Rocky Point cruise ship port is back on track!
Officials from Sonora, Mexico have recently announced that the Mexican federal government has set aside more than $13 million for its 2018 budget to finish the first phase of the Rocky Point cruise ship port. And, completion is scheduled for 2020! So, get ready for the opportunity to take a Mexican cruise, just one-hour drive south of the border, in Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco), Mexico.
And if you’re thinking about investing in real estate, like a beach home or a luxury condo in a beach-front resort, now is the time buy! Property values are already going up. And, once the Rocky Point cruise ship port is in place, the sky is the limit.
Rocky Point cruise ship port plans
Sonora, Mexico tourism officials revealed routes for ships cruising in the Sea of Cortez and said at least one cruise line had expressed interest in establishing operations there.
Mayor Kiko Munro along with Nicholas Tragakes, the CEO of Global Maritime Group, Christian Verhouning, COO of the Global Maritime Group, and John Dennis of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, made a big announcement. They revealed that Rocky Point will offer its first cruise route through the Sea of Cortez in 2020.
And there’s more!
Now, the Rocky Point cruise ship port will become the home port and final destination for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, a British passenger shipping company. They currently travel international routes in Asia, Europe, and America.
The company plans to offer its services in Acapulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas in 2019. And, by the year 2020, it will expand its cruise routes within the Sea of Cortez. They will travel to the cities of Topolobampo, Guaymas, Santa Rosalia, Loreto, La Paz, and of course, Rocky Point.
The Rocky Point cruise-ship port has been on hold
After being on hold for nearly two years, amid questions over millions of dollars in spending, construction of the Rocky Point cruise ship port is finally set to resume this year, 2018. The Mexican federal government had set aside $26 million in 2013 for the port, but there’s little to show for it.
The work on the first of three phases is only half complete. And, the project has been filled with spending issues and reported mismanagement. Workers built the dock before running out of money two years ago.
There’s been such little progress in recent years that nearby businesses and residents wondered if the project had been abandoned altogether.
Sonora, Mexico, Governor Claudia Pavlovich blames the previous administration for the misspent funds. Her predecessor is in a Mexican prison facing corruption, extortion and embezzlement charges unrelated to the port. By the time she took office, work on the Rocky Point cruise ship port had already halted.
Governor Claudia Pavlovich saves the project
“We had to take on many legal issues and redo many things that weren’t our responsibility,” Governor Pavlovich said. “But we had to do it so that in the end we could once again secure the funding. And we hope that we keep getting more, because we need more (funding) to be able to finish.”
Sonora, Mexico officials said they would not have secured the federal funding without the help from Arizona. At a commission meeting earlier this year in Scottsdale, the governors of Sonora, Mexio and Arizona signed a memorandum of understanding to promote and lobby for completion of the cruise ship port.
That show of unity helped as Sonora officials pressed the Mexican federal government to set aside the crucial funding for the project. “It … had a great deal of influence that Gov. Ducey and I signed that agreement to say we’re all in agreement about getting this project done,” Gov. Pavlovich said.
Elected and businesses leaders expect the project will generate millions of dollars in economic activity on both sides of the border.
Gov. Ducey said the Rocky Point cruise ship port effort is a testament to the strengthening ties between the neighboring states of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
“It’s gone from a relationship, to a partnership, to a real friendship …,” Gov. Ducy said. “Whether it’s the port industry that we’re going to bring to Rocky Point, or (electric car maker) Lucid Motors, which we’re going to bring to Pinal County and Casa Grande.”
Rocky Point tourism
Even with completion of the port several years away, tourism officials are already working to address the challenges that would come with cruise-bound visitors.
In recent years, the number of visitors in Rocky Pooiint has increased steadily. The arrival of thousands more tourists for cruises could strain infrastructure and cause headaches for U.S. visitors hoping to make a quick weekend getaway.
As the closest beach to most Arizona cities, Rocky Point has relied on these visitors to fill hotels and frequent local shops and restaurants.
The number of visitors hit 2.2 million last year, according to statistics from the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau. A majority come from the United States — the lion’s share of visiting Americans are from Arizona.
Rocky Point real estate
Now is the time to invest. Once the new port is complete, which will allow cruise ships to dock in Rocky Point, property values will skyrocket. And, they just received $18M to continue the project, so the time is near.
Are you ready to take advantage of the steadily-rising real-estate values in Rocky Point, Mexico? Every possible opportunity is here, no matter what your looking for, and Susie Flinn’s Rocky Point Real Estate By the Sea is here to serve you. From beach homes or bare land, to condos on the beach, Rocky Point real estate opportunities abound.
Susie Flinn has been a real estate professional in Rocky Point for over 12 years now, and her clients always come back to her when they’re ready to buy or sell another property. She is simply the best Rocky Point real estate broker in town, and she would love the opportunity to prove it to you.
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