Benito Juarez Lake | Wild Camping

Mexico

Details

Verified:
2 months ago
Altitude:
129.6 masl
Website:
Contributor:
Jim the Truck

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

Beach parking on Benito Juarez lake. Drive to the end of Presa Benito Juarez, a dirt road leading north out of the town of Jalapa del Marques, the road ends on the beach of the lake.

Beautiful mountains behind the lake, sandy beach, cool freshwater lake to swim in. Perfect boondocking site. Fisherman launch small boats there in the morning, and families come to the palapa restaurants in the afternoon.

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Spent one night here on the way to Oaxaca from Guatemala. Soooo quiet and nice. A few locals until 7:30pm on a Sunday night and then we were alone. The sunset was great and a little breeze to sleep like babies.
Big rig (2WD front wheel RV) no problem at all on the road and there is ton of space near the lake. In the morning a few fishermen came but they were not noisy at all.
Perfect free spot !

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As previously described. Pretty lake with pretty mountains surrounding it. No facilities. Very little trash (for Mexico) and very quiet (was a Tuesday night, mind you). Some locals came to swim in late afternoon and some fisherman came for dawn, but no one bothered me and I felt completely safe.

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Using the instructions by @alyvanblade, we camped to the left, under the trees, a bit shielded from the wind and out of the sun. We parked so that we did not block the trail (Land Cruiser with roof tent). Mama stray dog appreciated our left over shrimp meal.

After a beautiful sunset over the mountains in the distance, the fierce wind stopped blowing. At 8:00 pm the municipal police came by (using the trail). They said we'd be OK here.

We had a quiet night.

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when you get to the parking area, stick right to stay on the packed dirt and then turn left past the sandy spot to go around the point on your left. you get away from most of the boats and the scrappy dogs don't come over here. much more quiet and better parking options, although mostly not flat. quite windy here, keeps the bugs at bay. the water is way too murky to want to go into it, but no foul odors blowing on the wind. it's a nice spot. after an expensive time in Oaxaca, a free couple of nights feels nice. the police came down at 6:45pm and approached us. probably just checking for riff raff. we asked if it was ok to stay here and they said "es tranquilo" with a thumbs up.

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Road and place open again. Some garbage laying around, nevertheless a nice spot. Some families coming here (Saturday evening), atmosphere very friendly and relaxed.

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The main dirt road is closed ( Covid or legal dispute?) so we took the other way which is worse than the regular one. Ok for small and narrow RVs. You may have to back up if your cross another car. Once to the little beach you park as level as possible… The scenery is wonderful but the lake seems full of algaes and the water is brown-green. We did not swim. Quite a lot of garbage all around. During the night many fishermen and others came. Quite disturbing but not as the 5 resident dogs who spent the night barking at 2 m from our RV. For all these reasons we do not recommend this site .

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The road to the lake was blocked due to some road maintenance.

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This place was closed during the pandemic

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A beautiful quiet and windy place to camp. Few fishermen and kayakers to keep you company. Police drive by, no questions. Highly recommend it.

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Great Place. Still all as described before.

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Perfect place for overnight! Even on Saturday night we had all this beach just to ourselves. All local left after a sunset. It was super quiet and tranquilo. There was wind at night so no bugs at all. The views over the lake are amazing!

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Lugar feo, con mucha basura, el lago as veces tiene un boom de algas que lo torna inservible para el baño. por el dia hace mucho calor, a la noche muy muy isolado. Mejor conviver con las personas y irse para el parque de Jalapa. La playa és de piedra, no es de arena.

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Very large area, easy access, friendly locals, felt very safe, lake is huge and is actually covering a whole town that was submerged, on the far side you can see the top of a church. Great for swimming in, if you have a rod maybe fishing as there are locals here morning and evening. Also kayakers. Really beautiful spot, surrounded by mountain views.

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Stayed here for one night. Super nice swimming and little mosquitos, just strong winds at sunset.

Police came for a casual chat as they drove over the beach, and asked if we were planning on staying for the night. I answered “If it’s allowed?” and they confirmed it was totally ok.

Lots of local fisherman around in the evening and the morning, as well as local dogs on the beach.

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Nice stop. It was very hot outside and we stopped here to escape the hottest part of the day. (43 degrees Celsius) good pits stop. everything is as discribed. Looks big and good enough for a night, but we kept going towards the pyramids.

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Free, not bothered by locals. Stayed 2 nights in flat area to the left of the beach. Absolutely murdered by bugs at sunrise/sunset (will attach pic of my bf's leg), not sure if gnats or sand fleas but not mosquitoes. Bring dog food if you can! There's a stray mum feeding wee pups here who could use the nutrients!

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Patrick&Nicole en Rialta, Arrivée à 16h30 avec notre rv pour un magnifique coucher de soleil sur le lac Benito Juárez, avons passé la nuit très tranquille, sans services mais la nuit étoilée en valait la peine

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excellent place to park a van and sleep.
On a Tuesday night it was very quiet. fishermen came around 4:30 but luckily I didn't park too close to the shore and they could do their business with the boat. expect 3 to 4 cars in the morning. people started to come in the morning around 8:30.
a bit of trash everywhere and 0 amenity.

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The dirt road is not so narrow for our 25’’RV. We stayed last night, few cars came ard night time(friends jam up or couple). We parked a bit up from the lake side so we were not close to the noise. One car got stuck ard 3:30am so this disturbed a bit which was pulled by a tractor in the morning. Felt safe and people were jogging in the morning.

Had a good dip in brownish lake water. Dogs were hungry so we emptied all the cookies & bread.

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Like described. it's a boat launch area. very narrow and small. We spent the night here and felt safe. Be prepared for cars and people showing up at night. Can get crowded. No facilities. Only some cellphone signal.

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This is a working launch area. Tough to find a flat spot that is not in the way of the boats going in/out.

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Great place to camp...unless your in a tent because it was very windy. Very quiet and plenty of flat places as well. Great mountain and church view.

The town to turn to the camp spot is Jalapa del marques..and we just took the paved road in that town most aligned with the green spot on the map. Went around a few round about and easily found it.

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As we drove out of the street onto the open "beach" area we turned right onto the little cliff overlooking the two beaches. Small fisherboats on the beach, but not much going on. Some trash. Some hungry but friendly dogs. Windy :-) Beatiful view!

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Please note, this is wild camping in full view of everyone, and there are no amenities at this location. Beautiful beach. Probably excellent camping if you are in a truck, car, etc., but we arrived on two motorcycles and didn't feel safe setting up a tent here.

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Great place to relax for a day or two. There is a tiny restaurant on the shore that serves delicious fresh fish. The owners camp there overnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, making it a safe place to sleep.

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Beach parking on Benito Juarez lake. Drive to the end of Presa Benito Juarez, a dirt road leading north out of the town of Santa Maria Jalapa, the road ends on the beach of the lake.

Beautiful mountains behind the lake, sandy beach, cool freshwater lake to swim in. Perfect boondocking site. Fisherman launch small boats there in the morning, and families come to the palapa restaurants in the afternoon.

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