Retire Early Lifestyle
Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler


Retire Early Lifestyle Blog 

Free Newsletter Subscribe/Contact

Advertise on info here

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.

La Fonda Doņa Carmen

Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Currency Exchange

There are lots of different restaurants to choose from in the tiny town of Chacala. We've mentioned several already, like Mauna Kea Cafe, Chac Mool, and Chico's. There are other eateries too, like the upscale yoga retreat, ones that serve local Mexican cuisine and even pizza!

Other travelers alerted us to this particular breakfast-lunch joint out of the main tourist zone. We were happy to have found it.

Check out La Fonda Doņa Carmen below.

Map of Chacala with La Fonda Doņa Carmen marked

Map of Chacala with La Fonda Doņa Carmen marked





Go up past the La Onda brew pub and La Fonda is located on the left hand side. You can't miss it.

 Palapa roof with indoor and outdoor seating

Palapa roof with indoor and outdoor seating

La Fonda is a simple place. It's where working men eat.

Most likely this is Carmen's home as well as her business. This is a very common practice, and what a great set up!

You roll out of bed and you're at work. No commute!

Carmen the Owner

Carmen the Owner

Here you see Carmen in her kitchen with all her supplies within ready-reach.

Green and red salsas, dozens of eggs, her chopping block, and her gas stove behind her. Refried beans are probably being kept warm in the pot on the back burner.

Plate of scrambled eggs with bacon

Plate of scrambled eggs with bacon

This is the way the local trajabadores eat. Their bacon is cut up and mixed in with the scrambled eggs. Served with refried beans, some "morning cheese" (fresh!) crisp chips, and a small salad of tomatoes and onions with a fresh squeeze of lime.


All breakfasts were the same price, 65Pesos or about $3.50USD, and it included a pitcher of agua fresca - a freshly made "fruit juice water."

That's a price hard to beat!

Billy and Carmen

Billy and Carmen

Here's a picture of Billy and Carmen - Two hams for the camera lens!

Carmen's earrings are hand made native Huichol style beading. Brilliant colors and fine workmanship.

You can find Huichol beaded items on many beaches of the Mexican Pacific Coast.

Another look at Carmen's seating area

Another look at Carmen's seating area

La Fonda Doņa Carmen is a small place, but clean and well marked.

The title of "Doņa" is one of respect. The male version is "Don." You get this designation by working for it, and Carmen must have a solid business to have earned her being called Doņa.

A bacon and cheese omelet

A bacon and cheese omelet

Billy said this omelet was terrific. About 6 eggs and a pound of bacon!

Oh Mi Dios!

Good though...

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros





Huevos Rancheros is a common breakfast in Mexico and can be made with variations. Sometimes the refried beans are under the eggs and sometimes they are separated such as you see here in the photo. They are made with both red and green chili salsas and the tortillas underneath can be crisp as a chip or made to be softer.

"Usually" one gets only 2 eggs, but Carmen feeds the working men a heartier meal.

Billy tried three different "waters" or aguas frescas as they are called. He had melon (cantaloupe), jamaica (hibiscus flower), and maracuyá (passion fruit).

If you would like to try a local restaurant in Chacala with large portions and great pricing, check out La Fonda Doņa Carmen.

Closed Sunday

For more stories and photos about Mexico, click here

About the Authors

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, 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

Trending on Retire Early Lifestyle


Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

HOME   Book Store


Retire Early Lifestyle Blog      About Billy & Akaisha Kaderli      Press     Contact     20 Questions     Preferred Links    

Retirement     Country Info     Retiree Interviews      Commentary     REL Videos




Subscribe Newsletter