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Samara & Carrillo Info Center

Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 23 Activities in Playa Samara
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Helpful hints, the secret places, good eats, great places to dance and explore the diversities of the Samara area, always know what's happening, always know how to get you a deal, are always so willing to offer any assistance, directions, or even just fun ideas......completely free of charge. Really friendly, wondering couple.

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi C, thanks you for that awesome review! It was super great to have met you and gotten to know you a bit more. We loved helping you out and making your time here in Samara a brighter one although you are pretty bright ALL the time! We know you are going to have an amazing future and we hope... More

texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I spent a week in Samara the end of July. Brenda was very helpful with all of our requests and questions. They are able to arrange any thing you need in Samara. Looking forward to returning and spending more time soon.

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Thanks for that wonderful review! It was great to help you and we are excited to help you again next time you come! let us know in advance so we can help you before you even get here :) More

Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We stopped by both locations during our stay in Samara and Christopher and Brenda were so helpful and sweet. Pro-tip: get the wristbands they offer for discounts on some of the great restaurants in town!

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for that great review! It was a pleasure to help you during your vacation in Samara! I hope to see you again in the near future!!! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My family and I were in Costa Rica for 50 days in April-June 2014, much of that time spent with a "home base" in Samara. Brenda helped us with several mini-trips around the country while we were there, arranging everything from transportation to accommodations, including 2 trips to Arenal, a trip from Arenal to Monte Verde, and a trip up... More

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi D, it was really great to get to help all your family during your vacation in Costa Rica. You guys were all so very nice and pleasant to help. Hope you come back to CR soon :) Greetings to everyone! More

Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I came to Samara for the first time in July/August to teach, and I knew nothing about this gorgeous place. I happened upon the Samara and Carrillo Info Center, met Christopher, and my time here was made so much more interesting and meaningful; Christopher showed me great places to visit, amazing restaurants, and even took care of all of my... More

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi D, thank you so much for that fabulous review! It was great to meet you and be able to help you while in Samara and also getting you to Monteverde and having you check out that area. Looking forward to seeing you again next time you come down to teach! More

Destin, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Brenda was beyond helpful providing local day trips and a multitude of other information. She is extremely knowledgeable of the attractions available and will book or research any adventure/transportation/hotel, etc.. We plan on using her and her husbands service to book our next trip to CR!

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi T, thank you so much for that great review! Really helps people find us and that way we can help them just as we helped you. Great to hear you will be coming back! Let us know how we can help!!! More

San Diego, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The owner, Brenda, is great and very helpful. However, I think the name of her business is a bit misleading. It is clearly a booking agent and not a true "info" center. The tour operators protect their booking agents; therefore, the price is the same if you go direct with Brenda or the actual tour company. Brenda is extremely knowledgeable... More

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hello, A. Thank you very much for the 5 star review and for using our services. It was a pleasure to meet you and help you. I am sorry you felt our business name was misleading. Even though our name says we are an info center, we also indicate in all our marketing that we are a booking station. In... More

London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We used the info centre to book an onward shuttle bus service and to book a hotel. The advice from Christopher was excellent - complete, accurate and informative. This meant we had complete faith in him. Better still, he is such a friendly chap you end up talking to him to ages! We left the booking quite late, but Christopher... More

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Thank you for that awesome review! It was really great to have been able to help you during your vacation in Costa Rica. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation and hopefully we will see you back here in the near future :) More

Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My wife and I recently spent a splendidly rejuvenating two weeks in Costa Rica, with our base in the village of Samara. Brenda and Christopher were our sources for many various questions we had both in our trip planning and throughout our stay. Helpful, fair, personable, professional, experienced, and informative are adjectives that may help the reader with our impression... More

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi A, Thank you for that wonderful review. It was a pleasure to help you and your wife during your vacation. Very excited you are coming back....everyone always does :) Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future! More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I came across the Samara and Carillo info centre by chance when I was struggling to plan a two week trip around Costa Rica after volunteering at a turtle reserve at Pacuare for the first two weeks of my trip. I wanted to travel around Costa Rica on my own however I had never planned anything like this before and... More

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brendad288, Owner at Samara & Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi Mary, thank you for that amazing review. I told Chris to get tissues before he read it because I knew he would tear up and he did. I am super excited that we were helpful in making your vacation easier and better but most of all, I am super excited that you had the courage to do something that... More

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