Puerto Penasco travel warning riles Mexican tourism officials


Tourism officials in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, are upset over a U.S. government travel advisory warning Americans against traveling to the seaside resort town after dark.

The U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico, issued a warning because travelers have been stopped by phony Mexican police roadblocks.

The alert comes after local merchants spent two years trying to dispel travel fears of drug violence.

Rocky Point’s Tourism and Visitor Assistance Center director Rosie Glover said the advisory amounts to a rumor that could sabotage business in a community that already is hurting.

The Consulate said it was told by those moving through the checkpoints between Sonoyta and Puerto Penasco that drivers were asked to show identification before they were allowed to pass.