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Old 03-22-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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how far is the closest beach from Phoenix?

also, is it safe to travel to the mexican beaches? is water clear blue like on the gulf coast side? or the murky green color?

thanks in advance.
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Closes beach is Rocky Point Mexico.
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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all us Zonies goto San Diego
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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I've never been to Rocky Point. Not sure of the clarity (or lack) of the water. I've been to San Felipe and that is below Mexicali on the Baja peninsula. Water is not clear. It's not like the Carribean. Been to Cabo San Lucas. Water is not see through either. Nor is it down near Manzanillo. I would think Cancun and Cosumel have see through water...

I love Mexico, but with all that's going on, I have no need to go over there, nor desire until the bloody violence significantly decreases. I have timeshares in Hawaii and it greatly satisfies my craving for beaches and good climate. It's peaceful and the young Hawaiian women are mostly pleasant on the eyes.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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Rocky Point's about three and a half or four hours from Phoenix, but with all the turmoil at the border, is it worth the risk?

San Diego, Orange County and LA are all about a six hour drive away. One hour flight if you can find cheap airfare.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Rocky Point's about three and a half or four hours from Phoenix, but with all the turmoil at the border, is it worth the risk?

San Diego, Orange County and LA are all about a six hour drive away. One hour flight if you can find cheap airfare.
Great point and good advice, Buckeye!
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Closes beach is Rocky Point Mexico.
Cool resort, snowthedirt.

However, definitely NOT worth the risk and/or grief nowadays.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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how far is the closest beach from Phoenix?

also, is it safe to travel to the mexican beaches? is water clear blue like on the gulf coast side? or the murky green color?

thanks in advance.
Rocky Point (Puerto Puenasco, I believe, is the Spanish name) is the closest beach. It's about four hours away. The Mexican counsel has been trying to say that the roads are fine and safe - but then again, both U of A and ASU issued announcements to their students to avoid travelling there on Spring Break because of the kidnappings and violence.

It's *probably* safe - but frankly, given that with about one more hour driving you could be in San Diego, I'd rather be more sure.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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As others have said, Rocky Point, Sonoro, Mexico is the closest beach to Phoenix. The water does have a turquoise hue to it, but it still isn't clear. You would have to go down to at least Mazatlan before you get clearer water.

Unlike what others have said, travel to Rocky Point is safe. Thousands of kids from ASU and U of A just went on Spring Break in Mexico, and there have been no stories of them being kidnapped or murdered on the way there or back. The majority of the violence that is occurring right now is in border towns. The border town that you would go through to get to Rocky Point is quite small. At that point, you are on a busy road to quickly carry you down to the beach.

San Diego and Orange County are NOT substitutes for Rocky Point. The water at California beaches is ALWAYS cold. The outdoor temperature is rarely much better. If you want a full beach experience, go to Rocky Point or San Carlos.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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It's *probably* safe - but frankly, given that with about one more hour driving you could be in San Diego, I'd rather be more sure.
The only problem with that is the drive on I-8 through the mountain passes between eastern San Diego County and El Centro are downright brutal.
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