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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent a week at Samara beach. Walked the beach end-to-end (about 6km) and there is a beautiful hiking trail at the northern end which leads to another secluded beach and some beautiful scenery. Ideal for beginners surfing and swimming was very safe (a little...More

Thank sjgcliff
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I bet this was beyond heaven 10 years ago. I can't lie, my friend and I had a blast here. Despite this, I get a feeling that it is burgeoning on a Jaco esque mass tourism polava. I'm not a fan of aggressive beach touting,...More

Thank Alex E
Reviewed 1 week ago

The nice thing about Samara is that it hasn't sold out to the masses like Tamarin-*cough*-do-*cough*. Nor is it seedy like Jaco. The waves are gentle enough for surfing and swimming. The hermit crabs come out in the evenings and are fun to watch scuttle...More

Thank thepearl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this town! I love this beach! Great bars and restaurants on the beach. Ocean is perfect. Amazing sunsets. Dog friendly! Flea markets, surf lessons, surfboard and wetsuit rentals. Super soft sand between the toes feeling :)

Thank sweetbinny83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sand as far as you can see. Nobody bothering you or trying to sell you things whilst you’re relaxing on the beach. Water is warm and sea is good for water sports or just a swim

Thank Jago D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Samara is an awesome little treasure not overtaken by tourists or shops. The beach is great and the people are genuine. We drove to Tamarindo and Arenal from Samara as well. Fewer services in Samara but guess what? That's exactly what we wanted. I can...More

Thank Nick L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's beautiful here. This is such a great beach town. It's not overrun with tourists or big resorts and everyone knows everyone. We stayed for 5 nights and could have stay longer. The waves are big enough to be fun but small enough to be...More

Thank blueskyzander
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is a gem and unaffected by big business. There is not a single luxury hotel or chain restaurant anywhere near Samara. If you are looking for a real Costa Rican beach experience go to Samara. Horses still roam the beach and the wide...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing beach, fab views, body boards available to rent for very cheap. Warm and clean waters, not busy. Views amazing - especially sunset !

1  Thank christopherofficialt
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Beautiful Beach with several restaurants/bars and small shops right on the beach. Enjoyed very much!

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8 November 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.
6 March 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
24 February 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.