This beach begins 3 km of 4 km southeast of Sámara and is a smaller and quieter version of it. With its clean sand, rocky headlands, and curving boulevard of palm trees, Carrilo is a postcard-perfect tropical beach. Over holiday periods like New Year's and Easter the beach has traditionally been popular with ticos.
A recent prohibition on camping cut down on the number of visitors and is a source of some controversy - some complain that big developers are trying to restrict the beach to only the wealthy. The signs are still up but are sometimes ignored. The two beaches, Sámara and Carrillo, are separated by the narrow Punto Indio and thus are almost, but not quite, contiguous.