Cultural news, interesting information from Peninsula Nicoya and the region Sámara. Tips and Events, new and infos about travel and tourism in Nicoya, Costa Rica.


tasty food in Cannelaazul
Cafe Costa Rica Nicoya

Costa Rica, Samara, 31.01.2018

Cannelaazul Nicoya

Last friday we went to Nicoya to test the new Café "cannelaazul". It is just a small window with bar and two chairs but it was delicious and we can really recommend it! The food was very fresh and healthy and we are looking forward to go their again next friday.

Our menu:

- lime-ginger-basil-cucumber-kale-smoothie

- quinoa-salad with raw vegetables, chicken and a light basil-lime-dressing

- whole-grain-wrap with chicken and vegetables

- carrot-nut-cinnamon cake, served with coffee from Britt


howler monkey in Samara
Samara Costa Rica monkeys

Costa Rica, Samara, 11.01.2018

A lot of animals in the hotel

Currently you can observe especially many animals in our hotel garden. Coatis run around everywhere, iguanas and squirrels climb up and down the trees, and raccoons would like to come into our kitchen. We have just seen a horde of monkeys clambering over the roofs and from tree to tree. It is always a pleasure to see all the animals in their wilderness!


merry Christmas Costa Rica
Christmas in hotel Samara


Costa Rica, Samara, 25.12.2017

Merry Christmas

Also here in the hotel Christmas was celebrated yesterday. The meal included organic turkey, vegetables, potato-yuca puree and a delicious turmeric sauce. A real feast!

The evening was nice, the mood and the ambience were perfect and the wine was also good. We wish all our Costa Rica friends for the rest of the holidays a quiet time. Pura Vida


baby turtles Playa Buena Vista
Costa Rica Samara Turtles


Costa Rica, Samara 17.12.2017

Baby turtles on the beach

Today at the beach we met another volunteer from the turtle camp. She had a bucket full of 12 baby turtles, which she just carried towards the sea. As always it was nice to see the little tots crawling in the Pacific for the first time and romping in the waves. We hope they have a long life ahead of them! Pura Vida


tree fell down
Costa Rica storm


Costa Rica, Samara, 15.12.2017

Windstorm has moved on

The last 5 days it has stormed here in Guanacaste, Samara fiercely. Although there was no rain, however, a strong wind pulled through the area. At night it was particularly strong, so even some papaya trees fell over in our hotel garden. Fortunately that was the biggest damage!

Nevertheless, we are glad that it is now windless again and the summer has really arrived.


new henns in our Hotel
Chicken in Costa Rica


Costa Rica, Samara, 02.12.2017

News from the chicken coop

The cock has cause for joy, because we have here in the hotel five new hens and 3 ducks! Unfortunately, we can not let the animals run around in the open at the moment, because there are so many coatis, which can be a danger to our birds. We have recently seen abou fifty coati babies!

However, we have already found a solution to the problem: There will be built a large covered freewheeling enclosure at the chicken coop! Then the chickens can run around in the meadow completely relaxed and carefree and lay their eggs for us in peace.


disposal of waste
away with the garbage

Costa Rica, Samara, 19.11.2017

Disposal of waste

The Hotel Costa Rica Paraiso del Cocodrilo, takes care of the disposal of the garbage on the beach. Even before, some hardworking residents have teamed up to clean the beach and the surrounding area. We then called a private garbage disposal, which came and disposed all the full bags, so that the beach is nice and clean for our guests. Also here in the hotel the garbage is properly separated and disposed of.


artesenal beer
Costa Rica natural beer

Costa Rica, Samara, 9th of November

Available from now on: Cerveza artesenal in the hotelbar Paraiso del Cocodrilo

From now on cervezas artesenales will be offered in our hotel bar. The natural and originally brewed beers are a real hit! You can get drunk with a good conscience, because the cervezas artesenales contain only what should be in there in a good beer: barley malt, water, hops and yeast. No artificial preservatives or additives. The beers are produced only in small quantities, but with all the more passion and attention to detail. Already the individually designed bottles are a real eye-catcher.

