We are located in the small coastal beach town of Sámara in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The little paradise on the Pacific coast of southern Nicoya Peninsula is situated between Carrillo Beach to the South and Buena Vista to the North.

Playa Sámara is a long-wide (about 5 km) and laidback beach on a curved horseshoe-shaped bay, lined with palm trees, a superb coral reef and with its own little wooded island of Isla Chora in the bay. The beach is ideal for swimmers, families, surfers and visitors who enjoy experiencing the typical local beach lifestyle in a less touristic setup. You won’t find gated beach resorts or multi-story hotels.

  • Samara Beach

    Samara Beach

  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Isla Chora

    Isla Chora

  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Whale watching

    Whale watching

Until today Playa Sámara is still a thriving fishing and farming community, and has kept its small fishing town character. You do not only see dogs running free down the roads or on the beach but also horses and cows. Sámara has retained a typical Costa Rican atmosphere and charm, a good balanced mix of locals, foreign visitors and ex-pats from around the world.

Every early morning in Matapalo, the little fisher “pueblo” of Sámara, local fishermen make their boats ready to leave. And when you see sardines jumping close to shore you can expect fishermen and anglers lined up waiting for a big bite.

The water is very calm during low tide, which creates the perfect opportunity for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle), taking a long walk on the beach or just relaxing. During high tide, the scene changes as surfers arrive to ride the waves. If you are flying into Liberia (LIR), one of the major airports in Costa Rica, it just takes about 2 hours to drive to Sámara. From San José (SJO) it takes about 4 to 5 hours by car or by bus. Samara Local Fishing also offers airport pick-up/ drop-off from and to Liberia and San José.