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January 7th, 2010 – by: twilk76
The hostel is located on a busy street, so the noise in the morning was quite raucous. We needed to exchange some money, eat and get bus tickets to Jaco. Unfortunately, we got the tickets last, which kept us in San Jose until 1pm. While waiting for the bus we had lunch at Ana Italiano. We had the margarita pizza for 2400 colones, and Driz was upset that there were no tomatoes on the pizza.
Curious scene on the street: two blind people were walking with their canes and a homeless dude was asleep on the sidewalk. The blind people were quite surprised that they tripped over a body to say the least.
We went to the supermarket and bought some fruit for the bus ride, knowing this was going to be a hot, packed, miserable bus journey. The fare was 2,000 colones per person and took 2 1/2 hours to Jaco. It was stressful once we got to Jaco because we had no idea where the hotel was located. We just waited until most people got off the bus and then asked a local for directions. Luckily, it was located on the main street where the bus dropped us off, so all we had to do was walk several hundred meters until we saw the hostel.
The owner of the Las Camas Hostel was out front talking to travelers as we arrived. He is this unassuming Hungarian who was super friendly and was more than happy to give us the tour of the hostel. Apparently he co-owns, co-operates the hostel with his wife, but when we were there she was out of town. He kind of comes and goes, but he can always be reached by picking up a phone in front of the hostel, and the phone rings his cell phone automatically. The hostel has about 4 floors, with a community room/tv/kitchen, and a roof-top terrace/hangout. The owner offered his surf boards anytime for a small price.
After checking out our room, which had no windows, but did have an air conditioner, we set out for the beach. We were told that if you go to the far end of the beach sometimes you can spot monkeys in the trees.
On the way back from the beach, we found a place called Jaco Taco. The portions were huge but a little on the pricey side, so much so, that i had to run home and get more money while Driz stayed at the restaurant. The steak tacos were excellent. After dinner we walked up and down the strip and had drinks at bar that had outside seating.
We spent the rest of the night hanging out on the rooftop talking to other travelers.
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