Not far south of
San Diego you will find some of the most epic camping on this earth. Bahia Concepcion, in Baja California
Mexico is a must. This magical
spot is one that makes you question returning to work and reality. From Tijuana follow highway 1 south for
about 600 miles. After hugging the
Pacific coast, the highway cuts across the unforgiving arid desert where
cactus, snakes and turkey vultures seem to be the only life. Eventually, the dust pit softens and
you will descend on to the Sea of Cortez , the east coast of the Baja
peninsula. It is a contrast to
Bahia Concepcion is
just after the busy little town of Mulege. Conception Bay has miles of crescent coves sprinkled with
white sand. Blue- green agua of the calm Sea of Cortez laps at its shores while
date palms overlook jumping fish.
Palapas on the beach mean fair game for camping. As a rule, it is a good idea to camp at
these palapa beaches where locals run the campsites. Expect to pay a small usage
fee of a few USD per day.
Santispac, a slice
of heaven, is one of the first campgrounds you will come across. Traveling
south on snaky highway 1, you can’t miss it. Two days and one night will cost 80 pesos (about $6 USD). Stake your spot under your palapa, cool
off in the peaceful lagoon and chill the day away. If you find yourself needing a little more action in the
oasis, kayak and boat rentals are available. You may want to spearfish or snorkel for scallops. Local
vendors sell a variety of snacks (vegetables, bags of fresh raw shrimp,
empanadas, and even pizza). The
Santispac campground seems safe, as it has one gated entrance from the
road. A restaurant run by an
American/ Mexican couple has a full bar, 15 peso draft beers, stiff margaritas,
and surprisingly killer food.
A jolly bearded man
who resembled Santa on summer break told us. “This isn’t the nicest camping
spot in Bahia Concepcion you know.”
He was right, there are amazing spots scattered all around the Bay. But
Ill let you find them for yourself.