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Playa Samara & Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica It is a good place to be. With perfect Samara Weather and at 9.8 degrees above the equator, life moves at a little slower pace here. If you are interested in spending time on the beach with your toes in the sand or sitting and watching the waves roll in while having great conversations with new friends consider yourself at home.
Playa Samara is located about an hour south of Nicoya and offers a beautiful nearly-perfect beach with a good reef for snorkeling. The crescent-shaped strip of sand is one of the most beloved beaches in Costa Rica. The reef protects the beach from strong waves and makes it safe for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and kayaking. Playa Samara is still somewhat undiscovered; being a little off the beaten path the community is small but lively. Playa Samara offers all amenities and services including full dental, medical, police station, post office and utility offices. There are two major banks, plenty of shopping and food stores. Several typical and international and beach front restaurants, bars and night life plus adventure tours all designed to keep you and or guests happy, better yet just relax on our blue flag beach waiting for the sunset.
Samara Beach & Carrillo Beach offer the best of Costa Rica’s unlimited outdoor adventures such as surfing, hiking, caving, mountain biking, bird watching, zip-lining, horseback riding, motorized sport vehicles and bicycle rentals, near shore and deep sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and so much more including day trips to natural hot springs, active volcanoes and typical villages to see artisans hone their crafts. There are many local festivals and events in the province of Guanacaste throughout the year so check our Calendar of Events to see what is happening during your stay and take a peak at life in Samara and Carrillo in our Photo Gallery tab.
It seems the people moving to Costa Rica have a common thread running through them: a zest for life and adventure along with the desire to relax and slow down and to be a positive influence in the community, the country and on the world.
Playa Samara town proper is right on the beach, and is only 3 blocks wide and 2 block deep, so after being here a few days you start to see the same faces and after a week you have many friends and after two weeks you start to notice when someone new is in town. Playa Samara has about 400 residents and the surrounds areas have about 14,000. Samara beach is within walking distance of 3 other beaches including the spectacular Carrillo beach.
As far as Samara weather the “rainy” season is typically from July to November but do not take this literally. There are rains and at times, usually October they can be heavy. For most of the “rainy” season you are greeted with sunny mornings and clear evenings, the warm afternoon rains cool you down. Put on your bathing suit and head out to your next adventure.
The dry season can get warm and because we are so close to the equator the sun may be more intense then what you are used to. Error on the side of caution, use a proper sunscreen. With temperatures around +37c (about 100f) combined with the cool tropical breeze, reflection off the sand and water we see many tourists redder than expected.
Carrillo beach and the town of Carrillo, located only 7km from Playa Samara is regarded as one of the very best beaches in Costa Rica, the best in our opinion. When you are home and close your eyes dreaming of a tropical paradise Carrillo beach is what you are dreaming of. The beach is palm tree lined with no development. This little fishing village of Carrillo has a population of about 200 and is located on a hill overlooking the bay and is known for world class sport fishing, relaxing afterward and hanging on the beach. Similar to Samara beach, Carrillo has coral reefs at the end which protects the beach and offers safe swimming, surfing and snorkeling. With a little inlet in the bay there are many boats that anchor for a weekend.
Samara & Carrillo, it’s a good place to be.