The city has experienced a high number of accidents, thus they
have passed some new laws recently restricting the use of A.T.V.'s. The following are a few of
1.) Only two riders per bike,
2.) No riding on the beach,
3.) No drinking & driving,
4.) No driving at night,
5.) No exceeding the speed limit (25 mph),
6.) No passing on the right,
7.) No drivers under the age of 16 and
8.) No riding on Benito Juárez & Old Port.
There are a number of businesses that rent A.T.V.s & riders need to remember safety should always be priority #1. Make sure you have all the proper safety equipment, follow the laws and watch out for others. Be safe & you'll have a fun vacation.
This is a good question, as the real estate boom has limited our access to many areas that used to be explorable. There no longer is any riding on the beaches within the city limits (except to launch watercraft). Many of the beachfront communities are in the city limits & they are enforcing the no riding laws. In addition, rides out to estuaries that we used to visit are now fenced denying access. We know that the Sandy Beach area has several places to ride, but they are getting smaller as time goes by. With the new coastal highway opening up, the northern coast is more accessible. The East Beach areas of Playa Encanto, Playa Miramar & Mayan Palace area have many more fences then several years ago.
One can ride in the open desert, however we recommend that you be aware of the plant life, as it takes many years to repair one afternoon zipping through the flauna. For those who enjoy this sport & are aware of good places to ride, e-mail us some information, so we may pass it along to others. It is important that the "community of riders" be respectful of the land & others or, we all will feel the affects of the restrictions.
If you are bring in any of these items, you will need the title work
showing ownership. We have been told that a you won't need the original title, a copy will suffice. However you have traveled
this far, it would be a shame to need it & not have it.
If you are not the owner of the "toy", you will either need the lease agreement giving you permission to take the toy to Mexico or a notarized statement from the owner giving you that permission. The statement should include pertinent information such as; The owner of record, vehicle id numbers, make, model etc…
Be sure to have the proper insurance to cover your vehicle. Come on down and have fun, but be respectful of the desert and others.
There are several issues you need to deal with. In the event you bring a jet ski, see the above question regarding crossing the border with a trailer. You will need the proper paperwork. Secondly, you will need to check on overnight storage. If you are staying in a condo at Sandy Beach, there are is security at most of the developments, however you should use extreme care in locking it up. Thirdly, Las Conchas may not allow a jet ski trailer inside it's gates.
Last and not least, the salt water is very hard on the unit,you will need to flush the engine with clean water. When using a jet ski, beaware of people, as our warm water and low tides are wonderful for swimming. People may be further from the beach then you would expect. Have fun a be respectful of all parties at the beach.
No you don't need reservations to go on a cruise. However, if you have a large group, you may want to assure your position. With this business, they may have nights with too few or too many passengers. To help the cruise companies plan their excersions, advance notice & planning can help to assure that they have enough passangers, the proper accomendations and that you have an enjoyable experience.
The simple answer is yes, however discounts on these cruises depends on several factors. Some of these are;
1.) The timing in the tourist season,
2.) Current reservations,
3.) The size of your group,
4.) The day of the week.
We suggest getting all your friends together & find out what they have to offer. Either way, you'll have a great time. They offer drinks & snacks, large parties, dinners etc… They provide many theme style cruises including sunset,a pirate ship, nature & fishing cruises to name a few. Decide your excursion and call them to see if they can provide it.
With over 900 islands and many more volcanic coves and waters filled with thousands of different marine species, the northern sea of Cortez has become one of Mexico's most popular diving destinations. For the snorkelers in the group, those who are looking for a day trip, San Jorge Island is the best choice. Some of the varieties of marine life can only be found in this sea, thus it is a delight for those naturalist.
For those interested in diving, the San Carlos area is said to have better waters. We are at the top of the sea of Cortez and our waters are rich in nutrients, thus the visibility is minimum. Bird Island is located southwest of rocky point. The island boast a population of 3600 sea lions as well as a wide varity of birds. Snorkeling, kayaking and swimming in the area is a popular eco tour. In general most trips are 3-4 hours.
If you ever wanted to visit Mother Nature's version of Sea World, just take a trip out to "Bird Island", 25 miles southeast of the city. Here at this local spot thousands of sea lions gather. So what kind are they? Well first off, there are 5 different kinds throughout the world. This specific species is known as the California Sea Lion. This variety inhabits much of the Pacific coast from Canada all the way down the islands off of Ecuador.
