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Samara & Carrillo Info Center

Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 24 activities in Playa Samara
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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

Comox, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The staff members were very helpful, knowledgeable and informative of our interests. They spoke good English as well as seemed to be fluent in Spanish. They did not try to sell you on anything, just made suggestions based on your questions. It was a pleasure talking to them.

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

Thank you V for that wonderful review! It was great to have been able to help you. Hope to see you again in the near future :) More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Brenda and Christoper have their heart in the info business! This is the best stop for information on what to do in Costa Rica whether in or around Samara or beyond. The best thing about the experience here is that they care that you find great experiences and are very helpful. They are not just trying to see you a... More

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

Thank you so much for this awesome review! It was a pleasure helping you and we are so excited that you completely understood what we are about and what we stand for! YEY! I look forward to seeing you next time you come!!! Warm warm hugs!!! More

Berthoud, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Brenda & Christopher on our 25th anniversary trip. We are fairly adventurous people and have traveled quite a bit, but finding these knowledgable, kind & decent people was a real highlight of our experience. Their support, helpfulness and superb driving directions were terrific. We recommend them without reservation, & encourage anyone... More

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

Hi James, thank you so much for that awesome review! It was great to meet you and your wife. Again, congratulations on your 25th anniversary, that is so cool! I am glad we were able to help you. Thanks for being the feedback that you gave us about the great tours you did in Montezuma. I hope to see you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Both Brenda and Christopher were so helpful. We stayed in samara for 5 months and they helped us find everything we needed. Very knowledgable. I wish each town had a copy of them!

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

Thanks so much for that awesome review. It was a pleasure to have met you and to have been able to help you :) I hope to see you again in the near future! More

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Brenda was very helpful in answering all of my questions about hotels and activities in Playa Samara. She also helped me book a great shuttle to the Arenal area. Definitely get in touch with the Center if you are visiting the Samara/Carrillo area!

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

It was awesome to have helped you out! Anytime anywhere! Hope to see you again in the near future! More

port huron, michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Many thanks brenda and chris for all your help during our month in samara. It was so nice to finally meet you. You were so helpful with pre-trip questions and suggestions and with booking tours and transfers. Thank you for distributing the supplies to the school that we brought. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in samara. Pura vida - saludos

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

Thank you for that sweet review! It was a real pleasure to help you. Thanks again for the school supplies They were distributed accordingly and everyone was very grateful! You put many smiles on many people! See you again soon!!! More

Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My wife and I spent some time in Costa Rica this winter and were based in Samara. Any time we decided to take a trip somewhere or even get transportation we let the Info Center in Samara do ALL the work. Brenda and Chris were fantastic. They seem to know everything about everything. I cannot recall one question they could... More

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

Hi J&B, thank you for that awesome review! It was great to have met you and been able to help you out. It was our pleasure! Stay warm and we will see you back here soon!!! Warm hugs always! More

Louisville, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We unfortunately never stopped by the Info Center when we were in Samara last week, because we didn't need to! Brenda had already helped me with everything I had asked for, promptly, cheerily and in impeccable English. I feel bad about not saying thanks in person, so here I am, writing my first TA review. Brenda assisted with getting us... More

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

Hi S, thanks for that awesome review. It is an extra special review since this is your first review which meant you took the time to sign up and go through the entire process so extra special THANKS YOU! Too bad we did not get to meet but I am glad it was for the right reasons :) We will... More

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I can't say enough about how helpful these people were. We arrived in Samara mid Nov 2013 for our first winter away from home. When we arrived, we hadn't met very many people that spoke English, but one couple in our condo unit (who became friends) told us about the Info Center and how much help Brenda and Christopher would... More

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

Hi N, it was super duper awesome to meet you and M and all the visits you guys had. The dinner we had was super fun! Thanks for the pic you sent us. It will be weird going to First Friday (today) and not seeing you guys. But I know you will be back so that puts a big smile... More

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