Samara is a small sunny beach town with pristine beaches and amazing natural beauty. It is set in Guanacaste province, along the southern Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Samara beach town is also well known community as a major part of the Costa Rica’s fishing and cattle industry. Set at the foot of a steep hill, this quaint little town has its amenities, but almost everything is clustered onto one tiny street leading to the ocean. These main road leads straight into town and ends at the stunning Playa Samara or Samara Beach. With several places along the beach, this place is a great getaway for the people who want to spend a tranquil holiday or fun family vacation. This beach town offers a number of services: stores, restaurants, hotels, and a small selection of bars.
Getting to the Samara Beach Town:
From San Jose, Samara beach town can be reached by 4 hour driving. If you want to reach the town fast, you can chose air travel and board on a plane from the Liberia International Airport. From the airport you will have to drive via Nicoya town for 2 hours south-west to Samara. Though Samara is a tiny town, 20 minutes north of this area, it has its own airstrip in the closest domestic airport in Nosara where you can land by small planes.
Samara beach town offers plenty of accommodations to choose from. There are luxury hotel on a hilltop or beachfront and there are also bed and breakfast, rustic cabinas and villas. Facilities and services are also different such as air conditioning, restaurant and bar services, swimming pool/Jacuzzi, in-room kitchenette, TV and laundry services. Wherever and whatever you choose, all are in reasonable price and include all the facilities to make sure you get a comfortable and memorable experience.
Hotel, Cabinas, B&B:
Casa Buena Vista Bed and Breakfast:
Casa Buena Vista provides 2 rooms including a private porch and private entrance. Each room is featured with a queen size bed, private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan and refrigerator. While staying at this casa, you will enjoy yummy, energetic and natural breakfast.
El Pequeño Gecko Verde:
From the central village of Samara and from the Samara beach, you can reach this hotel by five minutes car driving. This small boutique hotel is featured with bungalows with luxurious facilities. There are also romantic rooms and villas.
Hotel Entre dos Aguas:
Situated just 3 blocks from the beach, 1 block to center of town, this hotel offers clean spacious rooms and garden-side pool. It is in close distance to all restaurants, markets, and shops.
Call: +506 2656 0998
Located at the entrance of Playa Samara on a small hill, Hotel Belvedre overlooks amazing ocean views. Surrounded by a nice tropical garden, this hotel offers 20 rooms: 8 rooms and 2 equipped apartments in the lower building and 10 rooms in the new building.
Call: +506 2656 0213
Hotel Villas Playa Samara:
Located just a few steps from the beach, and walking distance to all of Samara, Hotel Villas Playa Samara provides 50 spacious rooms which are completely remodeled and featured with new mattresses, new ceiling fans and many more.
Call: +506 2656 1111
Hotel Samara Beach:
Situated just 50 meters from the beach, on the Main street of Playa Samara, Hotel Samara Beach is featured with 20 spacious rooms each of which includes a private bathroom with hot water. Other facilities include air conditioning, king size bed and one double bed, Cable TV, telephone line, mini- refrigerator, security box and balcony overlooking stunning garden and pool view.
Call: (506) 2656-0218 – 2656-0518
Hotel Samara Inn:
This hotel is situated 2 blocks from the beach and 5 blocks from the main street of Samara. It provides 14 charming rooms including air conditioner, WiFi connection, cable TV, private bathroom with hot water and there is also balcony and patio.
Call: (506) 2656-0482
Samara Pacific Lodge:
This hotel 14 rooms, AC, salted swimming pool, restaurant & bar, parking.
Call: +(506) 2656-1033
Samara Tree house Inn:
Built on tree trunk, Samara Tree house Inn overlooks amazing garden and pool view. Six luxury style tree house situated directly on the beach and close to wonderful activities, shops and restaurants.
Call: + (506) 2656 0733
Alta Vista Condominiums:
Alta Vista Condominiums offers 3 fully equipped apartments, AC, Ocean view, pool, covered parking.
Call: 011 506 2656 2058
Exclusive Escapes Costa Rica offers an array of concierge services so you can enjoy the luxuries of home while you are on vacation.
Call: +506 8898-8640
La Villa Blanca:
Set in the heart of the town, La Villa Blanca is a rental property. Throughout the villa house, you will find air conditioner facility. It also features TV with cable connection, safe, dishwasher and filtered water. You will also get laundry service.
It offers equipped bungalows and vacation homes. It features pool, garden and allows the guests to enjoy privacy and tranquility.
Call: (506) 8890-1684
Situated in downtown Playa Samara, the Logan offers 4 full one bedroom apartments with all the amenities needed for the comfortable stay you are looking for.
This restaurant is set within few minutes walking distance from Samara’s main street. This restaurant serves delicious light dishes including salads, fruit salads. It also offers cocktail, fruit drinks, gazpacho, a variety of smoked fish or mixed cheeses.
