Samara is a nice seaside town in the Guanacaste region. We like it because it has a really hippyish vibe. It’s also a great surfing spot. Samara is a great jumping off point for other fun day trips. We highly suggest this spot if you are looking for a nice relaxed beach trip with great surfing.


Go surfing: There are plenty of places which offer surfing lessons rentals in Samara, but our personal fave is Pato’s Surf School because they offer a good rate for lessons and with each lesson you get five days of board rentals for FREE! Plus, they are just an all around wonderful company. They also offer amazing rates on SUP boards and kayaks.

Explore nearby beaches: There are several beaches nearby you can check out. Our personal favorite is Playa Carillo because we love how it is lined with palm trees and it is almost always empty.

Check out a waterfall: Near Samara is a waterfall called Belen. It is pretty difficult to find and you will need a 4×4 to get there, but it is a fun off the beaten path adventure. If you want more info check out the TripAdvisor page here.

Take a yoga class: We are big fans of yoga classes at Samara Massage because they are well done and are taught in the shade on the beach! Classes are only $10 for a drop in and include use of a yoga mat. You can find out the class schedule and other details here.

Walk the beach: Playa Samara is really long. It’s the perfect beach for a long relaxing walk to clear your head.


Hostel Samara: For about $40 you can get a large basic room for two people with a private bathroom. breakfast is not included, but there is an onsite restaurant if you’d like to eat there.

Sunset Chill Out Bed and Breakfast: For less than $60 a night you can get a nice double room with breakfast included. This place is located a bit further down from the downtown area, but it is directly on the beach.

Hotel Oasis: For less than $50 a night you can get a cute and clean one bedroom house with a private kitchen. Breakfast is not included.

Hotel El Dorado: For about $30 a night you can get a twin room for two people with a private bathroom. Breakfast is not included but there is a shared kitchen on site which you can use.

Hotel Giada: For less than $60 a night you can get a double room with breakfast included. There is also a nice pool on site for guests to use.



Samara Organics: Not a restaurant, more of an organic store, but they serve delicious smoothies. They also have great organic products you can take with you as snacks. Bouticafe Bohemia: The vibe here is great plus the food is on point. We suggest going here for breakfast or lunch to get a healthy and tasty meal. Microbar Samara: If you are into craft beer you’ve got to head here! Craft beer is pretty expensive in Costa Rica, but hey, sometimes you just need some quality beers. This is the place to get it! Plus the bartenders here actually know what they are talking about and will happily steer you in the right direction for the best drinks. Falafel Cafe: If you are into Mediterranean food, head here. The prices are extremely fair and the food is absolutely delicious! Soda La Perla: Great typical Costa Rican food at an affordable price. LuvBurger: Ridiculously good food with tables on the beach. Their burgers are wonderful.




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