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Playa Esterillos

Playa Esterillos is located in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. This is a surfing spot with miles of deserted beaches. There are four main beaches it is divided into seperated by different rivers and estuaries. The actual name of Playa Esterillos comes from the Spanish names for "Esturaries" and "Rivers" (Esteros y Rios).

This is popular surfing beach known for its long breaking rights along with an inside barreling beach break. The waters here are calmest during the months of January and February. If you need a break from the waves of the Pacific you can always relax in the sand or at some of the quaint little surfer bars and enjoy the company of Costa Rica's largest Scarlett Macaw population making their ever so graceful and beautiful flights up and down the beaches which makes up for their somewhat awful singing voices (still one of our favorite birds though).

Reasons to Go:

  • Great surfing
  • Excellent location, easy access to all beaches on Pacific
  • Not too touristy
  • Access is just off main coastal highway

Reasons NOT to Go:

  • It offers a long beach feel and not a small bay type feel
  • Currents can be strong at times, not always safe for swimming