Private and Public Schools In Playa del Coco/Hermosa Area

Costa Rica has many excellent private and public school options, especially here in the Playa del Coco/Hermosa area. Costa Rica has always put education first. The entire budget that was dedicated to the military was redirected towards education after the military’s dissolution in 1949. Costa Rica is considered a country free of illiteracy by UNESCO standards. 

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Here in Guanacaste, we have a multitude of great schools for parents to choose from. There are a variety of teaching styles and methods to accommodate every kind of student. We have many international schools with great bilingual programs. There are also many schools that offer International Baccalaureate Accreditation which is very highly regarded all over the world. With all the choices below this makes Guanacaste, especially the Playa del Coco/Playa Hermosa area, the perfect spot to  relocate to and raise your children in a peaceful beautiful environment.

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Private Schools

Dolphins Academy –  Dolphins Academy is a bilingual school located in the center of Playas del Coco. Dolphins Academy teaches its students using the Montessori method which is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Dolphins Academy welcomes preschoolers, elementary students, and high school students. 

Sea Wonders Academy – Sea Wonders Academy, located in Sardinal, was founded by a Costa Rican couple who believed in personalized bilingual education. Sea Wonders is a family-style educational community with academic programs tailored to different learning styles and needs. Sea Wonders Academy offers education from preschool through 6th grade. 

Lakeside International School – Lakeside International School is located 15 minutes from Playa del Coco, on the way to the Liberia Airport. Lakeside is on a 200 acre aquaculture farm containing five different school buildings with a total of 28 classrooms. Lakeside International School offers quality programs using both English and Spanish as the primary language of instruction. Lakeside offers education from preschool through high school.

La Paz Tempisque – La Paz Tempisque is located in the town of Comunidad, only 20 minutes from Playa del Coco. La Paz offers an educational model that uses experiential and hands-on curricular and extra-curricular initiatives. La Paz Community School’s core curriculum is based on US standards and benchmarks. La Paz offers education all the way from early childhood to 12th grade. (International Baccalaureate Accreditation) 

Teocali Academy – Teocali Academy is located in Liberia on a 6-hectare property. There are four independent buildings that house administration, pre-school, elementary, middle and high school. Teocali offers an English program that assures every student the ability to master the language with equal fluency as Spanish. (International Baccalaureate Accreditation)  

Colegio Santa Ana – Colegio Santa Ana is an educational community located in Liberia. This school has been working since 1957 to provide an education based on values. Governed by the Ministry of Public Education, they teach levels from kindergarten to 11th grade. Santa Ana School does not offer a bilingual program, it is a Spanish speaking school only. (International Baccalaureate Accreditation) 

Colegio Bilingüe Ciudad Blanca – Colegio Bilingüe Ciudad Blanca is located in Liberia. CBCB’s mission is to provide students with Christian values and academic foundations that allow them to achieve their spiritual growth and intellectual development in a high-quality curriculum at the Costa Rica and International level. CBCB offers education from preschool through high school. 

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Public Schools

Every child between the ages of 4 and 17 will be accepted at public preschool, public elementary, or public high school. Regardless if they are Costa Rican or not. In Costa Rica, every child has the right to receive an education without cost to ensure equal opportunities for all. These public schools are a great way to immerse your child into Costa Rica culture, make many friends, and learn Spanish. 

Escuela El Coco – 2670-0491, Playa del Coco. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

Colegio Playa del Coco – Playas del Coco. High School

 Escuela Playa Hermosa – 8566-1512, Playa Hermosa. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 Escuela Bernardo Gutierrez – 2697-0116, Sardinal. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 Colegio Técnico Profesional Sardinal – 2697-0197, Sardinal. Technical High School

 Escuela Artola – 2697-0238, Artola. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

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No matter where you end up sending your child, they will receive a fulfilling education and plenty of new experiences. Most importantly they will definitely learn Spanish! Costa Rica takes a lot of pride in their educational system and truly believes that proper education will only make the country better. 

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All About Golf Carts

Playa del Coco has such a “Pura Vida” pace of life, that golf carts are a perfect mode of transportation. Golf carts have really grown in popularity over the last few years. They are easy to drive, better for the environment, less expensive, and fit just about anywhere! 

Since Playa del Coco is a relatively small town, a golf cart can easily get from one side of the beach to the other without running out of battery or gas. You can spend the entire day cruising around! Visiting the local bars or grocery stores without any worries. They have plenty of space to fit a few friends along with your cooler to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. 

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Playa del Coco has a plethora of options for Golf Cart Rentals. Here are a few:

You can rent golf carts for a day, a week, or a month. The price to rent an electric golf cart for a day is $30, a week is $150-$200, or a month is $500-$600. The price to rent a gas golf cart for a day is $40, a week is $200-$250, or a month is $600-$750. 

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If you would like to purchase a golf cart, the rental places will be happy to assist you. They often have golf carts for sale. Another great option for finding a golf cart for sale is Facebook Marketplace. You can also ask on local Facebook social media groups such as Coco Chit Chat or Coco Hermosa Beach Buzz

To recharge an electric golf cart will only cost you around $2 in electricity and you will be able to travel about 56 kilometers/35 miles. A gas golf cart with a 4 to 6 gallon fuel tank will average 100 to 180 miles. The top speed of an electric golf cart is 20 MPH and the gas golf cart is 25MPH. These efficient little vehicles are much better than hopping into a gas guzzling car only to travel the short distance to the beach or store. 

In Costa Rica, a golf cart must have a license plate. and the driver must have a valid driver license to operate. Your US/Canadian driver license is valid for 90 days while in Costa Rica. Golf carts are usually limited to paved roads that are less than 50 kilometers per hour or 30 MPH. 

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Additionally for those who would like to own a golf cart, keep in mind that they are required to pass the mandatory yearly inspection called RITEVE. The RITEVE inspection can be done in Liberia but you will need to tow your golf cart there. Many of the golf cart rental companies can assist you with getting your golf cart to RITEVE and making sure your golf cart will pass inspection for a fee. 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any additional questions! I would be happy to assist you. I hope to see you cruising around Playa del Coco and enjoying the beautiful weather from the driver’s seat of your new golf cart! 

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