Best places to have wine in San Miguel De Allende with breathtaking views!

 
View from El Mirador | San Miguel de Allende

View from El Mirador | San Miguel de Allende

Some of the most majestic skyline views in all of Mexico can be seen in San Miguel De Allende. UNESCO World Heritage is situated on a hill where cobblestone streets cover the grounds of the city, giving panoramic views to just about any rooftop. During my last visit to San Miguel De Allende, I got to experience some of the best that San Miguel has to offer with their baroque Spanish architecture, cultural festivals and thriving art and food scenes. Guanajuato wineries and vineyards are also located about 20 minutes from the center of SMA. You can read about it here and here. But most of all, I was able to visit several rooftop restaurants with 360 degree views of San Miguel that can be seen from every direction.

View from El Mirador | San Miguel de Allende

View from El Mirador | San Miguel de Allende

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel | SMA

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel | SMA

El Cielo

One of the most magical spots in town is La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, whose dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza, “El Jardín”. El Cielo offers one of the best unobstructed views of La Parroquia and the towns Plaza, where cultural festivals can be seen from the top, as they walk through the streets. This restaurant offers traditional Mexican dishes and local wines from the state of Guanajuato and Mexico. Come for the wine and views!

El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

View from El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

View from El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

Night view from El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

Night view from El Cielo Rooftop Bar | SMA

Luna

If you ever visit SMA you have to visit popular Rosewood San Miguel de Allende Hotel. Their rooftop bar Luna is located at the top level offering majestic view of the entire city. This is a beautiful hotel and restaurant with an impressive wine list with a large variety of Mexican producers, Old World and New World wines. La Parroquia is further away, but panoramic views of the other side of San Miguel covers the scene and are spectacular. Delicious tapas, dishes and exotic cocktails are available to dining or apetizers. This is a must visit and makes for the most beautiful wedding!

San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine

Quince

One of the best things to do in SMA is walk the cobblestone streets that cover the city. We found this restaurant doing just that and had the most delicious meal!  This restaurant was nicely decorated in modern décor offering the close views of La Parroquia from a different perspective then “El Cielo”. The food was exceptional and the drinks were made by in house mixologist. Due to the fact that cocktails is what they do best here, I decided to skip the wine and I ordered a Raspberry Watermelon vodka drink topped with a chilli lemon powder and a rose petal. A Bloody Mary and Michelada cart was also available for brunch. I highly recommend everything here!!! Due to it's popularity, make sure you make a reservation, otherwise you're stuck at the bar.

San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine

Pictured on the below is a breakfast restaurant we found by accident right across the street from "El Mirador". Consequently this restaurant was called "El Mirador". This restaurant was like eating at someone house with impressive views and a home cooked meal. Actually, it was someones house and it was a home cooked meal!!! Regardless, we had the best breakfast and had the best view of SMA. 

San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine

The Unknown Churro Spot

If you visit SMA, you have to ask around and find this churro place pictured below! It's the best churro spot and it was recommended to me by several people. We waited in line forever for the churro, but it was totally worth. I can't remember the name of this place, but it's near the central park and when you see the long line, you know you found it!

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Another must thing to do in just walk around the entire town. Most of the hidden spots we found was by walking around. Theres so many beautiful building to see all very unique and not one in the same. The streets and architecture are colorful  and a true representation of what Mexico is like. You can also walk over to the market and buy yourself some artisan handmade goods. Or simply take in the views and all the burros and people!

San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
San Miguel De Allende | With Love Paper and Wine
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Beautiful wineries, picturesque rooftops bars, baroque architecture and an exceptional gastronomical scene, are the reasons why tourist’s from all over the world continue to make San Miguel one of the most popular tourist and retirement destinations in Mexico.

 

The Best Eats and Micheladas in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico | Rocky Point

 
Puerto Penasco | Mexico | Rocky Point

I have found the best michelada in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico!!!! Along the way, I also found the most delicious eats! Puerto Peñasco is an old fishing village situated on the Sea of Cortez, where the state of Sonora meets the state of Baja California. It's also known to many as Rocky Point, especially locals from Arizona and California. Just a short 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix and 6 hours from San Diego, lies this rocky pearl town in the north western part of Sonora, Mexico. 

