The hotel is far away from town if you do not have a car. We had a car and did not have a problem - it was very easy to get to town and park. Would not recommend staying there if you do not have a car. We were traveling with our 3 children ages 11, 9 and 6 years. The kids loved the hotel pool and rec room. The staff was very freindly and helpful - but not ticos - everyone was European - which was a downer as they didn't speak spanish any better than we did. The rooms were set up nicely - we had 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bathrooms were small and not very clean. The bedrooms were great - but no sitting area in the rooms at all. It is noisy there in the morning - the howler monkeys start howling and I believe they wake up the cows, the horses, the rooster and the birds - quite a cacophony! But, actually a pretty neat way to wake up.
We had the hotel organize one tor for us - to see the turtle nesting. It turned into such a fiasco - the tour company was late, the guides were rude and we were given no preparation for what we had to do (cross a waist high tidal river in the dark!) Not the hotels fault - but ask a lot of questions when booking tours. The turtles were totally worth the trouble - an amazing experience - but a 4 hour tour turned into an 8 hour ordeal.
While in Samara if you want to rent boogie boards or take a surf lesson - check out C & C Surf School - they were awesome. Also the bakery up on the main road before town is phenomenal.
Over all - if you can get a place on the beach in Samara for close to this price - you should. We stayed for 3 nights.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Samara Pacific Playa Samara
- Hotel Samara Pacific Lodge Costa Rica/Playa Samara