59) PLAYA ESTERILLOS OESTE:
The characteristic of this beach is that the waves break way outside the sea. There are generally very good peaks and the even though the waves reach a very good size, they are always good. This is a special beach for long boards. Access: By land. Tide: Any tide. Swells: North, Northwest and South. Bottom: Sand and rocks. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
West Esterillos, Central Esterillos and East Esterillos
Located respectively 22, 25 and 30 km to the southeast of Jaco; all of them are 2 km from the coast. Among them, the Esterillos has an extension of several deserted areas, and at some points you can go surfing. The Esterillos area has hotels, cabins, camp sites, restaurants, supermarkets, Internet, disco, bars, soda and public telephone. The three Esterillos have a combined length of 24 Km.
The legend of the Esterillos Mermaid
The story is about a sphelt bronze figure that has immortalized the experience of a man from Parrita many years ago with a mermaid that they say only came close to the beaches of west Esterillos. It was more than 30 years ago when Fernando Mora arrived to Parrita from Puriscal, during this time the beaches were almost unihabited and there where no access roads and they often used the beaches as a way of access. He walked along the beaches of Esterillos so many times and in the summer of 78 he saw a curious woman with a beautiful figure and with brown skin and only appeared close to the cove, with shock he saw the upper part of the body of the young woman was completely uncovered, she was naked and had long hair, he looked out to the sea everyday to see if he could find the young woman again. Nevertheless he never actually saw the legs of the woman. She was always in the sea. After a few days he became more confident and decided to get closer and ask who she was and why she wasn’t wearing any clothes. Of course the young girl immediately dived into the water and he just managed to catch a glimpse of her enormous tail, he was not convinced that this youngster could be any else but a woman. He continued explaining the day with details when he heard the strange song from the youngster. It was one of those almost red afternoons when the sun sets the young woman was at the side of a rock watching the sunset and singing melodies that no body has ever heard before, almost melancholic, like groans fron goddess that although has everything and the sea was hers, she seemed to be missing something or had lost something. On that day he saw her tail and he tried to hide without success. That mermaid had stopped him in his tracks with a heavenly gaze and he had to get closer. Fernando paused, he stayed watching the sea and suddenly he said “Yes, it was a mermaid, I saw her, she confirmed it with her look from heaven, and with that look she spoke to me in another language and I perfectly understood was she was saying. She told me her very long and sad story; she told me what her future was and what mine was. It is still not time to tell this story. I saw her twice and we spoke, and after that day I never saw her again. I knew that I wasn’t going to see her again, she told me. Since this year I wanted to immortalize her figure, her heavenly gaze, in 1997 I managed to achieve this objective”. Fernando financed the construction of the bronze sculptor and is located on the rocks in the sea, in the malecones, on las caletas opposite the Hotel Sirena.
How to arrive at West, Central, and East Esterillos.
From the international airport Juan Santamaria, when leaving here by car, take the route that goes left towards Puntarenas, until you get to some large petrol tanks that read Recope. In Costa Rica we call this point the (’Manolo’s Turning Point’). Then take the road to the right in order to cross the bridge turning left and passing by La Garita, Atenas, the Aguacate hills, San Mateo, Orotina, Tarcoles, Herradura, Jaco and at last you will arrive at Esterillos. The three Esterillos comprise of an extension of 24 kilometers. These towns can be found 22, 25 and 30 kilometers southeast from Jaco. These are all 2 kilometers from the road that borders the coast (Costanera). Esterillos is located in the Central Pacific Coast, 20 minutes east from Jaco and 40 minutes west from Quepos. People have to be very careful when swimming in any of these three beaches. If you are a beginner, don’t swim here.
Ph + (506) 2643-3135 in Jaco and Ph + (506) 2777-0318 in Quepos. These buses pass by Esterillos at 05:30 a.m, 06:00 a.m, 06:30 a.m, 07:30 a.m, 08:30 a.m, 11:30a.m, 12:30 p.m, 01:00 p.m, 03:30 p.m, 04:00 p.m, 04:30 p.m, 05:30 p.m, 06:00 p.m and 08:00 p.m. Take the bus Station with route to Quepos and ask the driver to leave you at the bust stop in Esterillos. The trip lasts 2 ½ hours.
If you board a taxi at the airport. The total charge is an average of: 120 US$
WHERE TO SLEEP & EAT?
Sea Level Surf Camp & Hotel Rancho Coral Ph + (506) 8877-5774. Sea Level Surf Camp offers all inclusive surf packages and surf lessons in Costa Rica. During your stay, you will not only get the chance to dive deep into the world of surfing but also get to know the amazing flora and fauna that Costa Rica has to offer. During all of our Surf Camps we will assign you an instructor based on your surfing skills. Hotel Rancho Coral is an oasis in the heart of the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Here, you will experience the Pura Vida, creating a unique vacation experience. Located in the center of Esterillos Oeste town. Come and enjoy a comfortable stay in one of our beachfront rooms.
Hotel La Dolce Vita Ph + (506) 2778-7015. The beach of Esterillos is known for its natural beauty, it’s surf waves that appeal surfers from all over the world and for the presence of wonderful tropical birds. The Hotel has seven apartments facing a wonderful garden and swimming pool. Each apartment has patio/deck, terrazzo-balcony and is smartly furnished, bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, fan, kitchen, fridge, a bedroom with double bed and a living room with kitchen complete of a fully equipped stove, a sofa-bed, Satellite TV, Wi-fi.
Los Almendros Restaurant Ph + (506) 2778-7322. Location; 3 houses west of the soccer field (on the road between Super Sol and the soccer field) Esterillos Oeste, Puntarenas. DELICIOUS Caribbean, Asian and local cuisine! A cozy and hip spot in the heart of Esterillos Oeste serving up yummy food, craft beer and craft cocktails! We are open from 4 pm – 10 pm and are closed on Sundays. We accept cash in colones or dollars and all major credit cards!
Hotel Costa Pacífica Ph + (506) 2778-8060. Ph + (506) 2527-3220. Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Free Wi-Fi access is available. These air-conditioned rooms feature a cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower, toilet and free toiletries. At Hotel Costa Pacifica you will find a hot tub, a garden and barbecue facilities, while other facilities offered include a tour desk and luggage storage. Playa Esterillos Oeste beach is 400 m from the Hotel. The property offers free parking.
Camping El Jardín Ph + (506) 8811-8613. Esterillos Oeste. A quiet place to camp safely 50 meters from the beach with parking, bathrooms, showers, security. It has 2 cabins furnished with cable TV and Wifi.
Surf Costa Ph + (506) 2778-7037. To introduce the positive energy and culture of Costa Rica to our guests who travel from all over the world to experience Surf Costa. Beautiful secluded vacation home resort with personal tour guide services. Hands down best way to experience Costa Rica. This beautiful modern home is the Surf Costa favorite for families and groups of friends.
The Spot Esterillos Oeste Ph + (506) 8451-4365. We are the best option either to chill or surf. Located on a small fisherman’s villa with the real Tico flavor. The Spot is surrounded by exuberant nature and world class surfing year round.
Surf School & Surf Shop?
Aloha Surf Esterillos Ph + (506) 8681-5826. Ph + (506) 8377-2928. Location; 50 mtrs Sur de la plaza de deportes Esterillos Oeste. Surf Lessons , Surf boards rentals. Jorge Bolandi is a certified lifeguard, he has made countless rescues being a volunteer lifeguard. You can feel safe receiving your lessons with us.