21 Days » Yoga, Surfing and Spanish in Amazing Costa Rica

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The School of the World is a Costa Rica surf camp + surf school for all skill levels, and we are one of the most established and well respected surf camps in Costa Rica. Learn to surf in the warm waters of Costa Rica any week of the year. Get ready to drop in!

Yoga and surfing are both good for your body, mind, and soul. Learning a new language expands your outer world.  This is one of our most popular combinations. Each day (M-F) consists of approximately 2 hours of Spanish class, an hour of Spanish Lab (designed to reinforce the day’s lesson with conversation, games, etc),  1,5 hour of Yoga class, plus 2 hours of Surf class.

Yoga: Class sizes are small and our experienced instructors keep learning fun and relaxed. Our certified instructors blend their training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga into the practice. Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, our intention is for you to leave with the tools necessary to enrich and deepen your practice.”

Surf: Our expert instructors cater to all skill levels from beginners to advanced. Warm water year round, consistent surf conditions, and local breaks for all levels of surfers, the Playa Jaco area is an amazing place to surf! The School of the World has been widely respected as one of the top surf schools in Costa Rica for over 16 years.

Beginners learn the basics of paddling, standing, and turning, as well as wave selection and other fundamental skills from our instructors, some of the best and most experienced in the country. They have completed rigorous international surf instructor and ocean lifesaver training, so you will feel comfortable and safe in the water. Here at School of the World we have been teaching people to surf day in and day out since 1997. In addition to the daily surf sessions, we also incorporate land based balance training and photo + video review sessions into our programs.

Already a surfer? Then you know great surf is a recipe of a lot of elements coming together perfectly- swell, direction, tide, wind, time of day, and season are all factors. Local knowledge is key to scoring great waves on vacation, and having a great place to hang out between surf sessions is a big bonus. Just a few reasons why surfers keep coming back to School of the World’s surf camp! Let our experienced Costa Rica surf guides show you the best waves around and help you take your surfing to the next level.

*Surf classes generally have no more than three students per instructor.

Spanish: Our Spanish program is designed to help you become proficient and comfortable communicating in Spanish, while enjoying a relaxing and fun environment conducive to learning. Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate, and Intermediate-Advanced levels are available, in durations ranging from 1 week to 1 month and beyond.

This combination is sure to keep you feeling amazing inside and out. The yoga and spanish schedule changes weekly to accommodate the surf schedule and tides. In yoga, surfing and languages, the more you practice the better you get.

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Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga

  • Ashtanga Yoga

  • Vinyasa Yoga

  • Iyengar Yoga

  • Anusara Yoga


21 / 21 days with instruction
English Instruction language
Spanish Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Minimum age allowed is 18 years
  • The maximum participants in the group is 30 person
  • Seasonality


    Daily Program Review Like

    Our schedule is created on a weekly base and completely written on the tides of the ocean, the amount of people and their course combinations. Therefore, it changes every week.

    In terms of hours, the classes will be divided as following:

    Surf: 1 session (2 hours) a day, transportation to the beach, surfboard and instructor is included. Based on the tides, surf can take place anywhere between 6am and 4pm.

    Yoga: 1,5 hours a day, yoga mat and other equipment is included. Yoga usually is the first class or the last class of the day, so everyone is able to attend.

    Spanish; 2 hours of Spanish class and 1 hour of Spanish Lab a day.

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    Our beautiful facility has free Wi-Fi for our guests, a shared kitchen and dining area, 12 guestrooms, outdoor lounge, pool, garden, and lots of great spots to hang out and relax. It is located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of town and is just a few minutes walk from the beach, dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.

    Standard Shared Room - All of our shared guestrooms (double occupancy) have private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, refrigerators, cotton sheets and comfortable beds. We will pair you with someone of the same gender and age range if you are traveling alone or you can request a roommate and we will happily accommodate you.

    Private lodging - treat yourself and relax in style in one of our guestroom upgrades. We have some rooms that are allocated for use as upgraded shared rooms, or as private guest rooms. Most of them are located in the main building, which has the peaceful feel of a tropical treehouse. These rooms have one full size and one single bed, 100% cotton sheets, refridgerator, private bathroom, and A/C. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis so please reserve in advance, especially during our peak seasons (Dec-March and May-Aug)

    Private deluxe lodging - Our deluxe private rooms are great for traveling couples, or just spoiling yourself with an oversized bed for those after surf siestas! These rooms have super comfortable king size beds, cotton sheets, complimentary bath towel service, A/C, refridgerators, private bathrooms, and ceiling fans. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis so please reserve in advance, especially during our peak seasons (Dec-March and May-Aug).

    Additional Things to do Review Like

    • Tours
    • Hiking
    • Weekend Trips

    What is included Review Like

    • Surf classes - 2 hours per day (Monday to Friday).
    • Yoga classes - 1,5 hour per day (Monday to Friday).
    • Spanish classes - 2 hours per day + 1 hour of Spanish Lab, designed to reinforce the day’s lesson with conversation, games, etc. (Monday to Friday).
    • Accommodation.

