Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
for Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Ensenada, which means "bay"
or "cove", is located some 67 miles south of the border with the United States.
Tourists flock to Baja California
- separated from the rest of
Mexico by the Sea of Cortez - to surf, visit the beaches and to deep water sport
fish. The state’s border crossing at Tijuana is the busiest
in all of Mexico. The international port of Ensenada, located on the Pacific
coast, is a regular stop for cruise ships. Since it is the only deepwater port
in Baja California, it acts as the primary hub for importing and exporting goods
throughout the region.
Ensenada was founded in 1882,
and on December 31, 1952, Baja
California officially became Mexico’s 29th state
The Black Market Ensenada,
Baja California, Mexico
One of the features to see while
visiting Ensenada, Mexico, is the Black Market.
No one local seems to know why it
is named such, and when I suggested that it might - at one time in
history - been an "underground" market selling fish, they seemed to like
Puerto de Ensenada Baja California,
home to the only deep-water port in the state of Baja California and on
the Baja California Peninsula. The port is part of standard
international shipping routes including cruise lines which bring in
tourists daily. This generates large revenue for the city.
There's GOLD in them thar hills!!
It was February of 1889 when
Southern California newsmen popularized the story of gold being
discovered in Baja California, Mexico. Based primarily on hearsay, these
rumors and dreams of finding gold were published in short pamphlets,
newspapers and mining journals. Men with their dreams of striking it
rich came here from all over the world to find their fortune. One of
them was John Hussong.
Capitol O Hotel Rose Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Our hotel was in a clean neighborhood
a bit of a walk to the downtown touristy area. This meant that it was
pretty quiet. An OXXO store (similar to a 711) was conveniently on the
next corner so purchasing drinking water and miscellaneous items was
easy. We utilized Uber and Didi driving services often during our stay
here, and we even had Uber deliver food! So easy!!
Playa Hermosa Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Playa Hermosa stretches about 12
miles with no structures built on the beach, so the view is
unobstructed. We were told that there was good surfing here, but the
waves we saw today weren't the sufin' kind. There are no rocks on this
beach, a gentle slope into the sea, but apparently there can be strong
i-petra, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
We came to the Guadalupe Valley in
Baja California, Mexico specifically to taste their world-class wines.
Many times we were told "This is the Napa Valley of Mexico." i-petra was
recommended to us by someone we met at The Black Market. Saying the
views were incredible, and the food was worthy, he had been there for a
family wedding and said we should go.
Cava L.A. Cetto Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Billy and I went to Ensenada and
specifically to the Valley of Guadalupe to taste the wines available in
this region. Over and over we were told that this was the "Napa Valley
of Mexico." Having owned a famous boutique restaurant in Santa Cruz,
California for a decade, our wine list had over 100 selections - more
than any other restaurant in town. So, naturally, tasting the wines in
this region was a great interest of ours.
Plaza of the Containers Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Set off a little way from the road,
we walked along the sand until we came closer to this grouping of
shipping containers. Since Ensenada has the only deep water seaport on
the Baja serving international shipping routes, often there are many
empty shipping containers available to transform... into anything you
can think of. This complex held several international restaurants and
Bar El Patio Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
During our visit to Ensenada, we
walked the length of La Calle Primera (1st Street) several times. 1st
Street is a hot tourism spot due to its many curios shops, restaurants,
hotels, bars and popular clubs such as Hussong's Cantina. Sometimes
there were traveling musicians providing music.
Restaurant Muelle 3 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
So from the bar stool at the
Marilyn Monroe Bar, Billy finds an Uber driver to take us to Muele 3. We
ordered the Pasta del Mar which had mussels, shrimp, calamari, white
fish, tomatoes, onions all in an exqusite sauce. The portion was made
for two people and we dove right in to share. Honestly, I have to say
once again that this was one of the best seafood pastas we have ever
Bus from Tijuana to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
We were on our way to a new
destination - Ensenada, Baja California! Visions of beaches, wineries
and abundant seafood filled our heads, but first we had to get there. We
took a taxi, then a plane, then a bus, then another taxi! Read about our
Tap Room de Canneria Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Baja California is probably best
known for its beachside fish tacos, the wines from the Guadalupe Valley
and it's up-and-coming restaurants. But in the last decade or so, the
Baja has seriously upped its craft beer game. We came for the wines and
found the beers! Who knew?
Playa Hermosa Beach, Ensenada, Baja California
Billy pans Playa Hermosa, a
surfer’s beach in Ensenada, Baja California from a restaurant where we
ate lunch. Wide open beach with an international port. Weather has been
great and later in the day there were people riding horses along the
coast. Take a look!
The Black Market, Ensenada, Baja California
Baja California in Mexico, we went to the Black Market.
This market is well-known for the freshest fish in the
area and is surrounded by restaurants selling these
treasures of the sea. Billy takes you on a tour of this
famous fish market.
Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Oena Wine Lodge, I-Petra
Up in the mountainous wine region of
Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, Mexico, we are at the Oeno Wine
Lodge, I-Petra Restaurant. Beautiful Natural boulders as scenery, you
can see the vineyards in the distance. Very delicious food served here!
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Banda on the Beach!
Here you can listen to professional
Banda music at a restaurant on Sunday in Ensenada, Baja California,
Mexico. Banda is a traditional mix of German Polka from German
immigrants who migrated to Mexico and Mexican style influence. It is
LOUD and proud!
For more information, photos and stories
VIDEOS, VIDEOS, VIDEOS! See Mexico
for yourself! Beaches, Bars, Babes, Great Food, Live Music.
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