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Puerto Carrillo Costa Rica
Kick Back and Relax, in Samara


A jewel among beaches, here on the Rich Coast...

Puerto Carrillo - located just south of Samara, easily one of the country's most popular destinations - is an absolute *must stop* during your stay in the area.

A beautiful palm tree-lined beach, arcing seemingly forever, around Bahia Carrillo...

Playa Carillo
Nothing But Pura Vida!

This place is about as Pura Vida! as you can get!

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First time visit for us...

Unexpectedly, it was our very last stop before Samara - during a drive up the Pacific Coastline, en route from Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, and Manzanillo.

Puerto Carrillo River
Crossing a River, En Route to Samara

And what a fun trip this was!

Renting a 4x4 SUV - were we avoided the drive, back toward the middle of the Nicoya Peninsula...

And instead, opted for crossing several rivers along the coast - something that can only be done, during the dry season.

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And yes - this is the beauty of renting a car in Costa Rica.

Going it on your own - opportunities to see and experience all sorts of beautiful and interesting things along the way, pop up...

Carillo View
The Rich Pacific Coast, En Route to Samara

Things you *might just* miss out on, otherwise.

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There was one point along the way - when we made a stop in the town San Francisco...

Puerto Carrillo Cafe Sante
Café Santé in San Francisco de Coyote

Not too far from Coyote.

Visiting a restaurant called Café Santé...

We had our choice from all sorts of fresh, homemade eats and drinks.

Cappuccinos, espressos, shakes, sandwiches, and an assortment of delicious desserts (try the banana bread!)...

It's discovering places like Café Santé, along the way - that make all the difference in the journey.

Definitely stop by, when you're in the area!

Puerto Carrillo Relaxing
Relaxing at Puerto Carrillo

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Continuing up the coast - it was about 5 o'clock, when we first arrived at the edge of town.

Coming up the southern end of Bahia Carrillo - the same area where you'll find an animal sanctuary, a marina, a general store...

And a few really nice hotels and restaurants, way at the top of the hill - offering incredible views of the Pacific...

We found a really nice spot along the beach to kick back and relax - and just in time too...

Carillo Sky
Looking On, to the Horizon at Puerto Carrillo

Carillo Sunset
The Sun Sets, Over Bahia Carrillo

For one of the most spectacular sunsets, any of us had ever seen!

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Well, hope you enjoyed this little recap - yet another fun adventure, here on the Rich Coast.

Next trip to Costa Rica, be sure to remember - this magical little spot!

Thanks for reading. :-)