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Baja Mexico Hangout 2022 (SOLD OUT/Waiting List)

February 21, 2022 - March 4, 2022

Victor's RV Park • San Felipe, BC, Mexico • February 21-March 4, 2022

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

This Hangout is currently sold out,
but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Leave winter behind for 10 days on Mexico's sunny beaches

Situated on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula, between the dramatic Colorado Desert and waters of the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), the once sleepy fishing village of San Felipe has emerged as one of Mexico’s fastest-growing resort towns. Time here moves at a slower and more comfortable pace than in the more commercialized tourist areas like Cancun and Los Cabos. You will have plenty of opportunities to experience San Felipe’s laid-back vibe with your fellow Escapees during the 2022 Escapees Baja Mexico Hangout.

After gathering and spending the night in El Centro, California, we will caravan together across the international border, where we’ll have a VIP police escort through the city of Mexicali. About two and a half hours later, we’ll arrive in San Felipe and our beachfront RV park on the Sea of Cortez. That night, you’ll enjoy a Welcome Fiesta with an all-you-can-eat fajita buffet and margaritas at a restaurant just down the beach from the RV park.

For the next 10 days, we’ll hang out together, soak up the sun, share evening happy hours and campfires on the beach, enjoy potlucks and “throw-downs”, and explore the charming restaurants, bars, shops, and nightlife of San Felipe. We’ll explore the town’s Malecón (waterfront esplanade), dine on some of the best street tacos you’ve ever tasted, and bike through the city to the San Felipe lighthouse. 

There’s plenty to do right in the RV park too, including an on-site restaurant and bar. Want a delicious breakfast delivered directly to your RV? Simply call the restaurant on your radio. There will be plenty of unscheduled time to just relax on the white sand beach that’s just steps away from your RV, or to enjoy the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez in your own kayak, canoe, or other watercraft.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a volunteer service project with San Felipe United to benefit the community. In 2020, we planted trees along the road adjacent to the town’s baseball stadium. We’ll have more details on the 2022 project as we get closer to the Hangout.

And after yoga on the beach became one of the most popular impromptu activities at 2020’s Baja Mexico Hangout, we’re stepping up our game for 2022 with the help of yoga teacher Theresé Julo (The Tripping Yogi). You may have already attended one of her popular classes at a Hangout, Convergence or at Escapade. Theresé will lead eight yoga classes during this Hangout, including morning sessions and a special sunset class on the beach! Everyone is welcome; no yoga experience is needed.

Included activities

On our first full day in Mexico, we will travel by bus to C&G Glamping’s Cheese Boutique, a small local shop dedicated to the promotion of regional artisan cheeses from Baja California and Mexico, for a tasting of their cheeses and wines, and then to the San Felipe Brewing Company, a beachside craft brewery where we’ll enjoy lunch, outdoor games, and live music.

Another day, we will travel to the Ometepec Estuary area of the Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Río Colorado, an important biological reserve. Here, the San Felipe Salt Company produces the natural sea salt prized by famous chefs and home cooks alike. You’ll learn how the salt is extracted, have an opportunity to float in the salt pool (like in the Dead Sea), and enjoy a michelada, a popular Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, spices, tomato juice, and chile peppers, and served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass.

We’ll also spend a day at the awe-inspiring Valle de los Gigantes (“Valley of the Giants”), which is home to a forest of cardón cacti, the tallest cactus in the world. The massive cardóns exist only in Baja California and Sonora and can grow to over 60 feet tall, 25 tons in weight, and more than 300 years old. We’ll picnic underneath these giants as their massive branches stretch upwards into the desert sky.

And you’ll get to sample a variety of tequilas and mezcals at a private tasting held for us right at the RV park. Along the way, you’ll learn the differences between a mass-market tequila and some of the finer agave-based spirits that Mexico has to offer.

Optional activities

Art Museum Tour & Hot Springs – $40/person

Participants will carpool to Puertecitos, south of San Felipe, to visit the Pez Gallery art museum and the area’s hot springs. Sergey Gornushkin, the gallery’s principal and an internationally-recognized artist, will guide the group through the gallery’s collection works that emphasize environmental awareness. After lunch, you’ll travel to the famous Puertecitos Hot Springs, where thermal pools mix with seawater brought in by the tides, for a relaxing and rejuvenating soak in the warm waters. This optional activity includes a guide, admission to the museum, lunch with beer, soda, or water, and entrance to the hot springs.

