The Natural Hot Springs Of ‘Bahia Conception’

By JOHN M. DERBY
Times Founding Publisher
January 3, 2019

Years ago, before there was even a paved road down the Baja Peninsula, there must have been a reason why our beach community was chosen as a place to camp. We are referring to the late 1950s and early ’60s.

The first travel trailer was ferried across from mainland Mexico to a site on the coast of Bahia Conception.

It is our belief that it was the natural hot springs which dot the coast for about a mile in our area. These hot springs come up from deep in the ground at over 120 degrees. There are a dozen or more in that mile stretch where we live, however, many are right out in the water, and one can’t see them.

There are two, which are on the beach, and one is located not 25 feet from our front door. Perhaps this is why we were put in charge of maintaining it or cooling it off so people can use it.

It must have been written up in a dozen travel books because in the past 20 years, we have had hundreds of people come and ask “Where are the natural hot springs?”

Once the paved road was completed all the way down Baja in 1963, the invasion started. Nomads like us searching out a place to retire in the sun, found Posada Conception, and wanted a piece of it.

They brought all manner of camping equipment with them. Many people came and left their trailer as part of a palm roofed Palapa (house). By 1980, there were two rows of houses on the beach. Most had trailers as a bedroom and kitchen, with an open-air living space and palm roof.

The problem was, the palm roofs made the place extremely flammable and butane gas was used for heating water and cooking devices. There were three major fires on our beach in the past 20 years and they wiped out over a dozen homes.

We chose to replace our palm roof with tile and had walls made of rock in case the next fire headed our way.

The natural “hot tub” near our door was improved as years went by. It was lined with rock and a drain was installed so at high tide the water in the hot tub could flow to the sea and fresh hot water would come in naturally.

The water in the hot tub is not exactly fresh water, however, it is not sea water. It is a cross between the two with addition of sulfur. While we have not studied the medicinal effects of the sulfur, we are sure there is some, as too many stories of sulfur hot springs and their curative effects exist.


And just to add flavor to this story, the writer just got out of the natural hot spring. It was perfect temperature of 105 degrees, and that was all that was needed to add the right accent to this story.


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