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Samara at a Glance

Gentle, comfortable Playa Samara is a fun place for family vacations or low stress adventures. The town is small, charming and easy to navigate. Warm ocean waters lap the sands of the large crescent beach and various outfitters are ready to take you fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving or surfing.

Playa Samara has grey-white sands and very gentle waves. Families from all over the world feel safe letting their children play in the lapping waters. Yoga enthusiasts will find quite a like-minded community on the beach. Slight breezes, warm sunshine and the soothing sounds of the waves make ideal conditions for yoga meditation and practice. If you make it away from the seductive calm of the beach, head to dive sites about 20 minutes off-shore by boat. Alternatively, try zip lining in the jungle, or search for plants and animals on foot.

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Regional Airport Nosara Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Costa Rica requires that tourists have proof of return ticket to their home country. Tourists must also be able to prove their financial solvency. If you are traveling to Costa Rica from regions with Yellow Fever, you must present an international certification of vaccination. Tourists need to present a valid passport for entry. American tourists do not need a visa for visits of under 90 days. For more information, contact the Costa Rican Consulate, or visit the U.S State Department website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Playa Samara-San Jose Buses
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity: Earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Costa Rica. Tropical storms between June and November could also affect Playa Samara.

      Safety Concerns Petty crime and theft are the biggest threats to travelers' security. Watch for pickpockets and leave your valuables in the hotel safe, or keep them out of sight on your person. Never leave belongings unattended on the beach and only carry what you need.

      Health Concerns Costa Rica has good water in all but the most rural areas. If you are unsure about the water, boil it vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Get good insect repellent and sleep with a net and insecticide if you sleep outside or in sub-standard housing. The poisonous fer-de-lance snake hides in grass and is something to avoid when hiking. If bitten by this potentially fatal snake, immediate medical attention is required. Swimmers need to be aware of rip-tides and the drownings they cause each year. Examine the signs on beaches before hopping in and talk with locals to find out safe areas.