Travco Mini Rally

The folks from Bumfuzzle fame are traveling around Mexico in their 1966 Dodge/Travco Motorhome.

They stopped by Coconutz RV Park for a few days, and we had a Travco Mini Rally.  We all toured both coaches, compared some notes about Travcos and travel in Mexico.

We had a good time meeting them and their children. When we downloaded our pictures from both of our cameras, we  discovered that the kids had a good time taking pictures of each other with our cameras while they were in our Travco.  Kids will be kids.

Cuyutlán is a pretty quiet, laid back place, especially at this time of year.  I hope that it was not just too laid back for them.  Coconutz RV Park might be just a little more adult oriented, but the kids seemed to have a good time despite the quiet atmosphere.  They especially had a good time when they met some other kids, Canadian kids, who were, with their parents, living in Cuyutlán for the winter.  That is one thing they seem to be missing on their world adventure, being able to play with other children.

Anyway, I am a little late getting this post up, so it is not really “news” to many.

 

 

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Semana Santa 2015 Picture post

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is the week before and the week after Easter Sunday.  School is out and many Mexicans have a family tradition of heading to the beach for the week.

And head to the beach they did.  They came by bus, car, commercial truck, back packing, just any way that they could get there.  They packed the beach so tightly with their camp sites that is was very difficult to walk through, or find the way back home.

It was quite a sight to behold.  Nothing that I would really want to do myself.  We did have much more space to move around in the campground.  We tried to limit the number of people, because we designed the park for a maximum of 8 motorhomes in the future, only five campsites at this time.

The people camping in tents were supposed to be limited to four people per tent, but they all fudged a little, or brought more family members in during the following days.  Everyone was very well mannered, even though there were often long lines for the bathroom/showers, which were not designed to handle that many campers.

They all thanked us very graciously for their stay and all say that they will be back again next year.  We may have to add a few outside showers before next year comes around.

Hopefully the pictures will tell the rest of the story.

 

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More Progress at Coconutz RV Park.

I just wanted to get out a new update on recent progress at Coconutz RV Park.

We have brought in some fine gravel to help solidify the sandy areas where vehicle travel was a little on the “iffy” side.  This is a product that packs down well, and should help eliminate any problems driving into and around the park.

There are new concrete steps from the park onto the beach.

We built a gate out of locally cut palm wood pickets, which were cut to order right in Cuyutlán.  At the advice of the lumber yard, we then treated the palm wood with motor oil for a finish.  The color is a rich reddish brown.  I suspect that it will grey with age, and sun exposure.  We will see.

We also put the new gravel on the walkway to the beach gate.  This helps define where the path to the beach is.

In an effort to discourage foot traffic through the park and out to the beach, we have constructed a simple rail fence along the boundary lines  We have planted many new plants, including cannas and oleanders.

And while we have gotten rave reviews on the bathrooms and showers, we were not really happy with the hot water pressure, so we installed an “on demand” electric water pump on the hot water intake pipe to the water heater.  Now there is much better pressure, for an even more enjoyable hot shower in each of the bathrooms.

 

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Christmas at Coconutz

I have heard since we came to Mexico, that the Mexicans flock to the beaches for Christmas and Easter Holidays.  But this was the first time that I witnessed it first hand.  I have also heard to avoid these holidays for your beach visits.

I guess that would depend on the individual.  It is not something I would want to experience on a routine basis, but it was sort of exciting, because it was such a change of pace from the normal sleepy, laid back beach town atmosphere.

People came by the bus loads, by the  truck loads, on bicycles.  There were almost no rooms available at any of the hotels.  The campers on the public beaches were by the most part very polite, quiet, and neat and tidy campers.  I have heard that the Easter Holiday scene at the beach is a lot more rowdy group of people.  We will have to wait and see what that is like next.

But rest assured, the other 48 weeks of the year, it is still a sleepy, laid back, friendly, little beach town.

