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Puerto Penasco, Sonora safe?

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BnL503
10/5/2020 20:23 EST

My wife and I are looking to retire to Mexico in a couple years and
in the past week found interesting properties in Puerto Penasco we may consider looking at. We've already purchased property in BCS by Los Barriles but considering being further north towards the US. We know Sonora state has drug cartel activity and the US state department has issued elevated warnings for Sonora state but we also know this is mostly a drug cartel issue and there's crime everywhere. We live near Portland Oregon where domestic terrorism is now common so we understand how to watch out for ourselves and be aware of our surroundings but for anybody that lives in Puerto Penasco has the drug cartel activity presented exceptional safety concerns for average residents and expats? The cartels usually target each other members people involved with the drug trade and sometimes innocence get caught up in crossfires during gun battles but we would be more concerned if kidnappings and home invasions are a real elevated threat that would make us reconsider living somewhere else in Mexico? Thank you.

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hrlee7804
10/6/2020 15:33 EST

I live in San Carlos Sonora. The expats here don't have too much good to say about Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Google whatsupsancarlso and see what you think. 3 hours from the border.

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BnL503
10/6/2020 18:20 EST

Thank you

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hrlee7804
10/7/2020 10:58 EST

I know one of the problems with Rocky Point is it is so close to US that the American kids come down on weekends and it is chaos. Here in San Carlos we have kids/young families coming to the beach from Hermosillo to stay for the weekend. The difference is the Mexicans are more financially stable so there is not problems with them being here except for loud music at times. They contribute well to the economy and many play with Jeeps and UTV's in the desert here. I would also check on if Puerto Penasco has issues with water. I know parts of the Baja does. I don't know if the problem is getting it or cost of it or contaminated but I know it is talked about.

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Franklin99
10/11/2020 12:46 EST

Move further away from the US, and you will probably be "safer".

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mexicanbeachbum
10/14/2020 10:25 EST

I moved to Puerto Penasco-Rocky Point 14 years ago, live here full time. I know the truth and will answer your questions. I will send a private message.

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