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Spanish by the Sea, Bocas del Toro, Panama

4.2/5

Rating: 4.2/5.0

What we like about the school

  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Small class sizes
  • Hotel / Hostel accommodation very close to school

Spanish by the Sea

The language school Spanish by the Sea was founded in Bocas del Toro, Panama in 1998. This Spanish School in Bocas del Toro was founded in 1998 and it is conveniently located on Fourth Street, right behind the Main Street. Spanish classes are held all around the building, from upstairs on the balcony to the "rancho" in the garden. The communicative method is applied and the teachers make sure classes are fun by using music, role-playing and adding lots of cultural information, so that you will stay motivated to learn.

The school address is: Calle 4ta, 7215 - Bocas del Toro, Panama (see on map)
Legal name / parent company: Spanish by the Sea Corp.| Tax registration ID: RUC311688-1-411601-2009-177214

Accreditations and Quality seals

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School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen 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

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

8

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • 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

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 4

Minimum age of students

  • 15 years
  • 6 years for specific Junior courses

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):

25
2
2
20
10
25
15

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Bocas del Toro.

Bocas del Toro "Isla Colón" International Airport:
15 US$ pick up
20 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 25 Dec. 2020.

Spanish Courses

General Language
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 250 238
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1860 1767 2210 2100 175 167
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 250 238
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 160 152 310 295 450 428 580 551 710 675 840 798 970 922 1100 1045 1360 1292 1620 1539 130 124
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 240 228 465 442 675 642 875 832 1075 1022 -- -- -- -- -- 200 190
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1860 1767 2210 2100 175 167
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 11:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1860 1767 2210 2100 175 167
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 250 238
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 360 342 700 665 1020 969 1320 1254 1620 1539 1920 1824 2220 2109 2520 2394 3120 2964 3720 3534 300 285
Starting dates
Every Day.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 25.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 22.50 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses:Course price is reduced to USD 175 per week when booking over 4 weeks, but the course must be in the same location for the entire duration.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 98 196 294 392 490 588 686 784 980 1176 98
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
14 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Distance from school:
3 minutes walking (average reported by 3 former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 168 336 504 672 840 1008 1176 1344 1680 2016 168
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
24 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 1050 1260 1470 1680 2100 2520 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 245 490 735 980 1225 1470 1715 1960 2450 2940 245
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 1050 1260 1470 1680 2100 2520 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 280 560 840 1120 1400 1680 1960 2240 2800 3360 280
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
40 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Triple room (only for 3 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
Airport transfer via school includes pick-up at the international airport, hostel in panama city with breakfast, transfer from hostel to national airport, national flight and transfer from Bocas del Toro to the accommodation.
Accommodation extras:
- Breakfast supplement for Hostels: USD 6 (per person per day).
- Laundry included in Homestay price.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking 
Dancing 
Diving 
Horse riding8 km
Sailing3 km
Swimming3 km
Yoga1 km

Reviews

4.2/5.0

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Students liked about Spanish by the Sea, Bocas del Toro
Clean, very friendly staff and plenty to do in the area.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Hostel Spanish by the Sea - Bocas
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: It would work better if you would have x number of words to learn each day.
The kindness of the hosts! Mar and Manuel were always there for you and were so very nice people to stay with. In addition, the teachers were all very nice. I've had Olivia and Frank and were very helpful
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Hostel Spanish by the Sea - Bocas
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: Perhaps make an even clearer distinction for people who want to learn Spanish for conversation during their journey. And above all learning to communicate a lot with the population instead of focusing on difficult language constructs found in texts.
Friendly staff, great accommodation, many different beaches in the neighborhood.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Hostel Spanish by the Sea - Bocas
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: I also stayed at the schools in Boquete and Turrialba. Everything was really great. The rooms are very large (for 10$ /night) and clean. The accommodations are very nice, spacious and well equipped. Even with a nice garden. They were the best hostels I've seen during the two months I stayed in Central America.
The family atmosphere at school was really great. Also, the classes and the teachers are really amazing.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: We were at the school/hostel in Boquete and Turrialba as well. The school in Turrialba should not be missed, just heavenly. And you can do so many cool things here.
Other comments: The entire organization of the school is amazing, they are happy to help with any questions and the staff is super nice.

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    FAQ about Spanish by the Sea, Bocas del Toro

  • Spanish courses at Spanish by the Sea start at 152 US$ for Specialized - Mini-Group (10) course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Hostel Spanish by the Sea - Bocas is the most popular among all our clients of Spanish by the Sea
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Bocas del Toro "Isla Colón" International Airport (15 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Spanish by the Sea varies from 1 students (Specialized - Private Spanish (10) ) to 6 students (Intensive Spanish)
  • 50% of teachers at Spanish by the Sea hold a university degree. 80% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Spanish by the Sea comes from Germany with a 25% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (25%) and Holland (20%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Spanish by the Sea offers courses from 15 years to 99. Average age is 20 during the summer and 30 for the rest of the year.
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