Guided Off-Road Tour – $25/person

Baja California is known for its wide variety of desert off-roading opportunities. On this tour, you’ll drive your own vehicle following a guide truck to multiple scenic locations, including caves, fossil sites, and ancient petroglyphs. Includes homemade lunch at a family farm in the desert. An ATV or other OHV, or any high-clearance vehicle (preferably with four-wheel-drive), is required. There are no OHV rentals in San Felipe.

Hangout location

Aerial view of Victor's RV ParkOur home base for the Baja Mexico Hangout is Victor’s RV Park in San Felipe. This family-owned park and hotel, located right on a pristine stretch of beach along the Sea of Cortez, has been the site of several previous Escapees events. Victor, his wife Lily and son Victor Jr. are fabulous hosts, dedicated to doing everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. The park is a 15 minute walk from the Malecón and all the sights of central San Felipe.

Escapees has rented the entire RV park for the duration of the Baja Mexico Hangout. There are 33 30-amp full hookup sites, of which 18 are suitable for big rigs. There are also 21 dry-camping sites, including six small sites (for Class Bs or small travel trailers) with beach views. Fresh water, a dump station and warm showers are all available in the dry camping area.

Is this event right for me?

Every member is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Baja Mexico Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • enjoy hiking, walking, and other outdoor activities
  • can participate in activities during weekdays (traditional working/business hours)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

COVID-19 precautions

Because the safety of our members and staff is our number one priority, proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend this event.

Escapees recommends that members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending any club event. (“Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have passed since receiving either the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson). Participants who are not fully vaccinated must obtain a COVID-19 test not more than 72 hours (three days) before entering this event.

    • At event check-in, you will be asked to present either a valid U.S. or Canadian CDC vaccination card showing that you are fully vaccinated (a copy or a photo on your phone is acceptable) OR the written results of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the past 72 hours.
    • If you don’t have a test, have lost your vaccination card, or are outside of the 72-hour window, locations of the nearest testing facilities will be provided to you. You will be required to self-isolate until a negative test can be provided.
    • Participants who test positive are not allowed to remain on site, and will receive a full refund of their registration fee.
Situations in which you may not attend this event

You may not attend this event if any of the following are true for you or anyone in your party, unless you have met CDC criteria for discontinuing self-isolation:

    • Within 14 days before attending the event you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive, for COVID-19, or
    • Within 48 hours before attending the event, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), whether or not you are vaccinated, unless you have obtained a negative COVID-19 test since the onset of your symptoms and within 72 hours before entering this event.
FAQs about the vaccine/testing requirement

While PCR tests are preferred because they are the most accurate, antigen tests (also referred to as rapid tests) will be accepted.

Yes, children who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative COVID-19 test result to attend.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can get tested at any facility that offers COVID-19 testing. The websites of most state or county public health departments can help you find testing locations. Many retail pharmacies also offer testing. Your event hosts will have a list of testing locations in the area of the event.

If you test positive for COVID-19 before the event, you are unfortunately no longer eligible to attend. To receive a full refund of your registration fee, email a copy of your positive test result to us at hangouts@escapees.com.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the event, you may not remain on-site at the event. 

If you’ve had COVID-19 within 14 days before attending the event (meaning you are still within the 14-day isolation window), you are unfortunately not eligible to attend. To receive a full refund of your registration fee, email a dated copy of your positive test result to us at hangouts@escapees.com.

If you’ve lost your CDC vaccine card, you will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arriving at the event.

Masks recommended indoors

In accordance with current guidance from the CDC, Escapees strongly recommends that all attendees, vaccinated or not, wear a mask when participating in activities or socializing with other participants indoors. Attendees are also expected to comply with all masking requirements issued by any governmental entity or private business.

Other precautions

The COVID-19 health and safety precautions that will be in effect during the Hangout will depend on the state of the pandemic, local and state health regulations, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other medical professionals at the time. These precautions may include measures such as requiring wearing of masks in certain situations, requiring social distancing, avoiding indoor group activities, limiting carpooling, and/or limiting activities that include sharing of food. In addition to the above, you may be required to agree in writing that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event. 

Please also be aware that the availability and content of some planned activities may change depending on local and state health regulations and the business’ own COVID-19 mitigation policies.

