Zancudo, Our 2004 Destination!

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Our beautiful private beach with warm tropical water!

Beautiful Playa Zancudo - a great place
for painting, relaxation and exploration!!

Zancudo was our January 2004 destination. We hope to return again to this serene corner of Costa Rica.

Each room of the Rio Mar Hotel has its own veranda and bathroom. In front of the cabinas is a shared garden, protected by several giant mango trees. On the property there is a shaded rancho we will use for conducting workshops and for after hours studio space. You can also paint any where on the property, shaded by the many palms or leafy Almendras trees. Mariano Gaos, our host and guide, will provide us with delicious, healthy breakfasts and dinners. There is a communal fridge provided for stashing cold drinks and access to the kitchen for guests to prepare lunch or snacks.

Escape the winter and come enjoy a vacation of creativity, painting, sharing, rest, and relaxation! Let the surrounding beauty inspire you!

Looking across the Gulfo Dulce to Corcovado National Park

Flying into Golfito, a small boat will bring you to the hotel

Costa Rica from above, almost there!

From our hotel property, watch the sun rise and set over the water!

Dolphins in the Golfo Dulce

Looking into the Garden from Rio Mar hotel

Along the Coto River

View towards the Coto River from Rio Mar

William, by Ashlie Gaos, 2003
•Surrounding Lush Rain Forest Terrain
•Workshop location, the hotel, Rio Mar, on a sand spit peninsula between Golfo Dulce and the Coto River.
•Short walk to the beach and town.
•Excellent local swimming.
•Local ecological preserve, offering numerous ecological tours.
•Nearby National Parks Corcovado and Marino Ballena.
•Private gardens can be used as studio space/Large shared studio space. 
•Swimming in warm tropical waters, either the fresh water river or in the gulf.
•Optional- Arranged Group Trip to San Vito, Costa Rica's Largest Botanical Gardens. Transportation, snack and entrance fee included for $40.
•Optional- Arranged Group Trip to Paint a Banana Plantation, lots of interesting buildings and plants. $10 for transportation.
•Explore on your own or with some friends. Take a trip across the Gulf to Puerto Jimenez, gateway to Corcovado National Park. $100
 •Short day trip to Las Esferas (The Spheres), a mysterious archeological find from an ancient indigenous culture (extra fee)
  •Easy day trip in Golfo Dulce to see and possibly swim with dolphins (extra fee)
Getting there and away is easy! Fly into the airport where they filmed Jurrasic Park and arrive at our hotel by boat.
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Zancudo from Above

Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

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