Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
The Travel Guide to the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information

Playa Carrillo

Carrillo Costa Rica

Overlooking the crescent bay of Carrillo

Eight km south of Samara you find one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. The wide crescent bay of Playa Carrillo looks almost Caribbean with its white-sand beach lined by coconut palms and clear, turquoise waters.

The bay of Carrillo is protected on both sides by rocky headlands so that the water is calm and well suited swimming and snorkeling.

Playa Carrillo, Samara

The luxurious beach boulevard in Carrillo

A luxurious 2-lane boulevard parallels the beach and you find easy parking for your car along with picnic tables and chairs shaded by palm trees. Apart from that the beach of Carrillo is delightfully undeveloped: no buildings, hotels or restaurants spoil the tropical paradise flair.
Only on weekends and holidays it can become a bit crowded with Costa Rican families enjoying beach life.

Sunset in Carrillo, Costa Rica

Sunset in Carrillo

At the southern end of the bay the road climbs uphill into the small village where you find grocery stores, tour agents and a nice selection of hotels in Carrillo.

A nice lookout point is at the hairpin bend in the middle of the road uphill. From here you enjoy the best sunset views of Carrillo, or you can descend the steep little road to the port.
Puerto Carrillo is nestled in a rocky cove that offers safe mooring for the sport fishing fleet of Samara.

Puerto Carrillo

Fishing boats in Puerto Carrillo

In Carrillo you also find the animal shelter La Selva Zoo and Bromelia Garden which houses coatis, monkeys, porcupines, vampire bats, and other animals that you will rarely seen in the wild. Best time for visiting is around 4 pm which is the feeding time for the animals

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, along with some restaurants and bars.
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South of Carrillo and Samara:
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