Intercultura Costa Rica: Beachfront Spanish Immersion

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Widely recognized as one of the top language schools in Costa Rica, Intercultura offers a variety of Spanish immersion programs for all ages: Group / private Spanish classes, family & teen programs, university credit, 50+, 24/7 Homestay Spanish Immersion, and Spanish + Surf, Spanish & Volunteering, providing a total immersion in the Spanish language and culture. Students live with local families (all within walking distance) and can participate in free daily activities including Latin dance, yoga, cooking, zumba, arts, and excursions.

What makes our Spanish school different:
1. Two unique locations which can be combined: Vibrant CITY campus in historic Heredia and tranquil BEACHFRONT campus at tropical Sámara beach on the Northern Pacific Coast
2. Outstanding quality of our academic and cultural programs
3. Our friendly atmosphere, personalized approach, attention to detail
4. Our commitment to sustainable community development (we are part of the United Nations Global Compact)

Questions & Answers

Hi there! Our Spanish programs are offered year-round, starting every Monday. We are closed for one week during semana santa (March 25 - 31, 2018) and for two weeks over Christmas and New Years (Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 05, 2019).


based on 20 reviews
  • Instruction 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.7
  • Value 8.5
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overall experience

I had not been in school for over 40 years and I was a little worried about total immersion since my Spanish was very basic. But, as soon as I got in the class I felt almost at ease, as the teacher was extremely competent and attentive to each individual personality.
I also enjoyed the environment very mush. It was quite special to come out of the class and have lunch on the beach, so we could practice what we had learned in the class.
Overall, fantastic experience.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly cannot think of anything to criticize.
Yes, I recommend this program
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The Perfect Way to Learn Spanish

My work recommended that I go to the Intercultura program in order to get a kick start in learning to speak Spanish. . Of course at first I was a little skeptical as to how much I could actually learn in two weeks. But, I have to say the whole Intercultura program blew me away.

My entire experience was absolutely phenomenal and I am 100 percent convinced that there is no other better way to learn a language than to take an immersion course.

The entire staff at the school were extremely friendly and helpful. My teacher was amazing she was full of energy and loved her teaching techniques. She was very patient with all the students and very helpful as well. the school definitely offers and motivates you to participate in various different activities that only help you indulge in more opportunities to learn to speak Spanish.

Classes are only 4 hours long and I loved during my 15 minute breaks to grab a fresh cup of coffee offered for free by the school and just go and stare at the beautiful beach right outside the school gate. The school is extremely well maintained and clean.

The entire neighborhood surrounding the school is extremely outgoing and social. There's a great nightlife out there and I felt safe the whole time. The town is adorable, easy to get around and has all the comforts you'll need.

The homestay offered is great and an educational way to learn the culture and also practice more espanol.

Great big fat thank you and praise to the surf school! Those guys are amazing and very passionate about teaching people to surf.

There's so much more praise to be given to the experience I had at the Intercultura school in Samara Beach. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly have nothing to complain about except I was of could of stayed longer ha-ha.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Fantastic Spanish Experience

I moved to Costa Rica in September 2014 where I have a hotel and a rental condo. There was a big need to learn Spanish as I had to conduct business in Spanish. This school was amazing and I will surely recommend it. The classes are a ton of fun and very exciting.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Enjoyed everything!

I stayed only for a week in Samara, but got a lot out of it! My friendly home stay family rented me a bike and I felt at once at home in the village!
In my advanced spanish class we were only 4 students and a very engaged lovely teacher, so we could learn and participate a lot. Our learning matter varied from pure grammar to cultural and personal stuff. It was always fun. I became friend especially with one student (a woman my age) and we continued to speak Spanish where ever we met - at the wonderful beach, so to say the schoolyard or having a glass of wine at sunset in one of the nice restaurants at the beach as well!
In the afternoon I enjoyed the latin-dancing classes, which were offered by the school as well!

How can this program be improved?
For me everything was fine!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Excellent School

I have studied at Sámara Beach Language School twice for five weeks in total. I am going to return to the school next month to study for another week. I like the school a lot. There is a nice combination of pleasant atmosphere and professionalism. All of the teachers are very good or excellent. The community is very nice. There are many nice restaurants.

How can this program be improved?
Most students there do home stay. Most students who do home stay enjoy the experience. However home stay is not for everyone. My only complaint is that there are not many nice hotels near the school so choice in this is limited.
Yes, I recommend this program


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About Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools

Founded in 1993, Intercultura Costa Rica offers internationally recognized Spanish and culture immersion programs for all ages and Spanish levels.

Our main goal is to teach the students in a warm, fun yet intellectually challenging learning...