I continue in this post sharing my ten favorite camping and RV destinations of my lifetime. (You can read Part I. about destinations 1-5 here.)
6. Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.
Memories of six weeks in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico include warm days, the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, the clean, quiet and small RV park at the Vista Bahia Hotel, friendly locals and travelers, red bougainvillea everywhere and fishermen fixing their nets on the beach. The name means “place of divers” and it is about ten miles north of Puerto Vallarta. Bucerias was quiet and relaxed where Puerto Vallarta was bustling. It was John’s and my first big trip together in our cozy class C motor home “Sky Pilot.” Bucerias was an enchanting location from which to spend weeks exploring the area’s cities, villages and floating in warm lagoons with our doggies.
7. New Harbor, Maine.
New Harbor is a fishing village that takes you back in time. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, the sea-worn red and green docks, the rugged rock coast, active fishing boats, the smell of fresh salt air and smiling folks flood your senses with imaginings of a bygone era. What a picturesque place. It is known as a destination for plein-air painting workshops. Watercolor artist Andrew Wyeth and many other famous American artists stayed and painted on nearby Mohegan Island (which was definitely worth the cost of the ferry ride over to visit for a day). Although John and I were on a car camping trip at the time and Pemaquid Point Campground was lovely, we gave ourselves a few days of luxury at the historic (converted farmhouse opened to public in 1888) Hotel Pemaquid and explored the town on foot from there. This is definitely the place for a romantic getaway!
8. Rotarua, New Zealand.
Rotarua on the North Island of New Zealand brings back vivid memories of soaking in one of the city’s many natural hot springs while holding overhead a large umbrella to shield from raindrops. Rotarua was a great place to relax, to meander around the towns many shops with their unique 50’s-looking architecture and to eat. We had a most delicious poached eggs, freshly baked toasted bread and thick bacon breakfast at one of the local cafes which was unforgettable. Our rented small class C motor home was an excellent way to explore the North and South Islands of New Zealand. All of the RV and camping parks that we visited were class A establishments. With a population of about fifty thousand, Rotarua’s geothermal activity makes the city a great tourist destination.
9. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Dalhousie University.
Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada was memorable to me for its grand street market and our stay at Dalhousie. In 2012, Halifax was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada. John loved the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which featured history and artifacts related to the great Titanic disaster that occurred just off Halifax’s coast. We took a break from our Nova Scotia car-camping tour to stay in an inexpensive dormitory room at one of Canada’s oldest universities – Dalhousie – founded during British colonial rule in 1818. Included in the twenty dollar a night room cost was breakfast at the cafeteria. I love the flexibility that car camping offers for a truly diverse adventure. Needless to say that a few days was not enough time to explore all the museums, galleries, parks and other sites that Halifax has to offer. We will definitely go back again.
10. Surfside RV Resort, Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
John and I discovered the twenty-year-old RV community just a few years ago and a we fell in love with it. Neighboring a natural wildlife preserve, Surfside RV Resort in Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada is an oceanfront RV membership resort. It gets a five-star rating from Woodall’s North American Campground Directory in both facilities and recreation. The neighboring commercial area of Parksville‘s is a wonderful little tourist village with restaurants, public services and shops. Parksville is on the sheltered eastern coast of Vancouver Island and only about an hour and a half north from Victoria. We love the nature experience at Surfside and we love its proximity on the island for exploring. I can’t recommend Surfside more highly as a Vancouver Island RV destination.
Thank you for indulging my remembering. On reflection, I cannot imagine what my life thus far would have been like without camping and RVing. The intimacy with a place can be incredible while camping or RVing and all from the comfort of a known bed. Life is good.
You can read Part 1: places 1-5 here. < http://www.rvt.com/blog/travel/part-i-my-ten-favorite-camping-and-rv-experiences-of-my-lifetime/>
What were some of your all-time favorite camping and RV stops?