Samara, Costa Rica

Nicoya Peninsula
Province of Guanacaste


Samara Travel Guide

Samara is a small village in the Guanacaste province on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It is famous for its safe and shallow waters ideal for swimming. In the bay of Samara, travelers will see Isla Chora, a small island with its own coral reef and primary forest. It is popular for excursions during the day and visitors can find a variety of exotic plants and animals along the beach. The town of Samara was one of the first beach communities of Costa Rica and has remained a very popular destination among locals and tourists. Among a wide variety of hotels, you will also find supermarkets, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and a bank.

Things to do in Samara

Kayak and Snorkel at Isla Chora
Paddle to Isla Chora, where you can dive in the water, snorkel, and experience Costa Rica’s rich sea life. If you wish, kick back and soak up the sun on the island’s deserted beach while you enjoy a selection of drinks and fresh fruit.

Catamaran Adventure
This region is characterized by the beauty of the tropical dry forest, the breathtaking scenery of the sea, and the many secrets of the abundant sea life. You will explore the coastline, underwater, and the many inhabitants of the sea. Explore Samara beach and Isla Chora, a biological treasure. Carrillo beach is next to Samara and has been awarded with the Blue Flag, an award given for its cleanliness and environmental awareness.

Canopy Tour
This will be an epic adventure in a dry tropical forest. With 10 cables & 2 rappels, you will learn about the forest and its many inhabitants.

Samara tours to other destinations nearby

Playa Carillo
Playa Carrillo is located 5 km away from Samara. Still largely undeveloped, Carrillo boasts a wide, crescent shaped beach surrounded by palm trees and with a virgin jungle. During the weekends and holidays it can be very crowded.

Turtle Nesting at Night
September and October are the strongest months for turtle nesting. You will go to Corozalito Beach or Camaronal Beach towards the South from Samara to watch the turtles. “Arribadas” also take place in Ostional where thousands of turtles come to shore to lay eggs. This happens once a month from 3 to 4 days after the last quarter phase of the moon.

Horseback Riding
Explore the beautiful natural area of Carrillo, from the beach to the mountains. Unforgettable ocean views, nature and stunning sunsets are all rolled into one comfortable horse

Location and Map

Playa Samara is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. From the San Jose International Airport (SJO) is approximately a 4 hour and 20 minute drive (235 kms/146 miles) and from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) a 2 hour and 20 minute drive (116 kms/73 miles). The drive from both airports is along paved roads, making it easy to access.

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