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“white sand”(7 reviews)
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“mel gibson”(4 reviews)
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Tough to get to, but is the best beach in Costa Rica. Have used the beach many weeks before Mel Gibson bought Dorado several years ago. Beautiful beach framed by large hills/mountains that protect the beach. Take care in the water, it can be a...More

Thank Yugeoj
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

A gorgeous beach no doubt, and we may have just gone at the wrong time of year. Because of the size of the waves and the warning sign of the rip current, none of us went in the water other than by the rocks on...More

3  Thank SeidgeTheDay
Reviewed 17 June 2018

pristine picturesque beach, amazingly beautiful, strong currents, please be careful! It s a bit hidden and very lonely, very natural

Thank Christine E
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

We were only one time in this beach with my family,but it was my favourite. Big waves,beautiful nature,not many people. It is a best place if you can surf. There is tremendous strength in the waves which is impressive. The car leading to the road...More

Thank galltoni
Reviewed 31 March 2018

Amazing beach with not even one house near by. That makes it pure magic and a true beach adventure. The ocean is amazing and with some rocks on low tie you may have small ocean pools. Is a great beach to enjoy

2  Thank Enrique G
Reviewed 29 March 2018

The beach is great--very clean--fun, big waves! There are some places to get shade which is much needed if you are there the entire day.

Thank Janelle H
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

If you visit Samara, Carrillo, or any place near this beach, you need to go there and see how clear the water is and how white the sand is. Totally recommend to take a walk.

1  Thank valembar
Reviewed 18 March 2018

We went to this beach on a side by side adventure from our hotel Villa Playa Samara and were amazed by the white sand and beautiful waves. There were also howler monkeys relaxing in the trees just above our heads. We went for a swim...More

Thank reddog029
Reviewed 21 February 2018

We rode horses down the beach, it was so fun. Practically no one there, maybe 2 other groups. The road going in looks a bit rough but definitely drivable. Would have loved to spend the whole day there.

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 13 February 2018

The drive to get to the beach is only possible with a SUV 4x4 drive and is quite adventurous (driving through the river and small road). The beach is wonderfull with trees to get some shadow. Great for surfing and swimming.Like a postcard!

Thank katmat1997
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10 March 2018|
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Response from bobandpeggy2017 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure ...
Donna C
8 February 2018|
Response from skiingfrog | Reviewed this property |
It's not too far.I am going to guess around one to two miles. However, I am not sure if there is a trail from natural roots. We went by it on our way to another beach that is super cool as well. So that one may be closer.
Jennifer H
9 January 2017|
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Response from briteteeth | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you definitely need a 4X4. There are 2 ways to get there. The short way from Samara and the "long way from Samara. The short way requires crossing a river. I have crossed many times and I have also turned around... More