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Playa Carrillo

Beaches · Zoos · Spas & Wellness
Curving around a bay to form a perfect wineglass shape, the low-key destination of Playa Carrillo remains one of Costa Rica's hidden coastal gems. The beach has retained its laidback atmosphere, with only a handful of pleasant hotels and locally owned restaurants forming the backbone of Playa Carrillo tourism. Swimming, fishing, and boat excursions serve as some of the most popular things to do in Playa Carrillo, while those who want to relax can simply kick back on the soft sand and enjoy the sun's rays. For those wanting a bit more action, the more developed town of Samara offers additional options just 4 km (2.5 mi) away. Take a look at our Costa Rica holiday planner to refine the details of your trip to Playa Carrillo.
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Popular things to do in Playa Carrillo

Playa Carrillo
Duration: 2h 30 min
Spa / Wellness
Chillasana Yoga & Surf School
Duration: 2h 30 min
La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Playa Carrillo

Nature / Park
Jungle Butterfly Farm Nandayure
Duration: 3 hours
Playa Islita Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
Duration: 2h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Wild By Nature Adventures Playa San Miguel
Duration: 2h 30 min

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