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Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Samara Beach Stand Up Paddle and Snorkeling

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Awesome, loving, caring place!!!

Samara beach is a clean, quiet but yet a lively little town! You will feel safe and very welcomed there! The food is to die for...very healthy, full of fruits, vegetables and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
JoshMalek
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Gatineau, Canada
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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42 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am spoiled by the beaches of Cancun, Hawaii and the Carribean. The room I had was big, like a one bedroom condo.. It had a kitchen, hammock, front room, bedroom and patio. We added the all-inclusive for $50 a person.

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Thank Debbie W
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time at Samara beach! Warm inviting water, nice waves to play in for the whole family! Maybe I didn't go out far enough but the visibility is not good for snorkeling! The beach is huge and lots of bars to visit. Beautiful beach but it's too bad they don't put a little more effort at trying to keep it... More 

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Thank LisaA66
Gatineau, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Samara beach is a clean, quiet but yet a lively little town! You will feel safe and very welcomed there! The food is to die for...very healthy, full of fruits, vegetables and spices! If you visit Costa Rica, you must spend time in Samara...it is beautiful!!! The people in Samara are so kind and relaxed! Enjoy, pura vida!

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Thank JoshMalek
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This beach was a great way to end our trip. The low but constant music and the hipster beach bums, along with the occasional horse back riders and surfers made this relatively uncrowded beach a great place to relax. The waves were low, and it is on a cove - so very safe for kids.

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Thank travelwithkids60093
Florida
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266 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tide was out the day of our visit so the water calm and there were no waves. We saw many people just swimming, no rip currents, looked like a good beach for families. Beach is about 2 miles end to end.

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Thank CaptainBill1
Montreal, Canada
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91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is uncrowded, a very nice walk from one point to another, warm water and mostly gentle waves. Unlike a lot of the beaches on the pacific coast Samara is located in a bay, this makes for a great place to just float around. A multitude of restaurants on and around the beach and a cozy little beach town,... More 

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Thank Sabrina1176
Petersburg, West Virginia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is beautiful , but too crowded for me, the only reason , i came to this beach was for surf lessons. It is a good beach for beginning surfers , but in the afternoon the water became so crowded that you had to pick your slot to head in.Playa Carillo just south is much less crowded and perhaps... More 

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Thank travelinmanLJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So we arrived at our first airbnb destination on the west side of beautiful Samara. We booked it online and Christine was our host. We were met with hugs and lots of great smiles. Christine is an excellent lady originally from Quebec and now retired here in CR. She runs a little bnb here. Her bnb is maybe 5 minutes... More 

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Thank Bruce M
Melbourne, Florida
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Playa Samara on the Pacific side of Costa Rica is a lazy little beach town for those with no specific agenda. Horse back riding, kayaking, and snorkeling are just about it for things to do. The little beach town consists of approximately 3 blocks of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Certainly for those who just want to get a little rest... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great long strand with safe swimming, plenty of bars and restaurants. Well worth hanging out on, Tip: At High Tide you have to walk in sharp coral/shells so wear sturdy shoes - flips flops won't do the job!

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