ABOUT SAMARA BEACH-SAMARA BEACH, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA-SAMARA ADVENTURE COMPANY-
We will tell you all you need to know about your future
vacation destination! This page tells you general information about
Samara Beach along with descriptions of weather and surfing conditions.
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
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 night life scene.
Though small, Sámara has a full arsenal of activities to
offer, from simply relaxing on the beach drinking cocktails, to extreme canopy
tours. See our pages that describe all of the amazing tours and activities
available in Sámara!
SAMARA BEACH, COSTA RICA WEATHER
Guanacaste Province, where Samara beach is located, is known
for its sunny days and balmy nights. The average temperature is a warm 83 F!
The rainy season begins in May and ends around November. During this time, the days usually begin
sunny, and the clouds arrive in the afternoon. The coolest months are from
November through January, and the warmest from March through May. Even at
night, the temperature rarely drops below 73 F.
Samara Beach is an ideal place to vacation in both the rainy
and dry seasons. In the dry season, you might never see a
drop of rain, giving
you tons of opportunity to arrive home with a killer tan, while taking
advantage of all the water activities available to you! In the rainy season, it
doesn´t rain quite as much as you might expect, you nearly always see the sun
in the mornings, and the much needed moisture has the environment around you
exploding in vibrant green and brilliantly colored flowers.
Over one third of all National Parks and wildlife reserves
in Costa Rica are in Guanacaste! Turtle nesting sites, refuges for migrating
birds, breathtaking caves, and the largest protected tropical dry forest in the
world, are all within reach from Samara Beach. Beauty such as this can be
appreciated rain or shine!
COSTA RICA SURFING
With over a thousand surf breaks to choose from, Costa Rica
offers some of the best surf beaches in the world. As you
might have read,
Samara Beach is ideal for beginners in surfing. The offshore reef protects the
beach from rip currents and bigger waves. However, there are several surfing
options nearby for the more experienced surfer. We also offer transportation to
beaches a few hours away that are prime spots for surfers such as Tamarindo, Jacó, Playa
Santa Teresa & Mal País, all of which have been sites for surf
Here´s a breakdown of the surfing options closest to Sámara Beach:
BUENA VISTA—8 MIN BY CAR
Surf while watching an amazing sunset from this nearby
beach. Best time to surf is a few hours before high tide.
BARRIGONA—15 MIN BY CAR
This beach is infamous for being near Mel Gibson´s property,
you can see the entrance to his estate from the beach. As for the waves, they
are strong and the best conditions are at high tide.
PLAYA CAMARONAL—35 MIN BY CAR
Nice beach break
that is surrounded by rocks. This break is very consistent and offers surf year
conditions from the south,
or southwest, at low tide.
GUIONES/NOSARA AREA—45 MIN BY CAR
Guiones has a beach
break with a left point that works better at high tides and early in the
morning. This area offers some of the most consistent year round surf ranging
from head high to double overhead and much less crowded than the Tamarindo
Nosara has a
great beach break with peaks and shallow rock reef lefts that get barrelling
with a large south or southwest swell.
Other beaches to
try in the surrounding area: Playa Pelada, Ostional