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Playas Esterillos

Quick Facts

  • Location : 14 miles southeast of Jaco
  • Altitude : Sea Level

The deserted beaches of Playas Esterillos, about 13 miles south of Jaco, are definitely worth exploring. Divided into Esterillos Este, Centro and Oeste -- Estilleros East, Central and West -- each section offers long stretches of palm-fringed coastline and both right and left beach breaks with long rides.

The waves along Esterillos Centro and Este are strong, and quite similar to those in Playa Hermosa. Esterillos Oeste has a beach break that is especially fun during a big swell. Swimmers should stay closer to the northern end of Esterillos Oeste, where a calm tidal pool offers shelter from the area's dangerous riptides. All three villages have a handful of hotels, cafes and vacation rentals for travelers of all budgets.

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