"Pura Vida" in English means "Pure Life". Although it has a simple English translation, the meaning is much more profound to the people of Costa Rica. Pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah, the expression is used in many forms, from a greeting to a synonym for "excellent". In Esterillos, you'll easily sink into the easygoing rhythms of the pura vida.
Esterillos Oeste has a long-standing surf culture. The Pacific's perfect waves, year-round warm water, and blue skies make it a world-class surfing destination. The swells are reliable and sizeable all year, but April to December is considered to be the best time to ride
Described as the fishing capital of Costa Rica, there are more trophy fish caught out of this region year round than any other part of the country. Marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, red snapper, roosterfish, and more are popular.
Simply put, Costa Rica is one of the best wildlife-watching destinations in the world. Esterillos’ biodiversity harbors some rare and endangered species, from lazy sloths and crocs, to a magnificent spectrum of tropical birds like toucans. You hardy have to make an effort as monkeys, iguanas, humming birds, and scarlet macaws visit the villa regularly.
In addition to a few well-known bars and restaurants in Esterillos and nearby area, going northwest, Playa Hermosa can be reached in 10 minutes and Jaco in 20. Both are filled with shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, and even casinos.
One of Central America's top destinations, Manuel Antonio National Park is where jungle meets beach. This stunning and family friendly park has white sand beaches, accessible rainforest trails, and lots of wildlife. From the villa, Manuel Antonio is about an hour drive southeast on the highway.
Arenal Volcano National Park offers several beautiful trails to explore. After a day of excellent hiking, when there is a chill in the air, relax in one of the area’s many natural hot springs.
Mysterious, dripping with mist, dangling with mossy Tarzan vines, and blooming with life are some of the ways Monteverde Could Forest is described. The 105 sq km park is one of Costa Rica’s premier destinations and a place where organic farming and alternative energy sources are the norm.
Originally from Poland, we immigrated to Canada in 1990. We now permanently live in the Toronto area, and love spending a few months a year at the villa, which we built in 2012.
Our perfect day starts with an early stroll on the beach. That is the best time to buy the freshest catch from the fisherman as they come in from fishing between 6 and 7am. We usually spend dreamy afternoons in the shade of the rancho, reading in the hammock, swimming in the pool, and scanning for wildlife. As the day ends, we often find ourselves back at the beach for the sunset. At night, we sometimes light a few candles, turn off all the lights around the villa, and enjoy the bright stars above.
We are happy to share our beautiful villa with you, and hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.