Friday, January 24, 2014

A Few Nights in Yuma, AZ

Moving on after two months in San Diego, our first stop is Yuma, AZ for our annual dental cleaning in Los Algodones Mexico. Last year we had a decent experience at Bernal Dental Group so we decided to try them again (my review here).

Dr. Carlos Castaneda cleaned and polished our teeth for $40 each. We were each in the chair for about 15 minutes. He seemed to do a good job once again, but we both felt it was all just a little too fast and we wondered if the job was as thorough as it should be.

Leaving the dental office we noticed several hair salons soliciting customers and since I needed a cut and love a good deal decided to go for it. I couldn't even tell you the name of the salon or the young lady who cut my hair, but she did an excellent job for only $5.

Another bonus about our stay in Yuma was the opportunity to meet up with fellow RVers Sharon and Cliff. We have met up with these snowbird Albertans twice before and this time we enjoyed a delicious dinner at their RV. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo. Discussing dentists with them we learned they (and a bunch of their friends) have been seeing Dr. Maria Fonseca for years so we may try her for a cleaning next year.

Campground Review: The Palms RV Resort, Yuma, AZ

Our stay at The Palms RV Resort in Yuma, AZ was a new experience for us, it's a vacation home/RV resort where folks own their lots and make lot improvements if they so desire. When owners are not there or the lot is not owned, they are rented out. We got a great deal with full use of the resort amenities for $25/night.

Site #262

There are 453 large lots that range from a nice concrete pad surrounded by gravel to sites with a small storage building and pretty landscaping to elaborate custom built Spanish-style houses with lovely courtyards. It looked as though about one quarter of the lots had not been "improved" in any way, and about one quarter had homes on them.

One of the small Spanish style homes.

The Resort had just about every type of amenity you can imagine for an Arizona snowbird destination (except golf) and the grounds were extremely well kept. Decent location about a quarter mile or so from the freeway. We heard trains in the night but no train whistles.

Rosie enjoyed exploring a new location.

We were pleasantly surprised that no one tried to sell us a lot upon check in. We talked to several lot owners during our stay and it seems most of the owners are Canadian snow birds. Many folks who built small houses on their lot no longer even own an RV, this is simply their second home.

Tomorrow we're off to our next destination: Picacho Peak State Park.


  1. Wow good deals all around! You really can't beat a $5 haircut, and that RV park looked pretty nice for only $25 a night. I'll be interested to hear what you think of Picacho Peak S.P.

  2. If you are able, be sure to hike (climb) to the top of Picacho Peak. Be sure to wear gloves. It's an awesome adventure!

  3. Jim just had a cleaning for $35 with Dr. Eva Urena and he was happy with it. We have never found the cleanings in Mexico to be as good as in the US. I suspect Mexicans never get their teeth cleaned but the dentists just do it for the Americans who go there.
    Hope you make it to the top of Picacho Peak. I didn't!

  4. I don't think I've seen your hair that long. Sure can't beat the price!

    Hope you have lots of hiking adventures while at Picacho Peak SP!

    Rosie's coloring is pretty in that photo. Very cute girl:)

  5. Sounds like a great RV park deal. :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. You might be at the nice PPSP but after climbing to the peak you would wished you were at Casa Grande at their heated pool. Enjoy your climb to the peak and have lunch with a view!

  7. Congratulations on making it to the Top 50 RV Bloggers! Cheers to Hans and Lisa.

    1. That's funny...I got the notice but thought it was spam! Thanks for the heads up that it was real! :-)