Esterillos Oeste Beach, Costa Rica
between Jaco beach & Quepos / Manuel Antonio

Esterillos Oeste Beach

The Hotel Costa Pacifica boasts a privileged location just 400 m from Playa Esterillos Oeste.  This is a beautiful 7km long beach of fine light gray sand on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and just 900 m from the famous statue of the Mermaid, which when the tide rises seems to float on the sea. It is 125 km from San Jose, in the province of Puntarenas between Jaco Beach and Quepos / Manuel Antonio, with sections suitable for surfing, as well as quiet coves for swimming in the sea and trails for hiking and enjoying incredible sunsets over the sea.  For those who wish to travel by air, Quepos’ La Managua airport is only 40 minutes away.

The Hotel is located in the middle of important landmarks such as Parrita and Jaco; this makes it a fortunate property with its proximity to the main tourist attractions in the area, such as the crocodile tour in Tárcoles River, the Carara National Park, the Lora Turtle nesting and the Punta Mala Wildlife Refuge.

Esterillos Playa is a very wide beach with a good swell, which makes it suitable for surfers. This beach is also known as La Sirena (The Mermaid) sector, because of the famous statue located at one of its ends.  In many sectors of the beach, streams flow into quiet pools that invite you to swim.  In some areas there are palm and coconut trees, as well as almond trees and even patches of forest, which offer good shade. Its scope and size make it very attractive for hiking, horseback riding or simply enjoying spectacular sunsets.

Esterillos Beach with Blue Flag Ecological 4 stars

Playa Esterillos Oeste has the distinction 4 stars, which is an indicator of the quality and safety of the beach. It has a local Emergency Committee, which has placed well-made signage indicating the presence of strong waves and currents, as well as crocodiles. There are also lifeguards and lifeguards, showers and public restrooms, a waste separation and recycling plan, a collection center, as well as compliance with a Regulatory Plan and protection of natural areas, according to ICT or MINAET.

Playa Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica, apta para surfistas

Nearby Beaches and Parks

Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge

Just 3 km north towards Playa Hermosa de Jacó, across the mouth of the Tulín or Tusubres River, is Punta Mala, a Refuge or natural conservation area, which was created to protect the olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), a species in danger of extinction, to nest. Occasionally, the site also serves as a nesting ground for black turtles (Chelonia mydas) and leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea).

The refuge also contains other attractions, such as open coasts, estuaries (Estero Los Diegos), flooded forests, lakes, lagoons, and other water resources, which attract a great variety of resident and migratory species that interact consistently, thus maintaining the food chains.

Turtle nesting

The turtle nesting season is from May to November, being more frequent in September and October, as well as June and July. Several species arrive, such as the olive ridley, green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. The Playa Esterillos Oeste residents organized themselves to protect the turtle eggs through a project with the Minae to save them from looting. To do so, they built a nursery in a strategic location, near the beach and with permanent surveillance, where they guard the eggs while the baby turtles hatch.

Volunteers collect the eggs at dawn, removing them from the nests and identify the species. From there they go to the nursery for 45 to 60 days to hatch. The community itself is in charge of releasing them and returning them to the sea.

La Sirena

Esterillos Oeste is associated with La Sirena or the Mermaid and is also known as such, because at the north end of the beach the famous sculpture , just 900 m from the Hotel Costa Pacifica is located. Of singular beauty, the mermaid of this monument cast in bronze, is seated on rocks, and looks towards the horizon of the sea. When the tide rises, it seems to emerge from the depths of the Pacific Ocean and float in its waters. Its author is the sculptor Avilio Valverde, cc Villo, a native of Puriscal. Legend has it that a fisherman, owner of a restaurant in Playa Esterillos, on one of his fishing trips spotted the mermaid, and from that moment on, she always accompanied him with her song when he went fishing. The artist recreated her in the image and likeness of the description of the fisherman.

The coves

Precisely at the north end, where the sculpture of the Mermaid is located, the beach sector is also known as Las Caletas. This name is due to the reefs that form it and make the beach rocky. At high tide, this rocky formation is covered by the sea and surfers can be found riding waves. When the tide goes out, countless beautiful natural pools are formed, ideal for a dip or to walk on the rocks and explore the fossil stones or small fish that may have been trapped in them.

Surfing at Esterillos beach

Esterillos on the Central Pacific Coast is characterized for offering surfers the most consistent and cleanest waves, perfect for riding. Here waves break practically always and all year round, which is very attractive for surf lovers. Experts qualify Esterillos Oeste as the best spot, especially when the tide rises, when big and strong waves are formed, for experienced surfers. It is worth mentioning that the renowned Costa Rican surfer, Carlos Muñoz, Latin American surfing champion and winner of many other prizes in this sport, is a native of Playa Esterillos Oeste and the house where he was born is identified on the beach.

Esterillos este and bejuco beaches.

More than for bathers, this beach is ideal for surfing, since many waves are formed and very big. Playa Bejuco is a beautiful beach of gray sand, where strong waves predominate, but invites you to walk and enjoy the scenery, as well as for bird watching, since its surroundings are a nesting site for a great variety of bird species, bordering attractive fields of agricultural plantations. The rear limit of the beach is the river of the same name, Bejuco River with an area of mangroves, which forms attractive beaches at its mouth. If you enjoy uncrowded beaches, Playa Bejuco is ideal for a relaxing vacation, surrounded by pure and untouched tropical nature. Due to its pristine and clean environment, Bejuco was awarded the Ecological Blue Flag several years ago.

Esterillos Beach, Costa Rica


Esterillos community

Esterillos is a beach community on the Central Pacific, divided into 3 sectors, Esterillos East, Center and Esterillos West, along a very picturesque stretch of the coastal road (route 34).  They are part of the canton and district of Parrita, province of Puntarenas. The charming community is small and picturesque, with a relaxed atmosphere.  In addition to the hamlet of local residents, with its Catholic church, its school, and its soccer field, there are commercial establishments, hotels, stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, bars, and restaurants. Furthermore, there are places of lodging and an abundance of luxury beach houses and extensive green areas. Surrounding Esterillos Oeste are hills and small streams, which serve as wildlife attractions and lush landscapes from their promontories.  In the Esterillos Centro section there are beautiful mangroves with a wealth of wildlife.  The community of Esterillos is characterized as a coastal fishing village and is concentrated at the northern end of the beach.  Along the beautiful beach of Esterillos, we will find almost no major development, so its unspoiled nature makes it a sublime sanctuary.  Playa Esterillos is popular with surfers, both advanced professionals and beginners.  The waves offer surfing possibilities for all levels.

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