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Address: East of Police Station 300 M | On the Beach in Camping Los Cocos, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 8761 4638

When it comes to enjoying everything that Playa Samara has to offer, Pato's...

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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Surf here

The surf is safe. The instruction is thorough, clear, and quick. Each student surfed within 30 minutes. Boards are available after your lesson, so you can practice anytime... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The surf is safe. The instruction is thorough, clear, and quick. Each student surfed within 30 minutes. Boards are available after your lesson, so you can practice anytime. Pato is very friendly, wears a constant smile and he keeps immaculate grounds. Kate and Martin are excellent instructors and super friendly, The little black jaguar cat is friendly. We found it... More 

Thank Estila
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've always wanted to learn to surf and finally did it with 35 thanks to Nicky who works at Pato's surf school. He is the perfect teacher: friendly, calm, patient, very positive and shows and explains things in a way that you can learn to surf in the very first lesson. Pato, his wife Kate and Martin are very helpful... More 

Thank Mo B
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Really fun. The instruction was excellent, a lesson comes with the bonus of getting to use their boards for a week. My favorite part though is that they let me use the shower after being in the ocean which is really nice when you're staying further from the beach.

Thank Joe S
Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We stayed next door to Pato's Surf School for 4 days (at Locanda) and every time we visited, we were impressed. They are full of great information, and everyone we encountered was gracious, polite, exceedingly hospital. Everyday, we watched groups of novice surfers really learn the basics of surfing in a short amount of time. Kate and Pato have a... More 

Thank scottd2020
Castle Rock
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Martin did a great job with my kids. He was patient and helpful and in no time, my kids were riding the waves! Kate was great to schedule with, and very helpful in all things Costa Rica.

Thank Mike W
Timmins, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We concur with all the positive reviews Pato's Surf School gets. Professional staff that are friendly and very knowledgable. They treat the client respectfully and we all could at least surf at a basic level by end of lesson. Used the boards for rest of week free of charge and honed our skills (my son and I and his friend).... More 

Thank Jmccartneyaba
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

My brother and I rented surf boards from Pato's. Very friendly staff and were helpful in advising us when the best time of day was to surf. They could have sold us rentals one day but it was high tide so they recommended coming the next day when the tide was lower. Safety and enjoyment first versus making a few... More 

Thank Darren A
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

A great place to take a surf lessons. I took one private lesson, and was able to stay on a board after the lesson. Pato was a great, very patient and supportive teacher, with him I was able to catch some waves and stay on a board, even though i had no earlier experience on surfing. After the lesson you... More 

Thank Minnnney
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017

During our week in Samara, we used Pato's surf school quite a few times. We did a kayak/snorkel trip, a SUP trip, boogieboard rental (best deal on the beach), and a surf lesson. Every experience was great. Pato and his staff are welcoming and accommodating. Don't hesitate to use them for your Samara adventures.

Thank Cathlin L
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Rented a SUP (stand up Paddleboard) from Pato's for an hour one morning. Pretty straightforward, I just walked up (no prior reservation) when they opened at 8:00, they provided a life jacket, board, and paddle with some basic tips. I wore a watch to know when to head back in. It was really lovely and peaceful being out in the... More 

Thank Victoria H

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