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Choco's Surf School

Frente Sheriff Rustico, Playa Samara 9485, Costa Rica
506-89375246
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Ranked #8 of 24 Activities in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: Professional, bilingual, local surf instructors. All instructors are certified by the International Surfing Association and are licensed in Ocean... more » Owner description: Professional, bilingual, local surf instructors. All instructors are certified by the International Surfing Association and are licensed in Ocean Rescue and CPR. Fully Insured. Safe and fun lessons for grommets to grandparents, beginning to advanced. Come and ride the waves with us! Surfboard and Boogie board rentals by hour/day/week/month. « less
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

We had a couple of days lessons at Choco's surf school, Manfred was our instructor. He is a very good teacher, explaining the basics really well and then taking you into the water to practice. He is very helpful and gives very clear advice. We are absolute beginners but within the first lesson we managed to stand on our boards... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were in Samara for a month. My daughters (11, 11 and 9) all wanted to learn how to surf. On the first day I visited pretty much every school/surf shop/etc. A few stood out as the most friendly - Choco's and ____. I chose Choco's because he was really flexible on price and had a cool policy of letting... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Choco's Surf School is a wonderful surf school. Choco was patient and so friendly. He is a wealth of knowledge, and taught me so much about the tides, how to read a wave, and most importantly how to ride one. I'd recommend Choco's Surf School to everyone, no matter how young or old you are!

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

While vacationing recently with my brother in Samara, Costa Rica - I had the opportunity to take surf lessons at Choco's Surf School. Opportunity...well, I'm not sure if that's the word I should use - basically, my brother informed me that we were taking surfing lessons and that was final! Also...how could I return to work saying I hadn't surfed... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Jose was a great instructor. I am pretty old, but he hung in there with me, and I almost surfed after one lesson. Jose was patient, kind, and detailed. Try surfing with Choco's. It is fun and not as hard as it looks, especially with help from Choco's.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

You gotta bargain to get a better deal if you're solo. But Choco gives you great value for the price. He has many years of experience so you can learn all the surfing basics from him!

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My gf and I stayed a couple of hours away, volunteering in Hojancha, and came to Samara on two different weekends. We also spent some time in Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio later, so we feel that we can compare the beaches. Samara is beautiful and we enjoyed it the most! The water is clear and the beach is much more... More

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I signed my 14 year-old daughter up for her first surf lesson and there was 1 other person taking a lesson. Even so, the instructor couldn't manage to keep them together at all and my daughter spent most of the lesson on her own trying to figure it out.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I’ve taken lessons with Choco on two separate trips to Guanacaste. I’ve made lots of progress with them and plan to take more lessons and continue to advance in future trips. Why Choco’s? The surf school is located at Playa Samara, which is a great beach for beginners. It safe with a sandy bottom and well-formed waves (generally clean and... More

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We only stayed at Playa Samara a day and a half, and my husband and I knew we had to give surfing a try. Marco picked us up at our hotel, and he was our instructor the entire time. He only worked with my husband and I, and he was AWESOME! Very patient, very hands on, and really informative. He... More

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