Looking out across the sea green lagoon surrounding Samara, you’ll see a reef breaking the outer waves and a deserted Pacific island called Isla Chora, excellent for snorkeling. Soft sand and lots of palm trees make this beach ideal for easy swimming and spectacular sunsets. You might try your hand at offshore sport fishing with an experienced captain and crew. Or take an exciting dolphin watching expedition where, during certain times of year, you may also see a migratory whale sighting. Enjoy ocean kayaking, snorkeling the reef or a trip over to Isla Chora. The small, easily walkable, friendly town offers art galleries, souvenir shops, and cute cafes along a crescent shaped shoreline. Day trips are available from Samara to go on guided boat tours through Palo Verde National Park where you may see visiting Roseate Spoonbills and Herons plus the local resident Macaws, Toucans, and the Great Currasow.
Adventure, Nature, Beach, Snorkeling
Kayaking and Snorkeling at Chora Island (Isla Chora) is an excellent combination tour to kayak to a beautiful tropical island near Samara, Costa Rica where you can then go snorkeling. Although it is a popular destination for tours, it remains relatively unpopulated with its white sand beach and clear waters for underwater observation. Ocean kayaking provides a good workout and allows you the li ...
Suggested age range: 6+
The Palo Verde National Park is located just north of the Gulf of Nicoya in the northwestern part of Costa Rica. More than 279 species of birds migrate to this area during colder months elsewhere. Herons, Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Grebes, Ibis and Egrets, to name a few, are seen here in abundance between December and May. There are also many tropical native birds living here year around, like ...
Suggested age range: 1 - 100
River Kayaking on the Rio Ora is a fun outdoor educational way to explore three different ecosystems featured in this area of Costa Rica. On this tour you will kayak through dense rainforest, thick mangroves and eventually reach the mouth of the river that flows into the Pacific Ocean. Along the way your bilingual guide will share interesting facts about these habitats and point out any availab ...
Suggested age range: 6+
Nature, Learning Family
This turtle nesting tour at Playa Camaronal (Camaronal Beach) is a fun and interesting evening activity for nature lovers of all kinds including kids! Every year, thousands of sea turtles come to the Playa Camaronal area to lay their eggs in the sand. These giant turtles are slow-moving but are efficient with their mission: they come to shore, dig a deep hole where they lay their eggs, bury the ...
Suggested age range: 1+
Adventure, Nature, Fishing, Beach, Learning Family
This is an exciting tour combining sea adventures in one day. You will have the opportunity to snorkel at a reef and enjoy watching dolphins play in their natural habitat. A boat will take you just off the western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula from a beach called Playa Samara.Your tour begins with transportation from your hotel to Samara Beach. You will meet your friendly guide who will ...
Suggested age range: 4+
Adventure, Surfing, Beach
Stand Up Paddle boarding is easy and fun to do even if it is your first time. Typically you’ll go to the calm waters of the bay at Playa Carrillo depending on the weather. SUP, as it is often called, is one of the most popular new water sports since it is so easy to learn. You’ll stand up on a board - similar to a surfboard - and use a long paddle to propel yourself around. You don’t need ...
Suggested age range: 12+
Costa Rica is definitely the place to go surfing! This surf lesson at Chocos Surf School located at Playa Samara is the perfect beach to learn how to surf. Taught by experienced surfers and surf instructors, these lessons should get you up and practicing riding the waves by the end of the lesson. Plus you will have use of the board for 5 more hours after the end of your lesson.If you ar ...
Suggested age range: 5+
Here are some of the best tours in Samara, Costa Rica:
Kayaking and Snorkeling at Isla Chora: Embark on a kayaking adventure to Isla Chora, a small island just off the coast of Samara. Paddle through crystal-clear waters and explore the island's vibrant marine life while snorkeling. Admire colorful fish, coral reefs, and if you're lucky, you might even spot sea turtles or rays.
River Kayaking on the Rio Ora: Discover the natural beauty of Samara's surrounding rivers on a river kayaking tour. Navigate through the lush mangroves and enjoy the serene atmosphere as you paddle along the Rio Ora. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as birds, monkeys, and iguanas that inhabit the riverbanks.
Sea Turtle Nesting at Playa Camaronal or Playa Ostional: Experience a truly unique and awe-inspiring sight by joining a sea turtle nesting tour. Visit Playa Camaronal or Playa Ostional, both known for their important nesting grounds for olive ridley sea turtles. Witness the magical moment as these incredible creatures come ashore to lay their eggs or witness the hatchlings making their way to the ocean.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Explore the calm waters of Samara Bay on a stand-up paddleboarding excursion. Glide across the surface of the water, enjoying panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding landscapes. This activity is suitable for all skill levels and provides a fun and peaceful way to connect with the ocean.
Surf Lessons: Samara is a fantastic destination for surfing, whether you're a beginner looking to catch your first wave or an experienced surfer seeking new challenges. Take surf lessons with local instructors who will guide you on the fundamentals and techniques needed to ride the waves. Enjoy the thrill and excitement of surfing in the warm waters of the Pacific.
These tours offer an array of exciting experiences that allow you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and adventure of Samara. Whether you're seeking water-based activities, wildlife encounters, or simply want to enjoy the beach and ocean, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this charming coastal town.
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