Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country can be intimidating for a beginning Spanish speaker. Here, language tutor Jackie A. shares her recommendations for beginner-friendly travel destinations…
So you’ve finished your first couple of Spanish lessons and you’re ready to practice your new skills. Traveling and experiencing a new culture is a great way to learn Spanish for beginners. Here are five travel destinations that are perfect for beginning Spanish speakers.
1. Costa Rica
If you feel nervous about your Spanish, you can rest assured, the “Ticos” will embrace you and teach you how to live la Pura Vida! In Costa Rica, you can explore the Caribbean, the rain forest, and the Pacific. Although the country has its own currency (the Colon), many stores advertise with USD.
This country has become an expat haven with many settling in the capital, Panama city. It’s the only country where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic. The official currency is Balboa, but you can find a lot in USD as well. Bonus for you introverts, it’s not overpopulated, so you can truly get away from the hustle and bustle.
3. Dominican Republic
This beautiful country on the island of Hispaniola is a popular tourist destination. You’ll be able to find plenty of English speakers, but you’ll still have a great opportunity to practice your Spanish. Should you get stuck, the locals can switch languages for you. The Dominican Republic has an interesting history, and lively culture filled with food, music, and dancing.
Visit our friendly neighbors to the south to explore the country and practice your new language skills. Tourism is a big industry, so you’ll find lots of English speakers. There’s so much to do in Mexico; you can explore the beaches, rain forest, cities, and ruins. There’s not a beginner Spanish speaker that can’t find something they’d like to do here.
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5. Puerto Rico
Passports are optional for this Caribbean island that’s filled with friendly Spanish speakers to help you with your new language. Many Puerto Ricans learn English in school, so the locals may be able to help you if you get stuck. Enjoy the culture, food, dance, music, art, and breathtaking views.
No matter where you are in your Spanish learning journey, there are so many wonderful places that you can visit and practice your skills. While traveling can be a great way to learn Spanish for beginners, you can also look for cultural events in your area that may lead you to a new Spanish-speaking amigo/a or two.
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Jackie A. is an acting, English, French, and Spanish instructor in Essington, PA. She taught English as she studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and is an active member of her local improv troupe. Learn more about Jackie here!