Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
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.
La Riveria Nayarit
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We feel silly.
After living in
Jalisco, Mexico off and on since 1993, you'd have thought we'd know about the tiny
beach town of Chacala on
Mexico's Pacific Coast... but we didn't!
But once we heard about it, off we
out this dream-of-a-place below:
Panoramic shot of Chacala beach
Chacala is a beach town in Mexico's state
of Nayarit, some 62 miles (100 km) north of
Puerto Vallarta. Local population numbers about 300, and this tiny
fishing village can swell to triple that during Christmas, Easter and High
High season is from November through
This is the perfect little beach - the
kind you would see in a movie, with an unshaven Brad Pitt sipping on a
Pacifico under a palapa with his toes in the sand.
The fishermen come into the cove with
their catch and deliver it to the restaurant. Fish grilled over an open fire
makes its way to Pitt's table and he digs in. The only sound is the pounding
of the waves on the shore.
He's waiting for George Clooney or Julia
Roberts to show up while he rolls a toothpick around in his mouth.
A few birds screech overhead to pierce
It's this kind of beach.
Don't tell Hollywood.
Aerial view of this tiny beach town
The little bay is ideal for swimming with
its gentle waves.
There were plenty of paddle boarders
during this calm time. I guess when it's the rainy season, the waves swell
and then it's time for the surfers.
Chacala is also a
starting point to get to some of the best surf locations in the state.
Campos, which is much further south, is a local favorite.
You can also enjoy fishing, snorkeling, hikes, horseback
riding and more. The area is fabulous for enjoying nature and bird watching.
A funky dusty beach town
The town itself is dusty and funky with
no paved roads, but
if you like fish, shrimp, and oysters, you are in the right place!
The building with the green door jamb and
the white metal shuttered door is
Mool, a favorite restaurant in town.
The darker building in the center of the photo is a private rental which
offers rooms for rent - information can be had at Chac Mool.
High End Yoga resort - Mar de Jade
Though the town is simple and small, at
the far end of the beach is an all-inclusive Yoga retreat with rooms going
from $300 - $400 USD per night depending on the package you purchase.
Mar de Jade has a swimming pool, hot
Jacuzzi, cold plunge, a bar, restaurant, hammocks and beach chairs. Yoga
classes and meditations are offered daily.
We thought that what they offered for the
price was a little sparse, and maybe they could have included classes on how
to eliminate or cope with stress.
You know, "This is your brain on stress.
This is your brain while at the sea shore."
A safe harbor for sailors
Each day we'd peer out into the cove to
see sailing boats anchored. It looks so romantic!
For the most part, the beach is calm
during the week and gets busy with families and tourists on the weekends.
Then the place explodes with music, and
the smell of fresh seafood on an open fire grill wafts through the air.
Just hoppin' with beach
Here you can rent surfboards, boogie
boards, paddle boards and kayaks.
The beach is only about a 3 hour drive
from Guadalajara and it's a very convenient place for families to get away
from the crowded, stress-filled city life.
Kids are laughing, and running around
with their colorful floaties, smothered in sunscreen.
Every Mexican town has a Plaza - and this
tiny one is Chacala's.
Could it be any simpler?
Walk from the sandy road, through the
arches and you are at the beach!
A few vendors have set up their stalls to
sell trinkets and clothing.
Typical beach advertising
A brightly painted yellow brick wall with an advertisement.
Pure and simple.
Billy at the beach - He's in his
Billy and I watched the sun set here at Chac Mool, a restaurant/bar/cafe
with an interesting menu. You could get gourmet coffees, wine by the glass
and numerous styles of Margaritas and umbrella drinks here.
WiFi is available at most of the
restaurants that line the beach, so if you want to send a photo to friends
or family, it's easy!
Dozens of birds fly in formation
overhead, the waves continue to slap the shore and your mind drifts away...
View from the fishermen's dock
From the place where fishermen dock their
boats, you can view the small, pleasant beach area of Chacala.
Fish caught that morning are brought to
the restaurants and eaten that same day. Fresh oysters are served on the
beach, and every restaurant sells shrimp prepared in various ways.
I have never tasted shrimp so fresh. They
simply popped when you bit through them! Crisp and sweet would be a good
From our hotel
Here you see the entirety of the cove,
with the Yoga Retreat on the left, and the fishermen's boats on the right.
From Chacala there are several other
beaches of interest that you may also want to see - Guayabitos, Playa
Platanitos, Playa Chila, Boca Naranjo, Playa Chacalilla, and Playa de las
Many of these small beaches can only be
accessed by boat. "Tours" run about 800Pesos or $43USD for a trip.
Nearby Chacala there are warm thermal baths at Jamurca, and 1,500 year old petroglyphs in Alta Vista Petroglyph Complex.
Taxis are available down at the Plaza if you want to schedule a visit.
If you have never gone to Chacala beach,
don't wait 20+ years like we did! Go now!
Fun in the sun, the peaceful lapping
of waves on the shore, and birds calling overhead.
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