Surfin' & Boogie Boarding
Surf School Samara
Run by an American, the first shop on the beach off (to the left) of Main St. I rented a boogie board for $2/hour here. That was enough of a workout for me. He has surfboards and other things to rent, and offers airport-pickups and rental of anything else you need. There are 2 other shops further south down the beach.
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.
This is a great alternative to surfing, and takes little to no training, is cheaper and just as fun!
Jesse's Surf Shop on the beach (to the left of the main entrance) rents boogie boards out for 1000 colones an hour ($2 US). Its best to do this activity about 11-1 when there are good waves but they aren't too high. (High tide is around 2 pm)
Hire a boat!
In the Samara bay, Isla Choro stands out from the left-hand side. On it is a nice white-sand beach and is also close to the reef. You could hire a boat from the beach to take you out there and rent snorkelling equipment from your hotel or a nearby surf shop.
Boats can also probably take you out to the ocean to see the nearby beaches and possibly to see some dolphins. Hotels offer these tours for a higher price.
learn to surf
The waves are calm an perfect for the beginner surfer.... you can rent a board at the beach or take lessons in a surf school. Sometimes it can get a little bit crowded in the waves but its worth trying ( and offcourse at your own risk)
- Budget Travel
Let's go horseback riding
While in Fortuna/Arenal, we did the zip-line adventure. So since we traveled to another area of Costa Rica, we wanted to try something else. An activity we wanted to try while on vacation was horsebackriding. In Sámara, we again touched bases with our friends at Anywhere Costa Rica to setup the excursion with the Sámara Adventure Company (located at #75 on the map of Sámara), and off we went with our guide Augustino on a private tour of the area for almost 3 1/2 hours. Went to the lagoon, up into the hills, along the beach and saw Howler Monkeys and snakes. Great adventure and would definitely recommend that you try it.
- Horse Riding
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Exercise, water and fun
On our last full day in Samara, we scheduled a kayak/snorkel tour to Isla Chora (just off the coast of Sámara Beach). Our friends at Sámara Adventure Company picked us up at our hotel at 8 a.m., we hopped into the pick up truck and headed to the beach. Once there, we met our guide Fabricio, received instructions on where we were going and what we were going to do and then off we went on our adventure to Isla Chora. We had a blast and got to see not only iguanas, but many different types of fish. A wonderful experience (almost 4 hours) had by all and Fabricio was awesome. Not only is he easy to talk to, but helped make the experience something to remember. Looking forward to doing this again the next time we visit Sámara.
- Diving and Snorkeling
It was great fun!!!!
The tide is not always at the same time, changes with the moon. We rented ours from C&C Surf, they were closer for us. We also rented their kayaks and had a super time paddleing in the waves
- Family Travel
Rent a kayak or hire a boat to go to this island is the bay to enjoy its beach or snorkel the nearby reef!
Hittin' the beach is the best thing to do!
The beach in Samara is protected with beautiful inside waves for learning to surf and some very good outside right and left hand breaks for the very experienced surfer.