In the bosom of a small community called Cholla Bay, on the north side of Rocky Point, where Sandy Hill ascends overhead, and the spray of the sea thickens the cool night air, there lies a palace, so tall in splendor that it towers over the town. This majestic, yet ominous citadel is labeled by Google Earth as “La Casa del Gringo Loco.” There, lives Rocky Point’s premier real-estate broker, Susie Flinn, and her husband, Ray Flinn – El Gringo Loco.
During the day, El Gringo Loco leads a normal life, living on the edge of the Sea of Cortez, overlooking the wonderful coastline and the beautiful sea. His eight-story castle is a work-in-progress, and he labors over it day in and day out, as he works to complete his giant creation.
Ray of Cholla Bay – The clandestine tycoon
Where did Ray Flinn get the name “El Gringo Loco” by the locals of Cholla Bay? About 40 years ago, Ray’s truck had a transmission problem. It only drove in reverse. So, after driving through town backwards for a time, they called him “The Crazy American” in Spanish.
Ray Flinn by day, El Gringo Loco has a moniker – an alter-ego. He tears out of his secret lair, beneath his palace. Out of his Batcave, he accelerates down the road heading into town. Like a phantom that rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest, BATMAN heads out in his BATMOBILE, in pursuit of justice! There are banditos afoot in Cholla Bay, and Ray is there to save the day.
The marvelous Batman marvel
Dressed in his guise as Batman, he hits the road incognito in search of crime. After twilight disappears into darkness, you can marvel at this thrilling, if not marvelous phenomenon that truly is a marvel. Batman drives toward the spectacular lights of the city in his Batmobile, in search of escapade in Rocky Point.
Please come visit this giant fortress when you travel to Rocky Point. You may tour this castle for free. And, the views are SPECTACULAR from the top!
Cholla Bay – a short history
Named after the shallow bay that it resides against, Cholla Bay is a separate community in Rocky Point, about five miles north of the city. This five-mile buffer provides the ultimate peace and quiet from the sounds of the city, with only the sound of the sea breaking the silence. Also, there are stores, restaurants, and other accommodations, allowing you to stay in town, most of the time. Of course, it’s close enough to the city to head into town for large-scale shopping, or to enjoy the nightlife.
The sunsets are unbelievable. You can watch the sun set behind the 10,000-foot mountains on the Baja California peninsula, 125 miles to the west.
The restaurants include: Xochitl’s Cafe, Mr. Fish Tacos and Chunga’s Place. Also, get a cold drink at JJ’s Cantina, which is also a restaurant. Or, buy some groceries at La Cholla Mini-Market or Ron Rico’s Mini-Market. Ready for adult beverages? Ron Rico’s liquor store carries your favorite brands on it’s shelves. And, for people who are thinking about buying or selling a home in Cholla Bay, be sure to contact Susie Flinn of Rocky Point Real Estate By the Sea. She’ll answer all of your questions and will make your experience a breeze – she has over 11 years of experience in Real Estate in Rocky Point, Mexico.
Starting at the beginning
During negotiations with then Mexican President, Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, after the Mexican-American War, the northern land including Cholla Bay almost became a U.S. seaport. For reference, the war lasted from 1846 to 1848. And, before the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, which gave the U.S. the southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico, President Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana fought tooth-and-nail to keep the land separating mainland Mexico from the Baja Peninsula. Thus, the United States allowed Mexico to keep this land bridge, just north of the Colorado River Delta, which included the cities of Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) and the bustling metropolis of Mexicali.
Cholla Bay started out as a small fishing village back in the 1940’s. And, after the roads were developed in the 1940’s, the shrimping industry took off like a rocket. Then, Americans and Canadians soon learned about the beautiful views and the great weather on the little peninsula known as Cholla Bay, just north of town, in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). Therefore, they moved to Cholla Bay by the dozens.
Stuck in the bay
Before the marina was created in Rocky Point, the shrimp boats came into the shallow Cholla Bay, which is known to have the second-highest tide in the world. When the tide recedes, it becomes hard sand, so boats will become stuck on the sand until the tide comes back in, if they aren’t moved.
Fishermen would leave their fishing boats on the sand for repainting. They would tip them over in one direction, to paint one side. Then, they would tip them in the other direction, after the following tide, to paint the other side. Also, many cars became submerged after parking out on the hard sand, when the tide returned – BE CAREFUL!
Now, after decades of construction, there are many houses that overlook The Sea of Cortez and the shallow Cholla Bay. Thus, the design styles vary greatly, and many of them reflect house designs of the times. For example, the older homes are small and unusual. Then, the homes built in the 1980’s are larger. Finally, the newer homes are huge. Therefore, this mix of architecture gives Cholla Bay it’s unique look and feel.
Cholla Bay – the community
People visiting Cholla Bay as tourists probably don’t realize that this is a community where many Mexicans, Americans and Canadians choose to live full or part time. For example, there’s a club house, where locals gather for dinners and games during the frequent holidays and events throughout the year. Also, this club house is used for HOA (Home Owner’s Association) meetings, Old Boy’s Social Club and Cholla Bay Sportsman’s Club events. Also, residents may rent the clubhouse for weddings and other celebrations. Inside the clubhouse, there’s space for large groups and a good-sized gourmet kitchen is provided for food preparation.
Many fishermen live and work out of Cholla Bay, as it has a wonderful boat-launch area. Thus, the fresh catch comes in daily! Fun fact: Cholla Bay is the largest American subdivision in Mexico. And, residents enjoy traveling from their home to one of the local restaurants or stores on their ATVs, which they are allowed to drive in town as long as they drive safely and stay within the speed limits.
Rocky Point Real Estate Girl
Susie Flinn has been a resident of Cholla Bay for over 40 years and she has over 11 years real estate experience in Rocky Point. Therefore, she is known as the “Rocky Point Real Estate Girl.”
Message from Susie Flinn
Whether you are buying or selling a home or property, I invite you to contact me as I would be happy to assist you with this important transaction. When you stop by, I’ll educate you on the Mexican governmental regulations with regard to your purchase or sale. So, please come visit me soon, here in Rocky Point. Also, we have the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets overlooking the Sea of Cortez!
Please click HERE to send Susie an inquiry.
All of the current listings in Cholla Bay
Below are the homes and lots that are currently available for purchase. Just click on the “+” to see all of the listings:
Developing my real-estate career with Susie Flinn
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