Learning spanish in Costa Rica is a nice cultural activity and immersion is the best way to learn a lot in a short amount of time. Whether you decide to go to the beach, city, volcano or the rainforest there's always a good Spanish school in Costa Rica where you can have fun and live a unique experience.

An added bonus about learning Spanish while traveling is that the school can provide a lot of information and services regarding your travel options around the country.  Also, most of the schools offer homestay, internships and volunteering programs. Some even academic credits through U.S Universities.

Here's a few recommendations: 

In the City (San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Liberia):

  1. Instituto Estelar Bilingue (in Liberia) - includes extracurricular cultural activities (dance, music, cooking, etc.), volunteer opportunities, bilingual trips, and the option to stay with a local family! info@estelarcr.com
  2. Spanish Abroad (Santo Domingo de Heredia) 
  3. Costa Rican Language Academy (in San Pedro, San José)
  4. Academia Tica Spanish School  - (in Coronado, San José) - Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center & DELE Exam Center.
  5. IPED Language Plus - (in Heredia) Premier Spanish immersion school in Costa Rica with small-sized programs for all levels while offering homestay and excursion options.
  6. Intercultura Language School - (in Heredia)
  7. Conversa -  (in San José)
  8. Intensa -(in San José)
  9. ELEC Spanish School - (in San Isidro, Heredia)
  10. Spanish School for Residents and Foreign Students ( Escazú, San José ) Many Students have improved their experience of life after speaking Spanish !! Short and Long terms Spanish Programs
  11. SFL Program at UCR - (In San Pedro, San José)
  12. Rancho de Español Language School  ( La Guácima,  Alajuela ) Spanish immersion programs for all levels focusing on conversation, homestay programs, typical cooking & latino dancing classes, customized tours and exciting itineraries to Costa Rica top destinations.

On the Beach:

  1. Samara Language School -  (in Samara) 
  2. Spanish Abroad - (in Tamarindo)
  3. La Escuela del Sol - (in Montezuma) - may be combined with surf, yoga, fire dance or Scuba Certification classes.
  4. Academia Tica Spanish School -  (in Jacó) - may be combined with surfing, volunteering and internships.
  5. Nosara Spanish Institute - (in Nosara)
  6. Tamarindo Spanish School - (in Tamarindo) - may be combined with surfing.
  7. Coastal Spanish Institute - (in Tamarindo) - may be combined with surf or Scuba.
  8. AEC Spanish Institute - (in Dominical) - may be combined with surfing.
  9. SG Spanish Immersion Costa Rica - (in Tamarindo) -surf + Spanish, medical and family Spanish classes available
  10. IPED Language Plus - ( in Puerto Viejo) Spanish immersion classes on the beach with yoga and surfing activities available


On the Internet:  (For those wanting a 'headstart')

  1. "Study Spanish" - for beginning, intermediate and advance students   (free)
  2. "Learn Spanish"  Beginning, intermediate and advanced students  (free & fee based)
  3. "Spanish Live" - Beginning, intermediate and advanced (free & fee based)
  4. "Learn Spanish|CostaRicaSpanishOnline Language School-Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (free Spanish tutorials)
  5. Spanish Classes Online  - Beginner - Intermediate and Advanced Students