Puerto Carrillo, situated along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province, is known to be a jewel among Pacific beaches. The town itself is very small (less than 500 full-time residents) and it’s predominantly a sport-fishing village with a variety of nice hotels, restaurants and tour operators. The population in Carrillo is mainly local residents and still maintains an authentically Costa Rican atmosphere.
Puerto Carrillo is a small unobtrusive community that has been playing host to some of the most well renown sport fishing boats in the world, since its discovery as a billfish destination over 15 years ago. The small town hosts several hotels, fine restaurants, stores and one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Costa Rica. The tiny harbor offers protection to a small handful of charter and private boats that are here on permanent bases. The beautiful white sand beach is popular with swimmers and is an ideal beach for your kids.
Carrillo is located approximately 41 km (25 miles) from Nicoya, the economic and administrative hub of the region. Access to Carrillo is via paved roads. The paving of the “Road 150” from Nicoya through Samara to Carrillo was completed in early 2006, which greatly increased the accessibility of the region and dramatically reduced the driving distance. The total drive now takes about 4 hours from San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and under 2 hours from Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR).
Public buses operate between nearby Samara and Nicoya several times a day; express buses operated by Empresa Alfaro also connect Samara with San Jose usually twice a day.
Air service is provided by Sansa Airlines to the adjacent Islita Airport.