Rocky Beach | Wild Camping

Mexico

Details

Verified:
4 months ago
Altitude:
3.9 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
Flip Flop Cowboy

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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Description

We wanted to boondock in the desert between San Ignacio and Santa Rosalia, but it seems to be tightly controlled due to the cave paintings. We were told by a couple people to just camp at the beach.

Coming down the big hill on the highway before Santa Rosalia we spotted a web of tracks leading to the shore. We asked a local loading gravel beside the road and he said camping was no problem. (He also said fishing was good and mentioned ceviche.. )

We took a road through the old (?) airport turned racetrack grounds and just wound our way toward the beach. There look to be plenty of options out here, but the area also seems to be a popular place to dump trash.

We parked where the road we followed ended between a wash and the sea. Lots of big rocks so we camped about 100 yards from the beach. Very quiet night with neat views of the mining operations in the distance.

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There is indeed a lot of trash. It would be fine for an overnight but it’s definitely not a nice camping beach. We stopped to walk the dog and then moved on.

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Yes there is a lot of trash here, you can pick some up. Best for a one night stop. It is a free spot by the water, very quiet and feels very safe. The trash fire is a seperate location over the hill, not on the beach and the beach only smells like the sea. Got windy at night!

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this could be a very nice place with view of the sea of Cortez. unfortunately the place is covered with trash people left behind. I will never return and not recommend this place.
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As we descended the hill towards Santa Rosalia, I was excited to catch a brief glimpse of the Gulf of California. I was less excited to follow that view with one of the open dump...on fire. At least a dumpster fire is contained...this hellscape made Mordor look attractive. We had intended to make it to Mulegé, but decided to stop here due to the setting sun and winding roads.
the flat spot close to the road was quite smelly, loud, and littered with broken glass. We progressed north to seek out a cleaner, quieter, and hopefully less smelly spot to park ... We found quieter.
We parked in a pull-off with a great view of the water.
The broken glass and trash here are next level. It appears (from the charred clothing remains, putrid smell, and 3" stiletto witch pumps) that a hooker or drag queen was possibly murdered here. I don't recommend.

On the plus side: it is free.

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meh, don't stay here if you don't have to. the sand is hard packed in most areas then it's like quick sand, so we found out from our dog running around.

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We watched a perfect sunrise and dolphin swimming by this morning. This is a quiet private camp site - and yes, it looks like someone tried to burn their ex girlfriend’s clothing here.

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Good one night stop after a long drive from Guerrero Negro. We didn't stay at this exact coordinate, but just south of it, closer to the entrance where it was a wide open flat area. Big rig friendly here, ocean view, pebble beach, quiet, but extremely trashy. I wouldn't stay here any longer than I need to.

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Absolutely filthy. Glass, broken items, trash everywhere. Didn't stay. Was afraid of popping tires or cutting up dog paws.

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Quiet and beautiful. Do the beach a favor and if you go for a walk, pick a bagful of trash to take out with you.

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it does the job and is pretty much the only place to stay around Santa Rosalia. there is a lot of rubbish as people have said but the garbage dump is just behind the hill on the other side of the road. it does the job for one night.

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There is no trash once you go in further - we stayed on the rocky part of the river bed (elevated spots with trees are sandy) and away from the sea. There are many options here for any type of vehicle. Fried a fish, had a beer and spent one night. Slight traffic and mining noise. Telcel 3G signal.

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place is not too bad, not too much waste, lots of space, we only stay for a break not for the night, but seems to be more than ok

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The place is beautiful….but there are hard sand spots and there are soft sand spots. If you do decide to go, AVOID the sandy areas. But if you get stuck, your going to still have a beautiful view and you can still camp there and deal with it for a few nights. There is Telcel service and enough wood for several campfires. We took some with us. We called a local tow guy, family man, that pulled us out, he came within 30 mins. Tow straps or chains recommend, not required.

