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Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Taking a Spanish course in Costa Rica is an unforgettable experience due to the country's rich diversity of plants and animals and beautiful scenery. From surfing on white sandy beaches and river rafting, to climbing volcanoes and exploring the tropical rainforest, there is plenty to keep you occupied when you are not studying Spanish.

Costa Rica's biodiversity is greater than that of Europe and the USA combined, making it a dream destination for nature lovers, who can appreciate the country´s wildlife in its many national parks. With a tropical climate all year round, Costa Rica's beaches (on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides) are also popular with visitors. Adventure and sports tourism have been growing in recent years, with activities including canopy tour zip lines, scuba diving, sport fishing, wind surfing, and much more.

The locals, or Ticos, are known for their warm welcome and their pura vida attitude; an ability to appreciate the good things in life, no matter what challenges they face. They speak Spanish very clearly so students of all levels will be able to understand and communicate easily.

The Swiss Olympic snowboarder Najda Purtschert travelled with Yalea Languages and Sudden Rush to Costa Rica to learn Spanish and to improve her surfing skills. Find out more about her trip and get inspiration for your own language learning adventure!


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Costa Rica - Travel Guide

Find out about the required documentation for entry into your destination country. It is mandatory to have appropriate medical insurance during the entire duration of your stay abroad.

Safety and security
The security situation is subject to changes over time. We therefore recommend that you visit the website gov.uk or travel.state.gov for further information.

For general health information we recommend travelhealthpro.org.uk and fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

Currency: Costa Rica Colón (CRC)

Tip /Propina: 10 to 15% are expected

On the website numbeo you can find more information about the cost of living in Costa Rica.

Voltage & Sockets
120 V (as in the USA) American plug with two vertical flat metal pins and one round metal pin at the bottom in the middle Japanese plug with two vertical flat metal pins

The culture of Costa Rica is mainly Spanish. Since the country was not populated by any indigenous advanced civilizations, the cultural influence of the indigenous people is also low. The colourful festivals in honour of patron saints and the use of mandolin, guitar and accordion in the music of Costa Rica reflect the Spanish influence. The official national dance is the Punto Guanacasteco (toe heel dance), which was invented only in the last century. Among the music- and dance-loving Ticos, tropical music rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha or Reggae are the most popular.

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