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Experience The Blue Iguana

Your Costa Rica Beach Vacation

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…
Every room has a private bathroom with shower and fresh mattresses and sheets–plus we provide breakfast free with your HOTEL reservation (Dorms have the option to purchase breakfast separately)! After 11:00 AM, enjoy the fully equipped kitchen that you can use to prepare your own meals on a budget. Excellent WiFi too!
Our goal is to provide a traditional Costa Rican experience that is clean, safe and comfortable. We are committed to memories and relationships that last a lifetime!
And did we mention that our location is UNBEATABLE? At about 100 meters from the ocean and the center of town, even the slowest of walkers can get to the beach or the shops and restaurants, from our property, within 2 minutes.
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Rated 5 Stars for Value on TripAdvisor

  • star rating  cheaper rooms , clean, with a great breakfast, close to beach, centre of town, pool, lounging chairs, bar with live music nights, all... read more

    January 9, 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  We stayed 4 nights at the hotel and had very good time. There are plenty of rooms spreaded around a spacious patio and it didn’t feel crowded. But it was... read more

    November 29, 2018
  • 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  Wonderful hotel and hostel! Stay in an upgraded hotel room with AC or stay in a cheaper room if you are on a budget 🙂 solar panels heat the water,... read more

    July 9, 2018
  • star rating  We had a fantastic stay here! Had absolutely everything we needed. The room we chose had 2 comfy twin size beds, was spacious, had a/c, nice big shower and the... read more

    December 17, 2018
  • star rating  The rooms are quite small, but just for sleeping is ok if your on a budget. It’s very noisy though in the hotel, since it’s a old building. There is... read more

    January 1, 2020
  • 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  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  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


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.


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!


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.


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.

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.

Barefoot Beachside Botanic Garden

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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