New in the assortment:

- IPA conejo mago, India pale ale with 6.2% alcohol, well then have fun
- Lagarta, fruity ale maracuya & pitahaya
- # 7, golden ale
- Roja, red ale
- BĂşho, amber buck


Costa Rica, Samara, 5th of November: This morning at the beach of Buena Vista we met a volunteer from the turtle camp. She was just about to let some newly hatched babies crawl into the sea. But unfortunately not everything is as great as it sounds, because in the conversation with her she told us that robbers come again and again, who want to steal the eggs. Last night it was probably very blatant again. In the past, the eggs were even sold as a delicacy in the supermarket. Today, however, this is prohibited.


Samara, 14.10.2017

The fuel prices in Costa Rica had been adjusted

According to the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope), there will be a drop in fuel prices at the beginning of November. The Super will fall by ¢ 28 and the regular fuel by ¢ 23 per liter. For this reason, the super decreases from ¢ 632 to ¢ 604 and the regular one from ¢ 603 to ¢ 580.

On the other hand, the diesel price will increase and rise from ¢ 507 to ¢ 513 per liter.

The changes result from the fact, that the international market for petroleum has become more comfortable and therefore importation has become easier. Furthermore, the sinking prices are justified by the slowly but surely normalizing infrastructure at the Gulf coast of the United States, which was severely impaired by Hurricane Harvey.

The adjustment of the prices will take place between Wednesday, 1st and Friday, 3rd of November.


Prices were falling
lower fuel prices


Samara 25.09.2017

Football on TV: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - 2nd Matschday

Tomorrow's Hit: Dortmund receives Real Madrid. So far everything looks good. Wednesday then the Bayern in Paris at the PSG. There they can prove themselves.

Live entertainment TV in the Hotel Paraiso del Cocodrilo, Samara, Playa Buenavista. welcome


Sámara, 08.05.2017

In Costa Rica: liver cheese with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut

More and more popular in Costa Rica is liver cheese with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut as it is now offered in our restaurant at Playa Buena Vista, Samara. The foreigners who live here are particularly interested in sauerkraut.


Guanacaste 6.3.2017

Be Careful: Strong gusts and high waves 

 A high-pressure System coming from the north Atlantic provides strong gusts and pretty high waves at both, the west- and the east coast of Costa Rica. Particularly affected is the region of Guanacaste. A research centre of the University of Costa Rica predicted that this chaotic weather situation can be seen from Wednesday to approximately Sunday, when it is said to be reaching its peak. The institution also stated a warning to not go too far into the ocean, nor swim in it and not to go out by boat, because of waves with up to 3,5 metres. The regions, that are particularly affected in Guanacaste, are the maritime provinces from Tamarindo to Sámara.

A daily weather report for your holidays in Costa Rica is provided by Hotel ParaĂ­so del Cocodrilo.


Sámara, 26.12.2016

Ready for the upcoming season!

In the past few weeks we all put a lot of effort in preparing the hotel for the new season and make everything perfect for you. A lot of loungers are waiting for you in the freshly cleaned and renovated pool area. If you prefer relaxing between some palm trees, just lay down in one of the hammocks that are spread all over the hotel garden. For the restaurant we have some new couches and armchairs waiting for you. There was a lot of renovation going on here as well. One of our favourites are the colourful glasses that have been put in a few windows – they really do make a great atmosphere.

Just come over and see for yourselves what we have been preparing for you at the hotel ParaĂ­so del Cocodrilo!


Playa Buenavista, 23.02.2016

Dream wedding at Playa Buenavista

On Monday, 22nd February 2016, the team of hotel Paraíso del Cocodrilo was happy to be host for a really special occasion. A couple, who stayed at the hotel for a few nights, chose the nearby beach Buenavista for their wedding! The ceremony took place directly in the sand, with the blue shimmering ocean in the background. Everything was held on a very small scale: There were only the bride and the groom, their five year old son and the lawyer. Staff of the hotel agreed to be translator, photographer and marriage witness. It was a very individual wedding! Without the fuss of a typical wedding party, but the more spectacular was the scenery. After refreshing themselves in the sea, the newly married and their son got back to the hotel, where a traditional Costa Rican lunch was waiting for them in our tropical garden. Of course, the champagne wasn’t missing!

