Lazy days at Playa Samara

Trip Start Feb 06, 2006
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I headed to Playa Samara a bit further down the Nicoya Peninsula with a Canadian girl called Shannon. I left Ayme and Emico in Tamarindo and sadly this is the last time I saw them (until next time...).
I was hoping for something a little more real, a little more like Guatemala, but instead it was just a smaller slightly less gringofied version of Tamarindo. Which meant it was still expensive but there were even less cool people to hang out with. So Shannon and I spent most of the time on the beach, then playing pool and füssball at a bar at night. I think the town was still reeling from Semana Santa so noone was around - even the surf was lame as Samara and surrounding beaches are pretty sheltered, so it wasn't really worth surfing.
The saving grace of Samara was the water, which was a gorgeous temperature and full of fish. I spent a long time swimming there even though it was no good for body surfing, and luckily was there at low tide when a massive school of little fish had been chased into shore and were being hunted. First I was swimming in the midst of millions of tiny red-brown fish that would just part around you in the water, then when the bigger fish came in for the kill hundreds would jump out of the water at the same time. A couple of locals managed to catch a few of the large fish with a handline which was quite impressive.
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