This year for Christmas we convinced ourselves that we were skipping all the toys and taking a trip instead. We mostly managed to skip all the toys and I'm happy to report the trip was a total success.
If you remember we were supposed to go to Rocky Point over Fall Break in October and at the very last minute it got cancelled. By last minute, I mean our car was fully loaded, coolers, towels, treats,all loaded, when we found out the flooded road we had anticipated clearing up, had in fact, gotten worse. We were devastated and more than a little frustrated to say the least.
When planning a winter trip for our family, we're fairly limited in what works for us. It really boils down to one thing with the varying ages we're trying to please and it is this: A warm beach. We looked at a couple of options, but Rocky Point seemed to make the most sense.
So many from Arizona travel to Rocky Point frequently, and we've gone in the past as well and stayed at the big condo resorts. This time, though, we were both adamant about being in a house on the beach. The main motivation being accommodating a baby that still naps 5 hours during the day. We wanted to be able to have him napping and still enjoy the beach. While I realize the resorts also have the luxury of pools, I also wanted to save myself the hassle of my kids constantly wanting to switch from beach to pools. Nothing frustrates me more than paying to be at the beach and having kids begging for the pool...especially when we have a pool in our backyard. So I selfishly eliminated the option of the pool and my kids were none the wiser.
I'm happy to report we loved where we stayed. You can head over to my Instagram (@sonny_daily) and see a full video tour on IGTV. The house was right on the beach, with the big sliding doors I love leading out to a huge patio that overlooked the water. One fun thing we realized was that while in California, you get to watch the sunset, in Rocky Point you get the sunrise and the sunset. It was breathtaking. The place was 4bed/4bath with 2 master suites that had patio doors overlooking the water as well. The owners really did thing of everything...except a cheese grater. For reals, that was the only thing I couldn't find that I wanted. Pretty sure next time we go, I'll gift the property one. ;) While we ended up paying a bit more for lodging, my thought is that if I get my lodging right, I spend less on food and activities because I don't end up leaving the house.
We did head into town at least once every day and came across a few gems I thought I'd share with you!
A few restaurants we loved were Koffee Haus -- yes it's spelled in the German fashion, while they serve Mexican and American style breakfasts. Try not to think too hard on it and you'll love it. The place is fairly small, so go early if you don't want to wait for a table.
We also ate at the top of the lighthouse restaurant which is called something El Capitain. I liked that this was off the main drag and easy to get in and out of. It's a sit down place that overlooks the ocean, so snag a patio table if you can. The food was incredible and the view over the top.
Pan y Vino (Bread and Wine) is located right next to the lighthouse restaurant and is an amazing Italian place. We didn't get to try this, but our neighbors in the house next to us who travel to Rocky Point once a month, told us it was their favorite place.
We shopped for groceries at Super Ley and if you buy your meat there, they've got a guy that will grill it up for you outside. He wasn't there while we were there, but I've heard great reviews and this is on our list for next time. Be sure to also grab some Mexican Vanilla while you're there. Not only is the flavor amazing, the price is even better. What I can get for $45 at my Costco, I picked up for $1.50 there. I bought 10 I was so excited.
While the food was great the relaxing was better. So much needed relaxing on this trip. Scot and I both received massages right on the patio and I've got to tell you for $20, it was the best decision we'd ever made.
Liv got her hair braided and of course, they all had to get henna tattoos...while I read my book and the baby napped. When we got tired of being lazy we played endless games of ladder ball and did beach workouts (quite possibly one of my favorite things). See how amazing a house on the beach is?? It's hard to beat in my opinion.
It wasn't perfect by any means, as no family trip ever is. The night we arrived on Christmas Day (!) there was a huge down pour and we lost power in the middle of trying to cook dinner. I was sweating it for a bit, but the power came back on and we all survived. The kids still bickered and Luke skipped some naps and one day the weather didn't cooperate, but at the end of the day, those aren't ever the things I remember and we're looking forward to getting back soon!
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.