We will upload some pictures soon!


Costa Rica, 10.02.2016

Wind & waves

These days we experience very strong winds in the north of Costa Rica. Especially the Northern part of the Pacific coast is affected by the extreme weather. Gusts up to 100 km/h can be dangerous for sea navigation and waves can reach up to 4 meters height. On the roads, please watch out for fallen trees and branches. Please don't make fires as this can get out of control rapidly due to the strong wind! The national parc RincĂłn de la Vieja has been closed because of the weather conditions. We hope it will open again on Friday 12th February.

Maybe you should cancel your boat tour for today and stay at the hotel, enjoy some tropical cocktails or refreshing fruit shakes!


Sámara, 01.02.2016

Successful art fair „Qué lindo“

The art fair “Qué lindo” which took place last Saturday (30th January) in Sámara for the third time was a raging success. More than fifty artists attracted between noon and 5 pm around 500 visitors into the center of Sámara. In contrast to the last editions, where the exposition took place exclusively in the Sámara Natural Centre, this year a part of the street was provided in order to give exhibitors and passers-by more space. The event was joined by an entertainment program with live-music, dancing and fire artist. The revenue will go to the foundation CREAR, which is supporting artistic and cultural projects for Sámara’s youth.


Sámara, 31.01.2016

Success for Sámara

Last Sunday, 24th January 2016, was a historical date for Sámara. That was when the community obtained their first official association for the development of the town. After a long time of waiting and collecting signatures, the assembly managed last Sunday to gain 157 instead of the necessary 100 new members. The Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Playa Sámara will take care of residents’ and business’ interests and will provide financial funds to support several projects.


Sámara, 22.01.2016

100 signatures left for Sámara!

This weekend, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2016, the holiday town of Sámara which is located nearby the Hotel Paraíso del Cocodrilo awaits an important decision. Since 2013 the community is trying to obtain an official development association (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Playa Sámara). Currently there is no such organization and thus, the town is lacking financial resources. During the last two years, supporters of this plan have been busy collecting signatures for the introduction of the association. Now they need only one hundred signatures more! For this weekend, the national association for municipal development (Dinadeco) has scheduled a general assembly in the parish rooms of Sámara, were the organization will be constituted.

For Sámara’s residents and business people the introduction of an association for development would be a major progress, because the public funds would help realizing new projects, like the extension of the infrastructure and more cleanliness and security in the tourism village. So, this organization would be for the visitors’ benefit, as well!  


Sámara, 14.01.2016

Art fair in Sámara

On Saturday, 30th January 2016, the art exposition Que lindo will take place for the third time in Sámara, Guanacaste. In the small surfer’s town there will be artists presenting their crafts such as painting, glass and ceramic works. The event’s initiator, Lavae Adrich, a glass artist running a studio close to Sámara, where he also gives lessons, wants local artists to have the opportunity to exhibit their art. Further, his objective is to use the event’s revenues in order to organize art workshops for local children.


Where? Natural Center Sámara, in the center, close to the beach

When? From noon to 5 pm



San José, 9. December 2015

Costa Rica volcano explosion

Monday, 7th December 2015, volcano Turrialba spewed ash in the air again. Find the most important information here.

Volcano Turrialba is located approximately 50 kilometers east from the country’s capital San José and with its 3325 meters height it is one of the country’s biggest volcanos. Its three craters regularly spew ash, gas and mud in the air and so Turrialba is one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanos.

Last Monday it started again. Around one pm local time, people reported about ash clouds near the volcano.  The Seismologic Network of Costa Rica confirmed that the explosion lasted about ten minutes. Properties and cars have been covered by ash.

Already since a few years the volcano has been active again. Only this year several explosions could have been confirmed. In March 2015, even the international airport San José had to be closed because the volcano ash soiled the landing strip.


Sámara, 03.12.2015

Summer has arrived!

The summer time has definitely begun in Sámara. Now since ten days there was no rain and the water of the rivers is going down. Yesterday we could already pass the nearby river by car. This is good news for hotel guests, as this means a shorter way to the hotel! The streets are being prepared for the high season, too.

