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Old 12-14-2014, 06:14 PM
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Default Camping by car in Mexico?

Just curious: can a person just drive to Mexico with the family and camp near a beach somewhere? I'd love to go somewhere where we can sit on a beach this winter, but plane tickets are like $1800 each. What are the risks with driving across the Mexican border?
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:42 PM
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Great question Matt and I look forward to the input you receive. Suz and I are thinking of the same sort of trip in February. We wouldn't need to travel very far south of San Felipe in Baja to enjoy some of the best that Baja offers. I've been trying to find the Trails article that Paul May wrote up a few years ago about just such an adventure but haven't located it yet. Snowy cold days like today stimulate the imagination.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:29 PM
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I'd email or PM Paul May for input.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:40 PM
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You thinking mainland MX or Baja MX?

Baja MX, absolutely. There are hundreds (literally) of places you can camp. Most will have a fee attached but that fee is very nominal i.e. $10-20 per car and those beach camp spots usually have a shade structure and perhaps even bathrooms and a beach shower. Beyond that there are plenty of secluded beaches you can camp on as well without paying.

Baja is a big place and ~1000 miles top to bottom. Most don't make it much further south than Bay of LA but there are plenty of place northward to camp as well.

We've done the pay version as well as the squatter version, no clear winner but some of the pay options have the aforementioned amenities and firewood for sale. They are usually in beach locations that promote swimming too.

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Old 12-14-2014, 09:17 PM
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I don't have any personal experience, but this recent thread had me even more interested in a similar trip. It has some good basic info about making the trip across the border toward the Rocky Point area, which would probably be the closest beach destination coming from Colorado.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/octo...ch-run.819678/
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:23 PM
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I don't have any personal experience, but this recent thread had me even more interested in a similar trip. It has some good basic info about making the trip across the border toward the Rocky Point area, which would probably be the closest beach destination coming from Colorado.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/octo...ch-run.819678/
I was had at the "Then this" post from the above thread. It's been 34 years since I was last on a Baja beach and that is way too long. Thanks for the Mud link Jacket and to you, too, Kurt. Late January or early February work for you Hulk?
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We went to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) a number of years ago with the kids. We weren't camping but stayed at a resort. The prices of the resorts there are very reasonable or at least they were back then. A lot of Americans from Arizona go there with RVs and camp at RV parks along the beach. It is an interesting area with some really good food.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:33 AM
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Group trip? I'm in! I'll be watching this thread closely, been on my short list for a while.

Kurt, you gonna be the trail leader? Hahaha
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Love Rocky Point, been there many times. There are alot of RV parks north of town on the beach. But you can travel around the bay and then there are places on the beach to camp. Also south.
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Looks like the temperatures in Baja are in the low 70s this time of year. Not hot enough to really sit on a beach and go in the ocean. Where is Rocky Point?
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