Just a few favourites, from North to South (prices in Mexican pesos)
Punta Bufeo, Baja California North. FREE. No facilities. Parked up right on the beach in a tiny community (mostly retired Americans) We asked permission from someone, it was no problem. At the right time of the year you can spot whales.
Catavina Desert, Baja California North. FREE. No facilities. By Mex 1 we tucked ourselves away on an old unused airstrip. No one was there to ask permission but it seemed OK for a night. Breathtaking desert!
Copper Canyon, Chihuahua. FREE. No facilities on site but a short walk to the Adventure center -there is toilet and a cafe. We asked permission at the Adventure center. Parked right at the canyon. Wonderful view!
Hotel Paraiso del Oso, Cerocahui, Copper Canyon, Chihuahua. 100/night. The owner speaks English. We had the the option to park up behind the hotel with facilities (water, electricity and sewer) or park by it little river, about 50 meters from the hotel. We chose the river bank. The hotel has a restaurant run by the family. We tried it once, decent food but overpriced. Lovely hikes everywhere.
San Joaquin, Queretaro. FREE. No facilities. It is a big campground in a woody area with cabanas but camping is free. Very peaceful. Walking distance to town.
Las Posas, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi. FREE. No facilities but they have toilets inside Las Posas. Parked up by the entrance of Las Posas in the woods and visited the waterfalls, pools every day. Walking distance to town which has a wonderful laid back atmosphere.
Parque Nacional Chico, Pachuca, Hidalgo. FREE. No facilities. Parked in a unused fun ground/ picnic area in the woods. It is 3000 meters altitude and in August was pretty chilly and rainy at nights (we loved it!) Absolutely magical woods. Visit the charming little town Mineral del Chico which is in the middle of the park.
Centro Vaccacional IMSS Malintzi Campground for the La Malinche volcano, Tlaxcala. 60/person/night. Great facilities, even a shop and a restaurant on the campground. Great hike to the volcano. Very peaceful in weekdays. Balmy 18-22 C temperature, cooler at night.
Jardin Botanico “Helia Bravo Hollis” (near Tehuacan) Tehuacan Desert conservation area, Puebla. 150/night. Toilets. Wonderful camping area in the middle of a cactus reserve area. Very peaceful.
Overland Oasis, Santa Maria del Tule, Oaxaca. For prices please check http://www.overlanderoasis.com/ All facilities (incl. electricity, water, sewer) They do have a super cute casita as well. A wonderful oasis run by a delightful Canadian couple with 4 cats and a dog. Besides Tule is charming and much to enjoy, it is a fantastic base for visiting Oaxaca city and have day trips to the nearby mountains. The owners can give you lots of tips what to visit.
Laguna Montebello, Chiapas. 25/person for the park and 20/person for visiting any of the lakes. Actual camping is FREE. Southern part of Chiapas by Mex 307 that runs with the Guatemalan border. Some lakes have facilities. Very peaceful and somewhat bug-free place with balmy temperature.
Las Nubes Cabanas, Chiapas. 70/person. Toilets, shower. Jungle paradise with rapids, waterfalls. A wonderful trail starts from the cabanas up to a breathtaking view point.
Maya Bell Campground, Palenque, Chiapas. 150/night. Toilets, shower. If you want electricity, it’s 180/night. There’s a restaurant/ bar on sight and a swimming pool. Walking distance to the Archeological site.
Family Rancho on Mex 186 near Escarcega, Campeche. 150/night. Shower, toilet. Really sweet and peaceful place with wildlife (deer, monkeys and some mozzies)