RVing in Mexico, the coming thing
JOHN M. DERBY
March 16, 2017
first sight of Conception Bay as your car drives around
a bend in the road, is a long line of motorhomes stretched
across Santispac Beach, with a dozen sailboats bobbing in
the bay, and a couple of beach restaurants.
The motorhomes are part of a growing trend for Canadian
and American retirees who have the courage to head south
across the border. The motorhomes get bigger each year with
roll outs and awnings. The occupants know how to make a
beach home out of a three-sided leanto with tarps to cover
the sides, and even carpets to cover the floors. Usually
there is a motorcycle attached to the rear of the RV or
a couple of bikes with kayaks on the roof.
Some of these people are veterans who have been doing this
for years, however, with each passing year, the number of
motorhomes on the road increases and Santispac Beach, rated
as one of the most beautiful in all of Baja California,
Mexico, is almost full until Easter. It has become a way
of life for many and why not?
The RVers pay less than $300 for a month’s stay. With
the value of the dollar compared to the peso, almost double
what it was two years ago, the cost of everything in Mexico
has become cheaper. And the weather is without compare as
there is sun 90 percent of the time.
The average cost of a meal is about $6 and that is with
a drink. Drinking water is available at the nearby town,
Mulege, which is 14 miles north. Trucks selling natural
gas stop by once a month, and although there are no utilities,
many motor homes have solar panels.
Some people ask about health care in Mexico. It is not great
in many rural areas, however, what is available is very
inexpensive. X-Rays are about $50 and available in Santa
Rosalia, one hour away. LaPaz has full service medical centers
which provide all the usual health services at about one
tenth the cost of those same services in the United States.
Several years ago we had an EKG and an MRI done for $500
and the results were given to us the same day as the test.
For major health procedures most people fly back to the
States or Canada. There is an international air terminal
1.5 hours from Conception Bay.
Even parts are available for motorhomes and can be ordered
and delivered in a couple of days from LaPaz or Ensenada.
There are also some very able mechanics in the local town
and motorhome repair is a very active business.
Roads have never been better in Baja, nd the government
of Mexico seems to realize that keeping them up is important
to the tourist industry. The road work is used to provide
an income for poor people.
In talking to the RVers, many of them start small with maybe
a van or a camper on a pickup and work their way up to the
larger RV’s. Some people even give up their permanent
homes and live on the road 12 months a year.
While it’s not the life for everyone, the people we
see down here in Mexico sure seem to have a lot of fun,
and enjoy life while waiting out the wet and cold of winter