Determined to reach the beach - Pt Escondido
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
86Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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We arrive to our hostel called Sunset Point a little late to find reception deserted but the distant noise of a party through the complex. We eventually find the owners who immediately invite us to the party (a joint 30th and 80th) and provide us with food and drinks after our travels. We’ve never had such a welcome to a hostel and it’s very welcome after the journey we’ve had. The party is held by one of the guests (who apparently is Jay-Z’s chef, soon to open his new restaurant in New York) who is turning 30 and has hired out an apartment and one of the long termers has joined in as he turns 80 this week
Sunset Point is down the bay from the main town but that’s more of a benefit as we’re 10 min walk from a quite, clean, white sand beach where we have breakfast and watch the surfers. Our hostel also has a pool where we spend most the day recovering from our journey. At night we walk along the beach for sunset and go for dinner at a BBQ place run by an American called Brad (restaurant is called Brad’s Split Coconut) where we are served he biggest portions of grilled pork and fresh tuna with Mexican sides – very tasty – oh did I mention we’re sitting on the beach. Pretty perfect really.
The next few days are spent the same kind of way, lazing by the beach or pool, at least for me. Jonny did some surfing lessons while I sunbathed and tried to take a few photographs. Definitely a good place to relax, with plenty of opportunities for drinks or food on the beach
One of the hostel owner’s Rosita took us to the bus station on that last day and as she stopped to get petrol, a pick-up truck drove into the petrol station with four guys in the back of the truck armed with very large guns. A bit alarming at first but we could see despite being plain clothed they did have police baseball caps on. Rosita asked the petrol attendant what was going on and he assured us it was police. Even so, Rosita made a sharp exit from the petrol station which we were happy with as we feel that you never really know what’s going on here and so things could kick off at any point.