Finca Santa Monica | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
16 days ago
Altitude:
590.0 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Contributor:
Song of the Road

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Hot
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
No
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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Description

Camping area with showers and a nice owner near Las Pozas (Edward James mansion in the jungle). Tennis courts too!! Grassy area available for tent campers or small vans, we just parked in the driveway. Showers are updated and don't seem too bad!

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Coming from the north, we followed the sign to Las Pozas, park of Edward James. No issue with the road. Pass the entrance until you reach the camping. We (7m motorhome) stayed a few days on the lawn, just bellow the stone wall. Weak electricity from the palapa, 20m cord needed. Wifi does not reach this spot.

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Drove by here or Santa Monica- there seems to be some confusion about whether it is the same place. Just checking out the situation for our visit to Las Pozas tomorrow. I am checking in to say that whatever your definition of big rig is, you do not want to go anywhere near this place or in Xilitla. Car, van or pickup like ours, OK, but it was VERY tight in town and around Las Pozas with parked cars and vendors. We got by with inches to spare. Going to park some distance away and walk to the entrance.

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Not a very good spot for rigs as the ground is not level. Showers were cold.

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Tent camped, 100pp, safe parking and banos. Grass field you camp in is basically a giant mud pit and they have two large street lights pointed at it so it never gets truly dark. Dogs barked all night. Didn’t sleep much but at least it was safe.

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We stayed here for just one Night, because the parking lot was Full of cars, the bathrooms are not in the best conditions and the wifi didnt work. We paid 250p for 2 person and a dog.

Next day we gone the way up to Casa verde and paid 300p for a airbnb with hot shower, Kitchen, AC, and very nice owners.

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Beautiful place. Was asked 100 pesos a night, got it down to 80 for 2 nights. Parked my Vanagon on the upper path, great views but the overnight rain turned it into mud.

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Mostly as described in previous posts. Grass is very wet so only really one suitable spot for then, under the tree which also provide some shade.
Bathrooms were average at best, hot water in one of the showers at risk of being electrocuted! We paid $80 per person which was reasonable. Stayed 2 nights

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same campground as "xilitla finca".
we had to pay 100pesos/person. no internet. showers with hot water and toilets were clean. nice and quiet place close to las pozas.

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No big sign at the entrance. But not very hard to find. 60pp. Has everything. Walking distance to Los Pozas. Great place.
좋아요👍

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Place looks nice but virtually no amenities. PROS: walking distance to Edward James Surrealist Garden which is amazing. Centre palapa is an option to set up your tent if it's available when you arrive. CONS: if you are tent camping like us, there are few options to set up as the field is quite hilly. The ground was also really wet and soft and muddy in some places. The showers and washrooms were awful and appeared to not have been cleaned in who knows how long - like toilet in women's washroom was plugged with feces and the urinal in the men's washroom was filled with some sort of fluid. Other campers tried using the showers but they weren't working despite soliciting assistance from staff. We paid 250 pesos for two adults and one child before knowing the toilet situation. We were also desperate as options for tent camping in the area were limited.

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now 70pp, loads of partiers each night but usually quiet by midnight of so. good for tent camping as earlier described. Wi-Fi was good and bathrooms decent. good location for visiting Edward James gardens. Manager was cold and gave dead fish handshake. my impression was he preferred the big party group paydays and couldn't care much if individual campers stayed or not. Also there is a tennis court on site. parking is a long driveway, can be blocked in easily

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Nice peaceful place. Friendly owners but definitely more of a hotel/tent camping ground. We have a camper van and were the only people there so it was fine but the parking lot could probably only fit 1 or 2 campers and unless you have a ton of levelers you'll definitely be at a bit of an incline - nothing crazy, slept fine. Clean bathrooms and Hot showers IF you know how to wrangle with a shower head hot water heater - i.e. I had a cold shower and my husband magiked it and had a hot shower. We filled our water tank here as well - it's spring water, yay! We also plugged into the power outlet in the palapa to charge our batteries - 15amps will be fine. Quick walk to the sculpture garden (downhill) and if you want some exercise you can walk uphill to town!

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Good location to visit Las Pozas and Xilitla from. 50 pesos pp per night. Bathroom facilities leave something to be desired. If you come from the North (MEX85 and then briefly MEX120) the last kilometer is rough road, but it is doable in a 2WD motorhome (ours is 21ft).

The first night the driveway was full, so the guard let us park in a spot a bit further on the premises, over a hill, next to the road. A weird spot and a bit rough to maneuvre into, but we were glad we did not have to search further (was after dark). We transfered to the driveway (not level, bring leveling blocks!) for the next two nights. A big plus was the grassy area where our dog could play, but check how your dog is with their 4 dogs. One of them was very hostile, so we only let our dog out when they were out of view.

Off note: we met a group of four people tentcamping here: they had the big palapa in the centre to themselves and camped inside it. Seemed practical (no mud, electricity, table, chairs) and very cozy.

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Small farm with camping, flush toilets & showers (lukewarm at best despite water heater). WiFi under large palapas does not work. Option to camp under palapas - we took this option as during this time of year the ground was very damp. Eduardo also offered use of a microwave & refrigerator. Very kind! He does own 3 dogs - all very sweet.