These cute mammals will perform all the spins, dives & tricks all to get your attention. As you motor along in the water, they will be following in the wake, chasing each other and playing just like those in San Diego. Of course, the pups always seem to be the most playful and wanting attention. However the grown parents can become quite large. A grown male can reach up to 7-8 feet in length and well over 600 pounds in weight, while the female is usually several feet shorter and a third the weight.
Unlucky for the sea lion, their natural enemy is the shark & killer whale. At Bird Island, you can swim with the sea lions and experience their youthful jubilance's of their circus acts. Spending an afternoon with thousands of these creatures can give you memories of a life time, So come see!
The Sea of Cortez has been a favorite diving spot for those in the southwest. The abundance of sea life, warm waters all contribute this to being a spot to get certified. Much of your open water training can be done here in the certification process. The following is a list of southwestern state diving certification instructors.
AquaStrophics Dive and Travel - Located in Lake Havasu City, includes a photo gallery, catalog, on-line sales of lycra skins, wetsuits, hoods, gloves and other scuba equipment. Also offers a newsletter. http://www.aquastrophics.com/ info@OnlineScubaLessons.com
Arizona Dive Boats - Year-round diving off of charter dive boats near Phoenix. Instruction available, instructors and classes, sport divers welcome. http://www.azdiveboats.com/ email@example.com
Arizona Offshore Scuba - Equipment sales, service and rental. Complete dive training, from beginner to instructor. Small group, personalized training. Travel Bahama, Belize, Catalina and Caymans. http://www.arizonaoffshorescuba.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Bubbles Up Diving and Travel - Chandler based PADI certified scuba instruction with a firefighter/paramedic. Offer dive trips scheduled throughout the year to Mexico, Bahamas, California and Florida. http://www.bubblesup.com/ Sunderh2o@aol.com
Diversions Scuba - Offers private and group diving instruction in the Phoenix area. Includes list of courses offered, forms required, prices, and contact information. http://www.diversionsscuba.com/ ScubaSteve@DiversionsScuba.com
Ocean Planet Scuba - Offering beginning and advanced instruction, trips, a dive shop and memberships. Includes schedules, FAQs, staff profiles and photos. Located in Tempe. http://www.oceanplanetscuba.com/ email@example.com
Scuba Sciences, Inc - Two stores in the Phoenix area. Equipment sales, service and rental. Travel, California boat trips, complete dive training, from beginner to instructor, as well as Nitrox and rebreather training. http://www.scubasciences.com/
Scuba Specialties - Phoenix based shop lists information on PADI certification, trips, photo gallery, events calendar and contact details. http://www.scubaspecialties.com/
Tres Aquas Adventures - Located in Phoenix, offers PADI instruction alon with other water sports. Includes list of courses, instructors, and contact information. http://www.tresaquas.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Twin Finn Dive Center - A full service scuba diving and kayaking center on Lake Powell, Page. http://www.twinfinn.com/ Chace@twinfinn.com
Desert Divers Located in Tucson offers Open Water Scuba classes are scheduled throughout the year. Open Water learning options also include group or private instruction. Private instruction offers tremendous flexibility and lets you work out individual needs with your instructor. http://www.desertdivers.com/ email@example.com
A Boat Permit: is required in Mexican waters for all inflatable, car-top, trailerable, or non-trailerable boats, as well as any dinghy or additional boat aboard the vessel, regardless of size or constructon, that will be used for sport fishing and that are registered as Pleasure Boat permits. Permits will not be issued to any boat which has a commercial registration or which will be used in a commercial capacity as a sport fishing charter, commercial fishing, or sightseeing where passengers pay a fee. Do not apply: for Boat Permit if you are engaged in a commercial activity or if your boat is registered as a commercial vessel.
In the upper Sea of Cortez, much of the habitat for fish centers around the various reefs. These reefs provide protection as well as food. There are reefs located right off shore in Sandy Beach for shore fishing. Along the East Beach developments, there is a reef that runs parrellel about 1/2 mile of shore. There are some major reefs located about 25 miles from town as well as 50 miles off shore. In order to fish at the 50 mile reef, one must start in early morining and have good weather throughout the day in order to fish it and be able to return to Rocky Point in time. These two reefs plus several other local are where the serious fisherman go. located
The Cholla Bay sponsors a three stage fishing tournament held in . The tournment includes many variety of fish as well as several types of fishing. For more information, see our annual events calendar for the dates. If you are further interested in reater details, contact at . The city of San Carlos/Guymas also has a fishing tournament called the Fishing Tournamnet. This tournament is usually held in For more details contact at .
