Winding our way along the coast of Michoacan we felt like we were driving a tropical version of Highway 1 in northern California. Along the cliffs, the road hugged the rocky, wild beaches below, giving you glimpses at white sand that few people ever touch. It would be a place that would be perfect to explore in a sailboat where you could anchor inside all of the isolated inlets. It was stunning.
This beach is actually three beaches separated into coves. There is beach camping, but the vibe was a little too rasta backpacker for us (I am getting too old for Bob Marley music and clouds of pot at 10am), so we hung around for a while and then moved on. I would suggest stopping by though, one thing we have learned is a week later it could feel totally different.
This beach was a surprise. It was not in any of our guide books, but we stopped because we saw an empty RV park next to a beach with a pool and a giant open air palapa restaurant. It ended up being a really great camp site with one of the best swimming beaches I have ever been on. There were waves, but they broke out far and there was zero rip tides. The ocean floor was totally flat with hard packed sand and zero rocks, the only thing in the sand was these bright orange starfish that were everywhere. The water was about 80 degrees and Sam and I swam for hours at a time. We stayed here for a few days and celebrated New Years completely alone on the beach, where we drank one of our last bottles of Russian River Pinot and ate spicy yam curry quietly toasting a great 2013 and an even better 2014.
Caleta de Campos
This was our last beach on the Michoacan coast and one of our favorites that was also a wonderful beach for swimming. Part of the beach is filled with Mexican tourists and beach front restaurants (which is an energy I love by the way), and just down the beach you have an entire massive stretch of beach that for some reason was always empty. We spent time relaxing and swimming on both beaches. For camping I asked this sweet old man if I could camp at the house next to their restaurant and he opened it up and Sam and I had beach front camping with a two story palapa all to ourselves for $8.00 a night. I am getting good at asking permission to camp in Spanish =).
After a wonderful week we tore ourselves away from the coast and headed to the interior of Michoacan to explore some of the smaller interior towns of this beautiful state.