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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.

Gone Fishin'

Zihuatanejo, Mexico
(Pronounced: Zee-hwa-tun-AY-ho, MAY-hee-coh)
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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli


Zihuatanejo, located on the south west coast of Mexico, was made famous by the 1994 movie, Shawshank Redemption. Timothy Robbins' character, Andy Dufresne spent years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Through a series of orchestrated events, Andy was able to escape prison - but before he did so, he told Morgan Freeman ('Red') about a beach in Mexico where he wanted to forget about his past and live a simple life.

That beach town was Zihuatanejo.


Today Zihua has grown to include resorts, restaurants and much tourist traffic, but the simple fishing life still prominently exists.


An old seaman with gnarly fingers tending to his craft is a common site. Could this be Andy?


If fishermen are not out to sea, there is still much to do on shore. Here, they are mending their nets.






If you prefer to charter a boat and go out further into the ocean to fish, there are many options from which to choose. This is very popular with Gringos who are looking for the thrill of deep sea fishing.


Here's an early morning fisherman throwing his net out. With the birds calling and the waves crashing it is a peaceful sight. We love watching these skilled men carrying on a tradition from years past.


Aaahhh! The fresh catch!


These lobsters were taken straight from the sea only hours ago.


Daily, the markets are bustling with the morning's seafood offerings. Restaurants and locals all purchase for the day's eating.


These fresh oysters are being shucked open for the hungry clientele inside the restaurant.


And there are numerous choices of outside restaurants in which to eat. Many are located right on the beach and it's a casual feeling. Warm breezes, cool drinks and great views.






Here's a typical Mexican menu. Viva Mexico! Restaurant has delicious offerings from breakfast through dinner.


This sidewalk cafe also has tables on the beach.


A place perfect for a romantic evening dinner to watch the sun set and the moon rise.


Yup! That's what we chose to do this particular night... Lovely.


Colonial Centro has a roof top pool with a good view of the sea and the town of Zihua. With air con, cable TV, hot water and nice sized rooms, they charge 450 Pesos per night.


The beaches are far more tranquil than the town itself, which is bustling. This is more our style.


Tiny, winding walkways throughout the town by the beach shows the local colonial architecture.


Another tropical corner restaurant. This one has a nativity scene on the roof... along with the advertisement for Corona Beer!


The best pan dulce we have found in Mexico - at the Panificadora El Buen Gusto located at Vincente Guerrero #11. There are many selections and definitely worth a visit. Try the bread pudding or cinnamon buns. Excellent!

One of the local in-town eateries. Freshly made chili rellenos are on the platter in front on the table, and fresh corn tortillas are being cooked on the grill in the back. It doesn't get any more authentic than this.


An elderly vendor is selling fresh pastries on the street. I always wonder about their particular lives when I see these merchants eke out such a small amount of daily cash.


Taking an early morning jaunt along a paved pedestrian walkway is a great way to find a breakfast or lunch location. Resorts and restaurants are everywhere and this upscale joint has a great view. A table for two?






A better look at the walkway around the beaches of Zihua. Nicely paved, it's easy for a run or a leisurely walk any time of day.


Resorts dot the hillsides as seen from the sea with its tiny calm waves. There are not the body surfing waves we like but the tranquility is priceless.


At the end of the approximately half mile walkway is a decorated turnaround. We recommend this easy going pathway to view Zihuatanejo from another angle. If you're fishing for something different, Zihua may just be it!


Traveling south down the Pacific coast of Mexico is a must adventure for any traveler. Our style is to go slow and if we like a place, we stay longer, ‘getting local’ as soon as possible. This means we scout out where the neighbors shop, the restaurants they frequent and we make friends along the way with store owners, the maids, and anyone who lives in town. These people know where the best prices and value can be found – it’s certainly not where the tourists shop.

The Adventurer's Guide to the Pacific Coast of Mexico details our route, the places we stayed, prices we paid along this adventure and history and culture of these locations. We also give you names of hotels in each area, the transportation available, useful information and the pros and cons of each place as we viewed it. To learn more, 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

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