Choco's Surf School
Choco's Surf School
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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.
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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Nina25
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
Highly recommend Choco’s for surf lessons or board rentals in Sámara! Choco and the guys are extremely helpful and friendly. Beyond that, many different options for boards so regardless of the tide you need and will help you figure out what is best for you. Awesome lessons that will have you surfing even if you’ve never tried it before. In Sámara you don’t need a board all day because it’s best at high tide and their hourly rate is really good. It’s a trustworthy place to leave your bag while surfing with no stress too. Choco’s was the highlight of my trip to Sámara!
Written March 2, 2021
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Weerobbie
Kingston, Canada938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Jose was our instructor and he was excellent. His explanations on the basics of the surf board and surfing were very clear and easy to follow. He patiently put us through the drills on the beach so that when we were in the water, we knew exactly what to do. In the surf, he was great at coaching us and it only took a few tries before we were surfing up on our feet. The lesson was a great workout, good fun and well worth the fee. I highly recommend Choco's and Jose as an instructor.
Written February 9, 2020
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Maya F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I had a fabulous experience at Choco's! I took several lessons with Jose, who is an excellent instructor: professional, personable, knowledgeable, and encouraging. It was my first time ever surfing, and in three lessons I learned to surf the baby waves on my own and some bigger waves with the instructor's help. I could tell that Jose and the other instructors care about each student having a positive and fun experience. Also, its great that they let you come back another day and practice with a surfboard at no extra cost once you've taken a lesson. Highly recommend!
Written May 22, 2021
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Illona Antk
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My first experience with surfing at Choco's surf school was fantastic. My partner had experienced surfer ing before, we can honestly say that Choco's is a great place for both beginners and more advanced surfers.

Manfred, our instructor, was exceptional. He was patient, provided us with numerous valuable tips and advice, and displayed a high level of professionalism. Thanks to his guidance, we quickly grasped the basics of surfing and gained the confidence to stand up on the board. In just one session, we were able to practice on our own the next day and felt comfortable doing so.

Not only did we learn a lot, but we also had the opportunity to capture the beautiful moments with stunning pictures. Learning to ride the waves has been a blast, but what sets this place apart is the incredible surfing community and shared passion.

I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great surf experience!
Written November 5, 2023
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Taryn F
Louisville, CO69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
THE BEST!!!! We took one lesson and all got up a ton (including my 9yo), I have taken surf lessons before but this was the best instruction (Jose) I have ever had and watching them with others - that was the norm. They also encourage you to come back and practice and give great access to boards for that. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for surfing in Samara.
Written June 30, 2023
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Chris M
Corvallis, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Excellent team, very well thought out method of teaching. Great equipment. Supportive and patient. We (2 parents mid 40’s, and 2 teenagers) took lessons on day one, and surfed everyday after for the duration of our trip. They are very well networked and willing to help with ideas of other adventures to do while in the area. By far the biggest bang for the buck in Costa Rica. Can’t wait to see them again!
Written July 6, 2021
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Shawna-Raye K
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Incredible staff that make you feel confident and safe. Super friendly and knowledgeable. They even got my 9 year old daughter who was super shy and self-concious up and catching waves on her own! If you've ever wanted to try surfing and not sure if you can do it, you can! Just head to Chocos and they'll get you up, I promise. All ages, bodies and abilities. Highly recommmend.
Written December 13, 2022
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Chelsea C
Austin, TX6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
My first time surfing was amazing thanks to the wonderful instruction and patient care of our instructor, Manfred. Owner Alex greeted us and was so kind. Really sweet, smart people who know what they are doing. We are so happy we choose Choco’s and you will be too! Btw Samara is the ideal spot for a beginner. Great waves and beautiful spot.
Written November 7, 2021
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Lindsay H
Aspen, CO17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
For over 15 years, we have been taking surf lessons and renting boards in Samara from Choco's Surf School. Their exceptional instructors make learning to surf a safe and fun experience for all ages. The beachfront location is both beautiful and conveniently located in Samara. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced surfer, Choco's Surf School consistently delivers a fantastic surfing adventure. Thank you, Choco!
Written November 25, 2023
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Scott W
Birmingham, AL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Wearren family loved our surf lessons at Choco’s surf school! Our instructor was excellent with our entire family of 5. Samara beach is a perfect location for beginner lessons. We recommend going in the morning before tide rolls in. Also, Alexandra went above and beyond by taking action photos and sharing with us afterwards. Really cool experience and memory!
Written April 4, 2024
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