Hostels in Sámara, Costa Rica

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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

Written by local enthusiast for Sámara hostels zararock

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?

A hostel in Sámara costs on average $16 for a dorm. A hostel in Sámara with private rooms costs on average $59. shows all 10 Hostels in Sámara. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
La Aldea Hostel is the best rated hostel in Sámara for female solo travellers. compares prices for 10 hostels in Sámara, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Sámara such as
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Kiban's Surf Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Sámara.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Sámara

Your Packing List for Sámara

Pack smart, not hard

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:

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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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.
10 Total number of hostels
$16 Average dorm price
$59 Average private room price
$16 Cheapest hostel in Sámara
Las Mariposas is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Sámara
Kiban's Surf Hostel is the best rated
5.7 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Platanillo (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Nosara (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Nosara Beach (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Playa Coyote (29 Km / 18 mi.)
Marbella (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Pavones (37 Km / 23 mi.)
Nandayure (40 Km / 25 mi.)

Travel Tips for Sámara - from the Community

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