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.
Ten Days in
Puerto Escondido 2021
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
in the Mexican state of
is an enticing location for beach goers. There's an International Surfer
Zicatela Beach, lots of hotels, and restaurants with a wide variety of
cuisines from which to choose.
It had been a while since
we had visited and and it was time for an update!
Billy flew from Guadalajara to
Escondido via Volaris, non-stop for $80USD each way. Since it was a flight
early in the day, he had plenty of time to run around a bit before checking
in to Hotel
Las Olas. Price agreed upon was 850Pesos (about $43USD) per night.
The route of Volaris flight
This map shows you how far away the Mexican
state of Oaxaca is from our adopted state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Just under the name Guadalajara you will see
a large lake. That's
Lake Chapala, where we live.
It's so convenient to have an international
airport just half an hour away from our apartment. It makes it very easy to
Waves beat on the rocks on Playa Principal
Playa Principal is a beautiful beach, and at
this point on the sand are some rugged rock formations where the waves crash.
These rock formations separate Zicatela from Playa Marinero and Playa Principal.
This is the beach that is much safer for
Zicatela which has a strong undertow. The international surfer destination
is to the left, outside the
Beach vendor sells fresh tropical fruit
Further down the beach where the boats dock,
families swim and eat tropical fruit and seafood cocktails brought to them by
Sculpture Los Manos
This sculpture of hands (Los Manos) is on the
Zicatela side of the beach.
These two beaches, Zicatela and Playa
Principal are the most famous beaches in the state of Oaxaca. They bring in
sizeable revenue for the state.
Playa Zicatela holds surfing competitions every
year in November which brings in tourist traffic from around the world.
Fisherman on the beach
These beaches are also known for good
fishing. You can try your luck off shore as this man is doing here, or hire a
boat to take you further out for deep sea fishing.
Deep sea catch
Fisherman proudly shows his catch of the
morning, as onlookers stand by.
Billiards on the beach
Everything is indoor-outdoor here at the
beach. Bars, restaurants, even pool tables.
Anyone for a game?
Boarders and surfers waiting for the waves
Waves can get up to 16 meters high in this
area. Behind the man on the boogie board in the center of the photo is a black
dot. Can you see it?
That, my friends, is a human being waiting
for a wave!
You can tell by the size contrast of wave to
surfer how big these babies are!
The view of Playa Principal
Families come to this beach to swim, fish,
scuba, snorkel, and eat fresh seafood.
The boats can be hired for deep sea fishing
or trips to other beaches unreachable by road.
The city of Puerto Escondido is up the hill.
Before 1930, there was no city, due to a lack of potable water.
Beach chairs and umbrellas
Here you can use these beach chairs and
umbrellas for "free" - if you order food from the restaurant.
Otherwise you are on your beach towel in the
Sand walkway to the beach
It's almost sunset here now, and it lights up
a walking path to the sea.
Organic honey and cold coconut juice straight
out of the fresh coconut are sold here at the restaurant on the left.
Panoramic view of the beach
Another very nice view from a rocky
outcropping called El Morro.
Looking towards Zicatela beach
This is Zicatela, the internationally famous
This area is nicknamed the “Mexican Pipeline”
due to the similar power and shape of the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of
You can see the sculpture of Los Manos easily
Another view of the boats from the beach
After Billy and his friend did the
Puerto Escondido Coastal Path, this was the restaurant where they sat to
cool off and have a cold drink.
There is a bridge washed out on this Coastal
prevents one from completing it - unless you choose to do some serious rock
climbing to get to the other side.
Mural of swimmer and the
Mexico loves their murals
and this is a fun one! A beautiful swimmer is painted on a wall, surrounded by
Someone placed a 3
dimensional planter pot for flowers in her right hand.
Wedding on the beach!
Billy has crashed Mexican beach weddings
Fortunately, the Mexican people are verrrry
friendly and Billy was generously welcomed in, even dancing with the bride!
Breakfast on the beach
Billy and his friend had
breakfast on the beach that morning, and stayed until lunch time.
They took turns swimming,
as someone had to keep an eye on their gear.
What a view!
The bill for 2 people before tip
Totaling about $15USD, this bill was for 2
breakfast plates of eggs Mexican style with chilis and tomatoes, a fresh orange
drink, 2 cokes and 2 beers.
$7.50USD each for breakfast on the beach!
The restaurant - bar where breakfast was
Sabor a Mar Bar - Flavor of the Sea Bar
Food and drinks are available here at this
restaurant with beachside service from Raymundo on the right.
Speaking of the Mexican Pipeline, here's a
surfer-style hostal to stay in, right on the beach.
Another hostal, with pricing listed
This is Hostal Mondala.
Cabanas - a little hut on the beach - run
about $15USD a night.
A shared room is $5USD, and a hammock or
campsite is about $3.50USD.
Beach vendor selling seafood cocktails
Here you go, freshly made seafood cocktails
delivered right to your beach chair!
A closer look - Sure... I'll take one!
These little cocktails with
shrimp, octopus, an oyster, tomato juice, salsa, lime and saltine crackers run
Air-brushed Panama hat
Billy bought this Panama hat in
years back and recently had it airbrushed with a beach design.
He brought it to the beach specifically to
Who would be the lucky one?
Elizabeth the massage lady
Billy found the perfect
person for his hat!
Elizabeth - not Betty, not
Beth, not Betsy she emphasized to Billy - was THRILLED to have this present.
Perfect beach wear for a
beach massage lady.
Billy the Beach Guy
One last shot of Billy the
Beach Guy as we say "so long" to this pictorial of Puerto Escondido.
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