magic.of.travel Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
March 16th, 2020 Parking lot at the Centro Cultural y Deportivo

Great spot, safe and quiet, showers and toilet are clean but no water so you need to use the drum filled with water as you enter to flush.
We took a bucket and just used the cubicals to shower.

March 15th, 2020 Gasolinera TechRon

If you get gas here they wash your car for free. Super friendly and helpful!

March 14th, 2020 Immigration

Easy enough, many people there to guide you through the process.
Some friendlier than others.
They never inspected our vehicle only checked that our number plate was correct.
30BZD, paid on card.
Take your own pen to fill in your tourist card (they had none when we went)

March 14th, 2020 Corozal

Stopped here for lunch, it was nice. Did not stay here as we continued to travel towards Guatamala as they are closing borders at this time due to Covid-19.

March 14th, 2020 The Insurance Corporation of Belize

20BZD for 3 days paid on card as we had no BZD on us. Really friendly man working there he will give you a map if you want one and help you with directions and advice.

March 14th, 2020 Cheers restaurant & cabanas

Great spot for the night, quiet and safe and the food is yum. Internet was on all night and it was really fast. Perfect place to get too if you are only in Belize for transit to Guatemala as it is about half way between the 2 borders.

March 13th, 2020 Xul-Ha

So beautiful, the water is clear blue and no bad smells at all. Dog friendly area, with 20 meters of rough dirt road. Easy to manage in a low clearance 2wd.
Locals are really friendly and there is a picnic area is perfect to setup and cook and relax outside.

March 8th, 2020 Street parking & public access to Lake.

We slept here 4 nights with no problems at all. Police drive past every hour or so but if you remain fairly stealth like we did they don't stop.
It is more quiet than other areas along this street as it is in front of housing and a large grassy area. Still some noise though. It is right near the dock with public access to the lagoon and for us was the perfect safe place for us to sleep and leave our van during the day to explore.
It was a great free area with many places to park available and we totally recommend it.

March 8th, 2020 Lavanderia/Laundromat

10 pesos per kg but it took about 24 hours when we dropped it there on a Saturday.
I believe it would have been faster service if we went during the week.
It is a great affordable laundry service and you can take advantage of exploring Bacalar while you wait.

March 4th, 2020 Next to the lighthouse

Not bad for 1 night, it is right on the beach.
Sunrise is beautiful and it was awesome watching the huge cruise ships come in.
Continue to drive up the road you will find small pull offs which are more secluded and will fit 1 van nicely.
It was fairly windy and our van was covered in salt mist but there is a little car wash on the way out of town if you need it.

March 3rd, 2020 Tulum Chedraui Parking Lot

Safe, quiet and many places to park.
Shaded parking, bathrooms and shopping in Chedraui.
Great for a parking lot.

February 22nd, 2020 Marianita - Cheap street stall - Empanadas, tamales

Seriously delicious, cheap and fast.
You have a range of sauces and flavour options and they have fresh juice too.
Vegetarian options available.
We ate Empanadas and salbutes and they where delish.
They also have tortas, tamales, chilindrinas, tostadas and more.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Next too a place called Dunosusa and opposite DeriMaya on Colosio Avenue.

February 21st, 2020 Cenote Choj Ha. MUST SEE CENOTE!

Put this on your list to visit! So beautiful! Such an amazing cenote.
If you have a snorkel and waterproof torch take them to get the most out of your time here.
They told us that this cenote has another section where there is a tunnel that is 50m deep and the people who first scuba dived here found the skull of a human and a deer dating back to the Mayan times. Super interesting!
The dirt road in is a little rough but managable in a 2wd and you don't high clearance.

February 20th, 2020 Cenote Hacienda San Antonio, Homun

Really nice quiet place to camp. Road is bumpy getting here. 25 pp to camp and 35pp to enter cenote. If you want to swim they will make you pay another 15 pesos per person for a life jacket unless you have your own. You can't swim without one they told us.
They have clean baños and where friendly.

February 20th, 2020 Corrupted municipal and state police officers

We got pulled over by these police. Immediately started recording and they asked for my licence. At the time we had 2 German hitchhikers in the van and he really was asking them a lot of questions. Took their passports FFMs etc. Eventually after a lot of talking with my co-pilot (who is from Chile and speaks Spanish) we where free to go.
In the end he said he could have fined us for picking up hitchhikers, so if you do that be sure to establish a story about how you know them, as it is illegal.
To be honest I think having 2 cameras recording everything them really did help us too.

February 20th, 2020 Fuel and CLEAN FREE SHOWER, CarlsJr, Truckstop

We only used the women's side but there is 1 shower and 1 toilet.
Super clean and honestly after a hot day and long drive it was the best cold shower I have ever had.
Also NO time limit!! :-D
Honestly stop here and take advantage of it, Awesome find and I am surprised noone had marked this place on iOverlander yet.
*Not sure how clean the men's side is and also do not know the cost if you don't buy fuel.
*Also not sure if you can camp here but if you do it's loud.

February 19th, 2020 Parking spot by the boardwalk

Beautiful spot, felt safe, near the ocean and close to everything. We even enjoyed the Carnaval Campeche concert that was playing just down the road.

