From Long Island, we made the trip east to Conception Island (shown as Concepcion on some charts). Conception Island, one of our favorite stopovers in the southern Bahamas, is a landbased national park that has been expanded to include the waters immediately surrounding the island as well. It is a small, remote island with no human presence, not even from park rangers. During our two-day stay on Conception, we did not encounter another person or boat. The preferred anchorage, West Bay, is protected from all but west-moving seas. The island features two beautiful white-sand beaches, one of which is about a mile long. A small “climbing wall” can be scaled with the help of a rope already secured from the top. The surrounding reefs are teeming with fish and lobster probably due, at least in part, to the “no-take” policy. Bay is the town of New Bight. Host of the annual Cat Island Regatta that draws sloops from all over The Bahamas, New Bight is unlike any other town we encountered in The Bahamas. The settlement consists of a small unpaved street with brightly colored food stalls on both sides of the road, reggae music blaring from the speakers, kids swimming on the beach, and plenty of locals milling about. We strongly recommend visiting Duke’s Conch House for a conch salad and Gooly Wash, a concoction made of coconut water, rum, gin, nutmeg, and other spices.