Puerto Penasco | Rocky Point

There's so many things to do in Rocky Point, which I'll be talking about soon, but one of the things I decided to do during my past trip, was find the best michelada in town. Throughout my years of traveling to Mexico, I've tasted some of the best Michelada's and have figured out the way I like to drink it. I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed while in Mexico, so I decided to visit five different restaurants and michelada spots and find my favorite. All five of them were delicious and none of them I disliked. For purposes of this article, I requested no clamato (clam and tomatoe juice) on all of my micheladas. At each restaurant, I also found delicious traditional dishes, along with modernized ones as well.

Above is a video of ATV Riding video on the beaches and desert of Puerto penasco Mexico. The video below is a Michelada video.

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Mayan Palace | puerto penasco | Mexico

What is a michelada you may ask??? A michelada (Cubana Mexican style) is a mixture of:

  • Beer/Cerveza 
  • Lime
  • Salt
  • Chili powder/ Chile piquín (Tajin)
  • Salsas: salsa inglesa (Worcestershire sauce), jugo Maggi, and Tabasco
  • Ice

Lager and Amber beers are best and I prefer Indio or Negra Modelo on mine. However, in most places in the U.S, Micheladas are also made with Clamato (Clam and tomato juice). All in all,  it's very similar to a Bloody Mary, replacing the vodka for the beer. 

La casa del Capitan | puerto penasco | Mexico

5. The Michelada Stand

Michelada | puerto penasco | Mexico

The michelada stand was my #5 pick (I can't remember the name). This michelada stand only had fruit for eats. Don't get me wrong, this michelada was great, but there were a few reasons why this was my last choice. The michelada was filled with a dark salsa from scratch and chammy candy in the mix. The rim was coated with a chilli and chamoy salt mixture that was super yummy. It had celery stick and a tamarind candy to top it off. The two major reasons why this was #5:

  1. The michelada had more beer and not enough salsa. While drinking it, I felt was drinking a lot of beer!
  2. The people over charged me! Can you believe that after they made it, they asked for $10 US dollars!!!! I should have asked for the price before I ordered it, but I didn't think it was going to be that much!! NOT worth it!!!
Picture by Alexa Meisler of 52 Perfect days

Picture by Alexa Meisler of 52 Perfect days

4. Oktopus Resturant

El Oktopus restaurant was one of my favorite places to eat in all of Puerto Peñasco with an incredible view of the Malencon and the ocean. This two story restaurant was also my #4 choice for the best michelada in town. Again, this michelada was fantastic, but the only thing wrong with this was that the beer and salsa ratio was off. Once I added more michelada salsa, it tasted perfect! This michelada also had regular salt around the rim and I prefer Tajin or chili powder. Due to the fact that I had to ask for more salsa to add to the beer, this michelada came in at #4 (pictured below).

PS- I'll be writing more on this restaurant and their amazing food in a post coming up!. 

Oktopus | puerto penasco | Mexico
Oktopus | puerto penasco | Mexico
Oktopus Restaurant | Puerto Penasco | Mexico
Mayan Palace | puerto penasco | Mexico

The Grand Mayan at Vindata resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Puerto Peñasco. This exclusive resort is private and you have to be a member to stay at this magical place. Due to the fact that this resort is away from town and for private members only, this michelada is not accessible to everyone. Which is the reason why their michelada comes in at #3. (I'll be talking more about this resort in a future post.

Mayan Palace | puerto penasco | Mexico

Their michelada was also very delicious and they had a 2 for 1 special during happy hour. They also didn't have Indio beer, which is another reason it got #3 on my list. Their michelada salsa was made from scratch by their in house mixologist and it also had a chill powder on the rim. 

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My #2 selection was Peñasco Del Sol Hotel. Now this was a tough call and it almost came in at #1. This michelada tasted almost the same as my number one choice. I loved the salsa on this michelada and the rim was coated with Tajin chili powder. This michelada was the last one I had on my trip and it did not disappoint!!! 

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And the winner for the best Michelada in Puerto Peñasco is.......

1. La Casa del Capitan

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La Casa del Capitan was my all time favorite Michelada while in Puerto Peñasco. It was the very first stop before checking into my hotel and this restaurant had the most magnificent views. I was taken away by the views and the michelada, making my first hour in Rocky Point super memorable.

La casa del Capitan | puerto penasco | Mexico

This michelada was perfectly seasoned with the right amount of salsa and beer mixture with salt on the rim. My friend Katherine, who was my taste tester throughout the trip, also agreed that La Casa del Capitan was the #1 choice. We ended up comparing every michelada we had to La Casa del Capitan's the entire trip..

