Gonzaga Bay, La Poma | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
about 2 months ago
Altitude:
4.7 masl
Phone:
616-166-0335
Contributor:
Song of the Road

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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400 pesos for a camp spot with a palapa now as per price sheet at the mini market. We went to Papa Fernandez instead

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You can buy WiFi at the mini mart when you pay for camping. Signal only at the mini mart but it’s pretty decent speed. 15 pesos for 2 hrs. There’s NO cell signal

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Stop at the mini market to pay first. 250 pesos per night with a private palapa. Saw a pod of dolphins jumping as soon as we pulled in. Beautiful view of the ocean and mountains. Two or three bars Telcel cell only (not data) at palapa 5. Guy comes by selling drinks. So good

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250 Pesos ($12.50 US) much cleaner now than in past. Owners have invested in rental rooms on the beach in separate compound. Half dozen overnight-ers on sight. Even when gated, security patrols every few hours through night. Comfortable place makes easy drive to points south. Road in excellent condition on out to Chappala.

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When we arrived, gate was up across the road but someine came out of on site trailer to let us in. It was New Year’s Day so Rancho Grande store was closed. We biked to store on Sunday and paid $500 pesos for 2 nights. No services. We were able to position truck to get out of wind sonewhat. It was a great spot for the first days of our Baja trip.

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About 20 palapas. Super basic, but seems the best option in the region. No electricity, running water, or cell signal. Palapas are a bit run down, lots of rusty nails and such that made it unsafe for young kids, but we made it work. Roaming dogs were friendly with our dogs. Winds were fierce most of the afternoon and evening, chilled out in the morning. Nice to have the small grocery store about 500 meters away. I think the store also sells water for RV’s if you ask. Gas station there as well, has diesel. There is a wifi signal, but saw no way to pay for it so ask at store if you want access.

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Good place to stay when working your way south. This wouldn’t be my destination. Used to be able to drive right in but now they have a manned gate that you have to show your ticket at. Seems you can open it if you need to leave early and the guys not there. Palapas on the beach with some really rank toilets! Windiest night we’ve spent in the camper due to a storm. Had to drop the top and sleep on the floor. Sunrises are beautiful.

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Stayed on the road coming into La Poma, due to the several dogs running loose at the campsites. Supposedly friendly, but with our pack, who knows and didnt want to take the chance. Food from restaurant was great and huge protions. road was super quiet. Would stay there again, in a pinch.

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Rancho Grande. Clean with huge palapas. Beautiful views and amazing sunrises and sunsets. The night winds can be wild -easily 20-25 mph and while you can put a ground tent inside a palapa, a roof top tent is gonna be shaking and rattling but that’s all part of the experience and adventure. Secure and said to be quite safe as a result. I loved it.

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Agree it's good for one night, maybe more if your into fishing. No problems for any size rig in or out, Plenty of tourists and mostly more local tourists then foreign. Never felt more secure due to the remoteness and 'gated' entrance plus felt more like a family place then a party place even though the motorbikes and quads were quite popular there. Pit toilets are rough and with no water, wifi, power, etc, price seems a little steep. One Palapa is $250, or share one with two vehicles for $350, store was well stocked

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Good place to stay for a night. Right on the beach. The Pittoilets where awful, not possible to use them!

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The drive down on the new 5 road was great, our average speed was 65. You need to stop at the store (Rancho Grande Mini Market) first and pay or the guy at the gate will not let you through. Midweek the place is pretty dead, you should not need reservations. If you plan on staying through the weekend, I would call ahead. The guy handling the reservations speaks good English. The entrance road and the parking spots on each side of the palapa is smooth and firm. This place has very nice palapas, the side walls make you feel like your almost alone. The camping area has about 20 pit toilets not it to bad of shape for Baja standards, but I didn't use them. The bay is amazing, the water doesn't get to rough in there, we took our paddle boards to the island. Rancho Grande Mini Market has lots of items but no butter, you can get a big bag of ice for $3. You can also walk the beach to Alfonsina resterant if you want some food.

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amazing view of the sea of Cortez. Great camping spots right on the water. Resident dogs may be an issue if you travel with yours. Site was clean. No issues getting in and setting up. Ground is solid with no worries of getting stuck.

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Beach front palapas. Pay by Palapa (not by vehicle) at the market on the main road. Pit toilets. Good beach fishing. Shrimp tacos at the restaurant were ok, very fried.

Restaurant has satellite internet for a fee. (slow and expensive)

Houses north of the dirt runway and camp sites just south of the dirt runway.

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Great place on the beach. They charged us 350 pesos for 2 vehicles and 1 palapa. Garbage and lots of out houses available. Incredible view of the bay and surrounding mountains

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OPEN OPEN OPEN! iOverlander please mark this place as open again :)

Beautiful spot. Half enclosed palapas, cement floors, grill, table and pit toilets. Just pull up, pick your palapa, and in the morning Alfredo will come around to collect 250 pesos. Safe and sound. Enjoy!

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NOT CLOSED!! This place is now open again. First few palapas are privately owned, but after the grey one they are for rent for $15/night. You pay at the store. Winds were pretty high here, but the palapas are walled in to break the wind. Fishing appeared to be very successful.

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Exactly as described. Beautiful site, not crowded and very basic - 250 pesos.

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Nice beach front palapas-palapa very big & somewhat enclosed. Has small grill/table. Pit toilet for each palapa. Breezy, but nice. Not too crowded at this time. Market/restaurant on highway at entrance, but restaurant closed for Sunday or holiday.

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Great spot on the beach. 250 pesos per night or $15 USD. Enjoyed the big palapa with concrete floor. It was like having an outdoor living room. The outhouses did not smell. We enjoyed paddling out to the island.

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The new road here has done wonders for the local economy, and with it crowds. Best to have reservations for Alfonsina's hotel any more, although the restaurant still has some of the best shrimp tacos in Baja. Rancho Grande palapas to the South can be busy, and honestly, dirty given their much increased use.

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250 pesos per vehicle per palapa per night NON negotiable. Quite strict and unfriendly owner. No facilities. Only toilets. You pay at the restaurant/ mini market on your right after the military checkpoint before turn left to the bay (as you head south). Beautiful sandy beach.

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Calm water and a pit toilet for every palapa. Cement floor palapas with fire grills and wood walls.

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We stupidly headed for Gonzaga bay on ioverlander sites but ended up at papa fernandos beach camping instead! Didn't realize our error until we came over the hill to see the shabby pad. But for $5 on a super windy day, being behind the dunes actually worked out ok for one night. Pit toilets with no doors but with tp!

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As previously described, we paid 200 pesos per night for two rigs sharing one palapa. Endured a ridiculous wind storm for 24 hours. Saw Dolphins and other wildlife.

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beautiful bay. great for swimming and snorkelling. desert to ocean. the store is friendly and has just about everything you need. primitive at the bay.

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They come around to collect the money late afternoon 150 pesos

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Beachfront camping with palapas. Pit toilets. Awesome.

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120 pesos (~$10) per palapa if one car, 180 pesos (~$15) if two cars. Nice place right on the beach. Just pit toilets. No cell coverage.

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A beach with palapas and pretty bad pit toilets. The store, rancho grande, where you pay for the camping, had a surprisingly good beer and food selection. We paid 50 pesos per person

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Primitive campground right on Gonzaga Bay. You pay at the restaurant/market up the road on the main highway. They are basically just renting the palapas. Restaurant/mercado also will sell you a hot shower. ~USD $4.00

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