Welcome to Samara

‘Oh, Samara, the little town, I am so restless – give me some rest.’ The quintessential drinking song is now only partly true: this city of over a million is little no more, and in recent years has focused on drawing visitors to the city. Not without justification, for Samara is a pleasant place to visit. On a summer day, the riverbanks are packed with bathing beauties, in-line skaters and beer drinkers. It has a... Read More

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$60 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Ocean Seafari Tour in Samara

The pick-up starts at the hotels at 8am within the Samara-Carrillo Beach area. You will ride with one of our drivers and the guide assigned to the south end of Samara Beach where the Aventurero Boat is anchored. The guide will explain all the safety procedures and will give the corresponding instructions of the tour. The experienced boat captain will take you offshore for an extraordinary sighting of dolphins. You might be able to see whales during the season! (August-November) During the tour, the guide will provide information and you can ask for drinks such as water, juices and beer while you look for the dolphins. Afterwards, you will snorkel and have the chance to see Costa Rica's rich underwater diversity. Snack some fruits before heading to shore and be dropped off back at your hotel around 12md.

$50 Water Sports

Ocean Kayak to Chora Island and Snorkeling

The pick up starts at the hotels within the Samara-Carrillo Beach area.  You will ride with one your driver/guide to the south end of Samara Beach where the kayaking starts. The guide will explain all the safety procedures and will give the corresponding instructions of the tour. The experienced guide, will take you through the path to get to the island. During the tour, the guide will provide information and you will be given drinks such as water, juices and beer while you look at the surroundings. Afterwards, you will snorkel and have the chance to see Costa Rica's rich underwater diversity. Enjoy some snacks consisting of fruits before heading to shore and be dropped off back at your hotel.Tour times depend on low tide and may vary.

$600 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Boat Ocean Seafari Tour in Samara

You and your party for up to 12 guests will be picked up at the hotel/house at 8am within the Samara-Carrillo Beach area. You will ride with one of the driver/guide towards the south end of Samara Beach where the Aventurero Boat is anchored and waiting for you. The guide will explain all the safety procedures and will give the corresponding instructions of the tour. The experienced boat captain will take you offshore for an extraordinary sighting of dolphins. You might be able to see whales during the season! (August-November) During the tour, the guide will provide commentary along the way. Your party will enjoy drinks such as water, juices, sodas, rum, vodka and beer while you search the water for the dolphins. Afterwards, gear up and snorkel for a chance to see Costa Rica's rich underwater diversity. Snack on some fruits before heading to shore and be dropped off back at your hotel around 12pm.Enjoy this private tour just for you!

$60 Water Sports

Samara Beach Stand Up Paddle and Snorkeling

The pick up starts at the hotels within the Samara-Carrillo Beach area. You will ride with a driver/guide to the south end of Samara Beach where the paddling starts. Your guide will explain all the safety procedures and will give the corresponding instructions of the tour. The experienced guide, will take you through the path to get to the island. During the tour, the guide will provide information and you will enjoy drinks such as water, juices and beer while you look the surroundings. You will gear up and get ready to get on the paddleboard and make your way to Chora Island with your experienced guide. Upon arrival at Chora Island, you can go snorkeling and have the chance to see Costa Rica's rich underwater diversity.You will be given some fruits for a snack before heading to shore and then dropped off back at your hotel.Tour times depend on low tide and departure times will vary.

$600 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Getaway Cruise in Samara Beach

The pick up starts at the hotels 3pm within the Samara-Carrillo Beach area. You will ride with a driver/guide to the south end of Samara Beach where the Aventurero Boat is anchored. The guide will explain all the safety procedures and will give the corresponding instructions of the tour. After you hop on board your private boat the experienced boat captain will take you offshore for an extraordinary sunset tour. Enjoy some drinks while you cruise through the Costa Rican waters and watch the beautiful sunset. Includes water, juices, sodas, a bottle of rum and a bottle of vodka.This private tour can accommodate up to 12 of you and your guests. Depends on the weather conditions: subject to cancellation

$60 Outdoor Activities

Samara Beach Wildlife and Mangrove Kayaking

Your tour starts with pickup at hotels within the Samara–Carrillo Beach area. Ride with your driver-guide about 30 minutes south of downtown Samara to the point where your kayaking adventure begins. Your guide explains the safety procedures and provides instructions for kayaking, and then you'll gear up and hop on your kayak. Follow your guide through the water toward Camaronal Beach, listening to information about the Ora River's natural diversity. While you look for native birds and soak up the surroundings of the mangroves and the beach, you can enjoy water, juices, and beer. You will also be offered fruit as a snack before heading back to Samara, where your tour ends with hotel drop-off. Tour times depend on the high tide and will vary each day.