    What is not included Review Like

    • Meals - Food is not included in our programs. Our guest rooms have refrigerators, the school has a fully equipped shared kitchen, and there is a wide array of restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.
    • Surfboards are provided for use during class, however to minimize our equipment loss and damage we do not loan them out after class. If you wish to surf outside of class
    • time you will need to bring your own board or rent one from a surf shop in town. Surfboards cost about $10-20 per day to rent.
    • Wetsuits: Costa Rican waters are warm and you will not need a wetsuit. Rashguards are recommended as they protect from the sun and surfboard wax rashes. If you cannot buy one before you arrive there are many surf shops in town where you can get one.
    • We do not provide towels or laundry service. There is a laundromat nearby. If you forget or don't want to travel with towels you can buy them in town once you arrive. It is recommended to bring an extra if you are taking surfing or yoga classes.
    • Airfare.
    • Transfer from/to  the airport.

    Know before you go Review Like

    • Check-in on Sunday and check-out is always on Saturday.
    • Electricity: The outlets (electricity) are the same as in the United States (110v). If you are coming from a European country, or Australia, you will need an adapter.”
    • Currency: It is not necessary to change your dollars ahead of time, as they are accepted in most tourist towns and areas of Costa Rica. You can also withdraw money in the local currency through an ATM or exchange money at one of the local banks if you wish.
    • Shot: For the most up to date medical information for travelers check with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. U.S.A. www.cdc.gov/travel/camerica.htm Malaria medication and other tropical disease preventatives are usually only recommended if you plan to travel to the remote regions of the rainforest.

    How to get there Review Like

    You will want to fly into Juan Santa Maria airport (SJO) in San Jose.

    We can arrange for an airport pickup for $90 US. When possible we help arrange car pool for guests arriving at the same time so they can share the costs.

    If you would like us to organize this for you we will need your flight number, airline name and arrival date and time.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Non Refundable

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    The rest of the payment should be made on arrival

    Features Review Like

    • Cooking Classes

    • Hiking

    • Surfing

    • Air-Conditioned Rooms

    • Beach

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Garden

    • Kitchen

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Yoga Studio

    • ATM / Banking

    • Car/MotorBike Rental

    • Convenience / Grocery Store

    • Free Wi-Fi

    • Local Market

    • Medical Assistance

    • Room Cleaning

    • Tour Assistance

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      Can't get enough of the PURA VIDA!
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      SOTW was my first big girl solo trip and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. From the accommodations, to the staff and instructors, to the classes themselves, nothing disappoints. As long as you have the traveller and nomad community mindset and not expecting a 5 star Ritz stay, you will not be disappointed. I made some amazing friends at SOTW, met some incredible and interesting people, learned Spanish and Photography, and tried my hand at surfing (wonderfully patient instructors...ha!), and zen'd out with some mind and body rejuvenating Yoga! I can't say enough good things and will be back again! SOTW is truly a beautiful experience and you depart a little wiser, fitter, courageous, and full hearted. PURA VIDA!
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      Awesome classes, great area, and most importantly amazing community and staff
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      I originally booked my stay for 4 weeks at the school and I ended up staying 2 months!

      I stayed in a shared room, and everything was clean and well-maintained. The a/c there works well, there's a mini fridge and plates/utensils in the room by the sink, and the bed was comfortable.

      When it comes to the classes at SOTW, I never thought I'd surf a day in my life, and I've completed 8 weeks of surfing with the school now. Before you hit the water, an instructor will go over popping up on your board, staying safe in the water and with your board, and setting your expectations for your surf experience. About half way through the week, one of the guys films the students surfing, and then everyone gathers later to watch the video and an instructor goes over mistakes and how to improve your surfing. The instructors were absolutely fantastic; they gave great advice and were very encouraging. I felt safe every moment surfing with them, and my surfing overall improved greatly under their instruction.

      The school takes pride in employing great people who love what they do, and it really shows. Carlos in particular was an amazing instructor to work with. I had surf and photography with him, and I found that he's very knowledgeable and passionate with both. Getting to learn from him was a highlight of my trip for sure!

      A tip for an incoming student would be sign up for surf, don't just do Spanish/yoga/photo. Also, bring sunscreen and bug spray.

      I know I'll be back and I will 100% recommend the school to friends. Pura vida.
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      Home away from home!
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      SOTW became more than I could ever ask for. I stayed at the school for close to three weeks. I signed up for a surf intensive, which was about four hours of surf, Monday-Friday. I learned from five incredible instructors who made the experience unforgettable. Additionally, the staff at the school are also amazing people who feel like family. They all filled my heart with so much love. I can't wait to return in a few months. SOTW will be one of your best decisions. Pura Vida.

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