When? Who? Comment Place Location
January 1st, 2011 Landcruising Adventure

Along the side of the road, well hidden behind bushes.

Serra da Capivara National Park - wild camp -8.780670, -42.480380
January 1st, 2011 Landcruising Adventure

We were not impressed with this historic site. Good place to camp though.

Vale dos Dinosauros, Sousa -6.732650, -38.261900
January 1st, 2011 Landcruising Adventure

We enjoyed the place, interesting phenomena these boulders on a hill. Spent the night in the parking lot.

Hotel Fazenda Lajedo de Pai Mateus -7.391170, -36.319580
January 1st, 2011 Landcruising Adventure

Peaceful rough camp just north of town.

Barra do São Miguel - wild camp -7.750050, -36.324420
January 1st, 2011 Landcruising Adventure

On route PE 585. Coming from the east it is the last part of the pleasant higher altitude (cooler nights), where we camped on the premises of a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

East of Arapina- wild camp -7.523030, -40.491030
January 1st, 2011 Landcruising Adventure

Beautiful meandering off-road to Piscina Brejo do Madre de Deus, with 3 swimming pools. Quiet night camping in the parking lot.

Brejo do Madre de Deus -8.154580, -36.403520
January 1st, 2011

Small grassy field next to the Visitor Center and Museum. Toilets and cold showers. From the visitor center you can make a tour to the howler monkeys ($ 7 / person).

Baboon Sanctuary 17.555620, -88.534760
January 1st, 2011

Big parking lot of the marina. We could park at the water with a beautiful view to the ocean. Hot and strong showers. Free Wifi. Coin laundry

In front of the marina a bus runs to Belize City (simply flag it down): B $ 1 / person. The bus goes directly to the bus terminal from where it is a 10 minutes walk to the swing bridge. For the way back you can take any bus towards Belmopan.

Old Belize Marina / Cucumber Beach 17.472440, -88.248190
January 1st, 2011

Everything you would expect from a nice place to stay : covered picnic tables; clean new bathrooms; powerful hot showers; (Very slow) free WIFI at the Office; some beautiful trails.

just a couple of km's from the Zoo which costs $ 30 BZ entrance fee per person, however the money is worth it. Close to the Zoo is another, beautiful place to stay, the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, however, they ask BZ $ 15 / person plus tax.

(Originally $ 10.90 BZ / person)

Tropical Education Center 17.357520, -88.541370
January 1st, 2011

On the hotel's website they offer sites for RVs. Turned out to be a narrow parking lot in front of the building. You can use the bathroom in a room if one is vacant. Outdoor shower, (very slow) free WIFI. The whole area seemed to be nice and beautiful once, but all a bit run down nowadays .

Kismet Inn 16.873940, -88.287430
January 1st, 2011

Parking lot in a beautiful set resort right at the river. Toilet in the restaurant. Free WIFI in the restaurant. Very nice owner who gave us permission to stay, however he doesn't want to host Overlanders in general.

The center of Dangriga with its beautiful Caribbean atmosphere is only a two minute walk.

(Originally $ 40.00 BZ)

Jungle Huts 16.967700, -88.224910
January 1st, 2011

Fantastic place in the jungle right at the river. It's actually a backpacker hostel. As an Overlander you can stay in the orange grove. Comfortable, open common area. There is free drinking water available and you can pick up and squeeze tthe oranges. You can swim in the river (and have a shower). Hammocks on the shores invite you to relax. Very clean toilets.

The access from George Ville via a pretty bad road. Right before the Barton Creek Outpost you have to cross a river, which might be deep heavy rains - when we crossed it was 50 cm.

Barton Creek Outpost 17.114330, -88.929150
January 1st, 2011

Huge, well-kept grassy field right next to the main road and only a few kilometers from the border with Guatemala. Electricity / water at site (current additional cost). Dump station at the laundry. Very fast, but time limited free WIFI. Clean facilities and hot showers, but only one shower and one toilet for the entire place. Friendly, Belizean owner, who lived for over twenty years with her husband as well as in Inglewood / California (hence the name of the campground), as also in Kaiserslautern / Germany.

(Originally $ 25.00 BZ)

Inglewood Campground 17.139150, -89.087530
January 1st, 2011

No trip through Costa Rica would be complete without a stop at Agi and Guido's place - the Swiss emigrants. Conveniently located close to the border. Huge farm with beautiful hiking trails. Howler and spider monkeys in the trees. Bathroom with hotel standard, cold shower. Superb dining at the restaurant (12$ / person including drinks). We camped along to the road which leads to the cabanas.

(US $ 5 / day without electricity, $ 10 / day with electricity. We have paid in US $.)

Finca Cañas Castilla 11.121470, -85.594040
January 1st, 2011

Parking at the entrance to the National Park. Admission to the park is $ 10 / person. As you have to access via the private property of a hotel 700 colones per Person "toll" is charged. Toilets in the park. Great view from the parking lot of the sea. Very quiet at night. Partially strong wind gusts.

Rincon De Vieja National Park 10.772680, -85.350170
January 1st, 2011

Campground on the touristy beach of Samara. Shade under the palm trees. Cold showers, toilets are borderline. Larger RV's might have difficulties to maneuver through the palm trees and the low-hanging power wire. Great place to swim in the warm sea, to hang out and watch people. Several restaurants and bars right next door, but quiet at night.

