Playa Carrillo

Situated on the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is the beautiful, horeshoe shaped beach of Playa Carrillo. With forests of palm trees surrounding the white sandy beach and clear turquoise waters, it is not difficult to see why this is the most popular spot in the Guanacaste province. This is the perfect beach for anyone looking for a laid back vacationon the beach.

There’s plenty to do at Playa Carrillo, and in addition to lazing on the beach, you can enjoy yoga, hiking tours, horseback riding tours, dolphin and whale watching, ATV and off-road tours, and sport fishing tours.

The beach here is fairly sheltered by rocky headlands making the surf somewhat smaller than other spots on the coast. For this reason it is a good choice for families. There are a number of water-based activities to do at Playa Carillo, including snorkeling on the coral reef, jet skiing, swimming, sport fishing, kayaking, and windsurfing. This is a Blue Flag beach, which means that not only has it passed rigorous standards for cleanliness, but has a good range of amenities.

The beach has a natural feel to it, and you will find picnic tables along the road by the beach. Whether you prefer to spend your time in the sun and on the water or exploring all that Costa Rica has to offer, you will love this location.

The small town of Puerto Carrillo is set on the hillside overlooking the beach. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants nearby, making this a fantastic, laid back vacation spot.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing

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