Jaco- Busy Party Beach

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Mar 26, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jaco- Busy Party Beach

We pulled into Jaco mid-afternoon on a Tuesday… It's a cute little village based around surfing that has a reputation for being a party town. We found a great camping spot, 100 meters from the beach, which seemed to have it all; even if the bathrooms were a little gross. After taking a quick walk around town we had some wonderfully cool ice cream and did some people watching. From what we could tell it seemed to be a quiet, lazy town and not the crazy town everyone talked about. Then, Devin did some work and Bev and I did the grocery shopping. That night we had a great dinner, gourmet if I do say so myself, and played some dominoes before jumping into bed.

We had just started to doze-off into a peaceful sleep when the bass started. Boom, boom, boom… oh my God! What was I saying about a quiet, cute surfing village? I was wrong, it’s party central. It seems there was a nightclub across the street that kept the base pumping until 6 AM… ouch.

Groggy and a little grumpy we rolled out of bed at the usual 7 AM, just one hour after the music stopped. It was a rough night but everything else about the town and the camping spot was perfect so we decided to stick it out for a few more days. We treated ourselves to Devin’s famous Eggs Benedict. Devin and I haven’t had that since we left Canada so it was a nice treat and it, along with the coffee, pulled us out of our stupor.

That day was mostly spent enjoying the amazing beach, surf and sun. After we got back to camp we were excited to see Wesley’s cousin parked just a few spots over. We had seen this ’83 white VW with Oregon plates up in La Fortuna and we were thrilled to get the chance to chat with the couple. They had driven down as well, obviously, and were almost finished with their trip. They were on to Panama and then they were heading home. We shared a bunch of laughs regarding the ups and downs of this mode of transport, mostly about the cops, signs and boarder crossings!

After another rough night of sleep, we woke and quickly had our coffee. Devin headed to work while Bev and I had a lazy morning of reading. At noon Devin and I had our first surfing lesson at Walters Surf Shop and it was a great success. We both got up almost every time and we had a blast. Devin and I came back feeling like we were old pros. Of course we were on boards over 10 feet long but that makes no difference! (For those of you who don’t know the super long boards are incredibly easy to stand up on… anyone can stand up on a 10 footer.) After our surf lesson we all headed to a local restaurant to have some appetizers while we watched the sun go down.

Our last night in Jaco we actually slept soundly, it seems we had all gotten used to the crazy music. That is until the rooster started crowing right next to Bev’s head at 6 AM! Poor Bev got up and tried to shoo the roaster out of the tree. Looking back on it I can’t help but laugh, Bev waving her arms up at the rooster in the tree saying "Go away… you’re right next to my head! Get out of here! Why are you so loud?" After we got up Bev was still talking about the damn rooster and how crazy he was. Why, she wanted to know, do Costa Ricans need so many roosters? One is enough!

Devin went to work while Bev and I packed up the van. Just as we were finishing up Devin came around the corner saying he had found the perfect surfboard! We had been looking for one board to buy and share but hadn’t found the perfect one. It seemed Devin had found it. We went to check it out and drove out of Jaco with our first surfboard tied to the top!
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