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.
Playa El Tunco,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We left the perfection of
living lakeside in
Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, to enjoy a little beach time on the
Pacific Coast of El Salvador. Taking
public transport all the way down, we made our first stop at
Esquintla, Guatemala and arrived the next day.
Tiny El Tunco
El Tunco is a small beach town
with not a lot more going on than the surfing waves on the beach
itself, a simple village, and a couple of restaurants, shops and
hotels. But the streets are clean and the locals are friendly.
Morning shot of the
ocean and beach
A favorite among the
surfers, this affordable beach town has it's own spell binding beauty.
A palapa topped
Down by the coastline, the
street is all sand. One can hang out at the restaurants and have a cup of
coffee, a beer or a meal most times of the day and into the night.
Hotels and shops line
the sand road
From where we stayed, this
sandy road leading to the beach was just a half a kilometer away. Even though
prices normally rise when visiting the coast, this town was very affordable.
Some tops, tanks and beach cover ups were just $5USD.
A small store across the
road from our hotel
Stores are simple and
only sell a few staples. You can get your food and beverages at the restaurants,
and things like cold Coca-Cola, drinking water and chips at one of these shops.
The other side of the
Waves were just kicking up
on this side of the beach and morning swimmers were enjoying the perfect
temperature of the water. There were some sections of the beach that were rocky
- better suited for fisherman and less ppreferred by swimmers and surfers.
Here a fisherman checks his
fishing net before going out to fetch fish for his family.
Fisherman in action
It's a simple life. Here a
fisherman throws his net out into the undulating waters.
A look at the beach from
a higher perspective
A volcanic pile of rocks
which is a feature of El Tunco is a highlight for photos.
A closer look
Here's a closer look at the
volcanic structure in the ocean. Notice the small rocks on the beach. Either
side of the volcanic structure is good for waves, but swimming generally takes
place on the far beach which you see here, due to the rocks at surf's edge.
Hotels, restaurants and
Entertaining the tourists
is the number one focus in El Tunco. You have your choice of a variety of
hotels, restaurants and bars to visit.
Take a Wok
This was a great little
restaurant only opened in the evenings. A patron could build his own meal in a
1-2-3-4 fashion, with your choice of noodles or rice, and an assortment of
protein, vegetables, tofu and sauces.
It was amazingly good and
cooked right in front of you in giant woks.
The basil lemonade was
excellent. Meals were $6-$8USD.
This stuffed lobster meal
came with a beer for $15USD. It was so big, we took food home! The restaurant
was right on the beach and we watched the sunset during our dinner.
Hotel for the young set
Casa Miramar was rocking at
10 a.m. when I went in to take a look. Micheladas and mixed drinks were
being served at the bar, loud music was playing, and the pool was filled with
young patrons. They have a spectacular view of the ocean from their perch.
Vaquero Surf Lodge
the hotels I visited had their own fresh water pool. Vaquero Surf Lodge gave a
discount for month-long stays.
Hotel Pupa in a
previous story and you can read about it by clicking on the link.
del Mar Hotel
hotels I visited, Eco del Mar had the best rooms including private bathrooms and
your own private kitchen. View of the beach is straight ahead.
Sunset at El Tunco
The beach was active all
day and into the night. This is the view from restaurant La Bocana where
we had several outstanding seafood dinners, including the stuffed lobsters.
Hotel Eco del Mar
night $60USD for 2 person, additional person $10
or Fan, LCD TV w/Cable, Wifi
Refrigerator, Small Oven, Private Bathroom
Deck and outdoor sitting area
Special prices for long stay
Hotel La Bocanita
Tele: 2389. 6283, Cel: 7211. 9519
42, Tamanique, playa el Tunco
Puerto de la Libertad, La Libertad Direcion
Discount for longer stays
Fan, 2 beds up to $60 AC, bathroom, 4 beds
42 Carretera Litoral Playa El Tunco, La Libertad, El Salvador
Tele: 503. 7726. 9501 or 503. 2389. 6244
Rooms from $30 to $70, Individual cabanas
Vaquero Surf Lodge
Discounts for longer stays, Bathrooms ensuite
AC 1 person, +$15 for 2nd person, AC
$10+ per person Fan
Tele: 503. 7685. 4600
– best seafood - Stuffed lobster w/ beer $15 pp, Grilled lobster w/ beer $13
door High Tide - seafood salads for $5, frozen drinks, pastas for $5
Commadre - Fish burritos at - $4.25 excellent
Surf Resort - Hotel and Restaurant
2389. 6126, Tele: 503. 7877. 4639, Fax: 503. 2389. 6190
km 42, Playa El Tunco, Puerto La Libertad E.S.
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About the Authors
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.