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Learn Spanish in Tamarindo

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

A tropical paradise on the Pacific Ocean, Tamarindo is a cosy and welcoming town you won’t want to leave.

Palm trees sway all around Tamarindo. This welcoming Pacific Ocean town has become Costa Rica’s most loved beach destination. And it’s the beach that wows most of all, seemingly endless kilometres of sand fringed by surf breaks and tropical forest.

Time moves slowly in Tamarindo. This popular little beach town is where many visitors come to surf and sleep through the day. But to simply rest would mean missing out on some of Costa Rica’s finest nature. The town is situated inside a national park. Hikes and water adventures can take you in many directions. Volcanoes are easily visited on day trips. The scuba diving is superb and you’ll spot howler monkeys on a regular basis.

All this adds up to a destination that can always suit your mood. After your Spanish lessons you can hang out on the beach, learn to surf, or hit the bars. You could quickly escape into nature or search out the more local parts of town. The town’s restaurants are considered the country’s best and you’re spoilt for choice over where to dine. Then on days off you’re perfectly situated for exploring Costa Rica’s northern peninsula.

Tamarindo beach

Tamarindo’s main beach is long. There’s space for everyone here, whether you like surf breaks, beach combing, pure tranquility or beachside bars. And when you’re done with this beach there are two even longer beaches just steps away.

Nature & wildlife

Howler monkeys swing through the trees in and around Tamarindo. Parakeets screech and one of the world’s largest leatherback turtle nesting sites is just a few kilometres away. Bird watching is part of the everyday experience and you’re continually surrounded by nature, even in the town.


Costa Rica is dominated by volcanos and there are many of them close to Tamarindo. Arenal is the most famous and can be done on a day or overnight excursion, with hot springs and a volcanic mud bath a part of the experience.

Scuba diving

The Catalina Islands are a diving paradise just 25 minutes by boat from Tamarindo. Sharks and rays are abundant here, along with a superb variety of smaller marine species. There are 40 different dive sites to suit different abilities, plus it’s a good place to learn how to dive.

San Jose

Costa Rica’s capital is an unmissable part of visiting Tamarindo. It’s more than just a transport hub. With a charming heritage and bustling modern atmosphere, San Jose is many people’s favourite capital city in Central America.

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Our Spanish school in Tamarindo

Linguaschools Tamarindo is tucked away in tropical gardens, just a few minutes walk from the town and the beach. The school itself is a new, custom-built facility, designed to accommodate a wide range of learners. There are classrooms of different sizes, plus a large top floor where students can relax between classes. It’s peaceful here, listening to the sound of the birds in the garden before jumping into the next class of the morning.

When designing the school we wanted a welcoming, informal space, where students will immediately feel at home and want to hang out after classes as well. Study at Linguaschools Tamarindo and you’ll find this out for yourself.

CLASSROOMS 12 classrooms, including 4 outdoor classrooms in a tropical garden
ACCREDITATIONS Instituto Cervantes, Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce, Bildungsurlaub, DELE exam centre
LOCATION short walking distance to the beach and town centre
MULTIMEDIA 1 classroom with a digital projector and television
STUDENT AREAS private tropical garden, 2 roof terraces, open space with hammocks, and a cafeteria
OTHER FACILITIES Wi-Fi, free to use computers, lockers and snacks
LANGUAGES SPOKEN BY STAFF English, Spanish, German, French

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Spanish courses in Tamarindo

We believe that intensive courses are the best way to learn Spanish. Courses at Linguaschools Tamarindo give you a minimum of 20 classes per week. Learning in small groups ensures lots of teacher contact while also providing opportunity to converse with others.

The intensive courses provide a rounded Spanish experience, covering all aspects of learning a language. Individual courses can be tailored; for example, to conversational Spanish or any area you are struggling with. A mix of group and individual lessons is optimal but don’t think it’s all just studying here. The cultural program will take your Spanish onto the streets, plus there’s a special learn Spanish and surfing combination course.

CLASS DURATION 1 lesson = 55 minutes
GROUP SIZE Max. 6 students
MINIMUM AGE 16 years old

Intensive Courses

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Intensive 30

Combination Courses

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Intensive 20 + 5
Intensive 20 + 10

Individual courses

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Individual 10 and Individual 20
Customised Individual Lessons
Customized Semi-Individual Lessons

Spanish online by Linguaschools

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Extensive 4 online (group)
Individual 10 online

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Spanish & surf in Tamarindo

Please note that the school is closed on bank holidays. Any missed group lessons are generally not made up for. On some holidays an activity will be scheduled instead. When there are 2 public holidays in 1 week, 1 day of missed group lessons will be made up for.


All our student residences are within walking distance of the beach and the school – perfect! Each is a relaxed place to live, with large social areas for hanging out with fellow students. Wi-Fi is available and these social student residences mean you always have opportunity to practice your Spanish.

Host family Minimum age 16 years old

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Availability All year round
Distance 25 minutes walking distance
Shared with Locals and or language school students
Host family Single and double room half board

Student residence Minimum age 18 years old

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Availability All year round
Distance 25 minutes walking distance
Shared with Locals and or language school students
Student residence Tamarindo Dorm room
Student residence on-site Dorm room
Student residence + Dorm room

Standard checkout is the Saturday after your course. In Tamarindo you can choose to stay one day longer, until Sunday, for no extra cost. Please make a note on your enrolment form to book this.

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Cultural activities are the best way to practice your Spanish in everyday situations.

You always have fun in Tamarindo. The cultural program is just another part of the immersive experience and it’s a great way to meet the locals. Think dance classes, cooking classes, meeting with Costa Ricans who are learning English, and afternoons on the beach. From Tamarindo there are some stunning weekend excursions as well.  

Weekend Volleyball at the beach

Week Empanadas cooking class

Week Salsa dance classes

Week Hike up the hill and watch the sunset

Weekend Visit Rio Celeste waterfall

Weekend Scuba diving

Weekend Sunset sailing

Weekend Nicaragua one-day tour

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