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Introducing Playa Carrillo

About 4km southeast of Sámara, Carrillo is a wide, arcing beach with clean white sand, cracked granite headlands and a jungle backdrop. On weekends and holidays, the palm-fringed boulevard is lined with cars and the beach crowded with Tico families.

The little town is on a hillside above the beach and attracts a trickle of surfers working their way down the coast, as well as schools of American sportfishers chasing billfish. About 200m east of the beach, La Selva is a small wildlife refuge and botanical garden with monkeys, iguanas, alligators, coatis and other critters. Night tours depart at 5:30pm.