Located 20 minutes from all of the action in Puerto Peñasco is The Reef RV Park (SEE bottom left hand corner in red) which boasts the largest spaces in town. After checking out the other two competitive RV parks, we agree. The picture below shows a cruise ship on the Sea of Cortez and, yes, while a dock and sea harbour are under construction it all started in 2008 and appears to be no where near completion.
NUMBER OF RV SPACES
There are 48 beach front sites and 168 other sites all with full hook-ups. The 50 Amp is good and strong – easily keeps the air conditioning running during the +80° days and the floors lightly heated during the +50° nights. Beach front sites are definitely the 1st to go, but we are quite happy with our site – just 1 row over – at $20 vs. $35/night – and barricaded from the wind.
Laundromat (free washing machines and $1.25 for the dryers), mini-mart, wifi (a little hit and miss), 24 hour security, excellent english speaking staff and two restaurants immediately adjacent to the park. We haven’t been to the restaurants yet – but we will. On the weekend this parking lot was packed!
Beachfront: $35/day; $700/month (four day minimum)
Regular Sites: $20/day; $500/month
Reservations are required not less than 14 days before your scheduled arrival with advance payment in full for the total days of your stay. They do not accept reservations or credit card payment over the telephone. Requests for reservations must be in writing and accompanied with full payment by cheque or money order. They do however accept walk-ins and those spaces that are not already reserved are first-come, first-serve.
We were told there is always plenty of space in their non-beach front sites so we didn’t make a reservation. We also were not interested in putting full payment in the mail… As it turns out the park is about 25% full.
ON SITE SERVICES
Mexican ‘retailers’ on the beach offering their wares – blankets, baskets, jewelry, wood carvings, fresh asparagus, home made tamales & burritos and even beach horse-back riding. Massage on the beach? You want a pedicure lady? Hair braided? No problem! They are all very polite and graciously turn away when they hear “No thank-you” or “Non Gracias”.
ATV/dune buggy rentals on nearly every corner. We’re bounded by desert & sand on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other so the dune buggy rental business is very active. We haven’t rented them – yet. Unfortunately, water ‘toys’ are not a big thing so there are no kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, or paddle boats, or canoes, or jet skis – nothing for the water. Boo hoo…
You can get your RV washed and waxed for $1.50/foot = USD $60. This is about 1/3 to 1/4 of the price we have paid in the USA or Canada. This is definitely worth the price! We’ll likely get it done just before we leave.
You can have your RV and/or vehicle painted! I’m not sure I’d want it done since it’s hot and usually windy with sand blowing but, there isn’t a day that goes by that the team isn’t busy scraping, sanding, priming and painting an RV. I’m anxious to see what the finished product looks like on this one. I’ll be sure to share it…
Others are scheduled to have their interior carpets and upholstery shampooed for $60. It certainly appears there’s no lack of labour to get work done around here AND at affordable, cheap prices! Not surprisingly, the quality of the work is also pretty impressive.
Yes, at low tides those are rocky reefs. Hence the name The Reef RV Park… They are great for exploring, picking up perfect shells and full of sniffs and smells for Gracie. Yes, dogs are allowed!