Playa Carrillo, just south of the surfer and tourist village of Samara is without a doubt one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica and one of the most swim friendly. The sheltered bay is usually very smoot and current free. The water is warm and the beach itself is sparkling white sand backed by palm trees. There are concrete tables and benches scattered among the palms which are not naturally occurring but were planted by a fan of the beach some 30 or so years ago. Samara, only 3.5 miles away to the north is a lively little town with shops and a few beachfront eating and drinking establishments of note. I’ve looked at several hotels in the area but El Sueno Tropical wins my two thumbs up award for friendliness, value, and service. Even though it’s about 3 km from the beach, it’s easily accessible by car in 5 minutes and also 10 minutes to Samara. Playa Carrillo is romantic and the sea is just beautiful. I am looking forward someday to another visit to the area and Playa Carrillo will definitely be a must do destination for me.