For those who want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, we offer two great locations. You can learn Spanish in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca at the Caribbean coast. As well as in Turrialba , a mountain village in the country’s interior.

In addition, you can also study Spanish in more than one place. We offer a four week trip called the traveling classoom.

With a traveling classroom you learn Spanish in Costa Rica and Panama in combination with traveling and activities. In Panama the Spanish courses are in Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro. From this beautiful Caribbean island you will travel to Turrialba in Costa Rica.
You will receive Spanish classes everywhere, all transfers and accommodation are included. Furthermore, there are also lots of special excursions added to this tour. For example, a three day visit to the San Blas islands in Panama. In Costa Rica you will take a two day rafting excursion and camp at the Pacuare river. An adventurous trip that combines learning Spanish in Costa Rica and Panama with traveling! Click here for more information about the Traveling Classroom Panama and Costa Rica.

Brightly colored poisonos frog

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo

The school in Puerto Viejo is located in the center of the village and close to the beach. The excellent Spanish classes, the school with the tropical garden and the location make this a very special destination. If you learn Spanish Puerto Viejo Costa Rica the sun, sea and beach will give you that special holiday feeling.

The school

When you learn Spanish in Costa Rica you will be close to the sea but also very close to the jungle. You can take a group course or a private course, the group course of 20 classes a week is part of the standard package. If there is no group available with your level of Spanish, you will receive the same value in private classes. There is a coffee break or 15 minutes. One class or lesson equals 55 minutes. You can also choose to learn medical Spanish. Useful for those who want to do internship in a hospital in Latin America.

Accommodation options

Hostal the school works with Kalunai

You can choose between the following types of accommodation: a room you share with one or more students (dormitory), or a single or double private room. Standard is the dorm you share with a maximum of 4 other students. Ask us for accommodation posibilities.

Host family

We can offer a nice host family only 5 minutes walking distance from the school. You will have your own room but you will share the kitchen and bathroom. The surcharge for this family option is $ 100 a week with breakfast included.


Surf lessons

In Puerto Viejo you can surfboards and book surfing lessons at several shops along the beach. Prices varying before confirming your classes with someone. If you stay for a longer period, you can buy a surf board and sell it again when you leave. This will be cheaper than renting. Have a look at facebook group ‘Puerto Viejo buy and sell’. Or you can bring your own surf board. Puerto Viejo is a village where young people come to surf. Salsa Brava is a famous surf spot in the village where only surfers dare to go! Look here at a surfer near Salsa Brava. ‘. Please note: in September and October the waves are not high enough for the more experienced surfer. Beginner will have nice beaches with beach breaks all year round.

The school rents bicycles for $ 5 a day. On the weekend you can cycle to the most beautiful beaches near Puerto Viejo. On the way there you will most likely see monkeys and sloths. If you stay for a couple of weeks the most economical option is buying a second hand bike and selling it again when you leave. Learn Spanish in Costa Rica and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Cycling to Manzanillo

Volunteer work

There are several volunteer options in Puerto Viejo. Look here for extensive information about how to learn Spanish in Costa Rica in combination with volunteer work.

Transport from the airport to the Spanish School

There are several options:

San José package

The school offers a so called San José package. It includes a transfer from the airport in San José to a nice hotel in the center of San José where you stay in a dorm (shared room). The next day will take you to the bus station where you will buy a ticket for the fare to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ($ 12). The bus leaves at 10 am. We work with Hostel Casa del Parque. The San José package with transfers and accommodation costs $ 80.


This is a shuttle service for tourist. The buses leave 2.30 pm, from the airport of San José to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. The ticket costs $ 57. You can book the ticket through the Interbus website. Because most flights from Europe are at San José, it is likely that the Interbus schedule does not connect with your arrival time.

Caribe Shuttle

This relyable shuttle has 2 trips per day from the airport to Puerto Viejo. Check their website: Caribe Shuttle

Public transportation, for adventurous people only!

Of course there is also the option of taking public transportation: When you arrive during the day you can take a regular public bus from the airport. The airport is located just outside San José near Alajuela. You have to take a bus to the center of San José. Here you take a taxi that will take you to another bus station to take the bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This way the rides takes a total of about 5 hours plus waiting time. We would not recommend taking a regular bus in the evening because of the change between bus stations in San José. The total costs of this transportation will probably be about $ 30 (two buses and one taxi ride).

These animals you will regularly see in or just outside of Puerto Viejo:

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica, Turrialba

Learn Spanish in the garden of the beautifull school in Turrialba
Classroom Turrialba

The school has an amazing view of the valley and the volcano. In the standard package the school offers four group classes a day from Monday through Friday. You can also take two or four private classes a day. You will receive the same value in private classes, just in case of your stay there is not available with your exact level of Spanish. The classes are hero on the porch, with a nice view of the volcano, or as you can see, in a rancho in the garden. In Turrialba you will learn Spanish in a nice authentic village!


School residence

In the standard package we included accommodation at the school in a shared room. Double or single private rooms are available at a surcharge. The atmosphere in the house is great: students cook together and after the meals they are clean up together. But do not worry eating together is not an obligation, you can eat at a local restaurant in Turrialba. In the evening the students watch a DVD in Spanish or a movie on TV.

Host family

The students always speak very highly of the host families in Turrialba, you really get to be part of the family. You get two meals a day. With host family stay you get a real Spanish immersion experience. A host family stay costs an extra $ 80 a week. For three meals a day you pay an extra $ 100 a week.

Volunteer in Turrialba

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica in combination with volunteering. There are many opportunities in Turrialba. Click here for more information volunteer programs in Costa Rica . Furthermore in Turrialba you have the opportunity to learn and learn Spanish at the same time.

How to get there

We can arrange a transfer (private taxi) from San José to Turrialba airport: this transfer costs a total of $ 100 for one person. Or:
Public transport. Of course there is always the possibility to take public transportation: When you arrive at the airport you can take a regular public bus. The airport is located just outside San José near Alajuela. The bus drives to Turrialba via the center of San José. This way the journey takes about three hours. We do not recommend taking the local bus during the evening, because of the change of bus in San José.

Included when you learn Spanish in Costa Rica in Puerto Viejo or in Turrialba:

  • Four class hours a day for five days a week in a group course or two class hours a day for five days a week in a private course
  • Lessons materials and classes suited to your level of Spanish.
  • You can stay at the school or with a local host family in a private room or shared room.
  • Placement on a Sunday before the classes (verbal or written) in case you are not a beginner.
  • Free Internet and use of the library at the school.
  • Coffee and tea during the breaks.
  • Detailed (travel) information before you leave and local guidance once you are there.
  • Optional: Airport transfer from San José directly to the school in Turrialba ($ 100).

Not included when you learn Spanish in Costa Rica

  • Your international flight to Costa Rica. You can look here for the best deals at the time you want to go: skyscanner.
  • The meals are not included when you stay at the school residence.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • $ 35 Administration Fee.

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