Welcome to Heredia
Culture and Nature
Tico Lingo is located in the heart of Costa Rica’s Central Valley in the city of Heredia. Only thirty minutes from the San José airport, Heredia is home to some of the most unique and genuine Costa Rican culture.
Likewise, the city is a perfect jumping-off point to country-side coffee farms, natural waterfalls, and various active volcanos.
Located in the heart of the country, the city of Heredia offers students a genuine glimpse into Costa Rican lifestyle. With its friendly streets, low-lying Spanish-colonial architectural, and family based communities, students are encouraged to walk throughout the city and get to know its local residents.
Costa Rica is famous for its natural wonders and its unique wildlife and Heredia is located right in the center of it. On the weekends, students are encouraged to get out of the city and explore the nearby rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches to fully appreciate the beauty of this small but diverse country.
Taking an all-day tour with the school or jumping on a local bus with other students will get you out into the nature and into the beauty Costa Rica has to offer.
How to get here?
You’re going to want to fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) which is a mere 25 minute drive from Heredia. Once you land, we’ll be right outside to pick you up!
• Check out Exito for easy flight tickets
• Try to buy early
• Late-night pick ups are no problem for us!
• Use local ATM’s to withdraw local currency (Colones)
• Plan to be here no later than the Sunday before your classes begin
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it safe to walk around?
- How much does lunch cost?
- How far is Heredia from the beach?
- How big is the city?
During the day, absolutely. Students are encouraged to spend the afternoon exploring the many nooks and crannies that Heredia has to offer. From local coffee shops and boutique clothing stores to historic churches and the local soccer stadium, the city boasts many safe and fun activities. At night, there are countless bars and restaurants to visit. Just like any other city, though, it become a little more dangerous after dark, and we encourage students to go out with a buddy.
A typical lunch in Heredia will cost you around 3000 colones ($5.25 USD). There are fancier options for the food lover in Heredia, but the regular cost of a meal doesn’t range more than 5000 colones ($8.75 USD).
*Note that tipping is not customary in Costa Rica
Heredia is about an hour and a half from Jacó, the nearest tourist beach. Students can take a bus from Heredia to San José and then to Jacó for a total cost of about 4000 colones ($7.00 USD). If a taxi is preferred, Tico Lingo offers direct transportation to Jacó – just ask at the front desk!
Heredia is an extremely walkable city — in fact, you can walk the diameter in about 25 minutes. The tallest building in Heredia is about seven stories. It’s also laid out in a grid pattern, making it easy to navigate!