SÁMARA is one of the peninsula’s most peaceful and least developed beachside villages. It’s a great place to relax, and its distance from the capital makes it much quieter than the more accessible Pacific beaches.
Things to do at Playa Samara
Even at the busiest times, there’s little action other than weekenders tottering by on stout criollo horses and the occasional dune buggy racing up the sand. On Sundays, the town turns out in force to watch the local football teams who play on the village field as if they’re Brazil and Argentina battling it out for the World Cup – even weekending Ticos shun the beach for the sidelines. Besides this, all there is to do is relax, tan, swim and sip cold beers.
Playa Samara, Costa Rica © Nelz Tabcharani 316 / Shutterstock
Getting to Playa Samara
There are 3 ways to get to Playa Samara depending on where in Costa Rica you are; Bus, car or plane. To fly, Samara is around 2 hours away from the Liberia airport. Nosara airport is also an option. Bus-wise, journeys take about 5 hours and depart from Alfaro Terminal in San Jose. If you opt to drive, expect a 4-hour drive.
Best times to visit Playa Samara
The temperature at Playa Samara is always pleasant, constantly sitting around 30 degrees, however, it is the rainy season you need to look out for – sitting on the beach doesn’t quite have the same effect during a tropical storm. The dry season is from December to April, with the wet season taking place from May to November.
Featured Image, Playa Samara © LMSpencer / Shutterstock