The decision on where to go resides with the traveler of course. Time and the enthusiasm to do longer distances is a huge factor in the decision. As folk who have gone, we can relate our own decisions with regard to our own travels with the possibility others may see something that will become a springboard to their own Mexican travel.
We began our own overland travels after a few flights in to the usual Mexican resort destinations. But on our own, driving by ourselves, was the real adventure. On that first trip we already had a destination, one that would take five days driving a motor home. Our maps were from Triple A, and we were forewarned they were sometimes unreliable. Very soon we bought Guia Rojo maps. Through the cities we used our sister in law's emails as guides. But we made friends on the way down on that initial journey for part of the trip, and having that companionship went a long way to ease the minds while traversing some of an unknown country without having even a basic knowledge of the language. Thereafter we were always prepared to go it alone and companionship aspects aside, we preferred to drive alone, at our own speed.
Warm beaches were always out prime destination. But if we found ourselves well into Mexico during very early November, there were other choices, situated in the interior where higher elevations meant cooler nights than on the southern beaches; similarly, in early spring as the beaches heated up again, we would climb into the interior to again crack the great Pandora's box of Mexican culture found there. Each trip, every day, become an adventure. As time goes on lifelong friendships develop from Mexican adventures. For many, Mexican travel constitutes a lifestyle change.
Looks like you'll have fun there, we enjoyed it back in February. While thee we were disappointed to watch a 5th wheel and it's tow car burn to the ground at Reef RV. despite quick response from the Bombaderos. Neighbours collected money for the owners, away at the time. We didn't find out if they had insurance coverage.
The bombas as pictured come in two sizes, to fit different sized garrafon necks, we have lately noted. They are very inexpensive, and perfect for getting that purified water from your garrafons (5 gallon containers). Filters? we have gone through several years without using any, always relied on water trucks to provide full garrafons we used for everything, a small cost to keep things healthy.
Now that we're desert camping north of the border, we carry a 15 gallon container and a spare 12 volt water pump to transfer into the fresh water tank, but also have one bomba and garrafon for drinking water. While we were in the south of Mexico we always had another garrafon outside, where we cooked. One never sees a water truck carrying the 5 gallon containers of water here in the SW desert. That did make life easy in Mexico. For us, water quality is always in question here, making the garrafon, filled from a water vending machine, a necessity.
We had Shaw Direct to travel with at first. Then after two years and paying for cable during the summer and having it suspended at reduced cost each winter - we had satellite installed at our house. There, we have three wires coming off a permanently mounted dish. We already had a dish for traveling with. We take two of the receivers with us for the winter. One is only a backup. The one left at home will still work fine, with the same package we always use.
If you have an RV one may get a roof mounted setup, fairly expensive, but very convenient. The dish folds down on the roof when not needed and traveling. You will be good for the Shaw Direct programs right into Mexico and possibly Central America, the only system with so flexible a footprint. One can use the tripod mounting system for the dish, with various helping gizmos to help direct the dish onto the satellite needed.
For the people we meet, it is all about sports, and with the Winter Olympics coming this winter, in February, folks we know want to be ensconced somewhere where they can see it all. Mostly on their Shaw Direct receivers. Some time ago we listened Sirius radio while camped on the Bahia Tenacatita, Jalisco. It beat the short wave attempts by Radio Canada International, but the Canadian news all came out of, guess where, the Canadian Centre of the Universe, Toronto. Nothing about the west coast, very disappointing. We still carry Sirius with us, but its nice to get our old, local Global morning program on Shaw Direct satellite, the identical coverage we enjoy at home in the summer. Let's hope those birds fly actively for many more winter's of enjoyment.
Mexican shop keepers are very particular. A small tear can mean some day, out on the road, used to using ATM's, you will be down to that torn bill. Sorry senor, you need real money to buy that sandwich...
Have not been there for some time myself, but always enjoyed it. That pool was always available, maybe excepting Sundays. Several campers would stop there for early November, when the beach temperatures and humidity were high, much cooler at the about 4500 feet of Villa Corona's Chimulco. Amazing how they are able to drain all the pools and refill them on a daily basis. Endless warm water. Filling the much smaller pool in question was only done very late in the day and getting there while it was being filled was a nice treat, to locate under the blast from the large diameter pipe. That pool, with the stars as a roof, certainly made big steps to getting to know your neighbours in the park, and the bungalows adjacent. No glass containers in the pool, though- not a rule but just some common sense.
I'm guessing your garage has a side door about where you M H door is. or do you let the front four feet protrude, out of view from the camera? This reminds me of our ocaisional predicament of being parked on a busy ferry, jammed in with no room to exit our vehicle, hoping the tub doesn't begin to sink! Tough to get access to your bays?
Reports coming our way about Telaquepaque, at Lo de Marcos, Nayarit (from people who have spent the winter there for several seasons) indicate there is a strong Quebecois presence in the park. This is something most anglo Canadian travelers quickly notice while in Mexico.
