Traveling Costa Rica: Samara
Samara is a lazy surf town on the southern coast of Costa Rica neighbored by Playa Carillo, a tiny strip of beach with soft rolling waves – perfect for novice riders. After flying into Liberia Airport (LIR), the journey began at a friend’s wedding which was held at a resort near Playa del Coco on the Eastern coast about 30 min from the airport. From thereabouts Samara is a 3.5 hour drive that’ll cost $150-200 one-way for up to four people.
Having been on the road for quite some many months now, home is where – well, home is. So this week it’s the Tico Adventure Lodge. We came sight unseen to the Adventure Lodge but I highly recommend it! 300 meters from the beach and close to the main road, I’m sharing with friends a three bedroom “treehouse” with kitchen, bathroom, and wraparound private deck. It’s the most perfect and cozy beach house – with AC!
All cabina rooms here have AC, private hammock, shared pool, grill and patio – for a price range of $30-50 a night. The pool-side house is larger with two bathrooms and costs about $110 a night + tax which is $13% and an additional 7% if you pay with credit card. Note: for longer stays negotiate a better deal for cash in person, up front.
This is my self-created yoga retreat. We practice every morning on the patio, make a healthy breakfast, and then head to the beach and run errands around town. As an added bonus we can get surf lesson discounts since the proprietor (Chris) also runs C+C Surf school down on the beach.
The wifi at the Lodge has been spotty, which I’m cool with since I discovered a fantastic Vino bar on the main road with dependable wifi, friendly cats, and yummy Cuba Libres (aka rum and Coke).
Total stay: 3 nights Tree Top, 4 nights Pool House