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“Gracias Me Amigos y Amigas!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   Km 105 Carretera al Sur, Buenavista 23580, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Buenavista
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Corvallis, MT
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“Gracias Me Amigos y Amigas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Just returned two days ago to Montana from five great days at HBV. It was our second trip to the East Cape; the last was seven yeas ago to a nearby and well respected resort/fish camp that we also enjoyed very much. I wouldn't try to compare places as both of our visits were great and would return to either in a heartbeat. Except to say that the Valdez family and their entire staff go well above and beyond all expectations in trying to make your visit relaxing and care free. And maybe this is where our real appreciation for HBV is and where their destinction shines... in their people and the atmosphere they cultivate; where guests can quickly relax and visit with each other, and the staff, over the course of a couple of days, become friends.

Where do you go and find the owners themselves making time to personally rustle up and assemble snorkel gear from off-season storage upon request (Felipe)? Or take time out of their busy day to look through your tackle to help pick out the right lures for Roosterfish, Sierra, and Cabrilla (Saul)? Elizabeth at the front desk is absolutely a hoot with her infectious energy, laughter, and sincere desire to help coordinate any activity or request from our much anticipated marlin fishing trip to our tour of La Paz. She even turned over her office and computer to us on the last morning so we could personally check in for our departure flights, pay for baggage, and print boarding passes... can you imagine?!

Our drivers were outstanding...Hector our driver to and from the resort to the airport was extremely gracious when he had to wait an extra hour and a half for our friend's delayed arrival flight. Like Abraham our driver and "tour guide" to La Paz, they were both awesome when it came to answering any imaginable question about the area history, culture, politics, the desert, or fishing. The day to La Paz was more than what we expected... mostly due to Abraham's openess to sharing so much about life in Baja and his willingness to show us more than just the tourist side of things. He even took us to Pez Mar where he joined us for lunch for the very best seafood tacos imaginable.

Over twenty five years of professional guiding/outfitting and high-end property and ranch management experience affords us a unigue perspective to evaluate an operation like HBV. Bottom line we would feel fortunate to have any of HBV's staff work for us! They're that good!

Other reviewers focus on the facilities, food, lack of nightlife, etc., etc. And for the most part they are right on the money. If you insist on staying in accomodations that have that prestine, unlived-in feel that is a common industry standard, and you yourself live that way at home, then the rooms here will not be as you would expect. However, if you concern yourself with the things that count, and not how well the paint on the window trim and caulking looks, then you'll be satisfied. The rooms are colorful, the sheets and towels are clean, the full-size beds are firm, and the A/C kicks butt. Our room had great water pressure in the shower and more than enough hot water. The sink faucet was low on pressure but the screen could have been plugged with sand... I didn't think to bother unscrewing the screen and checking- blame it on "Baja Brain!" Heck, you're not in the rooms very much.

Power outages in the East Cape do occur, but HBV has it's own large generator plant to make sure that guests experience as little disruption as possible. Power went out a couple of times for a short spell while we were there, once during dinner, but Felipe and Miguel where right on top of it. No problemas... Looking up and down the coast from our terrace dinner table, while the towns of Buena Vista and Los Barillos were dark, we had lights, music, and dinner without delay.

Meals are ordered off the menu and there is plenty of variety for a week's stay. The presentation is better than where we stayed before and the quality and quantity was very good. You will not go hungry on the American plan! And besides, if you're lucky enough to get Letetica or Esperanza as your waitress, an abundance of smiles and laughter are thrown in for good measure.

The landscaping and pool area are highly maintained and aside from some occasional missing roof shingles and cracked or chipped adobe, the building facilities are well cared for. Remember, this is the East Cape where life and the charm of the place is much more laid back then the hustle and bustle of the sterile, corporate-owned and operated Cabo corridor.

Now let's talk fishing...

Fishing on the East Cape is the area's internationally known claim-to-fame and for good reason. The resort has a long and distinquished legacy of catering to fisherman and they are not only proud of it, but take it very seriously. They really want their guests to do well.

