OverviewAvailable packagesLocation
Available from 01 Jan to 31 Dec

School of the World

Learn to surf, speak Spanish, practice yoga, or master digital photography, all in the beautiful tropical setting of Playa Jaco, Costa Rica

Founded in 1997, the School of the World combines elements of Costa Rica surf camp, language school, yoga retreat, photography workshop and boutique hotel under one roof. Like-minded travelers from all over the world come here to pursue a passion, learn some new skills, and make lifelong friendships.



Warm water year round, consistent surf conditions, and local breaks for all levels of surfers, the Playa Jaco area is an amazing place to surf! The School of the World has been widely respected as one of the top surf schools in Costa Rica for over 16 years.



Learn conversational Spanish you can immediately put to use with local native speakers. Class sizes are small and our experienced instructors keep learning fun and relaxed.



Beginners become acquainted with the fundamentals of photography, digital workflow, and basic digital editing. Intermediate and advanced photographers learn new shooting techniques and advanced editing, and students of all skill levels benefit from having a local guide take them to shoot at amazing locales they otherwise would never see.



Our certified instructors blend their training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga into the practice. Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, our intention is for you to leave with the tools necessary to enrich and deepen your practice.


  • Beautiful lodging
    With an outdoor lounge, pool, garden, and lots of great spots to hang out and relax
  • Learn from the best surf school instructors in Costa Rica
    We are one of the most established and well respected surf camps in the country
  • Your adventure, your choice
    We are the only place where you can combine Spanish classes with Yoga, Surfing or Photography classes to create your very own, unique adventure experience.
  • Our staff makes all the difference
    Our staff functions like a family; most have been working here for more than five years and all are passionate about their work


Everyone is pleased to discover how beautiful our facilities are when they arrive. Located in a quiet 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.


Our beautiful school is located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of town and is just a few minutes walk from the beach, dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.

Costa Rica is home to some of the best surf in the world. The Playa Jacó / Hermosa area is widely regarded as the most consistent surf in the country. The water temperature stays warm year round and the variety of breaks in the area insures uncrowded waves for everyone.

Available Packages

Travel information

  • FAQ

    Do I need to bring a rashguard or wetsuit?

    Costa Rican waters are warm and you will not need a wetsuit. Rashguards are recommended as they protect from the sun and surfboard wax rashes. If you cannot buy one before you arrive there are many surf shops in town where you can get one.

    How many students are there in a class?

    Spanish classes typically have no more than five students per instructor. Surf generally has no more than three students per instructor.

    Do I need to bring my own towels?

    Yes, please, we do not provide towels or laundry service. There is a laundromat nearby. If you forget or don't want to travel with towels you can buy them in town once you arrive. It is recommended to bring an extra if you are taking surfing or yoga classes.

    How far away are the homestays from the school?

    The homestays are a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the school.

    How far is the school from the beach?

    The beach is about 3 blocks, or roughly a five minute walk from the beach.

    Is there Internet access at the school?

    Students with a laptop computer or (other device with Internet capabilities) can access the Internet via Wi-Fi from anywhere on the property (and it's free to use).

    When is the best time of year for surfing?

    Our stretch of coastline is considered to be the most consistent for surf in all of Costa Rica, a country that is blessed with warm water and waves all year round. The biggest swells tend to hit between May and December, but we surf almost every day of the year.

    Which airport do I fly into?

    You will want to fly into Juan Santa Maria airport (SJO) in San Jose. We can arrange for an airport pickup for $90 US. When possible we help arrange car pool for guests arriving at the same time so they can share the costs. If you would like us to organize this for you we will need your flight number, airline name and arrival date and time.

    Can I use American dollars or do I need to exchange them?

    It is not necessary to change your dollars ahead of time, as they are accepted in most tourist towns and areas of Costa Rica. You can also withdraw money in the local currency through an ATM or exchange money at one of the local banks if you wish.

    Do I need shots?

    For the most up to date medical information for travelers check with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. U.S.A. www.cdc.gov/travel/camerica.htm Malaria medication and other tropical disease preventatives are usually only recommended if you plan to travel to the remote regions of the rainforest.

    Are Surfboards provided? Can I use them on my own time?

    Surfboards are provided for use during class, however to minimize our equipment loss and damage we do not loan them out after class. If you wish to surf outside of class time you will need to bring your own board or rent one from a surf shop in town. Surfboards cost about $10-20 per day to rent.

    What is the average age of the guests?

    Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Every week is a different mix of ages, backgrounds, and nationalities- we have had students from 40+ different countries and every walk of life. Generally speaking, here are some stats: Sex: 65% are females, 35% males; Age: 65% 18-30 year olds, 25% 30-45 year olds, 10% 45+

    Is food included?

    Food is not included in our programs. Our guest rooms have refrigerators, the school has a fully equipped shared kitchen, and there is a wide array of restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.

    What type of outlets (electricity) does Costa Rica have and do I need an adapter?

    The outlets (electricity) are the same as in the United States (110v). If you are coming from a European country, or Australia, you will need an adapter.