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Newsletter # 11 Oct 5th, 2019


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Over the next few issues I will be featuring RV Parks. In this issue I feature Rancho Betania, San Juan de Lago near Morelia and La Barrita near Zihuatenejo


Rancho Betania:

This a relatively unknown RV Park, just south of Santa Ana, Sonora and is a good stopover between the border and San Carlos. It has about 15 hook up spots and can handle larger rigs. It is about 2 km south of Santa Ana, just off Highway 15D. To access it southbound you have to use a connector road across to the other side of the freeway. This is located just past an S-Bend south of the new Gas Service Island. The co-ordinates are N 30.513317 W 111.106679. There is no sign, at least there wasn't in March 2019. Northbound it is marked, the entrance is at N 30.513842 W 111.105369. The park itself is about 1 km up a well graded road. Note this is a Christian retreat so keep alcohol in your rig.



San Juan del Lago:


I first visited this park about 7 years ago as it was being built. The owner Arturo, is a Mexican/American who speaks fluent English and is one of the most personable individuals you are ever likely to meet. His enthusiasm is infectious. The park is modern with some of the best hookups in Mexico. It's only problem is that you have to transit a small town and go up 2 short steep sections to get into it. If you have a gas Rv, maybe empty your holding tanks (water, black & Grey) at the previous stop to lighten your load. Arturo has excellent quality water in his park. Although the park is almost adjacent to Highway 15D, the Mexican authourities won't let him put an exit into the park off it. However, if you call Arturo and give him some warning, he will meet you on the main road and escort you in. This is a good idea if it is your first visit. Probably a good idea anyway, as he can check for any parked cars that may impede you. His cell is (+52) 443-228-3839. Maybe email him a couple of days before at [email protected]

Best place to wait for him is on the south side of Lake Cuitzeo at N 19.921313 W 101.142951 There is a tire repair shop there on the left if you have come through Cuitzeo town on the other side of the lake. This is the free road through Cuitzeo, you can transit the town OK with an RV if coming from the north. Access from the north on the toll highway which crosses the lake just to the west, is more complex, You have to continue south and cross over highway 15D (Guadalajara Hwy) and use the retorno underpass just past there (marked Salamanca), double back the way you came and exit right onto the free road. The sign says San Augustine. The turn off for the park is before you cross the lake, look for the aforementioned Tire Repair shop on your right. Best to park on the opposite side, there is a lot of room.

If coming from Guadalajara, look for the 2 column concrete sculpture in the center of the Hwy and take the exit marked Salamanca/Morelia just before it. Use the underpass retorno just after you get on the new highway, head north towards the lake and exit where it says San Augustine. The tire shop is a short ways before the lake.

San Juan del Lago Eco RV community is with the aim to build a community of RV retirees, who would prefer to live in a warmer climate, with more affordable cost of living, and a more natural and eco-friendly environment.
It’s centrally located by the lake of Cuitzeo, with a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. In the serenity, you will find peace and rest. Here you will also be able to enjoy the friendship and support from other fellow RVers and park’s staff, and the opportunities to do many activities together.

This park is well worth visiting. Arturo can arrange trips to visit the monarchs and other attractions. We run tours out of this park on our Yucatan & Colonial Caravans.

San Juan del Lago Eco RV Community provides:

Escort service from the border to the park to ensure your safety on the road, 
English-speaking staff is ready to provide needed service anytime. 
Spacious lots with stable 30/50amp electricity, and FHU. 
Near perfect weather year round. 
Pets friendly.
No age limit for your rig.
Food forest project is on going, with plenty of land for those who'd like to do gardening.
1/3-1/2 of living and medical expenses of the US and Canada.
Plenty of community activities and cultural experiences and tourist attractions nearby.
Mobile homes and tiny houses are also welcome.
Monthly rent: 350usd up.(depending on your electricity needs)
Price for long term lease is flexible.
Big expat communities are close by: in Patzcuaro and San Miguel de Allende 
Neighboring with very welcoming and helpful local Mexicans


La Barrita:



This is a relatively new campground located on the coast south of Zihuatenejo run by a couple from Kamloops, BC, Canada. It has 7 serviced RV spots & 4 dry, hookups & WiFi. The co-ordinates are N 17.4122 W 101.1821. It is located right on the beach. Contact email is [email protected] They also have rooms to rent. I have not visited this campground personally so it's hard for me to rate it.


Next issue I will post about Roca Azul RV park near Guadalajara and Hotel Mirador in Huatabampito, Sonora.

The following 2 videos are informative. The first one especially if you end up in hospital.


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