Saludos from the Valdez Family!

February 2005

February wasn’t quite as warm and sunny as January. We had about four inches of rain early in the month, which has greened everything up and there are a lot of wildflowers on the hillsides. 

The facelift continued on the hotel and our captains and deckhands were busy doing construction, painting, boat maintenance and even some gardening!

The winter is also the time where most our employees take their time for vacations, therefore sometimes during the winter you don't see all the familiar faces, but it is normal as it is one of our slowest month of the year.

Fishing during this past month we had quite good, and we had our fleet going out almost every day with great action. Arturo reported that our fleet mainly concentrated North to El Cardonal and when the days were calm our fleet also venture South. The early marlin run of February was very good, as well as the dorado fishing toward the end.   

The Outdoor Show Circuit is finally over, it is always great to see so many friends. There were some cold area that we visited, but it is all ok if it is only for just a few days only.

Esaul's and Chuy's hunting trip was a great success.12 hunters were for this first year open invitation. There was plenty of shots fire and even more great meals, but most  important a lot of good memories. We will give you all the details on next month newsletter.

And of course, we thank all of you for your continued patronage over the years, and we hope to see you very soon! 

The Valdez Family

Special Deals and Events You Won't Want to Miss!




East Cape "Fiesta de Pesca" a Fishing Festival




Mothers Day Special


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La Cocina

Oscar’s Mushroom, Chorizo & Rajas Tostada.  

Even though it’s not on the menu, this is one of Oscar’s special creations and you can order it as long as he’s in the kitchen! For years, the young chefs at the hotel never stuck around. They sort of apprenticed here and then moved on to Los Cabos or somewhere else more upscale. Oscar, however, fell in love with Eva, the lead server at the hotel restaurant. Since she has two kids, Oscar has no plans of leaving. We are glad, because he is a great chef. Serves four.

  • 8 corn tortillas

  • ½ cup corn or canola oil

  • 2 cups refried beans (Bean section or use canned)

  • 2½ cups mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 8 ounces chorizo (Breakfast section)

  • 2 poblano chiles, blistered

  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo (from can)

  • 1 cup crema media ácida or sour cream

  • 2 cups grated Chihuahua or jack cheese

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded

  • Salt and pepper to taste

In skillet, fry tortillas in oil until crisp on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Heat beans in saucepan. In another skillet, cook mushrooms in butter until done. Set aside in bowl. In same skillet, fry chorizo until done.

To blister chiles: If you have a gas stove, lay the chiles over the open flame and char skins well, turning with tongs frequently until they’re uniformly blackened and stop snapping. The more charred they are, the easier it is to remove the skins. If you have an electric stove, place chiles in a large skillet on high heat. Turn frequently as above. Remove chiles to plastic bag, close it and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove from bag, place in ice-cold water and remove the stems, skin, veins and seeds. Cut into rajas (thin strips).

In blender or food processor, purée chipotles with crema or sour cream. To make tostadas, start with a layer of beans on top of the fried tortillas. Add chorizo, mushrooms, rajas and adobe crema. Top with shredded lettuce and cheese and serve.

This recipe will be featured in Ann Hazard’s new cookbook, Cooking With Baja Magic Dos. Look for it in the fall. It will contain 75 new recipes, 8 years’ worth of new Baja adventures and all new art! Visit Ann online at  

Did You Know?


Little known tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History

Did you know…

The guy whose photo is on the dining room wall by the front entry walking across the top of the fish scale where the day’s catch are weighed and displayed for photo opportunities by proud anglers is Cirilo. His current job is doing maintenance on the boats and filleting fish. He was last seen shirtless (again and looking very fit) on March 16th helping dig out the septic system between the kitchen and rooms 46 and 50. In the photo with him is John Colyer, late husband of Suzanna who continues to spend a month a year with us. He had a big day fishing that day, because his blue marlin looks to weigh in at no less than 300 pounds! There are also seven fairly small (especially in contrast to the massive marlin) dorados hanging up there with him. No wonder Cirilo was dancing across the top of the pole!