February 18th, 2020 Road Block

Kids with a rope again. I tried to drive around and one kid just kept standing in front of the car. They are persistent but we eventually drove around them.

February 18th, 2020 Centro Ecotouristico "Otulum"

Glad previous users gave clear directions.
Literally get to the tiny bridge and turn left. There it a bit of a rough drive in so try to dodge the mud (easy to avoid)
The owner seemed nice and tried to charge us 100 peso's but we told him we read it was donation and he was ok with that. We paid 50 pesos.
The howler monkeys make the craziest noises and this was the first time we heard them would have freaked out if we did not read it on here first haha.
Also fireflies, look outside at the ground at night you will see them glowing randomly. It was a little intimidating getting here (2 girls in a foreign van driving past a basketball court filled with men there for a meeting) we copped stares but once we made it we had a good sleep and felt safe.

February 17th, 2020 Chamaco - Taller de Suspensión y Frenos

We needed extra leaf springs. It cost us 2000 pesos for 4 springs from the store nearby.
Labour cost us 1700 pesos for 4 hours. I think it was a overpriced compared to people who previously got service done here. Good work and happy with the results but the cost was not expected.

February 15th, 2020 Public lakeside recreational area

Nice place, felt safe and a little noise from music as it was a Saturday. Overall a good stop for 1 night.

February 14th, 2020 Auto Cleaning. Lava Autos!

Great job, and so cheap only 50 pesos for Outside wash only.
We had to ask for them to clean the solar panels and roof as initially they only did the sides and tyres.
Food next door that you can enjoy while the wash it.
Cement driveway and undercover.
will fit high vans or trucks.
Worth it to get the salt off your auto after days beach camping.

February 14th, 2020 Free public parking

As described, we got here on a Friday and the club nearby was thumping haha so it was a little noisy. We felt safe though and it is flat and there is many places to park and a lot of shade. The police have a small booth located in this parking lot also.

February 12th, 2020 Playa zapotengo

Amazing place, highly recommend it. The road in has all been fixed and the steep winding part is now cement and easy to drive.
The locals recently cleaned up the area and painted the little church on the hill. Everyone is really friendly and the man building the big house next to the camp area let us fill a bucket with fresh water to shower.
Be sure to check out the lake in the morning and evening for crocodiles we got the best view from beside the church.
Also the dog is still here, his name is Terry and is owned but like the previous post said he will sleep outside your van and be super cute and eat food you give him.
The locals warned us about the ocean current and said it was dangerous to swim here so we never tried.
Please take your garbage with you and help keep this as beautiful as we found it.

February 11th, 2020 AA Zipolite

Free camping allowed here according to the police that no longer let you sleep at the beach site.
There are some palm trees here and a decent clearing in front of building to park. It could fit 6 vans or more
It was pretty loud with cat fights, dog howling, roosters and vehicles driving past. However it is free, flat and allowed.

February 8th, 2020 Beach front lot Zipolite

Location is amazing however they seem to be changing the rules about camping here. We had the police come and tell us we can not sleep here and to move near the AA close by Geminis Pizza.
They let us stay this 1 night as an exception as it was late but we are going to try and stay a second and see if they come back again. :-)
If not we will add the "legal" parking area to iOverlander.
The story is that there was a huge nude festival here at the start of Feb and Campers where parked everywhere, people complained and now it's no longer allowed.

February 5th, 2020 Hierve el Agua

As described, a good place to spend the night and we felt safe here. We walked to the waterfall for sunset and went down to the Hierve el Agua for a beautiful sunrise. Definitely worth spending the night here. It is so much more enjoyable without the busses of tourists and also through the day it was bloody hot!

February 3rd, 2020 Le Petit T-Park

Great place for anyone who wants a good night sleep close to Oaxaca downtown.
The owner is a fellow traveler and is really friendly and can answer all your questions in English, Spanish or German.
This campground has hot showers, wifi, power, sewage, and water hookups.
Laundry is available 30 pesos per wash and there is a clothing line to hang you laundry to dry.
200 pesos/ night with discounts available for extended stays.
Campground is secure and it is safe to leave your vehicle we had a great night sleep and it was nice to feel safe.
Wifi is really fast and there is a water purification store 2 doors down (on ioverlander)
There is a kitchen with appliances and fridge available for use at no extra cost.
Bus stop is really close and is 8 pesos to get downtown.
Also amazing tacos really close by and the bread shop across the road is super rico

February 2nd, 2020 Jardin Conzati

Great location, we stayed on a Sunday but it was a public holiday the following day so it was maybe a little louder than usual. The following day when we went to leave the van and explore the town there was a man staring at us and when we walked away he seemed very interested in our van, so we moved it closer to security and asked them to watch it while we explored Oaxaca.
We moved the next day to Le Petit T-Park about 10 minutes out of town and found it was more quite and we felt more safe.

January 31st, 2020 La Zanahoria

A vegan and vegetarian restaurant offering a large menu and daily specials. They also have a buffet and the food we tried was delicious.
Worth checked it out and it is wall my distance from the street camping in front of the tourist police station (safe to leave your vehicle there)


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