Call: + 506 2656 0750
+ 506 2777 6932
Samara Pacific Restaurant:
Situated a few minutes from the center of Samara, this restaurant and bar serves delicious meals prepared with seasonal ingredients. You will enjoy an assortment of fruits and natural juices prepared with fresh fruits.
The Flying Taco:
At this place you will enjoy fresh and flavorful dishes including some homemade salsas like Tamarindo Chipotle, Coconut Margarita or Jalapeno Cream.
Call: +506 8409 5376
You can enjoy nightlife of Samara beach town at one of its discos which keeps the party trucking through early morning. Here goes a small selection of night venues in Samara:
Arriba Sports Bar:
This sports and night club has happy hour everyday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Monday is ladies nigh and Wednesday is a loud night with special drinks for local bar and restaurant workers. Thursday the advertise a Mojito special, 2 for 1 price.
Bar Las Olas:
Nestled next to the backpacker resort on the water and right on the beach, this bar usually has people hanging out here all day and night for a more mellow vibe until 1:30 am. This bar serves Mexican food and pool tables in a rustic environment. It is recommended not to walk alone on the beach at night.
Disco Tutti Frutti:
At this place you will enjoy a good mix of reggaeton, salsa, reggae etc. Located on the beach, this place is perfect for enjoying Saturday night.
In this beach restaurant with a bar, you will often enjoy reggae nights and other music events. You will find a stylish yet unpretentious place with a big tree in the middle of the dance floor.
Yoga in Samara:
Samara Yoga Center:
Located in the heart of Samara, the Samara Yoga Center and Samadhi Spa is a peaceful and quiet sanctuary offering workshops, retreats and private training. Within the Samara Yoga Center you will find the Samadhi Spa that offers therapeutic massage treatments, organic cocoa, facials, sugar and coffee scrub treatments.
Choco’s Samara Beach Surf School:
When you will learn at Choco’s, you will be riding the waves in no time. This school design the classes with the basic for the beginners and ensure they learn surfing with safety. Advanced surfers will learn more advanced surfing techniques, tricks and will go to the different breaks in the area. You will learn the surfing techniques under the guidance of a knowledgeable, friendly and professional instructor.
Pato’s Surf School:
With talented and experienced instructors and guides, you will enjoy catching waves, enjoying a sunset kayak or SUP tour, practicing Yoga or receiving a relaxing massage.
Arts and Culture:
If you go the Mom and Pop boutiques on the main road in and out of Samara, you will find local handmade art and jewelry. You can also collect colorful sarongs, carved wooden pieces and painted masks. You can visit the Samara’s most well known art gallery ‘Koss Art Gallery’ and watch Don Jaime Koss’s incredible vibrant works. For enjoying live music as well as amazing beach scene at the Rancho De La Playa and El Lagarto on the weekends.
As the beaches of Guanacaste are located close to the equator, Samara is also have the same climate like other beaches of this province. In Samara beach town, the coolest months are from November to January and synchronizes with the dry season which extends through April. From March to May you will experience hottest atmosphere and the rainy season kicks and lasts through October. As the October is the month when so much rain falls, many of the businesses close for the month. At the beaches the temperature average 83 degrees and can be 10 degrees cooler at the higher elevations.
The city of Nicoya is centrally located on the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste province. This town is the first Spanish colonial city in Costa Rica and often reffered to as the political and cultural capital of the Peninsula. This town is not well known as a tourist destination itself and often used as a stopover town. Main attraction of this town is its 500 year old church Iglesia de San Blas that is nestled in the center of the town.
Playa Carrillo Town:
The town of Carrillo is situated three kilometers south of Samara beach. This town boasts an enjoyably laid-back atmosphere on a small, comfortable scale. This town doesn’t have much crowd that makes it a perfect location to wind down from other exhilarating days spent throughout the country.
Playa Nosara Town:
Nosara is one of the coastal towns that lacks nearly any development on the beach. Its official town center is set about five miles inland from the beach and is where most of the local, Tico population resides.
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge:
Situated in the counties of Santa Cruz and Nicoya in the province of Guanacaste, the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1984 to protect one of the world’s most important nesting sites of the olive ridley sea turtle. At playa Ostional, the ranger station is open from 8 am to 4 pm and tours are available with bi-lingual park employees.
Barra Honda National Park:
This national park is located in the western part of the country. The Barra Honda National Park ranger station is open for visitor attention from 8am to dusk, and has potable water and restrooms. Main visitor attraction of the park is the calcareous formations of the limestone caverns.
Palo Verde National Park:
This park is a diverse patchwork of habitats. It is located in the heart of the Tempisque basin near the mouth of the Rio Tempisque River. The Palo Verde Ranger Station is open for visitor attention from 8am to dusk, and has potable water and restrooms.