Carrillo Tours
Carrillo Tours
4.5
4WD, ATV & Off-Road ToursAdrenaline & Extreme ToursBoat ToursFishing Charters & ToursDolphin & Whale Watching
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Carrillo Tours is a Costa Rican owned Tour Operator. Some of our services are: Private/Shared Shuttles, Sea/ Mangrove Kayak Tours, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, Turtles Tours, Nature Hiking, visiting different conservation areas or natural reserves. We are located in Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo.
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Janet E
Boston, UK50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were picked up at our hotel in Samara and driven to meet our guide at Carrillo Beach. We had a guide to ourselves, he was very good at explaining how to guide the kayak across to the island. We had a double and I guess it took about 25 mins to reach the island.
There is nothing there apart from a little shade, fabulous iguanas, beautiful hermit crabs of all sizes and the very agile pelican. The guide said there were monkeys but we did not see them on our trip.
We made sure to use plenty of suncream, we wore a rash vests and a hat as it was very hot and we did not want to get burnt. Our guide put all our things in a dry bag and ferried them across in his kayak.
We had to wait a little while for the tide to go out so that it was safe and shallower for the snorkelling. In the meantime other people turned up in kayaks. It wasn't over crowded though.
I had not expected too much of the snorkelling having read other reviews about the trip so I was not disappointed to find that the visibility was poor, there was not a great deal to see although our guide did find a sea snake and I found a stone fish. The coral unfortunately is dead.
Having scuba dived for several years in the red sea this was no where near a comparison. Just don't expect anything and you may be pleasantly surprised.
After the snorkelling we were given fresh pineapple and water before kayaking back to Carrillo beach and ferried back to the hotel. We had a great 3 hours, well worth the money.
Written February 8, 2020
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Hola! Thanks for taking the time for this amazing review. Samara has a program now working on the coral. Welcome anytime. Pura Vida
Written March 2, 2020
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christian v
Oostduinkerke, Belgium2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Great tour! We were a group of 5. They picked us up at the hotel. The guide is well informed and very friendly. We saw so much and we are very grateful. Unfortunately one of us sick during the turtle tour. The guide was very considerate and made a special effort to stop at a restaurant for a toilet. Thank you so much, pura Vida muchas gracias!
Written July 20, 2022
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lisatravelstheglobe
Hawaii61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had a wonderful morning with our guide Christopher. It was early January, during the dry season, and he picked us up promptly at 6:30am and brought us a short distance to a private nature reserve across from a gorgeous beach. We heard a variety of birdsongs, and we saw two male long-tailed manakin, a female pale-billed woodpecker, and a violacious trogon, plus an entire family of howler monkeys, including several infants in the group. Christopher is knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and we learned much in our short time together. Highly recommended!
Written January 7, 2020
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Jennifer P
Decatur, GA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was a terrific experience! We were able to see a see turtle dig our her nest, hatch her eggs, bury them, and head back to the ocean. Our guide Leo was wonderful. He was careful to not disturb the sea turtle and was passionate about their protection. Apparently we were supposed to have a driver as well as Leo as our guide, but the driver couldn't make it so Leo offered to be both the driver and the guide. Leo was also very informative about the Olive Ridley sea turtle and about sea turtles in general.
Written July 20, 2021
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Thank you so much Jennifer, hope see you again in Costa Rica
Written July 23, 2021
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Carole T
Waukesha, WI21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We used Carrillo Tours shuttle services. We had a private shuttle pick us up from Liberia when we arrived and drop us off on San Jose when we left.
We were not easy customers, my husband and I unexpectedly ended up on two different flights and our driver was extremely patient. He was also friendly and we enjoying chatting with him on both trips. Highly recommend their services.
Written August 31, 2021
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holley5
Brighton, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great morning out at sea on a lovely fast boat. Left from the pretty Carillo Beach and in the first 10 mins saw a Humpback Whale and Calf .... very close by and quite relaxed as they stayed nearby for quite a while. There were a lot of Dolphins about but as they had babies they were quite shy.
The snorkelling was over a rocky area with good visibility and a lot of varied colourful fish.
Written February 16, 2020
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Hola! Thanks for taking the time for this amazing review. It will be amazing to see you again! Pura Vida
Written March 2, 2020
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Eva T
Nelson, Canada24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We went on the dolphin, whale watching snorkeling tour it was awesome..the snorkeling could have been better but the dolphins and the whale breaching made u for everything. The crew was friendly and accommodating and I felt safe with them
Written January 23, 2022
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Judi K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
Kathy... just to let you know that it was a very special day, and that Leo made it all so much fun. He made sure that I (and Brendan) got the same info as everyone else, and his attention made the excursion a delight.

I/ we/you are lucky to have him. When I come back, I plan to do the mangrove tour next. Thank you Kathy and Leo for making my day!!
Written March 22, 2021
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Hi Judi, thanks to you and Brendan, we are really happy about your good experience. See you next time for Mangrove Kayak..!!
Written June 28, 2021
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Agnès D
Aubonne, Switzerland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
I did a couple of tours with Carrillo Tours. Each time, I was breathless at some point and most of all, learned something on Costa Rica I didn't know before. I had so much fun! All their guides are friendly and will be there to answer your questions, so go ahead and feel free to explore Costa Rica and its wonders without having to worry about organization. :D

One of my favorite experiences was a dolphin watching tour that I was able to do with my parents and brother. We did see dolphins that played around the boat before enjoying snorkeling with colorful fishes. I did the same tour a second time and saw turtles and whales as it was the right time of year (September)...
Written October 14, 2015
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Hila S
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We went with William to see sea turtles laying eggs in camaronal. Willam was great. He knows a lot about sea turtles and you can see he really cares about them. He was happy to answer all of our questions and stayed longer at the beach so we can see more sea turtles and release newly hatched baby turtles. We really recommend this tour!
Written October 7, 2015
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