Samara Nicoya Peninsula Region of Costa Rica

The beautiful coastal hamlet of Samara is a paradise on the Nicoya Peninsula's western shore. Known as one of the prettiest and safest beaches in all of Costa Rica, Playa Samara radiates wonderful white sand in contrast to
the aquamarine water. Tropical plant life and living coral encompass Samara's 3-mile (5 km) coastline, and the beach is a favorite among locals, foreigners, and wealthier Ticos- forming a quintessential beach community

 





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1023 Visitor Ratings

Culture
 
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Experience
 
10 9.21764705882
Nature
 
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Vacations in Samara




Samara's laidback vibe allows for rest and relaxation, an almost universal characteristic of the Nicoya Peninsula. Its village offers a number of services: stores, restaurants, hotels, and a small selection of bars. The town's nightlife, however, can be found at one of its discos, which keeps the party trucking through early morning.

Sport fishing is a popular activity off the coast, as is snorkeling and scuba diving around the coral environments. A short one-mile (2 km) walk down the beach brings visitors to the Tico hamlet of Matapalo, a great snorkeling spot. For birdwatchers, Chora Island, which is located just off the coast, is home to swaths of avian fauna that can easily be viewed from a kayak. Finally, swimming conditions in Samara's calm coastal waters are an ideal warm temperature.

Transportation to Samara has dramatically improved with construction of the paved Road 150, which runs south from Nicoya. Air travel is available to a small airstrip just outside of town. From San Jose or Liberia, planes will fly to Nosara and then to Samara. Daily buses also run from Nicoya, Liberia, and San Jose.







Comments

"One of our favorite places in the world!"

"Both Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo are beautiful. Playa Carrillo extra special because there is no development. "

"Cute place for young people and families"

"We're not beach people, and it was very hot, but we really ended up liking this area, and the Samara Pacific Lodge. Everybody was very friendly and laid back."

"This a very laid back area. Could not see spending more then a couple of days here. Surfing if you are into it..looked good. Beach was fine. Seeing the horses in town..was fun."


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8 Day Top 5 Vacation


Samara 4 days
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Recommended Airport
LIR International
 

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Samara 4 days
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Arenal 2 days
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Recommended Airport
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8 Day Top 5 Vacation


Samara 3 days
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Monteverde 2 days
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LIR International
 

9 Day Top 5 Vacation


Arenal 2 days
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Tamarindo 2 days
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Samara 2 days
Beach


Mal Pais - Santa Teresa 3 days
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Recommended Airport
SJO International
 
 




Hotels in Samara