We have had many good experiences with our friendly eastern countrymen. They truly are at their best as fellow RV'ers when not traveling en masse, in caravans; when they are it can be disruptive when (not if) they embrace the "je m'souviens" philosophy. We salute your decision to fly on your own (but you won't be alone). La Penita, near Guayabitos, should be a good start.
Jerry, it was pretty cool where we were this past January-February, both in San Felipe and Puerto Penasco. But I don't know the answer to the question you posed, when does the warmth leave. But it will be nothing like the Costa Alegra we both have known. Years ago we also swam in BCS, pretty comfortable Mulege right to Cabo in January and February. In the north, the sun is shining, sure, but the wind usually invades so if the water is cool, when you get out you really get iced over. So I'd guess it's the end of November, but that's only a guess. At Bahia Tenacatita, Jalisco, early November it could be 85 F. but would keep cooling off to March with values then about 77 F. even with the ambient temps rising as January progressed; had more to do with prevailing ocean currents maybe.
It would be nice if someone had this answer.
Oh yes, wetsuits will allow comfortable water entry, and summertimes in south British Columbia's waters they can then be too warm unless you are submerged a few feet. In winter the salt water is at a considerabley higher temperature than nearby lakes. That is the case in Baja too, if comparing an unheated swimming pool with the ocean, either Cortes or Pacific.
Most travelers have more than a 10 year TIP, in the form of a towed car or a towing vehicle. Still no problem? If they're checking and see if you got your FMM at the border, maybe tell them you came in on a bus which could be the (stretched) truth.
With countless thousands of cars and even more people visiting inside Mexico, one might get the impression that someone, or maybe even a couple, or a whole family group would be required to go back home and leave their vehicles behind for a time before they came back for it. Whatever the reason for leaving Mexico for a short time- no one asks why.
You board your plane, give up your FMM paid-up tourist cards and fly back. You both can go if you need to, why not if your car is secured? The TIP for your car is tied to a passport and control is through the Aduana, or Customs. Your FMM is provided by Imigracion. You will likely get another as you return before you leave the plane, usually included in the price of your ticket. This second FMM should give you all the time you need to continue in the country. Stop at the border as you exit Mexico and turn in your TIP for your deposit. And your second FMM's if you won't be using them again soon.
Thanks for the post, Ed. I don't have a diesel, and never have, but to see the effort you present to a segment of the of the RVing population who often carry a look of bewilderment as to which way to turn when they want to run down into Mexico with their rigs, you are spot on. They should know by now that a possibility of running into warranty problems exists.
Your collected work, I think, is offered without fanfare for a reader to decide. It has more volume than the last week of posts to this forum at a time when most RV'ers are reluctant, if not shaking in their boots, to drive into Mexico.
I would venture to guess, too, that not all who read posts here drive a motor home.
Why not tow your car to Puerto Penasco? There is no deposit required to have it there, and there are no cuotas (toll roads) when driving directly there from AZ. What you will need to have for your own peace of mind, for both vehicles, is Mexican insurance at the very least, get Mexican liability insurance.
I concur that Reef RV is a good one. We're used to lots of space so, while not really visiting other parks, did have a couple of glances and they appeared to be a little tight. That can be fine for some.
Get FMM's at the border, in Sonoyta, and Mexican insurance from a broker either on line, by phone, or north of the border. If you find you're wanting a longer trip and will go farther south beyond the "Hassel Free Zone" you can get Temporary Import Permits just beyond the town of Caborca. Or do that at Km 21 south of Nogales if not going to Puerto Penasco.
Just lazy, may be my reason for not turning the RV TIP in, each time. After getting the FMM going south I return to the M H and maybe wash the windows, while DW stands in line to get the one for the towed. Same on our return north, although I'm more likely to have a short snooze.
Folks who know they will keep their rig and keep going to Mexico will gradually realize a monetary advantage, small though it may be. For instance, we have gone to Mexico eight times since getting the ten year permit the beginning of December, 2005. Since then we have traveled on that initial TIP, which cost then about 55 dollars. Had I returned it every year on leaving the country my returning cost for all Ten Year TIP's would have been nearly 450 dollars. During that time I've changed the windshield twice, each time transferring the same sticker. Of course, I have no way of knowing whether the cost of the RV TIP has changed during that time.
We traveled by RV and towed car over 20,000 miles in Mexico, but probably less than 1,000 miles in close proximity to another known traveler. Most of our travel was to the south of Guadalajara. We felt uneasy only a few times, once going north a day's drive from Texas, the farthest east we'd been. Mexican police had stopped to warn us to keep everything locked up. That feeling evaporated immediately when another Canadian rig joined us at the Pemex overnight and more so when we found we had friends in common.
Stayed at Dome Rock, Quartzsite, AZ, one year for a few days. A big rig came in parked near and in front of us, and we had a most aggravating next few hours. His portable generator, placed outside near the back of his rig was set to auto start. Stop and go, endlessly it seemed. I think he left the next day so we didn't move away.