Playa Esterillos Central Pacific, Costa Rica

Playa Esterillos is possibly Costa Rica’s best-treasured wealth. It is located south of Playa Hermosa on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The Rocky Punta Judas divides the two beaches. The extensive beach of Playa Esterillos with the turquoise blue water body spread out continually as far as the eyes can observe. It has chocolate colored beaches with palm trees and almond trees line the forest edge. The energetic 7 feet high waves of the fresh sea water wash off the shoreline every now and then. The seven kilometer beach is ideal for long walk or jogging. The waves are not so steep or fast, they are shallow. The total beach is very long and is divided into three Oesto, Centro and Este and all of them offer good quality waves for surfers with any level of expertise. The world famous spots are Esterillos Oeste and Esterillos Centro, the Oeste beach is fabulous for beginners and amateurs and Centro is superb for experienced surfers. The waves are a beach break with rights and lefts and usually between 50 and 150 meters in length. On a good day you could be expecting waves to last as long as 300 meters. Swell direction is south-west and the swell starts at under 3 feet but can go up to and over 12 feet. Surfing is best on mid tides.

It is a cool region, full of life with fewer crowds, with fresh air and sunny weather. This little paradise has a very pleasant weather throughout the year. The sunrise of the Playa Esterillos is truly a sheer inspiration, with vehemence of everlasting feelings amidst the supreme beauty of the nature. The waves along Esterillos Centro and Este are strong, and quite similar to those in Playa Hermosa. Esterillos Oeste has a beach break that is especially fun during a big swell. Swimmers should stay closer to the northern end of Esterillos Oeste, where a calm tidal pool offers shelter from the area’s dangerous riptides. All three villages have a handful of hotels, cafes and vacation rentals for travelers of all budgets.

Besides surfing, there are lots of activities such as Horseback riding, Sport fishing, ATVs, Kayaking and much more. At low tide, the area of Esterillos beach increases considerably, creating a blemish free vastness of dark sand waiting to be explored by beach combers.


There are many Costa Rica vacation rentals in the area that can help you with exploring these tiny creations of God. Rental owners and their management company can arrange your whole vacation inclusive of the air tickets, accommodations, and even the car rentals. From the luxury villas and adventure lodges to the boutique hotels one can find every category. Among a number of well-furnished accommodations a few worth mentioning hotels are Encantada Ocean Cottage, La Dolce Vita and Pelican beach front. There are loads of inexpensive hotels to in Esterillos.

Casa De Los Suenos


The Casa de Los Suenos is located along the Central Pacific coast on Esterillos Oeste. It is an ideal location of gathering looking for privacy. The visitors have the opportunity to see white faced monkey and many others on the almond trees. This resorts provide all the comfort to their visitors.

Monterrey Del Mar

Monterrey del Mar is located alongside Esterillos Este, a cocoa- colored beach in Central Pacific Region. It is located between Jaco and Manual Antonio. The hotel offers oceanfront rooms, international restaurant. It has 27 tastefully furnished rooms and suits with comfort and privacy. All other amenities are also available.

Xandari by the Pacific- Alma Del Pacifico

Xandari by the Pacific is now Alma Del Pacifico is located between the Jaco Beach and Quepos, on the central pacific. It is an upscale destination resorts. Guests of Alma Del Pacifico take pleasure in the convenience and ambience of staying at Xandari Resort & Spa for a few days on their arrival in Costa Rica. Xandari Resort and Spa is only 15 minutes from San Jose International Airport, and is rated in the Top Ten Resorts in Central & South America.

La Dolce Vita Hotel

It is located on the beach in Esterillos Oeste, near Jaco facing the coast of the Pacific Ocean; Hotel La Dolce Vita has seven apartments facing a fabulous garden and swimming pool. Each apartment are beautifully furnished and all the facilities.

Costa Rica hotel accommodations, cabinas and vacation rentals are sprinkled throughout the Esterillos area. Some with direct beach access, some further back through the dense secondary forest, to the lush hillside which overlooks this peaceful morsel of paradise.

Playa Esterillos Tours and activities

The deserted beaches of Playas Esterillos, about 13 miles south of Jaco, are definitely worth exploring. Divided into Esterillos Este, Centro and Oeste – Estilleros East, Central and West –each section offers long stretches of palm-fringed coastline and both right and left beach breaks with long rides.

We want you to make the most out of your vacation in Jaco, Los Suenos, Herradura, Playa Hermosa and Esterillos. The most popular activities in around Esterillos are:-

Tours, Outdoor Activities and sports


Hiking and Guided Tours

Manuel Antonio National Park

Carara National Park

Rainmaker Private Reserve

Sight Seeing


Rainforest Aerial


Pura Vida

Botanical Gardens

Orchid Farm


Eco adventure

Theme Park

Outdoor Activities

Horseback Riding

River Kayaking

Sport fishing

Canopy Tour


ATV Tours

Volcano Tours

Snorkeling and Diving

Ultra lights Flying

Bird watching Dolphin and Whale watching




Catamaran & Boat tours


Jet Ski Rentals & Tours

Hang Gliding


Bungee jumping



Getting to Playa Esterillos

Playa Esterillos can be reached by either from the north or south end from Highway 34 (Costanera Sur). Quepos and nearby Manuel Antonio National Park are a 60 minutes drive down the highway to the south. Just 20 minutes south of Playa Hermosa, Playa Esterillos is a famous stop for any travelers seeking gentle ocean breezes and ample of sunshine and shade. Playa Esterillos are located near the amusing town of Jaco Beach, with lots of Hotels, Cabinas, Restaurants and fun places to eat and several adventure tours are available also.

To reach Playa Esterillos, you can take a car from Playa Hermosa and head south on the main highway. The Esterillos beach is signposted so you should not get lost and it is relatively quiet here during the week and on the weekends.

From San Jose, the International Airport or travel on the Central Pacific Highway to Jaco (approx. 2 hours), then 30km south, past Playa Hermosa, Playa Esterillos Oeste & Central (25 minutes), exiting at Playa Esterillos Este.

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