Adventures In Mexico #31 - Nayarit Mexico
Lo de Marcos, Nayarit Mexico, Town Beach, and RV Parks
By Malcolm Callister
From our campsite, Linda and I set out one January morning to investigate the small Mexican town of Lo de Marcos on Nayarit’s, Pacific coast. As always, we are in search of different beaches and new RV Parks. From La Penita we drove the twenty minutes south to the little coastal town, Lo de Marcos, Nayarit. Lo de Marcos is about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon and evening, you can watch the sunset from its almost deserted beach then drink a Margarita at the Palapa restaurant on the south end of the beach.
My first visit to Lo de Marcos was with a group driving 4X4 off road vehicles. As a passenger, I had been able to enjoy the drive through the jungle and pineapple fields and mango groves, surrounding the sleepy Mexican town of Lo de Marcos. For lunch, we ate at the Endless Summer, sports bar, owned by a Canadian from British Columbia.
The Town Lo de Marcos
Lo de Marcos, with its big RV size, streets, colorful flowering trees, and pastel painted buildings seems to bridge the contrast between the blue ocean to the west and the greens of the jungle to the east. The town has several restaurants, a few, and small hotels. On the roads leading to the beach, fishermen can be seen repairing nets. The children's playground located just off the town square has a concrete VW camper as a centerpiece for children to climb on. Lo de Marcos is a typical Mexican working town, home to people employed mainly on the plantations and fishing industry. Tourism is still a secondary industry.
We visited two contrasting RV parks in the town. Two more RV Parks are further out of town.
El Refugio RV Park
(Open all year) is a new well laid out park on the north edge of town and beach Concrete pad and roads suitable for large motorhomes, it has 30, and 50 Amp service. Located on the right as you enter the town, just after the Endless Summer restaurant that is to the left. Call ahead to head to get the gate opened.
Pretty Sunset Trailer Park
(Open all year) direct access to the beach, on the road going south out of town. Eleven gravel sites, 15 and 30 Amp. You may have to back in from the gate depending on the size of your rig. When we visited in January, there was only one RV slot taken.
Three kilometers of the crescent beach is a pleasure to walk on. Both RV parks that we visited have direct access to the beach.
Permanent warning signs are mounted on the beach showing you how to survive if caught in the outflowing rip tide created by the sand bars and underwater currents. People do swim and boat here, but it is mainly a walking beach.
El Refugio RV Park 327-275-0080 or 333-643-4314
Petty Sunset Trailer Park 327-275-0055 or 327-275-0024