Along the unspoiled white sand beaches which border the azure blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, the Buena Vista Beach Resort earns its name as the “Jewel of the East Cape.” The Sea of Cortez with its near-perfect weather and sea conditions, endless miles of white sandy beaches and dramatic scenery is a paradise for sport fishermen and anglers alike, harboring the most bountiful sea life on the planet. With more than 850 species of identified fish, it ranks as one of the world’s most productive fishing areas. Black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, jack crevalle, pargo, pompano, yellowtail, roosterfish, sierra and wahoo are all found in East Cape waters.
But just as appealing is the relaxation of warm Mexican hospitality, first class spa treatments, leisurely trips to the natural and archeological wonders of the area, or a lazy afternoon basking in the sun on your private hammock.
Owned and managed by the Valdez family, the resort greets everyone with wide-open arms, even wider smiles and treats you like one of the family. Once you arrive, you will be met at the airport by one of the three Tres Hermanos vans – large enough to accommodate a party of six and all your luggage. When your van pulls into the hotel entrance, it will drop you off at the Reception Desk. It is here that you will check in, get your room key, lunch tickets and coupon for your Welcome Margarita. It’s also the place you’ll go to ask about any tours, activities or special events you’d like to plan during your stay.
After you check in, head down the path toward the beach, through a jungle of coconut palms, tangles of magenta bougainvillea and yellow hibiscus.
The air will be soft and warm. The light will ripple and dance across the surface of the water. You’ll see orange lichen creeping across the roofs of our 60 Mediterranean bungalows, hear the tinkling of fountains and inhale the delicate aroma of plumeria blossoms.
You’ll never for a moment doubt that you’re in the tropics here! This is no high-rise hotel. Every one of the roomy, one-story bungalows has a private patio, phone and coffee service. Many have hammocks too.
Both the standard and premium rooms are the same size with identical floor plans. They are comfortable-casual in decor and style. Most include two double beds (a few king-sized beds are available if you would prefer), a telephone, nightstands, dresser with mirror, conversation table and chairs, and a bathroom with shower. Each room has its own coffee pot and an outdoor patio with chaise lounge, table and chairs.
The premium rooms are located around the pool and restaurant area and close to the beach. Nearly all of them have hammocks as well. The standard rooms are terraced up the gently sloping hillside toward the reception area, a short walk away. All rooms have lockable interconnecting doors for family convenience and daily maid service. Laundry service is available.
Hungry? Order up a plate of Nachos or a hamburger. When the boats come back from fishing and all sorts of people descend on the pool, you can be sure that someone will start up a wild game of water volleyball. Join in. What more could you ask?
POOL & SWIM-UP BAR
The social hub of Buena Vista Beach Resort is the swim-up bar under the giant palapa at the pool. The beautiful fresh-water pool is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day of fishing or touring. It’s also a great place to spend an afternoon under an umbrella reading a book. Beach towels are available daily.
Buena Vista Beach Resort has one of the most spectacular and safe swimming beaches in all of the East Cape and Los Cabos areas. Since the resort is located at the south end of Las Palmas Bay, the waters are calm and so clear you can see bait fish swimming by as you wade in the warm water.
There are hot springs right offshore, so that when you walk over them, you can feel the heat coming from below the sand. These hot springs make an evening swim in the moonlight an experience that is not to be missed!
SPORTFISHING AT BUENA VISTA
Hotel Buena Vista’s fishing fleet is the most experienced on the East Cape, and includes 19 boats, from 23-foot Super Pangas, 28-foot Single Engine Cabin Cruisers, 29-foot Twin Engine Cabin Cruisers to 31-foot Twin Engine Cabin Cruisers. All are fully equipped with safety and fishing equipment and are manned by professional crews (experienced in both conventional and fly-fishing) who know the sea and its denizens.
Regular Fishing Tours
The hours for a regular fishing tour are from 7:00 am to 2:30-3:00 pm. Distance will vary from 5 to 50 miles, average distance is about 15-30 miles, and it all depends where the fish are. Our fleet goal is to get you fish, and our captains will do and go where needed to achieve this goal.
Extra fishing time is available upon request, extra charge applies.
Half-days are also available; they can only be requested at the resort, and they are based on availability.
From May through July you and a group of up to six (minimum four) people can go night fishing on a 26-foot cruiser. Fishing is mainly bottom species around several prolific reefs. You’ll fish fairly close to shore and be gone four hours – from 7 to 11 p.m.
The fleet is equipped with the best equipment in the industry and is well maintained by the same captains. Okuma and Penn reels fill with Maxima line. Boats have equipment from 60 lbs, 40 lbs, 30 lbs and 20 lbs outfits. Neither spinning reels nor surf rods are available.
