Costa Rica is one of the countries leading by example and offering onsite testing at many of its resorts, so as we start to imagine where to travel next, Costa Rica deserves to be high up on your list! Its astounding array of flora and fauna, incredible coffee and immersive agrotourism experiences plus incredible hot springs, beaches, waterfalls, bird-watching, scuba diving, volcano hiking, and spas mean there's truly something for everyone to enjoy. And any visit to Costa Rica would simply be incomplete without taking the time to appreciate its thriving and unique cultural scene. Artists have long been inspired by Costa Rica’s beauty and vibrant culture, using its natural resources for inspiration. If you like art with your adventures, check out the list below (subject to local opening rules, of course). Some places are off the beaten path and some are right in the heart of the city; all of them are unforgettable.
The Museum of Stone Spheres
The Museum of Stone Spheres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Diquís Delta, is home to more than 300 stone sculptures. Colloquially known as “Las Bolas”, these spheres – much like Stonehenge – are of nebulous origin and purpose, though archaeologists have dated them back to about the year 600. Their mysterious nature and historical significance have even inspired modern art.
The town of Sarchí is world-renowned for its woodwork, leather shops, and ceramics. Located at the base of the Central Valley Mountain Range, Sarchí is also famous for its oxcarts (like the one pictured above) – brightly-painted, beautifully decorated symbols of Costa Rican tradition. The oxcarts line the shop-lined streets, where you can purchase and admire a variety of artisanal crafts and furniture.
This downtown San José gallery specializes in fair trade and indigenous art of Central America. It features hundreds of unique and exceptional pieces, from tribal masks to pottery. Namu prides itself on its mission statement – “to respect and celebrate the permanence and legacy of the first people” of Central America – and its commitment to paying artists quickly and fairly. They also have an online shop with both original and replicate items.
The Monte Azul Boutique Hotel preserve sits at the base of Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest mountain, and is surrounded by 125 acres of lush rainforest. Its living spaces are expertly and beautifully curated by the hotel’s artist-in-residence. Between the stunning natural environment and the luxurious and expansive accommodations, Monte Azul is truly an inspired experience.
The Museum of Costa Rican Art
An old airport in San José’s La Sabana Park is now the Costa Rican Art Museum, which features sculptures, paintings, photographs, and more. The museum hosts the works of Costa Rica’s most famous artist, Francisco Amighetti, a surrealist who specialized in showing the daily life of Costa Ricans.
STAY More and more resorts in Costa Rica are offering onsite testing like W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchal, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, and Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas. The two properties below are in the Virtuoso network, which means my clients receive VIP treatment and extra amenities like room upgrades, complimentary breakfast and WiFi, resort credits, and more!
The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal offers magnificent views of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, and uniquely wonderful dining experiences.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo blends modern design with a distinctly Costa Rican aesthetic in a spectacular setting on the Gulf of Papagayo.
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