Fill your sightline with beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and outdoor activities.
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.
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).
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University
"Studying Spanish in Costa Rica was amazing! In between classes you can go in the pool or go to the beach, just so many different things. My class only had 5 people in it, so I really got one-on-one attention from my teacher, which was awesome and I ended up learning a lot more because of it.”