Local news and opinion reaching the communities of nosara, samarA and Nicoya
Log in |
Return to homepage
home regional community sports entertainment surf nature health en Espa´┐Żol English
December 09
January 2010
February 2010
Water Edition
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 10
October 10
November 10
December 10
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 11
October 11
November 11
December 11
January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 12
October 12
November 12
December 12
January 13
February 13
March 13
April 13
May 13
  El Pais
  Inside Costa Rica
  Costa Spirit
  Q Costa Rica
  Today Costa Rica
  El Sabanero
  Nosara Animal Care
  Nosara Info
Esquelita de Nosara
  Friends of Nosara
  Nosara Civic Association
Samara Fiestas in Review
Move to Samara Center Boosted Participation and Revenue
By Arianna McKinney

Although relocating Samara’s Fiesta this year from Cangrejal to Samara Center worried some, the move appears to have been a huge boost for the success of the Fiesta.

According to the economic report for the 2010-2011 Fiesta, after paying expenses, the Fiesta brought in an impressive 12,051,341 colones (about $24,100). In the past few years when the fiesta was held in Cangrejal, revenue was only between 6 and 8 million colones ($12-16,000), according to Emilse Steller Ramirez, treasurer for the Asociación Progresista de Samara (Samara Progressive Association).

Half of the income from the fiesta will go to the school to finish the computer lab and for bathrooms, Steller Ramirez said. The remaining funds will be used for the community in various ways, such as garbage collection and improvements to the community hall.

Freddy Mendoza Elizondo, President of the Commission for the Fiesta, commented that participation and revenue increased this year with the new location for the fiesta, and they plan to hold next year’s fiesta in Samara Center as well.


Before the fiesta, many hotel owners and managers expressed concern about having the fiesta in the center of town because of issues such as traffic, parking, garbage, noise and drunkenness. However, for the most part the fiesta took place without much scandal and seemed to attract more tourists.

Jose Angel Gomez Matarita, District Chief of Police, reported that there was good coordination with the private security hired for the fiesta and that there were fewer problems this year.

Miguel Gomez, current syndic and executive secretary of the Integral Development Association of Samara, estimated that 70% of those who attended the fiestas were foreigners.

Many restaurants and supermarkets also noted increased revenue during the fiesta. Noldan Toruño Perez, administrator of Super San Rafael, said the store experienced a strong increase in sales during the fiesta. He said it was better having the fiesta in the town center instead of in Cangrejal. He noted that people driving to or from Carillo saw the fiesta and stopped in. Super San Rafael is located at the main intersection of Samara, but Toruño Perez said traffic flowed smoothly for most of the fiesta, except around 6 p.m. during bull riding events. He noted that there were several large parking areas were available.

“It was better organized this year,” commented Carolina Alvarez Garay, Secretary of CASATUR and manager of Hotel Casa Del Mar, still expressed concern about the quantity of litter left by fiesta-goers. But, she said, “The tourists really like it. I congratulate Doña Emilse and the group of collaborators. They were very focused on the matter of coordination. We hope that for the next fiesta it continues like this.”


More Community News

A Summer to Remember

"This year we had 250 children, with an average attendance of 170 per day," says Saskia Ellemeet, coordinator of Escuelita de Nosara (the area vacation day school for local children). Then she smiles, shakes her head in a circle and with a weary gesture and a long sigh says, "The little school was bigger than we had anticipated." More >

Photo Album Shows Nosara’s Diversity

Of all the thousands of photo takers and millions of photographs taken of Nosara, perhaps no one has assembled a more comprehensive collection than 15-year resident Rolf Summer. More >

Guiones Tourist Businesses Repair Road

Business owners around and near the main road going from Mini Super Guiones to the entrance to the beach joined to repair the most visited and most used road in the area. More >

Fishing Tournament in Benefit of
Garza’s Elementary School

The Education Board (Junta de Educación) and the Patronato Escolar of Garza’s Elementary School organized the second “Coastal Fishing” Tournament as a fundraising activity for the school. The tournament took place on Playa Garza on January 14th, 15th and 16th. More >

Painting Change at a Local School

The main entrance to the Escuela de Serapio Lopez, located in downtown Nosara, was recently given a much needed makeover. “Only a month ago, all that stood between the jail cell and the second grade school house was some dilapidated, crumbling wall. More >

Contact us: NOSARA [email protected] / PUBLICITY and ADVERTISING [email protected]
Copyright 2012© The Voice of Nosara