Top Reasons to Stay at Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico
The resort has a number of family-friendly amenities, including an Olympic-size outdoor pool with a jacuzzi and four lighted tennis courts.
Guests can rent clubs for free from the hotel and play a round of golf at the Rio Rico Country Club, an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. (Two rounds of golf are included in one of options for this getaway.)
If you opt for the dining credit, you can use it toward baby-back ribs ($18 for a half rack; $22 for a full rack), shrimp-and-scallop carbonara ($21), and other continental dishes at San Cayetano Restaurant.
Resort king or double suites feature southwestern decor and have private balconies or patios with views of the San Cayetano Mountains or the Santa Cruz River Valley.
The resort is just an hour south of Tucson, where you can visit historic Spanish missions and feast on chilies rellenos and other southwestern dishes.
Santa Cruz County: Scenic Desert Terrain Minutes from Mexican Border
Esplendor Resort's desert locale in Santa Cruz County puts it in the midst of a landscape teeming with wildlife and naturally oriented recreation. Numerous state and national parks are scattered throughout the region, enticing hikers, birdwatchers, and cacti impersonators with eclectic ecology. Fertile grounds and a fruitful monsoon season nurture juicy red and white grapes, resulting in a bevy of wineries populating the Sonoita-Elgin region, about 30 miles northeast of Rio Rico.
Authentic Mexican cuisine and wares spill across the U.S.-Mexico border about 10 miles from Esplendor Resort in Nogales, a border town full of restaurants and shopping that offers a taste of Sonoran culture on the northern side of the international boundary. For those whose cultural curiosity is piqued by the town's attractions, pedestrian access from Nogales across the border makes trans-country travel enticingly easy.