Schedule

Activities and schedule are subject to change. Activities marked with an *asterisk are not included in your Hangout fee.

Monday 2/21

Arrive at Imperial Valley Mall in El Centro, CA by 3:30 pm.

Check-in and mandatory informational meeting

Dry camping in mall lot

Tuesday 2/22

Depart Imperial Valley Mall at 8:00 am

Mexican border crossing, police escort through Mexicali, drive 2.5 hours to San Felipe

Welcome Fiesta Dinner

Wednesday 2/23

Intro to Yoga class

Wine and artisanal cheese tasting at C&G Cava Boutique

Beer, lunch, and live music at San Felipe Brewing Company

Evening campfire on the beach

Thursday 2/24

Morning yoga on the beach

Day trip to Valle de los Gigantes

Margarita throw down

Friday 2/25

Potluck brunch

Interactive game night

Saturday 2/26

Morning yoga on the beach

Salt mine tour

Sunset happy hour, dinner & campfire

Sunday 2/27

Morning yoga on the beach

Guacamole throwdown

Monday 2/28

San Felipe United volunteer service project

Lunch & margaritas at Restaurante Rosita*

Sunset yoga on the beach

Tuesday 3/1

Morning yoga on the beach

Bicycle ride

Tequila & mezcal tasting

Potluck dinner

Wednesday 3/2

Morning yoga on the beach

Art museum tour & hot springs*

Group photo on Malecón

Street tacos dinner at Taqueria Riviera*

Thursday 3/3

Morning yoga on the beach

Guided off-road tour*

Farewell Fiesta with taco bar, live music & dancing

Friday 3/4

Depart Victor’s RV Park at 8:30 am

Police escort through Mexicali; arrive at U.S. border by 11:30 am

Important things to know

International travel by RV is a bit more complicated than traveling in the United States. We will organize a caravan and do everything we can to help make your trip amazing.  But you are responsible for complying with all of the following requirements, and the group will not be delayed if you fail to do so. 

  • Passports: Every attendee (including children) must have a valid passport with an expiration date of September 4, 2022 or later.
  • Tourist cards (FMM): You must obtain a FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple, a Mexican tourist card) for each attendee online within the month before our border crossing. The cost is about US$30 a person, depending on the current exchange rate. We will provide each attendee with detailed instructions for how to do this.
  • Vehicle liability insurance: Mexican law requires that you have vehicle liability insurance issued by a Mexican insurer. The cost can be significant–as much as US$100 or more–depending on your RV and the options you select. Coverage for damage to your vehicle(s), if you need it, will further increase this cost. See more details in the FAQ below. To avoid surprises, we recommend getting online quotes for insurance before registering for the Hangout.
  • Your RV and tow or towed vehicles must be registered in your name, and must be in good mechanical condition to make the 2 1/2 hour drive each way to San Felipe. All the roads and highways we’ll travel on are paved. (Officially, all vehicles entering Mexico also need a Temporary Import Permit [TIP]; however, this has never been enforced on the Baja Peninsula, and we don’t expect it to be anytime soon.)
  • Pets are permitted in Mexico as long as they have current vaccinations. A veterinary health certificate is no longer needed for dogs and cats, but may still be required for other animals.
  • Guns and ammunition are illegal in Mexico. Enforcement is strict. Expect your vehicles to be inspected. Any guns or ammo found will be confiscated and result in you being immediately jailed. Don’t do it.
  • Recreational drugs and medical marijuana are illegal in Mexico. Again, enforcement is strict. Expect your vehicles to be inspected by drug-sniffing dogs. Illegal drugs will be confiscated and you will be sent to jail. If you take any controlled substances (other than medical marijuana) prescribed by a physician, be sure they are in the original bottles with the prescription label. CBD products containing less than 1% THC are available for purchase in Mexico, but may not be brought across the border into the country.
  • Radios: We recommend that you have with you a Family Radio Service (FRS)-capable walkie-talkie for communications within the caravan (and so you can order food and drinks from the restaurant to be brought to your rig). These cost $25-$50 for a pair on Amazon. Be sure your radio has fresh batteries if it uses disposables, or bring the battery charger.
Also be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Registration includes:

