Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast Sights

Playa Esterillos

  • Costanera Sur, 20 mins south of Playa Jacó
  • DO NOT USE - MERGE Esterillos Este with Esterillos Este
  • Beach–Sight

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Serious surfers from Jacó and Playa Hermosa head to Playa Esterillos to ditch the crowds when waves are pumping. This isolated beach break dishes up hollow barrels, and gets more swell than neighboring surf spots. It works best at high tide with a south or southwest swell direction, but beginners will want to stay clear of the pounding waves. Lessons ($60) and board rental ($20) can be organized through Encantada Ocean Cottages, but if you're a novice surfer, it's best to stick to the inside whitewash with supervision. At low tide, this dark beach looks like a chocolate field, perfect for beachcombing or an afternoon stroll. You can walk for miles without seeing another set of prints in the sand. Other than a couple sodas in Esterillos Oeste, there are no beach amenities, and those within local hotels are exclusively for guests. Just offshore in Esterillos Oeste is a mermaid statue that you can walk to at low tide. If you drive here, don't leave any valuables in the car. Amenities: parking (roadside; free). Best for: solitude; surfing.

Sight Information


Playa Esterillos, Costanera Sur, 20 mins south of Playa Jacó, Esterillos Este, Puntarenas, 60901, Costa Rica

Published 06/18/2015


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