If there's time and you are still up for another
trip, we´d like to recommend
to go up north and visit
Sámara & Nosara
Sámara has long been a favorite Tico resort, perfect for soaking up sun and enjoying beach life in an unpretentious, friendly, laid-back atmosphere. This small village is located in a large half-moon bay with a pale sand beach shaded by palms and old fig trees. Sámara is a very compact community, and everything you need is within walking distance. Hotels run the gamut from simple and cheap cabinas, to cozy Bed and Breakfast, to boutique hotels on the beach.
In the rainy period of the year best it's to go inland and Sámara can be reached quite comfortably on the 35 km paved road from Nicoya. If you don't have your own car you can arrange to be driven there through tour agents in Montezuma and St. Teresa. Buses connect direct to San José every day and there are flights to San José from the small airstrip of Carillo, 7 km south of Sámara.
"I especially liked the seaside restaurants and bars with sand floors and fancy beach decoration, where you can hang out in comfortable sofas or chairs, watch life on the beach while drinking, eating, listening to good music and just feel – the feeling of vacation.
We stayed in a nice place called Hotel Belvedere, on the edge of town. It has a great swimming pool and a very friendly atmosphere, and it included a very satisfying breakfast taken on the first floor with a great view.“
Nosara, ½ hour north of Samara, is one of the great Costa Rica surfer spots, with two beaches; Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones. Unlike Sámara, Nosara it is quite spread out, so some form of transport is needed. Lots of people use bicycles, a fun way to travel because the area is not very hilly.
"In Nosara we stayed in a nice place called Panchos with private cabins and kitchen facilities, an attached supermarket, a pool and a Mexican restaurant, very close to Playa Pelado where my daughter & I spent hours playing in the waves. We ate around sunset, at a "tipico“ restaurant, called Olga, right on the beach. The place was packed with locals and tourists alike - so typical of the many places people where just drop in for a sundowner.“
“Of course our trip was rather short to really get to know the place well. But having got a glimpse . . . . . . . I know I'm going to return - soon!”