Playa Esterillos

No crowds, chocolate colored beaches, and great surf best describe the beaches of Esterillos. You may never see another person as you stroll down the beaches where palms and almond trees line the forest edge and the clear blue waters invite you to go for a swim. This serene, contiguous stretch of beach is made up of Esterillos Oeste to the west and Esterillos Este to the east, appropriately, where you will find plenty of accommodations laced throughout.

Playa Esterillos Best Things to Do

The Explorer, Costa Rica
The ExplorerJaco

On The Explorer tour, you’ll get to explore the waterfalls in the forests of Jacó. This tour will take you to an area that resonates with the rushing water of 10 waterfalls. You’ll get the chance to hike the trails and swim in the natural pools.

18 km away
Nature Walk
Carara National Park Tour, Costa Rica
Carara National Park TourJaco

The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and fauna. During this tour, participants will be able to explore the park’s trails and get a look at the plants and creatures that call it home.

18 km away
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Wildlife
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Area Guide

This part of the Central Pacific has one of the most consistent and cleanest breaks for surfers. Waves frequently break head high and are great year round. Besides surfing, the waters are friendly towards all sorts of activities, such as horseback riding. At low tide, the size of the beach increases dramatically, creating a blemish free vastness of dark sand waiting to be explored by beach combers.

Accommodations are sprinkled throughout the Esterillos area— from those providing direct beach access, to lodgings further back through the dense secondary forest, to the lush hillside which overlooks this peaceful morsel of paradise.

Esterillos can be reached by either north or south from Highway 34 (Costanera Sur). Quepos and nearby Manuel Antonio National Park are an hours drive down the highway to the south. Just 20 minutes south of Playa Hermosa, Playa Esterillos is a great stop for any travelers seeking soothing ocean breezes and plenty of sunshine and shade.

Feedback From Travelers

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Playa Esterillos (Alma De Pacifico). The beach was lovely and not overly busy. Although not a lot around the hotel it was an excellent stop for 2 nights and we were able to take advantage of the hotel spa and surfing lessons offered through the hotel

- JUSTINE B, DEC 2018

Not crowded, water was warm and everyone was very friendly. Perfect place to relax.

- DAVE K, APR 2012