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Learn Spanish in the sunshine of the Pacific Coast

Soak up the sun and achieve your goals during our 1-week Spanish courses at Palmazul Artisan Designed Hotel & Spa. This program combines Spanish lessons with various options for relaxing.

Simon Bolivar Spanish School – The best Spanish program at the Coast!

Palmazul: The best Artisan Designed Hotel & Spa where a sun-kissed shoreline awaits you right outside your window. Located on one of the most scenic beaches of the Manabí Province, we offer either group or individual Spanish lessons combined with guided trips, sun, and fun!

During free time, you may visit many amazing beaches in San Clemente, or indulge yourself with the various services offered at the Hotel. Local culture inspires unique experiences rarely found in travel guides. Palmazul Artisan Designed Hotel & Spa welcomes you with beautiful gardens, Arena Spa and a blend of distinctive architecture that blends seamlessly with nature.

To take all the stress out of your learning-vacation, we have created an itinerary that gives you exactly what you’re looking for: Spanish lessons, tours of Ecuador’s coastal highlights, and plenty of time to enjoy our year-round warm temperatures. 

The best Spanish experience at the Coast!

Day Activities
Sunday Leave Quito at night on a comfortable coach bus to arrive to Palmazul Resort in San Clemente on Monday morning
Monday Morning: relax at the beach and enjoy the resort’s many amenities; a relaxing massage would be a great way to start your vacation
Afternoon: Spanish lessons
Tuesday Morning: Hike to Cerro Verde
Afternoon: Spanish lessons
Wednesday Morning: Half-day tour to Isla Corazon
Afternoon: Spanish lessons
Thursday Morning: Spanish lessons
Afternoon: Choose from one of the tours to nearby beaches
Friday Morning: Spanish lessons
Afternoon: Relax, swim, or whatever else you’d like to do
Night: Return to Quito
The Palmazul Artisan Designed Hotel and Spa was built on one of the most beautiful, yet abandoned beaches in Ecuador. This is a first class hotel in the tranquil San Clemente region.

The hotel boasts an excellent restaurant called the Cocomar, the Arena Spa, a bar, semi-Olympic pool, hammocks, lagoon with fish and ducks, tennis courts, and direct beach access. A whole paradise to enjoy while you learn Spanish!

The Palmazul is built from concrete with wooden picture windows and glass the color of sand, along with Spanish brick. The rooms are decorated not only with Ecuadorian Artisans products but also with a sumptuous view of the sea; as well as having a mini-bar, balcony, elegant faucets, and amenities from L´Occitane.

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Enjoy some of our favorite locations during your stay: Cerro Verde and Isla Corazón.

Cerro Verde

30 minutes from Palmazul you will find a marvelous site with Coconut, Banana, Lemon, Pepper, Papaya, and Lime plantations. Tour a small museum where you will learn about the region’s unique gems including a Pumice Stone used for distilling water, Spondylus Shells, Shark jaws, along with other curiosities of that region. You can also enjoy the beautiful handicrafts made by the indigenous and observe petrified maize (ancient corn).

Isla Corazón

Isla Corazón (“Heart Island”) is located in the Chone River estuary, just 20 minutes away from Bahia de Caraquez. A 50-hectare island which’s shape resembles a Heart when seen from the air is formed by mangrove swamps and has one of the biggest frigate colonies in the South American Pacific. Isla Corazon, now recognized as a National Wildlife Refuge and National Heritage Site, is managed by local fishermen of the Portovelo community, who offer canoe-led tours of the mangrove ecosystem.

A large ecologic path, interpretation center, bird photography exhibition, video room and small aquariums that show some native species, enable native guides to interpret the life of the mangrove swamp, its flora, crustaceans, mollusks, fish and other micro-organisms which live there and their interactions with artisan fishermen, as well as narrating oral stories and alluring legends such as the Island Gnome.

More than 50 bird species have been found on the island, as well as other species such as iguanas, boas and an ample variety of crustaceans, mollusks and curious insects. Flora includes Red, Black and white mangroves. Temperature has a median annual variation between 25° to 28°C. Lucky visitors will experience the beauty and mystery of the mangrove forest in one of the best-conserved eco-systems to be found in the coastal region of Ecuador.

About San Clemente, Manabí

  • Name: San Clemente

  • Flora and Fauna: Diversity of eco-systems: mountainous forests, mangrove swamps, rivers and wetlands.

  • Time zone: UTC−5 (ECT)

  • Weather: min 15°C max 30°C

  • Population: 2,000

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