It’s been a while since I’ve been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, but I still feel very connected to the culture and people that I experienced there. One of my friends during my service never actually left Costa Rica. He got married there and founded an amazing company called Bodhi Surf + Yoga with his wife.
In addition to surf and yoga experiences, they advocate for protecting the world’s oceans and have a program called “Ocean Guardians” that I recently signed up for, so that I can participate with my kids and learn what we can do together to protect the oceans.
Bodhi Surf + Yoga is located in Uvita, a small town on the Pacific Coast in the Bahia Ballena (Whale’s Bay). I visited there a few times and always remember walking out into a whale’s tail formation during low tide (you can see a photo of this on their website), and watching hundreds of crabs scramble about the sand!
This seascape artwork that I painted is from a photo that I took along the beach in Uvita. If you ever wanted to experience a quiet piece of paradise, this is the place!
Manzanillo is located on the southern tip of the Limón province on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, near Panama. In this painting, a palm tree is hanging out in the warm late-morning breeze, next to the Caribbean water gently rolling up to the shore. Red flowers are in bloom on a bush right below the palm tree.
Puerto Viejo Beach Sunset Art Print
This art print is of an oil painting of an evening beach sunset along the shores of Puerto Viejo! Puerto Viejo is just a little further north up the coast from Manzanillo.
These Costa Rica art prints are available as ultra premium prints, unframed or framed, in my Spanglish America Etsy shop. They make for excellent beach decor, especially for those that have vacationed or lived in Costa Rica (I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer there from 2006 to 2008 and came to know the country intimately).
I’ve been going through some of my older paintings lately, and found this one. I painted it six years ago, from a photo that I took on a beach in Costa Rica more than eight years ago! I call it “The Simplicity of it All“.
If you’re going for an authentic tropical vibe in your home, this piece may be for you!
Cahuita, a small Caribbean town in Costa Rica, is a place to kick off your shoes and relax. Hang out on a hammock all day? You got it. Explore the shoreline along the beautiful Cahuita National Park? Easy. Listen to reggae music while eating seafood and “rice and beans” cooked in coconut milk? Yum.
A couple years ago I did some custom artwork for my friend Travis down in Costa Rica, who was also a Peace Corps Volunteer there and now offers Yoga and Surf vacations through his business Bodhi Surf in Uvita, Costa Rica.
Here’s an oil painting of him doing his thing:
A mixed media drawing of his sister, also a surfer:
An oil painting of the natural “whale’s tale” formation in Uvita. The area is known as “Bahia Ballena”, which means “Whale Bay.”
Lastly, here is a photo I took while my Peace Corps training group visited there. This photo was taken while standing out near the end of the whale tale formation and looking back at the land. Not many places you can lay on the beach and have water on both sides of you like that!
Have you been here? Please share your experience if you have!