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Will I be able to find a church in Costa Rica?

Written by International TEFL Academy Costa Rica

Whether you are protestant, Catholic, evangelical, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, or Jehovah's Witness, you should be able to find a community of like-minded people to join while you are here in Costa Rica!  We've put together a list of churches that offer English-speaking or bilingual services around the country!

International Baptist Church  

Guachipelin de Escazu

Although affiliated with the Baptist church, the International Baptist Church of Costa Rica welcomes people of all backgrounds, ministering primarily to the English-speaking international community of the central valley of Costa Rica. Sunday services are at 9:30am and 11am.  Sunday School classes are available for all ages, and there are small group Bible Studies that meet weekly throughout the metro area.

For transportation to the church, a pick-up service is provided on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m in front of the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, or at 9:00 am behind the Catholic Church in Ciudad Colon and 10:30 am in front of United World College in Santa Ana. Call Rodolfo (Spanish and English) at 8853-9328 if you have any questions.

Anglican/Episcopal Parish of the Good Shepherd 

San Jose

Located on 3rd Avenue, between Calle 3 and 5, one block from the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Good Shepherd has Sunday services at 8:30am (English) and 11am (Spanish).  The first Sunday of the month, there is a also bilingual (Spanish-English) service at 9am. 

The Good Shepherd  was founded to strengthen the community's faith.  They celebrate, proclaim and preach the Gospel and commit to  prayer and teaching the Bible through weekly services and small groups. 

Catholic mass in English at St. Mary's Chapel

Belen, Heredia

Meeting Sundays at 4pm in the chapel by the Hard Rock Cafe (next to the Hotel Wyndham Herradura) in Belen, Heredia, The Saint Mary’s Chapel offers one of the few masses in English in Costa Rica.  Call 2209-9800 for directions or more information.

Escazu Christian Fellowship

Guachipelin de Escazu

Meeting in the same building as International Baptist Church, the Escazu Christian Fellowship meets from 5-6:30pm every Sunday.  From the exit to Guachipelín, take the road in front of ConstruPlaza and continue for 200 meters. You will see the church at the top of the hill.

ECF is an interdenominational, international congregation called to be the “heart, hands, and voice of Jesus Christ” in Costa Rica’s English-speaking community. The church commits to being a place of worship, study, fellowship and Christian service. The members of ECF come from many national and ethnic backgrounds, and have roots in a variety of Christian communities, from traditional denominations to new, emerging Christian expressions.

Harvest Vineyard 

San Jose

Harvest Vineyard is a small community of 30-40 members of multi-cultural, English-speaking Christians who meet at Lexicon House near La Sabana Park in San Jose at 10:30am on Sundays.  Contact info@harvestvinyard.info or call 2289-6782/2291-4383 for more information.

La Union Church 


Although most of the church's media is presented in Spanish, Iglesia Union Costa Rica has bilingual staff, services and small groups in Moravia, San José.  Call 2235-6709 for information about service times.

Sol de Justicia 


Sol de Justicia is a small English-speaking congregation of the Wesleyan Church that meets in Grecia.  Sunday services are at 8:30 am, and the congregation meets behind Maxi Pali at the Mall Plaza Ingenio.  Email soldejusticia.english@gmail.com with questions about the location.

On the Pacific Coast

Horizon Church


Located  200 meters South of Pops Road on the Costanera (main highway) in front of Auto Tica, Horizon Church meets at 9am on Sundays.  Horizon is an active and vibrant community that offers women's and men's groups, youth groups and outreach programs.

Beach Community Church  


The Beach Community Church is a Christ-centered, multi-denominational church serving the beach communities of Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero, and surrounding areas on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with services in English every Sunday at 10am.  The congregation meets about 100 meters from the main road between the CRIA international school and the entrance to Reserva Conchal.


Tamarindo Church  


Serving the areas of Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, Playa Brasilito, and Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo Church is a part of the International Baptist Convention and offers services every Sunday at 10am.  As you are driving on the main road toward Tamarindo, you will see a small entrance for the Tamarindo Airport on your right. Drive past the airport entrance/driving range and you will see the church sign about 200 meters further on the right.


Hope Fellowship  

Playa Del Coco

Hope Fellowship is a non-denominational church located in Playas del Coco that offers services in English on Sundays at 11am.  The church is located 300 meters east from the Anchor at the end of the main Boulevard in the two-story building on the left.  Call 4033-8349 or send an email to info@hope.cr for more information.

Don't see what you are looking for? Don't worry!  There are still options.  It might simply be that they only offer Spanish-speaking services, so ask your homestay families, students and coworkers.  We are confident you will find what you are looking for!  

Ready to embark on this journey of living and teaching abroad?  Contact us today to speak to an admissions advisor about registering for one of our 4-week TEFL trainings in Costa Rica!

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