Guanacaste Costa Rica Playa Carrillo: a quiet and beautiful beach destination.
By Photographer, Dominic Urbano.
Sunsets in Costa Rica are fleeting. On our first day in the Guanacaste region, we almost missed the sunset when we strolled to Playa Carrillo. The sun had already slipped below the horizon, but the colorful glow lingered. Despite arriving late, we were thrilled to find a stunning beach with no crowds.
As darkness fell, we split our time between taking photos and soaking in the beach and sunset.
Just ten minutes south of the bustling beach at Samara, Playa Carrillo remains undeveloped, with no hotels or restaurants lining the shore. As a result, it’s a serene spot to unwind, surf, swim, or snap photos.
Coming from the Pacific Northwest where sunsets last longer, we had to get used to the quick disappearance of the sun over the tropical Pacific Ocean. But by arriving at the beach by 4:30 pm, we were able to catch the sunset between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.
Although I didn’t have my tripod for our first visit to Carrillo, I managed to capture a stunning image of the peaceful and tranquil beach with a 1.5-second handheld exposure. Despite the swaying boat, waves, and my own movements, I was happy with the result. The entire Guanacaste region was a paradise to explore.
9 responses to “Carrillo Beach, Costa Rica Beaches”
[…] that John’s wife is a yoga instructor – originally from Canada – who teaches yoga classes on the beach at sunset. After getting pretty thrashed my the not so massive waves while surfing, I probably could have […]
Thank you Dominic! The sunset photo is amazing and the article is great!
We live here in Carrillo and keep our boat there.
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.
Fallen Leaf Imaging
Awesome! Kelly also shared the chillasana yoga and surf article! That is fantastic!
I am looking forward to seeing the other photos as well!
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
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.
P.S. … other updates and Costa Rica photos on my Fallen Leaf Imaging facebook page.
Thank you so much Dominic! We are looking forward to seeing the photos!
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.