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Samara Beach

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 6, 2016

Way to hot ,need to wear footwear at all times I would go another time when not so hot and dry .lovely warm water to swim in ,snorkel ,paddle board kayak etc.

1  Thank kristycca
Reviewed March 6, 2016

Well I have to say something about this whole disease of the month Zika...How it affects people and how false statements are rampant... So a couple of years ago in Brazil there was a mosquito problem...happens when there is rain and then stagnant water around...perfect...More

20  Thank Joannie P
Reviewed March 5, 2016

Samara is a small beach town that attracts a variety of people of all ages. The beach is beautiful, the locals are friendly and helpful. All the restaurants on the beach are excellent and reasonably priced. Samara is the place to be if you want...More

3  Thank jillparker864
Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, secluded beach with no high rises only beautiful outdoor restaurants. Great place for vegetarians / vegans.

2  Thank The_Hubert_Family
Reviewed March 2, 2016

If you like walking the beach and looking for shells and enjoying mild surf, Samara Beach is a great find. Good food and drink is available in both appropriate quantity and more than adequate quality. Shade lovers can enjoy the palms while us sun lovers...More

2  Thank jerry w
Reviewed March 2, 2016

There are many restaurants facing onto the beach so eating and enjoying a superb view is the norm. The sea is warm the sand is soft. Relax. The next bay is Carillo. Less popular but I have no idea why. Plenty of shade under the...More

2  Thank Cheesewineandgolf
Reviewed February 29, 2016

This is a beautiful beach, protected from strong waves and currents. Which is more suitable for swimming, if bringing children to Costa Rica. The people in this town are some of the friendliest in Costa Rica. I took a kayaking tour to the island off...More

2  Thank TiaM759
Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

I recommend this beach only if u want to surf or learn how to surf in a less busy area. Is really quiet. I have been to tamarindo and i loved it more than Samara.

Thank Jane E
Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a long beach with good sand, good surf. There are a number of bars and restaurants coming off the beach. We didn't find the beach at all crowded. Good for sun bathing, swimming and people watching.

1  Thank Rod D
Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

Really nice place. Yes a bit dated... So what. It's Costa Rica. The only issues we had, power went out a few times... It's Costa Rica lol. The buffet is very expensive. Go eat at the Hideaway. Better prices for sure. Staff were great. Maids,...More

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November 7, 2016|
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Response from garkar | Reviewed this property |
It isn't really a party town. More family oriented with primarily restaurants, not pubs so much.
March 5, 2016|
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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
February 23, 2016|
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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.