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Unhurried beaches are yours to explore! This one is in front of El Caracol campground at Lo de Marcos
The sunsets are outstanding!
Our footsteps in the sand at Lo de Marcos
Manager Henry from Punta Perula RV park with his catch of the day.
Walter from British Columbia snagged a big one at Rincon de Guayabitos.
The incredible patio at El Caracol RV Park in Lo de Marcos.
Ultimate relaxation for John and the kids in front of our park at Lo de Marcos!
a coastline brings out the adventure in all of us. The oceans ever changing panorama continually unfold from one
breathtaking scene to another. Rain or shine, each weather pattern creates
a new and exciting painting when overlooking an expanse of water.
Whether swells crash
against the rocks dotting the shoreline or
waves creep gently up onto sandy beaches - a coastline provides a
hypnotic vista like few others.
west coast beaches can also
boast of an additional benefit,
even today many of these seashore retreats remain serene and uncrowded.
a secluded beach under the thatched roof of a 'Palapa' (or a giant
palm) in front of your campsite--or basking in tropical breezes sedated by
the gentle rolling rhythm of the ocean creates such an overwhelming
feeling of peace. As the sun begins to fall off the horizon, a few
scattered clouds streak across the deep blue sky.
The effect is most impressive but, this canvas is only beginning.
When the fluorescent ball drops into the water, an 'afterglow'
paints the sky a breathtaking
collage of fiery colours. This unforgettable sight is routine evening
entertainment for RVers who camp at one of the many parks on Mexico's
quiet peaceful coastline.
a secluded pristine Mexican beachfront park rates high as our most
memorable RV getaway. Nothing compares with an endless ribbon of white
sand alongside clear blue ocean waters. Beaches which nestle among quiet
coves surrounded by rocky knolls are equally impressive. Since John and I
grew up away from expansive bodies of water, spending the winter camped
overlooking the ocean was a dream come true. As we woke to the sound of
waves crashing against the shore, it was an incomparable experience.
Isolated natural untouched surroundings are a real treat to us
beachcombers. Unlike the popular utopias that attract sun worshipers,
these non hurried extraordinary beaches in Mexico are forsaken by local
residents over the winter,...except of course, during Christmas and Easter
Fortunately for us RVers, many of
Mexico's secluded charming beach utopias also include 'on site' full
service campgrounds. Not all sites are spacious but most are quite
adequate. The beach scene makes up for lack of services Since routine
daily necessities are available from the local 'Tiendas' (stores) - it's
easy to settle in from a few days to several months of peaceful
tranquility. RVers traveling Mexico, have the opportunity to 'roam free',
avoid crowds and share the endless warm sunny weather with friendly people
of a nearby village. The further south you trek the warmer the climate
John and I surveyed more than 65 parks on the west coast from Manzanillo
to Nogales. They came in all sizes - many nestled at waters edge. Yes some
presented a higher quality than others, but each exuded a special charm.
Most parks were in places that are a haven for snorkelers, fishermen,
swimmers, beachcombers and sun worshipers alike. Our last visit to Mexico
was a few years ago and although nothing stays the same in Mexico, if some
of the parks we investigated close, others will open their doors. Ask
RVers you meet about their idyllic destinations. Rest assured,
Mexico's beaches situated away from popular resort towns will be
more secluded hideaways and very popular RV stopping spots. Reservations
may be necessary to stay in a specific park, but they are not usually
required to camp in a general area.
50 km north of Puerto Vallarta (nicknamed PV) we found 16 beachfront parks
and from Manzanilla towards PV, we discovered six more. In each of these
exciting cities there was also two spacious non beachfront parks. Many
offered full hook-ups, all were easy to find by traveling on Highway 15 to
200 - plus each was reachable within 6-7 hours of Guadalajara.
north from Manzanilla we found a couple of picturesque stopping spots near
Barra De Navidad. In these campgrounds, sites caress the sandy beach.
Although one had water and electric connections the other was
totally dry camping during our survey. Numerous palm trees provided
appreciated shade. This area is a haven for beach lovers of all ages.
Unfortunately to reach this park RVers had to traverse four km of a very
rough entrance road.
A short stretch further near
Melaque/San Patricio is another favourite winter vacation destination with
a few more campgrounds. The park in town not only
bordered the beach, it's surrounded by boutiques and Tiendas.
Another nestles on a quiet stretch of beach across from, and part of
a rental bungalow complex.
our next stop, is half way towards Puerto Vallarta.
