Typically, tourists in search of the perfect Costa Rican vacation will head to more well-known destinations, like the resort town of Jacó in the Puntarenas province. While the hustle and bustle of such towns has its own appeal, cities like Samara in the beautiful Guanacaste Province provide a fun new side of the region to experience. Beloved by tourists and locals alike, the soft sands, low-key atmosphere, and stunning natural beauty near our vacation rentals in Samara make for a getaway you won't soon forget.
Tucked away on the northern Pacific Coast, Samara's main attraction is the eponymous Playa Samara. Soft, tan-white sands, rows of swaying palm trees, and the stunning coral reef just offshore make it as picturesque a place to sip a cool tropical drink as any in Costa Rica. The aforementioned reef also keeps the waves relatively calm, making it an ideal place for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and beginner surfing. Diving companies in town can also equip you with equipment like oxygen tanks if you're up for exploring a new side of the sea!
If you'd like a change of scenery, the smaller Playa Carillo is just to the south. While it doesn't have the beachside bars of Playa Samara, this local favorite is far less frequented by tourists, giving it much more of a relaxed, isolated atmosphere. Even farther off is Playa Barrigona - after miles of driving and winding dirt roads, you'll reach the stunning white sands and azure waters of the isolated beach.
While Playa Samara may be the main reason to visit the town, it's hardly the only one. The beachside town is full of incredible restaurants to try, making it great for couples in search of romantic dinners, as well as groups of friends looking for fun-filled evenings. The wood-fire grill of El Lagarto and hip fare of Bouticafé Bohemia are perfect for your next date night, while Microbar's wide variety of brews, Lo Que Hay's beachside setting and live music, and Flying Taco's delectable salsas all make for fun diversions. If you'd prefer to make your own meals in your cozy vacation rental, make sure you stop by Samara Organics to pick up fresh ingredients. There's even a nearby farmer's market on Tuesdays and Fridays.