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March ’08 Newsletter


March is traditionally the month of transition in weather, fishing and even South of the Border attitude.  The saying is that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and that pretty much summed up our 2008.  We went from the blustery, sporadic winds of late February into March and by the end of the month it was time to have another cerveza

2008’s Holy Week and Easter celebration was the earliest in nearly 100 years and that was definitely reflected in our guest list for family get-togethers, reunions and the general atmosphere.

Here’s a little remembrance of the days that were and the way it was.

.Holy Week

We celebrated Holy Easter Week March 20-23 in what we think of as a traditional manner.  Our guests were predominantly from local Baja Families who grew up in the area and always visited the hotel and spa during that time.  These people have scattered somewhat, but still return for a touch of sun and sand from LaPaz, San Jose, mainland Mexico or wherever time and tide and taken them.  Among our honored Holy Week Guests were –

Zuki Treviño, Yovanka Rebolledo, Hector Moraila, David Rosas, Fernando Leal, Alejandro Centeno, Luis Yuen, Jose Manuel Guereña and Family, Angel Santiago and Family and Cucho Aragon.  Julian Guerrero, Jorge Carbo and Luis Mosso brought their families from San Jose for the holidays; all together there were more than 15 people.

 If you’re thinking about a 2009 Easter Week family getaway, the date is April 12 with Good Friday on April 10. 



Good Groups


Families and businesses used the spring break for a few days of kicking back or brief conferences at the resort.


Longtime friends and guests Norm Jacobson, Jack Cole and Gary Conely, manufacturers of those great Lance Campers were here with about 20 top sales reps for a bit of a thank-you trip and mini sales meeting in our Conference Center.  Thank you for choosing us . . . again!


We welcomed Jonathon Batzdorff from Santa Rosa, Calif., with three couples who came to enjoy some quite and relaxing time.  And the world renowned architect Carlos Mondragon from Guadalajara, together with 15 family members from La Paz and throughout Baja were here for a Holy Week reunion.  The Mondragons are a widely known and recognized family and it was an honor to serve them at our little resort hotel. 


Return guests


Guests returned from near and far in an attempt to shake the last vestiges of winter from their bones.  Among the early spring arrivals were Frank and Dixie Urabeck , from Bonney Lake, Wash.; (we don’t know where Bonney Lake is, but it sure sounds like a nice place!)  There were Edward and Anne Conroy, from Shelton, Wash., visiting their friends Henry and Gloria Boynton, who are members of our Amigos de Spa; Mike Carpenter, from Sacramento, Calif.; Joan Lowry and grandchildren; Katy DeLuna, of McCall, Idaho; Mat Tomlinson, from Colorado; and Robert and Mary Meisse, of Harbor City, Calif.


Togo Hazard, our elder statesman, was here with Kim Eady, from Cayucos, on the Central California Coast; and Ann and Terry Hazard.  Togo, never one to let a good fishing day’s get away, fished with his captain, Vicente Cosio, they battled the wind for a few days and came out victorious as they a day with multiple hook ups, still this winter was long and Sr. Togo had seen better days.


We also welcomed David and Leslie Siegle, longtime good friends of the Valdez Family. We were extremely happy to see Dave doing so well. You will continue to be in our prayers.



Up ‘n’ Coming


June 20-22 we’ll play host to a gigantic Barefoot Studio’s international Hatha Yoga training event encompassing everything from the history to elements, techniques, practice and meditation presented by Matthew and Holly Krepps

 Barefoot Studio’s Mathew Krepps was one of the first four yogis in the United States to be certified to teach Dynamic Yoga by Hatha yoga adept Godfrey Devereux. The practices and class divisions at Barefoot are based on the universal principles that Mr. Devereux has distilled throughout his years of extensive practice and teaching. Devereux, who has authored several books on yoga including the acclaimed Dynamic Yoga, created the training method as a distillation and synthesis of the essential elements of classical hatha yoga practice. It is not a new type of Hatha yoga. Its roots are firmly planted in the tradition of practices that originated from the work of Professor Sri T. Krishnamacharya of Mysore, South India. This is the same source from which Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Viniyoga originated.

For registration information, call 624-129-6978 or email

The Month of July is Kids’ Summer Special, with all children ages 12 and under FREE.  School will be out and this is a great time for guests to get their young kids interested in fishing the Sea of Cortez.  Free is, well, free and you can’t beat it! 