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Spent 2 nights here. We parked next to a huge palapa, where we could plug our fridge. Not much sun to charge our solar panels but besides that it was a lovely stay. We had the entire place for ourselves, Las Pozas is 5 minutes walking distance, hot showers, toilets and the owner is super friendly. Wifi doesn’t work very well, expect very low signal and slow connection. But besides that all great. 50p per person and dogs allowed. The owner has 4 adorable dogs. And there is so much space for our puppy to run around. Excellent camping site.

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Staying 4 nights here with a tent - they let me pinch it in a palapa on the field - I'm in a shade and with electricity which is very cool. Internet is broken btw.
Showers are not too clean and water is cold, toilets are okay but as someone mentioned bring your tp.
It was crazy busy and noisy on Sat night but during the week I'm almost alone here.
Sometimes noisy quad is passing by but fairly quiet at night.
50p per person

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the construction of the showers are finished and are available now. we were able to tell him were just camping in the sprinter and he charged us 100 pesos for the night. 50 per person without a charge for parking. showers are really nice now so don't be scared to use them when you visit! 😊

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Shower building under renovation right now so no showers. They charge us 300 pesos for 2 adults, one kid of more than 5 yo and the camper (70 pp and 100 for the camper). Very expensive for just parking on a very small not niveled parking lot!! But you can use electricity and wifi is very very good (no password needed)! Oh and you are right next to a big palapa that we add for ourselves.

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Stayed one night and paid 50 per person +50 for the van. Consider there is no shower because you definitely don't want to use it. Toilets are ok but bring your tp. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Usually you have to park your car in the small parking lot. As we have a reactive dog, we wanted to be away from their dogs (barking at us). They offered us to park on the other side of the camping area. It's hard to explain, the spot was very gross tho with lots of rocks. They probably never let people park over there. It was still very kind from them as we couldn't stay in the entrance.

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Très bel endroit avec douche chaude et wifi. Idéal pour visiter les cascades et le jardin juste en dessous à 5 min à pied.

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Edward James ... garden and water falls..

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price is 150 pesos for two people in a Sprinter. No hot shower. Not level parking spot just parking at driveway. We didn't stay.

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Good place to stay, we were tired and didn't want to leave to eat, so we ordered pizza at TAX pizza and they delivered it very quick

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This is ideal for ground tents and could even get in a few roof-top tents or truck campers on the roughly improved "new" driveway. But we wanted electrical and AC so we ended up with our truck camper in the driveway to the main house. No water, no sewer, but an extension cord to the house.
The grassy field has many level spots. A community palapa (that someone pitched a tent in) decent shade, toilets and showers.
We paid $200p for two people and a truck camper to be able to have electric for our AC (it was 102* in May and 87% humidity) If we were willing to be unplugged the price would have been less. This would be a bit challenging for anything longer than our truck. But the owner will try to squeeze you in anywhere in order to keep your business.

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Xilita finca is the same as finca Santa Monica 140mts further north. These coordinates are wrong!

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Got here on Christmas Day and parked without any issues in a 32 foot class a motorhome. Charge was 150 pesos per night because this is a "big vehicle"

Mex-120 getting up here was tight and winding, but in good condition. Lots of secret speed bumps in small towns so best to take it easy on the speed in built up areas.

The road coming in from Mex-120 on the low side of Xilitla was spirited; lots of two way traffic on rough gravel. People are good about sharing the road and pedestrians even helped out with directing traffic on a blind corner. I expect the road coming the other direction from Xilitla is probably in similar shape.

Google maps brought me right here (with a search for finca Santa Monica), but you're looking for the los Posas road sign an immediate turn onto the gravel road leading up here.

The finca itself is great. I was given a parking spot on the driveway, and as others had mentioned it's sloping but a few blocks under my front tyres got me reasonably level.

There are indeed toilets and showers (the suicide variety someone else mentioned is just the electric shower head heater). I haven't tried them out yet, but everything looks to be in good order.

As is common in Latin America, there is some music playing at night in the distance and people don't quiet down until later in the evening. The property itself is quiet though and the external noises weren't oppressive. I slept with my windows open and was greeted by a beautiful symphony from the jungle birds this morning.

Lots of grassy areas for tenting if you like too!

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nice camping. cabanas or rooms. did not stay here. found it walking to Las pozas.

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The only reason we can see to stay here is if you're tent camping, if you're self contained just park outside Las Pozas. We were just parked on a very unlevel driveway, there is a public space for cooking and toilets, but we didn't use either.

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Large campground but sadly we were told to park in the unlevel driveway, cold showers, not the nicest staff, offered us that the property had waterfalls on the far side and when asked for the trailhead charged us for they info, great location just up the hill from las pozas but not a great experience for us.

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Really amazing campsite! Huge grassy area, we camped in the driveway in our truck. Nicest owner, Eduardo, 50p per person. He's has 2 dogs, super animal friendly!! Hot showers and nice bathrooms but bring paper. 5 min walk or less from Los Posas. Nice palapa to drink or eat by too! :)

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Very nice owner. Parked on the driveway for night after we had walked around Edward James' Las Pozas. The night before we parked next to the entrance of Las Pozas

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Nice owner,not expensive at all, at least there is a campground close to Las Pozas with showers. The grassed area looked too soft to drive on with vehicle, stay on the driveway.

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Camping area with hot showers and a nice owner near Las Pozas (Edward James mansion in the jungle). Tennis courts too!! Grassy area available for tent campers, we just parked in the driveway. Showers are of the suicide variety

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