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Samara beach hotel recommendations and help with intinary with 8 yr old boy

Samara beach hotel recommendations and help with intinary with 8 yr old boy

Dec 17th, 2005, 10:53 AM
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Samara beach hotel recommendations and help with intinary with 8 yr old boy

I'm going to a medical conference with my son at Pura Vida in Aljuera for 4 nights, they offer day trips to Arenal, Tabacon, Poas, Canopy tours, etc. From there I'd like 3 days at the beach and picked Samara because I heard it's easy to fly into, pretty and family friendly. Any hotels to recommend? From there I have another 3 days and I thought about staying in the rain forest at Sueno Azul near Sarapiqui. Any thoughts on this intirary?
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Dec 18th, 2005, 05:12 AM
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It's a good itinerary. The Sarapiqui area is definitely worth visiting. I'm just wondering about your transportation from Samara to Sueno Azul. Would you fly back into San Jose (of course you would!), then rent a vehicle and drive up there? Remember you might need to spend the last night in country near the airport, depending on your departure time. You and your son will have a wonderful time--enjoy!
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Dec 19th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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thanks for your response. I am getting picked up at the Airport by the resort and being driven to Sueno Azul. So I quess that makes the best sense. That's the part I wasnt sure about, if it was too much back and forth. My flight back to the US isnt until late in the afternoon, but I'll be sure to leave enough time. I welcome any more suggestions. Thanks
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Dec 19th, 2005, 08:43 PM
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You two will have a wonderful time. I like your itinerary. All 3 areas are different and will give you a great overview of Costa Rica. Enjoy!
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Dec 19th, 2005, 09:23 PM
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THANKS,can you recommend lodging in Samara, and should we make reservations ahead of time?
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Dec 19th, 2005, 10:18 PM
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We are heading that way in February and are actually staying at Villa Kalimba (Samara). I have not stayed there before but I can guarantee that I really did some serious homework before booking. VK has gotten very good reviews both on this site and others. From what I have read, I do not hesitate to recommend them. My initial contacts with the owner (Roberto) have been very friendly and helpful.


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Dec 20th, 2005, 06:05 AM
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We stayed at Villas Playa Samara and didn't care for it. Would stay at Kalimba in a heartbeat next time (based on Fodor's reviews).
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Dec 20th, 2005, 08:00 AM
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check out samarabeach.com. it lists a ton of places. i'm looking at hotel mirador, which is on the list. it looks beautiful, and it's a five minute downhill walk to the beach. i've contacted the hotel a couple of times with questions and they've written back promptly both times. have fun!
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Dec 20th, 2005, 08:07 AM
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should i book a reservation now?
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Dec 20th, 2005, 03:03 PM
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It's been about 4 years since we were last in Costa Rica (may return in May) and when in Samara we stayed at Brisas del Pacifico. Nice hotel, good dining room (although alittle pricier than other places in town), two pools, moderately priced in the off season. Plenty of other places to eat in town of Samara which is 5 minute drive, or maybe 10-15 minute walk.
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Dec 20th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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We also stayed at Brisas del Pacifico about two years ago. We loved it. It is right on the beach. There are individual bungalows as well as traditional hotel rooms. The restaurant was adequate, although nothing to write home about. Breakfast was served outside under the trees. I was surprised when others on this forum gave it a so-so review. I thought it was a very nice place to stay.
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