Samara Beach, Playa Samara

Experience the mellow atmosphere of Samara Beach, a stretch of white sand on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Its calm, shallow waters make it a good place for swimming, and the presence of an extensive coral reef keeps the beach safe and suitable for all ages. Take a walk to appreciate the scenic ocean view, practice surfing, or rent a kayak and explore the small verdant island across the water. Off the beaten path and rarely crowded, the beach offers visitors a tranquil place to sunbathe, snorkel, or hang out. You can also check out the casual bars and restaurants here. To visit Samara Beach on your holiday in Playa Samara, and find out what else Playa Samara has to offer, use our Playa Samara route planning tool .
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  • 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  more »
  • Cosy Beach, though a bit messy. After a hoosbui has been running for the rain water from the beach into the sea. We got the idea that this water was dirty. If this is so, no idea. The sea water is nice and warm but at times restless with high waves. No problem for us but for the little ones may be difficult. There is also strong under currents sometimes, especially when you are in the sea. All in all a great beach to enjoy.
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  • Thought here white beaches were? Not so. But compared to the rest, the sand is certain much whiter here. And delicious sea water. Sure if you like surfing! To do very well here.
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  • Favorite Beach in Costa Rica. This horseshoe shaped beach has it all. The beach is so beautiful - not too busy and with gorgeous vistas. It has a wonderful combination of locals and tourists. It never felt too busy or congested. There are a large number of terrific restaurants on the beach, whether you are looking for a great bar to hang out in, or if you want a wonderful meal. We had the opportunity to visit about a dozen beaches during our stay, and Playa Samara is our favorite.
  • This is about you,me, us. All in Samara: The Black Hole of Happiness. Where the longer you stay the less you'll want to leave. We are all part of this Tribe,of this experience, no matter where we come from. We are all migratory birds under the same roof: The Samara Sky.
  • Fantastic Beach town, good but busy. Good food options, but it's a bit crowded. Neighboring beaches are better.
  • Love this town, everyone is so friendly and the beach is beautiful. It's a little rocky in places where its not maintained but mostly perfect!
  • Super chilled beach town with friendly locals. Close to some great surf breaks.
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