We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Samara Beach

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Small-Group Ocean Kayak and Snorkeling Tour in Chora Island
More Info
and up
Ocean Seafari Tour in Samara
More Info
and up
Samara Beach Stand Up Paddle and Snorkeling
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“gentle waves” (17 reviews)
“warm water” (28 reviews)
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Write a Review
Reviews (1,098)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 799 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Even without the wild horses that wander along the beach, this a magical place and although swimming is not really an option because of the Pacific breakers and rip currents, go get the surf board and really enjoy. Great bars on the beach - the...More

Thank mcq15
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a great time at this beach, in May it is not crowded and has some great waves. Small town with nice people.

Thank J.B L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a beautiful beach. The beach was very clean and had some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.

Thank Sofi D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much to see and do here! The beach is beautiful. Every morning and evening we would walk up and down the beach. One morning we saw wild horses and everyday we saw many friendly dogs wandering around. The beach is relatively clean with a...More

Thank MistyRoe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun, surf, swim and generally enjoy the day. There's plenty of shade if you need it and lots of options for restaurants along the beach or a little ways into town.

Thank Kelsey_AnneB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the main beach in Samara. It's beautiful and full of things to do! Volleyball was the main thing while I was there...but also surfing, boogy boarding, SUP...you can plan snorkeling and kayaking on a day tour...it's great for singles, families and Young people....More

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice beach. Some dogs leave their dirt behind, thats all negative I could say about this beautiful place.

Thank matthiask0ller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The water was terrific, the beach is lovely, people were super interesting... and so many options to eat or just get a refreshment. Nice to walk on, great to swim in... a totally great day

1  Thank Laurie S
Reviewed May 19, 2017 via mobile

this is one of my favourite places in the world. i have been before and will return again. great little beach town. rent a quad and explore the trails!

Thank tei s
Reviewed May 8, 2017

The beach is accessible, clean, and offers restaurants and surfing. Horses can be spotted sauntering along any time of day. Great for morning and evening strolls.

Thank Debra V
Nearby Restaurants
Luv Burger
420 reviews
.22 miles away
Roots Bakery & Cafe
113 reviews
.24 miles away
Lo Que Hay
876 reviews
.10 miles away
Gusto Beach
753 reviews
.12 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Samara-Carrillo Info Center
508 reviews
.12 miles away
Werner Sauter Biological Reserve
50 reviews
.79 miles away
C & C Surf School
287 reviews
.04 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there any nightlife at all? Pubs nearby, casino, etc.
November 7, 2016|
Answer Show all 8 answers
Response from garkar | Reviewed this property |
It isn't really a party town. More family oriented with primarily restaurants, not pubs so much.
We are headed to Samara in April with two kids, ages 9 and 11. Can the island off Samara Beach that is good for snorkeling be reached safely with paddleboards? Is it very far? Would we need to go with a tour or could we reach it on our own
March 5, 2016|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
We used Samara Adventure Co for a dolphin/snorkelling tour. It was excellent. The Samara Info Center has many more activities to do in and around Samara. Enjoy!
Winniek W
Hi! I will be staying in Samara in May. Is the beach really as dirty as everyone says it is? Is there really dog poop everywhere?
February 23, 2016|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
We just got back 2 weeks ago. Didn't see any dog poop. The beach is amazingly clean.