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Guanacaste Costa Rica

The Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s northern most province that stretches from the Nicaraguan border on the north, down to the Nicoya Peninsula in the south. In between it has hundreds of miles of Pacific coast. This, of course gives you hundreds of uniquely beautiful, often pristine beaches giving you a huge range of choices as to how you spend your time on Guanacaste’s coast. You can choose from very wide beaches that stretch for miles down to small coves encased by dry rocky points. These beaches offer everything from worlds class surf breaks to protected bays with clear water for gentle swimming and snorkeling.


With the Pan-American highway running down its middle, as well as being home to Costa Rica’s second international airport, Guanacaste is easily accessible from almost any other part of the country. From downtown San Jose to Liberia, Guanacaste’s capitol and the gateway to many of its beaches, is 3 ½ hours “straight shot” up the Pan-American Highway (as straight a shot as you can get in such a mountains country). You don’t have to go through Liberia to get into Guanacaste, though. You can take a couple of alternate routes. You can drive to Puntarenas, a 2 hour drive, and then take the ferry from there to one of two ports located on the Nicoya Peninsula. You can also take “El Puente” (The Bridge) which spans the mouth of the Tempisque River over the Colorado Gulf (the preamble of the Nicoya Gulf) onto the Nicoya Peninsula. The turn off to the bridge is about 2 ½ hours from San Jose, and you would be in the city of Nicoya in 3 ½ hours. Nicoya is a hub for the region and peninsula. Which route you choose would depend on which beach you are visiting or the order of beaches you prefer.

To go to some of the northern beaches like Playas Del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama, or Nacascolo, or even further north to Santa Teresa National Park, you would go through Liberia. Flamingo and Tamarindo are borderline where you take your pick which route you prefer as the distance and time are about the same.  To go to Samara, Nosara or Carillo, the bridge is your best bet.

The other option is to fly into Liberia International Airport instead of San Jose. Many major U.S. and Canadian airline hubs offer daily flights, both direct and indirect, into Liberia International Airport. From there it is only 40 mins to Playa Hermosa, 1hour to Tamarindo, 1hour and 45 mins to Samara.

Guanacaste is unique from all other provinces in several major ways. It has expansive “Northern Plains” which is home to an ecosystem found no other place in Costa Rica; a Tropical Dry Forest.  Its home to the largest Tropical Dry Forest in the Americas.

Guanacaste offers an equally huge range of accommodations to find the perfect one for everybody. There are 5 Star world famous resorts costing thousands of dollars a night to small backpackers’ paradise, and everything in between. There are high end resort towns, and small traditional fishing towns. You can eat anything from Kobe beef to fresh caught fish which you bought directly from the fisherman.

Long referred to as Costa Rica’s Golden Coast, it is world famous for the beauty and diversity of its beaches. So much so that until recently, the scope, beauty and depth of the ecological richness of its Tropical Dry Forest has been overshadowed. True, Guanacaste offers some the worlds prettiest beaches, but it also offers so much more. It is as diverse as Costa Rica itself. Its variety spans from the Rain Forests around Arenal up and over the mountains of Tilaran, and then down the coastal plains through savannas, mangroves, tropical dry forests and onto the beaches that made it famous.

Running from the north down towards the rain forests, on the eastern part of the province is the Guanacaste Mountains; a prominent almost straight line of beautiful sharp mountain peaks and volcanoes. This mountain rain is home to a large and ecologically varied collection of national parks: Parque Nacional Guanacaste, and Parque Nacional Volcano Tenorio and Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, with its unspoiled waterfalls, bubbling mud pots and hot springs with an active volcanic crater, often called Costa Rica’s Yellowstone Park. All of this just along these mountains. Guanacaste is also home to several other active volcanoes and National Parks. There is Palo Verde National Park which has a huge mixed network of beautiful savannas, mangroves and wetlands, and it is also home to Santa Rosa National Park, which is where you have massive sea turtle nestings.

With so much to choose from in Guanacaste alone, why is Samara so perfect? For one; the weather. In Costa Rica you can literally choose your own weather depending on the altitude and the latitude. This is the key element in finding the right location.

Starting from about ¾ of the way down the south part of Guanacaste you are in the dry forest climate. Though nice during the rainy season when everything is green and there are no shortages of water, due to the very nature of the natural wonder that is the Tropical Dry Forest, it becomes dry and dusty in the summer. This not only keeps things with a layer of dust on them, it causes water shortages in many areas that have developed past the area’s ability to provide water for everyone during the dry season.

Any further south than ¾ of the way south and you are in the humid forest, along with its higher humidity and much more rainy days. No water shortages there, but hotter and stickier. This pattern continues as you travel further south.

Samara is all but straddling 2 climate zones. We are in a transitional climate zone. This has a ton of beneficial impact on the ecological diversity, but more directly to your comfort it means we have more precipitation than further north. This means a lot less of an arid environment, less dust, more greenery longer throughout the year and absolutely no water shortages. It also means we are not pounded 8 months out of the year with torrential rain falls, constantly high humidity and a generally more comfortable climate.

Samara is a perfect balance of chic restaurants and shops, traditional Costa Rican lifestyle, rural feelings and amenities. Guanacaste is a big, beautiful and diverse natural wonder with a ton to do and explore, but you may not want to live just anywhere in Guanacaste. With its multi directional accessibility,  Samara is perfectly located to easily explore not only the rest of Guanacaste, but all of Costa Rica. Come visit Samara, even for just a once in a lifetime visit and you may find yourself understanding why people who have discovered Samara don’t know how it is still one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets.