Mentioning bicyclists, we met a nice young couple traveling from Alaska to Colombia.  Billy & Anna.  They have a website, bike2brewery.tumblr.com   I remained amazed at how many of these trans-continental bicyclists are out there on the road at any given time.  And most people still think that Mexico is such a dangerous place to travel.

 

 

 

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Coconutz RV Park Open

Well after a two week stay at the beach, we are ready to declare that we are open for business.

There is much left to do as far as some of the details.  The landscaping is just barely started, things need to grow some more.  The bathrooms are fully functional, however they are missing some details which we plan to add.  We ran short of tile, and plan to add some details and decorations, but they work, and we have hot water for the showers.

The sea breezes, the sound of the surf, and the sunrises and sunsets are all fully functional and waiting for your enjoyment.

 

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Coconutz RV Park More Pics

There is not much content here.

We have not been able to get back down to Cuyutlán the past little bit, but friends have sent us a few photos.  I thought that I would share them, just to show that progress is still being made.  We continue to hope for a late November opening.  Perhaps not all of the facilities will be finished.

Perhaps enough to be able to enjoy a short stay at the beach

We will return soon, just not sure exactly when.

We did get a little write up in a Colima Internet Newspaper:  Colima Noticias

 

 

 

 

 

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Traveling to Mexico without an RV?

DSC04566Perhaps some of you are traveling to Mexico, but not in an RV.

Maybe you are traveling in an RV but want to spend a few days in beautiful Ajijic, where there are not any RV Parks.

You might just want to escape the cold winter for a short time to sunny Mexico without bringing your RV.

Many rental property owners here hold out for long term rentals, and it can be very hard to secure a short term rental early in the season.

For whatever reason, I decided that I should mention that we do have a short term rental right here in Ajijic.

Casita Rosita is located just one short block from the Plaza, and the main church.  It is in the very center of activity.  There are too many restaurants to count located within a three block radius of the casita.  There is almost always something going on the the plaza.

I have added a “Casita Rosita” tab at the top of the page.  You can see some photos, and even book your stay on that page.

You can check out images of Ajijic on the “About Us” Page.

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Coconutz RV Park Progress

Well, things are progressing nicely at Coconutz RV Park, in Cuyutlán, Colima, Mexico.

The four beach front parking pads are in.  The hook-ups are installed.  The only catch, is that for the time being, we only have city water.  The city water does not necessarily run all day long, every day.  We will have a bathroom roof mounted water tank, and a well, to insure the water supply 24/7.  What we have done for years, is that we have a 12 volt water pump, and we just buy several of the 20 liter water bottles and pump the water into the RV water storage tank, and use that water for everything, washing dishes, drinking, bathing, etc.  At 12 pesos per 20 liter bottle (a little less than one dollar per bottle) from the independent, (not name brand, like Santorini) it is not too expensive.  If we do have good city water pressure, then we can take a nice long hot shower, and then just turn the water pump back on, and flush out the lines for a minute.  It has worked well for us.

So, in the “Any Port in a Storm” vein, I guess if someone needed a place to stay in this part of Mexico, it would be better than roadside boon docking.  Or maybe not, depending on your preferences.  Our boon docking episodes were always great, until we needed to empty the holding tanks, then it was another issue entirely.  So, we are not “open” but if needed, it might be an option.   Just go to the “Coconutz RV Park Booking Page” tab at the top of the screen, and book a site, if need be.  It looks like we are still on schedule for a late November official opening.

The bathroom construction is progressing nicely.  Sometimes it is hard to tell  how fast things will come together.  The parking pads, seemed almost “instant”.  Just a few days.   The bathrooms will have a lot of concrete curing times.  They frame up the roof with wood, and then pour the roof/floor of the viewing deck on top of the wood.  Then they remove the wood.  They have poured the sloping ramp for the stairs.  I could get up that slope and take a couple of pictures of what the view will be from up there.   It will have a palapa roof one day, hopefully.  A little party room for viewing the sunsets, and enjoying the breezes.

