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Our Happy Place

Everyone is pleased to discover how beautiful our facilities are when they arrive. Located in a quite neighborhood close to the center of Jaco, our building is one of the most beautiful in all of Costa Rica. It is filled with tons of boutique hotel style design details including tropical hardwoods and bamboo, stained glass, handmade ceramic sinks, mosaic floors, custom furniture, a zen waterfall fountain, and artwork throughout.

The facilities include a common kitchen and dining area, a yoga studio, photo/video editing studio, 2 Spanish classrooms, offices, 13 guestrooms, a small swimming pool, and a relaxing garden. We are located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of town, and are just a few minutes walk from the beach, dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.


"The place is so peaceful and beautiful... the photos just don't do it justice!"

- Jeannie Jeffries

Lodging Options

Standard Shared Rooms

A great value for budget travelers.

A great value for budget travelers.

All of our shared guestrooms (double occupancy) have private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, refrigerators, cotton sheets and comfortable beds. We will pair you with someone of the same gender and age range if you are traveling alone or you can request a roommate and we will happily accommodate you. Click here for more photos



Upgraded Shared or Private Rooms

 Treat yourself and relax in style in one of our guestroom upgrades.

We have some rooms that are allocated for use as upgraded shared rooms, or as private guest rooms. Most of them are located in the main building, which has the peaceful feel of a tropical treehouse. These rooms have one full size and one single bed, 100% cotton sheets, refridgerator, private bathroom, and A/C. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis so please reserve in advance, especially during our peak seasons (Dec-March and May-Aug). Click here for more photos


Deluxe Private Rooms

Our deluxe private rooms are great for traveling couples, or just spoiling yourself with an oversized bed for those after surf siestas!

These rooms have super comfortable king size beds, cotton sheets, complimentary bath towel service, A/C, refridgerators, private bathrooms, and ceiling fans. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis so please reserve in advance, especially during our peak seasons (Dec-March and May-Aug). Click here for more photos




Great for practicing your Spanish and immersing in local culture.

Homestays are also available for those that wish to experience life with a local family. Students have their own room in the family home, with a shared bathroom. Rooms usually have fans, but not A/C. Breakfast and dinner, prepared by the family, are included. (Check with us for availability.)




How it Works

Never been on a learning vacation? Learning something new is the ultimate souvenir; it outlasts the usual vacation sunburns, bug bites, and hangovers, and makes the experience stay with you forever. Here is how it works:

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    1. 1. Select the programs, lodging, and dates that work for you.
    2. 2. Make a reservation and pay your deposit.
    3. 3. Book your ticket and pack your bags. (Celebration dance optional!) We can also help arrange your transportation from the airport to our facility.
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    1. 1. Arrive and settle in. Ahhhh, tropical paradise.
    2. 2. Take classes in a relaxed and friendly environment.
    3. 3. Benefit from the local knowledge of our staff that treats you like family.
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    1. 1. Socialize and make new friends with like-minded travelers from around the world.
    2. 2. Settle in to the "Pura Vida" lifestyle, with local restaurants, markets, bars, and beach all just walking distance from your doorstep.
    3. 3. Plan to extend your stay, because you won't want to say goodbye!
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Kind Words

Having hosted guests of all walks of life from over 40 countries over the last 16 years, we have a great reputation and history. We are recommended by the top travel experts and publications- but who better to tell you about us than your fellow travelers? Take a look at what people have to say about their experiences at School of the World:

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  • “I can honestly say the people I’ve met during my stay have become lifelong friends and my visit was life-changing. I look forward to going back soon, and encouraging all of my friends to consider a learning vacation instead of the typical “veg on the beach” stay. I could share so much more about my experience, but instead you should make your own. You’ll be glad you did.”

    - Fredrick Johnson, California
  • “This was my first international trip (and solo for that matter) and I’m hooked. I took the trifecta of classes for 5 weeks: yoga, surfing, and Spanish. Every instructor I had was phenomenal!! I left with amazing memories, knowing how to surf, how to properly do poses, speak Spanish and friendships all around the world. I will definitely be back and highly suggest this place to all, young and old.”

    - Megan, San Francisco, CA
  • “School of the World is a wonderfully unique concept. A beautifully designed place of learning where surfing, Spanish, photography and yoga all coexist. Every day is packed with as much or as little activity as you want and your fellow students are friendly and adventurous spirits from all over the world.”

    - Mark, South Africa
  • “I booked SOTW because I was traveling alone and through the reviews I felt it would be a safe place to stay at especially since I’m a girl. At the last minute my girlfriend came with and all I have to say is WE HAD A BLAST!! I went for the surfing classes, it being one of those bucket list type of things for me. The staff is friendly, the instructors were awesome, and the school itself is simply breathtakingly beautiful.”

    - Ginji, Miami, FL
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