Sonoyta, Sonora

Across the border from Lukeville, Arizona

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June 2015 Travel Advisory – Sonoyta, Sonora

Due to increased violence between warring cartels in Sonoyta, tourists are advised to exercise extreme caution when passing through the area.


Sonoyta is a Sonoran border town with a population of approximately 20,000 residents, that adjoins the Arizona town of Lukeville. It is a popular border crossing for tourists heading to the seaside resort town of Puerto PeƱasco, Sonora (also known as Rocky Point).


Two Mexican federal highways pass through Sonoyta, Sonora. Mexico highway 8 will take tourists to Rocky Point, and Mexico highway 2 leads to westbound destinations like Mexicali and other Baja California destinations, and eastbound to towns like Caborca and Santa Ana, where it connects with Mexico highway 15 that starts in Nogales and travels southward to the state capital of Hermosillo and other southern Mexican destinations.

The local economy of Sonoyta is geared toward visitors and tourism, with a variety of businesses from restaurants, hotels, pharmacies and curio stores for tourists to get rested, fed, supplied and on the way to their next destination.


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