  • 1 night dry camping in El Centro, CA
  • 10 nights in an RV site on the Sea of Cortez
  • Welcome margarita
  • Welcome Fiesta Dinner
  • Bus excursion to C&G Glamping Cheese Boutique and San Felipe Brewing Company
  • Admission to Valley of the Giants
  • Salt mine tour with michelada
  • Tequila & mezcal tasting
  • Farewell Fiesta with dinner & live music
  • Restaurant & bar on-site with rig service
  • 7 yoga classes on the beach
  • Social activities
  • Event beach bag & koozies
  • Police escorts through Mexicali
  • Hangout hosts

Additional required costs:

  • Mexican tourist cards (about $30 per person)
  • Mexican vehicle liability insurance (about $100-$300 or more, depending on RV and options selected)

Optional activities:

  • Art gallery tour & hot springs with lunch – $40/person
  • Off-road guided tour with lunch – $25/person

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: 

  • As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the Hangout, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents.
  • Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others.
  • As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. 
  • By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Hangouts; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time. 
  • If COVID-19 protocols are still required at the time of the Hangout, you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules. If requested, you will sign a written agreement releasing Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event.

How to register

There are two ways to register and pay: by phone or online.

  • To register online (highly recommended), click the Register online button below and follow the instructions on your screen.
  • To register by phone, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬‬.
Note: our online registration system now gives you 10 minutes to complete your registration after you select a site type. If you don’t complete your registration during that time, your site will be released and you will need to start over. Likewise, if the system says that no sites are currently available, but does NOT say that the Hangout is sold out, refresh the registration page and try again, because sites may open up if other people don’t check out in time.

Registration opens Wednesday, September 8, 2021
at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time.

Before registering, be sure you read and understand the Important Things to Know (particularly the additional costs for mandatory Mexican vehicle liability insurance), the COVID-19 precautions, and the cancellation policy.
We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list below. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.
We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list below. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.
We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

After you register, please join the Hangout group on Facebook (a link to this group will be in your confirmation email). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Frequently asked questions

Yes. Every attendee (including children) must have a valid passport with an expiration date of September 4, 2022 or later. You must bring your passports with you to check-in.

If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you don’t need a visa. However, you do need a FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple), basically a Mexican tourist card, for each attendee. You can obtain the FMM online within the month before our border crossing. The cost is about US$30 a person, depending on the current exchange rate. We will provide each attendee with detailed instructions for how to do this. You must bring your printed FMMs and payment receipts with you to check-in. We will have the Mexican authorities stamp our FMMs when we cross the border into Mexico.

Mexican federal law requires that you have vehicle liability insurance issued by a Mexican insurer. This insurance covers bodily injury to and damage to property of third parties while you’re driving. The minimum required coverage level is 50,000 pesos (about US$2,500) in property damage costs and 100,000 pesos (about US$5,000) in personal injury expenses, but for their own protection, most visitors purchase at least $100,000 in coverage.

Each self-propelled vehicle that you plan to operate in Mexico must have its own liability policy. If you have a motorhome and a toad, that means you’ll need two policies. Owners of towed trailers will need liability coverage only on their tow vehicle.

The cost for the required liability coverage can be US$100 or more per vehicle, depending on your vehicles and the options you select. In the past, some Escapees members who have motorhomes with toads have saved money by insuring their motorhome for just the two driving days. You’ll want liability coverage on your toad or tow vehicle for the entire duration of the Hangout so that you can drive it while you’re there.

You may also need or want insurance coverage for damage to your RV or other vehicles if your U.S. insurance doesn’t already provide it. The cost for this coverage depends mostly on the value of the insured vehicle(s)–more expensive vehicles cost more to insure.

It’s important to understand that your U.S. policy has two main parts: liability to third parties (bodily injury and property damage), and damage to your own vehicles (collision and comprehensive).

The liability portion of your U.S. policy is not valid in Mexico. You are required to purchase a Mexican liability policy as described above.

The damage to your vehicles portion of your U.S. policy MAY OR MAY NOT cover you for damage incurred in Mexico. Read your policy and talk with your insurer to find out.

If your U.S. policy does not provide damage coverage in Mexico, you can add this coverage when you buy your Mexican liability policy. Be aware that the cost for this coverage depends mostly on the value of the insured vehicle(s)–more expensive vehicles cost more to insure. As a VERY rough guide, figure on an additional US$100 in premium for every $100,000 in vehicle value.

If your U.S. policy does provide coverage for damage to your vehicles in Mexico, be sure you understand and comply with any applicable restrictions. If you’re OK with those restrictions, you don’t need to spend the extra money on redundant Mexican damage coverage.

