Camping in San Felipe Baja

For those who want a short drive from the border to reach big sandy beaches on the Sea of Cortez, San Felipe is an attractive destination. It’s always my first stop on the road south and my last on the return trip. I love the number of camping options in San Felipe with some being far removed from town and others sitting within a short walk of the Malecon and my favorite restaurants.

When you take a hard look at the rentals and campgrounds in the area, it’s obvious that there are a ton of places to stay. I find the flow of traffic interesting because these places are rarely full (big events being the exception). There are always a few folks but I’ve never had a hard time finding a space!

Campgrounds in San Felipe

campgrounds in san felipe

I’ll cover this in a north to south sequence for easy navigation. Many campgrounds in the area do have their own bathrooms with showers, toilets and other facilities. It’s also important to realize that very few free or “wild camping” sites are present near town. The farther you travel or north or south, the more prolific they become. Everything listed here is an official campground with paid sites.

Villas de Cortez

They have rentals and the option to camp with palapas on the beach and RV spaces. It’s more of a community with large grounds. The latest reviews are very mixed with some saying the grounds are in need of maintenance. It is a great location however and it’s worth checking out as an option.

Amenities:

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (cold)
  • Electric outlets
  • BBQ Pits
  • Community kitchen

Pete’s Camp 

For travelers coming from the north, Pete’s Camp is one of the first options you will see. It’s just north of town in a location that is private and removed yet only a seven or so minute drive to the malecon. They have beachfront palapas, reasonable rates and it’s a popular choice for good reason! You have the option for dry sites or full hookups at different rates.

Amenities:

  • Full hookups
  • RV dump station
  • Hot showers
  • Popular restaurant on-site
  • Laundry facilities
  • Level concrete pads for parking
  • Security

Playa del Sol 

Far less popular than Pete’s, Playa del Sol is generally less crowded and a bit lower on the price point. Don’t expect stellar amenities but it does have everything you could need for a night or two on the beach.

Amenities:

  • Electric outlet (separate from campsites)
  • Restrooms
  • Palapas
  • Beach access

Campo Turistico #1

campo touristico san felipe
They have a great little restaurant.

This is a great little RV park with a very nice restaurant. It’s not located directly on a sandy beach but it does have a rocky beach and it’s a very quick walk to the sand where the other parks are lined up. I stayed a few nights here and really liked the privacy and separation from other RV parks and town while retaining walking distance convenience. The restaurant was also fantastic and they have an oyster farm out front for fresh food! The only downside was that the parking isn’t level. Bring leveling blocks.

Amenities:

  • Restrooms
  • Hot showers
  • Electric outlets at sites
  • Restaurant
  • Benches, grills and shade structures
  • Ocean access
  • RV dump hookups

Kiki’s RV and Hotel

Like Pete’s, Kiki’s is a town favorite with an excellent reputation. It has beautiful sites, palapas with elevated patios, plenty of services and gated security. Kiki is very friendly and the experience is typically positive here. Rates aren’t the lowest but it’s clean and well maintained.

Amenities:

  • RV hookups
  • Tent sites
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Wifi
  • Beach and town access
  • Great security

Ruben’s Camp

Very similar to Kiki’s with a gated park that backs up to the beach. They are right next door to each other and this one is at a slightly lower cost. They have hookups, a restaurant, palapas and nice grounds overall. The only complaints center around bathroom cleanliness.

Amenities:

  • RV hookups
  • Showers and flush toilets
  • Palapas and shade
  • Beach and town access
  • Security

La Palapa RV Camp

Next in line on what is essentially a strip of adjoining RV parks is La Palapa. Located just down from Ruben’s, it has a similar layout with great fencing for security and access to the street or beach. All of the latter several places essentially access the same beach. I did a drive-through and quick look around here and it seemed super nice and clean.

Amenities:

  • Laundry
  • Palapas
  • Electric, water and sewer hookups
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets

Campo San Felipe

There’s a hotel and RV park with a location very close to the malecon. If you visit for festivals or big events and want to join the party, Campo San Felipe is perfect. Having the hotel adjacent means campers get pool access as well.

Amenities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Flush toilets
  • Hot showers
  • Security
  • Wifi
  • Full RV hookups
  • Beach access

Malena and Leo’s Camp

The budget option in town has a perfect beach, palapas and nothing more. Lock your stuff up at night because the beach also has public access. Otherwise, this campsite is pretty nice for vans and truck campers that want something simple and inexpensive. Great hosts as well.

Victor’s RV Park 

Just south of town, RVers will like the full hookups. Beach sites do fill more quickly but there is plenty of space throughout the campground. The nice bathrooms are a major bonus. Also the fact that they take credit cards in the restaurant. It’s not the cheapest place around but is very nice overall

Amenities:

  • Bar and restaurant
  • Full hookups
  • Wifi
  • Nice bathrooms with flush toilets
  • Hot showers

Club de Pesca (Fishing Club RV Park)

Likely the most underrated RV park and campground in the area, Club de Pesca is clean and has a wonderful location. Dry campsites are very tent friendly and RVers will find full hookups. Shade and palapas also make for a nice experience. You can still walk to town from the site as well.

Amenities:

  • Full hookup sites
  • Nice palapas
  • Beach access
  • Dry sites
  • Flush toilets
  • Hot Showers

Campsites Just South of San Felipe

For RVers and campers wanting some space away from town, a series of beautiful campsites are located not far off. They are anywhere from 10-30 minutes of driving with well labeled turns off Highway 5.

Villa Marina Camp 

Pretty amazing location with some of the best RV sites you will find. They actually have park under shade with a patio on top for each one. It’s perfect in my opinion for short or longer stays. The big community kitchen and shared facilities are also maintained and excellent. Moreover, you get access to long beaches that are uncrowded and far from town.

Amenities:

  • Full hookup sites
  • Covered parking with deck over space
  • Shared kitchen
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Clubhouse

Punta Estrella

It’s not the most maintained place but they do have cold showers and flush toilets. The palapas are nice and access to empty beaches makes it worthwhile. It is priced a little high considering the lack of traffic and hands-off maintenance.

Are you ready for a Baja Camping Adventure?

While we’ve covered the lion’s share of campgrounds here, there are a few others scattered around. Some areas south of town even have abandoned camps that still have some marginal facilities. Most have a caretaker who sets the rate and provides security in these instances. You might also find hotels that allow camping in secure parking lots on occasion. There are many great campgrounds in San Felipe regardless and visitors shouldn’t have any trouble finding a great site!