Friday, 29 January 2010

MOTORHOME Mexican camping Part 1 Brownsville to Playa Palebot

Trivia question - Where does tanzanite come from?


Information on the places we motorhome camped in Mexico last winter.  Whilst many are mentioned in the trusted Mexican Camping book others we found ourselves.  Part of the journey we travelled with our friends Kevin & Ruth feeling that in some locations it was safer with two vehicles. As much as possible we followed the coast south.  If we stay at a Pemex we put gas in our vehicles.

Brownsville Wal-Mart was our starting point - FREE


217 miles to Pemex, about 15 miles south of the Tropic of Cancer sign - FREE
(1/8 mile further on is a fishing camp where owner Kevin says he will
welcome motorhome and offers power and other facilities for a small charge)




54 miles to Barra El Tordo Beach 39 miles east of the main highway on rough but passable road.  Dubious electric hook ups. Nice grassy area. Small restaurant. The picture shows some of the palapas where you can park - FREE but appreciated if you take a meal at the restaurant during your stay.





187 miles to Pemex 4131 No of Alamo. Returning towards Aldana take the turn off toward Maron.  The road gets bad but passable with care (this saves a lot of mileage. There is a bridge over the River Tiger (in the photo) then the road takes you Tampico where we picked up the by pass.  The Pemex we stayed at is on the Alamo by pass on the left, a bit noisy but good parking by a grassy area. - FREE




51 miles to El Tajin.  Parking at the archaeological site. - Pesos 20







44 miles to Coasta Esmeralda (just north of Casitas) Mission del Mar Hotel. Not a real campground but a very pleasant area by the beautiful swimming pool directly behind the beach - Pesos 70 pp including electric, use of shower and toilets and free wi-fi.




A few yards to Costa Esmeralde Casitas Del Tajin Campground.  More like a conventional campground. Electric dump and water at each site.  Swimming pools.  Strange pricing structure depending on the day of the week. - Sun - Weds Pesos Pesos 47, Thursday P58.50, Friday P70, Saturday P80 per person




(Sorry did not record mileage) Playa Chachalas.  Just north of Vera Cruz at the coast.  Not a great spot and a poor beach.  We drove north along the coast road and found an obvious grassy parking spot behind the beach but the owner asked Pesos 250 with no facilities.  We back tracked and found another private garden at Pesos 25pp but there were few options.





130 miles to Lake Catemaco, Camping La Ceiba, at the side of the lake road.  Very noisy birds around 5.30am.  A bit cramped.  Handy for walking into town.  Pesos 100 without electric , P150 with electric






169 miles to Sanchez Magdallenes, Bahia Acapulco Restaurant car park.  Rough slow drive to the coast from La Venta.  We tried to follow the coastal road but had to turn back where it had caved in.  This restaurant was surrounded by rubbish so not a spot to recommend. - FREE



(Sorry no mileage but not far from the previous spot)  Playa Palebot, Eduardos Farm - Backtracking we took the road leading to Playa Palebot.  Saw a sign pointing to playa and negotiated with the farmer to park on his land. To avoid misshaps walk the road first.   Wonderful experience.  The cows cleaned our vans whlst licking off the salt, Eduardos children visited and brought us fresh coconut.  Nice quiet beach just over the hill.  - Pesos 50

Full travel journal with more info.

Trivia answer - Tanzania in Africa

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