We’ll go into much more detail about specific campgrounds we recommend throughout Baja in later chapters.
But when it comes to amenities, you can expect everything from basic dry camping and limited additional offerings to having full hookups, clean hot showers and laundry facilities, fast WiFi and even some campgrounds offering pools and hot tubs.
As with campgrounds in the US and Canada, just because a campground advertises WiFi or hot showers does not necessarily mean it meets your standards.
Power, Water and Sewer Hookups
Campgrounds in Baja will vary in what they offer by way of power, water and sewer hookups. Chances are you’ll end up getting most of what you need out of each campground where you stay.
But we’ll cover a little more of the details of what to expect below.
Electric hookups in Baja vary in quality. Typically you will be offered a 20 amp hookup with some campgrounds offering 30 amp. We have never seen a full 50 amp electric hookup. So be aware of your particular needs and what you can and cannot run if you are used to a 50 amp hookup.
We also would advise that you consider investing in a decent surge protector and a multimeter so that you can test the electricity at each campsite prior to connecting your shore power.
We’ve seen campsites ranging from the low 100V to over 130V, both extremes of which would harm your RV electrical appliances. And in some campgrounds, the electric post has been melted or is being held together by tape or exposed wires.
However, generally speaking, you will find that power in Baja will meet your needs. Most people camp in Baja during fall, winter and spring when the temperatures are cooler and you are not as inclined to need to run your AC often or at all.
But we’ve also had a few hot nights in a campground where everyone ran their AC and the campground experienced a brownout.
Water hookups will be reliable at most campgrounds throughout Baja. However, we do not encourage you to drink the water from the water source. We always rely on purified water for our drinking water.
But we shower and do dishes with water from our city water hookups. And before we leave a campground we always fill our fresh water tank with water to which we add a few drops of bleach just to be safe.
When it comes to sewer hookups, some campgrounds are better than others. We learned that some campgrounds use a very rudimentary septic tank system using the ground to filter wastewater.
While others have systems in place to recycle and reuse wastewater throughout the campground landscaping.
Most campgrounds fall somewhere in between. If they offer sewer hookups or have a dump station, you can expect it to work as you need it to. But don’t expect much more.
Car and Tent Camping In Baja
Although this Guide Book is targeted toward travelers with some kind of self-contained camper or trailer, we do want to point out that Baja is incredibly friendly toward car and tent camping.
You’ll find many places, including formal and informal campgrounds, where there are dedicated spaces for tent campers. Often, tent camping is offered at a reduced rate and in dedicated spaces in formal campgrounds.
But more often than not you may find yourself on a beach, in the desert or somewhere you will recognize how inviting and tent-friendly the camping options are.
Do be mindful that you should not count on tent camping in urban areas outside of the campgrounds that may or may not offer it. We do not in any way promote or encourage “stealth camping” and will do our best to indicate in future editions which campgrounds offer car and tent camping options in urban areas.