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Flying over the Tombstone Mountain Range north of Dawson City, Yukon! Photo taken Thursday morning.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Dawson City, Yukon!

Where are they going next? Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

RV camping on the beach in Mexico

We had to get an early start yesterday morning. Saturday is market day in Lo de Marcos, and it would have been tough (maybe even impossible) to get all the rigs out through the town if we waited until later. So, better to be safe than sorry and we were all out of the park by 6:30am!

Also, better to get an early start to do the twisty windy road up the mountain towards Tepic.

Really pretty scenery up that road, except the driver doesn't get to enjoy it very much. Between watching for potholes, and just generally trying to keep your rig between the lines the driver is much better off concentrating on driving, rather than the scenery!

 Scenery along the way.

Narrow two lane road with no shoulder.

We made it up to the town of Xalisco where we took a 10 minute break. Then, through Xalisco and skirting the city of Tepic (pop 1 million) we made it onto the nice toll highway to avoid the curvy free road down the hill from Tepic heading north.

We decided to stick to the free road after that. We've done both the toll highway and the free road at that section, and there's not much difference between the two except the toll highway costs around 450 pesos ($32 CAD, $25 USD). The free road goes through couple of towns, so we probably arrived at our destination about a half an hour later than if we had stuck to the toll road, but you can't justify the extra cost.

Welcome to the state of Sinaloa.

They grow a lot of tomatoes and peppers in this area.

Yesterday's drive, 341 kms (211 miles).

Sherman in his site at Color Marino Hotel and RV Park near Teacapan.
GPS 22.613049, -105.792412

Happy hour!

Everybody who wanted one has an ocean front site.

Beautiful sunset.

So, we've got three nights (two full days) here to do nothing. Well, if you so choose. You can also walk for miles on the beach here, and there is a nice pool at the hotel. Or, you can make your way into the town of Teacapan about 10 kms (6 miles) away. And, there's a pepper processing plant near here and apparently they give free tours so we'll try and arrange that for Monday.

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27 comments:

  1. Another great place for a few days! I remember the pool being awesome! Have fun!

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    1. It is a nice place! It is actually really nice to be away from everything here, this is more our kind of place the only issue is, is that there isn't much in the way of hiking here for us. We are ok to walk along the beach each way but it gets to be a boring "hike" pretty quick.

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  2. Would be interested in the exact roads you used to get from point A to b.

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    1. Highway 200 from Lo de Marcos to Tepic.
      Highway 15 around the south side of Tepic.
      Highway 15D cuota coming down the hill exiting Tepic.
      Highway 15 Libre from there until Escuinapa.
      Highway 1 from Escuinapa to Teacapan.

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  3. Sounds like a nice travel day, and camping on the beach is a bonus as well.

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    1. Not a bad travel day, and it is nice camping on the beach but we would much prefer camping in the mountains! :-)

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    1. Not a bad view but a view in the mountains beats this hands down, at least in our option. :-)

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  5. Beautiful drive into Teacupan. I googled the city to look around and found all of the neighborhood roads are dirt roads with run down homes. The only paved road seems to be Highway 1. Of course, most of the photos were taken in 2014 but up to date photos (2018) along highway 1. Whoever did the google mapping didn't drive into the city itself or maybe the city is sprawling city with no real downtown except the markets and hotels along highway 1 or near the beaches. I'm looking forward to some pictures. I remember Tioga George traveling much of this area long ago.

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    1. Teacapan is not a city, it is hardly even considered a town, it is a small beach community of about 4034 people. It is definitely very Mexican with a few expats living there. Yes, the only road in the whole town is the main one coming in and the majority of the others are dirt roads. As for the houses that is pretty much a typical Mexican village/town, some and nice and others not so much. There are also some really nice ones closer to the beach. Not sure that we will make our way into town, we will see how we feel later about going because we are 10km or 6 miles out of town.

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  6. When looking at where you are parked up, I noticed very lush green grass between Sherman and the community of houses to the rear of Sherman, then no green where Sherman is parked up. Does the RV park owner want it that way for some reason? Heck, the lush green grass back of Sherman may have been fertilized and had some TLC; just thinking out loud!

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    1. That community of houses behind Sherman are part of the hotel and are actually little casitas/rooms and the grass is green because they constantly water it. The area where the RV parking section is, is just too big for them to waste water on it and they also don't get enough RV's coming in to make it worth the effort.

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  7. After all the driving and early morning starts, if I were with the group, I’d take the two full days of just catching up on R&R and enjoying the scenery and the beach! Hope it isnt too windy over there? Is this a full service park? Can’t tell by the pictures. Keep those photos coming and safe travels. Thank you again for sharing your journey with us armchair travelers at this point....really enjoy reading your blogs daily.

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    1. That is exactly what most people are doing here because there isn't really anything else to do but relax and either walk along the beach or go for a swim in the pool. No it isn't very windy at all, just a nice breeze.

      Well some sites are full service but it depends on which site you happen to pick. The electric isn't good at all the sites, some it doesn't work at all. I think most sites have water, it isn't working at ours though and I think most of the sites have sewer, again I don't think ours does.

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  8. Beautiful country. Enjoy the next few days on that beautiful beach.

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    1. Thank you, I am sure that we will. :-)

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  9. Beautiful area and good thing you all get to relax for a few days. Hope the weather stays as nice as it looks. Stay safe and enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Brigitte. We are definitely relaxing! The weather has been beautiful.

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  10. We love camping on the beach at ocean's edge ... or a river or a lake or a pond, creek, reservoir, ah ... etc. Hope you have a good time there!

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    1. We would love camping inland better but by some water would be nice. Camping at the ocean's edge is really hard on an RV because of the salt spray and the corrosion that it causes so we would rather be parked well away from it.

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  11. We are looking to travel to tulum with a Caravan. I know some cost and some do not. I am traveling with my two 26 year old daughters and my mother. We need a caravan to stay safe. Please email me some info on this. Where we can get information.
    Thank you Stephanie

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    1. This type of caravan doesn't take people just to a location it is an actual tour of the country. You would need to join up with someone else that would be traveling down to that area. You could try a couple of facebook groups, one is RV'ing in Mexico" and the other is "On the Road in Mexico". Hope that helps.

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  12. I didnt mean for my comment to go to A Single Mom's Memoirs. MY email address is stppearson26@gmail.com

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    1. Wait until you see the sunsets at our next location!

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