Mexican Beaches: Bahía Concepción in Photos

Mexican Beaches: Bahía Concepción in Photos

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, and were extremely grateful for this book, which highly recommended Bahía Concepción, and was our go-to reference as we traveled the Baja peninsula.

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!)

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.

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. 

 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.

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.

When you are planning your trip to Mexico, be sure to include a visit to Bahía Concepción, you will not be disappointed! (also, see this list of beautiful Mexican beaches for more Mexican vacation ideas)

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7 thoughts on “Mexican Beaches: Bahía Concepción in Photos”

  1. Kathy Hagen carver

    My dear Britany. I must say, I am so happy for you and Tom. How many people in this crazy world take this incredible life you have taken. The photos are humbling and I can feel the majestic peace and happiness you must have in this endeavor. I send my love to you three and look forward to your words. Aunt kathy

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! We are definitely loving life these days 🙂 Sending love back to you from Baja!

  2. Meridian & Paul

    Love the pictures! So glad we got to meet you guys out there. Good luck with the rest of your trip, we hope to see you again on the road or back in Oregon!

  3. We are "pregnant" with the idea of doing exactly what you are doing. We hope to be crossing the border in 9 months with our dog who loves nothing more than the beach. Thanks for the info, I usually never say this but I cannot wait! Safe travels! Follow us on ig @i_love_right_now

    1. We have been so happy with this choice, it has been such an amazing journey! Good luck in your planning, and please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help 🙂

  4. Hi Britany – your bog has been a great inspiration for our planned RV trip to Baja next winter. I dream about several weeks at Bahía Concepción. Did you find it safe for your pup there? I’m thinking thorns and rattlers could be an issue while hiking or bike riding. Also, have you noticed any areas of Baja that seem to attract mountain bikers?

    1. Hi Steve! Yes, Bahía Concepción was very dog friendly, and we met lots of other campers with dogs 🙂

      We didn’t encounter any rattlers, but unfortunately thorns were a bit of an issue when we went hiking in the hills behind the beach. The best way to handle this is to always bring a pair of pliers on your walk with you as they work perfectly for removing a thorn if your pup catches one. Our dog got a few thorns over the months, but never anything major, we just pulled them out and he kept going!

      One word of caution- if your dog is not EXCELLENT off leash I highly recommend leashing them when you go for hikes.

      The desert behind the beaches is vast, confusing, and full of interesting sights and smells that could cause your dog to take off running. We used a hiking leash for our dog whenever we went hiking, and every year we heard of a few dogs who took off and got lost 🙁

      On the beach, however, it was no problem to let him run around off leash. The highway and the desert are pretty far back from the beaches.

      There are LOTS of mountain bikable trails all over Baja. I think one area that’s really popular for that is down by Cabo Pulmo, but there are opportunities all over 🙂

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