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“boogie boards”(9 reviews)
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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...more
East of Police Station 300 M | On the Beach in Camping Los Cocos, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 8761 4638
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I just spent three glorious days in Playa Samara and we had the joy of taking surfing lessons at Pato’s. I can’t imagine a better place to learn. Everyone was super friendly and helpful at Pato’s. The instructors (our lead instructor was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Family and I have just come back from a tour of Costa Rica and managed a couple of surfing sessions and lessons at Pato's. We all got a great understanding of the surfing basics, managed to stand and catch some waves and feel confident to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Not only is the rental very afforable, it's also located at a perfect part of the beach. Prefect for learning and testing boundaries.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tcassano
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

I had taken a few surf lessons before coming to Samara but Pato’s was by far the best lesson I’ve ever had. My instructor Johel was really friendly and helpful and taught me a lot more than any of the other instructors I have had....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alicia W
Reviewed 21 June 2018

We loved everything about this surf school. The people who own/run it couldnt be nicer. They taught us and we were all riding waves within an hour. This location and its surf/waves combined with their teaching and equipment made for a perfect way to learn...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

We spend 3 days in Samara and the highlight was the surf experience with the guides and team of Pato's surf school. Easy and clear steps for beginners. The conditions in Playa Samara are good for different levels of surfing. The different offers are very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Drean89
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Kate took our daughters (7 and 9yo) for their first lesson and within one hour both were standing on their surf and had the best time ! We could borrow the surf or the body surf for the following days. Best school on the best...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CarolineN79
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Kate and Pato treated our large group like family. From day 1 they were the coolest folks. Kids aged 8, 10 and 13 took lessons. All had a blast and came away getting some good rides in. The parents all took lessons and felt like...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank donutboyroy
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Life IS better when you surf. I could not be any happier than I am about my experience with Pato's Surf School. I am 45 years old and have never surfed. Kate set me up with Ernesto for my lesson. He is awesome!! I learned...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank bizzybeezes
Reviewed 21 January 2018

I'm thirteen and I had 5 days of surf lessons with Kate. I tried surfing before, but never managed to stand up and I feel on my face and got hurt pretty badly once. Kate was amazing with me and my six year old sister...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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