The luxurious beach boulevard of Playa Carrillo
Eight km south of Samara is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches: the wide crescent bay of Playa Carrillo looks almost Caribbean with its palm-lined white-sand beach and clear, turquoise waters. As the bay is protected on both sides by rocky headlands, it is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Overlooking the horseshoe bay of Carrillo
Aside from the luxurious boulevard, the beach of Carrillo is delightfully undeveloped: there are no buildings, hotels or restaurants on the beach and it is not crowded most of the year, with the exception of weekends and holidays when Costa Rican families enjoy their picnics under the palms.
Fishing boats in Puerto Carrillo
At the southern end of the bay, before the road goes uphill, you’ll cross a bridge over a small river. Shortly after that, a road to your left leads to the small animal shelter La Selva Zoo and Bromelia Garden that houses coatis, monkeys, porcupines, vampire bats, and other animals rarely seen in the wild.
Puerto Carrillo is nestled in a rocky cove that offers safe mooring for the sport fishing fleet of Samara.
The actual village, with supermarkets, restaurants and hotels, is found at the top of the hill.
Carrillo has the most fabulous sunsets
Carrillo offers a great alternative for travelers who prefer a quiet, scenic beach spot while still being near the action in Samara.
All hotels in Carrillo are located uphill with a nice selection of options, from Bed and Breakfast-style to luxury hotels;