FCIS Insurance, an Escapees Commercial Partner, can assist you with your Mexican liability insurance. Call 800-331-1520 or email info@fcisinsurance.com to discuss options with one of their RV insurance specialists.

You can also price and buy your Mexican liability insurance from a number of online sites, including Mexpro.com and Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance. Or if you prefer, you can visit a Mexican insurance broker in one of the U.S. border towns. Finally, your U.S. insurer may also be able to suggest a source.

Be sure to shop around, as premiums can vary significantly between insurers.

The roads are all paved, and pretty much like you’d find in the United States, at least as far south as San Felipe. In Mexicali, the surface streets are similar to those in major U.S. cities. The highway between Mexicali and San Felipe, and most of the roads in San Felipe itself, are all either two-lane or four-lane paved roadway. 

According to reliable third-party sources, all of the diesel fuel sold in the northern Baja Peninsula is ultra-low-sulfur (ULSD) suitable for use in all diesel engines. You will not see it labeled as ULSD, however. 

If you prefer not to buy diesel in Mexico, know that the round-trip route is about 290 miles long, so most vehicles can make it on one tank of fuel. You can also bring extra diesel fuel with you in appropriate containers if you wish.

Yes, pets are permitted in Mexico as long as they have current vaccinations and parasite treatments. As of December 16, 2019, a veterinary health certificate is no longer required for dogs and cats, but may still be required for other animals.

Dogs must be kept on leash at all times while outside your RV. Please be sure to pick up after your dog.

No. Guns and ammunition are illegal in Mexico. Enforcement is strict. Expect your vehicles to be inspected at the border and again at a military checkpoint on the way to San Felipe. Any guns or ammo found will be confiscated and result in you being immediately sent to prison. 

In the past, some Escapees members have shared the rental of a self-storage unit in El Centro, CA to store their prohibited items the night before departure. We have also heard of travelers leaving their weapons with a pawn shop in the U.S. and then retrieving them when they return.

No. Recreational drugs, including marijuana, are illegal in Mexico. Again, enforcement is strict. You should expect your vehicles to be inspected by drug-sniffing dogs at least once. Illegal drugs will be confiscated and you will be sent to prison.

If you take any controlled substances prescribed by a physician, be sure they are in the original bottles with the prescription label attached. And if possible, don’t bring any larger quantity than what you’ll need during the Hangout.

While not required, it’s highly recommended. While we are caravanning to and from San Felipe, we will use two-way radios to keep in contact with everyone in the caravan. They are especially useful if you need assistance during the journey. In addition, the park’s restaurant and bar monitors the radio for orders to be delivered directly to your rig. 🙂 

Any Family Radio Service (FRS)-capable walkie-talkie will work. If you don’t already have one, they cost $25-$50 for a pair on Amazon. Be sure your radio has fresh batteries if it uses disposables, or fully charge rechargeable batteries before each travel day.

Citizens-band (CB) radios are not required.

In general, the municipal water quality in San Felipe is good. But…better safe than sorry. To help ensure that illness doesn’t interrupt your fun, we recommend drinking and brushing your teeth with only purified bottled water. (Bottled water is readily available at stores in town, so don’t worry about bringing a 10-day supply.) 

The fresh water supply is fine for bathing, washing dishes, and so on. Many RVers sanitize their fresh water systems upon returning from Mexico, again just to be safe.

Yes, there is a Calimax store, similar to a Super Walmart, about two miles from the RV park. The Calimax has a wide selection of food items as well as other household goods and supplies.

Victor’s RV Park has wifi, but as with many campground wifi systems, it is relatively low bandwidth and may not be reliable with so many people in one area.  If you need data intensive bandwidth, there is a coffee shop nearby with a good connection, or you may wish to use your own cellular hotspot.

 

Your cell phone will work in Mexico, and coverage in the RV park and the cities is generally good. However, availability of service, data speed and data caps will vary depending on your device, plan and carrier. Please check with your carrier beforehand.

We strongly recommend that you have at least mobile voice service on your phone while you’re in Mexico for use in an emergency. If your current U.S. plan does not include service in Mexico and you can’t add it temporarily, it is possible to get a local SIM card and add data to it to use in your cell phone or other mobile device. The cost is about $5 per gigabyte of data.

