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Address: East of Police Station 300 M | On the Beach in Camping Los Cocos, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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+506 8761 4638
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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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Will teach you how to surf, no matter age/experience

The instructors at Pato's were fantastic for our groups of beginners (ages 8 through 47). Very patient (thanks Martin). Great deal if staying in Samara for a while as access to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Owen Sound, Canada
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Owen Sound, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The instructors at Pato's were fantastic for our groups of beginners (ages 8 through 47). Very patient (thanks Martin). Great deal if staying in Samara for a while as access to surf and boogie boards were included for next 5-days after lesson. The surf at Samara is perfect for beginners and the young. Would highly recommend booking lessons at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 2 weeks in Playa Sámara and loved it. One of the guys from Pato's gave my mother in law a Stand Up Paddle Board lesson. He was very patient and knowledgeable, and she loved it! Both my sister and myself had deep tissue massages from Kate the massage therapist. It was the best massage either of us have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Nice feeling with all the team ! And thanks for all the good advices it was perfect for us beginners !

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

My daughter is 6. I'm 39. We're both beginners at surfing. Never done it before. We took two surf lessons with Pato's surf crew at Playa Samara. It's easy now for me to rate Pato's surf school vs. others. After Samara, we went to Manuel Antonio beach and took a surf lesson there. Oh man! Pato's surf class feels like... More 

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Los Alamos, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Our son took a surf lesson with the Pato Surf School the last day we were in Playa Samara and he got up on the board right away! They do a great job, spending individual time with each student, giving them tips and getting all the kids up on the boards riding the waves in an amazingly short time! The... More 

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Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I purchased a 1.5 hour lesson and in no time I was catching waves!! My instructor Nicholas had the perfect amount of seriousness and humor!! He taught me and a girlfriend the basics and put us in the perfect situations to practice the skills and learn to think for ourselves. When you buy the lesson you get 5 days free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Pato, Katie, and crew were awesome. The whole family got surf lessons, and they instructors were great with the kids and made it very easy to understand. They were all up and surfing on their own by the end of the lesson. We enjoyed the rest of the week surfing, boogie boarding, and kayaking. Will definitely work with Pato's on... More 

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Owen Sound, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Thank you Kate and the other two guys at the surf school who were always very helpful and super kind. We rented boogie boards and kayaks for the kids, and stand-up paddle boards for the adults. Without asking we were given a short tutorial on using the SUP's. Next time we will do a surf lesson with them as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Great surf lesson for all ages and abilities. Everyone was surfing by end of lesson. Friendly staff who went out of their way to make us feel welcome and help with all of our other activities and outings the rest of the week. Couldn't have asked for a better experience! Sending all our friends and relatives to Patos!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Is simply the best surf school in Samara ..very professional the instructors are very knowledgeable and respectful

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