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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.

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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

Fresh fish for sale including a different  type of red snapper

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 that idea.

Princess Cruise Lines in Puerto de Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Puerto de Ensenada Baja California, Mexico

Ensenada is 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.

Another view of Hussong's Cantina,  Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Hussong's Cantina

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.

Poster at Hotel Rose Capitol O,  Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 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 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 rip currents.

 

Another look at cold cut and cheese plate i-petra Oeno Wine Lodge  Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

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.

International awards that Cava L.A. Cetto received

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 El Contenadorers, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 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 bars.

El Patio, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 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.

 

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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

Visiting Ensenada, 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!

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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