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Visit the Real Costa Rica With AEC Spanish Institute!

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  Standard Language Program
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  Accredited CEUs
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  Waldorf, ages 2-12
  Kindergartners, ages 2-7
  Children, ages 8-13 Teen
Summer Spanish CAMPS
  Teen Spanish & Surf
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  Teen Extreme Adventure & Spanish
  Children Spanish, Art, Sports & Adventure
Spanish & Surf Program
  Green Season

Airport Pickup & Departure Information

Before you decide on your flights to Costa Rica please review the flight arrival and departure options. You will be arriving in San Jose at the Jaun Santa Maria International airport (SJO). The majority of our students arrive on the Saturday before they start their programs. This way it will allow for pubic bus travel on Sunday. With the airport pickup our staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to our guest house in San Jose for the overnight stay. The next day’s travel will begin with breakfast at the guest house and our staff leading you to your bus depot for transport to your first campus.

Your departure time will be determined by what campus you wish to end at. Please understand that it takes three hours plus to go from Dominical to San Jose. From the town of La Fortuna (Arenal area) to San Jose is over three hours of bus time. From Turrialba you can reach San Jose in little over an hour. Keep in mind the best time to travel between campuses is in the mornings so if you want to fly out on Sunday you normally need to leave your campus on Saturday. Please know this all sounds a little confusing at first but you are helped by our staff all along the way in getting to your first campus and departing from your last and all places in between.


$90 - 1 student
$150 - 2 students ($75/student)
$180 - 3 students ($60/student)
Dominical / Arenal
$140 - 1 student
$255 - 2 students or more ($127.50/student)

Student Guest HouseAEC Guest House

AEC offers a Guest House for our Spanish students in La Guacima de Alajuela, which is very near the international airport SJO. It is only available to our students in Costa Rica, it is not available to the general public. It is a great place to stay and get comfortable when entering the country for the first time. Students who plan on traveling around the country after their Spanish program is over can use the guesthouse as their home base. The house is also is available for students needing a place to stay their final night in country. We offer airport pick up and drop off services that include night’s stay at the house and breakfast.

Common AreaThis is a true guesthouse experience. Students are hosted by a local Costa Rican family that runs the house. Francini Salas is our AEC office manager and her husband Carlos Cambronero is our driver. They will also be your hosts while you stay at their home. The guesthouse is located just 10 minutes away from the San Jose International Airport in a beautiful country setting. The town of La Guacima is a typical small rural Costa Rican town.

The guesthouse is situated on over 1 acre of land. There is a pond on the property and areas outdoors to relax and enjoy the countryside. There are two building; the main house and a back house. The main house is where the hosts live and there are two private rooms. In the back house there are four shared rooms and a students living area. There is cable TV and wireless internet. Students have access to the main kitchen and all bedrooms have access to bathrooms with showers and hot water.

Room Rates

If you are registered in the Welcome to Costa Rica Program, your accommodations at the AEC Travelers Guest House are included in the cost of the Program. Also, the airport pick up and drop off services include one night of lodging, unless otherwise requested.

Additional nights of lodging are available for students needing more than are included in the pick up, drop off or Welcome Program. The nightly Room Rates are as follows:
Private Room: $30
Shared Room (per bed): $20
Weekly and Monthly rates can also be arranged.
Room rates include:

  • Free storage while you’re traveling including a secure locker for valuables.
  • Use of kitchen, living room, and other amenities.
  • The house is spacious and comfortable, with capacity available for 18 people.
  • There is a nice sitting are near the pond where you can relax and soak up some sun while you study Spanish.

AEC Costa Rica Guest House