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 offer academic credits through U.S Universities.

Here are a few recommendations (ordered alphabetically): 

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

  1. Academia Tica Spanish School  - (in Coronado, San José) - Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center & DELE Exam Center
  2. Conversa - Spanish immersion programs, on-campus and host family lodging options (in San José)
  3. Costa Rican Language Academy (in San Pedro, San José)
  4. ELEC Spanish School - (in San Isidro, Heredia) Costa Rican enterprise based on teaching Spanish language to foreigners in a simple, original and entertained way. The goal is to teach Spanish in Costa Rica, offering a “total immersion” to so the students can learn the language in a fast and efficient way, allowing them to obtain the best benefit from lessons each week, motivate and urge the students to pleasantly speak Spanish inside and outside  of school, so practicing the language will be more natural to them.
  5. ILISA (Forester) Spanish Language School (in San Pedro, San José)  Offers intensive Spanish language training for motivated adults by well-trained and experienced teachers in first-class facilities at a great location in beautiful and friendly Costa Rica.
  6. Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School (in Turrialba) - Spanish immersion programs for adults and children, new classes of all levels begin each Monday. Homestays, excursions, and free tutoring sessions.
  7. 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
  8. Intensa -(in San José)
  9. Intercultura Language School - (in Heredia)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. SFL Program at UCR - (In San Pedro, San José)
  13. Spanish Abroad (Santo Domingo de Heredia) 
  14. 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
  15. Universal de Idiomas - (in San José, downtown) Spanish immersion programs for all levels, offers you a warm and friendly atmosphere, which makes learning very easy. At the school you get to know people from all over the world and the school's host families will show you the culture and society of the country

On the Beach:

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


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

  1. Costa Rica Spanish Online Language School - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (free Spanish tutorials)
  2. Conversa Online Spanish Programs -  Live, one-on-one classes, group classes and self-study.
  3. Forester languages online Live, one-on-one classes, Beginner - Intermediate and Advanced Students
  4. Learn Spanish  Beginning, intermediate and advanced students  (free & fee based)
  5. Spanish Live - Beginning, intermediate and advanced (free & fee based)
  6. Spanish Classes Online  - Beginner - Intermediate and Advanced Students
  7. Study Spanish - for beginning, intermediate and advance students   (free)