Daily Life

The community of Samara is very modest and relaxed. Most of the locals are aware of the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and many are excited to receive massage therapy at the Samara Massage Center. As with any new environment, exploring the overall rhythm and character of the area will assist you to ease into daily life in this coastal town. We encourage you to make yourself at home while remembering that you are a community representative of CRSMT.

Daily Life at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy

HOUSING

accommodations at the costa rica school of massage therapy

The CRSMT campus was built specifically with the massage school in mind.  It lies just 150 meters from the serene Samara Beach and is surrounded by breathtaking gardens and tropic fruit trees.  Students are conveniently located in the heart of Samara and just a short walking distance from restaurants, groceries and the beach.

Students who choose the On-Campus living option are housed in comfortable two–three bedroom houses, typically with one roommate and several housemates. Each house has a porch, a common living area and a furnished kitchen. Each bedroom is equipped with bunk or single beds (for a maximum occupancy of 2 students per room), shelves for clothes and personal items, fans and bedside lamps, and safe. Bathrooms are shared between two or three students and are equipped with hot water shower, toilet, and sink area with storage. Single room or house upgrades are available dependent on class size.

The porches and living areas are commonly used for studying, eating, and relaxing. The kitchen is fully equipped with the appliances and cookware/ flatware that you will need. You will find WiFi signal at hotspots around the campus – including the classroom, administrative office, and the student lounge – to stay connected and complete homework assignments.

Our housekeeping staff cleans and provides fresh linens to each house once a week. The grounds team keeps our gardens lush and handles any housing maintenance concerns. We also have security coverage every night from 6:00pm to 6:00am to keep our students and campus safe.

And of course the swimming pool… rumored to always be the perfect temperature, it is the ideal place to refresh during lunch breaks or after class.

FOOD

There’s a wide variety of food options in Samara, including artisan breads and homemade jams from the Farmer’s Market. Check out the local fisherman’s catch of the day, or sample a fresh cold coconut on the beach.  Enjoy a Costa Rican “casado” dish at one of the local eateries, or order a pizza to share with friends.  Finish your ice cream cone before it melts in the heat.  Start your day with a hearty German breakfast and café con leche.  Taste test the ceviche and guacamole and find your favorite local spot for both.  Try a veggie burger or smoothie at one of the vegetarian restaurants or maybe order some platanos (fried plantains) while you sit and take in the sunset over the ocean.

Samara has a number of restaurants that offer flavorful Costa Rican cuisine.  In addition, there are a number of Italian, American, Mexican, vegan, vegetarian and sushi restaurants.  There are two groceries and an organic market.  There are Farmer’s Markets and fruit stands, butchers and fishmongers.  The coffee, of course, is world famous and bursting with flavor.  No matter your pallet preference, Samara has a food option for you.

ACTIVITIES

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to glide through the canopy of the rainforest and visit an ecosystem normally reserved for exotic animals like howler monkeys, sloths and flocks of parrots? How about experience kayaking to a private beach on an island off of the coast of Costa Rica? What about hiking to a remote jungle waterfall?  Or learning how to surf in the warm Central American waters?  It’s all here and more!

Whether you’d enjoy an afternoon soccer game on the beach, an evening watching sea turtles laying eggs or would prefer to take in a quiet sunset or try out paddleboard yoga, studying massage in Costa Rica is an amazing experience full of adventures, excitement and peaceful beauty.

STAYING CONNECTED

Even in paradise, modern technology makes communication possible.   Our campus provides free Wi-Fi, so students are able to Skype, Facetime and email home.  An Internet café is also a short walk away. Please bring your own laptop or device.

There are cell towers in Samara for any student who wishes to purchase a local cellphone.  No phone plans are necessary, and additional minutes can be purchased at many locations in town.  The cost of a phone and SIM card is generally around $100.

In case of emergency, students can always be reached through the school and school phones are available for their use.

Air mail can take between two to three weeks from the U.S.

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