Rancho San Carlos Hot Springs | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
about 2 months ago
Altitude:
172.4 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Hot
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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Description

Well run, improved hot pools of various temps. Numerous shade palapas with tables and grills. Alongside a cool stream. Ducks. Dogs. Chickens. Frogs. $160 pesos per person per night to camp. Day rates also. Cabanas for rent. Showers. Toilets. Large swimming pools and smaller tubs. Flat spaces. But, the road is dirt and has 10 water crossings. Not for the faint of heart!! However there were low clearance cars here when we arrived. To find,drive north towards Ensenada. turn at Baja Country Club golf course sign and follow great signage to end. Many other camping spots along the way, but none as well improved for soaking.

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Hot springs as other visitors have noted. But the price has increased to 270 pesos per person per night making this a pretty expensive option for what you get. Arrived on a Sunday afternoon. Place was about 1/2 capacity but trash wise it was very dirty. Beer cans and other trash littered the grounds as well as the pool area. Water level is down and the cool stream is more like a warm frog pond. Showers are hot but pool side only - no private showers. Bathroom is available but no sinks to wash hands. Water available in the campground but not at every site, pressure is low and “potable” is uncertain. The real killer for us was the music that started around 1 am blasting through an amplified sound system - not you typical boom box at all. For $30 USD per night you would expect good water, electricity and showers in the bath house. Would not visit again.

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Visited on a weekend and it was awesome. Very family friendly fun. We aired down our tires to about 25 psi in our Sprinter to make the journey easier. Very clean place. The hot springs are opened 24 hours it looked like. When we were leaving on Monday they had emptied the pools and were scrubbing them. 440 MXP/ $13 USD for camping for a van with two people. Absolutely no signal, WiFi is 100 MXP/hour.

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My favourite 1st,last night in Baja, each time I go. Great way to adjust,soak, contemplate the transition of worlds. Weekends can be pretty busy with locals having fun. There can be stereo wars at times, but it settles down by not too late. Go weekdays for serenity, or camp at the far end. Sometimes there's massage available, and good hiking into the hills.

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it is about 12 miles from main road made there with no problem bunch water crossings but nothing serious you can make there with any car
only if there was heavy rain not recommended to go without 4x4
paid 400 pesos for two to camp and pool it was pretty quiet
and yes there was hot shower but outside next to the pool
bring some food for ducks :)

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Nice place to spend a day and a night. It's a long bumpy road in, but we saw cars with no clearance cross the creek. Only 1 big pool and 2 small cooler pools open. but it is mid-week amd low season. there is a trail to the left of the creek that we trekked & bouldered up about 3k and back. Nice brake between soaks. Parking spots are close but there was only 4 other guests all day and only one other spending the night so ee almost had the place to ourselves. It looks like the pools close at 10 PM now instead of tge previous mention of 24 hours, but not sure if anyone enforces this.

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This could definitely be a special place, but don't come on school holidays. Unless you like music at all hours of the day and night and kids that cannonball into the hot tub with you in it.

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As described, wonderful (but concrete) hot pools to soak in. Goose, ducks and dogs running around. Entrance plus camping now raised to MXN 160 per person. Shady places with BBQ all over the area. Showers at the pool and flush toilets available.
When we were there almost no visitors, we had one of the big pools to ourselves. Last 11km of the road to get here was a bit rough (corogations, sometimes rocks on the street and low hanging branches), but no 4x4 or high clearance required. 5 small water crossings (max 25cm deep).
But I guess if it was raining it gets slippery and tough without a proper 4WD

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Beautiful well-maintained hot spring pools. We visited very obviously in the off season mid week. We had the place to ourselves for most of the afternoon until three other vehicles arrived just before dark to camp. Can't beat the price for the product, however, this place would quickly become unappealing if it were a busy weekend during the high season and packed to the brim with people (one of the managers told us it gets that way). Highly recommend it, but I would plan a midweek trip if possible. The road in was rough, but like others have said, we saw cars far less equipped than ours here. Water crossings, but they were very straightforward. Only two were mildly deep, but again, saw other vehicles with much lower clearance than ours.
(Also, just a note since someone else said dogs are welcomed…many signs around saying no pets, so their policy must have changed.)

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Directions: Driving south from Ensenada in the direction of Maneadero, the turn off is at the traffic lights after the Pemex/Oxxo which are together on the right.Look out for Baja Country Club signs, turn left there on a paved road, continue until you see a sign for the ranch, turn left at it.We went on for a few miles until we met a local who said it was impassable with the winter rains.We have a 4x4 truckcamper, it handled well but it was super hairy!

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A very special place, stayed 3 nts at 120 pesos per person per nt, couldn't get enough of the hot pools. Also collected some fresh duck eggs from the stream. The flock of ducks is a little noisy at times but was a lullaby for us. Weekends are reported to be very busy but we were here midweek. Road is rough but 4x4 wasn't necessary.

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120 MXN/night/ person includes use of hot pools, banos and showers. Pools open 24 hours a day! Dogs okay!! NOTE: There is a pack of wild dogs roaming here who may try to terrorize your dogs ;) Also? If you have time, spend the 350MXN for the "massage," which is more like a Swedish massage combined with a Turkish bath combined with a yoga workout. Worth every centivo.

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Well run, improved hot pools of various temps. Numerous shade palapas with tables and grills. Alongside a cool stream. Ducks. Dogs. Chickens. Frogs. $120pesos per person per nigh to camp. Day rates also. Cabanas for rent. Mud baths. Showers. Toilets. Large swimming pools and smaller tubs. Flat spaces. But, the road is dirt and has 10 water crossings. Not for the faint of heart!! However there were low clearance cars here when we arrived. To find, turn at Baja Country Club golf course sign and follow great signage to end. Many other camping spots along the way, but none as well improved for soaking.

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