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Surf & Spanish Package

Package Description

Surf lessons will be scheduled on Tuesday (1.5 hours) and Thursday (1.5 hours) around your Spanish class times. Your lessons will start with a workshop where you will learn the basics of surfing, safety tips, paddling techniques, standing up on a board and riding waves. All of the surf instructors are CPR, Open Water Rescue and First Aid certified to guarantee a fun and safe experience. ​

  • 2 Surf Lessons
  • 10 - 20 Hours of Spanish Classes
  • Private - Group Classes
Package Description

Experiential Education

We provide an engaging and safe learning environment for learners of all levels

Boutique Language School

Intimate class sizes from private lessons up to 6 students at our boutique language school.

Blue Zone

Experience the culture and lifestyle of the local Nosara community, Pura Vida.

Lifelong Learning

From day one our students benefit from total immersion into the Spanish language.


What is included ?

  1. Your choice of our 10 hours – Group Classes or 20 hours – Group Classes (Monday to Friday) in a group class of maximum 6 students or 10 hours – Private Classes or 20 hours – Private Classes.
  2. Two 1.5 hour professional group surf lessons, one on Tuesday and one on Thursday.


Surf Options

  • Private Surf Lessons: more advanced surfers looking to take their surfing to the next level, or those simply wanting individual attention, may opt for private lessons.
  • Surf Tours: for the truly adventurous and experienced surfers, we are also able to coordinate guided Surf Tours through  including all transportation to famous breaks like Playa Garza, Ostional, Marbella and Camaronal. 
  • Board Rentals: daily and weekly board rentals are also available at surf shops near the school for Nosara Spanish Institute students.

Accommodation Options

Any of our accommodation options, including home stays, may be added on to the Surf and Spanish Package.

Plans & Pricing


Group Classes
  • 2 Surf Lessons
  • Spanish Lessons
$ 550 / WEEK


Group Classes
  • 2 Surf Lessons
  • Spanish Lessons
$ 470 / WEEK


Private Classes
  • 2 Surf Lessons
  • Spanish Lessons
$ 870 / WEEK


Private Classes
  • 2 Surf Lessons
  • Spanish Lessons
$ 670 / WEEK

Enrollment Process:

  1. Choose a plan and click on “Apply Now or Reserver Now“.
  2. Supply us your name, email, phone, program dates, your level of spanish, activities, accommodations.
  3. Click on “Submit”

Or to speak directly with an admissions advisor sign up here.

After Your Successful Enrollment:

  • Our NSI team will contact you by a welcome email and schedule with you your arrival at the institute.
  • You will receive our placement test form and  an email with a complete PDF with all information you need.
  • Your program start Monday to Friday from 8-11:40am or 1-4:40pm.
  • 1 or 2 Spanish Session per day.
  • 2 Surf Lessons (Tuesday and Thursday).

From our students


Important Notes

Note that while Nosara Spanish Institute strives to meet each student’s schedule requests, we are unable to guarantee specific time slots due to the fluctuating number of students and level requirements we receive each week. Students are always be scheduled according to their Spanish level.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does payment work for classes?

50% is required to reserve your space on the course. The remainder is not due until arrival. The deposit can be made via credit/debit card or paypal. The remainder may be paid in cash or credit card on campus

What do I need to bring for classes?

A notebook and a pen.

What is an average program day like?

Depending on how many hours of instruction students participate in, a typical day will consist of Spanish language classes Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm.  Lunch break runs from 11:40-1pm and students often walk down the street to eat at the cafes/restaurants, go surfing or stay at the school and eat.  2-3 days per week the school also organizes activities like cooking classes, salsa classes, half day trips to nearby beaches, waterfalls, etc.  You can view the actives on our activity board in the common area on campus.

How students will be placed by level?

All students complete an online assessment then sit for an oral interview. NSI’s students are placed in one of the six levels based on the communicative competences of the student, framed in three sets of descriptors: basic speaker, independent speaker and proficient speaker. Our levels adapt to the descriptions and parameters of the CEFRL, and are organized with an alphanumerical designation: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.

Are there any certifications or assessments available upon completing the program?

Yes, we can provide a certificate and completion letter stating the hours and level achieved.

What is the typical Spanish level of the other students?

Beginner and intermediate are the typical levels

How much homework is there?

At NSI we do most of our work in class but Monday – Thursday we do provide materials/assignments to be completed outside of class.  These are not graded but we do encourage students to complete any assignments so as to reinforce learning that happens in the classroom.

What to do after classes?

Most students of course head to the beach but there are a number of things to do which include yoga, martial arts, ziplining, horseback riding, surfing, ATV tours and much much more.

Where do students stay?

NSI offers two limited options that can be reserved directly with the school which are Student Housing and Homestay. Otherwise students often stay in airbnb’s, hotels and hostels. Please see our accommodations page.

What happens if I can’t attend the program?

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