Uphill Zen Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
March 27th, 2018 Cabañas Xahuayxol

Beautiful spot! I loved it here. The only warning is the drive in. I took the cut across to reach the coast road a bit south of here. Heading north the last little bit, my 9-ft high rig was hitting some branches. If you’re much taller, you could be driving through a few trees. I don’t know about the beach road from the north. Paid 100 pesos for one person

March 25th, 2018 Coco Ha

Small, pretty spot on the outskirts of town. I fit with a 21-ft rig, but wouldn’t want to try something much bigger. Close enough to be convenient, and far enough to be quiet. The woman who runs it is very nice & speaks good English. If you want to snorkel here, she said you have to swim with a buoy so you’re visible to the boats. She can lend you one. Paid 60 pesos for 1 person.

March 25th, 2018 Piramide Inn

Great location! There’s an easy walking path to the ruins,and you can walk to town, too. Carol & John who run the place are super friendly and helpful. There’s a Mayan ruin on site, and a big pool where you can actually swim. I’ve stayed here several times. It does have the feeling of days gone by - so does my vintage camper, so we fit right in. 😉

March 21st, 2018 Hotel Dolores Alba

Stayed here during the equinox, when the Pyramid Inn was swamped with tour buses. I’ve stayed at both. This place has nicer bathrooms, a restaurant, hammocks, and better wifi. The Pyramid Inn has a better location (walk to the ruins or town), a bigger pool for swimming, and real Mayan ruins on site. I’ve been very happy at both!

March 20th, 2018 Dzibilchaltun plaza

Spent the night parked right by the church in the tiny town of Dzibilchaltun. I was visiting the ruins there early for the equinox sunrise, and the guard at the ruins suggested parking here in town for the night before. No facilities, no wifi, good Telcel 4G. It’s only about 1/2 mile to the entrance of the ruins (which have an excellent cenote, too). Free.

March 12th, 2018 Grutas de Candelario

Love this place! It’s very peaceful, and I often have the cave and cenote to myself. If you walk / crawl all the way to the back, it opens up into a room with a thousand stalactites - very nice! I showed up on a Sat afternoon, when there was a Mayan ceremony just wrapping up. They invited me to join them, and shared their food with me, too. 70p for one person one night, or 120p for 2 nights.

March 9th, 2018 Cenote Kankirixche

The camping spot isn’t much to look at, but the cenote is outstanding, as is the peace and tranquility for the night. Paid 130 as per sign (30 for cenote + 100 for camping). Nothing like having that gorgeous cenote all to yourself!

March 8th, 2018 Pemex

Small gas station, open 24 hours. Pretty tucked away, not very visible. Some traffic noise at night, but not bad. Room for a couple of small rigs to park. Attendant said no problem spending the night. Free, but I did give him a tip.

March 8th, 2018 Ruine Edzna

Nice quiet place for the night. Free. I visited the ruins late in the day (excellent light for pyramid photos then!), and asked a guard if I could park for the night. He showed me where to park just outside the gate, where there’s a security light. He makes rounds all night & said he’d keep an eye on me, and there’s also a security dog who barks at any visitors in the night. I gave him a small tip & had a peaceful night.

March 6th, 2018 Los Tucanes

I got in mid-afternoon, and asked the guy in charge if I could park for the night. He asked if I wanted to camp on the grounds & I said I just sleep in my camper. He said it was fine, no cost to park, so I ate in their restaurant, which was reasonable & good. Wifi was not working.

March 5th, 2018 Camping Michol

Excellent location, great price. Small rigs, vans, and tent camping only. Space can be tight, so the earlier recommendation to check out before driving all the way in is good. Got electricity is available from one of the cabins - need a long extension cord. Wifi wasn’t working when I was there, but I had mostly ok Telcel service. Paid 40 pesos for 1person in a 21-ft camper.

