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Address: Beach St. | Inside Lo Que Hay Restaurant, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2656 2424
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Description: We are a free information center for residents and tourists of Samara...
We are a free information center for residents and tourists of Samara & Carrillo and surrounding area. Our services extend from directions or bus schedules to recommendations for accommodations, restaurants, attractions, tours, transportation and events as well as what is happening in the community this week. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to promote your event or business. Thank you, Brenda Be Happy, Have Fun!
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The place to go for all your needs

I just returned from my second trip to Samara in eight months. Brenda was instrumental in helping me make plans for both my trips....from a getaway to the cloud forest, finding... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I just returned from my second trip to Samara in eight months. Brenda was instrumental in helping me make plans for both my trips....from a getaway to the cloud forest, finding the perfect places to stay, to booking tourist attractions in Samara....Brenda had the answers. She is now helping me guide a friend and her husband with their upcoming travel... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

HI C, thanks for that review! Really appreciate it! It is always a pleasure to help you and your family and friends and it is so nice to always see you with a smile as you pas by the office waving hola! It brightens up our day! So see you soon in Samara again :) Looking forward to it! Say... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Let me start off by saying this is the ONLY place I have needed to visit for gathering information about Samara and Costa Rica in general. It is truly a one stop shop. My fiancé and I have used the help of Chris and Brenda on several occasions and we have not once been disappointed with the info they provided... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi B, you made C tear up with this amazing review, thank you so much! It really was such a pleasure to help you and your fiance. You guys are the reason we do what we do every day. So glad to have met you and I am sure we will see you in Samara again! Best of luck in... More 

Excelsior, Minnesota, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Be sure to find them in their new location on the beach. Nice people with a lot of great suggestions..

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

J, thanks for this review! Glad you found our services helpful! Let us know if we can ever do anything to help you. Cheers! More 

Maui, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The mayors of Playa Samara!! If you are looking for anything at all, Brenda and Chris are the source. They are always genuinely happy to give advice and book anything and everything that is available in playa Samara and around Costa Rica. These two are passionate about what they do and are truly enthusiastic to share their wealth of wisdom... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

HI B, thank you for that amazing review! Really appreciate it! It is always nice to see your smiley face in the office and to be able to make your stay hear easier and hassle free! We still have you here for a few months so YAY! Hope you had fun in NIC and that you got home well rested... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Brenda or any of the other staff will be happy to assist with anything and everything in or around Samara to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible - accommodations, rentals, tours, anything you need. Very pleasant, extremely knowledgeable and very appreciated! And completely free! Muchas Gracias Brenda!!

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi S, thank so much for taking the time to review us on TA, we really appreciate that! We hope to be able to continue offering our free services for many more years! Looking forward to seeing you again in the future! More 

Charleston, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We stayed in Samara in January 2015 and had never been to Costa Rica. Brenda and Chris were very informative and friendly, and showed activities we could do. They set up a trip for us, to the hanging bridges in Monteverde.They booked a hotel room, and a guide to take us on the trip. The whole trip was a excellent... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi S, Thank you for that awesome review! Glad you explored different areas of CR and that you allowed us to help plan your vacation. It was a real pleasure! We hope to do it again when you come back because we know you will :) More 

New York City, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We used the Samara-Carillo Info Center to set up several activities during our stay in Playa Samara. They took care of taxi rides to and from the airport as well as surf lessons. They know the local service providers and weed out the bad so that you don't have to! Brenda was always quick to respond to my emails prior... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi A, It was great to meet you and be able to help you before and during your stay in Samara and be able to contribute to making your vacation and great one. I am sure we will see you again in the future! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We have spoken with a few different people on several occasions, and every time we have received friendly and helpful service, above and beyond what you would expect. I feel like I could ask advice about the area every day and they would never see it as a bother. These guys provide a fantastic service and the fact that they... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi J, Thanks for that awesome review! It was always a pleasure to see you at the office and be able to help you. I am so happy you understood how we work and the purpose of why we started the Info Center. We hope to continue to provide free service to everyone for many years! Thanks for the support! More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was my second time to Costa Rica with my husband. We met Christopher and Brenda just over 2 years ago and they were super helpful back then. I got in touch with Brenda back in October and she has been an amazing help with this last trip ever since. She helped me book hotels in different towns all over... More 

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

HI S, that was an amazing review, thanks so much! It was very special to hang out with you guys one on one and get to know you better and know what a wonderful difference you two are also making to Samara! Glad we were able to help you this time around and we both hope to see you again... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This booking agent had information on every type of activity available. The agents could not be more helpful. Convent location and English speaking staff .

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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review

Hi H, Thanks for this review! Glad we were able to help. We work very hard to keep the information fresh and exciting! More 

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