Just 20 minutes southeast of Jacó, Playa Esterillos is divided into three sections; Este (East), Central, and Oeste (West). While Esterillos Oeste and Central are inhabited by locals, the undeveloped area of Esterillos Este is where you'll find several boutique hotels capitalizing on the seclusion and beachfront location. Head-high waves break year-round, making it one of the most consistent surf spots in Costa Rica. At low tide, the dark stretch of sand is unbelievably wide, inviting beachcombers for a leisurely stroll. Almond trees and swaying palms frame the shoreline, and you can walk for miles without seeing another soul. If you want to get away from it all, the isolation and "best-kept secret" feel make Esterillos Este the perfect escape.
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