Yes, they require a license. Actually, if your in the boat, you need a license, whether your fishing or not. You can purchase a fishing license at . The length of a license varies depending on how long you want to buy it for. A general rule of thumb, If you plan on doing any fishing during the year, it's best to purchase a full year's license. In general, when you go fishing on a charter boat, they handle the fishing license requirement. If you desire to purchase a license for your self, you can purchase it at .
The following is the rate
schedule for permits (in pesos):
Daily - $106.00; Weekly: $220.00; Monthly: $315.00; Yearly: $410.00.
There are boat launches located in the harbor. If you are looking for a boat slip, you will need to contact at. The availability of slips is very limited and spaces coming available are rare.
The Sea of Cortez has been a fisherman paradise for many decades. The rocky shores of the lower baja, island darting throughout with many reefs, coves, bays, lagoons and estuaries provide an excellent nutritent-rich environment for marine life. Much of the sport fishing is consentrated around the reefs, are there is a reef-fish community. The rocky environment provides food sources as well as protection. For the avid fisherman, there are multiple reefs at vary distances from Rocky Point. In additon, there is a community of fish that live near the shores. We have a detailed list if the fish in the area, with a link to another page of our's the is more detailed about the individual fish.
Shoreline & trolling Fish
Black Skipjack (Barrlete Negro, Negra)
Bullseye Puffer (Botete Pollo)
Burito Grunt (Burrito)
Cortez Halibut (Alabato, Lenguado)
FineScale Triggerfish (Pez Puerco, Cochi)
Mexican Barracuda (Picuda Agujon Buzo)
Mexican Needle Fish (Agujon)
Monterey Spanish Mackerel
Pacific Porgy (Mojarra Garabata)
Paloma Pompano (Pampano)
Shortfin Covina (Corvina)
Shovelnose GuitarFish (Pez Guitarra, Pez Diablo)
Sierra Mackerel (Sierra)
Spotted Sand Bass (Cabrilla de Roca)
Yellowtail (Jurel de la Aleta Amarilla
Offshore & Bottom Fish
Barred Pargo (Pargo,Cocnaco)
Colorado Snapper (Pargo, Colorado)
Dolphinfish Mahi-MAhi (Dorado)
Goldspotted Sand Bass (Exterano)
Lepoard Grouper (Cabrilla, Sardinera)
Orangemouth Corvina (Corvina de las Aletas Amarillas)
Pacific Red Snapper (Huachnago)
Sailfish (Pez Vela)
Spotted Cabrilla, Pinto (Cabrilla, Pinto)
Totuava (Totoaba, Macharro)
White Sea Bass (Corvina Blanca)
These Long living slow growing grouper should always be caught & released) Sawtail Grouper (Garropa Jasplada) Broomtail Grouper (Garropa Jasplada) Gulf Grouper (Baya) Giant Grouper (Pescara)
So you want to know a little more about the "Links" golf course? First off, do you know what a "Links" golf course is? Many golfers use "links" and "golf course" interchangeably. But "links" is actually a specific type of golf course. Links comes from the Scottish, meaning ridge or hills. With golf originating in Scotland, their courses are seaside & their terrain is created by those winds that come with the sea/land.
A traditional links course will have many - perhaps all - of the following features:
• The course is built along the seaside;
• The soil is sandy and drains easily;
• The course is laid out naturally, so that unusual bumps and slopes in the fairways and greens remain, rather than
being smoothed over;
• The rough features natural seaside grasses;
• Bunkers are numerous, very small and very deep (to keep the seaside breezes from blowing the sand away)
• Fairways are rarely (if ever) watered and play firm and fast;
• Links courses usually have few if any trees;
• The course routes out and back.
The No. 1 hole begins at the clubhouse and the front nine plays straight out so that No. 9 is farthest hole from the
clubhouse; the direction turns back in at No. 10 and the course ends with No. 18 back at the clubhouse.
