.We stayed four nights at Samara Palm last week (and then three nights at Punta Islita). Thanks to this board, our stay was enriched. Samara Palm was lovely. A couple of things surprised us. The on beach dining options are amazing. There are about eight public restaurants that literally sit on the sand of the beach. In our traveling experience in Hawaii or the Caribbean, direct ocean dining is rare, and when available, very expensive. In Samara, it is commonplace. We couldn't convince ourselves to eat away from the beach--probably our loss.
We love fish, and the quality at the seaside restaurants was uniformly excellent. Tuna, mahi mahi, snapper and shrimp were the usual options.
Cash is king. very few places accepted credit cards, including a lovely boutique my wife found.
Cafe Carola appears to have closed and the owner has moved. we took breakfast at Sherrif Rustica and found it reasonable and its beach front location allowed us to watch the beach come alive each am.
Alfredo from Kochi(?) Surf, the group that camps right in front of Sherif Rustica, took us out for a 3 hour boatride where we saw dolphins, Olive Ridley turtles, and jumping rays. we also snorkelled, and had wonderful views from the ocean of neighboring beaches. last, he told us about a wonderful hike, and recommended Ancli, a beachside restaurant favored by locals. it was our best meal. price for boat was $50 pp. we could have fished, but we chose not to.