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Spanish by the River, Boquete, Panama

Plaza San Francisco, 180 metres to the left. - 0 Boquete - see on map
From 171US$ 163US$
per week

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Overall school rating of Spanish by the River, Boquete
#1 of 3 Spanish schools in Boquete
Location of the school

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 4.8/5.0

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: 0.0/5.0

Students 50+ years

Rating: 4.4/5.0

What we like about the school
  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Best rated school in Panama
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation (4.8/5.0)
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: The school is in the Chiriqui highlands, 5 kilometres outside Boquete at the entrance to the village of Palmir. This is a planet-friendly school, and there are views of the Barú Volcano and the surrounding coffee plantations. Boquete has plenty for students to do including restaurants, pool bars and cafes, but it is the surrounding area that catches most people's attention with natural wonders such as the Lost Waterfalls and the Quetzales Trails.

Getting around the area: The town is easy to walk around to reach all the amenities. There are bus stops along the main roads that reach the nearby towns.

Course structure: Your lessons will take place in one of the 3 "ranchos" that the school has in their garden, relaxing your mind so you can learn in a more productive way. The school offers general group Spanish classes, private classes and a combination of the 2. They even offer a yoga package which can be added to a general Spanish course.

Social activities: There are lots of entertainment options organised by the school, which are all priced based on the individual activity. These options include exploring the nature of the area with a kayak tour or mountain bike trek, learning more about the culture with cooking classes or dance lessons as well as getting to know the students in the school with BBQs, dinners and social nights out to local bars.
  • The language school Spanish by the River was founded in Boquete, Panama in 2006.
  • Legal name / parent company: Spanish by the Sea Corp.
  • Tax registration ID: RUC311688-1-411601-2009-177214

Spanish Courses

General Language
Language Plus Activity

Information for all courses offered by Spanish by the River

Comments about courses

Spanish and activities courses are subject to availability and prices may vary throughout the year.

Online courses are also readily available upon request at the same price as the in-person programmes.

Lesson duration
55 minutes
School's administrative fee
25.00 US$
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):
01 Jan. 2023, 09 Jan. 2023, 20 Feb. 2023 - 22 Feb. 2023, 07 Apr. 2023, 01 May 2023, 03 Nov. 2023 - 05 Nov. 2023, 10 Nov. 2023, 28 Nov. 2023, 08 Dec. 2023, 20 Dec. 2023, 25 Dec. 2023.
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2024, 09 Jan. 2024, 10 Feb. 2024 - 13 Feb. 2024, 29 Mar. 2024, 01 May 2024, 03 Nov. 2024 - 05 Nov. 2024, 10 Nov. 2024, 28 Nov. 2024, 08 Dec. 2024, 25 Dec. 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via email.

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 Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
Note: All courses offered by Spanish by the River, Boquete 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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  • Store
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  • Learning outside
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  • Spanish by the River exterior
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Spanish by the River

“You will not regret coming to study in Boquete for a bit! ”
Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalOTEIMA
Spanish teacher qualifications
50% hold a university degree
80% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:00
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Spanish by the River and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

  • Non-smoking (all indoor and all outdoor areas of school)

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

  • Classroom equipment

      Number of classrooms: 3

    Student Age / Nationality

    Average number of students
    In summer: 8
    Throughout the year: 4
    Minimum age of students
    15 years
    5 years for specific Junior courses
    Average number of levels
    Adult courses In summer: 3
    Adult courses Throughout the year: 3
    Average age of students
    In summer: 24 years
    Throughout the year: 24 years

    Top student nationalities

    Age of students

    Airport transfer

    Kūh-e Takhteh:
    45 US$ one way
    45 US$ return (both ways)
    Tocumen International Airport:
    245 US$ one way
    490 US$ return (both ways)
    Best arrival airport is Enrique Malek International Airport.
    More information about airports around Boquete and how to get from the airport to Boquete on your own here on our Boquete page.