The rainy season has been very weak this year, which can be due to the climate change but also is a consequence of the weather-phenomenon El Niño, which causes a shorter rainy season and higher temperatures.

Weather in Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Sámara

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Samara, 15.11.2015

Summer, sun and ocean in December

Slowly but surely the summer in Costa Rica shows up. The rainy season has been quite weak anyway this year, but with the coming of the dry season, the rain again reduces to a minimum. That means that the rivers are soon a lot easier to pass and many paths will shorten a lot – including the path to the hotel.

Heavenly Temperatures

The weather is gorgeous. Every day warm temperatures, clear, blue sky and a shallow wind blows through the palm trees. At the seaside or at the hotel pool you get the necessary refreshment and you can relax in peace.

Last chance for the holiday tan

Those who want to escape the cold winter in Germany and Europe should hurry up with the reservation at “Paraiso del Cocodrilo”. The high season is close to its start and the hotel is very popular. Over the Christmas and New Year celebrations, almost all rooms are already sold out. So do not think about it too long and treat yourself a stay in a natural paradise to get some heat again!



Samara, 04.11.2015

Things are heating up at the hotel!

Meanwhile, we have November and it is almost dry season and thus also the high season. Before that, the Costa Rica Hotel Team has successfully checked off a few things that were on the To-Do list.

Refreshment in the rooms

There is nothing better than falling into a cool bed freshly showered after a hot day at the beach. For the right temperatures in the rooms, seven brand new air conditioning systems were installed and act as ecological converter. Therefore, you do not have to have a bad conscience anymore, because of using them according to your mood and wasting electricity - the air conditioners in the hotel are environmentally friendly!

Fully mobilized

All Hotel cars are through the TĂśV since last week and thanks to the new mechanic, again willing to ride the wild slopes.

Like at the animal farm

The hotels own petting zoo grows and grows. Meanwhile, the chicken stock is around 40 pieces. All are well and the chicks scurry across the meadows. Furthermore, there are also eggs from ducks! It is just a matter of time before the brooding begins and little ducklings will belong to the colourful animal family.

It is green and blooming

Colourful is the right word, because that is just how the flora of the hotel is. Weekly the hotelier Rainer gets hold of new plants on the market. Whether there are colourful flowers, herb plants for tea or various salad - here in the green oasis he finds a place for everything.

Here at the hotel you can relax to the maximum and the horror news from all over the world do not have to bother you.



Samara, 29.09.2015

Lovely addition to the hotel petting zoo

The fact that a hotel can accommodate many people is clear. The fact that the terrain also provides space for many animals is nevertheless surprising for the majority of the visitors. Beyond repeatedly in dropping monkeys, birds, coatis and Co., a small petting zoo has been arising in the Hotel Paraiso del Cocodrilo.

The two hotel dogs Jaco and Benny currently have to share their territory with chickens, ducks and a flock of sheep, which recently had offspring. Two little Sunday-lambs were born on the 27th of September. One is beautiful spotted, the other one is white and looks like it is straight out of a storybook.

Concern for the lambs

Besides all the joy, the hotel team was also worried, because unfortunately not every new-born lamb survived in the past. At first, the two looked very shaky and weak on their legs and did not drink from their mother. Seeking help, the team called a friend to portray him that there were twins born at the hotel, but the mother could not suckle them. He told something about a very expensive baby food. When the team replied, that it would think, that price of the pulp was too expensive for a lamb, he laughed aloud. He thought that a hotel visitor has born two babies and wanted to recommend infant formula. After the misunderstanding, the right milk powder for the animals was organised very quickly and the employee Evelyn was feeding the babies very caring with a bottle - a heart-warming picture.

Relief on the next day

When the first night went out well and the two lambs hopped over the meadow with their, everybody was visibly relieved. Meanwhile, they also drink from their mother and look stable and of course extremely cute. The team is very excited to see how they develop. Now the only thing, which is missing, are names for the lambs!

Young chicks

There are also joyful news for the chicken family! After the exciting breeding season, some chicks have already hatched and in the next few days, there will be even more.

Watching all of the animals living together is very beautiful and the hotel team and the guests are looking forward to each new member coming into their own, mixed hotel petting zoo!


New babies in the petting zoo
cute baby animals