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Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Enfrente de la Escuela Bilingüe de Manuel Antonio - 60601 Manuel Antonio - see on map

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

Location: Overlooking the pristine waters of the Pacific coast, the school offers participants the opportunity to study amidst the natural beauty of the rainforest and beaches. Just down the road is the quaint town of Quepos with lots of shops and local restaurants, a large marina, and an open-air market on the weekends. On the other side is the Manuel Antonio National Park, with its expansive white sand beaches and diverse flora and fauna.
  • 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
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

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
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 11 Apr. 2022, 14 Apr. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 01 May 2022, 25 Jul. 2022, 02 Aug. 2022, 25 Aug. 2022, 25 Sep. 2022, 01 Oct. 2022, 01 Dec. 2022, 25 Dec. 2022.
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.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

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. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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    Shared kitchen24/50
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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
Preferential 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
School Size
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

  • 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: 8

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Disabled car park

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:30
Throughout the year: 15
Junior courses - In summer: 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




Rating: 4.5/5.0

Overall school rating of
Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio
2 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
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Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Shared Flat (apartment)
What students liked about Máximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio
My teacher Marianela was so engaging, fun, systematic, and effective. Location was awesome too!
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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.
Other comments: My Spanish improved!


Máximo Nivel pricelist 2022
Máximo Nivel pricelist 2022


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    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 LanguageCourse.net
  • 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
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Máximo Nivel varies from 1 students (Private Lessons 10) to 8 students (Spanish Program - Group 20)
  • 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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