Playa TamarindoCosta Rica

Spanish Courses in Playa Tamarindo

Enroll in EF’s Spanish courses in Playa Tamarindo and experience resort-style language learning in Costa Rica’s favorite surf town.

Study Spanish in Playa Tamarindo and live in a country with some of Latin America’s most beautiful landscapes. Our language school sits at the edge of a lush, green Costa Rican jungle and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast. In addition to extraordinary access to nature, EF’s Spanish courses place you within steps of Tamarindo’s shops and bars.

EF’s Spanish courses in Playa Tamarindo take place in our fully-renovated, colonial-style villa. Our personalized language courses are held in classrooms that open to tropical gardens. EF Playa Tamarindo was once a resort hotel and it still feels like one. The school wraps around a crystal-clear pool and our cafeteria serves traditional Costa Rican dishes. In addition to traditional Spanish courses, we also offer special interest classes in Latin American cuisine as well as volunteer opportunities in ecotourism.

Hip Surf Town

The steady swells of Playa Tamarindo have drawn surfers from around the world for decades. Today’s Tamarindo blends a steady dose of surf culture with authentic Costa Rican living. Students in our Spanish courses walk to the beach for long-board lessons and eat an authentic local meal almost daily. Surfers might have lent a laidback vibe to Playa Tamarindo, but it will always be genuinely Costa Rican.

Just a short distance from the EF school are the beaches and mangrove forests of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, an important nesting site for the leatherback sea turtle. The ecology of Costa Rica is truly remarkable, blending a beautiful coastline with a jungle interior. Venture into the rainforest and swim under a waterfall or take a zip-line across the roof of the forest. Exotic wildlife is everywhere in Costa Rica, as colorful birds chirp away melodies and howler monkeys swing from the trees around town, including those over EF’s pool.

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Program Highlights

  • Start any Monday, all year round
  • Study abroad from 2 to 52 weeks
  • Advance one language level every 6 weeks, guaranteed
  • Learn and explore with friends from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Unique location bordering lush forest with exotic wildlife
  • On-campus residence with private swimming pool and sun deck
  • Horse riding, canopy tours, organized excursions to Rio Celeste, Catamaran, Arenal Volcano, Nicaragua, etc.
  • 5-minute walk to the beach
  • 10-minute walk from shops, markets and nightlife in city center

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LEARN MORE, FASTER.

Guaranteed results. You’ll advance one level every six weeks – thanks to our innovative and personalized learning method that blends classroom lessons, interactive tools and cultural immersion.

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  • Intensive Course

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course.

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Ideal course for
    Students wanting to learn a language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

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  • General Course

    A well-rounded program of language study.

    26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Ideal course for
    Students looking to gain a sound understanding of the essential disciplines of a language through a well-rounded course.

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  • Basic Course

    Combine your language studies with a fun-filled vacation.

    20 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday, summer only

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 12 weeks

    Ideal course for
    Students who want to focus on how to communicate as well as enjoy lots of free time to explore the destination.

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  • EF Internship Program

    Combine a minimum of 8 weeks of language study with 8-9 weeks of practical experience.

    32/26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start Date

    Every Monday

    Level

    Upper Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    Minimum 8 week course with 50-100 internship hours

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AT HOME IN THE WORLD

Live like a local. You’ll feel at home in Playa Tamarindo – whether you’re making fried plantains with a local family or living steps from the Pacific Ocean on EF’s campus.

  • EF Campus

    Stay on-site, just steps from your classes. You’ll experience a vibrant campus life while living alongside students from over 100 countries. Enjoy facilities such as a cafeteria, student lounge, sport complexes, Wi-Fi internet access and more. Live-in EF staff are always on call.

    On campus accommodation: Triple/quad room from $45/week. Twin room from $95/week. Shared facilities.

  • EF Homestay

    Experience maximum cultural exchange by living with native speakers in a private home. Gain insight into local culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and return home with a more authentic accent. Enjoy breakfast and dinner with your host family on weekdays, and all meals on the weekend.

  • EF Residence

    Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.

    Casa Eleri: Twin room from $95/week. Single room from $145/week. Shared facilities. Selfcatering.

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Student Talk: Playa Tamarindo

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  • “My advice for future students is don't be afraid – EF will be the experience of your life”

    Lesly Vervondel

  • “Playa Tamarindo is so charming. And there's so much to do – put on your swimsuit and you can walk kilometer after kilometer along the beaches, get your jogging shoes and explore the area around the school or rent a bike and ride into the city.”

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Student life in Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo is a nature lover’s paradise. Each day, you’ll be placed in the enviable dilemma of deciding between surfing Pacific Ocean breaks, hiking to epic waterfalls deep in the jungle, climbing to the top of an active volcano or simply lounging at EF’s own pool. Our activities coordinators are onsite to introduce you to all Costa Rica has to offer.

Sightseeing & CultureShoppingSports & OutdoorsExcursionsEntertainment & Nightlife
Walk from your EF classroom to Playa Grande beach and Las Baulas National Marine Park, where white sands brush against the thick forests of Costa Rica’s preserved coastline. Here you’ll find surfers carving Pacific swells in sight of one of the planet’s most important leatherback sea turtle nesting areas. Venture into the rainforest and stumble upon pristine waterfalls and a dizzying array of indigenous wildlife. Tour an organic coffee bean farm and learn the roasting process from a local farmer.
Playa Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s top shopping destinations, especially for tourists. Most of the shops cater to vacationing surfers and you’ll be able to buy a board, wet suit and laid-back clothing just steps from our school.
Take daily surfing lessons on the picture-perfect swells of Playa Tamarindo. Spot sea turtles while snorkeling around the crystal clear waters. Ocean kayak down the coast, stopping for a swim on isolated beaches. Swing above the roof of the rainforest on an exhilarating zip line tour. Splash your way through the jungle on a whitewater rafting outing and ride through the Costa Rican hinterland on horseback.
Get a taste of Costa Rican cowboy culture from the stands at a local rodeo. Hike around the Arenal Volcano, the country’s smoldering active peak. Explore the capital of San Juan and the protected cloud forests of Monteverde. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago and Nicaraguan colonial city of Granada.
The presence of so many surfers in town has shaped Tamarindo’s nightlife which is a blend of chilled-out lounges and rowdy beach bars. Take salsa lessons at EF to prepare for nights spent dancing to traditional music at local clubs.

Prices & Dates for Playa Tamarindo

Personalized and flexible. Your course is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates every Monday and programs ranging from 2 to 52 weeks, you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

Included in the Price

Course
  • 20,26 or 32 Spanish lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
  • EF Placement test and progress tracker
  • EF Course Certificate
  • Post course English level report
  • Online pre & post course
  • Free access to My EF – Your Online Campus. Meet new friends, explore your destination and improve your language skills!
Accommodation
  • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
  • Weekends: all the meals
  • Twin room with homestay
Lesson materials
  • Digital learning media (tablet)
  • Academic material
Accessibility
  • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
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