"The Ocean Kayak Yak Board is a fairly short and light boat made of roto molded plastic that is tough and durable. Unlike traditional kayaks, the Yak Board is a sit-on-top boat; instead of sitting inside the boat, you sit in a depression on top of the boat. The boat is good for people up to about 220 pounds- Ocean Kayak advertises 240, but this is the very upper range. My brother- in-law was sinking the boat completely at about 280. I have a lot of fun with the boat at 200."
"The Yak Board is a bit slow and awkward on flat water for a larger paddler (180 lbs+)- you can use it for short distances in lakes and bays, but anything over a mile or two would be unduly tiring due to the short hull length. Lighter paddlers should find it a bit easier to propel through the water and can use it for longer excursions." From Keith Vaughn about.com
No matter where you go, this is a sport that every age can enjoy given the right conditions. The more youthful
enjoy wave riding, while others enjoy the calm waters of the bays. Either way you prefer, be respectful of the wildlife & your fellow man while surrounded
by the beauty. Remember why your there, its to relax mentally.
There are several places to kayak in the area. You can kayak on the open sea around Sandy Beach, Cholla Bay & East Beach. These beachs are open to the sea, thus depending on the tidal action, it maybe real calm or you can fight the waves to get in & out.
Another place that offers protected waters & more diversity is Estura Mura. At high tide, you can kayak throughout the estuary in the channels. While doing this, you can see an abundance of wildlife, including great blue herons, egrets, oyster catchers, sandpipers and many other species of birds & wildlife. Bring a pocket fisherman and you'll be eating Paloma Pompano & corvina for dinner. Be sure to check the tidal chart for the best times to go out. When the tide is at its low tide, the estuary is completely empty. It is best to plan your trips around the full & new moons, as we experience higher tides.
An Ocean kayak is one which the cockpit is closed and your foot well is above the kayak versus within. The
typical kayak is 9'-10' feet in length and weigh around 40-50 lbs. The operator weight capacity of these kayaks is 275-325 lbs.
These kayaks are easy to transport to and from the beach & are fun for all. Their wide base, short length & built-in keel are stable enough for beginning paddlers, but spunky enough to provide fun on a variety of water types. You can use these kayaks for general recreation, snorkeling, surfing, fishing photography and fitness.
Those of all ages can learn to operate these very quickly & you will enjoy the experience. One word of advice, it take upper body strength for the paddling around. There are one or two person models available.
Rocky Point has one service offering Kite surfing lessons. Most of the teaching & schools on wind & kite
surfing are in southern California. Kite Surfing, for those self learners, is a simple process. Here is a very simple overview of the
First you need to have your kite in the air & at the water's edge. The kite should be directly overhead, sit down & slip your feet into the straps on the board. Now that you are ready, you need to let the kite drive in a forward direction.
Drop the kite to the 3 o'clock position As the kite starts to pull you out of the water, you begin to glide across the top of the water. You will begin to build speed, now lean back and dig you heels of your feet into the water & begin to carve your way through the blue water. As you get experienced, you will learn the various kite positions and their effect on you. You will begin to soar with the birds and zoom with the dolphins. So if your interest in learning more, get yourself started and learn this a new aquatic sport for your beach enjoyment.
Why take lessons? What you will learn?
• safety - avoid accidents before they happen
• safe weather and wind conditions
• speed - shorter learning curve
• wind window and power zone
• knowledge - rules, regulations, etiquette
• safety procedures and hand signals
• equipment - try before you buy
• kiteboarding equipment
• wear & tear - crash our kites instead or yours
• kite rigging and equipment preparation
• save money - get credit towards purchase
• assisted and self kite launching and landing
• IKO certification - recognized worldwide
• kite control, power control
• body drag in the water
• self rescue, kite recovery
• right of way in the water
• water board start
Rocky Point is a great place to wind & kite surf. The sea floor is very gradual & the water is not very deep. The warm water temperatures, the gentle wave action and consistent wind provides a perfect environment for these sports. There are many beach areas in the Rocky Point local, that finding a place is as easy as finding a beach.
Any one of our beaches is a perfect environment for learning the sport. Playa Encanto & the east beach area does not have the hard coral rock that exists on Sandy Beach & parts on the Mirador area. The hard coral rock can be hazardous, so watch out at the lower tides as the rocks become exposed.