All the terminal tackle on the boat is included in the price. You are welcome to bring your own equipment as well.
Fish Cleaning and Packing
Beach staff will take care of your fish when you arrive from your fishing day. You need to tell the dock master of the day what is that you want to do with your fish. You have several options: You can send some to the kitchen to be prepare for you that night; you can choose to have the resort take care of it, to clean, bag, and freeze your fish or smoke it for you; or you can have sent to town to have it vacuum pack and/or smoked for you.
When you get on your fishing boat, your captain will introduce himself and his deckhand. He’ll ask what would be your target specie, once he knows this he will suggest the type of bait that you should get.
Bait is bought from the pangueros direct and you must have cash for their services, normally you will be taking about $20-$30 dollars worth. It could be frozen bait (ballyhoo), large live bait (mackerel, caballito, little jacks or mullet), or sardines.
Onboard Picnic Lunches and Drinks
Hotel Buena Vista offers box lunches and sodas for your fishing adventure. Please come in to the Activity Desk in El Pescador Bar the night prior to your tour to sign up and give your order for next day fishing.
There is a full menu to choose from for your next day out. You have your choice of burritos, sandwiches, fried chicken and salads along with cookies, fruit and soda or water and of course beer. Everything will be on your boat the next morning prior to you boarding your boat.
Catch and Release
Buena Vista supports a Catch-and-Release Philosophy, believes strongly in conserving our natural resources, and supports the Worldwide Billfish Foundation and its catch-and-release program. In fact, 75% of billfish are released to fight another day (more than 1300 this past year alone). Hotel Buena Vista anglers who release fish receive a special patch, signifying their commitment to the program.
In addition, most of Hotel Buena Vista’s captains are participating in the Captains 25+ Release Team awards program, sponsored by the Billfish Foundation and Penn Fishing Tackle. As part of the Billfish Foundation’s worldwide effort to promote the catch-and-release concept, the Captains 25+ Release Team provides special recognition to captains who release more than 25 billfish annually.
Children under the age of 12 sharing room with adults are $25.00 + tax per night ($30.75 total per night w/meals).
Diving and additional tours are available from Buena Vista at extras cost.
This is truly one of the best salt water fishing dollar value destinations around. Our crews are very well versed in light tackle and fly fishing equipment and techniques. Striped marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, they all come close to East Cape. Our crews know where to find them and our boats are equipped to get you there and produce maximum results.
EXAMPLE EAST CAPE FISHING PACKAGE – Rates subject to change by operator
Buenavista Beach Resort 4 nights/3 days fishing
|2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
|– extra night/day fishing||$342.00||$249.00||$228.00|
|31-ft. twin cruiser||$1,450.00||$1,060.00||$973.00|
|– extra night/day fishing||$419.00||$300.00||$266.00|
RATE INCLUDES: Roundtrip airport and hotel ground transfers from Los Cabos, 4 night lodging double occupancy in a standard room at Buenavista Beach Resort on the beach at the East Cape, all hotel taxes and hotel gratuity charges on room, 3 meals per person daily while at resort, 3 days sportfishing 4-to-a-boat aboard a 28ft deluxe cruiser, boat tax, fighting chair, ice, fuel, safety equipment, passenger insurance, captain, mate and approx. 8 hour fishing days.
Example Lodging Rates – Subject to change by operator
|Standard Single||$135.00||Premium Single||$1165.00|
|Standard Double||$185.00||Premium Double||$215.00|
|Standard Triple||$235.00||Premium Triple||$285.00|
Includes: Room rates include three meals per person per day. Rates without meals are available.
Rates do not include: 13% hotel & lodging tax and 10% hotel gratuity charge to be added to room rates.
Example Charter Fishing Rates – Subject to change by operator
|23-ft. Super Panga||2 persons capacity||$270.00|
|28-ft. Cruiser||4 persons capacity||$415.00|
|29-ft. Twin Cruiser||5 persons capacity||$485.00|
|31-ft. Twin Cruiser||6 persons capacity||$555.00|
Rates are per day and do NOT include: 10% tax, drinks, fishing tackle, bait, fishing licenses, and tips to boat crew.
ADDITIONAL INCIDENTAL CHARGES
Average daily tip for boat crew is 10-20% of boat price,depending on service.
Fishing License: $10.00 per person per day, $20.00 per person per week
Bait: $20.00 per day typically
Fish Cleaning: $0.40 per pound. $3.00 per pound to have it smoked. (Done by employees at resort and includes cleaning, filleting, packing and freezing)
East Cape, Baja at Buena Vista, 2012