Road Conditions - Spring 2019

THE SOUTH ROAD

Overall, the South Road is still the easiest route. There are many pot holes and one long road construction detour between Zaragoza and the Las Barrancas turn-off. Otherwise, the pavement is relatively good. Drive slowly, cattle and horses graze along side the highway and are moving in the early morning and evening. It’s the young calves that will panic and run in front of your vehicle.

THE NORTH ROAD

Recently, the more frequent and extremely high King Tides have flooded the Salt Flats rendering them unusable during and several days after the high tides. Check your tide chart and if in doubt, ask at Rice and Beans or La Fridera Fish Camp. When avoiding the Salt Flats, people are driving the middle road that is graded and washboard. The North Road saves 2 to 4 hours compared to the South Road.

THE EAST ROAD

43 Miles of dirt and washboard, Rosarito (80 Km north of Loreto on Highway 1) to San Isidro / La Purisima. Reports of the road conditions range widely from fair to poor. Best follow the pavement west of La Purisima and go south to the Las Barrancas turn-off and drive the 35 miles from there into San Juanico. If you still have an appetite for la brecha, turn right off the pavement just beyond La Purisima, cross the arroyo and climb the steep twisting road up the cliffside and drive 16 miles of dirt until you meet the last 8 miles of pavement into San Juanico. The dirt road from Mulejé is not recommended.

Spring 2018

Do not follow Google Earth from Ciudad Insurgentes to Scorpion Bay. It will direct you past the Las Barrancas turn off  toward La Purisima, across the arroyo and onto 16 miles of dirt road. You will arrive eventually, but some get stuck or were unnecessarily delayed. To stay on pavement, take the turn off to La Barrancas. Follow the signs to San Juanico.

The Cantina beside the house is open serving food and drinks 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM daily. The new dining palapa is in place where the dining tent once stood. 

Thursday, May 10th is Mother's Day in Mexico. In San Juanico, this holiday is more important than others. There is a party in town where mothers are honored and gifts and prizes are given. The Cantina is closed on Mother's Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

The bathhouse has been renovated with exterior paint and a new palapa roof. Inside are new mirrors, sinks, faucets, toilet stall doors and toilet seats. After twenty years of trucking water, the campground is now connected to municipal water. Water conservation is still necessary and important.

Solar Panels were installed in the winter of 2016 and the drone of the diesel generator is mostly absent.