Get a fantastic surfing and learning experience at Montanita Spanish School! It is the perfect place to learn Spanish and enjoy the culture and lifestyle of Ecuador. Located on Ecuador's famous beach of Montañita, you can study Spanish with a stunning view of the beach right from your classroom while also learning how to surf and ride the best waves in Ecuador. Being a stone's throw away from the waves that make Montañita famous, you can also take salsa and yoga classes, or go scuba diving in some beautiful locations. It is an ideal place for studying, do something new, and have some fun in the process!
Airport transfer available:
Josí© Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (US$90 per person)
Montanita Spanish School has accommodation especially for the students: the cabañas. They are an oasis of tranquility located just five-minute walk from the school, three minutes from the center of town, and two minutes from the beach. Nestled into the relaxed atmosphere of Barrio Tigrillo, these cabañas provide the best of both worlds, being moments away from the center of the action and providing the peace and tranquility needed to make the most of your time in Montañita.
The eco cabanas are very spacious and come equipped with a private ensuite, large bed, hammocks, and a fan. Just outside the door of your cabaña, you will find a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, large communal kitchen, and a large sitting area with TV and DVD.
Montanita Spanish School has made a big effort to be environmentally aware including much of the building materials. Montanita Spanish School recycles plastic and glass as well as using a compost system and recycled water in order to feed and fertilize the large and growing garden with an abundance of flora including herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
The accommodation has the perfect combination of a friendly and luxurious environment in a quiet location.
Montañita Spanish School has two cabanas that are a little larger than the rest and are equipped with a small kitchen. These tastefully decorated rooms are the cream of the crop and are perfect for couples wishing to do their own cooking in private.
This is the perfect option for those looking for high-quality accommodation on a budget. Keeping true to the rustic look of Montañita, the dorm rooms are all large and spacious allowing you to soak up the peaceful ambiance while saving that hard-earned money. With the options of either 6-bed or 4-bed dorms, you will not have a problem maintaining some personal privacy.
Your Ecuadorian host family gives you the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Ecuadorian lifestyle. While settling in and learning a new language can be hard when you arrive in a foreign country, having the support of a local family and a connection to the local community can make all the difference.
At your home stay in Montañita, you will experience warm hospitality, helping you adjust quickly to your new surroundings. This priceless experience of being treated as a family member from day one has often been described as one of the highlights of a student’s trip, not only because of the rapid improvement in their Spanish skills, but also the homey feeling, the great food, and the lifelong connections they made.
All of Montañita Spanish School's home stay families are located in the center of Montañita, no more than 10 minutes' walking distance from the school. Since it is their responsibility to make sure that you are placed in a safe, clean, and friendly environment, they carefully choose the families to ensure that you get the best possible experience.
You will have a private room with a double bed, mosquito net, a small desk, a fan and a small set of drawers. Some rooms come with private bathrooms while others share bathrooms with other students. Hot water can’t be guaranteed and the families do not have Wi-Fi. If you are traveling with a friend, you can both live with the same family since they can receive up to two students at the same time. Meals will be Ecuadorian style and the families will do their best to satisfy special dietary requirements, as both breakfast and dinner are provided.
Montañita Spanish School has a private surf school built into the complex. With an extensive range of surfboards and equipment, they can accommodate your desire for surfing. They will take you directly from school to the beach and have you back in time for your next Spanish lesson or lunch break. Lessons are provided by local surf Instructor and surf intern. With two to three students per instructor, they can give you lots of feedback and attention to get your surfing progressing quickly.
The school offers private classes and private shared classes as well. Private classes are more flexible and can be personalized more to the students’ needs for four, three, or two hours per day. If a person is traveling with someone who is at the same level as him or her, they can share private classes together.
Montañita is a funky beach town with excellent surfing and a charming atmosphere. The town has grown constantly over the last few years and is now the place to hang out on the coast. Although still small, it is a booming beach side retreat attracting both international and domestic travelers. The atmosphere makes it a great place to learn Spanish on the beach in Ecuador, meet other travelers, practice and perfect your Spanish with the local community.
Montañita is well-known for its awesome surf conditions. With a right hand point break at one end and uncrowded beginner waves along the whole coast, it has surfs to suit all abilities. You can even show off your skills in front of an audience as they watch the sunset from Montañita beach.
On top of this, Montañita is a town filled with things to do. Montañita is the best location for surfing in Ecuador and holds many international competitions. Or if you would like to scuba dive, there are many providers in the town. The diving is also world class.
Then there is Agua Blanca, an extremely important and interesting archaeological site with an interesting history of the Pre-Colombian Era.
Meals are not included. However, street culture thrives in the Montañita village and the two main roads are lined with outdoor cafes, cocktail vendors, and artisans. The food is delicious and cheap, whether you want to taste the arepas, choclos, and ceviche from the street vendors or sitting down at restaurants with the best chefs in Ecuador. There is a great selection of pancakes and tropical fruit for breakfast and fantastic fresh seafood for the rest of the day.
Outside of Spanish classes and surfing, Montanita Spanish School offers cooking and Latin dance classes. Also, the students have the opportunity to enjoy daily yoga classes in the morning and afternoon, which are easily booked upon arrival.
Besides the options mentioned above, Montanita Spanish School likes to provide a close community within the student body and so organize a variety of activities that change from week to week i.e. BBQs, weekend surf trips, jungle getaways, dinners, pool tournaments, beach soccer, dolphin tours, cocktail workshops, chocolate fondues, sushi nights, bonfires, cooking classes, karaoke nights, etc.
Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Montanita Spanish School provides airport transport at an extra cost of 90 USD for a pick up service from from Guayaquil airport to Montañita. The cost for roundtrip transfers (Guayaquil-Montañita-Guayaquil) is 170 USD.