Although cattle ranchers and cowboys are more commonly associated with the American West, the Ticos in the charming town of Esterillos Este in North Puntarenas
certainly know how to toss a lasso. Located along a scenic coastal stretch of Route 34, Esterillos Este is a peaceful beachside community with a character all its own.
Experience Puntarenas on horseback
Overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya, Esterillos Este is known for its luxurious rental properties, laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals. A short drive from the popular beach resort of Jaco
, Esterillos Este is one of North Puntarenas' best-kept secrets.
Tourists come to Esterillos Este to enjoy the picturesque sunsets and calm, tranquil waters of the North Puntarenas coast, but one of the primary attractions of this charming beachside community is the Savegre Rancho Monterey, an equestrian tour company offering horseback riding expeditions along the pristine sands of the Puntarenas coastline.
Here, you can set off on a leisurely ride down the coast as the sun rises over the Gulf of Nicoya, before touring the ranch itself or setting off on an expedition through the nearby forests and plantations. During a Savegre Rancho tour, you can experience the diversity of Esterillos Este, from gentle rides along the beach to excursions through the rugged hills and countryside, making an outing on horseback one of the best ways to enjoy everything that the area has to offer.
Map of the Area
If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Esterillos Este, you'll be spoilt for choice. The area is renowned for its luxury beachfront property rentals, many of which offer commanding views of the Gulf of Nicoya - the ideal way to enjoy the stunning sunsets for which North Puntarenas is famous.
Travelers who want to enjoy some of the best surfing in the world will not be disappointed by a stay at Esterillos Este, as this charming community is nestled between the beaches of Jaco and Quepos
. Even if you've never surfed before, you can learn the ropes at the nearby Del Mar Surfing Academy at Playa Hermosa
, approximately 9 miles west of Esterillos Este.
If you'd rather enjoy the beauty of North Puntarenas on foot, you can head northwest from Esterillos Este along Route 34 toward Quina to hike the scenic trails that wind through the verdant countryside surrounding Angostura and San Isidro. No matter how you want to enjoy your Costa Rica vacation, Esterillos Este is the perfect place to get away from it all.
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