Costa Rica · 2 Days · 4 Moments · April 2018

Costa Rica Pacific Coast no sharks just crocs

23 April 2018

Esterillos Oesta is a beach town on the Pacific down the coast from Jaco. It boasts the only class 4 beach in Costa Rica. Class 4 is Costa Rica’s highest rating for cleanliness combined with sandy beaches and tidal pools. The beach draws surfers from all over. No sharks but there are crocodiles. One surfer reported that she saw only 1 in the 4 years she has lived here. They sometimes wander from a river on the other side of Jaco. That croc. got picked up by a park ranger and was relocated. Here are some photos of our rental. We were in the ground floor apartment. The house is on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.
From our apartment we were wakened by brown robins (clay-colored thrushes) then by green parrots. Our local Iguana, Godzilla, paid several visits. The first evening, while sitting on the veranda, a big toad landed on Michael’s foot. A local dog likes to lick toads despite them being poisonous. (Their poisonous nature is a result of the insects they eat.) Down the beach road there is a big tree where a flock of scarlet macaws live.

22 April 2018

Tourists from all over the world come to Esterrilos Oeste. There is a variety of lodging and dining choices. The first 2 photos show the budget choices. Wealthy folks have seasonal homes on the bluffs. Surfers and expat families visit and settle here.

21 April 2018

The beach offers a variety of entertainment choices: From contemplating a peaceful view of the ocean to watching surfers, a horseman practicing dressage, and finding the way-cool patterns made by crabs finding places to hide at low tide.