Belen Waterfall
Belen Waterfall
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Sam M
Billings, MT58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A short distance from Samara on the road to Nicoya. We drove twice. Directions we very clear to get here. Soaking an meditation in the beautiful natural pools was most relaxing. On the 2nd visit we got a bit more daring and did some jumping into the larger pools from the rocks and a natural massage sitting under the falls.
Written February 7, 2022
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John B
Chatham, Canada206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A really cool place to spend some time. Especially if you go when it's not crowded. Lots of fun under the falls or in the collection pools. Good hiking. Highly recommended if your in the area. Pack a picnic!
Written February 16, 2020
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momofKylche
Pennfield Ridge, Canada148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is on your way to Samara. If you have the Waze app, it'll take you there. 2km off the main road on dirt road. Short little walk the falls. 2 small falls but if you go under main one, it is like a hot spring! Lovely to swim in. We spent an hour or more in the water. $1 each.
Written February 21, 2020
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Megan B
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Serious safety incident
Aug 2021
My wife drowned in the waterfall pool on August 1st. The current created by the water moving down the rocks adjacent to the waterfall is very deceiving. The current carries you to the other side of the pool and drives you under the water. Once you are caught in the current on this end of the pool it is nearly impossible to escape. My nine year old son was caught in the current and my wife and I attempted to rescue him. She did not survive. There were no signs warning of the danger during our visit. Multiple people have drowned at this waterfall. Please google and be aware of the danger prior to swimming here.
Written September 21, 2021
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Stefan B
Spain65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
Two beautiful waterfalls, 5 minutes from each other about 15 minutes drive out of Samara on the way to Nicoya. Both are surrounded by jungle in all directions and are gorgeous and remote. You can swim in both (above top of Belen falls and below or in the cascade of Jacuzzi Falls). If you have a car (preferably a 4x4) they are a must because they aren't far from the highway. Alternatively you can organise a tour through Playa Samara Info Center which includes lunch (I think) and 2 other falls.

Belen Falls: 3 meters high. 18 kilometers from Samara on the way to Nicoya you'll hit Bar Cascadas on the left, before you hit the town of Belen. It has a red "Pilsen" sign outside. Turn left on the dirt road right before that sign. Travel 500m until you hit a fork in the road and go right. Travel for another 1.5km and just after you pass a lot of corn fields on your right you'll see a property on your right with a sign on its gate that says "privado" (among other things) in red. 20 meters before that property there will be a couple of tall poles in the fence on that side, with a pass leading from them. Go between the poles and walk for 100-200 meters to find the falls. Don't swim in the bottom pool as the current is dangerous. The top has little pools out of the current that you can sit in. Great views from above down the river.

"Jacuzzi Falls": 7 meters high. About 14 kilometers from Samara on the way to Nicoya you'll hit Bar Rocas on the right. If you go to the bar's restaurant balcony you can just see the falls in the distance to the right. 20 meters or so from the bar in the direction of Nicoya, on the same side of the road to the bar is a track leading down to the valley the waterfall is in (between tall plants, cane plants, banana plants etc). Follow this path for 10-15 minutes to find the falls. There are 2 depressions in the face of the waterfall that you may be able to sit in depending on the amount of water in the falls that form a Jacuzzi! Lots of shade and a pool to swim in at the bottom.
Written November 7, 2015
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Steven10960
Nyack, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
In looking for an excursion from Samara, I found some references to these falls, but no clear directions. After some research I located the falls and would highly recommend the 30 minutes drive. (some said 15 minutes, but nothing takes 15 minutes in Costa Rica.) We went in February and the water was gently flowing. The water was warmed by the sun and rocks, but the pools were refreshing. I enjoyed laying under the warm falls, and jumping from the top of the falls into the pool below.

So how do you get there? Drive out of Samara toward Nicoya about 18km. You will see a bar called La Cascada, the waterfall. Turn felt on to the dirt road just before the bar, immediately to the left of the bar if you are facing it. Drive about 2km while bearing right at the fork and the road/path to the falls will be on the right. There were some plastic bags on a pole marking the entrance when we were there. Highly recommended.
Written February 23, 2016
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KathyDavis
Playa Samara, Costa Rica22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Put on your water shoes and climb in. Monkeys directly overhead and a great variety of birds. Rocks can be slippery so take care and wear your non-slip shoes. I don't suggest flip-flops. Best in early morning or mid-afternoon light. Turn at Bar/Restaurant La Cascada, cross the bridge and park to the left (safe and easy). Then just walk right down to the river (even in dry season) and start your exploration. Bring a camera.
Written February 8, 2016
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Scott C
Panama City, Panama627 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Cool place to enjoy a snack, jump into the water and take a walk up the river. We went with some great tour guides from Esperanza / Adrian Paloma. Pretty deep holes where you can jump 10-20 jumps from the rocks. You have to pay $1 to enter. Bring swimming clothes.
Written January 5, 2020
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Phil J
Buda, TX168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
You get here by going to the Waterfall Bar on the road that comes out of Samara toward Nicoya, and turning left. Take a right when the road forks, and you come to a parking area on your right. Sometimes it costs a quarter to park there, but during rainy season, it cost us nothing. We were the only people here when we arrived about 10:00 in the morning. It had rained the night before, so the falls were spectacular but the water was muddy. Still made good swimming ABOVE the falls. Below the falls, you drown. No kidding. Stay out of the pool below the falls, and watch your step. Ground is rocky and it's a long way to medical help.
Written September 18, 2019
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RDub2016
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
quiet and low-key spot, for nice swim in small falls...easily accessible, but best with four-wheel drive
Written February 24, 2017
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