Creative Culture

A Retreat for Creativity and Craft

A Retreat for Creativity and Craft

I’ve admired the Harmony Hotel’s commitment to sustainability and tranquility, and their love affair with this sleepy town since I started coming to Nosara in 2011. One of the things I love so much about Nosara is the way this town provides for the people in it – how the heat forces a balance between […]

Good "Bird Karma" in the Nosara Forest

Good “Bird Karma” in the Nosara Forest

While here in Nosara for three weeks, researching for an interactive, environmentally-engaged art project, we were lucky enough to get to hike though a nearby forest with an extremely knowledgeable conservation biologist.  Felipe López, who’s doing a biodiversity study of the area, took us through the various zones of the diverse tropical dry forest biome, […]

A Creative Gathering at the Harmony

A Creative Gathering at the Harmony

Earlier this season, a group of musicians and friends traveled to the Harmony to surf, relax, play music, and support local charities. Nosara and the HH provided a beautiful backdrop for a weekend of connection and camaraderie among this creative and fun group of people.  The highlight of the experience was an intimate nighttime beach concert played by […]


Video Game Developed in Costa Rica to Protect Pink River Dolphin

Video Game Developed in Costa Rica to Protect Pink River Dolphin

A new video game has been developed in Costa Rica titled Apu, el espiritu del rio, or Apu, the Spirit of the River.  This game is designed to raise awareness about threats to river species in Latin America, including the manatee and the Amazon river dolphin.  These animals are threatened by illegal fishing and habitat […]

Hideaways

Hideaways

A wall completely lined with books may be a dream of mine, but there is more to this house than its perfection as a writer’s hideaway.  The Casa Kiké by Gianni Botsford Architects features locally-sourced timber for the wooden structure as well as locally-sourced corrugated steel sheeting for the roof and siding.  The architects note […]

Hideaways

Hideaways

Benjamin Garcia Saxe, designer of the bamboo-ring house, worked with Laura Morelli and students during a workshop at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica, to design and build a project with limited resources and with the goal of creating a space and eliciting human emotions.  Wanting to convey light, space, and movement, the team placed […]


"Mystery Stone"

“Mystery Stone”

Rima de Vallbona is also the author of “Mystery Stone.”  On a tourist trip in Guanacaste, Berta spends the night at the home of her two cousins.  When she arrives at their home, I entered into a magic world, in which a certain something lingered in the air; the enchantment was enhanced by the vases […]

Rima de Vallbona

Rima de Vallbona

Rima de Vallbona has written twelve books of short stories, novels, and essays.  These include Mundo, demonio, y mujer, Polvo del camino, Noche en vela, and Cosecha de pescadores.  Among her several literary awards is Costa Rica’s Premio Nacional Aquileo J. Echeverría. She is the author of “The Chumico Tree,” a story that shows the […]

José León Sánchez

José León Sánchez

José León Sánchez, in a plan to reclaim the Virgin’s riches for indigenous people, attempted robbery of the Basilica de los Angeles in Cartago.  At age nineteen, when he entered prison for his crime, Sánchez was illiterate, but he went on to write fourteen books.  Among these are Tenochtitlán, La isla de los hombres solos, […]


"The Carbonero"

“The Carbonero”

Carlos Salazar Herrera has a second story published in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.  “The Carbonero,” originally published in De amor, celos, y muerte: tres cuentos is translated by James Hoggard, who also translated “The Bongo.”  Hoggard is the author of eight books and seven produced plays, and his translations have been widely published. […]

This is Jersey!

This is Jersey!

The Garden State never looked so cool. From The Intertia: Winter in New Jersey is always cold. This winter, however, we’ve seen things that we will never forget. The ocean itself has dropped down to 29° F, freezing its water, and the air has been below 0° F for those early morning surfs. With temperatures like […]

Carlos Salazar Herrera

Carlos Salazar Herrera

Carlos Salazar Herrera is the author of two stories in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.  He was an art professor at the Unversidad de Costa Rica; the author of many stories, poems, and plays; and the 1964 winner of Costa Rica’s Premio Nacional de Cultura Magón. Originally published as “El Bongo” in Cuentos de […]


Samuel Rovinski

Samuel Rovinski

Samuel Rovinski is an essayist, playwright, and fiction writer.  He is the author of Ceremonia de casta, Las fisgonas de Paso Ancho, El martirio del Pastor, and La hora de los vencidos, for which he won the Premio Nacional Aquielo J. Echeverría. His story “The Adventure” is not about an adventure in the typical meaning […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

May we always remember and reflect the same simple joy of just “being” in the Surf .  From First Time to Lifetime, all else is kept in perspective when dancing among the Waves.  Stoked !   photo provided by Surfing Nosara  

Uriel Quesada

Uriel Quesada

For ten years, I haven’t been to the sea.  I want to see it so badly that this morning I begged my mother until I made her break down in tears.  I remember the sea, despite how long it’s been and how small I was then.  I can almost make out its rhythmic motion, its […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Howling offshore winds create lumps of chop coming up the wave face, effectively acting like speed bumps and moguls.  Getting a light, short board into this position on such a day is no easy task.  Perfectly poised, he’s about to reconcile all forces at play as wind and wave compete for transitory dominion.   photo […]

Hideouts

Hideouts

Architect: Marcos Acayaba Project: Acayaba House, 1997 Read Wallpaper’s Q&A with Marcos Acayaba

Julieta Pinto

Julieta Pinto

Julieta Pinto is the author of many books, including Tierra de espejismos, La estación que sigue al verano, and Los marginados, the latter two of which received the Premio Nacional Aquileo J. Echeverría.  Her translated work appears in When New Flowers Bloomed, alongside Carmen Naranjo. “The Blue Fish” is a story of a child’s fascination […]


The Palm at the End of the Mind

The Palm at the End of the Mind

Of Mere Being The palm at the end of the mind, Beyond the last thought, rises In the bronze distance. A gold-feathered bird Sings in the palm, without human meaning, Without human feeling, a foreign song. You know then that it is not the reason That makes us happy or unhappy. The bird sings. Its […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

We often reference “The Glide” throughout our lore and experiences of having board under feet, on the magic carpet ride.  Others too, for no apparent practical reason, celebrate the transcendent joy of riding waves. When performed with grace, the act becomes sublime.  

Abel Pacheco

Abel Pacheco

Abel Pacheco is the author of Paso de tropo, Una muchacha, and De la selva a la embajada.  His story “Deeper Than Skin” was originally published as Más abajo de la piel, and an excerpt appears in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.  This excerpt includes twelve short vignettes about the characters, animals, and landscapes […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

  Whether the wave is large or small, positioning reveals intimate knowledge about any rider’s approach.  Graceful bottom turn around the critical section is the same on a playful longboard day at the beach or triple overhead Pipe.  Leaning hard on the inside rail to project down the line. photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Yolanda Oreamuno

Yolanda Oreamuno

Yolanda Oreamuno’s work is collected in A lo largo del corto camino and La ruta de su evasión.  Her story “El espíritu de mi terra,” which appears in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion as “The Spirit of My Land,” was originally published in the influential literary journal Repertorio americano, in which Oreamuno began publishing […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

High speed backhand top-turn aka “slash”.  The arc of spray “out the back” of the wave testifies to both the Surfer’s agility and the forces at play.  He has re-set his edge, ready to turn off the bottom again and traverse the next section of unfolding wave.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara