Sámara Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. It is also one of the most diverse, offering a variety of activities and atmospheres for all types of people. Whether you are traveling as a family, a couple, solo, or with a group of friends, Sámara has great options for everyone!
The beach itself is a wide arc of soft sand stretching along the coast for 4.5 miles (7 km) lined mostly with palm trees, but with no shortage of restaurants and surf schools. Relatively underdeveloped, Sámara retains the feel of a small fishing and farming village. Fishing boats hauling their catches of the day can be seen further down the beach and fresh fruits are sold daily on the streets.
Sámara beach is protected by a coral reef, resulting in little to no undercurrent, making it a very safe and relaxing beach. You do not have to worry about a riptide or huge waves knocking you over! It is an ideal beach for boogie boarding, swimming, and beginners in surfing. An island, “Isla Chora,” can be seen from the shores of Sámara. Many people take advantage of this deserted white sand retreat to snorkel with the colorful fish and explore the reef. You can reach the island by kayak or by boat. From Sámara you can visit three other beaches within 60 minutes by bicycle, and even faster by car. You could visit a different beach every day without having to drive for hours!
As for the amenities the town can offer, Sámara is jam packed with attractive hotels, restaurants, and bars. The locals live in harmony with tourists, keeping the place clean and authentic along with the comforts of home. With places to stay for all different budgets, from hostels to five star hotels, Sámara has it all. For more information about the hotels, see our specific page with descriptions of your options! Sámara is also home to several different schools, creating a younger “student-feel” vibe. The students of the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, the Intercultura Language School, a TESL Certification course, and a couple of surf schools contribute to much of the nightlife scene.