Posted January 6, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Escapees RV Club’s Travel Guide features our photo on the cover. This image was a true collaborative effort between Mark and myself. We were walking down a road in La Manzanilla, Mexico, while staying at the lovely beachside villa, Casa Maguey, when we came across a string of beachfront RV parks.
It was the off-season, so the parks were virtually empty, but there was one lone Airstream trailer that looked so inviting. I climbed up on a wooden fence and leaned on Mark’s shoulder to get the photo. It turned out a little underexposed and lackluster. Luckily, Mark loves post-processing, so he adjusted it in Lightroom to create a wonderful final image.
La Manzanilla is a tiny town near the popular cruising destination of Tenacatita, known locally as Bahia de los Angeles Locos (Crazy Angels Bay). It lies about 100 miles due south of Puerto Vallarta in the middle of Mexico’s Costalegre, or “Cheerful Coast,” which cruisers have dubbed the “Gold Coast.”
Each year the Escapees RV Club puts together a members’ Travel Guide that highlights inexpensive overnight RV parking spots. It is divided into three main sections: 19 members-only Escapees RV parks which charge as little as $5/night for dry camping; many pages of public RV parks that offer Escapees members discounts of up to 50% off their daily rates (sometimes with seasonal or day-of-the-week restrictions); and dozens of free overnight parking spots at members’ properties (some charge for electricity).
The first and last categories are our favorites, since we are avid boondockers/dry campers, and our preference is for free or nearly-free camping. This little book is one of the many benefits of joining Escapees.
For our travel stories from the area where this photo was taken, see:
Casa Maguey – Kindred Spirits in a Beachfront Villa — Describes our surprise invitation to experience Mexico as land-based vacationers rather than as boat-based cruisers, and the bigger surprise of discovering that our host grew up touring North and South America in a 26′ RV in the 1980’s.
La Manzanilla – Exotic Animals and Copper Canyon — Tells a bit about what we found to see and do in this tiny seaside village, and continues the wonderful story of our host’s 12 years of boondocking adventures between Alaska and South America.