After the trials of the northern sea, Bahia Concepcion was a beacon in the night. It is a huge bay, almost completely cut off from the rest of the Sea of Cortez, and it is mellow. The winds are milder, the seas smaller, and the tides minimal. There are restaurants and small tiendas a short dinghy ride away from any of the anchorages. In essence, it was easy. This is also why we shared the bay with a few dozen sailboats and probably a hundred RV campers.

We loved our time there, it allowed us to meet up with our friend Kelley from Montana, to restock our larder with ease, and to relax a little more than we are sometimes able to in more remote areas. It was also stunningly beautiful, littered with islands large and small, and the hiking was excellent. In the end though, it was just a bit too crowded, and the lack of fishing and snorkeling added insult to injury. After two weeks we were resupplied and ready to leave, but then a big norther blew and we got stuck for another week. Mother nature still writes the schedule.

So, after three weeks at Concepcion, longing for solitude, we set sail and made it down to Punta Pulpito, a fantastic anchorage that felt as wild and remote as anything we saw up north. The fishing and snorkeling were exceptional, we were graced by dolphins, sea lions and a bobcat, and we had it all to ourselves for nearly a week.

Verdict: Favorite anchorage to date