Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Why Puerto Viejo de Talamanca? Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a laid-back village on the ...
Caribbean coast, situated between the forested hills of the Talamanca mountains and the sea. Familiar sounds of Bob Marley fill the streets and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere since the locals are mainly of Afro-Caribbean descent. The quiet beaches during the day are a far cry from the lively party town inland at night where the area is bustling with tourists and surfers alike. Street vendors tout trinkets and rustic bamboo bars pump dance and reggaetón beats until the early hours.
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What our students said about Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Rating: 3/5


Swinging Caribbean town, certainly ideal for parties, which I wasn't looking for. Very nice beaches and nature. I didn't use public transport.


Most recent student reviews of language schools in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 12 reviews

The teacher from Guatemala, who has been teaching for 30 years, had a very lively and refreshing way of teaching the language and also conveying something of the soul.

1 February 2021
Course: Standard Spanish - 1 week
Student age: 44 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 12 reviews

Classes take place outside in the shade between palm trees, other exotic plants and hummingbirds. The teachers are very committed and can be approached if you have any questions or problems beyond Spanish.
The dorm is unfortunately quite small and somehow uncomfortable. The accommodations with private rooms (private bath or shared bath) are perfect (But of course also more expensive ..)! There is always the option to book a hostel in Puerto Viejo, almost everything can be reached on foot within 5-15 minutes. If you want to live far away, you can rent or buy a bike.

18 February 2019
Course: Standard Spanish - 3 weeks
Student age: 25 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 12 reviews

The flexibility of the school and the close proximity to the beach and the village.

27 November 2018
Course: Intensive Spanish - 12 weeks
Student age: 18 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 12 reviews

Learn Spanish by the sea
I have not been very happy with the school but I do not know Spanish by the Sea more than that, I hope other schools are better!

23 February 2018
Course: Standard Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 23 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 12 reviews

Good teachers and good tours and activities outside of class hours.

2 February 2018
Course: Standard Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 20 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 12 reviews

Cute teacher (Elmer) and good location. Nice that the teachers are up for weekend-/ day trips
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.

13 March 2017
Course: Standard Spanish - 7 weeks
Student age: 22 years


What school directors said about Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Luis Videla

Puerto Viejo is a place known worldwide for its flora and fauna, in addition to all the activities that can be done in the area and its surroundings.

Interesting information about Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Key Facts about Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Time zone: +4h. (GMT -6)

Region: Limón, Cantón de Talamanca

Currency: CRC (1 CRC = 0.0016 USD)

Name of city in Spanish: Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.5

4.5 (12 reviews by our former students)

Visa: 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.

High season: February

Low season: April

Average course price per week (High season): 279 US$

Average course price per week (Low season): 234 US$

Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Costa Rica average):2,501.46 CRC (31% cheaper than in USA)
    Mains electricity:
    • Plug Type A
    • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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    Public transportation in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    What to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Black Sand Beach
    Black Sand Beach

    Arrival Airport

    Juan Santamaría International (SJO) - 163 km. from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca city center

    Public transportation to city center:

    Every 60 minutes, 6990,00 CRC, 360 minutes.

    Main stops: Juan Santamaría Airport, San José + San José, Limón + Limón, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Taxi: 300 minutes drive to city center of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Direct international flights from:
    • USA: Fort Lauderdale International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Los Angeles International, New York Newark, Orlando International, Washington Dulles
    • United Kingdom: London Gatwick
    • Canada: Toronto Pearson International

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