"The good life in Buena Vista........."


June ’07 Newsletter


Historically, May begins with the sun in the sign of Taurus and ends in the sign of Gemini. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Aries and ends in the constellation of Taurus.  The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman goddess of fertility.  We were going to make some comments about our resort and fertility, but wisely decided to leave that for another day. 


We can say with certainty that May is definitely the beginning of our summer fishing season and the gods of the sea began smiling upon our angling warriors.  Be sure to read the remarkable story of Bob Preble and Michael Reeve and their swordfish battle in our Fishing and Adventure section.


Special Events


Mother’s Day is always special at Buena Vista Beach Resort.  We had a special dinner and every mom was greeted with a courtesy chocolate and a rose . . . our little way of saying “thank you.” Remember that mothers do not pay for their stay during this celebration in case you want to put it on your calendar for next year.

We hosted the King Harbor Tournament with 16 people.  Located in Redondo Beach, Calif., these are hard-core anglers and they had a great time, thanks to Bob Stephen, who put the party together.

Friends, family and hotel staff all joined to celebrate Togo Hazard’s 85th birthday.  As per usual, Togo was the life of the party as everyone wished him many, many, many more years . . . and Margaritas.

Natalie Young organized the 27th annual Western Fishing Folly.  This year as in all others they came down to have fun and enjoy a few days of relaxation and good fishing for their Performance Marketing Tournament.


Good Groups


There were so many groups – both large and small – having fun, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other events that I hope we mention them all.


Roberto Pascuale from San Carlo Deli in Chatsworth, Calif., was joined by 11 friends to fish for a few days.  The deli starts popping out fresh Italian rolls first thing in the morning and the line for sandwiches begins almost immediately.  If you’re ever up in the northwest San Fernando Valley, be sure to drop in for some pasta and fishing conversation.  Our good friends from Okuma Tackle, John Bretza, Sam Bremer, Mark “Roosterman” Rogers brought down 28 of their top sales representatives from all over the country.  They all agreed that this was the best trip in more than 20 trips they travelled down to our piece of paradise.


Adolfo Clouthier, our good friend from Culican, Sin., made his annual trip with 15 friends. They like the month of May since they come to celebrate the final crop of the year.  Greg Lecea, from Monterey, brought 24 for fishing, golfing and all that goes with it.  Dennis Hammer, from the Sacramento, Calif., area, started with just a few fish on the first day, but did very well on the last two days, as they found the tuna. As always it was great to have them.  Karen and Ronald Calderwood, of Canyon City, Colo., were joined by family for a few days.  Herman Contreras, a first-time visitor, joined us.  Their trip was organized by our good friend Lynn Rose from Lynn Rose Tours.


Lon Brooks from Austin, Tex., organized a family Baja reunion and they fished, toured and relaxed for a few days.  John Fry organized the annual South Africa invasion, it was very nice to see them, as they had postponed this trip for a few years now. Olivia Muñoz from the Marine Corp Base Travel Agency visited us with her son. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more servicemen with families at the resort.


Return Guests


            In some instances trying to track returning guests is like keeping your eye on a hummingbird – difficult to say the least.  But here goes with our best attempt at recognizing our dear friends who choose to spend a few days under the sun in our little corner of the world:


Joseph Anglesio, Harold Tompkins, Drexel Pruitt, Susana Colyer, Suzanne Sell, Calvin Preston, Dennis Orcutt, Paul Guillet, Tom Veal, Nancy Rayner and nice Traci, but we missed our good friend Papa Loco, Mike Little, John Aderson, Larry Holloway, Maria Muriello, Patricia Galasso, Judy Karimzad, Janet and Ed Groves with first time comers Mr. and Mrs.  Broin their nice, Larry Quierolo, Sharon Kincade, Terry Young, Joan and Butch Manasse, Laura Jensen, Bill Kramer, Eduardo Bustamante and Roger Canon


            We look forward to seeing you again . . . and again. 


Up ‘n’ Coming


Dan Hernandez and his group will be joining us toward the end July, there is still space and airfare available; And right after we will host the East Cape Bisbee Tournament for the 4th year in arrow.  In August, we look forward to the Penn Fishing University hosted by Steve Carson


Condos on the Horizon


We are getting there, some permits are still in process and on time, Baja time that is. Esaul continues to try and get them on time for this summer.   


We are still incorporating our list, please if you haven’t already done so, send me an email to and we’ll make sure you are fully informed and up-to-date


The Valdez Family



And Finally


Passports Yes or No?


After the U.S. State Department and/or Homeland Security deemed it necessary for visitors to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean to have valid passports, the backlog to obtain them became unworkable.  And so they changed the ruling to say that if you had documentation to show that you have APPLIED FOR A PASSPORT that would be sufficient.


Well, the passport issue has become an international snafu with some airlines accepting the applications, some demanding passports and others not sure either way.


Our best advice:  HAVE A PASSPORT!  It will make entry and exit much easier, safe and secure. 


If you have any questions, call your Congress person’s office.  If you don’t know who represents you, go to



Click Here for May 2007 Total Fish Count


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Did You Know?

Little known tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History

Did you know?


Last Month’s Question:  This is an old question but it has to do a lot with something we are about to develop: Why was the Old Hacienda built where we are?


Answer:  .


Winner with the correct answer is Gary Faules, but he will be awarded half of the dinner for two certificate as neither him nor the rest of the correct answers mentioned that the General had a medical condition that he used to heal by showering with water straight from the well. This is the reason why there is a stairway down to the whole and a sitting area down there. 


