Is Sámara the black hole of happiness? That’s what more than one expat has said after stopping here on vacation and never leaving. On the surface it’s just an easy-to-navigate beach town with barefoot, three-star appeal. The crescent-shaped strip of pale-gray sand spans two rocky headlands, where the sea is calm and beautiful. It’s not spectacular, just safe, mellow, reasonably developed, easily navigable on foot and accessible by public transportation. Not surprisingly, it’s popular with vacationing Ticos, foreign families and backpackers, who enjoy Sámara’s palpable ease and tranquillity. But be careful, the longer you stay the less you’ll want to leave.
If you’ve got some extra time and a 4WD, explore the hidden beaches north of Sámara, such as Playas Barrigona and Buenavista.
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