Nearly every popular surfing beach you go to in Costa Rica is full of people. At Playa Tamarindo, you need to watch out if you’re a swimmer for oncoming boards, at Jaco and Hermosa the waves are sometimes even too big to swim in and during peak season, Playa Grande is full of surfers, swimmers and sometimes even turtles!
When we visited Playa Esterillos Oeste for a couple days, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this beach. It may not have the Caribbean feel or look like the typical tropical paradise, but it was the atmosphere of the beach that I loved.
Playa Esterillos Oeste
You could see the local kids surfing until the sun goes down, visitors laying on chairs on the beach, having a beer, people huddling around bonfires and music playing.
If you walk around the corner, you’ll even notice that Ariel resides at this beach!
There is a Playa Esterillos Este that is actually just the other side of the same long beach but are separated by names.
Many hotels are located right on the beach and next to a couple campsites so there were scatterings of people here and there.
If you keep walking either direction on the beach, you might find yourself walking alone without seeing another person for awhile. You can enjoy the dark sand and inviting warm waters all to yourself or have a private moment with your significant other as you watch the sunset or just enjoy the beautiful view.
Playa Esterillos Oeste Location
You can get to Playa Esterillos Oeste by taking the Costanera Sur, south from Playa Jaco.
Accommodations and Food
You won’t see any all inclusive resorts here or even chain hotels. Esterillos town is very small, as in the typical small Costa Rican town with one or two small pulperias, a couple sodas and restaurants. There are a few campsites if you’re looking to rough it out in the wilderness (although we saw one family hook up 3 TVs next to their tent) and you can find random places to stay here and there.
Prices are moderate as none of these places are offering luxury accommodations but rather comfortable and modest places since majority of visitors are there to enjoy the beach. You can find places to stay at both Oeste and Este.
- Encantada Ocean Cottages
- Hotel La Dolce Vita (review)
- Pelican Hotel Esterillos Este
- Monterey del Mar Hotel
- Alma del Pacifico Hotel
- Hotel Walt Paraiso
Surprisingly, there are a couple nicer restaurants in Estilleros town, with a new pizza place opening up and a seafood/Caribbean restaurant.
Playa Esterillos Oeste Town
Tired of crowds at Jaco and just want a bit of peace and quiet in a small Costa Rican beach town? Playa Esterillos Oeste offers all of the same great waves for surfers with some of the cleanest breaks. With friendly locals, a peaceful and laid back atmosphere, it’s a little piece of paradise that you can keep all to yourself.
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