Travelling Mexico by Van
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Apr 10, 2013 4:18 PM Last Post By: gortman
Apr 10, 2013 4:18 PM
15Traveling Mexico by Van
carracar is zeroing in on the problem of using the bus for a surfing/camping vacation.
When the bus drops you off at the scheduled stop on the highway, you might be far from the surf. You are on the side of the road with two boards, a backpack (with a tent), and a long walk to the beach. If you really want to camp, you are going to need some gear. Then you have a day where you want to be surfing at a different beach nearby. What now, walk back to the highway? With or without the tent? It can be done. Some opinions on this forum advocate superlight travel, but that is not you and your two surfboards.
A place like Rio Nexpa or Pascuales has boards for rent or sale, quartos, abarottes, etc. Great places for surfing! and near the highway. A good option for a bus trip. A beach like Playa la Llorona is a dusty two miles from Mex #200, No services except camping, a mile back to la tienda, and great surfing/camping. Pretty tough to visit la LLorona without a vehicle.
There are lots of surfers in vans, cars, trucks, and rental cars. A word of caution. If you have a surfboard on the outside of your vehicle, you are a magnet for the police to stop, and search for drugs. Revision. Been there. Don't ever have drugs in your vehicle.
If you have the money, take the van. Or maybe a rental car. Buy an older car that runs well. In 2000 I took an 84 Volvo sedan down to Oaxaca for camping and sightseeing. It was a $1200 runner. On the return, I forgot to stop on the Mexican side to cancel the visa on the car. La Aduana has never questioned me about that car in all the years since. No charges on my CC, nada. The next day I had more trouble with the Utah cops then I ever did in Mexico. Lucky thing I did not have any drugs in the car! That's a bad place to get busted.
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