(US $ 10 / day. We paid in US $.)

Camping los Cocos 9.881340, -85.525480
January 1st, 2011

Parking lot on a small peninsula under coconut trees. On the gravel road to Cabuya turn left on a small road which leads to the houses. Pass them until you see a small palm tree forest. Very quiet night.

Bajada Las Rocas 9.634010, -85.073940
January 1st, 2011

Public park on the shores of Laguna de Arenal. You stay where you like. Toilets were unfortunately locked. Water tap at the event building. Beautiful views of the reservoir. Great to have a campfire.

Unlimited public place by the lake in Nuevo Arenal 10.534960, -84.890340
January 1st, 2011

On a large grassy field of the hotel where also the entrance of the National Park is located. Clean toilets, (very) cold showers. The admission fee to the National Park costs another $ 10 / person.

(3000 Colón / person)

Rio Celeste Hotel parking 10.703170, -84.977540
January 1st, 2011

The access road to the volcano is closed from 3.30pm - 8am. We pulled out to the forest road in front of the entrance gate, and parked on the side about 20 meters further down the road (behind the sign, which prohibits trespassing). Very quiet at night. Clean toilets can be used in the park the next morning. Admission to nationalpark: US $ 10 / person plus US $ 3 / vehicle.$

Alternative option:

Recreation area Bosques de Fraijanes, N 10.12394 W 84.18823, 1,703 m, 9,000 colones (14,00 €). Very nice recreational park. We still moved on since the announced WIFI did not work and the toilets were extremely dirty.

Informal camp at entrance 10.170280, -84.232280
January 1st, 2011

Manufacture of the well known, painted oxcarts of Sarchi. We asked at the gift shop if we could stay the night at parking lot in the back (we also purchased souvenirs). They were happy to allow us camping . Parking is locked at night and guarded. Very clean toilets in the shop. A great opportunity to watch the manufacture of ox carts in the workshop.

Parking "Fabrica de carretas Chaverri" Sarchi 10.082040, -84.341090
January 1st, 2011

The access road to the volcano is closed from 3.30pm - 8am. We pullet out on the little road right next to the ticket shop and found a nice place to stay after 10 m where we could park level. Great sunrise with a view of the cloudy valley. Late in the evening guards of the park passed and asked if everything was okay. At 6am the first park employees came for work. Admission to nationalpark: US $ 10 / person plus US $ 3 / vehicle.

Parking next to park entrance 9.978910, -83.835330
January 1st, 2011

Actually, camping is not allowed in the National Park. However, the responsible ranger was very nice and said it would be no problem if we stayed on the parking lot next to the Visitor Center. We were supplied with water for our tank without asking for it. The toilets were very clean. We spent two nights and had to pay the park addmission fee of 10 $ / person once. Very nice (but short) hiking trail through the rainforest. Great picnic areas.

Parking next to the Visitor Center 9.760260, -83.784250
January 1st, 2011

In the parking lot to the Cabinas with views of the valley. Toilets in the restaurant. We can recommend the one-hour Quetzaltour at 6am (13 US $ / person). We have seen several quetzals. Eating at the restaurant, however, is not worth the money.

(US $ 10 / day)

Paraiso Mirador Quetzales Lodge NP 9.644460, -83.849800
January 1st, 2011

Right at the beach, shady under palm trees. Regular police presence - we always felt safe. Toilets and showers can be used at the attached campground "Los Cocos" for 500 Colones (the campground itself was closed due to the heavy rains and muddy grounds).

Dominical beach parking Pazific 9.251750, -83.864560
January 1st, 2011

NO campground! We rented a stylish, fully equipped villa with 3 bedrooms and 2 large terraces overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for a month. Finally hot showers, toilets reasonable, WIFI, washer and dryer!

(1000 US $ / month)

Villa Ventana a las Olas 9.205800, -83.780400
January 1st, 2011

A private sanctuary within the national park. We could camp in the parking lot on the property. Clean toilets and cold showers. Free WIFI. Beautiful hiking options in the rainforest. The entrance fee of $ 5 / person was included in the camping rate.

(US $ 10 / day)

Estacion Biologica La Gamba 8.701130, -83.201610
January 1st, 2011

Very nice private nature reserve. Quite small, but with beautifully developed trails and flowers. Clean toilets, no showers. Site right next to a palapa with benches, tables, sinks, barbecue and electricity. A place where you could stay longer. Camping costs consist of US $ 5 / person admission fee and US $ 6 for camping.

(16 US $ / day)

Finca Cantaros Ecotourism Project 8.811480, -82.961300
January 1st, 2011

Whe asked the mayor of the city where we could stay for the night and he told us to park on the parking lot of the curch. Meeting with the inhabitants was an absolute highlight for us. The night was very quiet.

Church in the village 15.358590, -91.439610
January 1st, 2011

We camped in the parking lot, it was very quiet at night. Public toilets are at the parking lot. The hot springs are beautiful and we have frequently taken a bath. Caution: Very hot!

The fee is very high and only worth it if you use the hot springs intensively.

(Price is made up of 50 Quetzal / day / person entrance fee for the park plus 10 Quetzal for the car. The entry must not be paid for 24 hours, but for the day!)

Fuentes Georginas 14.750360, -91.480120