The Best Hotels to Book in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

No need to search for sand – you'll find many Puerto Peñasco hotels on the beach
No need to search for sand – you'll find many Puerto Peñasco hotels on the beach | Courtesy of Peñasco del Sol Hotel / Expedia
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28 January 2022
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Also known as Rocky Point, Puerto Peñasco is a popular Mexico beach destination for many Arizona residents. Just over an hour’s drive from the US border, you’ll find sandy beaches lined by waterfront accommodation. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Puerto Peñasco.

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 balmy temperatures all year, 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 championship course, while others can take a trip to the volcanic craters at El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve.

Best Western Laos Mar Hotel & Suites, for easy access to a stunning beach

Large outdoor pool area with sunloungers shaded by a thatched roof at Best Western Laos Mar Hotel & Suites
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Just a block from the long stretch of white sand aptly named Playa Bonita, this Puerto Peñasco beach hotel combines simplicity of design with contemporary comforts. Spacious, tiled rooms – some with balconies – overlook either the palm-fringed pool and jacuzzi, or the ocean. If you’re traveling with family or friends, or just want some extra space, opt for a suite with a separate seating area and kitchen. It’s all ideally located if you’re into fishing, sunset boat tours or strolls along the beach.

Hospedaje Mulege, for proximity to the seafront promenade

Room at Hospedaje Mulege with a bed, a mirror, two lamps, a table and a tiled floor
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Comprising just seven rooms and located just a couple of blocks from the malecón (seafront promenade), this three-story, whitewashed hotel is ideal for a wallet-friendly stay with views over the Sea of Cortez. The tiled, snug rooms are simply decorated – some with gilded mirrors, others with a smattering of Mexican art – and it’s worth splurging a little on one that’s sea-facing. While the town’s main beach, Miradór, is a five-minute drive away, you’re within easy walking distance of the cluster of waterfront bars and restaurants.

Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort, for keen golfers

Vast outdoor pool area outside Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort with the Sea of Cortez in the background
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There are more than 800 rooms at this high-rise beach 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 for bronzing, plus cooking classes and relaxing yoga on offer. Swing over to the 18-hole golf course, or simply soak in one of the hot tubs.

Peñasco del Sol Hotel, for vacationing families

Outdoor pool area with shaded loungers and daybeds at Peñasco del Sol Hotel, with the beach and Sea of Cortez beyond
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Cooling floor tiles, crisp white bedding and sky blue accents combine to create comfortable rooms at this beachfront Puerto Peñasco resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Family-focused suites sleep up to four people, and some have balconies and ocean views. Savor Mexican and American cuisine at the Fire Pit Meat & Grill, or snack by turquoise water at the Azul Pool Bar.

Playa Bonita Resort, for a prime beachfront location

Two outdoor pools with loungers between the white-and-yellow Playa Bonita Resort and Playa Bonita beach
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Playa Bonita is one of the best beaches in Puerto Peñasco, and the attractive building of this eponymous resort sits right on the sand, drawing vacationers with its stellar location for years. Inside, choose from standard queen rooms up to family suites sleeping eight. Chow down on coconut shrimp at the on-site restaurant for lunch, then kick back by one of two outdoor swimming pools.

Georgia Platman contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on January 28, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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