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 two airport pickup options.

Option 1: Direct Pickup
A direct pickup at the airport by a driver from Dominical. Contact AEC to make arrangements. Cost for pickup service is $200.00 which is a shared cost for multiple students.

Option 2: Easy Ride
Contact Easy Ride, a private shuttle company at to arrange transportation from the airport (SJO) or nearby hotels to Villas Rio Mar in Dominical. Cost is around $55.00.

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.

2021 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.
$310 $605 $860 $1090 $260
Intensive 20 Hour Group lessons with a
class size of 6
$360 $705 $990 $1,255 $315
Super Intensive 28 Hour Group lessons with a
class size of 6 and private.
$530 $1,055 $1,520 $1,960 $490
16 Hour Medical Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$460 $905 $1,310 $1,690 $410
20 hour Medical Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$510 $1,005 $1,440 $1,855 $465
Childrens 16 Hour Program Ages 8-13 $325 $635 $890 $1,130 $285
Childrens 20 Hour Program Agesa 8-13 $292 $576 $810 $1,026 $257

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.

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    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.

    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.