Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara now offer 50% more beach for your morning stroll. When our recent earthquakes lifted the Caribbean plate above the Cocos plate something like 50cm (20 inches) the high tide line moved out. No longer does a storm or extreme high tide send waves splashing across the road at Carrillo. Gone are the sandbags in front of the beach-side restaurants and bars in Samara. Now the sea barely reaches the palm trees lined up in shady rows. We don’t have to check the tide table before our morning stroll. It’s always perfect.