Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Sámara, Costa Rica

Sámara Costa Rica is a true hidden gem among Costa Rican beaches, treasured by both tourists and locals alike. This half-moon shaped cove has been a beloved weekend and holiday destination for Ticos for decades, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe. Protected by a reef, the surf break at Sámara is gentler than nearby beaches, making it a perfect spot for swimming, wind surfing, and small wave surfing. Here, horses roam freely along the beach and through the streets, adding to the laid-back vibe that permeates the area.

Families from Costa Rica, the across the globe come together to enjoy the stunning natural beauty and charm of this picturesque coastal town. Whether you seek adventure or just want to relax, there are plenty of beach, ocean, and land activities to choose from.

For those interested in wellness and self-care, Sámara is home to the renowned Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, which has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading study abroad destinations for massage.

With its unique blend of cultures and a commitment to ecology, Sámara has earned the coveted Blue Flag designation. This prestigious award is bestowed upon beaches that have taken measures to improve the safety and sanitary conditions of its water.  Sámara is truly an ideal destination for expats seeking a mellower, off-the-beaten-path lifestyle.

Sámara Location

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Sámara Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Monsoon

Climate Description: Typical temperature ranges in Sámara average between 25°C (77°F) to 34°C (93°F), with temperatures rarely dipping below 23.5°C (75°F) or rising above 36°C (97°F). Whether you prefer the very warm and dry weather of the dry season or the cooler and wetter weather of the rainy season, Sámara offers a pleasant and comfortable climate all year round.

Sámara Weather

Sámara, CR
8:15 am
weather icon 27°C | °F
L: 27° H: 27°
overcast clouds
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:22 am
Sunset: 6:04 pm

At a Glance

Population: 3,512 (2011 Census data)

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Carillo, Playa Samara, Barrio El Barquito, Camaronal, Colibri, San Miguel, Buena Vista Beach

Largest Regional City: Nicoya

Vibe: beach, ocean, tourist, blue zone, adventure-seeking, meditative, locals town

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Liberia International Airport – 105 kilometers (65.25 miles) – approx. 2 hours without heavy traffic


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