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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  What an incredibly magical place! Super comfy & cute with all the things you could want in a hotel. Clean rooms, super nice staff & just steps away from a... read more

    November 13, 2019
  • 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
  • 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  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  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  We had a great time at this resort. Staff were excellent! It was my husband’s 50th birthday and Javier at the front desk upgraded our room to a pool view... read more

    March 20, 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  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  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  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

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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