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Spanish by the Sea, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica in 2012. The school is located between the soccer field and Soda Lydia´s.

The school address is: Between the soccer field and Soda Lydia's, 165-7040 - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica (see on map)
Legal name / parent company: Spanish by the River, SA | Tax registration ID: CPR3-101-320172

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School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Printer for student use

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

Classroom equipment

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

4

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

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 15
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 5

Average age of students

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 16 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):

10
30
30
30

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SAN JOSE - SANTAMARIA.

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
75 US$ pick up
150 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 09 Apr. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 25 Dec. 2020.

Spanish Courses

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Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 255 243
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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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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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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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:2% tax not included in the price.
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$ 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:
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$ 175 350 525 700 875 1050 1225 1400 1750 2100 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast, 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 Saturday
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI).
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
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).
Includes:
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
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER: Pick -up of USD 75 includes transfer from San Jose airport to Hostel Casa del Parque in San José, stay in shared room. The following day, taxi to bus station to San José where the bus leaves to Puerto Viejo and pick up at the bus station.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing0.5 km
Diving5 km
Horse riding 
Swimming1 km
Windsurfing2 km
Yoga 

Reviews

4.2/5.0

Rating: 4.2/5.0

City

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
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Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.7/5.0 
Students liked about Spanish by the Sea, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Good teachers and good tours and activities outside of class hours.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
2.0/5.0
Hostel
2.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
2.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The dormitory at the school was not the best but it works if you only stay there for a week. For longer stays I would recommend choosing your own room, host family or another hostel.
Our teacher
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Bigger rooms
Other comments: Very good !
Cute teacher (Elmer) and good location. Nice that the teachers are up for weekend-/ day trips
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Other
3.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Discover the surroundings.
Other comments: Sometimes a somewhat clearer structure would have been better. 2 hour lesson might mean that your teacher is 10 minutes late and you have a 10 minute break so you effectively do have shorter lessons.
The great teachers
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Hostel
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0

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    FAQ about Spanish by the Sea, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

  • 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 is the most popular among all our clients of Spanish by the Sea
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Juan Santamaría International Airport (75 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 Switzerland with a 30% representation, followed by students from Holland (30%) and USA (30%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Spanish by the Sea offers courses from 0 years to 99. Average age is 25 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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