Schools and Medical Services

Schools and Medical Services in Samara, Costa Rica.

The town of Samara and its surrounding areas offer important services for those who choose to retire in Costa Rica. The town itself boasts a weekly organic market near the beachfront, with homemade crafts, local foods and produce. Major grocery stores, banks and small shops can be found along the main strip. A pharmacy is located right in the center of town for minor illnesses, concerns and medication pickup. Two doctors make themselves available to locals and expats of the area for checkups, referrals and more than the common cold. The closest major public hospital, Hospital La Anexion, is located in Nicoya, about 19 miles from Samara. Many retirees and expats head to the well-known Clinica Biblica hospital or the new CIMA hospital in San Jose for their major healthcare needs.

Ministry of Public Education

Two public schools can be found in the town of Samara. The Ministry of Education runs both the local elementary and high school. 

The Samara Pacific School

The Samara Pacific School offers a multi-lingual education to grades 1st to 5th with plans to offer more grades in the following years. Students are taught in English and Spanish with an option to elect a third language of either German or French.

Mareas Homeschool Samara

Mareas Homeschool Samara unites homeschooling families together to create a Waldrof inspired program for kindergarten through 12th grade. Both the U.S. Diploma and MEP certification are offered to graduating seniors.  

The Teocali Academy

The bilingual school, Teocali Academy, can be found in Nicoya. Teocali Academy offers a bilingual education from elementary to high school. These schools make it easier for parents living in Samara with school age children to live and excel in their new environment.


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