Samara Costa Rica is a small seaside town on the Pacific coast. It has a bohemian vibe and is 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.
Now on to the rest of the Samara Costa Rica travel guide
The most popular time to visit Samara Costa Rica is between the end of December through early May. This is dry season in Samara. You can expect extremely hot weather and no rain.
We like to visit this area between May through mid-August. At that time of year, you will likely have a daily afternoon thunderstorm that lasts for about an hour, but there are fewer tourists. We just make a point of getting up early and really enjoying the day before the rain rolls in..
From mid-August through mid-December you can expect the temperature to cool off a bit and more rain.
A lot of hotels close between August and December because there just isn’t enough demand. However, because of the lack of demand, you can also get tours and activities discounted because companies are so eager for business.
Getting to Samara
The easiest way to get to Samara is from the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste Province. This drive will only take you about two hours on well-maintained paved roads.
You can also drive to Samara from the San Jose airport, but the drive will take you about four hours.
More and more airlines are starting to fly into Liberia, so it is definitely worth checking that out.
We suggest renting your car with Adobe because they are the most trustworthy rental car company in this country and we have a 10% discount for you. You can read more about renting a car here.
If you don’t feel comfortable driving to Samara you can always take the public bus. The bus runs from downtown San Jose at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm daily. This ride will take about five hours.
To get to Samara from Liberia you will have to first take the bus to Nicoya and then switch buses to Samara.
Getting Around in Samara
Samara is a very walkable town. If you plan on mostly just spending your time within the town and on the beach, you really don’t need a car.
If you plan on doing more exploring in the area we definitely suggest renting a car. If you don’t have a car you will have to depend on day tours which tend to be more pricey and don’t go to more off the beaten path places.
Keep in mind that although te roads to Samara are paved, many other roads around are unpaved and involve river crossings. We definitely suggest getting a car with 4 wheel drive if you plan on checking out activities nearby.
Pro Tip: Rent a car with Adobe through our site and you will get a 10% discount! Score! You can find out more about it here.
Go surfing: There are plenty of places which offer surfing lessons rentals on Samara beach, but our personal favorite is Pato’s Surf School. 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. It is also possible to just rent a surfboard in Samara and do your own thing.
Explore nearby beaches: There are several white sand beaches nearby to check out. Our personal favorite is Playa Carrillo because we love how it is lined with palm trees and it is almost always empty.
However, Playa Samara is also really nice. It is very long and a great place for a long walk.
Go horseback riding: There are several companies in town that offer horseback riding tours along the beautiful beach.
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.
Go snorkeling: From Samara it is possible to take a kayak and snorkeling tour out to Isla Chora. This is a super fun way to check out some of the nearby coral reefs.
Go sport fishing: There are plenty of companies which offer half and full day deep sea fishing tours from town. We suggest asking at your hotel to see if they have any suggestions. Often local hotels can hep to get you a good deal.
Nambu Beach Front Bungalows– The views from this hotel are amazing! Enjoy the beautiful pool and modern rooms.
Azura Beach Resort (All Inclusive)– Modern adults-only hotel located 90 meters from the beach. There is an outdoor pool, fitness center, evening entertainment, and more!
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.
Yoga Salt Life Lodge– All stays include a free yoga class. This hotel is 300 meters from the beach.
Good Life Lodge– Located in downtown Samara (300 meters from the beach) this hotel offers free bikes for guests to use, air-conditioned rooms, and a small pool.
Hotel Leyenda– Perfect for those who want to relax, this hotel is located 2km from the beach. There is a pool and restaurant on-site.
Hostel Samara- Located about 40 meters from the beach, this hostel offers dorms and private rooms. There is a restaurant and shared kitchen on -site.
Sunset Chill Out Bed and Breakfast-Relaxed hotel located on the beach. All rooms are private but have shared bathrooms.
We definitely suggest checking out Airbnb as well. Sometimes you can get some really great accommodation deals at beautiful places on Airbnb. We like Airbnb because often you can get a place with a private kitchen.
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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.
LuvBurger: Ridiculously good food with tables on the beach. Their burgers are wonderful. Just keep in mind that all burgers are meat free.
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.
L’Authentique: Our go-to dinner date place in Samara. They have great cheese and meat platters.
Di Mare Di Vino: Excellent Italian food. Make sure you save room for dessert here!
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.
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