Getting involved in the extreme sport of KiteSurfing might be more costly than you think, when in all actuality it's relatively inexpensive to get started. Depending on what type of Kite, board and lines you purchase the bottom line will always be to buy the safest products possible at the lowest price. Two popular manufacturers are Wipika and Kiteski. The Kiteski system uses a rigid framed-kite, which is launched by hand, and the surfer uses a control bar that lets out slack to inflate the kite higher as the surfer gets further away from the shore. Once the kite deflates and hits the water, the control bar has a reel attached to bring the kite in for quick re-launch with minimal downtime. The Wipika system uses an inflatable kite that floats out on the water first and is launched without reeling it in, even though they both have a control bar and reel-in function. The kites are made up of several parts: The Kite (Leading Edge), 2 Bridle Lines, 2 Flying Lines, 1 Control Bar.
You will also need: a Wet Suit
Life Jacket or Buoyancy Jacket, Helmet, Water Shoe, Safety Release, Board Leash.
There are 3 different types of beginner KiteSurfing kites that you can choose from: Inflatable Kites, Single Skin Framed Kites, Ram Air Foil Kites.
All of these kites can be re-launched from the water. There are many other manufactures of KiteSurfing equipment on the market to choose from. Including: Wipika, Naish, Sea Jump, Seasmik, KiteSki, C-Quad, Banshee, Concept Air and fOne. Usually a setup can run in cost from $1500 to about $3,000 depending on the accessories. The board can range from $499 to $1,200 and the kite from $499 to $1,500. You can also purchase either or both of them used at a substantially lower amount. People have been known to convert old surfboards into KiteSurfing boards. There are numerous websites and literature on how to save money and get involved in this sport without spending a lot on equipment. Other costs factored into KiteSurfing are lessons, which normally start out at about $60 - $90 per hour. Most classes can range from 2 to 4 hours depending on what depth or level you are trying to accomplish.
There are several ways in which one can obtain ultralights. They are sold in put together kits or you can purchase a new or used model already assembled. Kits generally start around $6,000 and preassembled new & used models can go for several thousand on up to $15,000.
In the U.S., there is a very specific definition of an ultralight. These requirement limit the weight, airspeed, fuel tank size, # of riders. The pioleting requires no licensing nor registration, but the operation of the ultralight is limited. Here are some of the limitations: Top airspeed: 63 MPH, Stall airspeed: 28 MPH, Total weight: less than 254 lbs (with some additions), Fuel tank capacity: less than 5 gallons.
Safety & Reliablility:
In the U.S., there is a very specific definition of an ultralight. These requirement limit the weight, airspeed, fuel tank size, # of riders. The piloting requires no licensing nor registration, but the operation of the ultralight is limited. The regulations outside the U.S. vary slightly from those within the U.S. The variances are usually in the weight, # of passangers, fuel capacity and airspeed.
Learning to Fly:
In the U.S., there is a very specific definition of an ultralight. These requirement limit the weight, airspeed, fuel tank size, # of riders. The pioleting requires no licensing nor registration, but the operation of the ultralight is limited. For more information http://www.ultrlighthomepage.com
A chubasco is a violent squall with thunder and lightning, encountered during the rainy season along the Pacific coast of Central
America and South America. Out in the open ocean they are commonly known as squalls. Generally you'll see one coming, and you'll have
more than enough time to reduce sail.
Starting in the middle of the summer there will be tropical storm cells passing through up and down the entire Sea of Cortez. They can hit anywhere, and at any time with wind strengths to 60 knots and more. Local conditions can intensify these windstorms tremendously. As it gets later into summer the storm cells are a lot more active.
In La Paz these systems build up over the local mountains, and most of the time will come from the east. They are usually in the 20 to 30 knot range, and you will have plenty of time to take the awnings down and batten down the boat. As you travel further north into the Sea of Cortez chubascos are more unpredictable, and can be a lot stronger. No matter which anchorage you're in, and no matter how calm it is when you go to sleep, a chubasco can hit. They usually arrive in the early morning, and from a direction that might put you on a lee shore.
If you are a longtime boat owner, you know that owning a boat is a costly affair. Making decisions that keep not only the cost of your initial purchase, but also the long-term cost of ownership, well within you financial means is one of the critical factors of keeping the pleasure in boating. It's very hard to enjoy your boat when it becomes an unexpected drain on your financial resources. If you're buying your first boat, or are making a considerable step up in size, the following are some important points that should be carefully considered to help you achieve maximum enjoyment from your purchase.
