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    Surfin' & Boogie Boarding

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 19, 2008

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    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.

    Directions: Walk from Main St to the beach, first shop on your left. Look for the surf boards 1/4 buried in hte sand, ad the words SSS or Surf School Samara

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    Walk to Playa carrillo

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 22, 2008

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    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.

    Directions: go toward highway, turn right and walk or bike there.

    low tide monkey climbing fron tree to tree
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    Horseback riding along the beach

    by blueskyjohn Updated Feb 14, 2016

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    I've used a few companies over the years in Samara that offer horseback riding through the jungle and beach near Samara. I have found the Audrey at Horse Jungle Adventures is consistently the most reliable. Their 3 hour tour is perfect amount of time to experience both jungle and beach. Most hotels can make arrangements or you can call Audrey directly. They will pick you up at you hotel and drop you back off when you are done. The cost is $50 usd. Always have a great time!

    Phone: 00566 93 93 93

    Website: http://www.horsejungle.com/horse-jungle-costa-rica.htm

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    Boogie Boarding!

    by Kindra Written Jun 30, 2006

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    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)

    Address: Jesse's Surf Shop on the beach

    Boogie Boards on Samara Beach

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    Hire a boat!

    by Kindra Written Jun 30, 2006

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    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.

    Boat on Samara Beach

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    Sunset at Playa Barrigona

    by blueskyjohn Updated Feb 14, 2016

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    Although not easy to get to, Playa Barrigona offers a great location to watch the sunset. From the parking area, follow the trail to the left of the beach. This allows you to pass the small pond that forms. Once on the beach, walk north toward the rock outcropping. The sun sets over this outcropping and makes for great photos with the waves crashing in.

    Directions: Follow route 160 north (dirt road). You do have to cross the river so this is only recommended in the dry season. I always go in January.

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    Samara Beach

    by blueskyjohn Updated Feb 14, 2016

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    Samara is popular because of the easy access but mostly for the beautiful beach. The beach is 3 miles long and in a crescent shape. I've been swimming here for over 10 years and have never experience a rip current. The sand is soft with hardly any rocks. There is a rock and coral reef off shore that it breaks any large waves from come all the way in however, it is far enough off shore that smaller waves do form making Samara a perfect place to swim and learn how to surf. This reef can be seen during low tide. During low tide, the approach to the water is long and you can tell the gradual slope that allows a nice wade out even during high tide.

    Address: Samara, Costa Rica

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    Fresh orange juice and fruit

    by blueskyjohn Updated Feb 14, 2016

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    Along route 160 in Samara near Banco National, there is a line of fruit vendors selling fresh fruit like watermelon, pineapple, mango, banana, oranges and limes. They also have a press for squeezing oranges. Very fresh but I've seen them use this and it looks like they are not cleaning the orange press out after each use. That means all kinds of insects are feasting on the remnants until the next press.

    Stick with the fresh fruit. It comes in it's own natural wrapper so you know you are safe!

    Directions: Between Via Arriba and Banco National.

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    Iglesia Catolica de Samara

    by blueskyjohn Updated Feb 14, 2016

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    This Catholic church is the only church I've seen in Samara. Come to think of it, I've never seen the gate to this church open. It is a simple Spanish style structure with just a simple hand painted sign in front stating the name of the church and when services are held.

    Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 11:00am.

    Directions: Along route 160 next to Banco National.

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    Samara information center

    by blueskyjohn Updated Feb 14, 2016

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    The information center is a good place to stop in for ideas on what to do in the area. I stopped in the other day to ask questions about a drive south along the coast. Christopher was very helpful with directions. He also helped our group make arrangements for horseback riding. He is very knowledgeable about the area.

    The center is wondered by Brenda and Christopher Cottes. All their services are free! They can help with all land, air and ground transportation needs. The also offer cell phone rental.

    Phone: 2656-2424

    Website: http://samarainfocenter.com/

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    learn to surf

    by Dutch1980 Written Oct 21, 2007

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    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)

    Directions: just go to the beach

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    Let's go horseback riding

    by BLewJay Updated May 9, 2013

    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.

    Address: The office is located on the main street in Sámara

    Phone: 506-2656-0920

    Website: http://www.anywherecostarica.com/tours/horseback-riding

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    Exercise, water and fun

    by BLewJay Updated May 15, 2013

    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.

    Address: Office is on the main street in Sámara

    Directions: Located at #75 on the Sámara Map

    Phone: (506) 2656-0920

    Website: http://www.samara-tours.com/index.html

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    • Diving and Snorkeling

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  • boogie boarding

    by bronzecar Written Apr 29, 2007

    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

    Address: Samara Bech Coasta Rica

    Website: http://www.ticoadventurelodge.com

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    Island Choro

    by Kindra Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Rent a kayak or hire a boat to go to this island is the bay to enjoy its beach or snorkel the nearby reef!

    Isla Choro

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