Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Puerto Peñasco

Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar

About 30km from Puerto Peñasco are the lunar landscapes of El Pinacate, one of the driest places on earth. This remote, spectacular 7145-sq-km reserve is a Unesco World Heritage site and contains ancient eroded volc…
Top Choice Island in Puerto Peñasco

Isla San Jorge

Also known as Bird Island, Isla San Jorge is one of the best boat excursions in northern Mexico. This rocky island 40km southeast of Peñasco is home to nesting seabirds and also a large community of sea lions (which…
Top Choice Beach in San Carlos

Playa Los Algodones

Named for the cotton-ball-like dunes on the south end of the beach, Playa Los Algodones is arguably the most beautiful beach in northern Mexico. The sand is fine and white, the water blue and calm, and the view is o…
Island in Bahía de Kino

Isla del Tiburón

This mountainous island, Mexico's largest, lies 3km off the coast from Punta Chueca. It was once a Seri homeland, but was depopulated when the island was declared a nature reserve in 1963. Today it's administered by…
Visitor Center in Puerto Peñasco

CEDO

CEDO is a wonderful place to learn about Rocky Point’s fascinating desert-meets-sea ecosystem. Dedicated to the conservation of the upper Gulf of California and surrounding Desierto Sonorense, CEDO has a visitor cen…
Gardens in Los Mochis

Jardín Botánico Benjamin Francis Johnston

This verdant park occupies part of the former estate of Benjamin Johnston, the American who founded the sugar mill around which Los Mochis grew up in the early 20th century. Beyond an array of international trees an…
Dive Site in San Carlos

Isla San Pedro Nolasco

A popular spot for snorkeling and dive excursions 28km west of San Carlos, Isla San Pedro Nolasco is a rocky island nature reserve that's home to a large population of sea lions. These playful creatures are active y…
Museum in Bahía de Kino

Museo de los Seris

This small but well-curated museum displays an interesting collection of artifacts, handicrafts and panels about Seri culture and history, including videos on the tradition of basket weaving. Signage is in Spanish o…
Beach in Puerto Peñasco

Playa Bonita

Puerto Peñasco's main town beach, Playa Bonita is a gorgeous swath of tawny sand with small waves and views of the rocky landscape in the distance. Vendors hawk everything from mangos to jewelry, and beach shade, in…
Church in Álamos

Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción

Álamos’ parish church is the tallest building in town. It was built between 1786 and 1804 and its altar rail, lamps, censers and candelabra were all originally fashioned from silver, but were melted down in 1866 on …