Initial Cost: One of the most important considerations is keeping the total cost of your purchase well within your financial means. One of the considerations often overlooked when purchasing a new boat is what the vessel will be worth a few years later in the event that you suddenly need to liquidate. We all know that the moment we drive a new car out of the dealership, it immediately loses 25% or more of its value. And although the immediate depreciation rate of most new boats is not quite so bad, the owner of a newer vessel is going to take a serious hit in the event that he has to suddenly sell. There's a good reason why banks want a 20% down payment on financing. One of the worst positions you can be in is to have to liquidate and finding that your liability is more than your equity. This is especially important if you're purchasing a used vessel. Bank repossessions hit an all-time high in 1992 and the majority were older rather than newer vessels.
Original Birth Certificates.
Valid 10 year passports, Full names, addresses, occupations.
Driving license for identification.
Full names of both sets of parents (if not on Birth Certificates).
Statutory declaration stating that both parties are single. This must be stamped and sealed and state the word "solicitor" with the signature or on the headed paper.
A blood test be undertaken by both parties in Mexico.
Recent legislation may require some additional documents - Contact Embassy for latest requirements.
If divorced - Decree Absolute with court stamp. If widowed - Death Certificate of former spouse and previous Marriage Certificate. If name has been changed by Deed Poll - legal proof stamped and signed by a solicitor. This also applies if a married woman has reverted back to her maiden name. If adopted - the adoption certificate. If aged under 21 years - parental consent in the form of Statutory Declaration stamped and signed by a solicitor.
Minimum residency before wedding - 5 working days. Note: the ceremony is conducted in Spanish in the presence of an interpreter and the marriage certificate is in Spanish.
All documents from the U.S. except for the valid U.S. passport must have a certification called an "APOSTILLE" which should be obtained at the office of the Secretary of State in the state where the document was issued. You must be divorced for at least a year before you can marry in Mexico
Rocky Point has a variety of churches available for a church wedding. In addition, there are many resorts that have meeting rooms and restuarants that cater to large groups and can handle much of your wedding needs. This includes facilites, food catering, photographers
"Rocky Point experiences only 2 inches of rain a year so a dry wedding ceremony with plenty of sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. During the winter months the days are warm although the nights can get a bit chilly. The sun shines almost year round. For most of the year the days are warm and sunny. The water temperature is often above 80 degrees and there is almost always an ocean breeze to produce pleasant romantic evenings. It is strongly recommended that you obtain temporary Mexico auto insurance. It is not a requirement, however normal U.S. auto insurance is not valid in Mexico. There is no need for honeymooners to worry about exchanging their money into pesos; American money is widely accepted throughout Rocky Point.
Some businesses accept credit cards and checks, be sure to ask first! There are many legalities, such as paperwork, blood tests no more than 14 days before wedding date, etc., plus birth certificates apostilized by the Mexican consulate in your home country must be sent preferably 3 months before the wedding. In Mexico, church weddings do not change your marital status. You will need to get married by a Justice of the Peace before your church wedding. That all seems so complex - and it is . . . and expensive. So, I will let you in on the secret to my success in performing Rocky Point beach weddings. A wedding ceremony performed by a United States Minister/Officiant in Mexico is not a legal ceremony. Because of the legalities of Mexico law, to simplify the process of getting married there, a brief legal ceremony with witnesses can be arranged anywhere in the Greater Phoenix area (or Arizona) prior to a ceremony in Mexico. That way your wedding will cost you less, be legal in the U.S., less time consuming and stress-free! Make your beach wedding as formal or as casual as you wish. Shorts and sandals anyone?"
This an exerpt of an article written courtesy of Larry James of Celebrate Intimate Weddings. Check out his website for more wedding information."
The Hague Convention on the Celebration and Recognition of the Validity of Marriages (1978) obliges signatories to recognize marriages validly entered into in foreign countries, with certain reservations. The convention obliges signatories to legally recognize marriages certificates from any foreign country whose requirements have been met. The USA is not a signatory to the Hague convention. Theoretically this means that the USA is not obliged to recognize foreign marriages without adding additional legal or documentary requirements.
In practice however, The US government recognizes all foreign marriages that are
recognized by the country in which they took place, provided the parties to the marriage would also have been allowed to marry
in the USA.
If you have any doubts about this, contact the office of the attorney general of the state in the United States where the parties to the marriage live.