I recently returned from a month in Mexico. A week of that time was spent by the beach in Puerto Escondido.
An American guy I met was working at the hostel, Tower Bridge. His story was typical, but fun. He had been working at the Tower Bridge Hostel by the beach which provided him with room, board, and unlimited alcohol. He would go surfing every day in the Pacific waters of the world’s premier surfing beach. It’s the waters of Playa Zicatela that hold an surfing championships in November due to its ‘Mexican Pipeline’. I am talking about the ESPN X Games and the MexPipe Challenge.
The hostel was located along a dirt road alley. When I first arrived late at night I could not believe this was it. The outside showed a tin shack. But when I entered the building the place suddenly transformed into an eccentric beach paradise. The hostel featured a pool in the middle of it all with a bridge to walk over it. Tropical plants and palm trees covered much of the leftover space making it feel like we were waking up in the a rainforest each morning. At night the lights were mostly dimmed making it feel like a jungle bar resort.
The drinks were cheap and so the crew of the aforementioned American staff and a small group of guests would gather each night to share each other’s company. It was the type of travelers who would all stay for a week or more. There was a pair of American brothers. One of which would commute into San Diego each day from Tijuana because of cheaper rent. There was a German girl traveling solo who later visited me in Philadelphia a day after I flew back home. We had a Brazilian, Canadian, Australian, an Italian couple, and some French.
We consumed so much cheap Victoria or Corona bottles or the gross mixed drinks made of Vodka and Tang mix.We hit the bars later on in the night to mingle with Mexicans and dance like fools.
I woke up when I woke up each day. My next action was to take a taxi to El Cafecito, an American style brunch place where I would order omelets, pancakes, or french toast paired with a mug of American style black coffee and fresh tropical fruit. From the restaurant I would walk to more gentle Carizalillo beach.
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