January 8th, 2018 Rainbow RV Park

I just stayed here again, and I talked to Zazil, the woman who's running it now. (Her father founded the park.) She confirmed that the park is open now, but that the land is currently up for sale. They are holding out for the price they want, so she has no idea how long it will take to sell, or how long the park will be open. If you're thinking of staying here, you can e-mail her in advance at (zazilyuc @ hotmail.com), to find out the current status. She can also give you any special instructions for the gate, if needed. Personally, I've been happy this place exists, and I'll be sorry to see it go!

January 1st, 2018 Rainbow RV Park

I'm not sure why the previous review said this was closed. I was parked here from Dec 24, 2017 to Jan 1, 2018, and there were other people here, too.

I did get the feeling that this wouldn't be open much longer, since it's surrounded by big malls and constructions sites, but it was open for me. Electricity and water worked at numerous sites (probably not all). Bathroom was marginal, but had flush toilets and cold shower.

I paid 300 pesos for nights when I was there, using electrical and facilities, and 100 pesos to leave vehicle parked there when I wasn't there (no power hookup or facilities). It was a safe place to park, a quiet place to sleep, and a convenient place to stay in Merida. I was happy to have it, and hope to go back again!

December 19th, 2017 Freedom Shores

Pleasant place, and I was able to get a site right by the water (with that chain link fence in between). The beach is fairly small, but well kept. The owner Thelma was very friendly. 400 pesos seems like too much to me, but she was willing to lower it to 300 since I'm just one person. It's easy to walk into town - there's not a whole lot there, but I did the lighthouse tour and bought a few veggies.

December 19th, 2017 Routine Inspection Point

Odd checkpoint, but harmless! The guy wanted to know why I wasn't traveling with a boyfriend, and then asked if he could be my boyfriend and accompany me to Cancun, and he would provide me with great security. This conversation went on for a surprisingly long time, with lots of laughs from me, him, and all the other guys standing around. As I finally drove away, he yelled "I love you" after me. (-;

December 13th, 2017 CocoAventura

400 Pesos for just one person, too. :( They said that's the price per vehicle, 1 or 2 people. More pricey than I expected! Very empty here mid-week, and restaurant closed. Site seems OK, but beach has plenty of garbage, and doesn't look appealing. I wouldn't have paid the 400, but I'd already had a long day and didn't feel like driving again. I surely won't pay that much again!

December 4th, 2017 San Juan del Lago

Arturo is wonderful! My vehicle wasn't able to get up the steep hill to the main campground, but he set me up in a flat spot with a view of the lake further down. It was a nice, quiet, safe, peaceful spot to spend a couple of nights, and I had good LTE cell service here.

He said he's really hoping to find visitors who will stay longer, like at least 5 days or more. Ideally those would be people who want to stay awhile and explore the area, or perhaps get involved with his new permaculture project.

He said there are a couple of other options for people who are just passing through, but neither of them is listed on iOverlander yet -- one is in the town of Cuitzeo (other side of the lake), and the other is a Balneario, I think a bit west of this campground. I haven't checked out either of these places.

Even though I didn't fit his ideal visitor profile (I only stayed 2 nights), he was a very gracious host, and even invited me to dinner at his house one evening. If you'd like to visit this area for awhile, or find out more about the permaculture project, then this is a great place! (-:

November 23rd, 2017 Cuartos Y Bungalows Sayulita

Great location in Sayulita, right on the beach. Nice extras like the hammocks and library. It was more than I usually pay (400 pesos or $25 USD, non-negotiable), but understandable in this location. As somebody mentioned, the spaces are small, but I didn't spend much time there anyway. If you're in town this time of year, check out the baby turtle releases on the beach -- free, just show up, and it's so cool! (-:

November 21st, 2017 El Palmar de Chacala

Huge space, which was almost entirely empty when I was here. I had my choice of places backing directly to the beach. It's a pretty spot, and great for beach restaurants or beach walking. Very quiet at night.

