Playa Samara is a quaint surf village located on the Pacific coast of the Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica. If you are looking to stay on a budget during your time in this tropical town, Hotel Giada fits the bill. Located on the main road, this accommodation offers you convenient access to the town’s restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. While Hotel Giada isn’t exactly beachfront, a five-minute walk will have you at the playa in no time. The warmly staffed hotel provides guests with breakfast, a restaurant, pool, Wi-Fi, as well as parking.
This charming town is populated by incredibly friendly locals who go out of their way to say “hello.” The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of Samara will have you feeling right at home. As soon as you dip your toes into the warm ocean water, it’s hard not to adapt to the chill beach culture. This crescent shaped playa has cream peppered sand, calm rolling waves, and a sky that transforms from blue to fiery orange at sunset. Isla Chora, which can be seen from the beach’s shore, will delight you with its clear ocean water and tan sand. A vacation in Samara wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the somewhat secluded and gorgeous beach of Carillo. Playa Carillo can be reached with a short car ride.
During your time in Samara, you may be tempted to give in to the lure of the Pura Vida surf culture. And it’s well worth complying to this siren’s call. The energetic surf instructors combined with the generally calm ocean waves of Playa Samara help beginner surfers feel at ease on a longboard. If surfing isn’t your cup of tea, you can also rent kayaks, boogie boards, and stand up paddle boards. Alternatively, you may appreciate a catamaran cruise to see dolphins or an offshore fishing trip.
Allow yourself to be wined and dined at Hotel Giada’s delicious Italian restaurant. The hearty menu offers you mouthwatering Carbonara, fresh seafood pasta, and many other dishes to choose from. Refresh your taste buds with a fruit cocktail or an ice cold Imperial ale. Those traveling with children will appreciate the children’s food menu. Indulge in a pasta dish as you enjoy the tranquil evening ambiance offered by Hotel Giada. During the day, you can cool off in the hotel’s refreshing pool surrounded by beautiful greenery and colorful flowers. And in the morning, you can start the day off right with a complimentary breakfast.
All 24 rooms at Hotel Giada include air conditioning, cable TV, a ceiling fan, wake up service, safe, and a decent connection to the Wi-Fi. To make the most of your time at this cozy lodging, be sure to request a room with a balcony.
Latitude: N 9° 52' 58.85"
Longitude: W 85° 31' 38.82"
As the hotel is near the intersection of two major roads, I found it to be a bit noisy at night with trucks and motor bikes driving by. For someone who is a light sleeper, I would not recommend this hotel. The other thing that was not conveyed is that the hotel restaurant is not open on Monday's.