Samara Services & Facilities
Beachside pay phones are located across the street from the police station near the cluster of street vendors. Most are operated by phone card, not coins; purchase a phone card in any pharmacy or grocery store in Costa Rica.
Cell phone reception is good nearly everywhere in Playa Samara. There are a few dead zones directly on the beach, but other than that visitors can expect a dependable signal.
WiFi is available in several Internet cafes, hotels and restaurants in town; prices run $1-$2 per hour. International calls to the United States cost 20 cents per minute.
A small post office is conveniently situated near the main entrance to the beach and directly next to the police station, and across the street from the soccer field. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Tel. 2656-0368)
There is a 24-hour Banco National ATM near the church on the road north of the main drag. The Banco de Costa Rica near the soccer field has a 24-hour ATM and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Centro Medico has an onsite medical doctor, dental clinic and pharmacy all rolled into one. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tel. 2656-0992). The nearby town of Nicoya has a modern hospital for more serious medical concerns.