Playa Carrillo at a Glance
- Solo Travelers
- Budget Travelers
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Horseback Riding
- Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
- Sea Kayaking
- Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
- Barra Honda National Park
- Guatil Indigenous Community
- Palo Verde National Park
If you visit Playa Carillo in February, you'll be in for quite a treat: sunset is spot on between two rocks that close the bay. Enjoy!
Region: Nicoya Peninsula
Also known as: Playa Carrllo or Carillo Beach
Closest Town: Samara, 2 miles north
Closest Airports: Liberia International Airport (2.5 hours) and Carrillo airstrip (10 min)
Average Temperature: 71 to 92°F
Playa Carrillo is lodged on the Nicoya Peninsula, 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the pleasant little town of Playa Samara. This part of Guanacaste enjoys the best sunsets and climate all year along. Carrillo was recently voted the 27th most beautiful beach of the world, and it is easy to see why with its lovely pristine white sand bay lined up with coconut trees. Carrillo is proud to exhibit the blue flag, symbol of a clean and environmental friendly beach.
Looking like it came out of a holiday brochure, Carrillo has escaped development and is perfect for tourists in search of a peaceful holiday, in close contact and in harmony with Nature. The green hills in the background together with the lush vegetation add to its exotic essence giving it the feel of a lost island somewhere in paradise. The sight of exotic birds and the sound of the howler monkeys complete it beautifully. Because it has no waves, Carrillo is especially great for swimming and relaxing in the sea, and it is one of the best beaches of Guanacaste to bring the kids. It is lovely to take stroll along this perfect shore, or if you prefer, you may enjoy it horseback riding.
As it has not been developed, Carrillo is very quiet at night and there is no better place to admire a starry sky, or a full moon under the music of the waves and to the sounds of the jungle. Samara is only a few minutes away for a little bit of nightlife and has a great choice of hotels, restaurants and bars. Carrillo does however have a few stunning beachfront hotels to choose from.
How To Get There
By Air: Carrillo has an airport, sometimes called Samara airport that is lodged just between the two beaches. Sansa has two flights a day to Carrillo from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela, just outside of San Jose. The flight takes about one hour as it stops in Nosara before flying to Carrillo.
By Bus: The Bus from San Jose to Sámara leaves daily from the Alfaro bus station in San Jose, 150 meters northwest from the Coca Cola station (tel:+506 2221-4214, 2223-2160, 2222-2970) The cost of the one way ticket is about about US$ 8 and the trip takes about 5 hours. Direct bus leaves San Jose daily, at noon and our recommendation is to buy tickets one day in advance, if possible.
By car: The beach lies about 35km southwest of Nicoya on a well-paved road. It takes 2 hours by car from Liberia International Airport or 5 from San Jose.