Wayra Spanish Institute Tamarindo Beach

Basic Information

Address: East Road, Playa Tamarindo 50309, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Phone Number: + (506) 26530359
Director/Owner: Shirley Herrera and Reto Patt

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Wayra Spanish Institute Tamarindo Beach
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Additional Information

Ages: 6-99

The Wayra campus is surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife and is just 1 ½ blocks away from the beach and center of town. This idyllic paradise lends itself as an optimal locale for an all-inclusive learning experience.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): From Monday - Friday 08am - 12pm or 01pm - 05pm

Tamarindo is a great multicultural beach town with plenty of activities to enjoy such as kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, ATV, horseback riding, golf, tennis, yoga, hiking, canopy and mountain-biking. Students can find most of the restaurants, hotels, tour operators, surf schools, supermarkets, and other major businesses within walking distance to the school. The white sand beach and crystal-clear water of Tamarindo Beach attract nature lovers, surfers, giant-turtle watchers, and sun-seekers year-round.

School Size: 12 classrooms including 4 open air classrooms
Classroom Size: max 6 students per class.
Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

All the rates for the different programs can be found on our website.

Financial Aid:


Languages used as a Medium of Teaching: Spanish
Credit Available: Depending on the university
Course Levels: A1 - C2
Experience Required:

No, we start each Monday with absolute beginner classes.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Students receive all the necessary support service from our reservation, admission and academic department.

Computer Capabilities:

We have on the entire campus + the student residencies free Wi-Fi available and computer for student’s use can be available upon request.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Parking spaces are available outside the campus and the student residences.

Admissions Deadline: At least one week prior to starting date.
Application Process:

Students can fill out the registration form online on our website and will afterwards receive a reservation email including payment details.

Mission Statement:

We maintain and preserve our international recognition and standing as an Institute of Spanish Language study through a dedication to excellence. Our teachers devote their efforts to meeting the student’s personal and academic learning objectives. Our mission is to evolve competencies as Spanish language learners for all.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our philosophy of teaching the Spanish language incorporates eclectic learning strategies. We differentiate instruction, utilize cooperative learning, orchestrate student exchange, provide supplemental social activities, and offer a total immersion experience into our Latin American culture. Our educators are steadfast in employing state-of-the-art methodologies.

School History:

WAYRA Spanish Institute is the oldest and most experienced Spanish language school in the province of Guanacaste and Tamarindo, teaching Spanish with excellence since 1996. WAYRA has been accredited since 2008 by Instituto Cervantes, which means it meets the conditions set by the Instituto Cervantes Accreditation System for Centers, the only international accreditation exclusively focused on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. In addition, WAYRA Instituto de Español is a DELE examination Center.


My experience at Wayra was one of the best introductions I could have had into the Costa Rican and Latin culture. I took a four-week course and received a great working knowledge of the language in all aspects. I believe that to fully learn a language one must also learn and understand the culture. I was totally immersed into the culture and a new window with new opportunities got open for me.

During my stay I chose to live with a host family nearby, in Villareal. Villareal is a small pueblo packed with friendly folks. I made a few friends there that I believe will now be friends for life. The commute (5kms.) every day on public bus makes one feel like he/she is integrated into the community and, in fact, you do become integrated if you are open to all the smiling faces. Living with a family was ideal for me. I practiced speaking Spanish all the time and I learned a new way of life. It is quite beautiful.

Wayra is a brilliant institution. I suggest taking at least a 4-week course. The opportunity to have a different teacher each week is a great experience because each teacher had like a magic wand that helped me to learn the language faster. This is a very special place, an introduction to propel you forward. Pura vida... Petra Koller (Switzerland).

Program Highlights:

One of the most popular programs we are offering is our Spanish&Surf program. It includes 20 Spanish lessons per week, surf instruction, board rental and a photography bundle and can combined with different lodging options

Visa Requirement:

US, Canada and European nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.

Travel/Living Accommodations: Costa Rica has two international airports – Liberia (Daniel Oduber, LIR) and San José (Juan Santamaría, SJO). We can organize airport pick-ups from both places. We offer to our students 3 different types of student housing in Playa Tamarindo. These houses are very popular, in great locations and all are located within walking distance to the Spanish school, the beach and the center of the town. A great way to immerse yourself even more in the Spanish language and culture is living with a host family in one of our nearby towns of Santa Rosa and Villarreal.
Notes/School Information:

Personalized service to our students throughout their stay.
A wide range of courses to satisfy the most demanding clientele.
Courses for all ages, including college students, professionals, teens, kids, and families.
A variety of fun and adventure activity packages. Two of our most popular programs are: Spanish & Surf and 2 weeks Spanish & Adventure for groups.
Our location in Tamarindo beach is on Costa Rica's Gold Coast. It offers a beautiful white sandy beach, crystal-clear waters, surfing, giant-turtle watching and sun-seeking year-round. There is also a rain forest nearby.
Lodging options include a wide variety to choose from; they include: Three student residences near the school and the beach, host families at nearby towns, hotels, and apartments.
Plenty of activities to enjoy, such as: kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, ATV, horseback riding, golf, tennis, yoga, hiking, canopy, and mountain-biking