I’ve been doing some housekeeping on this blog and discovered the post below from David Eidell buried in a remote corner of the site. It was originally posted in 2009 but will probably still appeal to those of you lucky enough to be beachcombing this winter.
FREE BEACH CAMPING ON THE COAST OF MICHOACAN
IF you can beat this I’ll eat my sombrero!
Free tent camping beneath swaying palms on Las Peñas beach, next to a palm frond restaurant that has 24/7 flush toilet and hot shower for guests.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lobster is featured as are fresh oysters. You can get STEAMED lobster which is hard to find. Fresh ground CHIAPAS french roast coffee.
Two village tiendas are a 5-minute stroll, the ocean is fifty yards away, and the site is quite private and it is safe day and night.
It is customary is Mexico to solicit the hosting restaurant (in this case it is a palm frond enramada.
The village of Las Peñas is located 300 km south of Manzanillo and 25 km north of Playa Azul. The village is located at km 20 on Mex 200 and has several large highway signs.
To get to the restaurant and camping, debark the bus, cross the highway, descend down to the beach on a concrete paved access street. Walk down the ramp to the beach, make a left and go to the very furthest palm frond restaurant. You do not have to ask permission to camp there is you arrive early or late. Pitch your tent. Brenda will make breakfast according to customer wishes.
The business and service is 100% Mexican owned and operated. PS: Brenda is a superb cook. Her 9 year old and 5 year old daughters have captivated countless guests. Be prepared to arrive for a day and stay a week or two.
Reneé Watson on February 4, 2010
This sounds incredibly wonderful. I go this way every year on my way to Chiapas. I drive and have a bad habit of having to stop at every place with a swinging hammock. The only place I do not like and never feel comfortable in is Playa Azul but every place before and after is killer. I will have to check out your place if nothing more than the food.
el codo on February 4, 2010
We are experiencing an “el niño” event (Feb 2010). Much of central and southern Mexico has seen biblical amounts of rainfall, snow, hail, and other phenomenon the last week or so. For instance reports of 14? of rain in Manzanillo, 11? in Zihuatanejo, flood in Tuxpan, Michoacan, and snow in elevations above 3,000 ft. Above figure totals are for the last 48-hour period.
Smart travelers should pack rain gear just in case.
Mañana, the fifth of February (Dia de Bandera or Flag Day) is a Mexican federal holiday. It is supposed to be the first truly sunny day we have seen in a week. Temps here on the coast (Michoacan) today: high 74, low 67. About nine, and seven degrees lower than normal for this time of year.