Both Samara and Carrillo are Tico towns, so the majority of people you see are from Costa Rica. There are however, many expats that live here, and come from all over: US, Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Czech, and so on. This makes for a wonderful multi cultural melting pot, which is reflected in the food, shops and languages spoken

Samara and Carrillo



Samara and Carrillo are two small coastal towns located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The two bays meet at Punto Indio and this is where you will find Montelaguna Boutique Hotel.


The official population of Samara is around 4000 people, but it can easily double during the high season with all the visitors. Having said this, the beach is so long and the territory quite spread out, it never gets crowded or unbearable. 


It all depends on how active you want to be, but here are a few things you can do while vacationing here.


  • dolphin and whale watching
  • deep sea fishing
  • regular fishing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • horseback riding
  • canopying
  • white water rafting
  • quad rentals
  • bike riding
  • small plane ride
  • water falls
  • turtle hatching tour
  • cave tour
  • one day tours
  • yoga 
  • Pilates
  • Gym
  • jogging
  • hanging out on the hammok
  • or just watching the sunset



Speed of life

What to do


Slow... but happening!  While we do have a few bars and a disco, you wouldnt want to come to here just for the night life:).

Over the last couple of years, Samara and Carrillo have tended to attract a lot of young families who are looking for a wholesome holiday, individuals that want to get away from the rat race and unhealthy lifestyle that seems to be permeating many cultures now days and people that want to get a taste of the natural beauty that is Costa Rica.  

Melting pot