Many people don't realize that there are actually quite a few RV parks in Mexico. In fact, The Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping lists over 250 campgrounds of various sizes and descriptions. We've been to several of them over the last five years. Most of them are on the coast. Many people who come to Mexico in an RV need to be by the water. But we found that there is so much more to see and do in the interior that we came to like that better than the ocean.
We had read about Hacienda Contreras RV Park when we were in Mexico the winter of 2008-2009. At the time, we were intrigued by their very reasonable pricing and the fact that they were new and trying to attract customers. We were on our way north at the time, and decided to stop in for a night or two.
Sherman's first stay at Hacienda Contreras on March 19, 2009.
Not long after we got parked up that day, we were invited by the owners to join the other campers on a trip to a mariachi festival in a nearby town. We had a blast! The next day was just as much fun, and we didn't want to leave. But we were on our way north, and promised to return. And we did, staying for a full week in February of 2011.
One of the things we love here is that the owners, Barb and Sal, treat you like family. So much so, that we have been regularly invited to family events in the area. Sal is originally from the nearby town of Valle de Juarez, and Barb is from Chicago, So Sal has lots of relatives here, and we've been to several weddings and other events. You really get to experience the Mexican culture here!
A Mexican wedding we attended last April.
The other thing we like here is the consistently perfect weather. It does get a little chilly at night, sometimes down to the freezing mark, but by 9:00am the sun is warming things up and daytime highs are usually between 20C-25C (68F-78F). With the clear blue sky and sunshine, we find that to be perfect! Oh, and bugs? I don't think we've ever had a mosquito bite here!
The grand entrance!
They've been doing some more building and additions here this past summer to make things even better for the campers. Sal's been finishing a new washroom, and the rec room is almost done as well!
Ruth and Sal having a look at the new rec room yesterday. There will also be kitchen facilities installed in this room.
The balcony of the rec room overlooks the campground. You can see Sherman and the little blue car on the left! Notice how much space between sites!
The laundry room. It costs 15 pesos ($1.20) per wash, and you hang your clothes on the lines outside to dry. And you can put your "I'm from here" pin on the map to show where you're from!
The new washroom and shower building at the far end of the campground.
Should be ready soon. Just needs windows and a door!
Some of the sites have patios that have been partially paid for by campers who return each year. If they're empty when you get here, you're welcome to use them until the regulars arrive for their site!
The main building.
There are two washrooms like this for camper use.
Here's Ruth with Osa and Niko.
And what does all this cost? One night at Hacienda Contreras costs 125 pesos ($10.00). If you want to stay for a week, it will be 750 pesos ($60.00). And a full month will set you back 2800 pesos ($224.00). All electricity is metered at each site (exactly the way any RV park should be!) so you pay for what you use.
Owners Sal and Barb Contreras, with Don Quixote.