Playa Samara is generally the place to be for visitors who wish to socialize. A number of surf schools, restaurants, bars, and local tour operators dot the northern section of beach at the tree line, drawing crowds of happy and energetic youths. Luckily, the shore is long and spacious, and rarely appears as crowded as it actually is. Those seeking more privacy can walk twenty minutes south to the quiet fishing village of Matapalo. Paddle out in a kayak to Isla Chora, the uninhabited island about a mile offshore, for spectacular snorkeling and a pink sand beach.