Loyal Guests


We call our longtime returning visitors “Loyal Guests” and over the years we have put together a variety of programs and promotions as a reward for your loyalty.  We’re not going to let the rabbit out of the hat and reveal our next Loyal Guest thank-you promotion . . . but we will tell you that it’s Pure Magic and you should know about it by the end of May. 



Once again, if we missed anyone our sincere apologies.  We’ll do better on your next visit. 


            Thanks to all of you from the Valdez Family

Did You Know?

Little known tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History, Surroundings, and things of interest.


Did you know?


The last question was – During the winter we sometimes get tremendous schools of a particular fish very close to the beach.  Fishermen with casting rods, spinning rods, fly-rods and even hand-line fishing (as illustrated in our last newsletter) can often cast into the churning boil of fish and catch one after the other right at daybreak.  What is the name of this fish and how is it prepared? 


                ANSWER – The answer, of course is the sierra or sierra mackerel, which is frequently made into that delicious Hotel Buena Vista Resort favorite appetizer, ceviche.


Winners of the Question of the Month with the first response were Mike McAlister, Tomas Kundinger, Greg Marsh, John Glassmoyer, Gary Meyer and our good friend Norm Jacobson.


The prize are two welcome margarita extra tickets on your next visit. Thank you very much for participating.


Note to the winner:  Please remember to bring a copy of this newsletter on your next visit so that we can credit you with the prize.


Contest of the Month!



We were blessed during March with a terrific blitz of yellowtail right at our doorstep.  Every fisherman (and fisherwoman) knows that yellowtail put up a terrific fight, head for the bottom and bend rods – and backs – to the breaking point. Our question is:

 In what “family” or species of fish is the yellowtail and who are its closest relatives?

 The first newsletter reader in with the correct answer wins one day fishing on a 23' Super Panga...  Good luck! 

Email your answers to:



In the News


It is always nice when we find out that we have been mentioned in any national magazine.  It is always an honor. This time is no different, as we were part of a special section talking about Los Cabos. This in a Travel Agency Magazine.

click here to read it


Click Here for  2007 Total Fish Count

And Here for 2008 First Quarter Fish Count

Fish, Adventure or Inspiration Story


And Here Comes Another Yellowtail Aboard


            March is generally a pretty good month for yellowtail fishing, but nobody, and that includes Chuy Valdez, had seen this run of yellowtail for the past 25-30  years. Chuy reminisced early in his opening years that this was the best past time during the winter. To row out to the yellowtail grounds and start jigging for them, catch a few and bring them to grandma to have them cook for lunch. This is one of Chuy's favorite fishing forms, and he couldn't wait to go out and experienced the same fishing as 30 years back.



Boats were fishing just a mile or mile-and-a-half off the dining room and plucking yellows out of the blue sea the third week of March.  Most anglers were using live bait of mackerel and sardines, but some were yo-yoing jigs of various shapes and colors.  The forked-tail beauties were running up to 40 pounds and that put lots of meat in the freezers.


  On this particular day, my dad and Felipe went out 6:45 am and came back at 8:00 o'clock. The catch these 4 beautiful yellowtails.


If you were here, you know what we’re talking about.  If you weren’t, well . . . you should have been!  It was some blitz! 



Special Deals and Events

You Won't Want to Miss!





After school vacation, good grades take your kids down our way,. Kids stay for free.


July 24th- 28th 


Fish for marlin, roosterfish, tuna, dorado and more!

Nightly seminars and instruction by Steve Carson, director of the Penn Fishing University series. Lots of prizes and fun! Sponsored by:Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley, Flambeau, Owner, Albackore



July 29th -August 2nd



Be a part of Hotel Buena Vista’s Team in the $300,000 cash prices in the East Cape Bisbee’s 6th Annual Tournament. Call for details.


August 7th- 11th 

15th Annual Sportfishing with



Join Dan Hernandez and his TV crew on their 14th annual East Cape trip. Sponsors prizes and a chance to be part of his famous TV show.  Sign up early and get great upgrades.


August 17th- 21st 


Fish for marlin, roosterfish, tuna, dorado and more!

Nightly seminars and instruction by Steve Carson, director of the Penn Fishing University series. Lots of prizes and fun! Sponsored by:Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley, Flambeau, Owner, Albackore



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