Playa Esterillos is a beach located in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica, located 124 km from the city of San José, capital of the country, and close to the city of Jacó. It is located in the canton of Parrita, puntarenas province.
Esterillos is an extensive beach of 7 km long, of grayish sands, rectilinear and open coast, characterized by the presence of great natural wealth along the entire coast, forming a line of tropical forest mainly composed of palm trees and trees almond tree. It is divided into three sections: Esterillos Esterillos Esterillos Centro and Esterillos Oeste.
The beaches of Esterillos Centro and Este, separated by the Bejuco River, have mangrove areas. Esterillos Oeste is characterized by the presence of rocky promontory and small streams where wildlife can be seen, such as iguanas, crocodiles and a wide variety of birds. It is separated from Playa Hermosa by Punta Judas. It has a rocky bottom section with strong swell during high tide, while to the west there is another sandy bottom area. To the north of this beach, the rocks form natural pools, where fossil remains can be found.
West Esterillos is also known because it is home to La Sirena, a sculpture of a mermaid sitting on the rocks facing the ocean. When the tide rises, the water covers the pedestal of the work, so that the statue appears to emerge from the surface of the sea. This monument, cast in bronze, is the work of the Puriscaleño sculptor Albino Valverde.
These beaches are easily accessible by passable road all year round, so they are very visited by national and foreign tourism. In them you can do a lot of recreational activities: surfing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, walking and horseback riding, camping. In the area there are a lot of accommodation and cabins, and an airstrip.