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(Formerly Hotel Playa Samara)

Your Costa Rica Beach Vacation

We have changed the name of  HOTEL PLAYA SAMARA to "BLUE IGUANA", to differentiate ourselves from the growing population of "something" .Playa Samara hotels and Hostels. We have also expanded  our services for you, our traveler families! Enjoy the new "BLUE IGUANA"!!
Designed with an unmistakable nod to the charming style of New Orleans, our newly renovated property looks as though it was plucked right off of Bourbon Street and placed here in Samara’s tropical paradise.  Our guests describe our hotel as charming and simple.. And while we certainly aren’t a luxury hotel…

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Rated 5 Stars for Value on TripAdvisor
  • star rating  Great price for value. the kids liked the pool and we enjoyed the table outside in the patio. The kitchen was clean. The room was a bit dark but we... read more

    May 17, 2018
  • star rating  My experience here was incredible, the hotel was very nice and my favorite part was the awesome ping pong table! Samara is a picture perfect beach with some of the... read more

    Noah K
    May 31, 2018
  • star rating  Great room great staff everything that was promised was delivered.Rented that casa unit great for families would come back less then 50 yards to beach shopping near by you... read more

    January 4, 2019
  • star rating  Playa Samara is awesome and Hotel Playa Samara meets the areas criteria. It's located just 100 meters from the beach and just as close to all shopping and dining. Really... read more

    robert s
    November 6, 2018
  • star rating  We had a great stay in Samara thanks to Dan and his wife. We had an issue with the reservation and they figured something out in no time.

    Swimming... read more

    January 6, 2020
  • star rating  Check-In took more than 1 hour waiting, dirty rooms, stained sheets. The photographs do not represent the place as it currently is. The owner is very uncomfortable, he goes through... read more

    April 2, 2021
  • star rating  I stayed here with my two kids. The rooms are very basic. No a/c.. I thought I had booked a room with ac but when we arrived it did not... read more

    January 12, 2020
  • star rating  This is a great little vacay spot. There are a series of Bungalows. Each one has 1 or 2 or 4 seperate rooms.
    One pool.
    2 bars
    Basic vacay... read more

    March 14, 2020
  • star rating  Very comfortable experience. The staff were all really friendly, mostly travelers themselves. I stayed in a shared room for three people, very clean and with its own private bathroom. The... read more

    November 27, 2018
  • star rating  I love this place! The location couldn't be better for the price. It's literally only minutes to the beach.
    Breakfast is included with your room, and you have several... read more

    January 14, 2020

Playa Samara

Located on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, Playa Samara is one of the area's most beautiful beaches!

It is best known for its stunning, long, white sand beach, and is one of the safest swimming beaches in Costa Rica, thanks to the protection of a large reef barrier just off the coastline.

Costa Rican Paradise

Beach-side restaurants and bars with live music create an exciting, yet tranquil atmosphere. And there's something for everyone here-- there are a host of organized tours and activities in Samara, or you can join in on a game of beach volleyball or soccer--or if you prefer, you can always just relax in a lounge chair with a beverage and take in the magnificent display of colors at sunset. 
Our quaint little beach town has paved roads and is filled with shops, grocery stores and fantastic restaurant options from sushi to Italian, to Mexican, burgers, seafood and more.
And don’t worry, you’ll feel right at home here. Samara is truly a laid-back, friendly town. It’s a beautiful mix of locals (called Ticos), travelers, families, and retirees, with tourists hailing from the U.S., Canada, Europe and other parts of Costa Rica. In Samara the vibes are always good!

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When you join the Blue Iguana membership club, enjoy instant rewards like free drinks, t-shirts, discounts on tours and packages and more.  Membership is FREE so sign up below to join.
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You don't have to leave the comfort of your hotel to relax while enjoying a professional deep tissue, or Swiss massage by one of our professionally trained massage therapists.
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Poolside Bar

The beach is only a minutes walk away but sometimes it's better to lay out by the pool. Have a drink while you enjoy the sun without the sand.  The bar is open all the time and has live music every night.
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Barefoot Beachside Botanic Beauty

Situated 100 meters from the beach and surrounded by the charming local boardwalk. The Blue Iguana is a true tropical getaway.
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