Samara is a top beach spot in Costa Rica - but tiny! So if you're a bit adventurous and willing to take a room off the beach (by, say, two blocks), then you should consider the Tico Adventure Lodge. We stayed in the two bedroom with double loft unit directly over the check-in area, and it has TWO great porches, including one with two hammocks and a perfect place to be outside during one of Costa Rica's unbelievable afternoon downpours. [The other, much smaller porch faces beachside and is its own reward.]
The staff was helpful, the rate was excellent, the bed very comfortable, and the kitchen area had everything you want and need for a beach accommodation. There's also a resident hotel cat who likes to visit, and Congo the three-legged dog is there to greet you at check-in. Overall, a little bit old-school funky but that's what you come to a town like Samara for, isn't it? We would certainly stay there again. And again.