Learning Spanish abroad in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is one of many language immersion programs offered by AmeriSpan. Known as the Switzerland of Central America, Costa Rica has an abundance of natural beauty and is populated by a friendly, well-educated people. Costa Rica has obtained the highest standard of living in Central America by embracing democracy and disbanding its army. This small country is a paradise for nature lovers with national parks, jungles, volcanoes, beaches, and more water per square mile than any other country in the world, excluding New Zealand.
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The town itself is called Quepos, but the area closer to the national park shares the park's name. Once a thriving fishing port, Quepos and Manuel Antonio now survive on the growing number of tourists that the national park attracts. The national park is both a beach and a forest where one can spot: white face monkeys, sloths, iguanas and other wildlife. Even when the park is crowded with tourists, one can go a bit further to find a private piece of paradise. The town is full of restaurants and hotels. Beaches and water sports are available.
As a beach location, Manuel Antonio is a well known tourist destination. Students should understand that they must do their best in interacting with locals to practice their Spanish in order to maximize their immersion experience while still allowing them to enjoy all that this tropical paradise has to offer.
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