit Rocky Point or if you’ve been before, I’d love to know where you stumbled upon some great art.