Costa Rica is a land of natural beauty and as such is a dream for people who scout locations for the purpose of shooting a film. The Arenal Volcano, the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, the Corcovado National Park, and the Parque Nacional Tortuguero are all tremendously beautiful locations perfect for directors who want to shoot a film in a pristine environment.

These Costa Rican natural beauties give an extra dimension to a film and that is something that directors are always looking to incorporate in their movies.

In fact, just like sports aficionados would go to the official site of NoviBet to get the most authentic gambling experience or visit the Bernabeu to catch a glimpse of the most decorated club in the world, film directors go to Costa Rica to shoot the most authentic exotic scenes imaginable.

Here is a list of five films which have used Costa Rican natural beauty as the source of their inspiration and have in fact been even partially shot there.

Jurassic Park

When one thinks of films and Costa Rica one immediately thinks of Jurassic Park. The film based on Michael Crichton’s book takes place in an exotic land called Isla Nublar and Isla Nublar is actually the island which goes by the name of Isla del Coco and is a Costa Rican Natural Park.

None of the scenes in the film were actually shot in Costa Rica, but the footage of Isla del Coco was used in the opening scenes of the film and have since become synonymous with the film.

 1492: Conquest of Paradise

1492: Conquest of Paradise is one of Ridley Scott’s lesser known works, but nevertheless it is an epic film with a huge budget and production values. As the title can probably drop you a hint, the film deals with Christopher Columbus’ conquest of the West Indies.

Because of the nature of the story, it was essential that a big chunk of the film was shot in a pristine environment which represented the West Indies so the choice fell to Puntarenas, Costa Rica.


The producers of Congo hoped to create a franchise similar to King Kong with their film, but unfortunately failed in doing so. However, that doesn’t mean that audiences these days can’t enjoy in the beautiful shots which director Frank Marshall made.

In fact, a big part of Congo wasn’t actually filmed in the African country as producers and director decided that they had a much better place closer to home – San Carlos, Costa Rica.

Suicide Squad

DC super hero fans fondly remember the 2016 Suicide Squad film. However, what they probably don’t know is the fact that a part of that film was shot in Sarapiqui (Hacienda Sueno Azul) and Pococi, Costa Rica.

After Earth

After Earth is a 2013 movie which stars Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. The director of the film, the famous M. Night Shyamalan, shot most of his scenes in La Fortuna de San Carlos and Sarapiqui which gave the film an otherworldly vibe.