Of all of the places we’ve visited so far the campsite at Xpu-Ha has to be one of my favorites. It is also one of the places where I could imagine spending a lot of time each year. If it had been up to me I would have spent another month there, but Matthias was getting a little antsy and ready to move on, so we did. We do have a lot of miles to drive so I understand why it was a good idea to leave. One of Matthias’ favorite sayings is that it is best to leave the party when it’s at its peak. He does have a good point because now I’m left with great memories and no regrets.
There is a 4-lane highway that goes down the coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Cancun to Tulum. This area is called the Riviera Maya and it is one resort after another. About 70 kilometers south of Cancun there is an area called Xpu-Ha. A little dirt road goes from the main road down to the Bonanza camping grounds – one of the last non-resort and family-run sections of beach. The campground is right on the beach and when you first drive in you drive onto the most perfect white sand you have ever seen. There are no lines or barriers or individual campsites anywhere. There are just a bunch of palm trees, and a few campers nestled in amongst them. There are 2 full-time campers who have RVs parked there the entire year. There is another woman who comes down for 6 months out of the year and a handful of others that keep coming and going throughout the year. The last time we left this campground there were only 4 other people staying their besides us.