About Spanish School in Costa Rica Perfect Sunset School

The Perfect Sunset School was founded by Gustavo Merlino in Playa Hermosa from Santa Teresa Beach,Puntarenas, who created the school to share his two strongest passion, surfing and Latin culture.

In 2009, Gustavo opened The Perfect Sunset School—a place he established to be unique and unequivocal. Here, not only will you find someone to guide you through your journey with the Spanish language, surfing, you’ll also find a friend and a gateway into the Latin culture as it was meant to be experienced.

While feeling at home, meeting new people, discovering the beautiful nature, learning more about the culture and the way Costa Rican people enjoy the PURA VIDA!

Our Spanish School and Surf camp is located in front of the beach and surrounded by a natural reserve. We have a unique location that give us privacy and the best ocean view ever!

Perfect Sunset School is not an industrial surf camp. Here you will change the way you see life.

Our surf camp and Spanish school is famous for providing great accommodation and amazing surf and Spanish experience, but more than anything Perfect Sunset School staff have one major goal; to enthusiastically share our love and knowledge about Costa rican culture, Spanish language and surfing!

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Our Team



CEO Director, Substitute Spanish


Gustavo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During his childhood and adolescence, he was very enthusiastic about sports and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the Latin culture. In 2001, he became internationally certified as a lifeguard and was a competing member of the national Argentinean high diving team. Gustavo completed his university studies at Universidad Abierta Interamericana in Buenos Aires graduating with honors and a degree in Tourism.

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Sergio was born in Argentina and his passion for cooking, traveling and surfing made him travel throughout Latin America. He studied in Buenos Aires and his curiosity about the different flavors brought him to know Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and of course Costa Rica.
Sergio is a great person with a great experience not only in the kitchen but in life. He loves to surf, talk about food and of course soccer, like all good Argentinians. She is a very passionate person and that makes her cooking very special!

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Leader Surf Instructor


Cris is our star surfing teacher. He was born in Costa Rica and his passion for surfing, la Pura Vida  and good vibes are in his blood. His great passion for Surfing led him to get his surf instructor license and start transmitting all his knowledge. Cris is a great person and you can learn a lot from him, not only in the water but also outside. His way of seeing life will make you feel different, and you can connect with Surfing in a special and unique way.
Cris also studied Website Design and business administration at the UNED, Costa Rica. He is a very sociable person and loves to spend time with students, exchange ideas and talk about life.
Cris is the best example of the Pura Vida of Costa Rica!



Head Spanish Instructor

Gwendy is from Europe. She lived in France and Spain and after backpacking for a while she discovered the “Pura Vida” and got stuck in Santa Teresa’s Vortex. After completing her university degree in 2007 she started teaching languages and publishing textbooks.
After the school bell rings she is surfing, working out at the gym or volunteering with the lifeguards. She also has a lovely dog called Ozuna, and loves to dance salsa.



Spanish Teacher


Jose was born in Nicaragua and he moved to Costa Rica when he was young. Always with great enthusiasm and a unique spirit, after completing his studies he began to teach Spanish as a foreign language. Since then he changes the lives of many students. His passion, patience and knowledge make his classes very special. Always well predisposed not only in the class but also outside, you can find in him a great friend.  He did all his studies at the UNED in Costa Rica. He loves music, playing football and meeting people from all over the world. Jose is not only a great Spanish teacher, he is a great person and is one of the reasons why our school is More than lesson …



Breakfast Chef


Raquel is from Nicaragua and she lives in Costa Rica for more than 20 years with her entire family. He has worked with us from the beginning helping us prepare the most delicious breakfasts. All his recipes are familiar and his hand in the kitchen is incredible. Everything is done in a homemade way and with an incredible love.
She is a person eager to meet new people and learn from different cultures. She is always willing to talk about her recipes and especially about the kitchen.  She is a lovely person and she is responsible for the happiness of our students every morning after surfing!