6 Hostels in Sámara, Costa Rica

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Sámara, Costa Rica. You can choose from 6 Sámara hostels. In total, there are 8 cheap places to stay in Sámara such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $12 for a dorm.

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Sámara Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Sámara, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Cheapest hostel in Sámara


(Las Mariposas is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Sámara


(Kiban's Surf Hostel is the best rated)

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Sámara for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Sámara for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Sámara? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Sámara alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Sámara. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Sámara (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sámara. To help you make friends with Sámara before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Sámara is also named and spelled Playa Samara - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Playa Samara, or Samara Beach, is a truly blissful beachside town where you can spend days walking in the sand, soaking up the sun, eating delicious fresh seafood, and practicing a variety of water sports. Although the Pacific Ocean waters are not rough in Samara, it's an ideal place for surfing for beginners; there are several surfing schools along the beach line, but you have to wake up early if you want to catch some waves to practice, as the ocean tends to be rather still as the day advances. At these schools and other tour agencies in town, you can book boat trips that will take you to nearby spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. Horse rides in the countryside are also a popular option for those looking into doing something else not water-related.

Food in Samara is delicious, as ingredients tend to be really fresh! Prawns, mahi-mahi, and other kinds of fish are always available for rather affordable prices in the local restaurants. Eating joints by the beach will be a bit more expensive (in comparison to those in town, three minutes away by foot), but you can't beat those views!

Playa Samara hostels and accommodation options can be found along the beach line, usually in the shade of the palm trees or on the main streets in town itself. If you visit during the hotter seasons, it's recommended to book a room with AC or at least fan as it does get rather hot! But that's why the sea is right there, so you can enjoy a refreshing dip into the Pacific!

Written by local enthusiast for Sámara hostels

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Other Nearby Cities
Platanillo Platanillo (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Nosara Nosara (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Nosara Beach Nosara Beach (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Playa Coyote Playa Coyote (29 Km / 18 mi.)
Marbella Marbella (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Pavones Pavones (37 Km / 23 mi.)
Playa Negra Playa Negra (48 Km / 30 mi.)

FAQ about Sámara Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Sámara. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Sámara. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Sámara Hostels

A hostel in Sámara costs on average $12 for a dorm. A hostel in Sámara with private rooms costs on average $33.

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Hostel El Dorado is the best hostel in Sámara for families.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 6 hostels in Sámara, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Sámara such as

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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Sámara.

Kiban's Surf Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Sámara.
It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Travel Tips for Sámara - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Sámara. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Sámara. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

Samara is a great sea-side town! If you love the beach, sun bathing, walking in the dark sand, you would enjoy Samara. It's also an ideal place to take surfing lessons, with a couple of surf schools available and mild pacific waves.


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Your Packing List for Sámara

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Sámara and Costa Rica.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Sámara