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La Bufadora Inn in Bahia Asuncion is a Dream Come True

La Bufadora Inn in Bahia Asuncion is a Dream Come True 

The first time I laid eyes on Bahia Asuncion in 2008, I knew I was home. As I stood on the point admiring the blowhole, I was overwhelmed with the sheer beauty of the place.

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I felt a deep sense of contentment realizing that I had finally found my place. While my heart raced and imagination soared, my rational brain was wrestling with the reality that there was nothing I could do to support myself and my daughter in this remote fishing village…in other words… give up this pipe dream.

I asked my companion about the small house perched on the rock and was told a crazy guy lived there all by himself and I thought…hmmm…my kind of crazy.

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Little did I know I would marry that crazy guy and build La Bufadora Inn on this very spot!

I unwillingly returned to Guerrero Negro where I was an English professor at the university…secretly vowing that we WOULD live here someday.

Despite the arduous journey into Asuncion over the terrible washboard road, my daughter and I camped there as often as we could. We both loved the village and its people and finally found a small cabin in San Roque to live in on our holidays.

The owner’s son asked the fishermen what we were like and was told we were crazy…the very idea of a single mother living in a fish camp was unfathomable to them. But my future husband who grew up in that cabin thought…hmmm…my kind of crazy.

It didn’t take long for us to fulfill our destiny, marry and begin building a new and exciting life together in paradise. To supplement Juan’s income from the fishing cooperative we began a water taxi service to help visiting yachts get fuel and supplies, and I made jewelry to sell.

Juan’s house at the blowhole was rustic, with no running water or indoor plumbing. Our electricity came from an extension cord from the fishing cooperative, and there was only one phone in town at the village office….but oh what a spectacular view!

Poco a poco,” little by little we fixed the place up, planting trees and gardens, building patios and an indoor bathroom! The village evolved too with a new water line and electricity and phone lines for the whole town. We even had to find and put up our own power pole!

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Only a handful off hearty adventurers ever made it out to Asuncion, but I knew this place had great potential. I believed that people would come if they knew how magnificent it was. When phone lines were finally installed and we became connected to the rest of the world, I began posting stories and pictures of our paradise on the internet, and slowly a few Baja veterans began to make the trip out here to see what all the fuss was about.

Word spread quickly about the beauty and friendliness of the village, but the poor road still made it inaccessible to most travelers. But this all changed when the government promised to pave the entire road from Highway 1 to Asuncion.

As the road improved every year, we began welcoming guests to our home, which later became La Bufadora Inn. My brother came out to see what had captured my heart and fell in love with the town, too. He immediately had the Beach House built, and it is now a popular vacation rental. We then acquired several lots next to it to create Campo Sirena, a campground with all the necessary services.

la bufadora inn

la bufadora inn

With the family behind us, we were able to start a sportfishing service with one panga, which we called Sirena after my daughter. More tourists began to arrive, mostly for the spectacular yellowtail and calico bass fishing.

Juan tried his hand at building rock walls around the patio and it became his passion. He hand chose each rock and slowly built two magnificent guest rooms entirely of rock, and is adding another triple room this season.

la bufadora inn

 

la bufadora inn

 

la bufadora inn

When we started the website www.bahiaasuncion.com to promote the great fishing, pristine beaches, snorkeling with sea lions and the safe, friendly village, interest grew quickly and there was an increase in tourism. We built one room a year to accommodate the growth, and also bought a second panga.

la bufadora inn

la bufadora inn

We have come a long way in 10 years and changed our name to La Bufadora Inn to appeal to a wider range of guests. We now have five unique rooms with private patios, and we’ve built the vacation rentals Sunset Casita and Casa Pargo.

With more visitors and a few expats buying homes and lots, the village has also grown. It now sports some new restaurants, stores and hotels, and a new Pemex station should be open soon. Bahia Asuncion is a rare gem and one of the few places on the Baja peninsula that still has that “old Baja” feeling. Our little village once known as an undiscovered paradise is coming into its own as an eco-tourism destination. Viva Asuncion!

la bufadora inn

la bufadora inn

 

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About Shari Bondy

Shari Bondy has lived in Central Baja for over 20 years, and in Bahía Asuncion for 10 years. She and her husband, Juan both love Baja and play a very active role in their local community. Shari is involved in the gray whale research in Bahia, in addition to being a tour guide, English teacher, sailor and a tourism operator.

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