We are loking for Spanish training for one week of our stay (next July) in Costa Rica (Guanacaste). I have investigated Academia de Espanol Nicoya which has classes in Samara, Samara Language School (Intercultura), Nosara Spanish Istitute, and the Flamingo Beach campus of CPI. All have their pros and cons; I am hoping for some guidance with my decision from those with experience in Costa Rica (we've never been there).
I received good correspondence from Academia (classes run out of the Hotel Belvedere in Samara). The drawback here is that the cost is a bit higher and there are no "fun" activities (like cooking or dancing) that my teens would enjoy. Intercultura looks inviting for its beach location but they offered no programs for those under age 18 and could not guarantee private lessons at the same time as their group lessons. Nosara offered the most flexible program and nice accommodations at a good price but the campus is a half hour walk to the beach, I'm also wondering about being "stuck" in Nosara in
July. CPI seems like a reputable school but I'm wondering how authentic of an experience we will get being in Playa Flamingo - it seems rather upscale.
Any comments about these schools or locations are most welcome. Thanks.Edited: 23 September 2012, 12:32