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.
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
It was our first visit to
Chacala in the
state of Nayarit on
Mexico's Pacific Coast.
We can certainly recommend this
destination if you enjoy small, clean beaches with exceptionally fresh
This section of
has many beautiful beaches worth visiting, many only accessible by boat
Here's a closer look at Chacala Beach.
Tourist beach store
There were several
stores in this tiny beach town of 300 locals that sold beach gear. Here you
see a miniature swimming pool for sale, beach hats, floaties of various
sorts, buckets and shovels, bathing suit cover ups and beach umbrellas.
Notice the uneven sandy
Chacala is a very
simple town and all the streets were this way.
End-to-end beach view
Chacala is not a huge
beach. It's a small cove where sailors anchor their boats for a day or two
out in the water, and you can easily walk from one end of the beach to the
other in 20 or 30 minutes.
Here you are looking
from approximately where
Mool is located to the end of the beach where the all inclusive Mar de
Jade resort is.
restaurants are situated one after the other on the left. Tables and
umbrellas can be rented for the day from the restaurants for 150 Pesos or
Many families bring
their own coolers filled with food and drinks and set up on the sand.
Boats and paddleboards
Paddleboards were a big attraction here
because the waves were so mild at this time of year.
Vendor with her table, cooler and
This vendor is selling fresh coconuts,
pineapples and chicharron, or pork rinds with hot sauce.
Another vendor, same items
It's a simple town, with several vendors
selling the same items.
Here you see the beautifully yellow-ripe
pineapples stacked in a row with fresh coconuts behind them. Chicharrones
are in bags ready to eat, a favorite food of Mexican culture.
Here we are, enjoying the simplicity.
The biggest decisions of the day were
what time to get to the beach, what we might have for lunch, and how long we
wanted to absorb the negative ions of the sea.
I had my Kindle with me, but only used it
one day. Somehow being mesmerized by the sea, the sound of the waves and the
birds calling overhead was plenty to enjoy.
We watched the clouds
drift by, and enjoyed the little boys who continuously dove into holes they
had made in the beach sand.
Somehow, this gave them great
The water temperature was perfect.
Walking into the ocean was no shock to the body and I imagine here, this man
is just lingering on his paddleboard until another thought comes to mind.
Of the two of us, Billy is the swimmer,
the scuba diver, the avid water lover.
I am grateful that he has shown me how to
enjoy the beach, even though I find the power of the ocean to be daunting.
Where the fishermen dock
In our research on Chacala, we found out
that there was a malecon.
are walkways by the beach so people can enjoy the ocean while they are
jogging, walking their dog, or strolling along.
Problem was... we couldn't find it!
We asked around and around and around...
and it seemed the locals didn't know the word "malecon."
Somehow - here there and everywhere - we
stumbled on a grubby pathway that led us to where the fishermen dock. This
was their malecon!
Now that we know where it is, let us tell
you the best way to get there posthaste.
Go through Chac Mool and face the beach.
On the right hand side at the end of the beach is a well-worn sandy trail
which will take you to where the fishermen dock. The pathway is about half a
kilometer long, but has very nice views, like the one above. It is worth
Further up that pathway - a sweet view
Here you see another view from the chunky
pathway looking out to the cove and Chacala beach.
Sunset with ethereal clouds
To the far right is where the fishermen
dock their boats. This view is approximately in front of Chac Mool
Each night the sunset was spell binding.
Another sunset on the beach
One right after another, evening after
evening, going to the beach for atardacer (sunset) was the nightly
Chacala is calling you!
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