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

Charmingly made sites righta at the lagoon. Electricity / water / waste water at site. Bathrooms are "muy rustico". Hot water was only available in the men's shower.

(Originally 200 pesos / day, but 50 pesos less after an inquiry, since we do not require power)

Centro Recretivo Mi Refugio 31.698370, -116.635080
January 1st, 2011

Huge sites spread in the forest. Similar to a US National Parks with bench/table combination and fire pit. Some pit toiles are spread in the forest.

(100 pesos are the park entrance 50 pesos / person / day, camping is included in the price)

Parque Nacional Sierra San Pedro Martir 30.999740, -115.554860
January 1st, 2011

Campsite with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and dolphins playing in the water. Electricity / water at site (if you opt for one. It is beautiful to camp right at the beach). The large bathroom (separately for men and women) has two toilets without doors and two showers with a curtain. However, the showers are nice and hot.

(Originally $ 10 / day)

Fidel's El Pabellón RV-Park 30.370170, -115.863550
January 1st, 2011

Great site in the middle of the desert. We pulled out from the dirt road in the afternoon and camped hidden between the hills.

Wild camp - Between the mountains 29.849550, -115.508670
January 1st, 2011

Great campsite with sites right at the water. Each site has its own shady palapa and a barbecue. The bathrooms were o.k. and clean, the showers hot. The dump station did not work. In the hotel / restaurant right next to the campsite we had excellent fish. There we could also use the Internet.

(Originally $ 10 / day)

Daggett's Beach Camping 28.975200, -113.546870
January 1st, 2011

Camping right at the beach. The dirt road from Bahia de los Angeles to Punta San Francisquito is very rough but doable without four-wheel drive. However, while driving on the beach even we were stuck in the sand and could only go on with the help of sand panels and by airing down the tires. There were many dolphins in the water (as well as many dolphin skeletons at the beach).

San Rafael Beach North NO CAMPING 28.599230, -113.131170
January 1st, 2011

Camping at the motel with a very good restaurant. Electricity / water / waste water at site. Good bathrooms and the hottest showers in Mexico.

(Originally $ 14 / day)

Malarrimo RV Park 27.968020, -114.030440
January 1st, 2011

Fantastic Spot two meters from the turquoise waters. We met many nice people who stay at this beach for months (After Thanks-Giving, end of November, it will probably be very busy here). Some vendors come on over for water, fruits, vegetables, rolls, etc. Beside sufficient pit toilets, trash cans and nice Palapas no further camping facilities.

(Usually 90 pesos / day, but on the first night no one came for collecting, so we had 4 days for the price of 3)

Los Coyotes (Bahia de Concepcion) 26.713240, -111.902730
January 1st, 2011

Camping at the beach. Not as nice as "Playa El Coyote" next door. The pit toilets and palapas were old. Too expensive for what it is.

Playa El Requeson 26.638350, -111.831770
January 1st, 2011

Camping at the beach. Trash cans and a pit toilet were the only facilities. We could observe fishing pelicans and other water birds.

(Usually 80 pesos / day, but no one came for collecting ago)

Juncalito Beach 25.831530, -111.328590
January 1st, 2011

Camping at the beach of the headland before Puerta Agua Verde. Fantastic as a campsite can be! In the evening we could buy Camerones directly from the fishermen and sailboats anchored in the bay.

We would, however,

strongly discourage people with similar sized cars to come here.

The last 50 meters to the beach are as steep and the road as full of deep bumps we partly slipped away. This was clearly too dangerous, but to reverse the road along the ocean was not possible.

Puerta Agua Verde 25.524620, -111.073490
January 1st, 2011

After many very basic campgrounds on Baja California a super well maintained campground with clean, modern bathrooms, electricity / water / waste water at site, a swimming pool and laundry (no dryer, but clotheslines).

The bus to the city of La Paz runs right in front of the cafe from the campsite. It is marked with "El Centenario" and costs 8 pesos / person. Stay in the bus until the last stop. At the same place the bus runs back to the campsite.

Campestre Maranatha 24.096490, -110.387060
January 1st, 2011

Camping right at the beach. The gravel road in was quite easy to drive, however, one should be careful on the beach, as you can easily get stuck there.

nahe dem Cabo Pulmo Nationalpark 23.165070, -109.487140
January 1st, 2011

Camping with individual sites. Restrooms available. Right at the hot sulfur springs of Agua Caliente.

(Normally is the entrance fee to the park probably 20 pesos / person, but with us was not in the driveway, even when leaving the barrier occupied)

El Chorro 23.440800, -109.806060
January 1st, 2011

Camping under coconut palms at the beach next to a restaurant. The sites have concrete atios, all the plugs for electricity / water / waste water didn't work. The bathroom was clean, but there was only a shower curtain instead of a door and only the men's bathroom was open.

Trailer Park Isla Paraíso 22.547500, -105.744800
January 1st, 2011

Sites in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden of the hotel. Several swimming pools and palapas to stay. Electricity / water / waste water at sites. The bathroom facilities were ok, but not the usual Mexican hotel standard. Unfortunately, the campsites were used as parking spaces and it was a little over the top with the grass watering, so everywhere quite muddy.

