Mexican Beaches: Bahía Concepción in Photos

Tom views Bahía Concepción from the top of a nearby hill.

Tom views Bahía Concepción from the top of a nearby hill.

When Tom and I got our first glimpse of Bahía Concepción we immediately decided we would be staying for a while. We ended up spending nearly two months at this incredible Mexico destination.

Bahía Concepción is a bay off of the Sea of Cortez on the East side of the Baja Peninsula. It is lined with 50 miles of beaches, studded with small islands, and loaded with wildlife. Dolphins, whale sharks, sting rays, and a variety of sea birds are all commonly seen in the bay, often from the shore. 

Part of what makes Bahía Concepción so unique for travelers is the easy availability of beach front camping on blue lagoons that are nothing short of paradise. The best way to describe this idyllic location is to let you see for yourself, so we've collected some photos from our weeks here to help describe our new favorite spot in Mexico. (If you are interested in taking beautiful travel photos like these, get help choosing the best travel camera!)

The view of Los Cocos Beach from our camping spot. 

The view of Los Cocos Beach from our camping spot. 

We regularly view wildlife from our campsite on the shore. 

A pelican lands on the water just offshore.

A pelican lands on the water just offshore.

A pod of bottlenosed dolphins viewed from the shore.

A pod of bottlenosed dolphins viewed from the shore.

We have a beach front campsite including a small palapa that provides shade during the heat of the day.

Indy is a very happy beach dog :)

Indy is a very happy beach dog :)

We celebrated Tom's birthday here, starting with an incredible fiery sunrise.

An amazing way to start Tom's birthday!

An amazing way to start Tom's birthday!

Birthdays in Baja!

Birthdays in Baja!

Aside from the bay itself, there are some amazing hiking trails within walking distance of the beach. One trail led us into a forest of saguaro cacti, ending at a rocky overhang with preserved ancient cave paintings. 

A forest of saguaro cacti. 

A forest of saguaro cacti. 

Tom hiking. Most of the plants here have thorns on them, so we carried tweezers and pliers in case we needed to remove a thorn!

Tom hiking. Most of the plants here have thorns on them, so we carried tweezers and pliers in case we needed to remove a thorn!

An ancient cave painting depicting three people with their hands raised, likely hunters.

An ancient cave painting depicting three people with their hands raised, likely hunters.

Kayaks, sailboats, and recreational fishing boats are popular in the bay. Commercial fishing is not permitted in Bahía Concepción.

Tom kayaking out to a nearby island.

Tom kayaking out to a nearby island.

A recreatonal fishing boat.

A recreatonal fishing boat.

A sailboat passes by at sunrise.

A sailboat passes by at sunrise.

During the day we gather firewood, and in the evenings our social life mostly consists of music and stories around a campfire with other campers. We've met a number of very talented musicians here, and have enjoyed some incredible acoustic music around the campfire.

Firewood at sunset.

Firewood at sunset.

When you are planning your trip to Mexico, be sure to include a visit to Bahía Concepción, you will not be disappointed!

Have you visited Bahía Concepción? Tell us about it in the comments!