Gap Year in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Fill your sightline with beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and outdoor activities.

  • CLIMATE: Year-round: 65-80 °F
  • CURRENCY: 578 Costa Rican Colon = 1 USD

Make yourself at home in the sunny and temperate tropical paradise of Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

One of the world’s top eco-tourism destinations, Playa Tamarindo is the ideal setting for your language learning experience. You'll be just a few minutes from the some of the world's most beautiful beaches and a short trip to waterfall hikes and jungle canopy tours.

Take a jungle canopy tour. Soar above the treetops on a cable in the sky, getting a bird's-eye view of the tropical forest and wildlife below.

Head off the beaten path. Grab a bike or head out on foot to find the hidden spots and perfect vistas that dot this spectacular country.

Hit the beach and catch some waves. Rent a board on Playa Tamarindo, or check out Playa Negra or Avellanas and hang ten in some of the world’s most famous surf.

802 miles of coast outline Costa Rica, which translates to "rich coast."

Explore the estuaries. Rent a kayak or stand up paddle board and slip out into the mangroves to see monkeys, tropical birds, crocodiles, and more.

Go chasing waterfalls. The lush Costa Rican rain forest is home to some of the world's most picturesque waterfalls (and photo ops).


Get to know EF Tamarindo
  • Our Spanish colonial-style language school borders a lush forest teeming with diverse wildlife.
  • The on-campus residence features an outdoor pool and sundeck.
  • You’ll be a 5-minute walk to the beach, shops, markets, and nightlife.

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