Take a Gap Year to Costa Rica
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Surrounded by beautiful bays and stunning dive sites, the two towns of Quepos and Manual Antonio are great places to learn Spanish, scuba dive and experience plenty of local culture.
Whether you’re a student in college, a professional in the field or a lifetime learner; our ‘Costa Rica Discoverer’ programme will provide you with the tools and guidance you need to achieve and surpass your Spanish and diving goals.
Programmes and Trips
- Improve your Spanish and dive! Expect up to 20 hours group or 10 hours private Spanish lessons each week with diving courses built-in around the learning. Adventure tours such as…
- Trip Duration: From 1 week +
- Suitability: All diving levels welcome including beginners.
- Tailormade - From £485pp
Optional Tours / Excursions
The following tours are available to add-on to your gap year diving experience. Tours can generally be done either before or after a programme, but in some cases they can be done during the programme.
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Climate / Weather
The coolest months are from November to January and the warmest are from March to May. There are also dry and wet seasons to consider. The dry season runs from January through May and the rainy season from May to November and December. We recommend January to July as the best time to go for the diving and climate.
What are the diving conditions like?
The waters off the coast of Quepos/Manuel Antonio are high in nutrient content and supports a wide variety of marine species. Visibility is okay. Expect 15m visibility on most dives.
The Manuel Antonio coastline with its 12 islands, gives you the choice of dozens of local dive sites. The marine life is abundant; schools of Snapper, Jacks, Grunts and Barracuda can be seen on many dives. In addition, you can expect to see Reef Sharks, Giant Manta Rays, Sting Rays, Sea Turtles, Mantas, Hammerheads and sometimes even whales!
Official Name: Republic of Costa Rica
Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Population: c.4.5 million
Languages: Spanish (official), English
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic
Capital: San Jose
FCO Travel Advice Link: Costa Rica Information
Visas / Entry Requirements
British nationals do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica and can stay as visitors for up to three months. Passports should have a validity of more than six months from the date of entry.
Please visit www.netdoctor.co.uk for more information or consult with your local GP for professional advice.
Flight times / routes
London to USA City (e.g. Miami or Houston), USA to San Jose and then San Jose to Quepos (internal flight with Fly Sansa or Nature Air).