Panama City, panama
The vibrant contrast between the high-rising modern skyline, the rich historical architecture of the city and the tropical rainforest that surrounds it, make for a fascinating exploration through Panama City.
In this metropolitan mecca, visitors can bear witness to the country’s diverse history within just minutes of walking. Casco Viejo, the historic gem of Panama City, with its rooftop bars, contemporary art galleries and chic restaurants, is a perfect example of the city’s distinct fascination.
"Spanish in the City - Panama"
We don’t own our own location in Panama City but have our base at the Hostel La Posada 1914, a two story colonial house located in the heart of the Bella Vista district, about a 5 minute walk from the always lively Cinta Costera that leads to the tourist areas such as the Calle Uruguay and Casco Viejo. Restaurants and supermarkets are all right around the corner.
We accommodate you in the hostel and use various teaching stations around the building. Read here how we work with you to teach you Spanish!
Who likes to study at Spanish in the City – Panama?
Panama City is perfect for those who are serious about learning Spanish and who love the hussle and bussle of big cities. It satisfies all your metropolitan needs with an array of cultural expositions, museums and history, combined with the endless variety of restaurants, bars, nooks and nightclubs. The lush belt of tropical rainforest that surrounds the city also provides ample opportunities for nature related activities, including the indigenous villages and the quintessential tropical paradise of the San Blas archipelago, which are all just a day trip away.
So why Panama City?
- Visit one of the seven wonders of the world; the Panama Canal.
- Incomparable nightlife; international dining, rooftop bars and salsa dancing.
- Great base for exotic destinations; San Blas, Pearl Islands and Embera Indigenous Villages.
- Complete Spanish language immersion.
- Hub for shopping; lowest prices in Latin America.
All options for this location
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).
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).
Panama City: Other hostels & hotels
Sometimes our own hostel might be full or you prefer to stay a bit more in the center of the city or in a different sized hostel. Perhaps in one with more luxury.
No problem! We selected for you some budget hostels, middle-priced hotels and one luxury hotel in Panama City.
Panama City: The hostel
In Panama City, the hostel that we use to stay while in the City is called CASA AREKA and is perfect for people that like to be independent, cook their own meals and share conversations with fellow travellers.
The hostel attracts lot’s of adventurous individual travellers. It is very centrally located, in Punta Pacífica with lots of restaurants, shops and even a gym close by. In about 15 minutes you are walking at the Cinta Costera, the boulevard next to the Pacific Ocean and that leads to Casco Viejo where the party is alive every day of the week. The shopping centre Multi Plaza is located at 10 minutes walking as well!
Historical Sites Visiting
Historical places create connections to our heritage that help us understand our past, appreciate our triumphs, and learn from our mistakes. Historic places help define and distinguish our communities by building a strong sense of identity and are are treasured by local people. As a tourist you should not miss these magical places and the intriguing stories that surround them!
Dinners & Nightlife
Dinners, parties and going to the local bars and discos are a great way to get to know your fellow students, relax and have some fun. So don’t miss the get-togethers during the week and especially on the weekends! Panama City, Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo offer vibrant nightlife every day of the week. In Boquete and Turrialba it is generally more centered around the weekend.
Museum & Reseach Institutes
In Costa Rica & Panama a great deal of research is done in tropical agricultre, biodiversity and conservation, so you are in the right countries to learn about these topics. Furthermore, in Panama City there is a rich variety of museums where you can learn about the Panama Canal and the AfroAntillian Culture. The Gold and Jade museums are among several that can be found in San Jose, just a day trip away from Turrialba.
Gyms for Workout
Working out has many benefits, not only physical ones but also some related to improvement of your studies. It boosts brainpower (it increases levels of brain-derived protein in the body, believed to help with decision making, higher thinking and learning). It also sharpens memory. With the availabilty of gyms nearby you can continue your workout routine while learning Spanish at our schools!
Casco Viejo Walking Tour
Panama City’s Casco Viejo is a historic district of mansion-lined alleys connecting elegant colonial squares and historic buildings. It´s right now in the middle of a face-lift that will restore it completely to its former glory. Wandering along cobbled streets will take you back in time. Your guide will help you imagine what the city was like before the Panama Canal opened it up to the world!
Latin American Dance Class
Once you get into dancing you realize what you have been missing .. you´ll remember you have a body, you have fun, it is cheap and you can meet interesting people. The hormone dopamine will be released and activate the learning centers of you brain .. so much needed to learn Spanish! You can learn salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton. ¡A bailar!
Local Cooking Class
What is a better way to study Spanish than learning all about the food, flavors and how to prepare tasty local dishes? Let’s combine the classroom with the kitchen and not only learn Spanish words for the ingredients and commands like ¡mezcla! but also prepare gallo pinto, arroz con pollo or bananas flambé and make sure you immerse yourself in the culinary culture of Costa Rica or Panama and enjoy some delicious food!
San Blas Indigenous – Islands Tour
Getting to San Blas is like stepping into another world for a few days! The Guna Indians still live much the same way as their ancestors. They have their comarca within Panama, which means they have an autonomous territory governed by self rule. They make sure large scale tourism is not accepted. Pristine white sand beaches lined with palm trees, turquoise waters, stunning sun sets and a gorgeous underwater world make you want to stay there forever!
Bird Watching Tour
Bird watching creates a great opportunity to do some exercise, be outdoors and breathe fresh air. It is not only a very relaxing activity, it also provides you with a private animal reality show and because you will be doing this with a local guide, you will be learning lots about the tropical forest and its inhabitants, not only about birds!
A healthy body is a happy body and one of the best ways to achieve this is to get plenty of exercise. Hiking is an economical way to increase your activity level, while offering plenty of health benefits. Hiking through a beautiful area in our unique locations can als calm your nerves and lift your spirits. Hiking with a group provides an excellent opportunity to learn about tropical ecosystems, socialize and exchange ideas with others!
Especially for students that want to travel, learn Spanish ánd visit 4 of our amazing locations!
Will Quaile, USA
Thanks for creating a great space in a beautiful place!
Patrick Busby, USA
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
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!
If you are looking for a good school to learn Spanish and have fun to discover some new places I can really recommend spanish@locations. Cozy hostels, fantastic outdoor classrooms, great teachers and people! Ingrid and her staff are amazing, I had a wonderful time in Turrialba and Puerto Viejo...for sure will come back!
Muchas gracias y Pura Vida!
Ross, New Zealand
Had a fantastic month learning Spanish at the schools in Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo. The teachers were brilliant, they were experienced and helped pair me up with those at a similar level. My Spanish is way way better now. There were also lots of free activities organised; bikes, kayaks, bbq, salsa, etc. Made our time there even better. Thanks a lot.
Pim, The Netherlands
I had an amazing time in Turrialba and Puerto Viejo. Both beautiful locations and great teachers. I really liked the interactive classes! Thank you all once again. Pura vida!
I will never forget this amazing experience and consider it to be one of the top experiences of my life. Staff and teachers were so accommodating and took excellent care of us. They are all very kind, interesting people who encouraged us to use our Spanish while there. Turrialba was special because I was able to do bird watching right there on the terrace while waiting for my class to start. Puerto Viejo had beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants!
Masha, The Netherlands
Ingrid, thank you so much for two very good weeks at Spanish By The Sea/ River. Good people and good vibes! I really liked the rafting trip in Turrialba (beautiful trip, campsite and good food!), of course the Spanish class and the locations . Pura Vida!
Have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The Spanish lessons with Jackie were fantastic. I am really pleased with how much I have learnt even in such a short space of time. Ruby the manager has been wonderful and as friendly as can be! I would recommend this program to anyone!