Cirilo has been Chuy's right hand man for beach operation for the past 27 years. He still is one of the main guys around.  His laughter is famous among all of us. He is also compadre to Esaul and Axel as they both have baptized Cirilos daughters. 

Contest of the Month!

Last month’s contest winner was Mary Fedorka. Yes, this is the second month in a row she has won. Well, it’s slightly obvious that she is a whiz on Buena Vista trivia! She will be joining us in mid-April with her husband Buzz for three weeks. When she’s here, we will make sure they enjoy the special dinner two with a bottle of wine she won in January, along with the free night of drinking she won this month. Congratulations, Mary! Don’t get carried away now with all your freebies!

This month’s question: 

Get this one right and you too can win a night with an hour open tab at the bar! Who is the artist who painted the mural of the hotel in the dining room and what year did he/she paint it? Email your answers to:


Fish Stories & Adventure Stories


Our fish story of the month is a personal account entitled “Diary of a Tagged Sailfish.”


Dear Hotel Buena Vista:


For the past 15 years, my wife Barbara, Dennis and Sandi Noble of Edmond Oklahoma and I have been making an annual excursion to Baja’s East Cape. For the past 12 years, we have based our stay at our favorite resort, Hotel Buena Vista.


Early on our policy was, and has been, to tag and release all billfish caught so their growth rate and migratory habits could be studied. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) at La Jolla CA provided us with the necessary scientific tags. Over the course of our fishing adventures, we tagged and released dozens of billfish, mostly sailfish and striped marlin. Unfortunately, two blue marlin caught during this time were in no condition to be released, but dozens of billfish were returned to the Sea of Cortez safely and in good condition.


Over the years, none of the billfish we tagged and released were ever reported recaptured. Not a single one. Don’t forget, that’s an awfully big and deep ocean out there. Barbara, Dennis and I always wondered about the fish we caught and released; where were they now, did they survive and reproduce? Deep inside, we felt a certain kinship to those we set free. This wondering was about to change. 


On December 14, 2004, a concern that had bothered me off and on for a dozen years was finally put to rest. That day a panga fisherman south of Manzanillo, Mexico caught a sailfish tagged and released by me on Thursday, October 28, 2004 aboard the Eclipse skippered by Captain Jesus Araiza, with Mauricio as our mate. The panga fisherman reported the catch and tag number to David Holts, Fisheries Biologist with the NMFS’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center at La Jolla. The fish had traveled a net distance of 446 nautical miles in 47 days, from Baja’s East Cape across the Sea of Cortez to mainland Mexico’s west coast. The recaptured sailfish was but one of four caught, tagged and released in two days of fishing aboard the Eclipse.


According to David Holts, the Marine Game Fish Tagging Program was established in 1963. Since then, the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center has provided tagging supplies for tagging swordfish, marlin and sailfish in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The NMFS publishes an annual newsletter documenting tagging data by region, recaptures, angler catch per day fished, migratory patterns, and the like. Additional information can be located on the Southwest Fisheries Science Center web site at Some of the statistics relating to distances traveled and days of freedom by previously tagged billfish border on the bizarre.


By the way, there is a happy ending to this story. The sailfish recaptured by the panga fisherman was released to live another day. Perhaps another lucky angler will catch (and release) it or one of its offspring in the future.


Remember, preserve our planet’s oceans and conserve our ocean’s resources for other generations to enjoy.


Larry Peabody

(Larry Peabody is a retired National Weather Service meteorologist, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, a Certified Weather Observer, and a freelance writer. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, Outdoor Writers Association of America, and Texas Outdoor Writers Association. His articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Sport Fishing, Golf Digest, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Southern Saltwater, Marlin, Outdoors Unlimited, Texas Highways, Southern Outdoors, Saltwater Sportsman, and Texas Gardener, to name but a few.)

Click Here for January and February 2005 Total Fishing Count

In the News


 Western Outdoor News and the hotels in our area came together to organize the first East Cape Fiesta de Pesca. A festival through out April, we invite you to come and read a little more about it, and also the nice story they made for our resort.


Click here to read: Buena Vista Beach Resort offers history, comfort and Great Fishing




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