Surf and Spanish - CSI

Learn Spanish in Tamarindo, Uruguay

The Area & School

Playa Tamarindo and the surrounding areas are some of the best beaches to learn to surf in the world. With beautiful weather and consistent waves year round, Tamarindo is truly the surf capital of Costa Rica. Students who participate in the surfing and Spanish program are not limited to simple surf lessons. Rather they receive a comprehensive 'wave education'. Instructors teach wave theory, surf technique and employ methods such as video-analysis and yoga to ensure that surf students get the most out of their lessons.

Never surfed before? Completely new to the ocean? No problem! CSI offers surfing camps and programs for everyone, even those who are secretly afraid of the water. Your instructors will have you up on a board and enjoying the waves of Costa Rica in no time.

Spanish Courses

Spanish + Surfing Course Spanish

Starts at $520 for one week


Host Family (Half Board)

Starts at $160 / week

Shared Apartment

Starts at $180 / week

Additional Details

The school will be closed on the following national holidays. The school does not make up for missed class days, and no refunds or discounts will be given, so please keep this in mind when choosing your dates.

  • January 1 (New Year’s Day)
  • April 11
  • April 17 & April 18 (Holy Thursday and Friday)
  • May 1 (Worker’s Day)
  • July 25 (Annexation of Guanacaste)
  • August 2 (Costa Rica’s Saint. Virgen de Los Angeles)
  • August 15 (Mother’s Day)
  • September 15 (Independence Day)
  • October 12 (Encuentro de las Culturas)
  • December 25 (Christmas Day)

Students are encouraged to fly into Liberia International Airport, which is a short 50 minute drive from the school. CSI can arrange student pickup from LIR for $60 USD. San Jose International (SJO) is another option, but it is 4-6 hours away depending on weather. CSI does not offer pickup from SJO and students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to Tamarindo from San Jose. Student accommodation begins each Sunday before the Monday course start date, so if a student arrives any day prior, they will be responsible for finding their own lodging prior to arriving at CSI.

Max Group Class Size: 6.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 75 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: $20.80 per class hour

In addition to surfing and Spanish courses, the school organizes a variety of activities that are open to participation from all students. Students will be presented with a list of available activities each Monday, and there is no need to reserve in advance. Weekday activities are organized a few evenings per week and are usually free or cost between $5-10 USD. A sampling of these activities includes:

  • Salsa and Merengue classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Movie nights
  • Welcome drink and town tour
  • Beach soccer or volleyball

The school also organizes weekend excursions to places of interest in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. These excursions range from $50-$200 USD per student, and normally include round-trip transportation, lodging and food. Some of the most popular excursions include:

  • Sunset sail and snorkel
  • Ziplining, jungle and volcano tours
  • Manuel Antonio Park National Park
  • Rincon de la Vieja
  • Canopy tours
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde cloud forest
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Visit to colonial Granada, Nicarauga
  • Horseback riding
  • Surf trips to Witches Rock, Playa Avellanas, Ollie's Point

Intensive 20 Spanish + Surf - One of CSI’s most popular programs, this course includes the standard Intensive 20 plus six hours of surf instruction each week. The Spanish portion of the program consists of 20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week, totaling 18 hours and 20 minutes. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of six students per class, and are broken into four, 55 minute lessons each morning. Surf lessons are scheduled to take advantage of the best conditions and optimal tide positions. A combination of in-water lessons, surf theory and other techniques are employed. Students of all levels and ages are encouraged to join.