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Rio Mar Surf Camp

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Reviewed 18 February 2011

This surf camp is disgrace to surf camps. If you are beginner looking for some place to learn to surf then go anywhere else but here. While there are waves that break on a low tide, Riomar is location that's full of rocks. Not some where you take beginners. The place is run by a Panamaim who clearly has other...

5Thank Patrick T
Southern Nevada
Reviewed 26 June 2010

I day tripped at Rio Mar Surf Hostel on several occasions in the course of my Panama trip. I surfed the point with Alan one day (on Stand Up Paddleboards) and found Alan to be a friendly and knowledgeable host-guide. Although not a five star resort, the facilities and staff are more than adequate for a surf safari.

Thank OldSurfDog
Reviewed 27 December 2009

This place has a really great set up! It's chilled out! Great to relax by the pool or in the hammock! The staff are awesome! They work really hard and aren't paid very well! So if you think they deserve it, leave them a tip! We went to Rio Mar Surf Camp to recreate an Aussie christmas! It's the perfect...

Thank wunderlustbackpacker
vemb_28, Owner at Rio Mar Surf Camp, responded to this review

If you where capable to understand my dedication to the Panama Canal, which I have had been doing professionally for the last 18 years, you might have tought different, read my reviews, articles on so many magazines and guestbook, then shoot.

Reviewed 14 January 2008

Excellent place, board rentals, lessons, new chef, good food,easy going atmosphere, good place to hangout...

1Thank bruner
Reviewed 7 October 2006

I have been at this small but cozy hotel many times. Granted they could use a bit more cleanup. Now however they have a new staff that cleans, cooks and generally looks after the guest in a better fashion. The owner is somewhat rough, sometimes, but the staff more than makes up for it. Warning; if you lie down on...

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Portland, OR
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6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2006

We didn't actually stay at the Rio Mar Surf Camp because after we drove up and viewed one of the rooms, we knew better. The rooms are cramped, dirty and generally completely run down. They are located on a hill over a supposedly great break, but you certainly don't have to stay there to surf it. We surfed it and...

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Additional Information about Rio Mar Surf Camp

Address: San Carlos, Panama City, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Price Range: $7 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Rio Mar Surf Camp Hotel Panama City
Rio Mar Surf Camp Panama/Panama City
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“We stayed in a private room that was clean and comfortable.”
daniellecX4019BO, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“They have economy rooms for $35 which are terrible and rooms for $50 which looked a little better, but you are still paying WAY too much for what you get. Don't do it.”
cococol, 29 Jul 2013 | Read review
“The cheap rooms can sleep three, the "large" rooms can sleep 4.”
ColinP173, 3 Jan 2013 | Read review
“keep away - other surf camps close”
snowrider003, 19 Jan 2012 | Read review
“if you get one of the private rooms it has air but it really depends on what your looking for.they have backpacker rooms as well.”
panamaj_11, 15 Sep 2011 | Read review
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