In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Arriving at the David
airport from the
City of Panama we grab a taxi to take us to the bus station, about 15
minutes away. The taxi driver asked for $4 per person, but since there were 3 of
us, we bartered down to $3 a person and the driver was happy.
We grabbed a public yellow
school bus going to
Boquete, Panama, paying $1.20 per person with the Trecer
Edad or Jubilado discount. An hour later we arrived in town.
We had made arrangements to
stay at a hostel just behind Sugar and Spice Restaurant and bakery, but between
having iffy WiFi and a price that seemed to be changing from the one we had
previously agreed upon, we hit the street, looking for a room that was more to
I thought I had done my
homework with a list of 7 different places where we might stay, but each was a
disappointment for one reason or another. Some rooms were simply not desirable,
some had no WiFi, and some hostels/hotels were way out of town requiring
transport to get into town or a very long walk. Not convenient.
I don't like it when panic
sets in, so Billy and I then agreed to think positive and that the right place
will show up.
Suenos del Rio Hostal
It's hot, humid and we're ready for some cold
water and a chair in the shade. We turn the corner and there are two hostals
side by side. We slip into the first one, but they charge more than we want to
pay for a two+ week stay. Asking for a discount, they wouldn't budge, so we went
next door to Suenos del Rio.
Garden area with river
As we walk down the hall, a
perky lady meets us halfway. I'm speaking Spanish and Itza, the owner is easy
going and engaging. We discuss the rooms, whether or not there is WiFi, hot
water, what about the beds, are they firm? and all of our questions are answered
to our liking. When asking about prices, Itza says that with our Trecer Edad discount,
we get a room for $25 a night.
It's everything we want and
This room has a great bed,
full bars on the WiFi connection, a ceiling fan, a large volcanic stone bathroom
and shower, desk/table, wardrobe closet, flat screen TV and a little view of the
There are several choices in rooms, and
ones with three beds
Some rooms had little porches, perfect for
placing the yoga mat in the mornings to do exercises.
There was an outdoor kitchen and refrigerator
as well as one inside the main building. Itza, who spoke excellent English,
would cook you breakfast if you like, or you could choose to cook for yourself. The
place was very clean.
The river is between this garden area and
the stone bank on the other side
For us, our needs and our price range, Suenos
del Rio had everything. It was close to the Plaza, Romero's grocery store,
restaurants and travel agencies. We could easily walk through town for access to
activities, more restaurants and the
Kotowa Coffee Shop.
Itza is a kick and fun to speak with. She
knows the town and will answer any of your questions.
Suenos Del Rio
Behind Romero's Grocery store and along the
Romero, Owner, speaks English
stories and photos of Panama, click
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.