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Samara Beach

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We live part time in Costa Rica and Samara is one of our favorite beaches. The sand is lighter colored than the sand at most other beaches and the surf is usually calm which is great for families with small kids. If you make it to Samara and have transportation, check out Playa Carrillo which is about 15 minutes down... More

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is what I ever dreamt of a paradise beach would look like. I bay surrounded by green hills. Wonderful waves to play around with (I don't surf). A river flows softly into ocean. The town is small and cute, didn't experience touristic traffic, although in high season I can imagine it is more crowded. Hostels exist just a jump... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Beautiful beach with plenty to do in the cute beach town of Samara. The locals are wonderful and welcoming. Taxis are abundant and cheap if you need to get from one end of the beach to the next.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The beach was great. Beautiful view, feels like paradise. The people were great. Drinks we very good as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

One of the nicest beaches, second only to Playa Carillo. Loved the wild horses, monkeys, palm trees, and warm water,

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New London, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This small town is definitely crunchier in vibe than other CR resorts. We chose Samara based upon the reviews of the water safety & we weren't disappointed. Our 13-year-old learned to surf, my husband enjoyed saltwater fly fishing, our 9-year-old swam & dug in the sand, while I hunted for coral & seashells (so many pink ones!) for five days!!!!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Went in June 2014 and it was fairly quiet. Clean and peaceful and good for families as the reef further out stopped the heavy waves leaving it safe to swim

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Boulder, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful to look at and listen to from the palm tree line, it was less attractive up-close (littered with partially hacked coconuts, some trash and dog feces). Sand quality was varied (moderately fine on the surface, much more coarse underneath. Despite a protective reef off shore, the surf and undertow were often powerful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This horseshoe shaped beach has it all. The beach is so beautiful - not too busy and with gorgeous vistas. It has a wonderful combination of locals and tourists. It never felt too busy or congested. There are a large number of terrific restaurants on the beach, whether you are looking for a great bar to hang out in, or... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Every day we swam in the ocean at least two to three times. The water was the perfect temperature and a pleasure every time. Afternoon boogey boarding on the small surf was a good time enjoyed by all. Being a partially enclosed by a coral reef makes Samara a natural small fish habitat. Squadrons of pelican and other types regularly... More

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