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, Turrialba):

  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. ILISA 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.
  5. Academia Tica Spanish School  - (in Coronado, San José) - Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center & DELE Exam Center.
  6. 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.
  7. Forester language School (in San Pedro, San José) offers several exciting programs of instruction in the Spanish language. Its short term immersion courses--1 to 4 weeks--are very popular among visitors to the country. The courses of study are designed to satisfy, in a quick and efficient manner, the growing need for Spanish language skills. The school also offers long term programs for those interested in staying more than one month.
  8. Intercultura Language School - (in Heredia)
  9. Conversa - Spanish immersion programs, on-campus and host family lodging options (in San José)
  10. Intensa -(in San José)
  11. 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.


  1. 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
  2. SFL Program at UCR - (In San Pedro, San José)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Universal de Idiomas - (in Downtown, San José) Spanish immersion programs for all levels, offers you a warm and friendly atmosphere, which makes learning very easy. At our school you get to know people from all over the world and our host families will show you the culture and society of the country

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
  6. Conversa Online Spanish Programs -  Live, one-on-one classes, group classes and self-study.
  7. Forester languages online Live, one-on-one classes, Beginner - Intermediate and Advanced Students