montserrat dibongo

Last Sat. night, Sámara was treated to an elegant fashion show

and exposition of local designers.

It was really a special event, so well put together and enjoyable.

The cover charge was a children’s toy for Christmas.


Tabanuco Restaurant, on the beach, hosted the “White Party”

to show the clothes designs of Sofi & Sea Designs and Machubela.

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The clothes were accented with Montserrat Dibongo Jewelry.


Her designs include glass beads which are hand-torched by her husband, Manu Dibongo.

jewelry design samara costa rica

Erika Garcia styled the hair for the models,


who were all gorgeous.

white party samara

It was an elegant affair -


The guests all wore white.


The only white thing Ela owned had the advantage of wings.


The event was emceed by a television personality – I don’t have a TV so I can’t tell you who she is.

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The fashions were followed by a ballet performance to the Nutcracker Suite. Too cute!



Later, Lindsay and Jose opened the evening of dancing in the bar.

what to eat samara costa rica

Two of my favorite people – Brookie and Lisa were some of my first readers when I started this blog in 2011 – are running one of my favorite businesses in Playa Sámara. Pura Paleta makes all natural gourmet popsicles that offer just the right mix of refreshment and self-righteousness; natural sweeteners like agave nectar and raw honey are used only in the flavors that need them like Blackberry Ginger Limeade. These pops combine whole tropical fruits and fresh herbs for very interesting flavors and thirst-quenching, not too sweet frozen treats. Pineapple Cilantro Lime and Mango Ginger Mojito are two of my favorites.


Pura Paleta started producing pops and selling them on the street a little over a year ago. This high season in our little beach town, they’re opening with a new “permanent” location in front of Dragonfly Gallery at the main intersection. Now you don’t have to hunt for them as they stake a daily claim for valuable street-side real estate among the vendors of fish fillets, farm fruits and vegetables, fresh squeezed orange juice, and hot empanadas as well as occasional rattan furniture and concrete planters that make our pueblo oh, so Tico. Most of the vendors set up early each morning in front of the Palí supermarket. Just a few steps away, Pura Paleta now has a home from noon to 5 each day.

popsicles samara costa rica

Because the girls are hand-crafting cool pops fresh each morning, you can’t buy an icy cold one from their cart until after noon. But if you need one earlier, you’ll find them sold in 3 other locations around the village: Lo Que Hay beach bar, Sámara Organics market, and La Princessa bakery. Lisa and Brookie will deliver pops to your home in orders of ten or more. And offered only for delivery are “cocktails on a stick”, with additions of high end liquors like Grey Goose vodka and Patrón Silver tequila. The fresh pure fruit makes you feel downright smug when sucking on a poptail.

turtle hatch playa carrillo

At Playa Carrillo this morning, we came across small turtle tracks, the evidence of hatchlings scrambling towards the surf.

olive ridley turtles playa carrillo costa rica

It looks like at least 25 of them foiled the poachers, the dogs, and the vultures to reach the sea.

ceviche in costa rica

Ceviche is a dish of lime cured fish and is sold at every truck stop and street corner in Costa Rica.  For 1500 colones ($3.00) and served with soda crackers, hot sauce and mayonnaise to taste, it makes a low calorie snack or a cheap lunch.

what to eat in costa rica

Yesterday at the “bomba” (gas station) just outside of Samara, the vendor only had shrimp.  Her misfortune was my reward.  Delicious!  Pura Costa Rica!

nature costa rica

We’ve had some very low tides lately on the Pacific coast, in Samara.

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Steve and I took advantage of one of them to walk around Punta Samara, from Playa Samara to Playa Buena Vista.

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Took us just two hours.

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We left the car at the Iguana Verde grocery and lichor store – that was handy for a cold bebida when we returned – but you could easily walk along the beach from Samara Centro.

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There are some hidden sandy beaches along the way.

hiking samara costa rica

and lots of interesting rock formations.

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A shady palapa had been built just for us.

activities samara costa rica

It was hotter than it looks with the cloud cover but we had remembered to bring water for ourselves and the pup.


nature costa rica

This stairway is about half way along and leads to the road.  Would make a good escape route if the tide had begun to surprise us.

geology costa rica

Instead, we continued on .

beach activities costa rica

We met some neighbors scavenging for rock dwelling critters.

hiking costa rica

A little waterfall would’ve been gushing last night.


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Rocks and sand.

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There’s never a geologist around when you need one?

nature costa rica

When we rounded the final point, the rain swollen Rio Buena Vista didn’t look crossable, even at low tide,

activities samara costa rica

but these guys braved it.  On to Playa Buena Vista for surf and sun.  Or caring for turtle nests at the nursery about 1/2 klick down.

activities costa rica

Instead, we headed back along the dirt road,

activities samara beach costa rica

until we met up with highway 160, also dirt, and back to the car.





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