Walk to Playa carrillo
Samara beach is nice, but Playa carrillo is just as nice, maybe better, and a lot less crowded. It's a 45 minute walk, or a $6 cab ride down the road. There's much less development around, so the beach is less crowded. Nice walk. I saw a half-dozen monkeys or so climbing among the trees on the walk down.
Take your time in Samara
Take a walk along the beach either way. If you go towards Punta Guiones walk at low tide, the rock formations are really interesting. Bring along a snorkle, fins and mask there are some beautiful tropical fish that hang around in the rock pools.
If you walk the other way, take the beach walk to the next beach- Carillo-it is only a km. or so and well worth it, if you have the time. The beach has a strong high tide with a sharp angle.
There is a small fishing setllement at the end of that beach before the rock heads begin. You can climb our along the rocks there, but beware of the high tides. I have never snorkled there because the tide seems to be stronger. Summer 1971: Traveling by horse from Buena Vista and staying at a small hotel on Samara Beach. Getting lost at night during an intense thunderstorm near the Terciopelo River.
What we miss the most is the tranquility before the onslaught of tourists.
Safe, pretty, calm Samara Beach
This is a small beach town on the south western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in northwestern Costa Rica. It is small, fairly tranquil and though it is geared towards tourism, does not feel overly touristy. For years, it has been a popular spot for wealthy Tico families on vacation.
There is one many beach in a large horseshoe that stretches a few kilometres. There are several restaurants and surf shops lining the beach and the waves make gentle bathing difficult other than the early morning hours before high tide comes in just after noon.
Many activities to choose from including renting a surf or boogie board, horseback riding on the beach, kayaking to the island, snorkelling the reef, dolphin tours and more.
There is also a good selection of quality accommodations at reasonable prices.
Samara Costa Rica
"Samara Beach general information"
Samara continues growing each year. As with any small beach town trying to grow there are stumbling blocks. This includes drugs, assault and immigration. Innocents has given way to the realities of outsiders.
Flying into Liberia, Costa Rica you are looking at 1 1/2 hours taxi ride to Samara Beach. TV stations will welcome you in the hotels or condo you rent. CNN in English is available. Put your walking shoes on as this is the best way to get around Samara Central.
And so we came back!!!!!
"Costa Rica here we come"
As I woke up at 8:00am woken by the sun rays bursting through the window, I could not help but wonder, why this does never happen at home.
Thinking it was already noon; I stood up and wondered out of the room, feeling I had my best nights sleep in the last three months
Not only was I woken up to the bright sun rays but to the smell of nature like I’ve never experienced before. Costa Rica will from this first morning and forever stay in my mind as the best smelling place I have visited.
The intense smell of fresh air and a mixture of plants and flowers is Costa Rica’s signature as far as I am concerned.
The gorgeous house we rented for this one week stay was located on top of a large hill with an amazing view of the Corillo Beach, adjacent to Samara Beach. Although the house featured an open concept living room and patio, a beautiful swimming pool and luscious grounds with its own flora and fauna, in the end we paid for this view.
It is the spectacular ocean view that seems to be the selling point for the majority of rental and real estate properties here. No matter how large or luxurious, everyone seems more content if they are facing one of the gorgeous Costa Rican beaches, and speaking of that, the Nicoyan Peninsula is famed for the numerous stretches of sand all along its west coast. Among these beaches are the famous Playa Conchal, Playa Langosta, Playa Tambor, Playa Samara and many more as you drive down the coast line. It might be wise to either stay a few days on each or to take a few days and explore, since the most interesting roads are off the beaten track and might take a long time to drive through. Regardless of the season a 4x4 vehicle is recommended.
During the rainy periods you might want to get informed ahead of time about potential road closures do to floods. However during the dry season (December to March) feel free to explore and wonder into the nature, as you will encounter many others along the way who are doing the same.
Costa Rica will do for a great beach holiday as well as an off roading adventure, although you can easily combine both by driving down the coast. Most paved roads and highways connect inland cities and reach very few oceanfront areas. If you wish to experience both, I advise driving along the coast from Playa Tambor to Playa Conchal, since this is the coast line that features the most popular beaches as well as many private and secluded ocean inlets where you will find and enjoy a pristine beach all to yourself. Popular resort beaches such as Playa Tambor, Montezuma, Playa Samara, Playa Tamarindo and Playa Conchal attract many tourists but still harbors peace and are not too crowded.
Along these beaches there are several good restaurants, souvenir shops, internet cafes, markets and other local business that make a convenient environment for a traveler. Playa Tamarindo is most known for its waves and magnificent length, making it a surfer’s paradise. The best time of day to visit this beach is sunset, when the water is warm and the numerous surfers are racing the waves with the backdrop of the sunset.
Has anyone stayed at the "Tico Adventure Lodge"? Is it clean, nice, close to the beach, close to resturants, pros, cons?
Re: samara beach
I havent stayed at Tico Adventure Lodge but Samara is pretty small and everhting is within a few blocks of eachother. Be sure to check out Shake Joes while there
samara beach hotels and guest houses
We are thinking of staying at the samll Fenix hotel on Samara beach. Would be grateful to know if anyone has been there and what you thought of it.
Secondly does anyone know about the flights from San Jose to Samara?
Woman and teenage daughter traveling this week
We are flying into Liberia airport Dec 12 and out of San Jose 8 days later. We were planning on going to Tamarindo and then up into Arenal area.
Then I read that Tamarindo water is infested, so at the last minute now our travel plans have gotten turned upside down--and we travel in three days.
We want a fun environment, but we shy away from tourist resorts, and we are traveling on a budget.
She wants to try to surf, and I love yoga.
We thought about heading up to the Caribean side, but it is sooo far! So is the southern pacific coast.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Re: Woman and teenage daughter traveling this week
Try Samara Beach. There is a great bed & breakfast called Entre Dos Aguas that you can find at www.samarabeach.com - owner is Brandon. you can surf there and I believe do yoga. It is a little further south than Tamarindo via Nicoya. Or try Nosara. there is a yoga institute there, and also some surfing. IT is near Samara Beach, still via Nicoya. about 2 1/2 hours from Liberia