    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
    Dancing1 km
    Horse riding15 km
    Mountainbiking15 km
    Swimming4 km
    Yoga4 km

    Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

    Adults - Free activities

    Friday night barbecue

    Adults - Paid activities

    Bird watching tour USD 40 Hiking tour USD 25 Horseback riding USD 45 Hot springs USD 40 Local cooking class USD 10 Mountain bike tour USD 50


    Ratings of Spanish by the River compared to ratings of all schools in Panama

     Spanish by the River BoqueteAverage of all other schools in Panama
    Overall school rating4.4

    Rating: 4.4/5.0


    Rating: 4.1/5.0

    Location of the school4.0

    Rating: 4.0/5.0


    Rating: 4.5/5.0


    Rating: 4.0/5.0


    Rating: 3.7/5.0

    Social activities3.8

    Rating: 3.8/5.0


    Rating: 3.5/5.0


    Rating: 4.0/5.0


    Rating: 4.0/5.0

    Quality of teaching4.2

    Rating: 4.2/5.0


    Rating: 4.3/5.0

    Value for money4.2

    Rating: 4.2/5.0


    Rating: 4.0/5.0


    Rating: 4.8/5.0


    Rating: 3.9/5.0

    Shared flat4.8

    Rating: 4.8/5.0


    Rating: 3.9/5.0

    Student opinions about Spanish by the River, Boquete

    Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Conversations only in Spanish, use it to the max. Regarding accommodation - information what to expect so that there would be disappointments and additional costs. In Boquete - a full family luxury. Bocas del Toro was a nightmare that I want to forget. I want to write more about this topic. The school should check the accommodation conditions so as not to expose the client to additional costs. This nightmare, thank God, is right behind me. Reception in Bocas was far from great, I will write about it in a separate letter.
    Overall rating

    Rating: 4/5.0

    Value for money

    Rating: 4/5.0


    Rating: 4/5.0

    Facilities (library, classrooms)

    Rating: 4/5.0

    Quality of teaching / language progress

    Rating: 5/5.0

    School organization

    Rating: 3/5.0

    Social activities

    Rating: 4/5.0


    Rating: 4/5.0


    Rating: 4/5.0

    Shared Flat (apartment)

    Rating: 4/5.0

    Other comments: Fantastic professors and family with whom I lived. Conditions were perfect and clean. Only superlatives. I recommend to all. Virginia is fantastic and competent.
    Course: Standard Spanish - 2 weeks
    8. Feb. 2017


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    Questions and answers about Spanish by the River

    • Yes, that is possible.
      Richelle, Administration from Spanish by the River, Boquete - Mar 13, 2023
    • The package includes laundry service and breakfast. Lunch and dinner can be added if you wish so. Food is typical Panamanian so you will eat rice and beans, chicken, meat and patacones (fried plantains). You can only expect the local family to adapt their cooking a little bit to your specific dietary needs so if you eat for example gluten-free, you will need to bring some products to supply the food that will be offered.
      Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - May 03, 2023
    • Yes, we also offer virtual classes!
      Richelle, Administration from Spanish by the River, Boquete - Aug 16, 2023
    • We don't... Those exams are only offered on certain days at certain locations / times. We normally recommend the student to find out where / when they take place in their home country since that's the easiest. But if the students want to do the exam here at school, I'd be happy to investigate where and when they'll be.
      Richelle, Adminstration from Spanish by the River, Boquete - Sep 20, 2023

    FAQ about Spanish by the River, Boquete

    • Spanish courses at Spanish by the River start at 163 US$ for Specialized - Semi-Private Spanish 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
    • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Spanish by the River
    • Yes. The school offers pickup from Kūh-e Takhteh (45 US$), Tocumen International Airport (245 US$)
    • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Spanish by the River varies from 1 students (Specialized - Private Spanish 10 ) to 6 students (Intensive Spanish)
    • 50% of teachers at Spanish by the River hold a university degree. 80% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
    • The highest Nationality percentage at Spanish by the River comes from Germany with a 25% representation, followed by students from Netherlands (25%) and Switzerland (20%).
    • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
    • Spanish by the River offers courses from 15 years to 99. Average age is 24 during the summer and 24 for the rest of the year.


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