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!
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!
Uvita, Costa Rica has one of my favorite beaches in that country, as I’ve written about before. Uvita is on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. In this painting, the morning waves are washing up on shore with the sunlight illuminating the glow of the water, sand and palm trees.
This painting measures 10″ in width and 8″ in height, and is painted on gallery-wrapped canvas (no frame necessary!).
Do any of you ever dream of beautiful expansive and tropical beaches with very few people on them?
Uvita lies on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. The beach there is really something to behold. There is even a natural whale’s tale formation of sand and rock that extends into the ocean, of which I’m sure I’ll do some paintings in the future. In the meantime, this is the first couple of layers of this painting, which I’ll complete soon!
While I’m talking about Uvita, I have to give a shout out to my friend from the Peace Corps, Travis Bays, founder of Bodhi Surf School, a yoga and surf camp that specializes in providing one-of-a-kind vacation experiences. Travis lives in Uvita with his wife Pilar and their daughter Maya.
If you travel down the Pacific coast further south, you’ll eventually get to Corcovado National Park, the most biodiverse region in the western hemisphere. While in the Peace Corps, I trekked through Corcovado’s jungles, rivers and wild beaches!