2 Best language schools in Turrialba (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Turrialba? 53 km east of the capital San Jose, Turrialba is a charming little town ...
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What our students said about Turrialba

Rating: 5/5


Turrialba is a beautiful town without a lot of activities in the town itself. It is worth visiting the volcanoes (Irazu and Turrialba) or walking to the waterfalls. A rafting tour on the Rio Pacuare is also highly recommended.


Rating: 5/5


Normally, there are plenty of interesting activities to do. But I couldn't really take advantage of that aspect.


Rating: 3/5


For long periods it can be boring. Economically, it's quite expensive for something ordinary.


Rating: 5/5


Nice waterfalls and nature nearby, the city is unspectacular


How our students rated their experience in Turrialba


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Overall city attractiveness
18 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us

Rating: 2.7/5.0

Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Interesing things to do

Rating: 3.4/5.0

Geographic setting

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Public transport

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 3.6/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0


Most recent student reviews of language schools in Turrialba

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

My teacher Krissia was great. My host family was exceptionally good. I made friends.

21 February 2022
Course: Standard Spanish - 3 weeks
Student age: 69 years

Costa Rica

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

The teachers, the atmosphere and the location

12 February 2022
Course: Standard Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 25 years


Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

Top professionals! Very competent and educational.

31 January 2022
Course: Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 19 years


Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

The lessons were very very good and teachers very competent. Thanks to our 2-week language course, we were able to improve our level extremely (from A1 to B1) and we can now communicate much better in Spanish.

31 January 2022
Course: Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years


Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

Accommodation and school in the same building.
Located in the middle of nothing. The surrounding natural area is interesting but you need to meet local people to visit, and watch out for the profiteers.

27 February 2020
Course: Standard Spanish - 3 weeks
Student age: 36 years


Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

The classroom on the deck that's due to the hillside, resided mid height among the trees with may visiting birds and butterflies was outstanding. The teacher was very good in observing what we knew and did not know, and adapting the lessons accordingly. Very impressive.
The evening events with the local community were great.

20 January 2020
Course: Standard Spanish - 1 week
Student age: 56 years

United States

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

My teacher was terrific and I learned a great deal.
The staff was friendly and helpful.

6 March 2017
Course: Standard Spanish - 3 weeks
Student age: 75 years

United States

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 17 reviews

Location and view, ambience, teachers

14 November 2016
Course: Standard Spanish - 2 weeks
Student age: 27 years


What school directors said about Turrialba

Ingrid Lommers

If you really want to immerse and have plenty of oportunity to speak Spanish, Turrialba is the place to be.

Interesting information about Turrialba

Key Facts about Turrialba

Population: 29,000
Time zone: +4h. (GMT -6)
Region: Cartago,
Currency: CRC (1 CRC = 0.0015 USD)
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: January
Low season: December
Average course price per week: 247 US$
Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Costa Rica average):2,635.73 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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    Arrival Airport

    Juan Santamaría International (SJO) - 58 km. from Turrialba city center

    Public transportation to city center:

    Every 10 minutes, 2088,00 CRC, 180 minutes.

    Main stops: SJO Airport, Parque Metropolitano La Sabana + La Sabana, San José + La Corte, Turrialba

    Taxi: 66.654 CRC, 90 minutes drive to city center of Turrialba

    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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    FAQ about schools in Turrialba

    • Spanish by the River has received the best overall rating in Turrialba.
    • Spanish by the River, located in Barrio El Recreo, Entrada a Chirraca has been voted as the school with the best location in Turrialba.
    • Students rated Turrialba with 4.1 stars out of 5.
    • Best airport to arrive to in Turrialba is Juan Santamaría International (58.4 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Turrialba.
    • In Turrialba there are course packages where you can learn the following activities: Spanish & Yoga.

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