Beaches galore . . . Costa Rica (Rich Coast) flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west, boasts nearly 300 distinctly different beaches along its stunning coastlines. We at ODYSSEYS are only a 45 minute drive by car or about twice that by local bus from Puntarenas Beach in the Gulf of Nicoya. This terrific day or overnight beach trip is perfect for a quick fix of sun, palm trees, sand and surf, not to mention cocktails overlooking the waves at sunset (or sunup?)--​and check out the other amazing beaches you can get to from Puntarenas by Ferry! 


San Ramón de Alajuela, "City of Poets"

We plan to accept new applications beginning in January 2024. No application fee will be required; a $2 USD processing fee, only.


San Ramon de Alajuela, COSTA RICA

Skype: OdysseysCostaRica


Welcome to Costa Rica's premier Artist Residency since 2007. Currently on hiatus through June 2023

FIND US BY BUS One hour northwest of the capital city of San José, 45-minutes from San Jose's International Airport, 1-1/2 hours from Arenal Volcano and volcanic hot springs, 45 minutes from Puntarenas, a lovely beach that attracts surfers and beachcombers from abroad, and is also the casting off point for Ferry departures to the Nicoya Peninsula and other spectacular Costa Rican beaches and nature reserves. CLIMATE
Average temperatures in San Ramón run in the mid-70sF (25 degrees C) year-round. Yet, on even the sunniest days, as if to remind us that we are indeed in a tropical cloud forest, a soothing mist rolls in, bathing the surrounding mountains, including the nearby hills of Las Musas (The Muses), with an impression worthy of the finest Monet. San Ramón runs dry, warm, and sunny half the year, and green the other half. The green season is known for sunny mornings with showers at night and heavy downpours for about two hours some afternoons
THINGS OF WHICH WE ARE ESPECIALLY PROUD Costa Rica has no army, abolished by José María Hipólito Figueres Ferrer (25 September 1906 – 8 June 1990) in his first term in office, along with nationalizing the country's banking sector, granting previously marginalized minorities the right to vote, and guaranteeing public education for all. "Don Pepe," as he was affectionately known, is also famous for a phrase we love: "Why tractors without violins?" The Figueres Museum and Cultural Center of San Ramón honors his memory with all manner of concerts, exhibitions, workshops, and contests covering the gammet of literature, visual art, and of course, music and dance. Our local institute of SiNEM (government-sponsored National System of Musical Education). And perhaps our favorite venue for our own events that combine readings, music in concert, and visual art when possible, the Costa Rica Regional Museum of San Ramón.


 Exploring Art and Culture in Costa Rica


Have we mentioned Costa Rica's over thirty islands, more than a dozen volcanoes, and nature reserves (over 25% of Costa Rica's national territory is protected by SINAC (National System of Conservation Areas), and that Costa Rica also possesses the greatest density of species in the world--over 10,000 identified species of plants, 850 species of birds, 800 species of butterflies, and 500 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians combined? (Greenspan, 1997).

While Nicaraugua to the north and Panama to the south often struggle to achieve peace and economic stability, Costa Rica has enjoyed a stable democracy for more than 100 years, with an international reputation for peace--a neutral country since 1987.