March is not a peak month for either fishing from the beach or boat. However, Striped Marlin are caught year-round and we were very grateful that our requested boat "3Hermanos" with Captain Ramon and Tio were able to get the boat out of winter storage and ready in time for our day on the water. Arrangements for the day were discussed the evening before, licenses and breakfast at 6:15 am and on the boat at 7:00 am. Traveling twenty five to thirty miles off shore gave this old fishing guide and outfitter plenty of time to check over the boat and equipment. Top flight is all I can say. As for the crew, they definately know what they are doing. Not only can they handle their equipment and take care of what needs to be done with a minimum of effort and the familiarity that only comes with time, but they also know the water and have the eyes and "sense" of what is happening on the water that day. While our "rookie eyes" were fading by mid-day after searching hour upon hour for birds hunting bait schools and tailing marlin, Ramon and Tio stayed vigilant and continued to spot tailing marlin and sailfish in the afternoon.

Our daughter was able to land and release a 130-140 lb class marlin after a one hour fight. The battle was made even more epic and difficult when the marlin, after it's third or fourth jump, became tail-wrapped by the line! Considering this was her first marlin, she sure met the challenge. For the day we had four marlin and one sailfish into the spread and coupled with the marine life (manta rays, whales, dolphins,etc.) one sees while out there, the day was more than we could have hoped for. As it was we were one of only two boats that day that landed a marlin... bueno trabajo y gracias Ramon and Tio!

The resort has a couple of kayaks that folks can use to paddle off the beach to reach inshore and reef fishing. I enjoyed my last day paddling and fishing for hours while a big school of Roosterfish literally made the calm ocean explode all around my kayak as they tore into and destroyed a school of baitfish. Didn't hook up but didn't care either... the show was that good! Not sure if HBV has more kayaks, if they do great, but this is one aspect of their fishing program that would greatly help the visiting angler and make them more competitive with a neighboring fishing resort. For whatever reason: budget limitations for multiple days cartering a boat, waiting for an available boat, or just having the fantastic opportunity to experience another way of fishing (and seeing the ocean environment up close), having a good supply of kayaks and well-maintained equipment for rent is a huge attraction for the visiting angler.

This might be a wild idea, but if HBV had one or two plexiglass bottom kayaks so folks could paddle over the reef to view the abundant marine life, what a marketing tool and boon to those who aren't comfortable with snorkeling or to reach more remote spots on the reef.

We could go on and on but if you're the kind that can appreciate the singular pleasure of enjoying a Sea of Cortez sunrise while watching the fishing fleet prepare for the days' work, walking the beach and visiting with those that you meet there, reading a book in a hammock, or taking an area tour, and then sharing your adventures with your new friends at the dinner table next to you at day's end... than pack your bags to the East Cape and "Old Mexico" and soak in some sun and hospitality HBV style. You'll be planning your next trip as soon as you get home just like we are!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rockaway Park, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

My first trip to The East cape.
What a Fishing Fantasy.
Not much into the Marlin, but you can possibly catch or at least hook into some aprox. half of the day without taking the whole day to hunt for them and within distance of land.
Simply amazing.
So many species of fish to choose from:
Roosterfish, Dorado(Mahi-Mahi: Simply delicious)Tuna, Billfish and Snapper and Grouper.
Hopefully next time, will try to get into some Tuna action.
They have all the equiptment that you might need.
Brought along a couple of spinning reels spooled with Braid.
Did not bring any Surf Rods, but the Resort has availble if you need.
on my last day there, had planned a half day snorkel trip to Cabo Pulmo, then some Surf Fishing on the Beaches with a guide, but Mother Nature had other plans.
A very large Storm rolled in.
The fishing parties that arrived the day before were disapointed to find out that all the boats had cancelled their trips that day because of the weather.
But Felipe maded up to them.
He was not obligated to do this(Thats how fishing goes sometimes: The real fishing people know what I mean).
But he accomodated as best as he could.
The whole staff at the Buena Vista greatly helped me make a fishing fantasy come true.
A bit far from N.Y. but well worth the trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This is a resort practically in the middle of nowhere, but to our great surprise, we actually enjoyed our stay. It is very quiet, and if solitude is what you crave, this is the place for you. Certainly, it cannot be deemed luxurious by any means, but it is very relaxing. The rooms are large enough and kept clean, and the bed is comfortable. And if orange is your favorite color, then you are in for a treat. The walls, the curtains and the bedspread are all in bright sunny orange. There is a small dinette in the room, and all rooms open into a back patio. Ours was in an area where two rows of coconut trees are lined up with a hammock tied between two trees. There is a small table and two chairs, comfortable enough for reading. It looks into the water and the empty beach. There is a restaurant in the resort, so no need to worry about meals. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the menu is not that eclectic, there is enough variety to keep boredom at bay. The fish ceviche and the shrimp cocktail, as well as the margaritas are outstanding, so is the carne asada taco and the pork ribs in Mexican sauce. Lobster and lamb chops are also in the menu, and we saw other people having them and they seemed to be satisfied with them. The one thing to avoid is the fish taco. It was very strange, made out of some kind of smoked fish. The other fish dishes are made out of fresh fish, but not done in what could be described as exciting or interesting; just decent.

