Esterillos Centro, North Puntarenas

Esterillos sign in main highway
Esterillos sign in main highway
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Esterillos Centro is a quiet beach community located on the shores of the Gulf of Nicoya. Conveniently accessible by Route 34, this scenic and peaceful town is an ideal place to stop on a tour of coastal North Puntarenas, and provides visitors with the chance to kick back and relax, Costa Rican style.

A Little Peace and Quiet

One of the best things about Esterillos Centro is its charming laid-back atmosphere. One of North Puntarenas' best-kept secrets, this quaint seaside town is much quieter than popular resort towns such as Jaco, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy the region's stunning views without the crowds.

There are several beachfront hotels in the area, including La Felicidad. This family owned hotel is an ideal place to stay for tourists who want to enjoy gorgeous sunsets, convenient access to the pristine beaches and the Costa Rican hospitality for which Ticos are famous. In addition to its comfortable suites with commanding views of the ocean, La Felicidad also offers a range of spa treatments, including massages - the perfect way to unwind after a long day lounging on the beach.

On your Doorstep

A visit to Esterillos Centro is ideal for tourists who want to enjoy the calm, relaxing atmosphere of coastal Puntarenas while still being close to everything this province has to offer. Jaco, a beach long renowned for its waves, is just over six miles north of the town, and visitors from around the world flock to this popular surfing hotspot to test their skills.

Esterillos Centro is also located a short distance from two of Costa Rica's most impressive national parks, Manuel Antonio National Park and Carara National Park. These conservation areas offer tourists the opportunity to see some of the country's most exotic wildlife firsthand, in addition to a range of exciting activities such as canopy tours, all-terrain vehicle rides, rugged hiking and mountain biking.

Visitors who want to marvel at the indigenous wildlife right on their doorstep can explore the nearby Estero Aserradero river, where crocodiles can often be seen swimming through the water. No matter how tourists want to enjoy their vacations, Esterillos Centro is a charming beachside town with plenty of character and ample opportunities for a little rest and relaxation.