La casa del Capitan | puerto penasco | Mexico
La casa del Capitan | puerto penasco | Mexico
LA Casa Del Capitan | Rocky Point, Mexico

El Citron at Palomas Del Sol Golf Resort

PS- There was one other restaurant we ate at that was worth mentioning, but no micheladas. On our second to last evening, we had dinner at Palomas Del Sol Golf Resort. There, I had the most delicious vegetarian lasagna I have ever had. This lasagna was made of only potatoes, vegetables, cheese and sauce. The wine list was full of Mexican wine selections, as well as importune new world wines.

El Citron | Palomas Del Sol Golf Resort
Vegetable Lasagna

To be honest, any place you choose in Rocky Point will serve you a delicious meal and/or "made from scratch" michelada that you'll love. You can ask them to make it with clamato and see what you think! Have you tried any other michelada spots or restaurants in Puerto Peñasco/ Rocky Point? If so, I would love to hear about them in the comments below, for my next trip!

With Love | Erika Beach 

***** Sponsored by Puerto Peñasco Convention & Visitor's Bureau

***** All photography by me....... Erika Beach

You can read my past articles on Isla Mujeres HERE or Playa Del Carmen/ Chichen Itza HERE

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Eat, Drink, See, and one bnb in Scottsdale, Arizona

 
Arizona Canal | Photo by Erika Beach

Arizona Canal | Photo by Erika Beach

There’s something special about the Sonoran Desert. In Arizona, the sky looks different and the stars seem to shine brighter than usual. I’m not sure if it’s the energy thats absorbed while in the desert, the abundance of activities or the walkable neighborhoods that makes this place so inspiring and desirable. Arizona has been historically known for it’s overflow of outdoor activities and adventures, but lately this town has been getting more recognition for it’s culinary, wine and art scene.

With JoyRide AZ

With JoyRide AZ

Scottsdale, Arizona | JoyRides AZ | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW

Watch the Youtube Video below on touring Scottsdale Food, wine and drink scene.

Scottsdale, Arizona | JoyRides AZ | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW

Scottsdale’s thriving food scene is home to over 800 restaurants in various walkable neighborhoods offering a variety of the city's public art and sports entertainment options.  Other easier options, however, like guided Urban Historic and Culinary Tours on Golf carts by JoyRide AZ, are available for you to enjoy the outdoor inspirations.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW

EAT

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hash Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hash Kitchen

One of those dining options offering a “DIY” Bloody Mary Bar is Hash Kitchen. Hash Kitchen is located outside of downtown and open for breakfast and lunch only and offering a brunch menu seven days a week. Their menu has an extensive list of their signature hash dishes. 

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hash Kitchen
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hash Kitchen
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hash Kitchen

Over 40 toppings available for your DIY bloody Mary drink.

Bloody Mary drink

Bloody Mary drink

Huevos Rancheros Hash

Huevos Rancheros Hash

One of the best parts about this place is it’s Bloody Mary bar with various in house vodka infused flavors. Along with your choice of liquor, 40 plus options for toppings are available for your choosing. A non alcoholic option is also available, along with a full size bar. They also serve several in house vodka infused flavors such as, Jalapeño, Cilantro Lime, Cucumber Chili, bacon or celery.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hash Kitchen
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hash Kitchen
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse

Another delicious dining spot is Hand Cut Burgers and Chop House. This restaurant is super chic with a modern urban feel with a classic american food menu. They also offer a nice Arizona wine list along with other selections from the U.S. The restaurant is located in the Scottsdale Mall and is open for lunch and dinner.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
Golden Beets & Burrata

Golden Beets & Burrata

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

SEE

(Arizona's Public Art)

Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW

Old Town Scottsdale and Civic Center

Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW
The Singing Cowboy

The Singing Cowboy

The Soleri Bridge and Plaza By Paolo Soleri

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Soleri Bridge by Paolo Soleri

Along the Scottsdale waterfront lies a bridge connecting humans to the solar calendar by the inspirations of philosopher Paolo Soleri. The Soleri Bridge, a representation of past and present, connects us conceptually across time.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Soleri Bridge by Paolo Soleri

