Richard, I had a similar question just 2 weeks ago. I can only assume there's been some TV news report about it being dangerous. Anyway, have a look at the answer, well, conversation really, I had with Jan:
In other emails Jan told me he's a regular Rocky Point visitor and feels safer there than some American cities.
Some perspective: every Christmas in Britain about 700 people go to hospital for treatment to injurious inflicted while opening their gifts (knives slip, scissors go too far etc). There are 60 million British people.
20 Million people visit Mexico each year. So far (and not to take away from the tragedy and seriousness of it) only a handful of innocent tourists have been caught in the crossfire.
That means you are 4 times more likely to be injured by your own Christmas present than a Mexican drug lord. I'm just saying. over 8 years ago
I travel to Rocky Point every year. In fact, I'm already booked for May! I can't WAIT! What we've seen so far is a LOT more security and police showing on the highway from Lukeville to Rocky Point. Don't be surprised to see Federales blowing by you on the highway, or sitting in town. That's a big change from a few years ago where you might see one or two the whole trip. Last time we saw five, just on the way down to Rocky Point (all either passed us or had semi trucks pulled over.) Thankfully Puerto Penasco has been pretty far removed from the violence you see elsewhere.
My only advice is to travel during the day (I wouldn't travel it at night during the best of times due to it being a dark, two lane road and people speeding.) We keep the cruise control set about 25 Kph above the speed limit once we're on the highway and police just passed us. We also caravan. If you're going with friends make sure to meet at the Casino (gas station really) that's about 45 minutes north of Lukeville and travel in Mexico together. We haven't heard of any of our friends getting hassled on the road but better safe than sorry.
Oh, and on the way out of the border town, there may be a stop sign and someone taking donations for the ambulance. DROP A DOLLAR OR TWO IN THE BUCKET! Doesn't have to be much, but, drop something in there... Oh, and DON'T LIGHT OFF FIREWORKS IN LOS CONCHAS! You may get "approval" from security to light them in certain areas but you WILL get shaken down for cash from the local police...
I hope this helps!
Scott over 8 years ago