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About Pato's Surf School
When it comes to enjoying everything that Playa Samara has to offer, Pato's Surf School is your one stop shop for all things surfing, SUP boarding, kayaking, and more. With talented and experienced instructors and guides, your time with us will be memorable and enjoyable. Whether it's catching waves, enjoying a sunset kayak or SUP tour, or receiving a relaxing massage, we are excited to be a part of your Costa Rica experience.​ Not only are we a surf school, but a place full of positive energy. Come relax, play, meet new friends, or practice spanish!
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99SimonD wrote a review Aug 2022
York13 contributions1 helpful vote
Only got body boards from them so can't really say about the surfing but these guys were so friendly and seemed so happy. Thanks for making this wonderful beach that little bit better!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Sally W wrote a review Aug 2022
Boulder, Colorado4 contributions3 helpful votes
Our family of 3 had Paco as our instructor. He was fantastic! He got us all standing on our boards on our first try, and was incredibly patient throughout the lesson. We loved his genuine enthusiasm for the sport and his excitement at helping us succeed throughout our lesson. All of the people who work here are wonderful. For the next several days, we parked our stuff on the beach near them and had free use of surf boards and boogie boards anytime they were available. Highly recommend Pato's!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Jen S wrote a review Apr 2022
Alberta, Canada47 contributions7 helpful votes
Great surf school for families! Our instructor, Elder, was engaging and thorough. Everyone had enough instruction, care and practice to now call themselves surfers. With the 2 hour lesson the 5 days to borrow boards there was plenty of time to practice without pressure. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly people! We booked through Samara Info Center and it was perfect.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Sam G wrote a review Mar 2022
Maple Grove, Minnesota1 contribution
Elder was our three teenage boys instructor for their lesson and he was awesome! This was the boys first time surfing and Elder got them up on their first try. Perfect location and friendly staff. Highly recommend 🤙🏽
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Date of experience: March 2022
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alisaww wrote a review Dec 2021
Missoula, Montana153 contributions45 helpful votes
Great beach to learn to surf! We stayed for three days and immediately could surf after great instruction and help from Marcello. All four of our family had success. The second day on the "real" boards was more challenging, but still caught some waves. The third day had limited swell, but the ability to use a board for five days with a lesson is a great benefit. We could easily have stayed at Samara longer - and if we return to Costa Rica, would likely do so. Pato and his wife Kate are really friendly - as were all the folks at the beach. Generally, a great place to learn to surf and highly recommended. I saw a lot of families with kids ranging from about 6 and up - they were all having a great time, as did we with teens. They also have boogie boards!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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