We have been working on a new project to develop the Spa, great things are about to get going. We will keep you post it.


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 Note to all contest winners:  Please print out a copy of the newsletter that announces the winner and be sure to bring it with you on your next visit to the resort.  That way there is no confusion about the winner or the prize. 




Contest of the Month!


More and more bird watchers are visiting us each year.  These are not the stereotypical people with binoculars around their necks, but more often are entire families with spotting scopes, long-lens cameras and a passion for conservation.  In honor of our Bird Watchers of Southern Baja, our question deals with this activity. 


How many species and varieties of birds are commonly seen within three of four miles of the hotel? 


The person coming closest to the actual number will receive

Prize: Specialty dinner certificate  for two.


Email your answers to: The closest guess and the first to the actual correct answer will be the winner.



Fish, Adventure or Inspiration Story


Norma 029


As you might remember from our past newsletter, on May 15, NOM-029, the infamous shark norma – a hotly debated work in progress for the past decade – became law.   We didn’t know what to expect from commercial fishermen – whether there would be a war on the high seas over fish by-catch – or if the legislature would take emergency action.  We are happy to report that the sport fishing industry, conservationists, legislators and concerned members of the hotel and tourist industry, says that there have been no problems and “things are working out for the best.” There are some actions being taken to modify this law to safeguard our resources.


            We will continue to keep our eye on the situation and report on it periodically.  But it’s good to tell you that at the end of May there had been no incidents and our sport fishing is in great shape. 

If you have any concern about the future of recreational fishing in Baja, we urge you to see and and express your outrage to fisheries officials and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon.


Nearly 7-Hours


When Bob Preble and Michael Reeve, a couple of saltwater fly-rodders from New Hampshire, visited Buena Vista Beach Resort, the last thing they were thinking about was a nearly 7-hour fight with a large swordfish.  But that’s just what they got.

            On May 22, fishing with Capt. Ramon Tamayo and mate Teodoro Araiza (Jesus Araiza’s grandson) aboard the cruiser Tres Hermanos, the guests were looking for striped marlin, dorado, tuna, and other flyrod-friendly fish.  That’s when Capt. Ramon spotted the swordfish slowly finning on the surface of the calm Sea of Cortez.

            With discretion being the better part of valor, they stowed their flyrods and “baited” the swordy on conventional gear.

            The basking behemoth took the bait and the game of tug-o-war was on! 

            The fish was hooked at 12:23 and finally gaffed and brought over the boat’s gunwale at 7:14 p.m.  It weighed 167 pounds.

            Preble, from Hampstead and Reeve, from Exeter, New Hampshire shared the chore of fighting the fish on striped marlin-size rod and 40-pound test line, so there was no world record possibility; but what a story of aching backs, pulled muscles and dogged determination by two New Englanders.

            “This was the third swordfish hooked and landed at the hotel in 2007,” said Buena Beach Resort sales and marketing director Axel Valdez.   

            “Sometimes we get one sword, some years two or three and sometimes we don’t get any.  But this is definitely the earliest in the summer season we have landed three.  Who knows . . . maybe there are three more out there?”

            For Reeve, a retiree, and Preble, a software engineer, this was their first trip to Mexico, although they had fished all over the U.S. and as far as Costa Rica for sailfish on a flyrod previously.  “I can’t give enough credit to Ramon and Teodoro.  A number of times the mate held the rod straight down to avoid the prop . . . and Capt. Ramon eventually lashed a boat hook to the gaff to make it long enough to get beneath the fish,” he said.

             New Hampshire anglers Bob Preble (left) and Michael Reeve fought a 167-pound swordfish for nearly 7 hours on May 22 fishing at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort in Baja (Mexico). 

            The billfish was brought near the boat, but rested some 4-feet below the surface and couldn’t be budged on the relatively light gear.  “It was just too deep to gaff and too strong for us to get any closer.  The fish was definitely in control,” said Reeve. 

            In a show of gratitude, the anglers gave half the fish to the captain and mate, about one-fourth to the hotel and shipped one-fourth home on ice. 

            Prior to their swordfish experience the duo had taken roosterfish, yellowfin tuna and other species on a fly.

            “The swordfish was,” said Reeve, “an unforgettable experience.”


Nuestra Cocina




Easy, delicious and always a favorite!


Carmel Sauce:

2 cups sugar

¼ cup white vinegar. 


In a medium saucepan, mix sugar and vinegar. Heat on low to medium heat until the sugar has caramelized and is a nut brown color. Pour mixture into a flan mold. If you don’t have one, a nine-inch round, two-inch deep cake pan works well. Let the syrup set up in refrigerator while making the flan.


1 cup whole milk

1 can sweetened, condensed milk

5 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla 


Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend. Pour mixture into the mold or cake pan. Set this mold inside a larger mold (a ten-inch round cake pan works) filled a quarter of the way up with water. Bake for one hour at 325 degrees, Remove from oven and refrigerate for four hours. To serve, loosen edges with a knife and invert onto a platter. Cut flan into eight wedges.


This recipe (along with all your favorites from the resort) is from Ann Hazard's new book, Cooking With Baja Magic Dos. Available online or at our gift shop, this book offers up the best in Baja cuisine. With 250 recipes, 80 colored illustrations and travel and adventure stories spanning four generations, this is a must-have for everyone who loves Baja!

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