(Usually 225 pesos / day - more RV 250 pesos / day - discount for one week: pay 6, 1 day for free)

PARAISO MIRAMAR HOTEL & RV PARK 21.440200, -105.191720
January 1st, 2011

The campground is located in a large sports resort with views of the lake (no access to the lake). Very large (but cold in winter) pool and also a thermal pool which you can use to swim in winter time. Electricity / water / waste water at site. The entire resort - including the bathrooms - was already a bit old, but fairly well maintained. Washers and dryers included in the price.

The campground is mainly for long-term campers, which is evident from the pricing structure: 250 pesos / night, 1,200 pesos / week, 4,000 pesos / month, 20,000 pesos / half. Attractive prices for RV Storage: 600 pesos / month, 3,200 pesos / half-year, 6,000 pesos / year.

Roca Azul Rv Park & Home Mobile Community 20.265450, -103.421270
January 1st, 2011

Camping in the parking lot of the Centro Turistico. Bathrooms are quite "rustico", but clean. Right next to the square is the trailhead to the church in the petrified lava (about 45 minutes / route).

Centro Turistico de Angahuan 19.542170, -102.234120
January 1st, 2011

Balneario with thermal hot spring which are cooled via individual basins. The water temperature is between 20 and 40 degrees celsius. One pool is approximately 12 meters long and has a temperature of 28 degrees celsius which is very good for swimming (especially in winter). Clean bathrooms with open showers. Very well kept garden in which the hedges are groomed in geometric shapes or to animals. Power at site.

The only negative thing: When we paid to stay for an extra day we were not informed that the pools will be cleaned and therefore will not be for use. For 280 pesos it is too expensive just as a transit campground.

Cabanas y Balneario Erendira 19.757110, -100.691360
January 1st, 2011

Huge area in the woods with individual camping sites. Palapas, picnic areas and fireplaces. Clean bathrooms. Good hiking opportunities.

(Price is made up of 75 pesos for the car and 15 pesos per / person)

Parque Estatal El Ocotal 19.805020, -99.755740
January 1st, 2011

Since we picked up visitors from the airport in Veracruz we needed a hotel room in the city where safe parking was possible.

(Price is for a room for two people. The third person has stayed free in a fenced parking.)

Hotel Fiesta 19.200970, -96.158330
January 1st, 2011

Our guest slept in the hotel, we stayed in the car on the street in front of the hotel.

Hotel Dona Juana 18.613570, -95.664250
January 1st, 2011

It's worth visiting this campsite because its owner, the Swiss Martin! Beautiful campsite in a well maintained resort overlooking the ocean. Power at site. Very clean bathrooms with hot showers. Good restaurant with free WIFI. Martin has an excellent knowledge of the environment and took our guest to a several-hours bike ride.

(60 pesos / person)

Casitas Coco Loco 20.266520, -96.808850
January 1st, 2011

Very basic campsite in front of the Balneario. Bathrooms with toilets and cold showers. Power at site, tap did not work. The camping fee includes the admission fee to the Balneario. If you don't use the facilities the price is too high.

(Originally 200 pesos, but by action and by pointing out that we do not need electricity, only 150 pesos)

El Gordo Y San Pancho 17.983010, -93.045970
January 1st, 2011

Camping next to a very small Balneario and restaurant / bar. For the Balneario you have to pay an admission fee of 40 Cordoba / person. Toilets with bucket flush. No showers. Not recommended for the weekend - we had a lot of noise and karaoke until late at night.

Alternative option:

At the second entrance of Sumoto Canyon we got the offer to camp. Obviously you can visit the canyon only with a driver (15-20 US dollars / person)

El Mirador 13.484740, -86.586730
January 1st, 2011

We first tried to find something in Corinto - but without any success. If you leave the peninsula via the bridge you can see the Hotel "La Valencia" to the right. The owner told us that although we could not stay in the hotel courtyard, we could camp in the parking lot in front of their restaurant, which is located on the other side of the estuary on the left. Since the restaurant was guarded at night, the parking lot was safe too.

Parkplatz vor Restaurant España 12.527510, -87.202530
January 1st, 2011

In addition to 100 Cordoba / person admission fee for the park. Camping in the parking lot of the Visitor Center. Toilets can be used during the opening times of the Visitor Center (9am - 5pm). No showers. At night a guard is in the area. After the closure of the park it was very quiet and we could spread out in the parking lot.

(Bottom of the checkout was required only 200 Cordoba, after a protest there were suddenly only 50 Cordoba / person)

Volcan Masaya National Park 12.003120, -86.148630
January 1st, 2011

Parking, surrounded by souvenir stalls and restaurants. No space to hang out around the car (and not in the car neither because of the heat). Nice hikes at the Mirador. Quite noisy until late at night. Public toilets.

(This amount was calculated at the ticket booth for the parking lot. We have given the guard a bottle of Coke)

Centro Turistico El Mirador 11.913370, -86.069660
January 1st, 2011

From San Juan del Sur you have to drive a few kilometers north on a gravel road. Fantastic campground in a small bay with golden sand and high waves. You camp under shady trees with small palapas and rustic wooden chairs. Cold shower and pit toilet in the hostel next door. Book Exchange.

(100 Cordoba / person)

Camping Playa Matilda / Los Playones 11.297540, -85.914710
January 1st, 2011

At the end of a very steep and muddy road to the volcano - we used four wheel drive and low gear. We were allowed to camp in the very small parking lot. Toilet at the Visitor Center.

Trailhead Sendero los Quetzales 8.844840, -82.533350