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Dominical Mega2018-09-07T18:49:27+00:00

Bienvenido

Study the Language Explore the Land!

Our Dominical campus is located in the rural beach town of Playa Dominical, on Costa Rica’s amazingly beautiful Central Pacific coastline. This is a surfer’s paradise the most consistent waves in all of Central America. This is the real Costa Rica with no high rise apartments or big name hotels.

Instead you will find long sections of stunning coast line in a lush tropical paradise. The AEC programs offered here provide unique “study the language and explore the land” experience. Never surfed before, take our Surf and Spanish class and enter a whole new world of discovery.

“AEC offers a great combination of learning experiences, mixed with fun options for seeing Costa Rica!”

The staff, the administrators, the teachers and the host families are all welcoming and wonderful. I have recommended the experience to many fellow students.

Lori Lawson

AEC Client, 2016

Dominical Programs

Getting to Dominical

Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport, (SJO). You will need to arrive by Sunday afternoon to your lodging.
Use AEC’s airport pickup or direct pickup by a driver for ease of arrival to your campus.

Airport Pickup

AEC Spanish students traveling to Domincal can take advantage of the airport pickup package.

The AEC Airport Pickup Includes the following:

  • A pickup at the airport by a member of our staff.

  • Overnight stay at our near the airport guest house.

  • Continental breakfast in the morning.

  • Routing to the proper bus terminal and paid bus fare.

Price: $140 per person

Take the Bus

If you have been to Costa Rica before, and are familiar with Costa Rica’s public bus system, taking the bus is also an option.

Things to know about taking the bus to Dominical:

  • From the TRACOPA bus terminal, look for the bus line is called Delio Morales.

  • You need to buy a ticket (directo) to Uvita, but you can get off anywhere.

  • There are two buses each day.

  • The buses leave at 6am and 3pm

  • It takes about 5 hours to get to Dominical from the Tracopa Bus Terminal

  • Each bus stops briefly at Orotina and Quepos before arriving at Dominical.

Lodging in Dominical

Playa Domincal Campus

  • Lodging options with some of the best pricing in all of Costa Rica near the beach.
  • Homestay with local Costa Rican families, $180.00 per week includes breakfast, dinners and laundry service once a week.

A limited amount of host families are located a short walk from campus along the Baru River and in the nearby beach community south of the town of Dominicalito. Walking to the host family from campus takes between 10 and 35 minutes depending on the host family location. If housed in Dominicalito you will be picked up in the morning by staff and returned at a prearranged time frame.

School Stay Housing

  • This housing option is only open to our students and not the general public.
  • We have only six rooms available that are designed for double occupancy.
  • They are quaint with their own bathrooms.
  • Communal kitchen facilities on site they are a great option for our students on a budget.
  • Located right in town you are close to all activities from entertainment and restaurants to yoga classes’ a couple doors down.

2018 Domincal Pricing

Program Options Desciption 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks Extra Week
Standard 16 Hour Group lessons with
a class size of 6.
$280 $550 $780 $990 $235
Intensive 20 Hour Group lessons with a
class size of 6
$325 $640 $900 $1,140 $285
Super Intensive 28 Hour Group lessons with a
class size of 6 and private.
$485 $960 $1,380 $1,780 $445
16 Hour Medical Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$400 $790 $1,140 $1,470 $355
16 Hour Nursing Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$400 $790 $1,140 $1,470 $355
20 hour Medical Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$445 $880 $1,260 $1,620 $405
20 hour Nursing Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$445 $880 $1,260 $1,620 $405
Childrens 16 Hour Program Ages 8-13 $252 $504 $756 $1,008 $240
Childrens 20 Hour Program Agesa 8-13 $292 $584 $876 $1,168 $260
Program Start Dates
  • Classes start every Monday of the year except on Costa Rican National Holidays.

  • There are no refunds for missed days because of holidays.

  • For weeks with a national holiday, students have the option of dropping down to the 16 hour program and price.

Holidays

The following Costa Rica Holidays are observed by the school

  • January 1st, 2018
  • March 29th to 30th, 2018
  • April 11th, 2018
  • May 1st, 2018
  • July 25th, 2018
  • August 15th, 2018
  • September 15th, 2018
  • Decebmer 25th, 2018

How to Register

Contact our registration coordinator, Jeff Garrison, for more information and assistance with booking your course sessions. To contact Jeff please use the numbers below or submit a message via the contact form.

Call Us

For calls placed from within the U.S., please call:

800-237-2730

For international calls, please call:

209-728-8344

Inquiry Form

Please fill out our inquiry form one of our knowledgeable representatives will get back to you within one business day.

Explore Dominical

On the central pacific coast of Costa Rica is one of the country’s most beautiful uncut gems, Dominical. From its turquoise green water to its fiery red and gold sunsets, the natural beauty of the area is second to none. The town sits on the Pacific Ocean bordered to the north by the Rio Baru, on the east by three thousand-foot high mountains and to the south by dark, coffee brown, beaches and coves. One of the most striking features of Dominical can be found while swimming in the water, the town simply disappears. All you see are the tall beach palms and mangroves surrounded by verdant green hills reaching up into the mountains.

Dominical has been known for many years to the international surfing community because of its consistently good waves. Only recently has it been discovered by those people attracted to its natural beauty. Not more than twenty years ago the only buildings to be found were a few dilapidated fishing huts built by local fishermen. Since then the town has grown to over 400 permanent residents with a number of small beach front restaurants, bars and cabinas. Even with the emergence and growth of the town, it is possible to walk from one end of Dominical to the other in less than ten minutes.

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Domincal Facts

Country: Costa Rica

Province: Puntarenas

Altitude: Sea level

Climate: Tropical Coastline

Average Yearly Rainfall:28 inches

Temperature:Average Temperature: 75°F

Things to See

Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, Ballena National Marine Park, Nauyaca Waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.

Things to Do

Learn Spanish, adventure tours, whale watching, and a plethora of water sports.