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Playa Samara, Costa Rica:

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A January 2003 trip to Samara by Marianne

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Quote: Samara: the perfect place to meet ticos, eat gallo pinto, and do some bird watching.

Playa Samara, Costa Rica:

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Overview

Costa Rica Photo, Samara, Costa Rica
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Rustling and crackling of leaves. "Monkeys", Luis, a handsome young Tico explains. High up, balancing on a sweeping branch she is watching me. "Look," he continues, "she is carrying a baby." I can just make out a hump on her back. "Look, there are more." His expert eyes saw another one before I had even realized there was a whole family. "They are spider monkeys." I step back a bit because they are getting too close. "You needn’t be afraid, usually they stay up.""Usually," I say suspiciously. "You can trust me, I work with monkeys." I study them. "Look at their long thin arms and legs. They use them to swing through the canopy." Alright, he has reassured me. ...Read More

Cabinas Playa Samara

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Hotel

Cabinas Playa Samara Photo, Samara, Costa Rica
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The young man who quickly mans the reception desk when he sees us coming, carefully studies the paper I have handed him, and then disappears. This paper represents 30.000 colones, advance payment for five nights in a "cabina.""Do you have a reservation?" the tourist information man in Liberia had asked us. "You won’t find a room, everyone is heading for the beach between Christmas and the New Year.""We’ll find something." "It’s 27 December," he continued, rubbing it in, and started making telephone calls. Finally his perseverance was rewarded: Cabanas Playa Samara was to be our next destination.Our man appears again, in one hand our piece of paper in the other, two towels, three ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2003

Cabinas Playa Samara
Next To The Football Field
Samara, Costa Rica
(506) 2656-0190

La Prencesa de Samara

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Restaurant

La Prencesa de Samara Photo, Samara, Costa Rica
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I follow with my eyes a flight of pelicans, one by one they dive into the sea, float on the waves, and swallow their catch. Up they fly again to find another tasty mouthful.I could sit here forever and maybe I have to because service is slow. Several "tables" arrived before us. Only when one table is completely served, orders from the next table are taken.During our five-day stay in Samara, we almost became regulars. We had chosen this beach-side restaurant because of its shade, easy chairs, and view of the ocean. A second consideration was the big mugs of coffee and. . . the second one half price!One day we o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2003

La Prencesa de Samara
Main Street In Front Of The Sea
Samara, Costa Rica

Restaurant Las Brasas

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Restaurant

Restaurant Las Brasas Photo, Samara, Costa Rica
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We decided to take a break from the national dish casado -- rice, black beans, fried bananas, shredded cabbage, and egg. After all, we had had gallo pinto for breakfast, a fry up of yesterday’s casado. We noticed an attractive restaurant next to the football field, which looked quite airy. A high, pointed ceiling with two revolving fans assured a breath of fresh air -- the ceiling was high enough, that is, not to put you in the line of the draft at each revolution of the blades. The restaurant is open on two sides, only a railing separates it from the football field. It is surrounded by green-leafed bushes, some young palm trees, and banana shoots. Above the entrance there is a ve...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

Restaurant Las Brasas
In the Centre next to the Football Field
Samara

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Story/Tip

Samara Photo, Samara, Costa Rica
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Brandishing an inflatable hammer and a plastic father Christmas, he makes his way through the crowd, then continues higher up on the terraces where people are seated closely together, in anticipation. He reappears, balancing deftly on a few empty seats, stepping over children and their mothers, carrying an awkward board as tall as himself, with sunglasses attached on it. This man in his "Visit Costa Rica" T-shirt keeps turning up, all evening, with new merchandise: paper tongues that roll out when shaking them, red Santa hats with blinking miniature Santas as long as the batteries lasts. Finally, when it is completely dark, you can see fluorescent bangles. Little girls are elbowing their mothers, fath...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2003

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Marianne

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Eindhoven, Netherlands

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