Two large pylons (64ft to be exact) stand across the bridge and a vertical red line lies on the ground in between both sculptures, identifying where the suns shadow will be at a particular day and time of the year. Situated at a true north axis, the bridge is intended to mark solar events produced by the sun’s shadow.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Soleri Bridge by Paolo Soleri

The pylons are perfectly placed 6 inches apart, casting the sun throughout the gap, creating a shadow across the bridge. The bridge is a feature also representing Paolo’s Art work throughout his life.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Soleri Bridge by Paolo Soleri
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Soleri Bridge by Paolo Soleri

According to Scottsdale’s Public Art

The Soleri Bridge:

“At each summer solstice (June 21st) when the sun is highest in the sky, no shadow is cast.  While at each winter solstice (December 21st) when the sun is lowest in the sky, the shadow is the longest, reaching to the bridge structure.  A red stripe along the length of the bridge deck follows the light and perceptually leads the viewer across the bridge.  The bridge and plaza also celebrate the annual equinox events that are approximately on September 21st and March 22nd”.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Soleri Bridge by Paolo Soleri

The Doors by Donald Pilski

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | The Doors by Donald Lipski

Ever wonder what it’s like to stand inside a kaleidoscope? “The Doors” by Donald Lipski was created by the inspiration of his young son, who wondered what it was like to be inside a kaleidoscope. An artist from Philadelphia, Donald Lipski creates art from everyday objects normally taken for granted.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | The Doors by Donald Lipski

The Doors sculpture is made of Ipe (Brazilian hardwood), mirror polished stainless steel, L.E.D. lights, and thousands of hand forged stainless steel rivets and strapping, taking three days to install. You can stand under the sculpture and listen to the enhanced sounds of “Sound Passage”, like a Subway underground and other music tones by sound artist Jim Green.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | The Doors by Donald Lipski
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | The Doors by Donald Lipski

Passing the Legacy

The endpoint for the Annual Hashknife Pony Express ride (Pictured below)

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | The Doors by Donald Lipski

Jack Knife

Modeled after Arizona's official seal (Pictured below)

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW

The Bronze Horses

In 1989, the Bronze Horse Fountain was donated by Bob Parks (pictured below)

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW

DRINK

………Wander the wine trail

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room

Carlson Creek Vineyards

Most people don’t think about wine when they travel to Arizona. However, Arizona is home to over 100 wineries throughout the State, with several galleries and tasting rooms conveniently located throughout downtown Scottsdale. Aridus Wines, LDV Tasting Gallery, Salvatore Wines and Carlson Creek Tasting Rooms are situated among various neighborhoods in Scottsdale offering the finest selections and true to terroir Arizona wines.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room

Carlson Creek Tasting Room Gallery is conveniently located in the Art’s District in Scottsdale and relatively close to other tasting rooms and walkable neighborhoods. Carlson Creek Vineyard is a family owned winery and vineyard that was founded on the principal of building a multi generational business that can be passed down to future generations. As a result, the Carlson family went out in search for the perfect land to plant their grapes and found their property in 2008. Carlson Creek Vineyard purchased their 40 acre property in Wilcox, Arizona and planted their first grapes in 2009. 

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room

The vineyard is ran by Robert “Bob” Carlson Jr. and his two sons, Robert Carlson III and John Carlson, who is the winemaker. Their wines are almost entirely estate grown and are 100% Arizona. They include wine selections with varietals of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Grenache Rosé, Malbec and Mourvèdre, with Chenin Blanc and Merlot varietals being locally sourced. Carlson Creek is now home to over 280 acres in vineyards and their success was not only due to their award-winning wines, but also because of the demand for their grapes from other winemakers throughout Arizona.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room

Pictured above is the 2012 Chenin Blanc, a beautiful refreshing medium dry wine that is easy to drink and pairs well with pasta creamy dishes.

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience

SLEEP

One Air bnb

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience

During our short trip we stayed at a Scottsdale Air BnB, The Platinum Experience. This property was beyond beautiful and conveniently located to downtown Scottsdale within minutes. The home has five bedrooms (Sleeps 12), five bathrooms, several living rooms, a super large kitchen and dining area. The home was beautifully landscaped with a large pool and backyard oasis. This was a dream home!!!!

