Guanacaste Costa Rica Playa Carrillo: a quiet and beautiful beach destination.
Sunsets in Costa Rica happen quickly. We all but missed our first when we walked to the beach at Playa Carrillo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The sun had already dipped below the horizon but the colorful glow remained. It was our first opportunity to visit a beach in Costa Rica and we were pleased with what we found. A beautiful sand beach, with no people. We could hardly believe it.
As darkness fell we split our time between photography and sitting and enjoying the beach and sunset.
South of the much busier beach at Samara by just 10 minutes or so the beach at Carrillo is free of development. No restaurants or hotels along the beachfront. The result is an uncrowded and peaceful place to relax, swim, surf, take photos…
Being from the Pacific Northwest where sunsets linger, we soon got used to the rapid dip of the sun below the tropical pacific ocean horizon at a relatively early hour. Being on the beach by 4:30pm allowed us to catch the 5:00 – 5:30 sunset times.
I hadn’t carried my tripod with me for this first walk to the beach at Carrillo so the sunset photo above is a 1.5 sec handheld exposure. With the movement of the waves, the swaying boat, and of course my own movement at such long exposure times, I was pleased that I was able to capture the image. I think it captures the peaceful and quiet place that Carrillo beach is. The entire Guanacaste region was a beautiful place to explore.