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Máximo Nivel
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Enfrente de la Escuela Bilingüe de Manuel Antonio - 60601 Manuel Antonio - see on map
From 215US$ 205US$
per week

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Overall school rating of Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio
Ranked #1 of 1 Spanish schools in Manuel Antonio
Location of the school

Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 3.0/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 2.7/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Students 18-30 years

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Students 30-49 years

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Students 50+ years

Rating: 4.7/5.0

What we like about the school
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program
  • Outdoor classes surrounded by nature.
  • Amazing location amidst the rainforest and white sandy beaches.
  • Small class sizes
What we dislike about the school
  • Nationality mix could be more balanced. 45% of students are from USA
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Máximo Nivel Manuel Antonio is a Spanish school located in the beautiful and naturally diverse town of Quepos, Costa Rica. The school is housed in the popular resort district of Manuel Antonio. It is an open-air institute surrounded by beaches and rainforests, within walking distance of the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and white sandy beaches. The Manuel Antonio National Park is close by, with further attractions and multiple beaches within walking distance. There are also eateries, restaurants, several eateries, supermarkets and convenience stores nearby.

Course selection: In addition to General Spanish courses, taught over various schedules and intensities and available to students of all levels, Maximo Nivel Manuel Antonio also supplies several choices of combination programmes of Spanish plus activities and specific subjects such as TEFL Teaching Certification, Scuba Certification, Surf School, internships, volunteer work and much more! There are also fully immersive junior programmes available during the summer for students aged 13-17 years. Medical Spanish and Business Spanish are also readily available all year round.

Social and cultural: The area is ripe with beaches, commercial shopping, a vibrant nightlife and coastal rainforest. Many activities and excursions are available in the area, several of which the school is happy to help students arrange.

School facilities: Máximo Nivel Manuel Antonio is housed in a stand-alone building, surrounded by open space and views of the Pacific Ocean. Facilities include indoor and outdoor social spaces, a snack bar, a computer lab and free WIFI.
  • The language school Máximo Nivel was founded in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica in 2001.
  • Legal name / parent company: Maximo Nivel SA
  • Tax registration ID: 3-101468809

Spanish Courses

General Language
Work & Study
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity

Information for all courses offered by Máximo Nivel

Comments about courses

Spanish Programs also include:

  • Airport pick-up

  • Safety orientation

  • Walking tour

  • Tandem Conversation Program (Language Exchange)
Lesson duration
55 minutes
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
25 Dec. 2023.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per Spanish language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Profiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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Máximo Nivel

“We can't wait for you to experience the "Pura Vida" lifestyle of Costa Rica, we will take care of you from the moment you arrive in Costa Rica!”
Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTONAFSAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Spanish teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:00
Student gender mix
35% male / 65% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Máximo Nivel and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in some classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 15
    Number of public PC workstations: 2

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Disabled car park

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 30
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 15
Junior courses - In summer: 10
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 10
Minimum age of students
16 years
13 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 10
Adult courses Throughout the year: 10
Junior courses In summer: 10
Junior courses Throughout the year: 10
Average age of students
In summer: 25 years
Throughout the year: 28 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Football (soccer)-
Horse riding-
Yoga2 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Weekly salsa classes Weekly cooking classes Spanish Tutoring Table Tandem Conversation Exchange Weekly reflection workshop Cultural lectures and shows

Adults - Paid activities

Various tours and trips: Coffee Tour at Café Britt (1 day) - USD 61 Volcan Irazu, Orosi Valley & Lankaster Gardens (1 day) - USD 127 Tortuguero National Park (1 day) - USD 155 Manuel Antonio (2D/1N) - USD 375

Junior - Free activities

Weekly salsa classes Weekly cooking classes Spanish Tutoring Table Tandem Conversation Exchange Weekly reflection workshop Cultural lectures and shows

Junior - Paid activities

San Jose City Tour - USD 66 Toucan & Sloth Rescue Ranch - USD 95
Video about leisure activities at Máximo Nivel Manuel Antonio


Ratings of Máximo Nivel compared to ratings of all schools in Costa Rica

 Máximo Nivel Manuel AntonioAverage of all other schools in Costa Rica
Overall school rating4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0

Location of the school4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 3.0/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Social activities2.8

Rating: 2.8/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Quality of teaching4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0


Rating: 4.6/5.0

Value for money3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Shared flat4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Student opinions about Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio

We attended 2 hours of private lessons per day and were able to benefit a lot and at the same time we learned about life and the country Costa Rica
The course material is very outdated
Overall rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0


Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 1/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: Private Lessons 10 - 3 weeks
9. Jan. 2023
My teacher Marianela was so engaging, fun, systematic, and effective. Location was awesome too!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The gym 10 mins away next to a few excellent restaurants (Emilio’s café, café azul) and the hike down from there to the beach is well worth a visit.
Overall rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0


Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0


Rating: 4/5.0


Rating: 4/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments: My Spanish improved!
Course: Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks
26. Feb. 2018
Flexible, great teachers, very nice staff
No air conditioning at the school
Overall rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0


Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Spanish Program - Combo (20 group + 10 individual) [Spanisch] - 1 week
9. Feb. 2023


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Questions and answers about Máximo Nivel

  • Depending on the level and availability, the lessons are either in the morning: 9:00 - 13:00 or in the afternoon: 14:00 - 18:00.

    Both timetables have their advantages. Those who are in class in the morning have the afternoon free, for example for the beach. Note that many activities and tours in Costa Rica start early in the morning when it gets light. At this time, the animal world is very active. In the afternoon it is optimal in the shady school and you have enjoyed the morning. The school is open plan with airy classrooms and has a wonderful sea view.
    Sabine Krafack, LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 22, 2023
  • Spanish level will be evaluated once the students are in-country
    Valeria, Adminstration from Máximo Nivel - Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - Aug 09, 2023
  • Yes, actually, you can buy a SIM card at the airport, and if not, there are stores available that also sell them like supermarkets and convenience stores.
    Valeria, Team Leader from Máximo Nivel - Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - Sep 19, 2023

FAQ about Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio

  • Yes, the school offers Spanish programs for all levels, from A1 to C2 (beginner to proficiency). On your first day, you will do a short language test to identify your current level. This way, the school can place you in the right group. All the other students in your class will have a similar level to yours.
    Ana Carolina, Area Manager from - Apr 19, 2022
  • The Spanish programme is available and can be booked for a 1-week, but Studio Apartments can only be booked in 4-week increments. For a 1-week stay, you can book a Host Family, Hostel, or Hotel.
    Valeria Trocel, Programme Manager, Agents & Partners from Máximo Nivel - May 06, 2022
  • Classes are open for participants of all ages! We will be happy to have you here.
    Valeria Trocel, Team Leader, Agents & Partners from Maximo Nivel - Nov 10, 2022
  • 100% of teachers at Máximo Nivel hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Máximo Nivel comes from USA with a 45% representation, followed by students from Germany (10%) and England (5%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Máximo Nivel offers courses from 13 years (Junior Spanish Camp, 15 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 25 during the summer and 28 for the rest of the year.


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Rating: 5

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Rating: 5

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