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Camping in Mexico | El Golfo de Santa Clara

Guest Author - Debra Conrad

This year we joined our friends in El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico. Their little cabin on the beach is becoming a sweet Mexico Beach getaway for us and this time we shared it with our son and his wife. I always love to take a trip during the American Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.

They arrived from the Northeast on Thanksgiving Day and we jumped in the truck for a 2 hour drive to El Capitan - El Golfo Mexico. From that meeting point it is another 30 mile drive down the beach.

We don't camp on the beach, but we pass many groups that do. Some camp just outside El Capitan. Their are camping spots for trailers and a questionable bathroom (banos). We pass many campers and trailers in groups on our drive down the beach. Most of them were toy (atv hauler)trailers with quads and small rails for every member of the group!

We also see tent groups on the higher elevations along this route. We usually pass some large jeep groups.

There is a nice time-share camp ground with large rigs just down the way from El Capitan. It is always full in the winter months...but I think the limit is 2 weeks. It has a nice pool and laundry. Some of the lots have a view, but they also have a large area to park your lawn chair with great views of the beach and ocean waves. It's high on bluff - so catching the breeze is no problem.


El Capitan is headquarters for all visitors and campers to meet and rendezvous with friends. Trying to direct someone to your camping spot on 30 miles of beach land might prove to be overwhelming...so meet up at El Capitan for a few fish tacos and cold beer.

The beach is wide open for camping. When you leave El Capitan - El Golfo de Santa Clara - drive down to beach area where you see all the pongas (fishing boats) beached and head south. The place to drive is not the hard pack...as that is deceptive. You could end up in mud with out any way to drive out. Air down and hit the sand just like driving at the dunes...and go like a bat out of h... until you find a place you like.

While at El Capitan - El Golfo, Mexico -...check the tide charts. The tides here are crazy. Your camping area could be underwater so quickly, you won't be able to save the grill!

The ride from El Golfo to the "2nd light house" is a 28 mile trip down the beach. Head on down and take a picnic. Nap a bit in the sun and then head on back to camp just before sundown. What a beautiful day. If you love to trail ride...you will find miles of trails and fantastic views of desert, mountains and the sea.

Life is slow in this area... don't be in a rush for anything.

Check out this site to see a few photos of the area taken by a professional photographer. Unforgettable photographs and views. El Golfo Slideshow

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This content was written by Debra Conrad. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Karm Holladay for details.

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