Made a quick trip to RP over Labor Day. Crossed border at Lukeville and drive down was uneventful. Saw plenty of Mexican Army and Federales riding in their vehicles on the road between Sonoyta and RP. RP police were handing out pamphlets near edge of town with tips on how to stay safe when visiting RP in spanish and english. Stayed at El Mirador Hotel across from the Sand Bar on the Mirador. Had a first floor room and it was very noisy because of cars in parking lot and people walking past room. Hotel was very clean and housekeeping did a bang-up job. Air conditioner worked well and I needed it. RP was very hot and humid the entire weekend.
I went to Lucas Pollo (Chicken) 3 times during my stay and had a feast every time. Half a chicken, tortillas, lettuce, onions and a coke for $6. Lucas Pollo seemed to be very popular with the Americans who were in town. I did a lot of beach combing but did not go swimming, as the surf was high because of a constant wind. Ate shrimp one evening at the Sand Bar. The meal was very good and the shrimp was large, succulent and perfectly fried in what appeared to be a tempura batter. The beer could have been colder at the Sand Bar but the bartenders and patrons were very friendly. Word was that Manny’s had been closed the entire month of August. I’m not sure if that is standard operating procedure for them. Stopped by Manny’s a couple of times for a beer and the place was dead on Friday and Sunday nights. Margaritavilla is still closed and for sale.
I went over to Shacks Fifth Avenue Saturday afternoon for souvenirs and it was deserted with the exception of the people manning the shops. Calle 13 was fun as always with plenty of locals out enjoying their weekend. Be prepared to be offered sex, drugs and rock and roll if you wander on the Calle 13.
Checked out of hotel Monday at 7:30 a.m. Gave my key to the owner who said it was the most Americans he had seen in town in a couple of years. I seemed to see a lot of vehicles with California plates. Got a cup of coffee to go from reception and made it to the border without an incident. Crossing wait was 20 minutes with 3 inspection stations open. Home safe by noon and had a great time. I’ll avoid Labor Day in RP again because the heat and humidity made being outdoors very uncomfortable.