week 8 beach van living & sunsets

The areas of Jacó – Esterillos & Bejuco Beaches have always been second home to me. They’ve been my hangout spots for many years now, friends, get-togethers and a part-time home somewhat. It’s been so long since I’ve hung out in this area, mostly because of Covid really, being here has made me look back and wonder why I haven’t been back.

Pre-Covid we had an amazing group of girlfriends, we all came together thanks to the ocean and paddle boarding. I don’t SUP anymore but we made a great connection, the Jacó area was out stomping ground, weekends of dinner nights, campfires, sleepovers & long days on the beach. Those were such fun times. Fast forward a global pandemic and pretty much 2 years, we have all gone our separate ways somehow.

I received an invitation to hang out with a Costa Rica RV group in Esterillos Oeste Beach, it’s never really been my crowd, they are mostly on vacation and love the loud music and karaoke until the wee hours of the night. Hey, I love a good party but that’s not my kind of party hehe. But now that I live in the van I like to open myself up to new opportunities, new friends and every now and then it’s refreshing to camp with people. Two nights with that crowd and I was done, just way too many people and too much noise for my liking. But it made me think of 2 things.

First, I’m not on vacation, I live in my van. I’m always bombarded with questions about where I’ve been and where I’m going next. “Camping” really is when people take off for a few days to explore a new area, beaches, waterfalls. I don’t do that. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE doing that, but it’s not my everyday life. I have a full-time job that keeps me very busy during the week and yes, I will explore many new areas, but I also need to keep a balance of somewhat of a normal life and a normal routine.

Second, I really missed hanging out in this area. The weather was close to perfect, sunny days with an ocean breeze and daily sunsets day after day. I don’t know why it took me so long to come back here and just hang out, I love it here, it’s familiar, it’s not too far from my usual places and I’m comfortable. So I decided to head off to Bejuco to camp for the rest of the week.

It was a slow week but a good one, waking up on the beach is close to one of my favorite things about van living. Open the back doors with the sunrise and just doze on and off all morning until it’s time to get up. Have coffee with that morning breeze, really, there’s nothing like it.

So I might head into town and come back, because this also feels like home.

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