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Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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Nice Beach

The beach was very clean and quite. There are only few foodshops at the time we were there but fairly fine with the services surrounding. We tried 2 beaches and Gauanacaste... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The beach was very clean and quite. There are only few foodshops at the time we were there but fairly fine with the services surrounding. We tried 2 beaches and Gauanacaste was our best choice with calm water and lot of sun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

The beach is huge sandy and clean. The waves are perfect for boogie boarding and beginning surfers too. We saw more exoerianced surfers in the bigger waves. We snagged a cabana at locanda. They are free as long as you buy something. We ate lunch there and had some drinks. The pizza is really good as are the hamburgers. The... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We loved the peacefulness and beauty of Samara beach. Not too many people and just gorgeous. Great for families and beginner surfers. Wonderful food and town, all very concentrated and easily walkable. We wished people would have cleaned up after their dogs on the beach, but honestly it was not a big deal and easily avoidable. We can't wait to... More 

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Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My two teenage boys had a FABULOUS experience at Pato's Surf School. My 15 year old rented a paddleboard and my 13 year old had a private surf lesson with Fabricio that he really enjoyed!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This was a nice beach, with plenty to do right on the sand. There's even a fantastic beach-front soda, with good prices and great food.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It's been about 6 years the last time & was in Sámara & as a "tica" who loves her country I must say I was VERY disappointed! The beach & the town is dirt, messy & la k of care missing in everyone around there & whoever visits & leaves all the mess behind! Very sad! Hope the proud spirit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The beach is terrific, the only issue with swimming are the two rivers at each end of the beach, they can have some raw stuff in them, and that's not nice. Otherwise it's a great place, watch the horse stuff on the beach as the horse run wild in the area...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I have been to countless beaches around the world, and this one didn't disappoint. The beach was very clean and abundant with natural beauty. Samara is a quaint, little beach town. The locals were wonderful and very welcoming. There is a high ratio of Expats too. You will not find any big chains or touristy attractions, which is why I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Its a pretty beach but there is a ton of vendors of tourist stuff. The food on the beach is ok but a lot of places don't accept credit card. And the two ATM's in town did not work when we were there. Ten minutes south there is a nicer beach more local feeling i would suggest there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

One of the top beaches in Guanacaste. You can usually find a spot off on your own and you don't have to keep looking over your shoulder. It usually has calm waters. It doesn't have a lot of trees in some areas...so don't forget the sunscreen! WARNING: Stay away during national holidays as it is VERY busy during these times... More 

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Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

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