Costa Rica Music Session on the beach every Wednesday at Las Olas. The popular beach bar in Samara opens its doors once a week for a jam session with local musicians. Everyone is welcome to join in!
Samara Beach Bar
Las Olas is a beach bar on Playa Samara that is also very popular with the Ticos. Here you can take a break from the tourist routine under the tall palm trees of the boardwalk. There is a variety of typical South American dishes and drinks. Every Wednesday evening, for the last few months, the music session of local musicians has been held here. Everyone is invited to bring his instrument and play a few bars with the improvised band. The musicians usually include guitarists, drummers, saxophonists and singers.
Music Session on the beach – Las Olas
At 8 pm the music session starts. The first guitarist sits down in the already set up band setup and starts playing. The acoustic sound fits perfectly to the beach ambience and the mood is good. Despite the end of the season there are quite a lot of people, it is a colorful mixture of Ticos, expats and tourists. With a cool beer or cocktail you can easily get into conversation with a wide variety of people. Little by little the other musicians join in, first an electric guitar then the drums. More guitarists and a saxophonist follow.
Band Jam Session Samara
The band already knows each other but the pieces are mostly improvised or only sporadically rehearsed. Not every piece and every note is perfect, but that’s what makes the Music Session so charming. The group plays itself in bit by bit, in between once is exchanged or a new face comes to it. Later in the evening, the old rock classics are brought out. Songs like „Nothing else Matters“ that everyone knows. The acoustics in the bar is usually very loud, who would like to talk a little more undisturbed can take a seat in the outdoor area a little further away from the stage. The musicians can enjoy free drinks for their performance. Everyone is here for the fun of the music and the people.
Difficult Situation for Musicians
The possibilities to hold such music sessions in Samara have decreased considerably over the last year. Again and again, established venues had to close, for various reasons. The more beautiful it is that the musicians in the Olas found a firm approach point. On Wednesdays, the beach bar becomes a lively meeting place for people from Samara and the surrounding area. There is a very open atmosphere, you meet old acquaintances or make new friends.
Drinks Las Olas
You can choose from a wide selection of drinks. There are different Costa Rican and international beers. Red and white wines, as well as tropical cocktail classics, such as Pina Colada, Sex on the Beach, Caipirinha and many more. Of course, there is also a wide selection of long drinks and spirits. Guests who want to avoid alcohol can enjoy cool soft drinks, smoothies, milkshakes and alcohol-free cocktails. Food options include grilled burgers, burritos and nachos. Since the beach bar is quite spacious, it can take time to be served. Alternatively, you can order directly at the bar. Card payment and payment with dollars is possible.
Music Sessions in the Paraiso Cocodrilo Lodge
In the restaurant of the Paraiso Cocodrilo Jungle Lodge there are also music sessions from time to time. Especially during the high season, guests can enjoy music evenings. If you are interested in playing for our guests at Paraiso Cocodrilo, please feel free to contact us here. There are some instruments already on site, for example a piano and several guitars. The Paraiso Cocodrilo is located about 20 minutes from Samara, right on Playa Buena Vista. The lodge has rooms and apartments that are suitable for families, couples, friends and single travelers. The restaurant offers local and organic food and drinks.