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OK in a pinch, but I wouldn't stay here again. There aren't many good spots between the coast and Guerrero Negro. I'd recommend paying to stay in San Ignacio- it's a lovely Oasis in the desert of sparse camping options.
Someone drove in an hour before dawn and parked close to our vehicle- turned out it was just a local fisherman, but it was a tense hour waiting to see where he went in the dark. Used condoms found in the morning were the last straw. Pretty trashy overall.

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Great spot! Don’t follow Google Maps to the wash, it’s easier to follow the “road” along the coast. Camped here with friends and it was perfect! 3 bars with LTE on Verizon.

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There were 3 cars ahead of us, and no one got searched. He asked us where we came from and where we were going, and if we were on vacation. Waved us on in about 20 seconds!

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double post to add the photo....sorry about this!

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Quiet, safe, light breeze....trashy. It DOES get better the further you go! We pulled in and were immediately turned off by all the trash, but we were close to sunset and try not to drive past dark so decided to drive in further as other reviews suggested. It's by no means great, and we're only going to say the night. But for this purpose, it's perfect. I added a pic of our chosen location (the C on the wash satelite image). hard surface to only need 2wd and we can somewhat let the pup roam. not great, but doable.

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didn't really find the beach spot, since the road on maps.me was nowhere to by found, but found nice secluded spot under some small trees just before the sand got really soft approx. 200 meter away from the beach. However it was insanely hot during both day and night. If you don't have a/c, try something else during hot summer months

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Several places for about a mile, each with privacy. The one you can get stuck in is the last before the riverbed. The others are no problem. Pretty much trash around, but a good spot anyway. A lot of birds around to spot. Quiet. Every day one local car for fishing, but even on the weekend no party or drunk guys. Very save.

If the wind is wrong, you'll get bad smell/smoke from the city's trash burning facility from the other side of the bay.

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Nice spot just outside of town. Be careful as there are some areas that you can get stuck in, which I did. Thankfully I was able to get out on my own.

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Good place at the Beach with Big gravel. If you take a place away from the sea then is quiet.
Windy. You find a lot of wood.

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A lot of trash along the way, but the spot is (almost) clean. At the beginning, take right way (the smallest one on maps.me), the road is better than the left one (the white road on maps.me). Not a crazy place, but really OK.

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Good spot for a quiet night close to town. We followed the track north and turned right towards the water at some point. Secluded and quiet with minimal trash. No 4x4 required.

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The water is so warm! It is a rocky beach. The waves make a sound coming through the rocks that I haven't heard before. Coming to the spot was an incredible amount of trash - however, here there is not so much. We have a 2 wheel drive - Chevy Express and were able to make the road - you can stop anywhere along it. There was sand but we kept moving and made it through. The sand is softer in places - worth getting out to check. Medium clearance required. The town nearby is large and has a huge grocery store - Ley - worth stocking up if needed.

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Ok spot for one night. Lots of garbage close to Hwy. Some locals enjoying the cool evening left after dark. Very quiet in the morning. We saw bunch of turkey vultures pretty close on our way in and dead puffer fish on the shore.

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We pulled into a nice, level spot just south of the one they marked here. Nice and quiet. Good cell reception.

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Wanted to do some boondocking here while passing through. The place is a dump and couldn’t find anywhere decent to park up. Didn’t stay.

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Followed the race track path up the coast a bit and found a semi secluded patch to camp with views of the ocean. Bit trashy but the further you get from the highway the better it gets

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saw the rocky beaches from the road, completelly littered with trash, go directly to san ignacio, great place!

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We wanted to boondock in the desert between San Ignacio and Santa Rosalia, but it seems to be tightly controlled due to the cave paintings. We were told by a couple people to just camp at the beach.

Coming down the big hill on the highway before Santa Rosalia we spotted a web of tracks leading to the shore. We asked a local loading gravel beside the road and he said camping was no problem. (He also said fishing was good and mentioned ceviche.. )

We took a road through the old (?) airport turned racetrack grounds and just wound our way toward the beach. There look to be plenty of options out here, but the area also seems to be a popular place to dump trash.

We parked where the road we followed ended between a wash and the sea. Lots of big rocks so we camped about 100 yards from the beach. Very quiet night with neat views of the mining operations in the distance.

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