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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.
Plus Bus Trip
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Going to the beach from
Mexico is an easy affair. One simply hops a
bus and goes. Well... more or less.
Below is our bus trip from
Chapala to the
tiny fishing village of
Mexico's Pacific Coast.
Vallarta Plus Coach
We took an Uber ride from
about $14USD) to the "New Bus Station" in Guadalajara City.
From there we took Vallarta Plus bus line
(457Pesos about $25USD) in Guadalajara to the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Our plan
was to have the driver drop us off in Las Varas so that we could easily make
our way to our destination of
small beach town in the State of Nayarit.
This first class bus was great. It was
very modern with
individual entertainment screens located on the seat back in front of us as
well as USB jacks for a power source and free Wifi on board. The seats
are comfy - they lean back and have individual foot rests - and these buses have air-conditioning and bathrooms
This map shows you Lake Chapala,
Guadalajara and the town of Las Varas near the coast
The beach town of
Chacala is south of Las
Varas, about 9km towards the ocean.
We ended up taking a taxi from an
intersection of this road that leads to
Chacala and the road on which Las
Varas was located. That taxi ride was 100Pesos that we bargained down to
80Pesos (From $5.50 to about $4.50USD)
Poster of Vallarta Plus bus lines
Before we boarded our bus, we were given
a "bag lunch" of a piece of fruit, an oatmeal cookie and a drink of our choice -
fruit juice or soda.
Cruising along the highways making our
way to the beach was nice and smooth.
Reservations are able to be made online,
or you can purchase your ticket when you arrive at the station.
Waiting for the bus to leave to the
We fully expected to be dropped off in
the town of Las Varas as an option destination. But when I asked the driver about
letting us off in Las Varas before our scheduled stop in La Penita, he said
he could not stop the bus just for us.
If you are traveling with luggage, it
can be placed here in bins under the bus
So we exited the bus in La Penita about
20 minutes south of the turn-off road for Chacala.
Not knowing how quick we
could turn around and head north again, we decided to find a restaurant and eat
lunch. Meanwhile we are asking locals about the best way to get to Chacala.
We learn that across the street from
where we were left off is Pacifico's Bus office and we can get a ticket
there for the twenty minute ride, costing 25Pesos, about $1.35USD.
So after eating a quick meal, we scramble
to the other side of the street, and no sooner did we arrive at Pacifico's
Bus office, a coach pulled up.
We ran to catch it.
This driver left us off at the
intersection with the road that turns towards Chacala. From there we picked up a
private taxi for 80 Pesos for the 9 KM trip to the beach.
Everything was falling into place pretty
Las Varas to the beach town of Chacala
Our suggestion is to use Pacifico Bus
Line straight from Guadalajara as they have a scheduled stop in Las Varas saving you time
and hassle. The bus is not as nice, no Wifi, "free bagged lunch" or electrical outlets, but you
still get there.
Vallarta Plus costs 457Pesos (about
$25USD) one way to Penitas and Pacifico charges 330Pesos (about $18USD) one way to Las Varas where you can pick
up a cab.
Getting to Chacala was well worth the trip.
The beach is tranquilo, the weather was perfect, beers were cold and
the seafood was fresh.
Everything we wanted.
Sunset in the tiny cove
If you find the
Goldilocks version of a hotel (not too expensive, and not a dump) and if you eat more in the
places versus the
vacation versions, Chacala is a very affordable
beach option in which to spend some time.
grounds near one end of
the cove if you are driving, and there are
options, and middle of the
road hotels as well.
It's a clean beach,
family oriented, and
fun, fun, fun.
Your table is waiting for you
If you live in Chapala, Mexico you can
take the bus lines as we mentioned above to arrive at this splendid sweet
Chacala is 90
miles north of
Puerto Vallarta. So if you live elsewhere, you can fly into the international airport PVR
and arrange for a taxi, a shuttle or take a local bus to bring you here.
At any rate, Chacala is worth a visit.
Check it out!
For more stories and photos about Mexico,
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