The Best Hotels in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort offers top-notch facilities, including several outdoor pools
Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort offers top-notch facilities, including several outdoor pools | Courtesy of Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort / Expedia

Also known as Rocky Point, Puerto Peñasco is a popular Mexico beach holiday destination for many Arizona residents. Just over an hour’s drive from the US border, you’ll find sandy beaches lined with waterfront hotels. Here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.

If you live in Phoenix, Tucson or Yuma, you’ve no doubt heard of Puerto Peñasco. On the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), it’s one of the closest Mexican resorts to the US. With year-round balmy temperatures, it’s home to some of the best beaches in the state of Sonora, as well as top whale-watching and birdwatching spots. Golf fans will enjoy a round at Las Palomas’s championship course, while non-golfers can take a trip to see the volcanic craters at El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. Discover the best of the region from these top hotels.

Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort

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Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort
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There are more than 800 rooms at this high-rise aparthotel facing the Sea of Cortez, a two-minute walk from Playa Bonita. You won’t get bored here, with several outdoor pools, a private beach to bronze on, cooking classes and relaxing yoga on offer. Swing over to the 18-hole golf course, if that’s your bag, before a soak in one of the hot tubs.

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Peñasco del Sol Hotel

Independent Hotel
Peñasco del Sol
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Cooling floor tiles, crisp white bedding and sky-blue accents create comfortable rooms at this beachfront resort overlooking the Gulf of California. Family-style suites sleep up to four people, and some include balconies and ocean views. Savor Mexican and American cuisine at the Fire Pit Meat & Grill, or snack by the turquoise pool at the Azul Pool Bar.

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Playa Bonita Resort

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Playa Bonita Resort
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Playa Bonita is one of the best beaches in Puerto Peñasco, and the attractive building of the eponymous resort sits right on the sand and has been drawing vacationers into its doors for years. Inside, choose from standard queen-size rooms up to family suites sleeping eight. Chow down on coconut shrimp at the on-site restaurant during lunch, then kick back by one of the two outdoor swimming pools.

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  • Sonoran Spa

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    A stone’s throw from Playa Bonita and a short drive from the Old Port, you’ll find the Sonoran Spa. Facilities here include a pool bar, tennis courts, a full spa and a pretty garden where you can soak up the Mexican sun. As it faces the aptly named Sandy Beach, you can wake up to the sound of the waves in the sea-view apartments. Each one comes with a well-equipped kitchen and access to the on-site sparkling swimming pool, grocery store and restaurant.

    Jardin del Mar

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    Jardin del Mar
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    Simple but spacious rooms with pops of California blue make up this seven-room property with a terracotta roof. Take just a few steps outside to sink your toes into the sand, visible from your patio or balcony. Jardin del Mar also has a lovely garden and a barbecue area.

    The Grand Mayan

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    Gaze out at the Sea of Cortez from your large, marble-floored beachfront suite at the Grand Mayan. Luxurious facilities include an 18-hole Nicklaus Design waterfront golf course, two tennis courts and the Brio Spa. With several swimming pools and a lazy river, there’s a refreshing spot for everyone; you’ll also find hot tubs and firepits in the glitzy gardens.

    Mayan Palace

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    Every room here has a balcony for watching the sunrise or sunset, depending on the hours you keep on your vacation. The colorful rooms and suites keep things tropical with sea views, while the palm-tree-lined gardens really wow with a large outdoor pool flanked by sun loungers and fountains. There’s also an indoor solarium pool for those cooler evenings.

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