Canoa Spanish Language School





Rather than a school, what we actually offer is private tutoring in Spanish. This is really what all of the one-on-one Spanish schools in Ecuador and Latin America are. It's just that "school" sounds more professional and nobody searches guide books and the Internet for "Spanish tutors". But, tutors are far superior to organized classes anyway. The instructor directs her/his full attention to one or few students and you are able to advance at your own pace. Though private tutors would be an expensive luxury in many countries, inexpensive countries like Ecuador make it possible at budget prices.

Canoa is a small village on the north edge of a beautiful 15-kilometer stretch of undeveloped beach. The rural community continues mainly as a fishing village, including the activities of shrimp larvae harvesting, and small-scale agriculture. The growing but small scale tourism here at the present time is limited to Ecuadorians during holidays and a small but steady stream of budget travelers (all nationalities) all year round. Though now in all the guidebooks, its relative isolation has prevented its invasion by the Jumbo-jet crowds, and will probably remain a peaceful retreat for decades to come. We hope so.

Bahia de Caraquez is the closest nearby city (15,000 people). It's a pretty tourist hangout with lots of eco-tour options, though it is on a bay and has no decent beaches. It's 15 minutes by bus and a short boat launch across the bay from the town of San Vicente to get there. Either Bahia or San Vicente should be on most maps of Ecuador for reference. The province of Manabi where Canoa is located includes most of the central coast of Ecuador, and is renowned for its pristine beaches.


"It's a charming small family run hotel with lovely rooms right on the beach about 2km outside Canoa. I took the option of staying for a month which included 4 hours of one-on-one Spanish lessons with an excellent tutor each day Monday - Friday. I found the environment highly conducive to learning the language - everything was laid on at the hotel so there were no real distractions. For me, it was a better option than staying in Quito (or another larger city) as I didn't have to spend time getting to a school each day, finding meals etc - I could focus on studying which was the main purpose of my visit to Ecuador."

"The food was excellent (lots of fresh seafood). It was a very pleasant 25 minute walk along the beach into Canoa (for any little items I couldn't get from the school). It's also a very easy bus/ferry trip to Bahia de Caraquez for things that were not readily available in Canoa (or just for a change of scene)."

"I thought it was extremely good value and provided me with a very memorable experience. Once I left the school, I visited other parts of Ecuador, Panama and Mexico and my Spanish was more than good enough to get me through most situations (I had only a very basic knowledge of the language before arriving at the school). I can highly recommend this school to other travelers who want to improve their Spanish in a very relaxing, friendly environment."

David Bergman
(Beginner Studies)


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