There are now five small unique campgrounds in this lush tropical
setting. The idyllic uncluttered sandy shoreline stretches for miles. Our
friend Henry and Bea manage Punta Perula Tent and Trailer Park on the
beach. They have added new hydro and fine tuned the amenities - the
much needed facelift has added another dimension to this idyllic stopover.
Our next stop was a charming Polynesian resort city of PV. No matter how big this place grows it never looses it's special charisma. Unfortunately, PV's two lush attractive city campgrounds are not oceanfront complexes. Just north of the city a few new parks have recently surfaced.
Bucerias, just 22 km north of PV we found three more oceanfront trailer
The shallow protected beach area in front of the hotel/pool
campground complex in town has a gentle, tranquil and calm surf. Another
manicured complex overlooks the highway and one more nestles just south of
Drive north a mere 10 minutes more to
Sayulita and you'll find another well manicured winter paradise. This
peaceful immaculate park (complete with apartments too) borders an
impressive cove. Although isolated, it too is within easy reach to the
action and shopping of
de Guayabitos was another ocean-side resort area and fishing utopia
that we found within easy reach to PV. During our visit, nine parks
encircled the bay. Facilities ranged from very basic to elaborate. Most
campgrounds in Rincon have boat ramps and many winter residents pride
themselves on catching a giant Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado from 30 miles
out. Although the nearby small village of La Penita (it too has a
campground perched high on a cliff.) sells most necessities, the 50 km
drive to Puerto Vallarta for restocking the RV with periodic supplies or
some entertainment makes for a fun outing.
John and I found our beachfront haven in Lo De Marcos just south of Rincon. This well cared for very friendly village also has two trailer parks. A hotel complex in town owns a campground on the beach. Next door was our long narrow campsite was at El Caracol RV Park with it's numerous tropical shade palms and new expansive interlocking brick patio complete with small pool Tranquility was only a word in the dictionary until we settled into this truly unforgettable luxuriant hideaway. An overwhelming peaceful calm and serenity permeated each niche of our being.
we found this 17 site campground, John and I felt the world stopped for a
spell and we jumped off to enjoy the surroundings.
It was like we were in a 'time warp'.
Although our 'paradise' included no
schedule of planned events, we made our own fun. Mesmerized by the ocean,
each day began with coffee on the park's aesthetic patio. Sunbathing,
swimming, a walk along the isolated beach or an occasional game of 'Bocce'
occupied several sunny hours.
On energetic days, sewing (I have my machine), writing, T-Shirt
reading and a smidgeon of socializing filled the balance of each
An ever-present soothing roar of the ocean echoed throughout the
park. Relaxing here is easy! Beachside scenarios for us are not new, but
such intense feeling of
we drove 20 km to the nearest 'big' town of La Penita or to Puerto
Vallarta 45 km south for a few supplies. Although frequent trips are
unnecessary; Lo De Marcos 'Tiendas' (stores) carried the basics...bread,
milk, fruits, vegetables, pop, beer and spirits.
Rolls, warm from the oven, were available daily from the local
'Fulltimers', our travels throughout the year take us to a variety of
Each spot portrays it's own distinct personality.
None however opened the door, nor allowed such opportunity to relax
in the true sense of the word as this park did. Recently we talked to
Canadian RVers who spend their winter in Lo De Marcos and the magnetism of
this park is still strong. The 'Magic' of Mexico includes so much more
than the tranquil atmosphere we found in Lo De Marcos. Discovering
Mexico's cities, markets (mercados), fiestas and traditions looking at it
from their culture is fun as well as educational. Mexico's enchantment
everywhere beckons you to return again and again.
There are many beachfront communities
up and down the coast. Since PV became so special to us I used the
surrounding area as an example of what is available. RV reservations are
not usually necessary in Mexico -- unless you wish to stay at a particular
park. If beachin' it is in your plans, head for one of the large RV parks
near the city, then explore available hideaways with your smaller getaway
vehicle (towed car, tow vehicle or rental car). Each park is captivating
to some, however not every park will intrigue every RVer.
Travel costs in Mexico have increased,
but living expenses remain slightly less than that of southern USA.
Non-beachfront campground rates average $10.00 to $15.00
a night with discounts for longer stays. Those that nestle beside the
ocean will be higher. I've only discussed private campgrounds with
hookups. Although Mexico also has a number of 'free' campgrounds.
It's unfortunate some campers using these non-serviced areas have such
little respect for others.
Lack of sanitation facilities discourages RVers who take pride in
their surroundings, from using and enjoying
many of these 'free' areas.
this stretch of Pacific coastline we found our special haven.
Isn't it time for you to visit and explore Mexico's remote,
relaxing and hypnotic stopping spots to find yours?