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Rancho de la Playa

Rancho de la Playa

Destination: Samara

At a Glance

    • Lively ambiance with music
    • One-minute walk to the beach
    • Pool, restaurant and bar open to public

Hotel Rancho de la Playa rocks — literally. Known for its stupendous live music nights, it keeps to the namesake, playing upbeat music all day and night so you can't help but dance around its bar, restaurant and pool.

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Old wagon wheels out front, cacti growing all around, walls painted rusty orange with images of animals and dessert flowers, and miles of sand just around the corner at the beach — the rancho-themed hotel is just missing some tumbleweed and a few horses.

Inside the front gates expanding almost half a block, head 'west' through the hotel's rockin' restaurant and bar to walk down the western-themed hallway adjoining Hotel Rancho de la Playa's 14 rooms.

A standard room for two people, $45 in wet season (May-Nov.), has a double bed, cable TV, private bathroom and Wi-Fi. Other rooms cost $45-$120 (depending on layout), with shared or private kitchens, up to three beds, and some can even fit seven people comfortably.

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Chilling out with a cold beer or margarita at the poolside bar, playing a game of table tennis, watching sports on the big screen TV in the outdoor restaurant, or just chatting with the hotel employees — you'll quickly get a sense of why so many locals hang out at Hotel Rancho de la Playa in their free time.

Receptionists double as bartenders, and are willing to help with anything and everything you may need — beach advice, tour and transportation arrangements, or even just a friendly talk.

To arrive at Hotel Rancho de la Playa, head east 150 feet from Samara's beachfront, or simply follow your ears toward the sound of music, table tennis tournaments, and kids jumping into the pool.

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Rancho de la Playa in Pictures