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Monday, April 6, 2009

Off the Beaten Path in Puerto Peñasco

Off the Beaten Path in Puerto Peñasco
The Best Gems Beyond the Tourist District

There are so many great goods and services beyond the tourist district in Puerto Peñasco that it is impossible to talk about all of them! An eclectic roundup of favorites follows.

1. Blanca Felix gives the world’s best pedicure, with leg and foot massage, and some reflexology too. Call her cell phone (638) 380-7128 to schedule an appointment in her salon, your home, condo or hotel.

2. Bakery Candy Cake has wonderful cakes, by special order or out of their refrigerator, as well as a coffee bar. After 1 p.m., try a cream cheese jalapeño croissant with one of the best cups of coffee in town. Going north on Benito Juarez, turn east onto Calle Lazaro Cardenas and go two blocks.

3. Armando Preciado and Inex Camacho serve up great food at their taquería Vaca Chenta. The carne and cebollas asadas are wonderful, especially when served with their homemade corn tortillas. Look for the cow on the west side of Blvd. Benito Juarez.

4. No one wants to visit the doctor while on vacation, but if you must, it’s good to know about Clinica Santa Fe. Dr. Jose Contreras. He speaks excellent English and his staff can help with illness and medical emergencies any time of the day or night. On-site radiology, lab, inpatient and outpatient care available. Located two blocks east of Blvd. Benito Juarez on Calle Simon Morúa. Phone: 383-2447.

5. Let Jesús González at Salon Versalles give you a great haircut at an amazing price in his surprisingly upscale salon. Call his cell phone (638) 105-0446 for an appointment. You will be thrilled with the results!

6. Try shopping locally instead of hauling groceries hundreds of miles! La Merced is well-stocked, clean, has a great produce department, friendly staff and accepts your VISA card! Located at the traffic circle on Blvd Kino, a few blocks east of La Curva restaurant.

7. Carnes CEdasa features world-class Sonoran beef, in large or small quantities, cut and packaged, or cut to your specifications while you wait. Open daily at 8 a.m., located in the heart of town, on Calle Melchor Ocampo, a half block east of Rocky Imports.

8. If you are lucky, Cantor Pedro Gomez will stroll into your restaurant while you are dining and ask if you would like to hear a song. Tell him “YES!” His strong, clear voice and charming personality will have you emptying your wallet for more music!

9. Michoacana shops are scattered all over town, and are great stops for a cold agua fresca. These uniquely Mexican fruit-based drinks come in many flavors, and are delicious!

10. Engineer Rodolfo Yocupicio C. operates a great store on Blvd. Samuel Ocaña, which features all aspects of water treatment, drinking water systems, pool supplies, pumps, parts and even drinking water from his own purification plant! If your pump fails, Rodolfo can probably fix it, and if not, he sells and installs new ones. Call his cell phone (638) 102-0623.

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