Next to the lighthouse | Wild Camping

Mexico

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Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 18.724650, -87.701320
Altitude: 9.6 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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iOverlander cannot verify if wild camping is permitted at this location. It is your responsibility to verify local laws or obtain consent before staying the night.

Due to the amount of sargasses (seaweed), this place can be a pretty smelly spot where to spend a few days. The smell can be unbearable. But the sargasso is ONLY from April to November. Which ruins the beach then.
Mahahual is otherwise a lovely little village.

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Save place to sleep, but a lot of noise The night. The smell of the seaweed, is horrible. No facilities

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We stayed here for almost 2 weeks during the coronavirus. Because there were so few people here (cruises canceled, etc.) it was a fantastic place to keep to ourselves. I can imagine it gets pretty busy otherwise, cause it's a free place that permits parking. No one bothered us and the military station is right across from the lighthouse. Lovely spot, if a bit trashy. Super windy to keep us quite cool and comfy. Sargassum did pile up, but not that bad or smelly. I found water spigots on the malecon to fill up our solar shower.

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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.

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Quite a lot of traffic there with people coming, parking for a while, staying in their car and them leaving.
Feels like it's the place where people hookup in their cars...
Apart from that, sunrise was really nice. Breezy all day which is nice, but the whole RV needs a shower to clean the salt away.

Easy to reach and free.
Police patrol every hour or so.

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We stayed here for two nights without any problems. no sargasse, the sea is beautiful, very close to many bars, hotels and nice shops. People near the lighthouse really nice. Not far away is a naval barracks. safe and free places.

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very windy spot near the light house.
the smell of the sargasses didnt allow us to stay more than one night
.Busy during the day but quiet at night.
We tried to find other places along the road to the north, but every places to camp were closed and the smell of sargasses horrible.

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Stayed 3 nights nice spot for free. A lot of garbage dumped by the locals which is super sad in my opinion. I took every day 10 min to clean it a bit it doesn’t hurt. Everyone should do the same instead of complaining about the garbage...

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Parc with playground, street food (try the hotdogs for 20 pesos, really yummy), a police house, we stayed here two weeks and had peaceful nights, even Monday to Friday at 7am there are Zumba classes that youcan attend for 20 pesos donation. Nice place.

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A praia é muito bonita, pena que o Zargaso está tomando conta de tudo, mesmo assim é bem turística, todos os dias chegam cruzeiros. É seguro, grátis e tranquilo ficar por aqui, bem ao lado tem a Marinha, pedimos água e nós deram.

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Tel que décrit. Pas de moustique. Mer limpide. Gens sympathiques. Nous sommes restés 5 nuits. lever de soleil incroyable.

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Estuvimos por un mes parando en este lugar, comodo y seguro. No hay servicio alguno y dentro de todo esta limpio.

We stayed for a month stopping in this place, comfortable and safe. There is no service and inside everything is clean.

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Felt safe and it nice that it was free. Our experience was a bit different than others though, possibly because the lot was crowded and we had to park closer to the entrance/lighthouse. Lots of cars came in until very late at night with people hanging out and drinking which was quite noisy. Lots of broken glass on the ground. Probably better if you can fully shut yourself in your rig and do all you need in there. I suggest heading south of Mahahual if you are looking for peace and quiet.

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Nice and safe place to stay.
Village is nearby.

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Lugar tranquilo en la noche, aunque concurrido durante el día. Justo al lado están los marines, lo que lo convierte en un lugar más seguro. La pena es la basura, la que viene del mar y la que dejan algunos visitantes. El mundo está muy contaminado, entre todos tenemos que reducir nuestra basura. Saludos!

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Great place. Very quiet but full of mosquitoes. There is a big swamp nearby. Just across the Marine Police quarters. The sea breeze is awesome! FREE ;-)

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Great big parking lot next to the lighthouse. 5 meters from the Caribbean Sea with a very nice breeze. Water is crystal clear. The malecón starts right there and the village is super relaxed. Great spot for more than one night. Restaurants, WiFi all close by.

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