A couple of the palms suffered some transplant shock, but they appear to be on the mend.  One blew over in a windstorm, but it has been pulled upright again.

It will probably be two or three weeks before we get back down there, hopefully for our opening.

Below are some photos, with descriptions, to hopefully continue the story a little bit.

 

 

 

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Palms to Coconutz

We knew from the outset that we were going to need some shade for the RV Park.  Some spots will have a little more sun for the Solar Panel crowd, but the four original sites will be as shaded as possible.

By checking with various nurseries in the area, we learned that the Coconut Palm was best suited to the salty, sandy, beach front environment where we were locating.  That, in turn, led to naming the park “Coconutz”.

As a fellow Travco RV owner, and world traveler, pointed out to me, he liked the name “Coconutz” but I better get busy planting some palm trees.  Of course, that was in the plan all along, but we had to get the water, sewer and electric in first, then the fill, before we knew where we would be able to plant the palm trees.

During the early days of planning we met the Mayor of Cuyutlán, to see what permits and other issues needed to be addressed, before making the final decision to build.  The Mayor, “Pakiko”, was much in favor of our idea, thinking it would be a good addition to the town, by attracting  more tourists to the area.  It also happens that his “real” job, before becoming Mayor, is that of a Coconut Plantation Owner.  He  said that he would be glad to help us in getting the coconut palms, as he has to thin out his plantation from time to time, plus he had all the connections to the people with the equipment.

When we got back down to Cuyutlán, it once again began to rain.  We must bring the rains with us.  We have been down twice in the past month, and have been visited by Odile, Polo, and Simon this last time.  We missed Rachel.  The day we were to visit the Palm Plantation it was pouring down rain once again.  I was afraid that it would cause our visit to be canceled and delay the project.  Luckily, it did not.  We were taken out there by Pakiko in his Jeep, and were really just there to choose a size range that we wanted.

The palms were to arrive on Monday morning.  The first backhoe only lasted a few minutes before suffering some sort of breakdown.  The first batch of palm trees did arrive late Monday afternoon, but there was not any way to plant them.  They spent the night on the ground, and I did manage to get some water to them.  Tuesday morning another backhoe arrived, and shortly thereafter another load of palm trees.

I will add descriptions on the photos in the gallery below.  The first two pictures will be “Before” and “After” pictures.   Then the “rest of the story will follow” in the captions to the photos.

 

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Coconutz RV Park

“Build it and they will come.”    Well, we will see about that!

So we have started down the path to an new kind of adventure. We have been disappointed in the lack of RV parks anywhere south of Melaque, and Barra de Navidad along the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Those cities are, at the least, a 5 hour drive in the motorhome from Ajijic, where we live. At somewhere around three hours, and almost totally four lane highway, is the quaint and cute little beach village of Cuyutlán. In the 1940’s it was a major beach destination for Guadalajara, as the train ran here daily.

We have found a location for a RV Park, right on the beach, and right in town. Two blocks from restaurants, hotels, and lots of cute little beach front restaurants. They call them “puestos”.

There is no “fine dining” here. This is just a sleepy little beach front village. Very laid back.  If you want a tourist destination, then head towards Puerto Vallarta. If you want to chill out on the beach, enjoy the sound of the surf, and a cold beverage, in a village of very friendly and welcoming people, with no high pressure time share salesmen, and no “barkers” on every corner trying to sell you a fishing trip, boat ride, parasail, etc. then come on down.

The beach here is “black sand” from volcanic rock. The Colima volcano is just a few miles from here.

Cuyutlán is also a major sea salt production area. Originally salt was used by the Spanish in the silver mines to refine the silver.  Today the sea salt is available for a very low price, and is chock full of natural minerals from the sea, and we think that it is very healthy for you.  Be sure to pick up at least one bag while you are here, and I bet you will want to stock up before you leave.

 

 

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