Details About Montana Samara Estates Development

About Montana Samara

With several properties for sale in Samara, Costa Rica, Montana Samara Estates is quite spectacular and offers incredible privacy and security. Located in Samara Beach, Costa Rica, we are a unique and ecologically conscious community that is nestled inside a 300 acre sanctuary blending into the imposing mountain landscape with untouched virgin, primary forest with an abundance of life, clean air and water. It is covered with gigantic old growth trees and loaded with wildlife.

Montana Samara rests in the mountains above Samara, surrounded by astounding natural beauty. Samara Beach is a beautiful fine sand beach and is positioned right next to an idyllic coral reef protected bay. Montana Samara Estates overlooks the sparkling Pacific Ocean and offers absolutely stunning ocean view properties for sale in Samara Costa Rica.

We are a beautiful natural reserve that gives you both privacy and security (both for your property and your investment), while also offering easy access to what Frommer’s calls “the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica” and all its activities and amenities.

Home sites for sale in Montana Samara Estates vary in size from 1 ¼ to the largest being about 2.9 acres.

We have over 100 properties for sale in Samara Costa Rica within our reserve and 80% of the properties boast beautiful ocean views. The others offer mountain and valley forest views that stir the soul.

Properties for sale in Samara Costa Rica

There have been 26 home sites sold, and 16 homes completed. We have priced these home sites at least 25% below any current comparable communities so that everybody wins, everybody is happy. Lots start at $30,000 USD for valley views and go to $150,000 for the larger, top of the mountain ocean view lots.

Our Samara style, prestigious community, is mountainous. The lowest home sites are at about 200 meters or 650 ft. above sea level. and the highest at about 400 meters or 1,400 ft. above sea level. The temperatures are about 12 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the beach just 12 minutes away and we enjoy constant gentle, refreshing, breezes.


Montana Samara Estates is a community with residents and owners from all corners of Canada and the US as well as Europe and Latin America. In our community, there are pure land investors (speculators, who have done well) and lifestyle, long term community members. Everyone will benefit from being part of this community both financially and otherwise. That is our goal, that is our philosophy, that is our mission statement. Be well, be healthy, and enjoy life.


A planned community that is eco conscious, Montana Samara Estates is dedicated to the highest standard and developed with the greatest respect for all things “GREEN”. We developed our properties to work within the natural landscape.

You can read more about the Sustainable Green Practices on our development here.

Montana Samara is one of the oldest, most established and reputable communities in Costa Rica. We accomplished this because we have remained dedicated to safeguarding your investment by using a team of professionals that also stand out in their field for their knowledge, professionalism and reputation.

Unlike most developers in Costa Rica, Montana Samara offers our ocean view properties for sale in Samara Costa Rica at pre-construction prices only after all the roads, electricity and water have been put in place. Yes, you read correctly: All of Montana Samara’s infrastructure is in. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you will get what you are promised; a beautiful ocean view lot with road access in a well-established development with the infrastructure complete.


As we have the infrastructure already complete with water, electricity and roads to all of our lots, there is no need to wait to start your dream offshore retirement or vacation home. Our builders are professional home builders who have been building in Costa Rica for almost 2 decades. The most important objective when buying any property in Costa Rica is to contract a professional that has adequate experience and a proven track record in performing such work.

Montana Samara Estates is itself a beautiful natural sanctuary, but to top it all off, you couldn’t ask for a better location; Samara is a beautiful town with friendly people and beautiful beaches. Samara offers a little slice of heaven for those craving real Costa Rican culture with North American amenities and comfort.


Samara Beach rests quietly on the sun-drenched coast of the Province of Guanacaste, 1 1/2 hours from International Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia and 4 hours from International Juan Santamaría Airport in San Jose.

Samara Beach, Costa Rica, or Playa Samara, is a long white sand beach with gentle water, coral reefs and its own picturesque wooded island in the bay; Isla Chora. Renowned as one of Costa Rica’s prettiest and safest beaches by foreigners and nationals alike, Samara is also one of the country’s traditional, sleepy town feeling “pueblos”. According to the Lonely Planet travel guide, “Samara is one of Costa Rica’s prettiest and safest beaches” and is only 12 minutes from our property.

The town of Samara Beach is not only a charming beach resort, it is tranquil and easy-going ; “pura vida”, as the Ticos say. What does that mean? Just think “Hakuna Matata”! Ticos live this life philosophy so deeply that it is their greeting and their good bye. You will often be greeted on the street and on the beach with “Pura Vida”.

The Pura Vida vibe, sandy coastline of pristine beaches, and active community are the stuff of expat dreams.

Playa Samara is a gorgeous tropical paradise full of Congo monkeys, pizotes, squirrels, parrots, iguanas, butterflies, flowers and beautiful trees.

Despite the very Costa Rican vibe, Samara also boasts an active expat community, comprised of mostly North Americans and Europeans. You will find it easy and welcoming to enjoy the Samara lifestyle and take part in some of the activities that are offered in the Samara & Carrillo beach areas.

There are many activities in Playa Samara to enjoy, such as horseback riding to observe monkeys or the sunset. Wildlife observation, sometimes right from your window where you will spot birds, monkeys, butterflies and other native animals.

This resort beach offers other active recreational activities like sport fishing tours, hikes to nearby rivers and waterfalls, kayaking, snorkeling in Isla Chora, Canopy tours, the Zoo, Spanish lessons, dancing, and of course, surfing.

There is something moving about the simple pleasure of walking along this tropical beach at sunset.
Playa Samara has areas in the bay that offer still waters and gentle waves that please tourists who wish to enjoy swimming in the ocean or just walking at sunset along the beach.

Playa Samara, Costa Rica is a special place in the world with its positive energy and Montana Samara Estates is a very special, one of a kind community in paradise.

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