The Spanish School in Costa Rica

Academia Tica is proud to be one of the first Spanish schools in Costa Rica and one of the longest standing since 1986. We’re a Costa-Rican run business with finesse for quality. This has been recognized with an Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center certification, the most important qualification for schools that teach Spanish as a foreign language.

Academia Tica is also an official DELE Exam Center. We have been officially awarded the title: “El mejor lugar del mundo para aprender español” or “The best place in the world to learn Spanish” by our former student Brian Reid 🙂

Bók, our Spanish school mascot

Spanish school locations

Coronado, San José

Coronado is the perfect place for full immersion. This is a beautiful quiet, authentic town just outside San José and set at the foot of Braulio Carrillo National Park. It has its own way of life with very warm people and a safe, relaxing environment. Most people will speak in Spanish maximizing the opportunities to practice the language.

The beautiful campus is located about 30 minutes away from downtown San José. This will let you enjoy everything the city offers for cultural immersion and fun. This is also great for cheap and easy travel around Costa Rica since the city works as a transportation hub for the whole country.

Learn more about our Coronado location

Spanish school location in Coronado

Jacó Beach

Jacó Beach is the best place to satisfy tropical urges, learn Spanish and start surfing (or improve your skills!). The town is dubbed “Costa Rica’s City of Surf” and is one of the most popular beaches for locals and travelers since it is the closest to San José and the international airport.

The town offers a laidback lifestyle with all the attractions and activities of a seaside city surrounded by natural beauty that you can visit and experience. The surf is constant and there are waves for beginners and advanced surfers as well. The Jacó-Hermosa area hosts national and international tournaments including the 2009 and 2016 World Surfing Games.

Learn more about our Jacó Beach location

About our Spanish school location in Jacó Beach

Our Spanish teachers and staff

Our teachers and staff

The teacher’s at Academia Tica are highly prepared and experienced, always enthusiatic about what they do. Everyone at the school has a vocation for service and is ready to help you get the most out of your learning experience.

Our Spanish course methodology

Our methodology

Groups are small (max. 6 students) and classes are conversation oriented and fun, because that is the best and fastest way to learn Spanish! Our program is based on the Instituto Cervantes’ Curricular Plan and uses the latest communicative techniques and a cultural backbone.

Our commitment

Our commitment

Academia Tica is characterized by its personal attention to every student and its commitment for helping out. We have 28 years in the business and we understand the challenges of the Spanish language traveler.


Campus facilities

Academia Tica’s campuses have been designed as the perfect environment for studying and relaxing. Both have ample equipped classrooms for comfortable learning, common areas and big beautiful gardens. Below is a full list of facilities and features:

School campus in Coronado, San José

Academia Tica Coronado features:

  • 10 classrooms
  • Big beautiful tropical gardens
  • Tourism services desk
  • Free wi-fi and computer lab
  • Free fitness club membership
  • Common lounge area
  • Ping-pong, ball games, Spanish games
  • Library
  • Study space
  • Student residence next to campus
Academia Tica school campus in Jacó Beach

Academia Tica Jacó Beach features:

  • 7 classrooms
  • Big beautiful tropical gardens
  • Tourism services desk
  • Free wi-fi and computer lab
  • Swimming pool
  • Common lounge area
  • Bike rentals, surfboard rentals
  • Library
  • Study space