Carrillo Beach, Costa Rica Beaches

Guanacaste Costa Rica Playa Carrillo: a quiet and beautiful beach destination.

By Photographer, Dominic Urbano.

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.

carrillo beach sunset
Sunset at Playa Carrillo in Costa Rica

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.

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  1. Thank you Dominic! The sunset photo is amazing and the article is great!
    We live here in Carrillo and keep our boat there.

    1. Thank you! I am glad you like the photo. Carrillo is certainly beautiful. I did not get out on the water much. One short trip in a kayak… but the Costa Rica coastline looks like it would be a great place to do some boating.

      I am still working to complete my write up on our Costa Rica trip and getting the photos sorted and finished.

      Finished photos of the Costa Rica trip will ultimately end up on my primary photography web site.

      Stay Tuned!

      Best Regards,
      Dominic Urbano
      Fallen Leaf Imaging
      Leavenworth WA

  2. Awesome! Kelly also shared the chillasana yoga and surf article! That is fantastic!
    I am looking forward to seeing the other photos as well!

  3. This is also our other business in Carrillo if you guys need a place to stay in the future! You can ask Kelly at Chillasana and she will be happy to make your reservations if you like it!

    Thanks again! Jackie

    1. What a beautiful home!

      Looks like a beautiful place to stay when in Playa Carrillo!


      I just finished running the snow blower for an hour… we had another foot of snow last night the real storm still on the way. Hard to believe that I was playing in Costa Rica just a few weeks ago.

      Thanks for all of the kind comments. I will certainly keep you in mind if we visit again or pass on your contact when recommending the area to friends.


  4. This is really great i am planing to spend some good time with my girlfriend and this place is best for it. Thank Friend for writing.

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