There is a wireless connection, which is useful if you want to check in with the world, but if you want to be totally unconnected, then you can turn off you cell phones, I-pads, etc., and just totally commune with nature. We took long walks in the empty beach, breathed in the fresh air, read for hours, lay down in the hammock and daydreamed away. There is also the swimming pool, which we avoided, because this is where most of the guests congregate, but certainly the place to lounge around in if you want to relax and socialize at the same time. It is a great place for families with young kids, as there are kiddie pools and plenty of space for them to run around in.

For a little change, you can drive to the nearby town of Los Bariles where there are a few restaurants and some shopping, also a Catholic church.

The staff, if and when you need them, are very helpful and accommodating, especially Elizabeth at the Front office. English is reasonably spoken and understood.

Room Tip: If you want total peace and quiet, ask for any of the units numbered 41-49 or 50. They are farthest...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

If you are looking for a place well off the beaten path,not a lot of amenities and limited tourists, this is the place for you. Very remote, nothing around the hotel and few activities are coordinated by the hotel. The restaurant is ok but has typical american fare. The margaritas were fantastic. Just not what I was expecting at all. Did I mention it was remote?

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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salt lake city utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort is a staple of the East Cape. The people who run it have been doing so for years, and they love what they do. Many of the guests staying there while we were there were repeat visitors, greeting staff like old friends.

If you're looking for high end luxury, you probably won't be visiting the East Cape anyway, but it is not easy to find in this part of the world. Hotel Buena Vista has beautiful grounds, great pool, wonderful beach access and clean comfortable rooms. The bed was surprisingly comfy, rare in Mexico! However, this resort is first and foremost a fish camp, catering as it has for years to the fishermen who are drawn to the Sea of Cortes.

The rooms are small, with very little storage. The bathroom is tiny with no counterspace and zero storage. There was very little closet/drawer space and I had a hard time figuring out where to put our stuff for a 4 night stay. All of the rooms could use some updating, but our bathroom in particular was pretty worked. The shower, though small, had great water pressure and lots of hot water. Basic needs are met, but no extras at all.

I would stay there again, but if you're looking for luxury resort living, you should head south the madness of Cabo. HBV is clean, comfortable, friendly with few frills. The restaurant was pretty good, nothing spectacular but good food and really great staff.

If you're looking for great beach access, a lot of peace and quiet, a large pool with no crowds,really friendly staff and a beautiful location, this is the spot for you.

Room Tip: Kings are hard to come by, request one with your reservation.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakley, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Our recent trip to this resort was not disappointing. We hace been going here for many years and have always had a wonderful time. The Valdez Family and Staff go out of their way to make sure your stay will be relaxing and worry free. This resort has great fishing and a great location for relaxing. This resort is very family friendly and in a very safe location. With all of the stories about the bad things going on in Mexico, I have never felt or had a situation that would make me believe I was un-safe.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ruskin, Florida, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This was our first visit to Baja. Being from Florida, we know fishing, and this far exceeded our expectations. 4 sailfish; 14 tuna; 6 dorado; 2 roosterfish and amazing captain and crew (Ramone and Tio). The resort was clean, beautiful and the entire staff and owners treated us like family. The food was phenomenal, any request was gladly filled. Met many nice guests that had been coming here for many years and all confirmed never any problems traveling on their own throughout Baja. Drank water right from the tap, no tummy troubles at all. We highly recommend this resort as well as all of Baja. Took a trip to Todos Santos and our driver, Abraham, was very informative and helpful. Elizabeth was more than happy to set up any arrangements you could want. Do yourself a big favor and plan a trip to this resort.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Km 105 Carretera al Sur, Buenavista 23580, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Buenavista
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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