"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 10th year; starting up on Saturday, October 16tht 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. 

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

The (Friday) SeaShell Museum has become a fun attraction for families and other visitors.  
This small museum space includes interactive and informative displays for all ages.   

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Exploring a bit of Baja Ca. December 2016

What an adventure!

At the end of 2016 we decided to do some additional exploring in Baja California.  We have been to a few of these places before but we got to see some amazing new stuff too!  We traveled backwards to our usual routine. It is crazy how things look so different in the reverse order.  OK here's a quick rundown of what we did, pictures to follow in order of events, I hope you enjoy!
  1. Puerto Peñasco to El Golfo de Santa Clara
  2. Santa Clara to Jose B Sanchez (agricultural fields)
  3. Jose B Sanchez to San Felipe (gas stop)
  4. San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay (overnight stop at Alfonsinas)
  5. Gonzaga Bay overland (the dirt spine of Baja) to Laguna Chapala (longer than expected stop)
  6. Laguna Chapala to  Rosario through Cataviña (amazing country here)
  7. Roasario to San Quintin
  8. San Quintin to Ensenada
  9. Ensenada to Ojos Negros
  10. Ojos Negros to San Felipe
  11. San Felipe to Puerto Peñasco
    Long straight highways heading into San Felipe Baja

    The beach at Gonzaga bay outside of the only hotel there
    Our chef at Alfonsinas preparing our food

    Morning coffee at Gonzaga
    From Gonzaga to the Pacific ocean via dirt
    From Gonzaga bay we decided to traverse the backbone of the Baja via a dirt road that takes you from the sea of Cortes' to the Pacific ocean side of the Baja.  It is only about 30 miles of dirt road but it takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete the journey.  The road is being paved right now and should be complete in a few years, many bridges need to be built as you will see in the following pics.

    Many bridges being built

    Tons of construction going on here.