FAQs

In this section we will post the more popular questions and answers. If you do not find the answers you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us by phone +(506) 2656-2424, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click the chat button on the bottom right.

Q: How far is Samara from the Liberia airport?

A: Samara is about 2 hours from Liberia airport. Depending on your arrival or departure time you can take a legal taxi, shared shuttle, private shuttle or public bus. Keep in time the bus will be long and you would have to transfer stations along the way and the bus drops off on the highway about 1.5 km from the airport entrance.

Q: Is Samara Beach safe for young children?

A: Yes, we consider both beaches of Samara and Carrillo to be family freindly beaches. Both beaches are protected by coral reefs so the waves are not big. The bottom is sandy so fun to play in but like all water it is good to becareful and keep an eye on eveyone. As a bonus both beaches, especially Carrillo offers shade to get our of the direct sun. The sun is very intense here so we reccommend to always wear sunscreen, sun glasses and hat, especially for the little ones. 

Q: Will I be able to find vegetarian and gluten free options in the restaurants and stores?

A: We get asked this often. Yes, there are many vegetarian restaurants in town and other restuarants offer true vegatarian options other then salads, it is possible to see the menus in the restaurant section of this website. Samara even has a professional gluten free chef. We also have two organic markets that have many healthy food options to cook at home.

Q: What can I do in Samara?

A: This is usually the very first question. There is a lot to do in the Samara and Carrillo area. #1 is to relax in the shade under a palmtree and watch the waves rolling in while the tropical breeze cools you down. But, After that you can Surf, Kayak down a river and through mangroves, Snorkel to see the colorful fish round the coral reefs, See dolphins playing in the ocean and turltes laying eggs on the beach, Stand up paddle. On land you can hike with a naturalist, zip-line, take a horse or ATV tour to see other beaches. If you want to get high, we have a gyrocopter in town to take you on an arial tour of this amazing area. For fun there is yoga, salsa lessons, a gym and massages or how about a Costa Rica cooking class?   

Q: Are there other beaches near Playa Samara?

A: Yes. We have a whole coast line of amazing beaches. Samara is a very specail beach. It is family friendly offering shade and 6 restaurants right on the beach. 7km  South is the spectular beach of Playa Carrillo, This beach is palm tree lined and what comes to mind when you say the words "Tropical Paradise". heading South from Carrillo you can expore the turtles beach of Playa Camaronal and Playa Corizlito both are great advanced surfers beaches. There is Playa Punta Islita with a 5 star beach front restaurant, heading South will lead you to Playa Coyote, then crossing rivers will get you to Santa Thereas and Malpais and the Cabo Blanco National Park. Between the parn and Samara there must be over 15 beaches to visit.  Heading North from Samara the ia Playa Buenavista only 4km away, then the white sands of Barrigona beach, Barco Que Brado, Guiones, Nosara and all the way up to Avellanas, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playa del Coco and into the Papagyo area adding up to over 20 more beaches. So there is a lot to see and something for everone, However, We feel Samara and Carrillo are the best beaches in Costa Rica for relaxing and enjoying the Pura Vida of Costa Rica..   

Q: Where can I see animals?

A: There are lots of animals around if you keep your eyes open. In Samara monkeys are every where along with iguanas, coaties and many birds. In the water dolphins live here all years and with the coral reef in the bay there are many colorful tropical fish the kids enjoy seeing the Nemos (Clown fish) the most.. We have a few turtle nesting beaches near by. There are guided hikes into the jungles. We also have a Scarlet Macaw breading program, A monkey rescue center. Not far from Samara are river boats tours skirting a the Palo Verde National Park also the largest private preserve and wetlands in Central America including a bird breeding island all geared towards birdwatching. A little further away in the Monetverde Cloude forest, Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja all home to 1,000's of speices of birds, butterflys and animals all available.

Q: What is the weather like?

A: Costa Rica has always been segmented into the dry and wet season. However, global warming has not spared Samara. Fortunately, we feel it has changed for the better! The dry season is normally from December to April. These months are mostly described as sunny, no rain, nice constant breeze, low humidity. The wet season is from April to Nov, with some dry weeks somewhere in July. Typically, it is sunny in the mornings, cloudy in the early afternoon, some rain in the late afternoon, starry skies in the evening and showers during the night. Now that sounds perfect!

Q: What is Samara and Carrillo like?

A: Samara and Carrillo are typical local CR town. They are small enough that ou still get the true cr essence but developed enough that you don’t get board, with lost of your basic necesityes at your fingertips. Anything North of Samara is commercially very developed and anything south of Samara is smaller so Samara and Carrillo are the perfect balance.

Q: Are there good restaurants?

A: There are tons of great reastaurants in Samara and Carrilo for every type of pallet. You have a choice of Italian, French, local foods, seafood, pizza, German, and many more! Samara has lots of restuarnst right on the beach, perfect for a romatic dinner or an enjoyable afternoon snach by the beach

Q: How do I get to Montezuma/Santa Teresa from Samara?

A: Even though CR is a small country, it does take time to get from point A to point B. The easiest way to get to Montezima and surrounding aras would be a shared shuttle that departs Samara at 8:15am and 2pm every day as long as there are 2 people. The ride is about 4 hours. If you are on a budget and prefer to take the local buses, keel in mind that this will take you anywhere from 10-12 hrs so leave early to make sure you get there in one day. Take the 4:30am Alfaro Express Bus towards SJO and get off in Barranca. Take a taxi to the ferry. Take the ferry to Paquera. Continue to your destination using the loca buses. Check out www.thebusschedule.com for exact times and layovers.

Q: Do I have to pay to leave Costa Rica

A: Yes, Costa Rica has an Air Departure Tax and Land Departure Tax. If you are flying out it can only be paid at the airport but check your ticket as some airlines are now including the departure tax in the ticket price. If you are crossing by land into Nicaragua or Panama you will need to pay the land departure tax at the boarder or to save time the tax can also be paid at our office in Samara. 

Q: Are there banks in Samara?

A: We have two banks, Banco Nacional (BN) and Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), have ATM's. Depending on your card you can get US dollars or Colones. The ATM's are closed from 10pm-5am daily.

Q: Do you want to traveling to Nicaragua?

A: If you have the time to go to Nicaragua, it is well worth the trip. Granada is particulary interesting, with so much history, beautiful colonial atchitecture, cobble stone streets also with great food and shopping. The easiest way to travel to Nicaragua is via the Tica Bus, a greyhound-like tourist bus. The bus departs San Jose daily at 6am, 7:30am and 12:30pm passing by Liberia approximatly 3 hours later. All three busses go to Managua and passes Rivas. The 7:30am by dose not go to Granada.