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.


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"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.


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Intensive Spanish Course

If you want to learn faster:

  • 6 hours of group lessons* per day/ 5 days per week
  • max 6 students per class
  • morning (8 till 12) or afternoon (1 till 5) + evening sessions (5 till 7) 

*When only one student with this level: 3 hrs private (same price).


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Standard Spanish Course

What most students choose:

  • 4 hours of group lessons* per day/ 5 days per week
  • max 6 students per class
  • morning (8 till 12) or afternoon (1 till 5) sessions

*When only one student with this level: 2 hrs private (same price).


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Puerto Viejo: Vacation Rentals

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Puerto Viejo: Our hostel

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.






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Puerto Viejo: Home stays

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!

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Puerto Viejo: Other hostels & hotels

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.





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