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1. Posted by lkedwards (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am planning to go to Costa Rica this summer for one month and I am looking for a travel companion to go with me or meet up. I plan to take Spanish classes for an hour or so a day (obviously not a requirement for a travel buddy) and the rest of the day explore my surroundings, stay in hostels, meet new people, etc. Cheap, low maintenance traveling. Message me if you are interested.

Thanks and talk to you soon!

2. Posted by Geevis (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

what's happening?

I'm planning a similiar trip to Costa Rica starting in July and am looking for someone to travel with as well..

I'm 26, male and American.. Hit me up -snip-if you want to discuss meeting up.



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3. Posted by OnMyWay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i will be flying into guatemala city on july 12, then traveling through belize, honduras, nicaragua, costa rica and panama. i fly out of san jose on august 21. if anyone will be around during that time, drop me a line. im a 22/m that loves to try new things and experience as much as possible. ill be down there alone the whole time with no set plans

4. Posted by MissL (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys!

If you're planning on taking Spanish lessons while in Costa Rica, I can thoroughly recommend a great school in the Orosi valley, just 90 minutes from San Jose.

With so many schools in Costa Rica to choose from, I was pleased to find a time-saving comparison site ( which was really useful and helped me choose Montana Linda – and I'm so glad I did!

If like me you're serious about learning Spanish in a relaxed setting away from distractions like the beach, then Orosi could be the place for you. It's a peaceful village nested in the mountains, with plenty to do if you like nature and prefer to explore the surroundings at your own pace rather than sign up for organised tours. There's a friendly atmosphere and you’ll not only receive a genuine 'hello' from the locals you pass in the street, but they'll also encourage your attempts to speak Spanish in the supermaket, bakery and internet cafe.

Montana Linda Spanish School offers great value for money and caters for all levels. As a complete beginner I was relieved to find that my teacher had heaps of patience and tailored the classes to my own interests and needs. I expected that there might be up to three students in my class, but was fortunate enough to have one-to-one tuition and felt that the three-hour sessions were just the right length (any more would have been too much!). In just five days, my teacher gave me the confidence to travel alone around Costa Rica and Nicaragua, which would have been a real challenge had I not taken some prior tuition.

Classes run from Monday to Friday, but the school and lots of flexibility with regards to lesson times (8-11am, 12-3pm or 3-6pm) and accommodation (guest house, hostel or homestay), as long as you arrive by Sunday afternoon or call to make reservations in advance. I chose the cosy hostel as the budget option, but fellow students had a great time with their friendly homestay families, which were all within five minutes walk from the school, and often invited the students to join them at family gatherings and salsa nights!

I hope you find this useful and enjoy your time in Costa Rica as much as I did! For more information, check out the school’s website,, or Lonely Planet pages 122 and 143 (6th edition).

Best wishes for happy and safe travels!:)