Our Spanish school in Coronado, San José

Only 11 km/7 miles north east of San José and situated on the outskirts of Braulio Carrillo National Park lies the charming town Coronado, home to Academia Tica‘s first campus.

With the magnificent Neo-Gothic style church, numerous restaurants, cafes and markets and its vicinity to Costa Rica’s capital, Coronado has a lively cultural scene. The town is home to important establishments like the Costa Rican Olympic Committee, the Interamerican Institute for Agriculture and the Clodomiro Picado Institute, a world-renowned snake research facility.

Attractions and activities

  Iglesia de San Isidro
The town´s outstanding landmark is the neo-Gothic cathedral built at the beginning of the 20th century. During the town’s festivities in May you can climb the tower and enjoy a stunning view over San José and the central valley.

  Braulio Carrillo National Park
North of Coronado the National Park extends over 480 square km/185 square miles with altitudes varying over 3000 meters/9800 feet. It is home to a staggering array of live and different ecosystems, such as tropical rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls.

Hike, bike or explore the scenery, forests and mountains around town on horseback. You can find wonderful sights on the way to Las Nubes or Cascajal de Coronado which is just about 3 km/2 miles away.

  Club Los Jaúles
A big recreation center is located just a few minutes away from the campus with a pool, fitness center, restaurant and spacious outdoor area. Students enjoy free membership and can spend their time after class swimming, exercising or relaxing in the sauna.

  Restaurants and Cafés
There is a wide range of international restaurants in Coronado. Besides typical Costa Ricans “sodas”, you’ll find Texan, Mexican, Chinese and Salvadorian restaurants, a place where you can catch your own trout before eating it and some charming cafés to spend the afternoons studying or hanging out with your new friends.
On our campus Don George serves Costa Rican and Caribbean specialties to all the students at lunch time.

  San José
The country’s capital and biggest city is a hub for culture, nightlife, museums, restaurants, shopping centers and the central starting point for further exploration of the country. Simply hop on the bus leaving every 20 minutes from Coronado.

Gothic church in Coronado downtown where our Spanish school is located

1. San Isidro Church / 2. Local seasonal products always available / 3. Visiting the cloud forest with our students / 4. Traditional Costa Rican masks / 5. Don George, our caribbean food expert / 6. Horseback riding at the Coronado hills / 7. A typical fruit and vegetable stand at the Coronado farmers market

Coronado quick facts

  • Main town: San Isidro de Vázquez de Coronado
  • Inhabitants: 60.000
  • Area: 220 km2
  • Altitude: 1.340m to 1.728m
  • Location: 6 miles / 10 km from San José
  • County districts: San Isidro, Dulce Nombre, San Antonio (Patalillo), San Rafael and Cascajal
  • Average temperature: around 21°C/70°F all year
  • National Parks: Braulio Carrillo, Irazú Volcano

  How to get there

Landing on Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)*, you can ask for a school-organized, door-to-door transfer, take a taxi our use the bus system (not recommended when carrying lots of luggage or arriving late). From San José downtown, buses run about every 2 minutes from the Coronado bus station on Avenida 7, Calle 0-2, however, the private transfer will save you time and stress when just arriving for looking up addresses or getting to an unknown location, the transfer will take you right to the door of your accommodation.

* Please note that the airport is located 30 minutes away from San José downtown.