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Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

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Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

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
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1. Re: Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

I will choose between Samara and Nosara...no many pleople will have the chance to walk by the beach to go to school...and then even a ncie visit to Ostional beach to see the turtle arrivals!

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2. Re: Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

Hi Vegman99_New,

There is a new school opening up in Samara but I am not sure what grades will be available by the time you arrive to Samara. You may want to contact them: http://www.facebook.com/angelina.phillips.589 for more information.

Good luck!

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3. Re: Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

I have a friend that attended a Spanish language school in Samara, loved the city so much that she decided to buy a small hotel and settled in Samara. I love that little beach town too, everything you need.

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4. Re: Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

Nosara is more family-oriented and I've taken classes at the Nosara Spanish Institute. The instruction is first-class.

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5. Re: Spanish School for Family - Samara vs Nosara vs Flamingo

You might really reconsider Nicoya. It's a family town, local culture, and there's a lot close to here such as Samara, but also some incredible nearby national parks. You'll learn Spanish and be able to get to know the Ticos (Costa Ricans). Every Sunday night the local band plays in the park after church services, and after a week everyone in town will probably know who you are. Quaint and friendly. Academia de Español Nicoya, the Spanish school in Nicoya has been around for more than 15 years.

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