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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
  •   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

  •   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

  •   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

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

  •   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

  •   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

  •   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

  •   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
  •   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

  •   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


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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All bookings that are booked through our website are guaranteed to be 5% cheaper than on booking.com, expedia.com, or any other hotel booking website. 
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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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