6 Things to Do in Playa Samara That You Shouldn't Miss

January 14, 2018 Agatha Simes

Horseback riding, fishing and yoga are just a few of the myriad things to do on the gorgeous Playa Samara. The white-sand beach is the perfect place to relax with a book or run wild with the kids, offering a fabulous setting for any beachside activity you could dream of. Offshore, a coral reef rewards snorkelers with active, beautiful marine life.
Restaurants in Playa Samara

1. Samara-Carrillo Info Center

Beach St. | Inside Lo Que Hay Restaurant, Playa Samara, Costa Rica +506 2656 2424
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5 based on 620 reviews

Samara-Carrillo Info Center

We are a free information center for residents and tourists of Samara & Carrillo and surrounding area. Our services extend from directions or bus schedules to recommendations for accommodations, restaurants, attractions, tours, transportation and events as well as what is happening in the community this week. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to promote your event or business. Thank you, Brenda Be Happy, Have Fun!

Reviewed By hazey27 - ny

Brenda at the info center was outstanding. She helped me plan the perfect vacation for our group of 8. She clued me into renting the best villa ever - overlooking the Pacific with plenty of room - and caretakers to look after us. She organized the best tours for zip lining, sunset/snorkel cruise, and gave me invaluable info on everything there is to do in the Samara-Carrillo area (and beyond!) She was quick to respond, and very accommodating, even setting up a ride to the airport for my brother. Our villa was in a remote area, but Brenda got us the tour pick-ups with no problems. I am so thankful to Brenda for all her expert advise. Our vacation would not have been half as wonderful without her help. I can't wait for our next visit to your beautiful country. Thank you for everything!!!

2. Barrigona Beach

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 based on 134 reviews

Barrigona Beach

Reviewed By Daniela A

We really enjoyed this beautiful beach in Costa Rica. But please be careful there. It happens very often that people get robbed or somebody break into your car - like it happens to us. They stole shoes and other stuff from our car. But anyway I can really recommend the place. Just watch your stuff!

On the Main Road in Front Of Alamo, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica +506 8871 9155
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5 based on 73 reviews

dondeJavitours

Reviewed By RedDevil1504 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Donde Javi Tours
Booking a tour with Javi is the smartest decision you can make if you want the personal attention small group touring offers.
Javi is incredibly personable, speaks very good English so is easy to communicate with and is very responsive through Facebook or email.
He books no more than four to five people per tour so he can provide the most personal attention possible. He can also book larger groups with advanced notice so he can arrange an assistant tour guide to accompany him.
Javi Tours is a family run business from one of the original families of Samara and knows the area better than most. Occasionally his brother or cousin will fill and I've read the service is just as great as Javi's.
We chose Javi precisely because he is a small local business with deep ties to the community. He was really easy to communicate with through Facebook and email during the planning stages. His prices were the cheapest of all the other tour operators we researched but he provided personal service that was worth twice the price!! Absolutely no regrets and will definitely book again if we go back.
Photos: Javi took lots of action photos with his GoPro and emailed them to us within two days as part of the tour price. There were no extra charges. Every other tour operator we checked out charged extra to take photos.
Booked the Isla Chora kayak tour and he picked us up on the beach in front of our hotel. He had all the equipment ready to go well before the meeting time. Javi quickly and thoroughly explained all the equipment and proper techniques and had us out on the water in no time.
Javi did a awesome job of pointing out colorful fish, rock eels, spiny starfish and other wildlife. He provided cold water and fresh pineapple once we got to the island.
We had such a great time with him that we booked a beach tour and sight seeing trip with the next day.


4. Samara Beach

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Samara Beach

Reviewed By macherry - Nashville,Tennessee

The beach in Samara has soft and hard packed wet sand when it’s low tide. Dogs and horses run free and there is horse riding on the beach. The waves are good for Surfing but it’s a bit tricky for ocean swimming and stand up paddle boarding although you can do it if you are used to handling yourself in the ocean.

5. Kingfisher Sportfishing

100 Este 300 Sur del Hotel Guanamar, Playa Samara 5235, Costa Rica +506 8834 7125
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Kingfisher Sportfishing

The KINGFISHER is 31 foot Palm Beach, with full electronics, tower and outriggers, offering ample shade and room for up to 5 anglers, it is set up for the serious fishermen as well as the novice angler. We have been sending home satisfied anglers year after year to the point that the majority of our business is now repeat customers, and word of mouth. We strive to take fishing to a more personal level. We encourage angler participation, and while at first (especially to the novice) it may seem difficult, given a good day it is hard not to catch the fever.

Reviewed By randolph s - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

December 11-17, 2017. If you are looking for a proven fish raiser, you can't go wrong with Kingfisher Sportfishing. Captain Rick Ruhlow has been blessed with an innate ability to find fish. His knowledge of the area comes from many years of fishing the Costa Rican waters off Carrillo beach. His crew is top of the line, hardworking and eager to help ensure a safe and successful fishing adventure. I have had the pleasure of fishing on Cpt. Rick's boat, Kingfisher, over the years and have always had a great experience in catching fish and enjoyed the lively conversation and the wonderful lunches he serves on the boat with his crew Orlando and Alonzo. Recently, I brought my daughter, Danielle, down to fish on the Kingfisher. We saw thousands of spinner and common Dolphin schooling off shore as well as large turtles. Danielle caught a beautiful Yellow Fin Tuna and a large Dorado (mahi mahi). We ate well than night thanks to her and the crew of the Kingfisher. Aside from fishing, Cpt. Rick is well versed in the areas around Carrillo and Samara Beach and was very helpful in suggesting local places to see, hotels and restaurants in the areas.
For an outstanding day of fishing, and a trip of a lifetime, I highly recommend Cpt. Rick Ruhlow of Kingfisher Sportfishing.

6. Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

Mountain behind Samara beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica +506 2656 0920
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5 based on 58 reviews

Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

Reviewed By Vernon S

Well organized adventure. We learned more about the Costa Rican environment on this hike than any other. The guide (Bernie) spotted birds, animals and insects that the rest of us didn't see. He was also full of info in each creature spotted. We saw numerous birds, bats, insects (several Blue Morphos),trees (we will now never buy teak wood from Costa Rica!) and a coati. Hike only had one steep section and the view when you get to the top is incredible. A great hike for a better cause. One of the highlights of our trip.

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