Las Gaviotas ResortLa Paz, Mexico
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About the Owners
My husband, Gonzalo “Chalo” Theurel is a Civil Engineer who has worked in construction with his father, Gonzalo Sr., since before he had a driver’s license. Over the years the two of them worked together and individually on construction projects of all kinds; residential and commercial.
I was born and raised in mountainous rural Northern California and made a huge change in my life at the age of 21 by following love to a desert sea. Life has been exciting and fun ever since. I did suffer from culture shock for a while but I’ve learned to love many of the differences between my life in Baja and how I lived in the U.S. Here I’ve gotten to know people who have next to nothing and are happy. I can tell you from experience that we North Americans take a lot for granted.
Chalo and I started our partnership in adventure almost 30 yrs. ago after meeting at a language school in Monterey, California. I was studying Spanish and planning a 3-month car trip to Mexico with a friend. He was pretending to be studying English, but I think he was actually looking for a girlfriend.
Since then, we’ve worked and played together at many different projects including: our bi-cultural marriage, the first remodeling of our home, raising three children, various construction projects including The Las Gaviotas Resort. We’ve also enjoyed world travels and many different outdoor sports over the years.
In the 80’s we built our own kit helicopter in the living room of our house before we had furniture. In 2007 we planned to build a little landing strip for practice with our Pilot’s club and ended up buying one parcel of land after another until we had enough to land a 747. Well, real estate was booming then so we went to work and got a permit for an airport and for plans for a community around it with all of the amenities.
That project, called La Paz Sky Park (www.lapazskypark.com), while active in 2008, has been quiet on the drawing board for a little while now waiting for a change in the economy, but a few investors who bank on the future, are showing some real interest in developing the Skypark so no one should be surprised if construction starts soon on a new community around the bay just to the north of La Paz. See the link for La Paz Sky Park for full details.
Now, with kids grown and off to college, we’re still boating, flying the Baja in a Hiller Helicopter and we’re involved in the local pilot’s club, a motorcycle club, and a community club called “Los Madrugadores”, or “The Early Risers”.
In the winter of 2009, we had an opportunity to help our friends, Gary and Terry Marcer, take care of their wonderful Ignacio Springs B&B in San Ignacio, in the northern part of Baja California Sur. (See their web page on our links.) That four-month experience during the whale-watching season showed us how wonderful it was to “have the world come to your door”. That was what made us decide to remodel our home and to open it as B&B Posada Colibri Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Come visit La Paz and stay with us and let us spoil you with hospitality. Tell us your story and we’ll try and think up some Baja adventure for you that will be sure to sweeten your memories of La Paz and maybe win you bragging rights for a good long while.
Our resort may not be a polished five star hotel, but we hope you find it comfortable, like a home away from home. Our staff will do their best to make your stay in La Paz memorable.
We hope to see you soon!
Linda Gail and Chalo Theurel