South Of The Border
By JOHN M. DERBY
Times Founding Publisher
March 7, 2019
Nothing much changed, it appeared to us one year, when
the wheels of our Dodge truck rolled into the entrance of
Posada Conception, a beach community on the edge of the
Sea of Cortez — 1,100 miles from our front door in
The houses had gone through another hurricane, and some
had been damaged including ours, but not bad enough to be
a problem. Our workers had already made the repairs to our
ceiling which caved in.
The person who built the house, (us) did not have enough
sense to use some other material than sheet rock, and so
we paid every time there was a hurricane which went over
We own the house and built most of it with our bare hands
and local help. We do not own the land, and in fact despite
what some people say, no foreigner can actually own land
in Mexico. They have a bank trust which handles the legal
arrangements annually and pays the fees.
Our house started out as nothing more than a 32-foot trailer
on a 50x50 lot with a palm roof over it and some rock walls
to help block the wind. It did have a modern bathroom with
a shower which seemed essential.
We paid very little for it; only $10,000 for a half share
in the ownership plus the annual lease fees which amounted
to just over $2,000 a year. This paid for fresh water, electricity
from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., sewer, garbage and some security.
We fell in love with Posada Conception the first time we
sailed into Bahia Conception where the whales once gave
birth. It was our kind of place, not touristy, very cheap,
laid back and some place we could take or leave, if the
A lot of people fear the Mexican government, and what they
might do to the people who live down here. We have never
had a problem. We don’t need to own everything we
use, and in fact, we don’t care for
the American need to own everything.
We can actually sell our house which is now worth 15 times
what we paid for it. But why would we want to do that? We
live in a two-story house which looks out at sea and in
the morning we watch as the sea birds dive and dophins play.
Even whale sharks have decided that Bahia Conception is
worth returning to. These gentle giants are over 30 feet
long and do not harm humans.
Each night on the beach the locals have a happy hour and
talk about what is new.
Our first evening upon arriving is always like a welcome
home party. In the 20 or so years we have been coming down
here, we have adopted this wonderful community and they
have adopted us.