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.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
This was exciting.
We were going to a new city
on the Gulf coast of Mexico, named
active international port, an
museum and the original
fort built by
Hernan Cortez in the 1500s.
Our $140USD roundtrip
tickets from Guadalajara to Veracruz were a deal and the short flight took only
an hour and a half. At the airport we grabbed a taxi for 260Pesos (about $13USD)
to take us to the hotel.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Our hotel was beautiful and it had
views of the active international port.
We had no idea how wonderful this view would
be and how much we would learn about the ships coming from and going into the
Take a look at the palm trees in this photo.
Fierce winds here called Northerlies can get
up to gale force. Gale force is described as winds that range from 31 to 63mph.
In fact, we had 3 days of these powerful winds during our
stay. We had never experienced anything like this, pushing us up or down the
roads or making us walk crookedly due to its strength.
It was odd... One cannot see the wind, only
the results of it. We'd turn a corner and almost get blasted off the sidewalk.
There would be streams of sand wafting up over the streets from the beach (and
into our clothes, hair, eyes). The Palm trees would be blown to one side as you
see in this photo.
The circular door at the entrance of the
hotel would simply HOWL with the sound of the wind coming through.
Do you remember seeing cartoons where the
characters would bend at their waists, stick their hand out in front of them
like a "STOP" sign and lean into the wind to make headway?
That was us.
View of the harbor across the street from
From our hotel room we watched the cargo
This malecon goes to the right all the way to
Aquarium, and to the left, all the way to
There is a beach on the other side of this
retaining wall where vendors would set up daily, and people would swim in the
We could see the colorful tops of their
umbrellas from our room window.
The lobby was lovely and
very airy. We met with our friend several times here as we grouped together for
WiFi is provided all
throughout the hotel.
There is a bar restaurant
to the left, and if you look straight through the windows here, you can see the
All front desk staff were
terrific. Service was commendable.
Any time we needed anything
or have a repair done, moments later we would receive it.
I can't tell you how
refreshing that was.
Our large room had a king size bed, a table,
desk, and two chairs. The view overlooked the ocean and harbor.
Surprisingly, this room did not have a
mini-fridge which would have been useful.
Our nightly price was about $57USD.
A nice large bathroom with hot water and
View from our room
It was better than watching a video, this
live action out on the harbor.
One time we counted 5 or 6 ships on the
horizon coming in, some of them already entering the port. The tug boats
On occasion they would
angle a ship in order
to dock it, at other times they would steer it into or out of these man-made
We'd watch the waves get whipped up by the
Northerlies and the vendors down on the shore selling to the beach goers.
People walked or ran on the malecon below.
Beautiful swimming pool
There was this beautiful swimming pool with a
wading pool and hot tub.
I imagine that in the summer this pool gets
lots of usage.
Included in the price of our room was a
You had a choice of omelets or eggs any way
you'd like them, fresh juice, coffee, tea and fresh cut tropical fruit.
This restaurant also served an expansive
breakfast buffet, but it was not included in our room price.
Lobby bar and restaurant
The evening before we left, we had drinks in
the bar lounge with this lovely view.
Our stay was terrific and we would certainly
recommend this hotel.
Would we return?
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Veracruz
Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho 707
Veracruz 91900 Mexico
Tele: +52 229 923 5750
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