Samara

Nicoya Peninsula

The beautiful coastal hamlet of Samara is a paradise on the Nicoya Peninsula's western shore. Known as one of the prettiest and safest beaches in all of Costa Rica, Playa Samara radiates wonderful white sand in contrast to the aquamarine water. Tropical plant life and living coral encompass Samara's 3-mile (5 km) coastline, and the beach is a favorite among locals, foreigners, and wealthier Ticos- forming a quintessential beach community.

Samara's laidback vibe allows for rest and relaxation, an almost universal characteristic of the Nicoya Peninsula. Its village offers a number of services: stores, restaurants, hotels, and a small selection of bars. The town's nightlife, however, can be found at one of its discos, which keeps the party trucking through early morning.

Sport fishing is a popular activity off the coast, as is snorkeling and scuba diving around the coral environments. A short one-mile (2 km) walk down the beach brings visitors to the Tico hamlet of Matapalo, a great snorkeling spot. For birdwatchers, Chora Island, which is located just off the coast, is home to swaths of avian fauna that can easily be viewed from a kayak. Finally, swimming conditions in Samara's calm coastal waters are an ideal warm temperature.

Transportation to Samara has dramatically improved with construction of the paved Road 150, which runs south from Nicoya. Air travel is available to a small airstrip just outside of town. From San Jose or Liberia, planes will fly to Nosara and then to Samara. Daily buses also run from Nicoya, Liberia, and San Jose.

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Samara Stand Up Paddle Tour

Surfing|3 hours

Samara

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Samara Stand Up Paddle Tour

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP for short, is an ancient Hawaiian form of surfing that has become an increasingly popular global sport. The activity involves a...

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Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour

3-in-1 combo|3 hours

Samara

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Starting At$60
Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour

The Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour offers river kayaking along the Buena Vista River for a guided look at a variety of birds and other creatures near Samara on the...

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Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Isla Chora

2-in-1 combo|3 hours

Samara

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Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Isla Chora

Enjoy an ocean kayak paddle to Isla Chora for some snorkeling and beach relaxation off the coast of Samara in the Nicoya Peninsula region.

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Wing Nuts Canopy Tour

Zip Lines|3 hours

Samara

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Wing Nuts Canopy Tour

On this tour you’ll get a unique vantage on the dry tropical forest that surrounds Sámara beach, in the Guanacaste region. Zip lining from one platform to the next...

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Dolphin and Snorkel Tour

Snorkeling|4 hours

Samara

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Dolphin and Snorkel Tour

This dolphin-watching and snorkeling tour takes place offshore from Samara and Carrillo beaches. Samara Beach is on the Pacific coast’s Nicoya Peninsula.

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Camaronal Beach Turtle Observation Tour

Turtle Nestling Tour|4 hours

Samara

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Camaronal Beach Turtle Observation Tour

Visit a beach near Sámara for the chance to observe sea turtles in their natural environment. While you’re here you can see three different species of sea turtles:...

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Work as a Turtle Conservation Intern

2-in-1 combo|6 hours

Samara

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Starting At$719
Work as a Turtle Conservation Intern

Are you eager to protect endangered species and the environment? Would you like to gain professional experience for your studies or career? Or would you just like...

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Samara Fishing Tours

Sport Fishing|6 hours

Samara

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Samara Fishing Tours

In this tour, you’ll head out for a day of fishing with one of Samara’s most knowledgeable local guides. With both full-day and half-day options, this tour offers...

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Mountain and Biking Tour

Biking|4 hours

Samara

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Mountain and Biking Tour

This 3.5-hour tour will take you through the hills of Samara. As you bike you’ll speed past Samara’s dense forests and farmlands.

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Lodge Las Ranas

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Free Breakfast

Restaurant

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4.7 / 5.0
From$119

Lodge Las Ranas

The Lodge Las Ranas is located in Playa Sámara on the northwestern segment of Costa Rica's Pacific coastline. Playa Sámara is in the middle of Guanacaste Province, which...

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Mirador de Samara Apartotel

Samara

Bar

Cable TV

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

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From$102

Mirador de Samara Apartotel

The Mirador de Samara Aparthotel sits in the north Pacific region of Costa Rica. Samara, a beachfront community which has maintained its original charming village...

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Hotel Villas Playa Samara

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Jacuzzi

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

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Hotel Villas Playa Samara

The gorgeous North Pacific region of Costa Rica is home to the Hotel Villas Playa Samara, at Samara Beach. In these lush, verdant, natural tropical surroundings, and on...

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El Pequeño Gecko Verde

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

Swimming Pool

Wireless Internet

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4.8 / 5.0
From$119

El Pequeño Gecko Verde

El Pequeño Gecko Verde is 150 meters from the beach at Samara, a small coastal village along the western shore of the Nicoya Peninsula. Samara fosters a relaxed vibe by...

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Villas Kalimba

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

Jacuzzi

Restaurant

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From$186

Villas Kalimba

Villas Kalimba sits on the gorgeous beach of Samara on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The bay here will enchant you with its white sand, gentle water, coconut...

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Hotel Sol Samara

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

Jacuzzi

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4.8 / 5.0
From$108

Hotel Sol Samara

Hotel Sol Samara lies along the Nicoya Peninsula's western shore in the lovely coastal hamlet of Samara. Samara is both beautiful and low-key, offering visitors a...

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Hotel Giada

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

Jacuzzi

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4.7 / 5.0
From$95

Hotel Giada

Hotel Giada is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, at Samara Beach. The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag recognition of a clean beach with clean water and is considered...

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Samara Pacific Lodge

Samara

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

Restaurant

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4.5 / 5.0
From$88

Samara Pacific Lodge

Samara Pacific Lodge is tucked away on the Pacific coast, in the easy going beach town of Samara. The charming beach in Samara is bordered by a protective coral reef,...

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