Sepa Spanish Language School and Environmental Protection Center, on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, can be found just 30 minutes from the beach, located in the picturesque valley town of San Isidro de El General. Gently cuddled in the bowl created by the surrounding lush mountain ranges (See star on map below) SEPA Spanish School is a real find!
Pristine beaches, tropical rain forest, mountain jungle, cloud forest, the cold, windy forests of Talamanca (the highest Costa Rican mountain), Chirripó National Park, Marino Ballena National Park (whale park) and many other beautiful places can be easily reached from this beautiful Costa Rica Spanish School (check all our tours besides your spanish classes). Its closeness to nature makes it the ideal place for Spanish for volunteers as well through our environmental protection center.
Less than ten years ago, the road was paved from the beach to the lovely mountain town of San Isidro de El General, making it a uniquely beautiful place to visit and learn, untouched by the hand of tourism.
Have you been looking for that perfect place to learn Spanish? Look no further. SEPA Spanish School truly has it all.
“San Isidro is a slow-moving country town with dozens of little shops, and I enjoyed falling into the rhythm of its life. Most of the people I saw and interacted with were Costa Rican and so I had lots of opportunities to practice my Spanish!” Carol Poslgrove – Bloomington, Indiana
SAFETY: It’s all about location, Location, LOCATION!
Size alone makes this pleasing rural community far safer than the large crime-ridden cities such as San José and common tourist areas.
On the contrary, in San Isidro, a late evening walk through the streets of San Isidro is a must with her brilliantly colored lights and cheery sounds flowing from cantinas and street shops.
But there is more that makes this a safe place for you to learn Spanish.
- You can drink the water straight from the pipe: Unlike most Latin American countries and parts of Costa Rica, the water is safe to drink here, and the food is safe to eat.
- Outstanding medical care: Costa Rican medical care is ranked equal to medical care in the United States. San Isidro boasts several private hospitals and a large public hospital, besides many excellent private clinics and dental facilities.
NOTE TO PARENTS: As a concerned parent, you can feel absolutely safe in sending your child to SEPA School. Not only will your child learn Spanish in a secure environment, they will also have the opportunity to explore various career areas through their Spanish for Volunteers work.
Or maybe you would like to come along, too! Check out our Family and Kids spanish program.
SEPA School is a safe, beautiful location to learn Spanish in Costa Rica – a place where you can say, Ahhh!
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San Isidro is the ideal Costa Rican adventure hub for every kind of fun: river-rafting, hiking, swimming at the beach, whale-watching, surfing, fishing, ziplining, mountain trekking, kayaking, horseback riding, touring butterfly farms, reptile zoos, hot-spring soaking, and waterfall jumping just to name a few. Click here to check our list of tours and if you don’t see one there that you want, let us know and we’ll put one together.
But we don’t want you just to learn Spanish but also do volunteer work if you like! We don’t want you to miss out on a single adventure! This will give you the opportunity to live the real Costa Rica while helping others in the area… you’ll improve your spanish skills faster as well by practicing more!
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Just small enough to be delightful, just big enough to have all the amenities!
Here in San Isidro, you are surrounded by all the technological and financial support you need to make your travel worry-free. This unique town is a place where life is very much like the old times but with all the advantages of today. Here you will find fast internet service and Wi-Fi; modern banks (where you can ask for English-speaking tellers if you want); restaurants with a wide variety of menus and ethnic foods; recreational and sports facilities; places to go dancing; quaint cantinas; and even a small casino. In the midst of this, all around you are San Isidro’s helpful and friendly people, who appreciate their foreign visitors.
It is a place just small enough to where you can forge lasting and meaningful relationships.
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Besides safety, beauty, and being close to the beaches, mountains, and jungles, it’s all about variety! This region’s diverse topography ripples from microclimate to microclimate: from the fantastic heights of Mt. Chirripó at 3820 meters above sea level (12,533 feet), to an extensive rural valley at approximately 700 meters above sea level (2,297 feet) to the jungle-covered marine lowlands of the Pacific Coast. You can imagine what an astounding wealth of habitats, flora and fauna this creates!
The average temperature is 23.7ºC (74.7ºF). Our average yearly rainfall is approximately 3800 mm annually (150 inches), although the monthly rainfall varies greatly depending on whether it is the rainy season (May through November) or the dry season (December through April).
One might surmise that with such a plentiful yearly rainfall, there would be many days of rain without sun. I am very happy to report that this is not so! During the height of the rainy season (September/October), we have hearty rainfalls but they generally occur during the night or in the late afternoon. And when it stops, you have golden sunshine in which to work and play.
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Picture yourself visiting with friends and studying, while surrounded by blue-green mountains and gorgeous gardens. Everywhere you see tropical flowers – heliconias, bougainvillea, gardenias, and more. The landscaping around you is artfully designed to attract every kind of wildlife, from brilliantly colored toucans and cusingas (yes, they do look like Fruitloop’s Toucan Sam!) to a three-toed sloth.
Bananas, pineapples, and fruit trees such as orange, mango, lime, papaya, avocado, and mandarin oranges all grow in the gardens around you. Add to that medicinal plants such as lemongrass, guarumo, and cinnamon and you have an exotic mix of fragrances and colors to drink in.
Your classroom is attractive, comfortable, and well-lit, fanned by the gentle Costa Rican breeze. During breaks you choose where to spend your time: in the gardens, on the beautiful terrace, or relaxing in the chat areas with Wi-Fi and internet where you can visit with friends, email, or just ‘chill’ after a rewarding day of work and study. Just reading this website gets you halfway here. We can’t wait to meet you!