Overland Beach Camping in Oaxaca!

We left Mazunte around 4:30 PM and were soooo excited to check out Don Taco’s Overlander Beach Camp.  We had read amazing reviews about it on iOverlander and their Facebook page. We also brought all our camping gear with us, so we were antsy to finally use it after three weeks on the road! The drive was only 1.5 hours long, so we made it right before sunset and were able to set up camp.

The road to get to Bahia De San Agustin is the same one we drove on to get to Riscalillo, so we were already familiar with the 45 minute long bumpy ride. I honestly think it was more fun the second time. Bahia De San Agustin is a small town in Huatulco National Park. The town has various restaurants on the beach, small grocery stores and stretches just a few blocks. When you arrive, it feels very small and remote.

We pulled up to Don Taco’s and were greeted by a lovely older Dutch man who runs the site with his wife. They bought the property a few years back and do some overland traveling themselves meaning that they are the best hosts! They know exactly what travelers need and have gone out of their way to provide luxuries like steady & fast wifi, extremely clean bathrooms & showers, picnic tables, a kitchen set up, multiple outlets and a variety of other amenities. 

As we were driving through the town we noticed no one was wearing a mask. At first we were a little nervous about it, but we quickly realized that we were the ones who were coming from afar. Our camp host was wearing a mask and we put ours on when we stepped out of the Suba. Our entire stay was outside though since we were camping and so were all the facilities so it felt super safe.

It felt really nice to park our car, set up our tent in the sand and know that we’d be sleeping under the stars right beside the ocean for the next few days. What a dream.

The weather was amazing the entire time we were there. It was February 2021 and dry season for this region. It was probably between 80 – 90 degrees F the entire time. Our camp host told us that it was a little cold this time of year, but we thought it was perfect.

We spent our days at Don Taco cooking, camping, snorkeling, enjoying the beach and the hot weather. On our third day there we took a bout tour of the virgin beaches that surrounded us in Huatulco National park with an awesome local guide named Kevin.

Kevin picked us up at our camp site and took us out onto the ocean. We rented some snorkel gear from his brothers shop and he took us to all the reefs in the area to explore. It was such a nice morning. It felt so good to be out in the ocean swimming. I couldn’t believe that a just a month prior we were living in a tiny apartment in NYC in the dead of winter, dreading the days. The water was a nice cool temperature and we saw sooo many cute colorful fish. Kevin also took us to the shores of all the virgin beaches along Huatulco National park. The only way to get to these beaches is by boat really, so people plan out day trips, bring canopies, coolers, grills, chairs and set up for the day. It’s literally paradise.

We made it back to our campsite and thanked Kevin for the wonderful experience that was set up by our gracious hosts. We took showers and started making dinner. I sautéed some zucchini, made some noodles and a big salad. We ate, did some work on our computers since we had the best wifi we’d come across so far and went to bed.

The next morning we woke up to the sound of waves and the smell of the beach. What a feeling. We made some breakfast and had some leftover salad, so I decided I would eat it. Bad idea. We had the salad in our cooler which wasn’t very cool anymore since it was out in 90 degree heat for a few days now. The salad looked ok, but I hate wasting food, so I took a few bites and knew instantly that it wasn’t going to go well for me. The salad had cucumbers in it and cucumbers do not hold well even in fridges, so I was screwed. I stopped eating it, but shortly after my stomach was a MESS. I took two activated charcoal pills that we brought along in case of something like this happening and stayed in the tent the rest of the day. Keith was very worried it could be something else, but it was 100% food poisoning. I think for our next trip we’ll definitely try to invest in some kind of car refrigerator. But oh well.

Camping at this site was also cool because we met some other travelers. Our first day there we met another Dutch couple who call themselves Double Dutch Down Under. They have the COOLEST rig set up we’ve ever seen and have been living on the road for almost 18 years. That’s right 18 YEARS. They spend 3 months at their home base in Australia and 9 months on the road! They were so nice and were beginning their year long excursion through Mexico.

Another family of four also came on our second day there, but they were not as pleasant 🙂 Unfortunately. I honestly hate complaining because I think it’s unnecessary a lot of the time and I know I’m so lucky to be on this trip, but I HAVE to vent. This family had rented an RV in Mexico for a month and were traveling around the beaches. It was a mother, father, a daughter in her early 20s and her boyfriend. They were so loud and totally killed the vibe of a relaxing quiet beach camp. They had music blasting, took up all the common spaces and were constantly watching shitty TV/annoying YouTube videos at really loud volumes all over the campsite on their phones. It was kind of annoying, but we could deal with it. I did however get really annoyed with them when they were asked by the camp host to please wear their masks when they go into town to protect the people who live there. Someone in the town had complained that they were going into stores without wearing them. In response the mother started spewing off all these conspiracy theories about how the Canadian government is making money off mask sales and that’s why they’re being enforced. I thought it was rude to argue with the camp host. And like we’re in Mexico, not Canada so please explain to me how the Canadian government is making money off of mask mandates in this tiny remote town in Mexico?

The other thing which really irked me was when a woman from the town walked up to the beach camp carrying a biiiig basket of coffee on her head. She walked up and told me she brought my coffee and I was so confused. I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life (Weird. I know.) and hadn’t left the camp site, so I had no idea what she was talking about. She very politely told me that I met her in town earlier when I was walking with my parents and asked her to come by at 3 pm so I could purchase a few bags of coffee. I was speaking to her in Spanish and told her she was mistaking me for the other girl at the camp site. I didn’t see her around anywhere, but her parents were listening to the whole interaction so I asked them in English if they had met this woman earlier and they literally responded that it was not their problem. That their daughter had asked her to come, but she was not around so they pretended not to understand what was going on when the coffee woman approached them. They were French-Canadian and for this interaction they decided they didn’t understand what I was saying or what the woman was saying even though they all spoke English and I had chit chatted with them in Spanish earlier. Anyway, they basically shooed away this woman who had lugged pounds of coffee on her head over for their daughter. I was so disgusted by their behavior. I told the woman that the girl wasn’t there yet, but I’m sure she would be back soon, so she waited in the shade and when the girl came back I told the woman she was there.

Thanks for listening to my venting. I just think that if you’re going to visit another country, you should respect it and its people and between those two situations I was so put off. Not knocking French-Canadians, but definitely knocking rude selfish people who don’t respect the hustle of others.

Regardless of these not so pleasant people and me getting food poisoning for 24 hours, our time at Don Tacos was amazing. I highly recommend camping there if you’re ever in the area. The property is gorgeous, the beach is breathtaking and the hosts are wonderful people.  It costs 200 MX Pesos ( $10 USD) to tent camp there per night for two people.

We broke down our featherstone tent after five days of camping and 26 days on the road to start our two day drive to San Cristobal De Las Casas in Chiapas.

Miles Driven: 3,206

Days on the road: 22-26

Next Stop: San Cristobal De Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

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