The Best Hotels to Book in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Puerto Peñasco, otherwise known as Rocky Point, is one of Mexico's glorious beachfront cities where it's best to enjoy fresh seafood and a very laid-back atmosphere
Puerto Peñasco, otherwise known as Rocky Point, is one of Mexico's glorious beachfront cities where it's best to enjoy fresh seafood and a very laid-back atmosphere | © Best Western Laos Mar Hotel and Suites / Expedia
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6 September 2021

Check out the cool Mexican beach town of Puerto Peñasco before the crowds find it – and book a great place to stay now with Culture Trip.

An easy 70mi (100km) by car from the US border lies this excellent up-and-coming tourist town. Sometimes known as Rocky Point, it’s a hotspot for Americans and Canadians, with endless miles of beaches by azure waters on the Sea of Cortez – the Gulf of California – or the “world’s aquarium”, according to Jacques Cousteau. Lashings of sun, minimal rain and tons of fresh seafood make this laid-back, seaside spot in northwest Mexico stand out. Here’s our guide to the best hotels on offer.

Peñasco Del Sol Hotel

Independent Hotel
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Right alongside the lengthy Playa Hermosa in central Peñasco, every room at pet-friendly Peñasco Del Sol comes with a view – either of the ocean or the hotel’s pools and gardens. Expect bright rooms and suites with a refined, beachy atmosphere. With a wide range of amenities including conference rooms, event spaces and restaurants – specializing in American and Mexican dishes – plus family activities, it’s a suitable choice for all needs from meetings to weddings.
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Las Palomas Resort

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Las Palomas is a sprawling beachfront complex of over 800 upscale, self-contained condos that each sleep between four to 10 people. With a myriad of services and amenities – several pools, a golf course, restaurants, gym, spa, sports and entertainment activities – you could easily spend your whole trip within the resort, but numerous trips on the water and into the desert can be arranged, too. Puerto Peñasco proper is just a few minutes away by car.
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Playa Bonita Resort

3.5/5 (121 Reviews)
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A more low-key option than some of the other splashy resorts around, Playa Bonita has a prime location by the beach – with downtown Puerto Peñasco easily accessible on foot. The bright, villa-style rooms are furnished comfortably and casually. Although prices are lower than many of Peñasco’s other hotels, Playa Bonita still counts key vacation amenities like a pool, in-house restaurant, bar and spa. Multi-bedroom suites for families and accessible rooms for those with a disability are available, too.
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Laguna Shores Resort

3.8/5 (39 Reviews)
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Now from $116 per night
This smaller resort is tucked in a tranquil spot about 20 minutes drive out of Puerto Peñasco and offers a mix of fully equipped condominiums and villas with one to three bedrooms. The resort has all the bells and whistles including a restaurant, infinity pool, gym, tennis courts, beachfront palapas and spa. It also has a dizzying range of extra activities on offer – ranging from birdwatching to beach volleyball, clam digging and shell collecting.
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  • Esmeralda Beach Resort

    Luxury, Resort
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    This resort – just a few miles west of town – is one of the sleekest and most modern options for your Puerto Peñasco beach holiday. The numerous condominiums are truly self-contained, with many including a washer and dryer, barbecue or grill and a whirlpool tub. As more of a vacation rental than a hotel, it’s a good option for independent groups who want a luxurious place to stay – without the numerous restaurants and bars on hand.
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    Bella Sirena Resort

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    Now from $234 per night
    An elegant option, Bella Sirena has a mix of condos, villas and beach houses spread across 14 tree-lined acres (5.6ha) of beach-adjacent land, dotted with carefully landscaped Mediterranean-style gardens. With rustic-chic, terracotta-colored buildings, the resort has a mix of one to three-bedroom accommodation choices along with all the trappings such as tennis courts, gym, and multiple swimming pools. In-house dining is limited to just one poolside option, but other resorts’ restaurants are close by – and Puerto Peñasco is just 2.5mi (4km) away.
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    Best Western Laos Mar Hotel and Suites

    Chain Hotel
    3.8/5 (958 Reviews)
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    Now from $67 per night
    For an affordable, no-fuss alternative to the many resorts around, try this Best Western. With bright, Baja villa-style architecture, a palm-lined pool and complimentary breakfast, it’s an easygoing hotel with easy access to the beach – two minutes on foot – and central Puerto Peñasco, which is less than 10 minutes from nearby restaurants. It’s completely air-conditioned and smoke-free, with cable TV in every room and an in-house wine bar to boot.
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    The Grand Mayan

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    This luxury destination is on a stunning sandy peninsula around 30 minutes east of Puerto Peñasco – expect gorgeous wood-and-white furnished rooms with private balconies and terraces. While it’s a high-end hotel with prices to match, there are slightly cheaper options available at the Mayan Palace – a second hotel within the same complex. The amenities are extraordinarily well-rounded: pools – including an indoor pool for the slightly cooler winter months – shops, spa, a kid’s club, golf course and multiple restaurants are all on-site, making the Grand Mayan effectively its own little town.

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