Puerto Viejo, costa-rica
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small laidback beach town on the Caribbean Coast near the Panamanian border. Puerto Viejo is still non-commercialized and unspoiled.
The natural jungle-beauty of Puerto Viejo and its internationally recognized surf breaks are just a couple of reasons why backpackers and travelers from all over the world can be seen hanging out on this stretch of Caribbean Coast. The attractive feature to this region is the lack of high rise hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
"Spanish by the Sea - Puerto Viejo"
Set in a lush tropical garden of fruit trees and hammocks, Spanish by the Sea – Puerto Viejo provides a perfectly relaxed environment for studying. The center of town is within a short walk from the school. There you will find restaurants and bars as well as the beach lined with fishing boats and artisan markets.
The School & Hostel can accommodate 12 students, has 3 open-air jungle classrooms and dependable free Wi-Fi throughout.
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Who likes to study at Spanish by the Sea – Puerto Viejo?
Sea lovers, surfers and socialites! This small yet lively beachfront town is popular among world travellers for its laid back rasta-reggae vibes, late-nite parties, the area’s spectacular beauty, and world-class surf breaks. The surfing attracts both pros and beginners alike with the least expensive locally instructed lessons offered in Costa Rica. For more relaxed activities, we also offer an extensive list of free volunteer opportunities ranging from child-care, flora and fauna conservation, to education to indigenous peoples.
So why Puerto Viejo?
- Daily dose of paradise.
- World class surf breaks.
- Nightly live music; reggae, calipso and reggaeton.
- Laid-back, no-rush and easy living.
All options for this location
If you like to be independent, yet share with fellow students, we recommend staying in the hostel, part of our Spanish School in Puerto Viejo whilst you study Spanish in Costa Rica.
The hostel is conveniently located in the center of Puerto Viejo, 200 meter from the ocean! You will find a mixed dorm with five beds, two rooms each with two beds and one room with a double bed. There are two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with large dining table and a terrace with a refrigerator and a hammock. Our hostel terrace is an ideal place to relax and hang out.
Staying with local families give you the opportunity to practice the Spanish language much more than if you would only take Spanish classes. You will not only be part of the family but also of the whole neighborhood and you will be observing a complete different way to live than what you are used to!
In Puerto Viejo, the local people have Caribbean roots and are famous for their family ties, great food and welcoming lifestyle!
Maybe our hostel is full or you prefer to stay in town instead of the countryside-jungle setting of our own hostel. Maybe you want a bit or a lot more luxury.
No problem! To make sure you have some more inspiring options, we selected for you one budget hostel, one middle-priced hotel and one luxury hotel in Puerto Viejo or it’s surroundings.
Especially for students that want to travel, learn Spanish ánd visit 4 of our amazing locations!
Will Quaile, USA, Boquete
Thanks for creating a great space in a beautiful place!
Patrick Busby, USA, Boquete
The school and Avelina have been a pleasure. I hope to return someday and speak fluent Spanish. This has been a great experience for me. I have learned more than I expected too. I hope to return and continue my Spanish language education. Maribel and Avelina have been so helpful.
Lars Anderson, Sweden, Boquete
Beautiful place and friendly people! thanks
Matias, Peter, Simon and Sören
Thank you so much for one of the most awesome weeks of our lives! We had so much fun and we are definitely coming back when we have learned how to dance salsa! Also thanks to Gaby, Tatiana and Adriana for teaching us Spanish; it means a lot! Hasta luego!
Martin y Ingrid fueron muy serviciales. Costa Rica es el país más hermoso que he visitado. Estoy emocionado de visitar los otros hostales y escuelas en Costa Rica y Panamá!
Otty y Antonio, Spanish
Estamos muy agradecidos por la estancia y la hospitabilidad que nos habeís ofrecido tanto en Bocas del Toro como en Turrialba. Spanish at Locations es sin lugar a dudas uno de los pocos lugares donde se siente uno en casa y en el paraíso!
Maria Elena, USA
I really enjoyed my stay over "Spanish by the River"it's the greatest location and school-hostel i ever say! Good people & good vibes. Loved the Rafting! Thank you all, Pura Vida!
Edortu y Xandra, Spain
Increíble y maravilloso la estancia; tanto Ingrid como sus hijos superamables. Nos dejó un gran recuerdo, nos sentimos como en casa desde el principio!
Loved it here: the staff, accommodations and views were spectacular. Thanks Fernando for the awesome breakfasts!