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2/7/2018 16:08 EST


I am traveling through MX and C.A. "overlanding" with a SUV and small off-road trailer. Intending to camp out (tent or hammock) whenever possible, ideally for free or cheap. I've a dog and like to fish, hike, explore, etc.

Can anyone suggest any areas (beaches, rivers, lakes, jungle) where I could stay for a week or two? I have food, water, electricity, housing, etc. just need an inspirational place to do it!

I speak "some" Spanish, know how to protect myself, don't drink, don't litter, and value privacy.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

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2/7/2018 20:02 EST

I traveled around in a truck camper for about 10 years. Most of the time I stayed in secure campgrounds or at peoples homes.

Xcalak and the Costa Maya is a great place to boondock.

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2/7/2018 21:39 EST

Gratitude for the prompt and first hand reply LL. Boondocking is more the aspiration, and will certainly scope out Xcalak, sounds perfect.
Of the campgrounds you stayed with I’m curious of the management and ownership aspects of them. Are there many owner/operators or foreign owned local operator etc.
I only ask as it’s always nice to who you are dealing with, wherever the buck stops is best imo.
Did you ever approach locals with farm land to work out a few weeks stay?
If so, how’d that go? Any tips good or bad?



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2/8/2018 06:57 EST

I never worried about the owners or managers. Why would you?

I have parked at peoples homes I have met during my travels. My stays were always less than a week.

Find the book Mexican Camping by Church and Church. It is a little out of date but still full of good info.

Check out

Be careful, boondocking can be very dangerous in Mexico.

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2/8/2018 13:03 EST

It can be very dangerous; as in “never heard from again“.
Safe and secure campgrounds are very rare in Mexico. I suggest that you use economical hotels.

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2/8/2018 17:05 EST

There are lots of safe campgrounds. Not like the USA but there are some nice places I have stayed. It is all about the adventure

RVgringo, are you saying not to RV in Mexico?. Where did you stay when you used to RV around Mexico?

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