"Please enjoy traveling through our Website. Relax & Grab a margarita and Browse a bit. Don't forget to check out the fun RussBus Van Trips that we have available. Below you'll see our latest blog post. We hope to see you in Peñasco soon."
~ Russ & Naomi

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Peñasco Recreation is a local business operated by Russ and Naomi Black. 
They began visiting here about 34 years ago and then operated a small RV Caravan business 
for about 8 years introducing many people to northern Mexico during the 1990’s. 

Now, as full-time residents since 2007, 
they both continue to promote the area as a fantastic tourist destination 
and an enjoyable place to call home.
Their business card is simply titled ‘Fun Things To Do’ 
with a short list of websites where details can be found. 
Here are a few of their ongoing projects and a preview of what will be new for 2018!


Mermaid’s Market is a local arts and craft outdoor market. It is going into its 5th year; starting up on Saturday, October 21st and will continue through the winter season each first and third Saturday of the month (through the first week of April). The artists are called ‘mermaids’ and there are a half a dozen or so who create the core group for the market. These are joined by other guest vendors and artists, so the market continues to be ever-changing. The market has a beer/drink garden called the Mermaid’s Lounge and many locals have discovered it to be a favorite spot to grab a drink and shop, people-watch, listen to some music and meet up with friends.   

Find all the dates and more at: www.mermaidsmarket.com

RussBus Van Tours are all conducted by Russ. The local city tour will introduce you to Rocky Point from the viewpoint of a local who has been introducing visitors to the Sea of Cortez for over 25 years. Penasco Recreation Tours are rated “Excellent” on Trip Advisor. 

A first-time visitor said, “We had never been to this area before. It was the best money we spent…
He provided local stories, jokes, recommendations, and of course the amazing sight-seeing…
We took the tour a day and half after we arrived. Best thing we could have done. 
After the Russ' tour we knew the layout of the town, how to get to certain places…
and knew where to go to enjoy an incredible sunset dinner.”

Even regular visitors enjoy the trip, as Mario stated on Trip Advisor, “Russ was awesome. 
He was very knowledgeable about the area and he seems to love what he does. I have been to Puerto Penasco many times and he showed us so much that we have been missing out on!”   

The RussBus Tours also include some RoadTrips! 
These are custom designed for small groups. You may have a group of 6 friends who 
would all like to travel to a "bucket list" spot. Perhaps, a visit to Alamos, 
Guaymas and San Carlos, or Baja's Wine country, Whale watching in Baja Sur, 
the Copper Canyon or other destinations.  A custom trip will be created especially for your group. 

In fact, you may want to join the February 2018 Whale trip. 

Off the Beach Workshop & Studio is a tiny workshop with a Boutique setting located in an out-of-the-way neighborhood. This is Naomi’s studio with a display of unique gifts, jewelry, clothing and what she calls ‘eclectica’. You can also create your own seashell-themed craft project at the Ocean Treasure Workshop! This little Studio is open on Fridays only from 10 am to 5 pm. Other visits can easily be scheduled by a phone call or email.  

Find contact information at:  www.mexiconaomi.blogspot.com

New for 2018Russ and Naomi have been working over the summer on an addition to Off the Beach Studio. Soon they will announce the grand opening of the Sea Shell Museum. This small museum space will include interactive and informative displays for all ages.   

Stay tuned to learn more: www.seashellmuseum.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Puerto Peñasco to Guadalajara, to Tlaquepaque, to Tequila and onto Chapala

Wow what a trip we just had.

Naomi and I and two of our close friends decided to scout out central Mexico, it was their first time and for us it has been a while since we were there.

We started our exploration by taking the morning (not so) express bus from Peñasco to Hermosillo the State capital of Sonora.  We stayed the night in a fabulous hotel that was just over the top quality for not very much money.  The next morning saw us getting on a plane at the unbelievably early hour of 5:30. Our plane had a name, it was Jose'.

In a short 2.5 hours we were touching down in the beautiful city of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco.  It is a huge city with about 8 million or so inhabitants.

We hired a taxi at the airport and about 20 minutes later found ourselves in Tlaquepaque, a sort of artistic suburb of Guadalajara.  We walked and shopped and looked and tasted everything as we went along.  I even tried a beer made from Agave cactus, it was sweet and I rather liked it.  

The boutique hotel we stayed in that night was very centrally located to restaurants and entertainment so we were able to explore the town on foot. Visit this place when you get a chance, you will fall in love with it.

The next day we were off to Tequila Jalisco.  Our plan was to take a taxi to the Central bus station and use public transportation to get there.  It is about 2 hours away from downtown Guadalajara, our plans changed when we told our taxi driver what our plans were.  He said "I can take you there"  I had no idea how much a taxi ride for two hours would be, I thought it would be outrageous but this guy took 4 of us 2 hours to Tequila for 800 pesos (about 44.00 usd) That was amazing.

A few words on the magical place known as Tequila......when we go there we want to stay in a little hotel right on the main plaza.  We do this because every Friday and Saturday night there is something festive happening in the plaza.  On normal quiet days it is so  nice to have a cup of coffee or your favorite Tequila sitting in the plaza watching as the little village wakes up.

Tequila is a very pretty, proud place!

The town of Tequila is kind of like a work of art that lives.  Walking down the alleys and side streets you find so many interesting things.  Maybe you want a shlocky tourist gift?  Maybe you want serious art?  Maybe you just want to taste food and drink?  It's all here and in no particular order.  We have had simple pleasures here as well as other experiences while visiting this place.

Jose Cuervo does a special bottle each year

On a tour of the Jose Cuervo plant I discovered something I never knew before. When Cuervo makes their top of the line Tequila (Reserva de la familia) the entire plant is reworked for a whole week.  All of the processes to make Tequila change for this one bottle.  Once it is made it rest in oak barrels for up to 5 years.  If you have a chance to try Reserva de La Familia you will get a sense of the quality and pride that goes into each bottle, you will also spend some money, it is rare and it is not cheap.  It is worth every peso though.

The land around the town of Tequila is rich.  Agaves are everywhere of course. But so is corn.  Lately, because of similar processes, lots of whiskey is being made in this little town, this is a new thing from the last time we were here.

When you go to Tequila be sure to take every tour that you can.  It is not expensive and you will learn so much.  Below is a picture of a guy demonstrating how each plant needs to be harvested.  There are no machines that can do this work.  These plants are 8-12 years old before they are ready.  The piña or center of the plant is what is needed for the production of the drink, each piña  has enough juice in it for 6-8 liters of product the rest is used as fertilizer or padding or........

Lovely - lovely Tequila.  The smell in the air, the way it wakes up in the morning, the amazing food culture that has begun, all of this makes Tequila a place you need to visit.

(To be continued...........)

I thought I would write about the whole trip in one piece but it turns out I need to break it up - next up......Historic Guadalajara!  Stay tuned.

Listen to the song!