Information about Samara beach



1.- Liberia International Airport arrivals:
a)Standard taxi option arranged by our school: One of our trusted taxis will take you directly to your homestay in Sámara (1.5+ hour drive).
b) Car rentals are available at the airport, and are available for approx. $50-$100 for a one-day rental with drop off in Sámara. NOTE: Reserve in advance on the Internet for best rates and make sure you print out the rate given with your reservation confirmation number. This option is arranged by you.

2.- Juan Santamaría International Airport arrivals (San José):
a) You can book our STANDARD Transportation Option: We pre-arrange a taxi for you that picks you up at the airport and brings you straight to the local bus station "Alfaro" where the direct bus to Sámara leaves at 12:00 pm every day, bus ticket included.
b) Standard taxi option: You can take an airport taxi which drives you directly to your homestay in Sámara (4+ hour drive, $220+). This option is arranged by you.
c) Car rentals are available at the airport, and are available for $50-$100 for a one day rental with drop off in Sámara. This option is arranged by you.

3.- Stopover in Heredia/ San José:
a) If you prefer to stay overnight in the Central Valley, You can book our SPECIAL Transportation Package: We provide a pre-arranged one night homestay in Heredia including airport pickup, taxi to the local bus station "Alfaro" the next day and pre-paid public bus ticket to Sámara. The family will call you a taxi the next day to catch the local bus to Sámara from San José, or the private bus service Interbus, or if there is a shuttle leaving from our Heredia Campus, you may catch that (inquire for availability and price).
b) Alternatively, you may stay overnight at a local hotel in Heredia or near the airport and catch a bus the next day (see above for bus options). This option is arranged by you.
c) If you prefer not to take the bus, you may fly from San José to Nosara or Punta Islita local airports, approx. 35 kms from Sámara Centro, and then take a taxi to Sámara--flights only run during the dry season. This option is arranged by you.

Information about Samara beach:

Sámara is a hidden tropical paradise on Guanacaste's Pacific coast, boasting a superb coral reef and kilometers of unspoiled sandy beach. Samara has long been a favorite vacation spot for both Costa Ricans and foreigners. The town has approximately 1500 full-time residents and the district has a population of around 4,100 people. The 5 km long beach, lined with palm trees, provides an ideal location for surfing, kayaking and safe swimming. Sámara's little island in the bay, "Isla Chora" has a deserted beach and is accessible by kayak or boat. Though small, this typical "Tico" town has everything you need -- supermarkets, a pharmacy, restaurants, stores, hotels, nightlife, bank, post office, medical clinic, gym, internet, local art gallery etc.

Our beach campus offers a glimpse of rural life in Costa Rica very different from that in the cities. Due to the town's small size, students quickly come to know the local population and feel at home in this warm and welcoming 'pueblo'.

 Beach bars & restaurants, surf schools, stores and the town center itself are all within short walking distance. Apart from the beautiful beach itself, students may visit nearby Nicoya, the colonial capital of the region, or the indigenous areas where traditional ceramics and art still flourish. 

This region was popular long before the arrival of foreign tourists by locals in the immediate area for weekend enjoyment, and by "weekenders" and summer-home owners from the capital of San Jose. The quality of the beaches in Sámara and neighboring Carrillo made the area a high priority region of tourism industry development for the Costa Rican government shortly after the opening of Liberia's Daniel Oduber International Airport.

Because the beach is accessible from three of Costa Rica's four international airports, influential business owners and well connected landowners were able to secure government-funded improvements to the highway and beach infrastructure earlier than competing tourism regions like Nosara and Guiones, providing easy access to the virtually pristine beaches and calm ocean waters.

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