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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Malecon

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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We recently returned to Puerto Vallarta beach in Mexico on a quick getaway trip. It was so fun to be back at this popular tourist destination.

Many things have been upgraded since our last visit. Take a look at our pictorial of the malecon - a beach side walkway - below.

A panoramic shot of Puerto Vallarta Beach Malecon

Here you see the beautiful water of Puerto Vallarta, located on the western coast of Mexico.

What you see in the very front is the concrete walkway that makes it easy and enjoyable to saunter coast side.

Bronze statues of a traditional Mexican dance

These bronze statues capture the elegance of a traditional Mexican dance, not that dissimilar to the mating dance of birds in nature.

Flirting, swishing, approach and retreat.

High quality artwork lines the entire malecon.

A local enjoying his morning by the sea





We enjoyed music everywhere at Puerto Vallarta (also known as "PV.")

What a way to begin one's morning! A cup of Joe, music and sea-gazing.

Delicious on every count!

To listen to some captivating live music, click on this short VIDEO here.

Dancing dolphins

The grace and beauty of these animals are captured in metal.

If you look closely, you can see a small fountain of water coming up from the top of the head of the middle dolphin.

Fantasy creatures

Some of these intriguing creatures were also chairs. One could sit and enjoy the view from various perspectives.

It would be so fun to have a cocktail party here, or some piece of theater.

A merman and a mermaid

More grace-filled beauty here in bronze.

These mythological creatures fill tales of of the sea in ancient civilizations like Greece, China, Finland, Portugal and even the Amazon River. In more modern times, mermen have been depicted as handsome creatures, but the earliest tales describe them as very unattractive. They would have seaweed for hair, scaly skin, slanted green eyes and a red nose.

These two "merfolk" look like they were made for each other.

Corner building on the malecon

It was another beautiful morning on our walk alongside the beach. You can see the gentle sunlight on the side of this whitewashed building.

It was peace-filled and easy going, with some people doing their morning jogs or walking their dogs.

Purchase your cigars here!

Cigar making is big in the tropics. We have seen cigar shops in Panama, the Dominican Republic and various other locations in the southern climes. The first cigars are thought to be invented by the ancient Mayans who wrapped tobacco in either palm or plantain leaves.

Explorer Christopher Columbus is generally credited with the introduction of tobacco to Europe. He also brought coffee and chocolate! Can you imagine our world today without coffee?

A charming Mexican beauty

This lovely lady had such an attractive personality. Not only was she physically beautiful, but was willing to play along with our Spanish and our silliness.

She was selling very expensive anti-aging creams and products. She was only about late twenties and of course was wrinkle-free. But I would have been more impressed with her product had she been 70 and looked like that!

Maybe I'm missing something, but if I'm going to pay thousands of US Dollars for beauty products, I want to look 25 again!

Seafood restaurant setting up

We love going to the beach and eating seafood. And while we ate it every day, sometimes twice a day, we never made it to this cute little place.

I guess we'll have to return! Oh Darn!


Music was everywhere. Listening to live musicians completely alters everything, whether it's a happy hour, a meal, or a beer at the beach.

Completely delightful. 

The Big House

La Casona means The Big House. Puerto Vallarta still has some of the old Mexican and Colonial flavor which is enchanting. There is no shortage of restaurants and bars!


A cute play on words for a fishing boat excursion business.

Another beautiful white washed building

A lovely contrast is the white washed building look against the magnificent blue skies. Always seems so fresh and cool.

Clean Vallarta

Here you can see a bit more of the sea between buildings. The Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta is very clean, and it's Old Style Vallarta.

A small lighthouse

I don't know if this lighthouse is actually used today or if it is just a replica for effect. Maybe it's both. With the door there, it seems this lighthouse is used for something.

Nicely groomed, immaculate malecon





The city of Puerto Vallarta has done an excellent job of presenting and maintaining their malecon. It's both attractive and inviting, with no broken sidewalk pieces or trash strewn about. Patrons and locals enjoy, and as you can see, there is wheelchair access.

We saw some people in wheelchairs hand peddling up and down the malecon. With such beauty available it adds to one's daily routine of exercise. 

Church with celestial crown on top

This church is right across the street from the previous photo. The little plaza is peaceful, with benches and shady spots to sit and enjoy the sea breeze.

A store that sells liquors and beers

Tequila is only made in one of the 5 designated Mexican states of Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuato or Tamaulipas. Anything made from an agave plant outside of these nationally approved and designated states must be called something else, like Mezcal, which is made in Oaxaca.

This sign is basically asking that you come and browse, maybe even taste, but don't set up housekeeping here!

Not a statue at all, but a mime!

Many times in tourist locations such as city center Plazas and here at this malecon, we'll find talented mimes making money from donations. At first glance, one would not know any different, except at some point the "statue" moves!

Sometimes you can even get your photo taken with the mime for a keepsake.

Sweet couple

Another whimsical statue, this time of a couple sharing time on a bench by the shore.

It's graceful and captures an emotional moment between two people. Nicely done!

Famous Mexican Catrina

Back at the turn of the 20th century, Catrinas were references to the native Mexicans who wanted to replicate the aristocratic style of Europeans. Often these natives would wear make up to make their faces look whiter, denying their indigenous past.

These days, the Catrina is the face of the Day of the Dead cultural celebration and is viewed much more lightheartedly, not as an insult to the natives.

A place to park your husband while you go shopping

Speaking of being light hearted, we saw this sign outside a restaurant that was advertising 25Peso beers and Margaritas all day. While the sign says only $1USD, at today's Dollar to Peso exchange, the price is about $1.30+ which still isn't a bad deal.

One of the waiters was explaining that they change the sign every other day, so tomorrow it will read "Husband's Day Care Center."

It's a cute advertising approach.

Billy in his element

Yes, that Billy is quite the ladies' man! Sitting on a bench outside Senor Frog's Restaurant, Billy is surrounded by babes!

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place to visit. Friendly people, good food, lots of music and yes! Of course! The beach.

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

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