November 19th, 2017 Playa Amor

This is a gorgeous spot, right by the ocean. There's a green grassy mowed lawn, palm trees, a balustrade along the water, and an arch over the stairs down to the beach. The beach comes and goes depending on the state of the tide. Bathrooms are rudimentary but functional, with cold showers.

I ended up staying a few nights. One day was a Mexican holiday, and a few other people showed up, but the other days I had the place to myself. Bugs weren't bad when I was here. They wanted 200 pesos, gave me 150 without electricity. Perfect spot for sunsets!

November 17th, 2017 Trailer Park Los Cocos

200 pesos, wouldn't negotiate. Beautiful place, and pretty close to the beach. Bugs weren't bad during the day, though they do like to congregate in the bathroom.

November 16th, 2017 San Fernando RV Park

The place was full when I got here, and prices were at 460pesos. It's pricey, but understandable in this location. Ana managed to squeeze my small rig in anyway, and gave me a discount for no electricity. She was very helpful and friendly. She said the reason it was so crowded is that they sold off a portion of the park, so don't have as much space this year. The location was good - close to the beach, tons of restaurants nearby, and easy to get a bus to downtown. The pool was a wonderful place in this hot weather!

November 12th, 2017 Villa Celeste Hotel Boutique & RV Park

Lovely quiet spot, with great management. I used the beach and the pool every day, and the outdoor patio with upper deck was popular for sunset happy hours. The other guests were friendly, and the host, Noe, was extremely helpful. He speaks good English, and provided lots of advice on places to go. I'd be happy to come back if I'm passing this way again.

November 11th, 2017 Former Chinese restaurant Los Mochis

Spent a noisy but safe night here, in between a couple of big trucks. I went in the Chinese Restaurant entry, then around the back, which seemed to be a parking area for big trucks. Nobody came around to ask for money. There was some noise from the Pemex station, and loud music somewhere nearby (Saturday night), but I was happy with a secure place for the night!

November 10th, 2017 Rancho Acosta (RV Park & B&B)

After a hot sticky drive to get here, the pool was absolutely delightful! I spent a few nights here, and loved exploring the historic town of Alamos. The place was really quiet, but I saw a woman working near the pool, and asked her about paying when I got in. It's a pleasant place, and I'd be happy to stay there again.

October 30th, 2017 San Carlos wild Camp

Stayed here a couple of occasions in October, and it's a great place. One place I had a view of the water, the other there was just a little sand dune between me and the beach. Both spots were totally quiet at night, and it felt very safe. Gorgeous beach, can walk for miles, and good views too! :)

October 10th, 2017 Hotel Villa Mexicana

Site is huge and empty. There is a ton of space, though it's very overgrown, and muddy in places. The lobby, bar and restaurant were nice to have. Wifi was super slow where I was camped, but a bit better if you're sitting in the bar. Hot water was broken, so cold showers only, and he charged us 100 pesos per night. I also left the rig here for a few days while taking the train (same price). Secure place to park, worked well. All in all, a good place to stay for exploring the area.

October 6th, 2017 Paquime or Casas Grandes

Loved this place! For an archaeology buff, it's really fascinating, especially with its tie-in to the Anasazi and other southwest cultures. The museum is especially well done, and puts this into the larger context.

October 6th, 2017 Pistoleros Restaurant

This restaurant has a large walled area where they'll let you park overnight for free if you eat at the restaurant. Good food and good margaritas! One of the waitresses spoke excellent English, and knew about parking there overnight. There are a couple of large dogs that barked, but were friendly enough with us, and it seemed very secure. You can use the restaurant bathrooms when they're open, no facilities the rest of the time. It makes a great place to stay if you're visiting Paquime or Mata Ortiz.

October 5th, 2017 Pancho Villa State Park

Good place to spend the night if you're planning to cross the border the next morning. The campsites were fine, but the other aspects of the place added a lot. There are historical sites scattered about, and a little hiking trail up a hill. The museum was really interesting, too.