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience

PLAY

Kayaking the Salt River in Arizona

If you're planning your next trip to Scottsdale Arizona or any surrounding areas, make sure to book your next outdoor adventure with Arizona Outback Adventures. They offer guided outdoor adventures to Havasupai, hiking trails, backpacking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, floating trips and much more! I took a private kayak guided tour of the lower Salt River, which is located approximately 40 minutes from Scottsdale Arizona. This was one of the most scenic and relaxing waterscape experience I have ever floated on. Although this outdoor adventure is calm and relaxing, it does have some mild river rafting that even beginners can handle. The river is surrounded by unobstructed views of four mountain ranges in the Sonoran desert and beautiful wild life and wild horses that will make you feel one with nature. You can view a video of my Kayak adventure HERE or read more details on the trip HERE. You can also view a video on my helicopter flight through secret canyons in Sedona HERE.

Scottsdale Arizona has quickly become a popular destination, not only for it’s beautiful weather, but for its various walkable neighborhoods offering the city's top dinning and entertainment options. I hope you found this article inspiring or helpful for your next trip to Arizona and thank you for taking the time to read this.

*********** A special thanks in partnership with Experience Scottsdale   

Golf Cart Tours by Joyrides AZ 

Eat : Hash Kitchen and Hand Cut Chophouse 

Drink: Carlson Creek Vineyards 

Sleep:  Air bnb Platinum Experience 

Play: AOA Adventures

More information on Scottsdale's Public Art

Listen to our Podcast on this trip HERE

Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo by Erika Beach WLPW | Air bnb The Platinum Experience
 

Best Kayaking Tour in Arizona

 
Lower Salt River Kayaking in Arizona

This September I got to visit Scottsdale, Arizona for the first time and had the best time with Arizona Outback Adventures and Experience Scottsdale. We went on a private guided tour of the lower Salt River, which is located approximately 40 minutes from Scottsdale Arizona, and is one of the most scenic and relaxing waterscapes to float in Arizona.

Love this video? CLICK HERE to view my YouTube video of my Helicopter ride through secret canyons in Sedona! Or CLICK HERE to view a tour of Scottsdale Arizona.

 Although this outdoor adventure is calm and relaxing, it does have some mild river rafting that even beginners can handle. The river is surrounded by unobstructed views of four mountain ranges in the Sonoran desert and beautiful wild life that will make you feel one with nature. I never thought that I could float down the lower Salt River in Arizona in a Kayak and have the most thrilling outdoor adventure ever!

Before you go on your next kayaking trip in Arizona, there's a few details you need to know:

  • Although this is a class 1 river, there are several class 2 rapids on this route. They're not dangerous or difficult, but super fun! If you listen to your guide, you'll have no problem. If you fall, it's ok, you just float. (Someone from our group fell and it was okay!) If your curious on what this looks like, make sure to watch my YouTube video at the end of this blog post.
  •  Bring a water proof camera! However, your guide will have dry bags for your belongings so they don't get wet.
  •  Wear quick drying shorts, swimwear and water shoes.
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen. It gets hot!
  • Bring water, snacks and WINE! Yes, BYOB and bring your own refreshment. I didn't know about this, so I would have planned accordingly. My advice is to purchase a canteen and put some delicious Rose or white wine in it. There is some down time in the middle of the trip to relax, swim and have a sip a wine. 

If you noticed in the pictures above or if you watched the YouTube Video at the beginning of this blog, you probably saw that the kayaking was nice and relaxing with the exception of our minor crash. The river was easy to manouver and not too challenging, but I recommend one kayak for beginners.

Lower Salt River Kayaking in Arizona

Regardless of whether you’re a first timer on a kayak or experienced, Arizona Outback Adventures provides the best and safest tour. They are very cautious and take their time in guiding you through the river. Both our guides were well informed about nature and they knew everything about cactus' and the surrounding wild life. 

Lower Salt River Kayaking in Arizona | Photo by Alexa Meisler of 52 Perfect Days

Lower Salt River Kayaking in Arizona | Photo by Alexa Meisler of 52 Perfect Days

If you're planning your next trip to Scottsdale Arizona or any surrounding areas, make sure to book your next outdoor adventure with Arizona Outback Adventures. They also offer guided outdoor adventures to Havasupai, hiking trails, backpacking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, floating trips and much more! Have you been kayaking in the lower Salt River? Or do you know of any other cool spots to kayak in Arizona? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

With Love | Erika Beach

***** Sponsored by Experience Scottsdale and Arizona Outback Adventures. Thank you for this awesome experience!!

***** Photography and video by Erika Beach