Samara Getting Around
An ATV is a fun and quick way to get around Samara. They can be rented hourly, daily or weekly, and include one tank of gas. Note that ATV’s are prohibited on the beach.
Several shops around town rent out bicycles for around $10 per day. The fee includes a lock and key.
Getting around on foot is by far the best method of exploring Samara. The entire downtown area can be walked in about 15 minutes. Inexpensive buses, departing hourly, are available for those wishing to visit nearby Playa Carrillo.
Buses arriving regularly each hour from Nicoya continue on to the southern town of Estrada, passing through Carrillo en route. The first bus leaves Samara at about 6:00 a.m., and the last at 9:00 p.m. The journey to Carrillo lasts about 15 minutes and costs fifty cents. It takes 30 minutes to travel from Samara to Estrada. Be sure to tell your bus driver where you would like to get off.
Returning buses from Estrada pass through both Carrillo and Samara en route to Nicoya. Buses from Estrada depart hourly beginning at 6:00 a.m., and ending at 5:30 p.m.
Buses depart Nicoya for Samara at 6:00 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:20 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The trip takes roughly one hour and costs about $1.60.
Buses depart Samara for Nicoya 5:30 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:45, 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $1.60.
Taxis can be found near the soccer field in Samara. Always negotiate fares before departing, when the driver is not using the meter.
Sample taxi fares:
Samara to Carrillo: $10
Samara to Nicoya: $40
Samara to Nosara: $60
Samara to Liberia: $115