In this package, morning Spanish classes will be combined with afternoon surf lessons and weekend adventure tours. Students, ranging from 13 to 17 year old, can expect an exciting and challenging study abroad experience. This is the perfect option for high school students looking for a fun way to learn Spanish while learning to surf in a sunny tropical beach setting.
Staying with a local family is the best way to learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time. Host families are located between two to three kilometers from the school and a free shuttle is available each morning and afternoon to and from school. Host family students are given a private room and their own key so they can come and go as they please.
Taxis to town cost between 3 to 5 USD. Half-board (daily breakfast and dinner) is included in the price of host family accommodations. Families are hand selected by the accommodation staff and are very experienced hosting students. They can accommodate virtually any diet, allergy, or preference. If you have any special needs, please indicate them on your registration form.
Shared residence apartments are also available on the third floor of the Spanish school building. The residences are basic, but affordable and offer an ideal location for students who want to be in the center of town and on the beach. The residence is divided into a female apartment and a male apartment with a shared kitchen and living area. Each apartment has a private bathroom and a single bedroom with four bunks, arranged much like a standard university residence.
The apartments also have balconies overlooking the beach. Air conditioning and free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the residences and students also have access to lockers. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and maid service is provided once per week. No meals are included in the price. Please note that the shared living area doubles as a yoga studio three nights per week for one and a half hours.
The Luna bungalows are just a short five-minutes walk from the school and two blocks from the beach. Guests will have access to a pool and free daily breakfast. All bungalows include air conditioners, a safe, and Wi-Fi. During teen camp weeks, the Luna bungalows are chaperoned and recommended for families and unaccompanied campers.
This program consists of classes with a maximum of six students per teacher. Courses are held either in the mornings or afternoons and are composed of a a combination of conversational grammar and practical conversation or lectures. Spanish classes are scheduled according to spacing in the school and high tide which is the best time to surf.
The area around Playa Tamarindo offers surfing spots for surfers of all skill levels. Playa Tamarindo itself enjoys consistent swells throughout the year. Within walking distance from Coastal Spanish, a surfer can find six great surf breaks. Popular surf spots in the area include Playa Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, Playa Avellanas, and Witch’s Rock. None of these locations are more than 30 to 45 minutes away from Playa Tamarindo.
CSI uses a communicative approach to teaching Spanish which encourages maximum conversation and student interaction. Each student will take a placement test upon arrival and be placed in one of nine core levels. Classes consist of a combination of language exercises, role playing, reading, conversation, and grammar. Each Spanish teacher will then customize a program based upon the level of the participants in the class. Programs are offered starting each Monday throughout the year.
Costa Rica is world famous for the quality of waves along the Pacific Coast. Surfers from around the world come to Costa Rica to enjoy the waves and mingle with friendly locals. Costa Rica has something for all levels of surfers. There are areas that generate big waves for experienced surfers, while others are great for novices. The Playa Tamarindo area is considered by many to be the best spot in the country for surfing.
With close to 800 miles of spectacular coastline (Pacific and Caribbean), Costa Rica has plenty of excellent surf breaks to choose from. Costa Rica can offer the surfer areas where you can find idyllic beach breaks to areas where the coral helps form tubes. Since Costa Rica is so small and since there are so many places to go surfing, if you find the surf to be bad on one region, another part of Costa Rica is sure to have good surf. Combine this feature with year round warm waters, laid back locals, an exotic location, and you have found one of the best places in the world to go surfing and meet other surfers.
Two meals per day, breakfast and dinner, are included with host family accommodation. Daily breakfast is included in Luna bungalow accommodation. There are dozens of restaurants at all price points in town and two small grocery stores within walking distance of the school. There is also a large super market that is a short, free shuttle ride from the town center. The shuttle leaves each hour.
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) is available upon request for 85 USD.