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Playa Carrillo Surf Spot Guide


Playa Carrillo Surf Spot Guide

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Surf Spot: Playa Carrillo
Break Type: Beach break
Difficulty Level: All surfers
Best Swell Direction: North, Northwest
Ride Direction: Left
Tides: All tides


Playa Carrillo is a spectacular beach located south of Playa Samara in Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. The beach is largely undeveloped adorned with glittering shores and swaying palm trees. Even though there are only few bars, restaurants and accommodation, Carrillo has become a popular tourist destination particularly among young backpackers. It offers a great platform for snorkeling, sport fishing, swimming and surfing. Carrillo is not a great surf spot. The waves are mostly flat because the coast is protected from the swells. For good surfable waves, swells need to come from the North and Northwest direction. The best time to surf is between the months of December and March. Playa Carrillo Surfing

Surf Camps nearby Playa Carrillo

Surf camps in and around Playa Carillo include Iguana Expeditions and Surf School, Popo’s Treehouse Expeditions and Surf Camp, Choco Surf School and a few more. Many camps located in other areas also arrange surf expeditions to Playa Carrillo. The beach has a number of budget friendly accommodations. Many backpackers opt to camp right on the beach. It is recommended that travelers stay in Samara and drive up to Playa Carrillo which is just a short distance away.

Adventures in Playa Carrillo

Other than surfing, travelers can try out sport fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming. The beach offers excellent conditions for these activities. La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo, Arenal, Monteverde and Montezuma are located quite nearby Playa Carrillo.

Accommodations in Playa Carrillo

The beautiful and laid back town of Carrillo has plenty of accommodations that are suitable for all kinds of budgets and wishes. Some of the top rated hotels, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals and cabinas include Hotel Esperanza, Hotel Leyenda, Hotel Guanamar, Puerto Carrillo Hotel, El Sueno Tropical, Hotel Arena Blanca, Carrillo Club, Casa Buenavista Bed & Breakfast, Hotel Hacienda del Mar, La Posada Bed & Breakfast, La Tropicale Beach Lodge, El Colibri Cabinas and Villa Oasis. Playa Carrillo also has some wonderful dining options that include El Colibri, Hotel Guanamar Bar & Restaurant and L’Anfora Italian Restaurant.

Surf Adventures in Playa Carrillo

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