Small, Quiet, good food and great waves
Limited services but the necessities are here.
The epitome of a small Costa Rican beach town
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
on the road from Samara to Carrillo, 150 meters from the ICE Tower, Playa Samara, 50205, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
100 mts sur de Arbol Matapalo, Playa Samara 5235, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
Also a good option if you want to spend a bit more. Facilities include clean rooms with private...more
On our last night in Sámara, we wanted to enjoy a delicious meal on the beach. So again, we asked the folks at the front desk if they could recommend such a place. They said go to El Lagarto and you will not be disappointed. They were correct. Located directly on the beach, you can smell the bbq roasting on the open wood fire grill before you even...more
After a morning of kayaking and snorkeling, we headed to town to look for a bite to eat. We found a parking spot just off the main drag and walked along the street next to the beach. Heard folks laughing and having a good time, so we decided to stop in and see what's up. The place is called Lo Que Hay ("What It Is" in Spanish) and is located on the...more
While sitting at our hotel bar enjoying happy hour, Fernando the bartender recommended that we head down to La Vela Latina Restaurant & Bar for dinner. Since it was Monday night, the special was 2 x 1 sushi...so thats where we headed. Located directly on Sámara Beach, we shared a table with another couple and ordered our sushi as well as beer....more
The owners are french and so are the waiters. The interior has very little seating. Most of the seating is outdoor in front of the restaurant, literately next to the road. In concept this is nice. However, at times the cars and trucks zipping by were loud and the fumes from these cars made the experience terrible. I was a large group and we were...more
I've walked past this place so many times. I finally took the time to stop in one morning to buy some pastries. I'm glad I did. They open at 7am, tucked away on the corner of Main street (Via Arriba) and rt 160. There is some outdoor seating within a little compound/courtyard. I had a small blueberry muffin and a pastry filled with Guava jelly....more
I've been going here for years. It is convenient when arriving and leaving town as it is on the main street on the edge of town. Nice selection, good coffee, some outdoor seating and reasonably priced. they open at 7am. Lunch is also available but I have only gone here for pastries The dulce de leche cookie was very good. Two short bread cookies...more
Las Olas is a family owned and operated restaraunt and bar on the north end of Samara. It is a great time. During the day it is a great place to surf and snorkel. In the evening enjoy a drink, some great Mexican food and a bunch of locals. You're at the beach!!!!more
Seemed to me to be the best night hangout. Lively bartenders, good prices and a nice location on the beach. They also have food, bar stuff, nothing fancy or pricey. During American football season, they show games on a big tv. Watched the last 2 minutes of the Packers crushing the Bears here, on the beach. It was 85 here, about 25 degrees in Green...more
So this is not about a rental of transportation but rather a repair of one of our vehicles. For several days we had a slow leak to one a tire. It was progressively get to be a faster leak. The owner at Casa del Mar told me of a repair place that just opened in town. He actually walked me to the next corner and pointed the place out to me.Drove over...more
One way of getting into and out of Playa Samara is to use the little planes of Sansa airlines. I was pressed for time, so decided to use them. It's a 30 minute flight from here to San Jose. The 'airport' consists of a corrugated tin roof alongside the road across from Playa Carillo a 5 minute cab ride away. The landing strip is hardened dirt, and...more
The main bus company that serves Samara to and from San Jose is ALFARO.They offer daily service FROM San Jose to Samara at 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm and the return bus leaves Samara for SJ at 4:30 am and 8:30 am. The special Sunday services leaves Samara at 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. The service is fairly direct and only stops occasionally to pick up or drop...more
This is a local super market that has everything you can possibly need. I like to support the local store in stead of the chain super market which is also in town. We always purchase our water here because as a rule I don't like to drink local water from tap, just to be safe.Hours of operation, open 7 days a week, 7:30am to 10pm. Inexpensive...more
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The people of Guanacaste and especially the beach areas are pleasant, accomodating and always wanting to help. I have found them in my numerous trips to become good friends.
I have been to Playa Barrigona many times over the years and never had a problem. I've posted this as a must see off the beaten track when visiting Samara. However, I just returned from here several weeks ago and while spending the day a Barrigona, our car was broken into along with several other cars that were parked there. They did not break the windows but they have a way to pry the door slightly to slide something in to unlock it. I tell all my students to take everything with them because there is no one on the beach and we are very safe leaving belongings on the beach while swimming. Only one student forgot his wallet in the car and it was gone.
The police in Samara are absolutely no help at all and suggested we report it in Nicoya!
We had heard from numerous people in town that Mel Gibson had bought property in the area and that it was near Playa Barrigona. So being the true adventurers we headed out to find the beach. When one says that a place if off the beaten path, Playa Barrigona is that ideal place. It's located about 7 kilometers north of Samara and you will need to go...more
Playa Barrigona is a some what remote beach, each time I have been here I was the only one. I have found sea turtle tracks so they can lay eggs.Travel south out of Playa Samara. There are no signs for the turnoff to this beach. The turn off for the beach is at these coordinates: N9 53.546 W85 34.463The beach itself is at: N9 53.004 W85 34.583Other...more
Before we left Fortuna, we stopped by the offices of Anywhere Costa Rica to inquire about activities in Sámara (our next destination). While talking to Rafael, he said we shouldn't miss Playa Carrillo because it's beautiful, unspoiled and quiet. So on our first day in Sámara, we headed 3 KMs south, parked the car and enjoyed Playa Carrillo for more...more
Samara is a great place to learn how to surf. Reliably easy waves, gradual beach, hardly any rocks at all and no rip tide. Just a pleasure to surf and swim. When I bring a group to Samara, I always use Tico Surf School. Not only convenient to where we stay, their rates are reasonable and the instructors are top notch. Pablo and Christian are the owners. Lesson range from $35 individual to $80 for a group of 3.
Equipment: I've found rates vary from their website or even day to day for that matter. I have paid $10 for a full day and sometime a half day and then use of the board the next day. They have a great selection of surf boards and you can change out size as often as you like.
They also have kayaks and paddle boards to rent.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.