- Posted July 14, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel snapshots: The best beaches
Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
Playa Carrillo is so clean and, apart from major holidays, little used, that the conventional wisdom says it’s a national park or protected in some way by the government. I believe this is true, but I cannot find any corroboration. Whatever the reason, it is completely undeveloped, even across the double frontage road. This is a beach for people who want beach, not shops or restaurants or schlocky souvenirs. It is 5 km. of sun, surf, sand and palm trees, period.
The swimming is very good. There is usually enough surf to knock you around a bit, but not the heavy drag-you-into-the-deep undertow action that many of the outer Costa Rican beaches have. There are some picnic tables and benches under the palm trees lining Carrillo. You do need to bring water, food and anything else you wish to consume with you. There are some portable toilets on a trailer that you can use, for a fee.
It lies about 7 km. east of Playa Sámara, which is 33 km. south of Nicoya in Guanacaste Province, northwestern Costa Rica. There is a wide range of hotels in Sámara along with restaurants and other tourist services. You can drive, bus or cab to Carrillo from Sámara.