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Before you go

The resorts will charge a fee if cancelled prior to their cut off date (usually 10-14 days before arrival), but will not refund any monies for a cancellation less than that.  If you're visiting during a holiday, you won't get a refund at all if you cancel more than 24 hours after making your reservation.  

But life happens.  Kids get sick, parents need care, or a million other situations that might prevent you from going on vacation.  Get trip insurance with  Travel Guard , World Nomads, or compare multiple companies HERE.   It's worth every penny.

Trip insurance can also cover medical bills if anyone gets injured while visiting.  Though medical costs are only a fraction of what they are in the US, they have to be paid in full.  Your medical insurance at home will be of no use.

Please see the full article at my blog.

Travel Insurance

Since Puerto Peñasco has mostly vacation rental condos and houses, cancellation policies are different than what you may be used to at hotels.  

Crossing the Border...

Please also check our Border Info page for more details.  This is certainly not the total list of do's and don'ts, but if in doubt, leave it home or make sure you have strong facts from official government sources that what you plan to take will be problem-free.  Even then, consider just leaving it at home.

The Mexican side...


I know you're looking forward to the beach and a frosty beverage, but DRIVE SLOWLY through Sonoyta.  The police are notorious for catching people where the speeds change (frequently).  


20kph = 12mph, 40 = 25mph, 60 = 37mph.  (Most car speedometers show both anyway.)  From the border to the center of town is 25 mph.  Just after the right fork it goes down to 12mph for a couple miles until after the Ley grocery store.  Then back up to 25mph.  As you get to the outskirts of town, follow the flow of traffic through the desert (usually around 75mph).  Pull to the right to let people pass you (often).

It's far better to "waste 20 minutes" crawling through town, than waste a few hours at a police station.  Sonoyta's not that big of a town, you'll be on the open road soon enough.  Once you've passed town, it will take less than an hour on the well-paved road through the desert.

If you DO get stopped for speeding, please see our section on Local Police

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