johnandmandi Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
La Fonda

Delicious! We had a fish fillet (80 pesos), tampiquena (80 pesos), and enchiladas suiza (55 pesos). Clean restrooms and a cute covered courtyard.

Agriculture Checkpoint

No problems

Playa Tecolote

We camped on the east side just past the open field where all of the big rigs park. We were very close to the water so it was windy but a wonderful spot for swimming. We walked down to Palapas Azul for dinner which was pricey and disappointing. The sand is soft in several spots but a 2wd Roadtrek took our site as we were leaving.

Las Brisas Desierto

Very nice family. They cooked us dinner for 50 pesos per person and allowed us to park behind the cabanas for the night. There is a clean flush bathroom with a sign on the door that says 5 pesos. Right in the highway so some truck noise, also a generator that ran from about 5:30-7:30pm.

El Mana

Wide variety of delicious Mexican food for reasonable prices, good portions.

Military Checkpoint

No issues, waved us through.

El Moro RV

We didn't stay here, it was the first place we checked out in Loreto. Most campsites are permanently occupied, the few available for travelers were open dirt parking spaces, cost quoted was 100 pesos per person. The campground has a gated entrance. We checked the showers and the water was lukewarm, as expected according to management.

Rivera del Mar RV Park and Camping

We didn't fit in a tent space but we were able to share a regular space for 150 pesos per vehicle (normally 240 pesos for a spot for 1 vehicle). It was quiet where we were sleeping, but we weren't right next to the property fence where the tent spaces are. Onsite laundry is 20 pesos per load for washer and 20 pesos for dryer.

Punta San Basilio

Beautiful beach. Took over an hour to drive the 17km from the highway, just as described (coordinates of entrance from highway: 26.36357, -111.57261). When we arrived there were 6 other campers occupying all of the spots with firm ground. We camped directly on the beach, the sand was a little soft, but no problem with 4x4. The number of campers may have been because it was Christmas weekend.

Huerta Don Chano RV Park

We paid 100 pesos for a spot without using electricity. Near town and the beach, pretty trees with fruit and flowers, grassy spots. Was very quiet at night; a few other PanAm travelers here at the same time. Shower was hot, as previously noted, only one shower/bathroom for all campers, so sometimes busy.

Los Coyotes (Bahia de Concepcion)

Dirt entrance to beach is north of the campsites at N26.72078, W111.91010. Beautiful beach with locals stopping by frequently offering food (tamales, empanadas, fruits, veg, seafood), nonpotable water, and textiles. There is a warm spring at low tide on the southeastern side of the bay, easiest to reach by swimming, but can also hike in. Great spot for kayaking with a couple of close islands to explore.

Camping Petates

120 pesos per vehicle, gentleman came to collect in the afternoon. A couple of palapas and grills, bathrooms are bucket flush, showers weren't functional. Setting can't be beat, ducks swimming in the water below the date palms, although it was a little windy (as was everywhere else we were).

Joseph's Cafe & Bistro

Delicious baked goods, lunch, coffee, and beverages. We had chocolate cake, a cream cheese and strawberry crepe, cookies, a 'rock cake' and an unbelievably good rice pudding empenada (sceptical until we tasted it). Didn't try the muffins, but I am sure they would have been delicious, we couldn't fit anything else into our bellies. Very reasonable prices.


14 pesos for a garafun

Malarrimo RV Park

Paid 185 pesos for camping behind the hotel. Sites have water spigots and regular electrical plugs. Also flush toilets and HOT showers. Restaurant is good but a little pricey compared to taco stands.

bahia de los angeles

Tried to stop here but homeowners with a gate said this was not allowable and was private property. Not sure if this was true but didn't want to stay where we weren't welcome.

La Gringa

Beautiful! A man came by and collected trash but didn't ask us to pay any camping fee. No facilities. Highway is currently under construction but will likely be paved almost the whole way soon.

Coco's Corner

Quaint and quirky. Pit toilets were clean and stocked with TP. Coco is one of a kind and keeps a register of all guests, interesting to peruse. Was quite a bit chillier here than on the coast.

Gonzaga Bay, La Poma

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.


Really cool hot springs at the edge of the ocean. Cost to visit springs was $15US per car, $5 more to also camp. Campsite includes palapa with picnic table and gravity fed water spigot, flush toilets, primitive showers (carry a bucket of water from your spigot to use in the shower stall).


Beachfront spots are occupied by snowbirds, all very friendly. Shared one campsite with another couple for 480 pesos per night. San Felipe in general seems a little pricey, but El Kikiriki on the malecón serves up tacos al pastor for about $1US each and whole chicken meals that can feed 4 people for 125 pesos. Wifi is good at times.

Pemex-Lazaro Cardenas

Dirt lot across from Pemex, inquired at Pemex for permission to park overnight. Clean bathrooms at Pemex, noisy at night with traffic and big trucks on highway. Hotels, restaurants, and convenience store in the village within a couple blocks. If you eat at Mi Pueblito be sure to get the peso prices rather than US$ prices (2 separate menus).

Rancho San Carlos Hot Springs

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.

La Bufadora - Camp 7

Stayed here for 2 nts at 70 pesos per nt. Just as described, area near store has nice facilities and cliffside area is very primitive.

Casa de Neli

What a great place and special people! Neli, Maya, Victoria, and Jason are wonderful. The hot showers were divine. If available, this is a must stop before dropping into Mexico. The travel tips and stories from the road are exactly what we needed! Neli likes massages and Maya likes to play so be sure to pamper the hosts!

Buckeye Hot Springs

Many free campsites in national forest land adjacent to a creek and Buckeye Hot Springs. Also nearby is Twin Lakes Campground (Forest Campground) but it was closed. Only campfire rings in the campsites, no facilities.

Randy Fry Pullout

Gravel pullout next to CA-1. Great views of the coastline. Pretty quiet even though it is close to the highway.

Trinidad County Rest Area

North bound rest area is nice and has a buffer of trees between the parking and the highway. There are great picnic areas surrounded by Redwoods. Larger RV parking is just past the bathrooms. It was extremely quiet for a rest area.


Great free campsite past the pit toilets. Stayed here for one night and it was pretty quiet, only a little road noise from louder vehicles. Not sure if it is legal, but there were no signs right where we parked. There is also a river, popular with anglers, just through the bushes.


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