Duck Notes Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
April 3rd, 2017 Playa Tesoro

Excellent place to escape from the tourists! This is a fairly new resort area with an awesome beach, great restaurant and wonderful people. We talked with the owner, John, and he has been developing this property for people looking to escape from the crowds and relax on the beach. Although there is not a "designated camping area" they are happy to have overlanders and John indicated that he would be interested in developing an area specifically for overlanders in the future. There are at least two pools that you can use and the Wifi was good. I don't know what the price is for the casitas, but they are brand new with full kitchens and bathrooms and would be a great place to "regroup" for a week. The road is a bit rough, but take it easy and you will be fine. It took about 30 minutes from the highway and the last few miles are much better than the first.

February 8th, 2017 Hierve el Agua

Pretty cool place to see. Water is very cold and there were lots of people there at night when we showed up. First thing in the morning, we were the only people at the swimming area. Good micheladas.

To get there, follow the libra road past Mitla to San Lorenzo Albarrados as the roads are much better than going over the top of the mountain as we did on the way there.

February 8th, 2017 Next To Tourist Information

We stayed here two nights free of charge. The lot fills up very quickly in the morning so make sure you have a spot that will allow you to get out of the lot in the morning. The guy at the visitor center, Felix, was very nice and gave us some great information to visit the city and confirmed that overnight camping in the lot is allowed.

February 7th, 2017 abandoned beachfront palapas

Man at entrance said $100 pesos per person. We said too expensive and left.

February 5th, 2017 Walmart Oaxaca

Cant beat the price. Don't park along the large wall as we were asked to move so a semi truck could make a turn. Park between the trees and you won't have any problems. There was a man there indicating he would watch our vehicle overnight but he probably just left when Walmart closed.

January 31st, 2017 Paso de Cortes / Visitor Center

We initially planned to stay here but decided to hike so camped closer to the volcano instead. Pretty large parking lot. We were asked to pay to hike the volcano and sleep there but you may not be asked to pay to park here. There is a temporary police building here with many police officers walking around all day. They were very nice to talk to and sounded quite bored so I am sure it would be a very safe place to park. The drive from here to Cholula is a dirt road that is somewhat slow going but not a bad road.

January 25th, 2017 Centro Ceremonial Otomi

This campspot is much than just a parking lot. It is the Otomi Ceremonial Center. It is pretty awesome to see! Make sure to give yourself an hour or two to look around. There are huge concrete structures and awesome sculptured hedges. The entrance fee to the park was 30pesos before 4pm then another 30p to be there after 4pm and then another 90p to stay the night. And remember to ask for a boleta (ticket). It is a little creepy at night, but we felt safe- good place to stay.

January 24th, 2017 Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary El Rosario

Great place to park in preparation for the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary. We drove through Ocampo and then up which has many topes but we didn't think the cobblestone road was bad like the description says. The second terrace is the most level of the three but we were asked to move to the top terrace before leaving our truck. From the lot to the end of the trail is about 2.2km and took us about an hour. It gets a little chilly at night at this altitude so be prepared for that.

January 24th, 2017 Centero

Camping on street right by the church down town at the center. We were going to camp at the Pemex, but we talked to a police officer and he recommended that we stay at the Centero. If you park across the street foot he church that should be perfect. We parked right next to the church and there was a market stand that was trying to set up and we were in their way.

January 22nd, 2017 Laguna La Maria

Excellent camp spot in the grass. As you drive through the gates, drive about 50 yards and there is a large flat grassy area to park RVs or to set up tent on your right. We paid $5USD for dry camping. It really is a beautiful place.

January 17th, 2017 Walmart

Walmart parking lot. If you stick to the west side, there are a few trees you can park under for shade. We stayed here along with a large RV and were not disturbed. Other than the loudest car alarm we have ever heard in the parking garage at midnight, it was surprisingly quiet.

January 16th, 2017 El Horno del Catrin

We enjoyed this spot so much we stayed three days. Lots of shade from the palms, clean toilets and showers, 5 min walk to town, friendly people and a great beach. We were happy to visit. It appears there are many places you can find to camp along this whole beach.

January 13th, 2017 Boca de Tomatlan

This is a parking lot that allows overnight parking. It appears that you can park outside the fence for free, but there was no parking available other than inside the fence when we visited. That said, it was $5USD for 24 hours. Very friendly guys working the lot. 10 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta. Roosters crowed and dogs barked all night in the canyon here but we couldn't complain considering the price. As you approach Boca de Tomatlan, drive down the very steep road straight through town until you reach the bottom of the drainage. Cute little town. I wouldn't recommend anything bigger than a truck/van.

January 12th, 2017 Airplane Parking Lot

We stayed at the Coronaz Restaurant, but the owner said this large parking lot is free and public and parking overnight is no problem. There are a few palm trees for shade. Look for the full size wrecked airplane in the parking lot right next to the naval base. There are plenty of garbage cans around. Dozens of restaurants along the beach with really cheap beer. Also, beer store right next to lot.

January 11th, 2017 Tres Amigos RV Park

Nice RV park with many snowbirds. We talked to Pat (husbands name is Jose) who was a very nice person. $25USD per night. We camped on the beach instead.

January 11th, 2017 Iguana Restaurant (abandoned)

Beautiful beach right next to the abandoned restaurant mentioned in the original post. The sand fleas were pretty thick while we were here but you can't beat the price of free 99!

December 13th, 2016 Wifi

Free Wifi and internet cafe. They did not charge us to use their wifi with our laptop. Very friendly.