Palapas Ventana Staff

Palapas Ventana is owned by mother and son team Tim & Karon Hatler. Our dedicated staff work hard so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest!! Come visit and become part of our Baja family!

 Gerardo Lopez

Restaurant Leader

Coming Soon

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Cooking assistan, she's from La Ventana, and loves to cook. Shes's very friendly and  outgoing, always is singing while she´s cooking or cleaning. She's the mother of 2 beautiful girls.

Yoni Calderon Aviles
Captain / Maintenance


He´s from El Sargento, Yoni studied English in La Paz and now is applying his skills at Palapas Ventana. He is an excellent Panga Captain, Kite launcher, maintenance man, and backhoe driver. Yoni has a winning smile and likes to freedive!! He has a son and is also learning to kiteboard.

 Chuy Dominguez



Chuy's commercial fishing background has made him a fantastic fishing and diving captain. He also keeps Palapas Ventana maintained so your stay with us is comfortable - From launching and landing kites to fileting fish - Chuy does it all with pride. Chuy has a baby boy and is learning to kiteboard himself and has been with us for 4 years.


  Keeley Rafter

customer service skills are being very helpful for Palapas Ventana.

IMG 1436 1 Florencio Marquez

Accountant, he´s from La Paz, Baja California Sur. He's doing  great job helping us to have all administration updated.

DSCF5152 Garth Windfield

  Spearfishing guide  from South Africa. Is an experienced freediver, spearfisherman, diving instructor and is always happy to share his passion for the ocean with anyone who is willing to learn. An extensive career in scuba instruction and commercial diving has made him one of those "go-to" guys...ready to help out in any way. Always ready to share great stories.

 IMG 20160608 WA0000Brock Kennedy ( El Brocko).

Assistant manager

From northern California. Extensive backround in spearfishing and boating. Loves the ocean and always ready to help and answer questions .No matter what he will put you on fish!!






Mari Lucero Lucero

Having owned her own restaurant previously, Mari knows authentic Mexican cooking like no other. From her tantalizing tamales, albondigas, homemade tortillas, and killer chiliquiles to her sumptuous sauces and salsas, you will look forward to every meal with us. Mari's first love is cooking and her second love is her five beautiful grandchildren. Ask her for the recipe for her coconut dorado - see if she will give you the secret ingredient - **warning - Palapas Ventana is not responsible for client weight gain during their vacation**

 Isrrael Cota Lucero

Customer Service.


Graduated from University in La Paz, Israel has decided to make a career here in his own town - He is fluent in english, excellent on the computer and accounting work, and is always at the restaurant to help clients get what they need!! He makes a mean Latte!! Israel has been with us for 14 years and is the nerve center for Palapas Ventana - if you need information or something during your stay - hes the man to see!

Saturnino Aviles Cosio
Panga and Facility Maintenance Leader


Some say he came from another planet to show you the Best of Baja. Tanino "El Spyder" was a shark fisherman for 20 years and now is our specialist in Panga and facility maintenance. He works hard and enjoys time off at the beach with his family in El Sargento.

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 Our 5 Stars House keeper ,Always with a Big Smile.

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Camp Security

This black and white dynamic duo of mexican mutts are ready to lick anyone to death!! Just as long as it doesnt interrupt their rigorous schedule in paradise as they swim, nap, eat, and repeat...they are ready to give you a wet bienvenidos kiss, lead you on a stroll down our beach, and make your stay with us feel like home.



Tim Hatler
General Manager


Tim loves surfing, spear fishing, kiting, fishing, diving and sailing and has found La Ventana and Southern Baja to be a paradise for all of these sports. Monitoring conditions to optimize guests ability to experience the Best of Baja is his specialty! . In July 2007 he speared a world record roosterfish of 73.8 lbs at Cerralvo Island. Tim lives year round in La Ventana and loves travelling and exploring Baja - A Baja surfing and fishing trip at the age of 15 started the Palapas Ventana dream.

Tim's credentials:

  • Grew up in sailboat and windsurfing family businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Has a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara
  • Worked on Liveaboard Diving and Fishing boats in San Diego - The Horizon and Ocean Odyssey
  • Founding Director and 4 year Captain of CIMI Tall Ship Expeditions, a live aboard sail training/marine science program for kids on the 156 ft. 3 masted square-topsail schooner, the Tole Mour
  • Holds an Oceans 500 Ton Masters (Captains) License with the USCG
  • PADI and NAUI Dive Master
  • Conneisseur of Chilaquiles

To contact Tim by Email:
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Karon Hatler
Hospitality Manager

As Hospitality Manager of Palapas Ventana, Karon's top priority is to ensure that guests are happy and having fun! She has very high standards for giving excellent service, and her focus is to provide clean, comfortable accommodations with a Mexican décor. Karon fell in love with the magic of Mexico 13 years ago during the Hatler family's first trip to Baja for the X-mas holidays. That trip became a tradition every year after, and the friendly culture and climate of the La Ventana area are the reasons Karon decided to live here. Karon loves to snorkel, sail, hike, SUP, read, dance and play the violin.

Karon's credentials:

  • Spent several years in the San Francisco Bay area as a partner in a sailboat business
  • 20 years with various Silicon Valley companies in management and training
  • BS in HR and Management, University of San Francisco