How to say Sámara

Here are two helpful hints for how to say Sámara: say it like Samuri with an “ah” at the end and Sámara rhymes with camera

Airport & how to arrive at Villas Espavel

Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) is the closest airport to Sámara at just 2 hours away. It is a small and easy to navigate airport.

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) is 4.5 hours away and is the largest airport in Costa Rica, still small by US Standards

Getting to Sámara from the Airports

Taxi or shuttle

We can line up a taxi or a shuttle from either airport. The Taxi from Liberia costs about $120. The shuttle costs about $50/person and only leaves at specific times.

Rental car

If you only want to rent for your journey from the airport to Sámara, you can rent from Alamo or National and return the car here in Sámara. Costs are approximately rental for $50/day, $25-50 for 1 way drop off if returned in Sámara

Bus

From Liberia to Nicoya and then Nicoya to Samara – It is likely a 3.5 hour adventure depending on connections. The cost is approximately 4,000 colones or $8 per person. To do it, walk out of the airport to the highway and catch a bus bound for Nicoya. Once you arrive in Nicoya ask for the “estacion de autobuses que van a Sámara” It is about a 3 block walk to the other bus station where you can catch the bus to Sámara.

Driving in Costa Rica

Driving in Costa Rica is totally feasible. You’ll just have to accept that the roads are narrow and many have potholes you wouldn’t believe. The most surprising thing you’ll notice immediately is that Costa Rican drivers love to pass. Drivers will do it on blind curves, heading uphill or around a line of 5 vehicles. Because of the condition of the roads it is safer to not drive at night. There are no street names and very few road signs. We use Google Maps and Waze to navigate us when we are moving around San Jose or around the country.

Road Signs

“No Hay Paso” means don’t come this way and is used when there is a One Way street heading in the opposite direction that you’re traveling.

“Ceda el Paso” means yield. You’ll see this on all of the bridges between Nicoya and Sámara which are all one lane bridges, so one direction of traffic must yield to the other

Getting around in Samara

One of the best things about vacationing in Sámara is that you don’t need a car. You can rent a bike while you are here, walk around town and to and from the beach and hire wheels if you want to go to neighboring beaches.

Bike Rental

If you want to have human powered wheels while you are here, which we highly suggest, we can help you arrange a bike rental. We have space to park and lock your bikes here at Villas Espavel.

Taxis

There are many taxi drivers in town who can bring you home from the beach or take you out to or back from dinner. They can also take you to neighboring beaches.

Quads

If you want to even more adventure, you can rent a quad and explore neighboring beaches, the teak forests and hills above Sámara and generally have a gasoline powered blast.

Golf Carts

If you want to putter around Sámara a golf cart could be the perfect answer. It gets you to and from the beach and out to dinner in an easy, low effort way.

Eating and Drinking in Sámara

We have some great restaurants in Sámara. We also have a natural foods store that has a farmers market on Tuesday mornings. You can also pre-order your organic veggies and herbs through the web if you want to be assured of getting specific things.

Water

The water is safe to drink throughout Costa Rica

Fish

We can help you connect to a few fishermen who come by on their bikes to sell fish and shrimp. There is a fishmonger that sells fish each Thursday in the center of town and a fish market that you can walk to down the beach about 20 minutes away.

Tipping

10% tips are appreciated at restaurants and bars.

Other Helpful hints:

Travel light - Pack less clothing and have the lavandería in town wash, dry, fold and deliver your clean clothes to your Villa

Protect your possessions at beach by

  • bring only a few things, avoid bringing electronics or money
  • bring a water shirt with a zipper pocket for your credit card and a bit of cash so you can keep it on you while you play in the water.
  • rent a locker at the beach from Tico Surf so that you can play without worry

Apps & Tech hacks to make your vacation easier

  • Whatsapp – a great app for phone and text communication with people in CR & at home
  • Waze – a great app for navigation that allows you to use your phone’s GPS without data. It can really ease navigation if you plan to drive
  • Passport & Driver’s License Copy - Keep a scan of all traveler’s passports saved to Dropbox or other cloud based storage system that you can access from your phone
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