Yes. On the night before departure day, in the Imperial Valley Mall parking lot, generators may be used until 10:00 pm and after 6:00 am. Generators may also be used in the dry camping area at Victor’s between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.

To the extent feasible based on rig size, we will try to locate solar-powered rigs that don’t plan on using generators together in the dry camping area. However, you should be aware that the dry camping area is relatively small, so you will likely still hear generators being used.

Tents are not permitted in the camping area (dry camping or full hookup) due to space constraints. Small shade tents or shelters are OK on the beach.

The town of San Felipe is probably safer than most American cities. You will see tourists and residents alike walking around and to and from the Malecón and downtown areas at night. Of course, it’s always a good idea to take the same reasonable precautions you would in the United States.

From Imperial Valley Mall in El Centro, CA to the border crossing (Puerto Fronterizo Mexicali II) and then to the campground in San Felipe is 145 miles and about 2.75 hours of driving time. Our actual travel time, however, will be closer to 5-6 hours, allowing time for customs and immigration formalities at the border and checkpoints along the way.

The return trip from the campground back to the border is 128 miles and about 20 minutes shorter.

No, but we encourage you to travel with the caravan for safety and fun, as well as to have the benefit of the police escort through Mexicali and expedited crossing at the border.

Yes! Mexicali is a large and dense city, with a population of about one million people in the metro area. It can be easy to get lost or separated from the rest of the caravan. To help prevent this, the local police department will meet us on the Mexican side of the border and escort us through the city. Motorcycle officers will stop traffic at each intersection so that our caravan can proceed straight through without stopping. When we return, the escort will meet us on the south side of Mexicali and take us back through the city, directly to a dedicated line at the border crossing.

Yes, subject to availability at the RV park. As soon as you know your schedule, request a reservation for your extra days at Victor’s RV Park by email at victors-rvpark11@hotmail.com or through their Facebook page. Additional nights will be at the park’s regular rates. Note that because of RV size limitations at Victor’s, it may be necessary for you to change sites within the park before or after the Hangout.

Unfortunately, no. Because of the different sizes of sites in the full hookup area and the shortage of larger sites, we will assign rigs to sites based on their rig size. In general, we will put each participant into the smallest site that can accommodate their rig.

No. Each rig owner must register themselves separately, and at least one person in each rig must be an Escapees member.  

Yes, drones are permitted at the campground and in the surrounding areas.

None of the sites at Victor’s RV Park are designated as handicapped accessible. And because the legal requirements in Mexico for providing accessible accommodations are not the same as in the U.S., the park and the businesses in town in general may present numerous barriers to people with mobility challenges. Almost the entire campground is firm sand, including most of the walkways, and there are stairs in various places, including from the full hookups area down to the beach.

No. Our campground hosts speak excellent English, and most restaurants and shops in San Felipe speak at least basic “tourist English”. Of course, it’s always polite when traveling internationally to learn a few words to be able to communicate in the local language!

No, there are no car rental agencies in San Felipe. 

Yes! The drive from Lake Havasu City, Arizona to El Centro, California is only about 3 1/2 hours, and you’ll need to arrive by 3:30 pm for a mandatory 4:00 orientation meeting. So if you leave Lake Havasu by mid-morning, you’ll get to El Centro with time to spare.  

No problem! Just email hangouts@escapees.com with your question, and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

Cancellations

If you cancel on or before Friday, January 21, 2022, you will receive a refund of your Hangout registration fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. 

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after January 21, 2022.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration! (Note: please don’t join the waiting list unless and until the Hangout sells out. Entries received before that time will be ignored.)

Details

Start:
February 21, 2022
End:
March 4, 2022
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Website:
escapees.com/hangouts

Organizer

Escapees Hangouts (Hosts: Cheryl & David Goldstein)
Email:
hangouts@escapees.com

Venue

Victor’s RV Park
Av. Mar de Cortez Sur
San Felipe, Baja California 21850 Mexico
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Phone:
+52 686 577 2817
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/ResortTuristicoSanFelipe/

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Notification - For latest club information affecting members and RVers, please click here.

Escapees Lobby Hours Escapees lobby will be open 8:am-5:pm Monday-Friday beginning 10/4; however, Mail Service sign-ups are by appointment only at 936-327-8873. Masks are required. If you need assistance with your Escapees RV Club membership, please call us at 936-327-8873 or email us at clubbusiness@escapees.com.

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