Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Our Trip to Roca Azul RV Park and Sports Club on Lake Chapala in Jocotepec, Jalisco

The Brick Lighthouse Next to Lake Chapala
     Roca Azul RV Park and Sports Park is one of our favorite places to stay in Mexico. We arrived at Roca Azul on July 2 and planned to stay for three days. The weather and the RV park were so nice, we decided to stay for eight days. Daytime temperatures were in the low 80’s with lower humidity than the coast. The rains waited until evening to start, so we had all day to explore the large sports park and the nearest town of Jocotepec.
     There’s so much to do at Roca Azul. The main pool was refreshing for a summer afternoon dip. During the weekdays, we had the pool pretty much to ourselves. Plenty of choices for relaxing by the pool included lounge chairs, patio tables and chairs, some under umbrellas and others under palapas. On weekends, this area was busier with groups of locals gathered for events.
Playground, Volleyball, Tennis, and Basketball Courts
     While we were there, we watched this gathering and performance of Mexican folk dancers, a group of over thirty women and men in beautiful costumes.
     Bird watching is excellent at Roca Azul, both within the campground and at the lighthouse next to the lake. We enjoyed sitting on benches facing Lake Chapala, watching the waterfowl and egrets fishing near shore and other colorful birds perching in the brush nearby. The two old cacti growing up the side of the lighthouse were worth a photo.
Two Amazing, Old Cacti Grow at the Lighthouse
     We enjoyed the warm mineral water pool, refilled every day or two with natural spring water. One weekday, we had this pool to ourselves, so we sat on the pool steps, chest-deep in the soothing water while reading from our Kindles for an hour. On weekends, this pool is more crowded with families spending the day at the park. 
Warm Mineral Pool
     On our last day at Roca Azul, we decided to go to the clubhouse restaurant for a cheeseburger. As it was a weekend, there was a group of youngsters, possibly on a day camp trip, having hamburgers there as well. We enjoyed watching these young boys as they talked quietly amongst themselves and ate with impeccable manners, only going to the restroom after given permission by their counselor. A few of them struck up a conversation with Jon, seemingly intrigued by gringos being there. The clubhouse had pool tables, ping pong tables, and other games for the guests. Afterward, the boys went outside to play "Hit the Pinata" and then on to the playground.    
A Group of Boys Dining in the Restaurant
Clubhouse Game Room
A Game with Pinatas Near the Pool
A Sunset at Lake Chapala
     Roca Azul is a fairly long walk to town for dinner or to catch the bus to Ajijic or other towns on Lake Chapala. One night we walked the 2.5 miles to La Carreta restaurant where we had fantastic Arrachera steak. Another night, we walked about 1.5 miles to catch the bus to Mariscos El Carnal restaurant overlooking the lake. Taxis are scarce in Jocotepec, so be sure to ask Teo, Roca Azul’s manager, for several taxi names and numbers.
     The RV park rates are reasonably low, especially by the week or month and electricity is included. The clothes washer and dryer are free for use by guests. There are full-time gardeners that keep the park nicely manicured. We’ll definitely return to Roca Azul.

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  1. What a lovely spot! I have also noticed that the children in Mexico are so well behaved, especially by US standards. At the beach where we are, they often yell and play, but in public, they mind their manners. So refreshing. Enjoy the rest of your travels!

    1. Hi Emily,
      Thank you for reading my article and for your great comment. It's nice to know others notice how sweet and well-mannered the Mexican children are in public. They definitely are taught this from a young age.
      We're having a great trip and are enjoying the weather here in San Miguel de Allende that we may stay for three weeks. There's so much to explore here, with plenty of walking to give us the exercise we need.

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