Costa Rica Sailing Center
Scuba & Snorkelling • Boat Tours • Boat Hire • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With year-round wind, the best sailing bay in Costa Rica, and a range of boats to meet every sailor's needs, our school and rental facility provide a safe, exciting environment for the sport. All of our instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid. Wide range of boat rentals, boogie boards, paddle boards, snorkel gear and kayaks. Everything you need to have a great day on the water. We also have a full bar and restaurant right on the beach here in Playa Potrero.
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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(6 reviews)
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Esther A
14 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
On our family visit to Potrero we spent quite a bit of time exploring through the Sailing Center. The staff (Justin and Erica) were incredibly helpful and welcoming and the guides (Capi and Danny) were extremely personable and experienced.

We rented kayaks and did a fishing trip. We caught so much fish and the little restaurant next to it (Hemmingways) was able to cook our fish for us in a few different preparations (poke, sliders, and fried) that were all great!!

On the fishing trip we saw loads of turtles, rays leaping and twirling over the water, and a pod of dolphins. Totally worth it!!

Thank you to all at the sailing center, you really made our stay in Potrero amazing!!
Written 18 November 2022
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Maureen_SF
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
Aug 2022
My 6 year old did 2 weeks of the summer camp and loved it! She doesn't speak Spanish and had very little experience with swimming in the ocean but by the end of the week she had learned a few words in Spanish and was comfortable playing in the ocean and going on boats (the camp counselors speak english too!). We will be coming back for summer camp next year! Thank you CRSC!
Written 24 August 2022
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CABrownATX
Austin, TX4 contributions
Jun 2022
Our most favorite place in Potrero! We spent a lot of time here during our visit. It is right on the beach, and we felt like family every time we were there. Definitely the best place in Potrero to catch the sunset! We rented kayaks one day and also had one of their great staff take us out on a catamaran sail for an afternoon. The kids could run around to their hearts content, swimming in the pool or in the ocean, and we could easily keep an eye on them while enjoying a drink and snack at the restaurant. Super laid-back atmosphere and chill vibe.
Written 14 July 2022
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Bridgette M
Denver, CO4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Had a great evening with Captain Justin and Danny. Sailing, snorkeling, a beautiful sunset, and delicious burritos made for a perfect end to our stay in Potrero. Would recommend to anyone coming to Potrero. Plus, the sailing center was a great spot to hang around all week even when we weren’t sailing!
Written 23 April 2022
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Erica Len
McDonough, GA9 contributions
Oct 2021
The Costa Rica Sailing Center is our community hub! It is a great place for families that live in CR or those visiting! You can become a member for a very reasonable fee for a day, a week, a month or a year! Benefits of being a member include: discount at the restaurant, use of the club facilities, kayaks, SUPs, boogie boards, sailing lessons and boat rentals at discounted rates, and so much more!

We love that the CRSC is a very friendly, welcoming place. There are always smiles on employee faces! The sailing instruction is top notch and we (our whole family) have loved learning the lifelong skill of sailing! We enjoy leisurely sails, Sunday racing, and building our sailing skill knowledge.

They also offer sunset sailing cruises, snorkeling trips, fishing charters, kids after school sailing, and so much more! If it involves the water and you can dream it up, they can probably make it happen!

When in the Potrero/Surfside area, you must come down and check out the vibe the CRSC and Hemmingway's has to offer! Families, singles, couples, groups, dogs and anyone that wants to have a great time!!!
Written 27 March 2022
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Jennifer H
Ontario, Canada1 contribution
Mar 2022
The CRSC has always made me feel so welcomed and at home. I have been to this part of Costa Rica many times and I keep coming back to Surf Side/Potrero so that I can spend lots of time at the CRSC. This is where I learned how to sail with my dog, Kayanne, and the reason I have the confidence to continue getting back out on the water on my own. I highly recommend making the CRSC a part of your trip to Costa Rica, or even planning a trip to Costa Rica just so you can check out the CRSC. Thanks to all of the smiling faces and big hearts at the CRSC. :)
Written 27 March 2022
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ColleenBulla
Cambridge, Canada21 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We did a half day sailing/snorkelling trip with Joe. He is a very experienced sailor who made us feel extremely comfortable. We had a great time. The boat could use some upgrading.

The sailing center itself is not well advertised. It appears to be a private club but is definitely not. So it’s a bit of a challenge to connect with them.
Written 5 March 2022
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Paul d
5 contributions
Feb 2022
What a difference sailing makes!
We spent the all of February in Potrero where we were told about a wonderful sailing center.
Costa Rica Sailing Center.
We joined for the month and it was the best part of our vacation . Sailing the nearby bays and taking in the great scenery of cost line from this vantage point. That's La Pura Vida. The whole staff were helpful and just fun to be around. Thanks for making our vacation so memorable. Louise & Paul
Written 5 March 2022
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Craig B.
1 contribution
Feb 2022
Took a couple of 4 hour "big boat" sailing lessons on the Cal 34 to brush up on my big boat sailing skills. I am a better sailor for having done so. They will tailor the lesson to what you want to specifically focus on. First session with some gusty winds had me reefing, and tacking and gybing around the bay. Second session had me fine tuning sail trim technique, and anchoring in Playa Danta. The view from the water is amazing, and when you get back to shore the view out over the bay is paradise. One of best experiences in the Guanacaste/Tamarindo area. I could hang out here everyday.
Written 28 February 2022
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Hugo L
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We found out anout these electric body boards and gave them a try… wow!!!

Very fun, decently quick (30 km/h or so) and safe. Our only regret was that it had to end!

We dealt with Ryan, a friendly Manitoban, who, along with Carlos, made the whole experience great. Highly recommended!
Written 23 December 2021
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