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Address: Calle Real | Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2653 0359
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

WAYRA Instituto de Espanol is located in the popular beach town Tamarindo,...

WAYRA Instituto de Espanol is located in the popular beach town Tamarindo, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. WAYRA offers different Spanish immersion programs and a variety of accommodation possibilities. It's open classrooms in the tropical garden create a relaxing, green atmosphere and all teachers are local, native Spanish speakers. To make your trip complete, the school organizes different activities and tours so you can get the best out of your time in Tamarindo and Costa Rica.

To not forget, WAYRA is the only DELE examination center in the Guanacaste province. So for DELE exams and preparation courses you are at the right address.

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A great way to immerse yourself into Spanish

I spent 4 weeks doing this course. It was a great way to immerse into Spanish and keep good learning habits after leaving. The classes were very small 2-5 students to one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful location, open-air classrooms, thoroughly competent teachers, Shirley, the Bolivian manager, always on hand for advice or help . . . take a lunch break 150 meters away on the white sand beach - how pleasurable - and useful - can a little education get? Shirley Herrera is the owner, and she will do whatever is possible to make... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

I was in a beginner class. Was going ok until the second day when someone much more advanced was placed in the class. The rest of us would spend 20 minutes writing four sentences, she would just say it when asked. Sadly, the class turned into a discussion between her and the teacher. Since she already knew what we were... More 

3 Thank Michael T
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

I was very disappointed with this school. I booked 2 weeks of study for myself and my girlfriend in Nov 2015 and paid in advance, big mistake. When went the day before class and were told to come back to school on Monday at 7 AM. On that day we sat around for 1 1/2 hours and they seemed to... More 

3 Thank Marc B
Jack034, Manager at WAYRA Instituto de Espanol, responded to this review

Dear Marc We are sorry that you left the school with a bad impression but we would like to clarify the following: It is correct that our academic coordinator did a Skype interview with you and your girl friend to evaluate your levels in order to have your classes scheduled at the same time of the day. You both have... More 

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I spent 4 weeks doing this course. It was a great way to immerse into Spanish and keep good learning habits after leaving. The classes were very small 2-5 students to one teacher. The teachers were great and interspersed fun and games into learning as well as a "field trip". Many students have become life-long friends. I would recommend it.

Thank katsjourney123
Charlotte, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We live in Tamarindo in the summers and immerse our children in Spanish every summer. The staff at WAYRA has always been very professional. The lessons are very well organized and specific to what the student needs to learn. We were not pleased with ISLS because they charged $500/week and the entire time our children were in classes with 8-10... More 

4 Thank Colleen B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I spent only two weeks at WAYRA, but I learned a ton and had a bunch of fun. I attended four hours of morning classes and one hour of private lessons for medical Spanish each afternoon. Class sizes are small — I had three peers the first week and only one the second — and the curriculum is geared entirely... More 

6 Thank Matt P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I wanted to gain as much Spanish as I could in a short time period. This school is not geared for a bit of conversational learning so it was more intensive then I expected. (Not a bad thing-just be prepared!) Because the classrooms are open air you are surrounded by greenery and fauna (think howler monkeys, birds,and bugs) and it... More 

1 Thank coloradowendy2015
Madrid, Spain
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

WAYRA is located about 4 blocks from the main street of Tamarindo, so it is very easy to get to. Lodging is available with host families and at the school, but if you really want to learn Spanish, you want to live with a host family. The families that host students for WAYRA are great and take much care to... More 

1 Thank Kay E
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I sent my son, just barely 15, to Wayra to study for two weeks. He was well taken care of and learned a lot. Terrific experience for him.

1 Thank KDRussell
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I spent 1 week at WAYRA this past May and overall enjoyed my experience, although I do have a few comments in ways I hope the school and environment can improve. When I was originally choosing between schools there were a few factors that I wish I had read in reviews, so I'm going to break it down in the... More 

3 Thank Caligal313

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