Where can you find some of the best weather in the whole wide World … we’ll give you one guess…you are reading our blog about Rocky Point, Mexico after all.
The weather in Puerto Peñasco fluctuates from about 40 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the season. PPJ’s favorite months are October to June, with July to September being a little too hot and humid for our dry Arizona comfort zone. However, summer in Rocky Point is about 10 to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix in the summer (if you live there you’ll get it!). We especially like November to February when it gets downright chilly at night, but warm enough for the beach in the day. In those months you also have a great chance of seeing dolphins or whales from the beach when they swim up the Sea of Cortez for warmer waters.
Clothing / Packing tips:
Summer (Late June, July, August, September) is HOT; think 80 to 100 degrees with what feels like 100% humidity. The plus side is you don’t need to pack much clothing, just a few swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. Seriously, it is HOT all the time. You will sweat the minute you walk out of your air-conditioned condo. We spend a lot of time in the pool, and many of the resorts have swim up pool bars. Restaurants at the resorts have air conditioning, as do many of the restaurants in town, but most of the open-air bars in the fish market do not. This does not deter the summer tourists and this is probably the busiest time of the year, except for Spring Break and Easter Week.
Spring (March, April, May, Early June) and Fall (October, November) can have temperature fluctuations from 40 at night to 80 in the day, so it’s a little trickier because you have to pack like you’re in the Midwest, jackets and pants at night, summer clothes in the day, and definitely pack your swimsuit. The pools might not be heated, but this is prime beach weather!
Winter (December, January, February) can be pretty chilly (ok chilly is relative, we’re from Arizona). If you are vacationing from a really cold weather climate, pack for your Spring. We pack jeans, sweats, long sleeves and jackets, although it is warm when you’re in the sun during the day, so plan for lots of layers. Think long pants, long sleeves, and a light coat for early morning and nighttime; and for daytime, shorts or pants, tank top or short sleeves, with long sleeves layer over that, and maybe a sweatshirt in case you are starting early or ending late. Most of the resorts have at least one heated pool for the cooler months.
Beach Tips: If you are vacationing in the hotter months and on busier weekends, think both US and MX holidays, you may want to invest in a tailgate canopy tent for shade. Palapas at the resorts are free, but they go fast. Our tip, if you want a palapa you will have to get down to the beach before 8am to put your towels and beach items to “reserve” the palapa. Otherwise you can set up your own shade area anywhere you can find, this is especially good when the sand gets hot and so you have a cooler area for the kids or dogs, or let’s be honest yourself ~ hey you don’t want those cervezas getting too warm! You can bring coolers down to the beach, but not at the pools. We also like to bring our own folding chairs to use at the beach as they are more comfy than the hard plastic ones provided by resorts, and sometimes you can find a palapa but the chairs have been re-appropriated elsewhere.
Last, but most important, weather tip: no matter what season, bring your sunscreen! It is sunny approximately 350 days per year and it very rarely rains.