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“Nice place but expect a cold shoulder from the owners”

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La Fonda del Mar Bed & Breakfast
Reviewed 3 June 2006

To do something a bit different during our stay in Baja Sur and Cabo, we decided to spend one night at the Fonda Del Mar B&B. Run by a couple of environmentally conscious expats, this should have been a great stop, and would have been except for the down right rude treatment by the owners. The room we had was nicely decorated and clean, although it had a shared shower. Lot's of warnings that the place runs on solar energy and batteries that could run out at night, but we had no problem. All-in-all a comfortable stay- except for the treament by the owners Denny and Judy.
They never made any attempt at greeting you when we arrived or during meals. One thing you expect at any B&B is a little bit of hospitality and polite conversation, but despite our best attempts at it, they didn't reciprocate. We sat down for breakfast with one of the owners and it was like pulling teeth to get a conversation going. When some of her buddies showed up after a round of golf, we were almost relieve when she again gave us the cold shoulder. At night and again in the morning, there were plenty of local expats hanging around in the bar/restaurant getting tanked, and the owners hung out with them while ignoring their few guests. It was very strange and made us glad to leave.
From reading other review, it appears that not everyone has a similar experience. Maybe we just caught them at a bad time, but based on our experience, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to find this place.

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Reviewed 23 May 2006

We stayed at Fonda del Mar for three nights at the beginning of our two week stay in Baja. It was a great place to start our Mexican vacation - so peaceful and atmospheric. We loved the margaritas and found out after sampling them everywhere we went that these were among the best ones we had! We asked for the tequila we wanted and they were served straight up, ice cold and were very strong. Perfect! We stayed in the suite which has its own shower and was large and comfortable. The bed was super comfortable and the breakfast at Buzzards was fantastic! This is not a fancy place (no pool, a/c, Tv) and may not be for everyone, but we loved the ambiance and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. Would definitely stay here for a couple of days next time!

  • Stayed: May 2006
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2  Thank bellakitty
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Reviewed 11 March 2006

We weren't sure what to expect as we rounded the corner to La Fonda del Mar when we saw the big BUZZARDS sign. But the setting is so fantastic, with the bouganvilla, the palm trees and the ocean, that we fell in love at first sight. There is one suite that includes a shower, while the 3 little Casitas have thatched roofs, and one must use the shower 10 feet away across the patio, which is large, clean, with lots of hot water. I was, at first, dismayed that I couldn't use my blow-dryer because all electricity is solar powered, but I decided that naturally curly hair was an asset. Breakfast at Buzzards is so large and delicious, we often missed lunch. And the dinners were wonderful, especially the coconut shrimp.
But the best part of La Fonda del Mar/Buzzards is that you can slow down, read in the sun, sit by the ocean and watch waves and whales, and ENJOY just being there. We can't wait to come back.

Stayed: March 2006
4  Thank BetGood
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Reviewed 15 December 2005

We just spent two nights there and really enjoyed it. It is in a great location for doing nothing. The food is very good and you are only 15 minutes from San Jose if you want to be more active. We had the newer room with its own shower and it was very nice. There is no place to swim here because of the undertow and the sand it difficult to walk in without shoes but we took pictures of one of the best sunrises ever and we have taken quite a few.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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3  Thank Caribbeanfanatic
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Reviewed 21 March 2005

La Fonda's must be the quietest place in the Los Cabos area. Three cabinas and one suite make up this quaint B & B. You can lay in bed in room 1 and look out over the white sand beach and the blue Sea of Cortez.
A night you can almost feel the waves as they pound the beach. In the winter you can sit on the beach and watch Humpback whales breach. During the winter you can swim and snorkel over the rock reefs immediately offshore. From late spring to mid autunm wave action can make swimming dangerous, however this is a good time of year to fish off the beach. I've seen Dorado chase bait fish up onto dry sand.

Probably the best part is no T. V. and no phones. A word of caution, no air conditioning either, however there are ceiling fans in each room.

Buzzards the resturant and bar is excellent. Great Margaritas and mas frio cervezas at reasonable prices. You don't need to worry about eating there because the kitchen is run like an american kitchen.

Denny and Judie are great hosts. Riley, Weta and Harley just add to the charm.

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Reviewed 16 March 2005

Couldn't have asked for anything better!! Great hosts, amazing setting, fun, clean, well appointed rooms. Stayed 3 nights, wished we could have stayed longer. Such a nice change from all of the all inclusive HUGE hotels in the area. If you take a trip down to the Cabo area, save a few days for this relaxed, toes in the sand, quiet spot 10 minutes from San Jose del Cabo.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Reviewed 12 March 2005

Buzzards B&B is a great place to get away to. With its thatched roof cabanas, it's rustic and charming, very comfortable and friendly. I live in New Zealand and try to make time each year to visit Buzzards, chill out and go game fishing. Much nicer than going to a big hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2004
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Additional Information about La Fonda del Mar Bed & Breakfast

Address: Laguna Hills | 23400, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range: £59 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
La Fonda Del Mar Bed & Breakfast Los Cabos, Mexico - San Jose Del Cabo

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