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Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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Laid back, small beach town- TAKE CASH

If you are looking for activities, attractions, and amenities this is not your beach! Samara is a small, non-touristy beach town. It offers several restaurants/bars right along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Mountville, Pennsylvania
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Mountville, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for activities, attractions, and amenities this is not your beach! Samara is a small, non-touristy beach town. It offers several restaurants/bars right along the beach. One of the highlights that you won't find on many Costa Rica beaches is some of the beach businesses offer free beach lounge chairs in exchange for your business - if... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Visited the beach for a day of surfing. The waves are great and they have lots of options along the beach for lessons.

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Not for snorkeling, the swimming is ok, but the waves are quite powerful. It is quiet, lots of area to sit and sunbath. Great for morning walk or jog.

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new jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Beautiful beach, trees for shade, smallish waves for beginning surfers. It's in a small town so there are some people, restaurants and surf board or kayak rentals. If you prefer less developed beaches drive a few minutes south to Playa Carillo.

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King, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Playa Samara is a beautiful beach. Great place to just walk around and meet the local people. It is not commercialized so there are no large chain motels lining the beach. The beach is wide and great to walk on. The waves are good to ride and for beginning surfers. It's also good to just sit at a favorite local... More 

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Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A perfect beach for enjoying the nature and also, swim in calm waters. At one end, you can even snorkel around rocky pinnacles.

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

One of the largest beaches we have been to in Costa Rica, but also very quiet depending on the time of year. Nice place for a relaxing sun soaked afternoon

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Of course we haven't been to them all, but surely this must rank among the most scenic. Huge semicircular beach, not very crowded, small and local town. Worth a journey.

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Thessalon, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Beach was clean and waves were perfect for our kids to learn to Boogie Board. Some restaurants on the beach and chairs for rent for the day. Restaurant was expensive and very slow. This is what brings my rating down.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We are a Toronto family that spent 2 full weeks there. We visited the beach at Tamarindo and Nosara for day trips and could see how the beach at Samara was attracting a rougher tourist sadly. I was sad to see so much garbage, especially tourists smoking everywhere and leaving hundreds of butts on the beach. I also watched hundreds... More 

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