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  • Writer's pictureKristy Morrison

19 Movies Filmed in Costa Rica

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Jurassic Park: Technically wasn't FILMED in Costa Rica, but footage of isla del coco was used in the opening sequence to represent isla Nublar. The book is placed in Costa Rica after Michael Crichton stayed for vacation with his family.

  1. 1942 Conquest Of Paradise: The plot recounts Christopher Columbus' journey to the West Indies in 1492, whittled him to meet a continent unknown until then by the inhabitants of Eurpe and Asia, October 12 of that year. The film also highlights the relevance and effect of the counter of these "Two old worlds"on the original peoples during the first year of conquest. Filmed in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

  2. The Last Full Measure: A political drama based on a true story of Air Force doctor william Pitsenbarger who saved the lives many marines ambushed in battle of the Vietnam War.

  3. Congo: An action movie that ends in disaster and a team decides to find out what went wrong. It was filmed in 8 locations, one of them San Carlos, Costa Rica.

  4. The Blue Butterfly: About a boy terminally ill with cancer, whose final wish is to find the elusive blue morpho butterfly. An entomologist, ends up taking him the jungles of Costa Rica to find the insect. This is a Canadian film based on a true story. Filmed in Puerto Viejo, Limon.

  5. Suicide Squad: A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous super-villains to form a defensive task force. Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, and many more. Filmed in Hacienda Sueño Azul & Pococi, Costa Rica.

  6. After Words: Academy Award Winner Marcia Gay Harden stars as a librarian who attempts to escape her mid-life crisis by travelling to Costa Rica. There she meets a younger man who takes her on an unexpected journey filled with adventure and romance.

  7. After Earth: Is a science fiction and adventure film directed by M.Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden Smith & Will Smith in the lead roles. Filmed in La Fortuna De San Carlos and Sarapiqui Costa Rica.

  8. Paddington: A British comedy film based on Paddington Bear. The cute bear is actually from Peru in the story, but the rainforest shots at the beginning of the movie were filmed in CostaRica.

  9. Spy Kids 2: Island of lost dreams is part 2 of the chilren's spy series. The island of Lost Dreams was filmed in Manuel Antonio National Park & Arenal Volcano.

  10. AE: Apocalypse Earth: A group of refugees from Earth work to survive on a hostile alien planet.

  11. Basic: DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry. With John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson,

  12. Surf School: A rag-tag bunch of seniors, complete outsiders at their surf-crazed Laguna Beach High School, decide to crash the biggest team surf contest. In order to prevail, however, they must do one important thing…learn to surf!

  13. Costa Rican Summer: A titillating teen comedy, a young surfer and his friends head to Costa Rica tisane his beautiful aunt's beach motel. Starring Pamela Anderson, Peter Dante.

  14. The Real Miyagi: Stars: John G. Avildsen, Billy Blanks, Lauro Chartrand, Michael Chavez

  15. Dealt: Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.

  16. Temptation Island: A real-life dramatic series where boyfriends/girlfriends travel to a romantic place to quiz and fascinate the strengths of their relationships. **Filmed in our area of Tambor, Costa Rica. Check out our private log in guest page to have dinner at the woman's resort.

  17. Funny Money: Henry Perkins, a mild-mannered accountant, accidentally trades briefcases with another man, to find out that there’s five million dollars inside.

  18. Living In The Age Of Airplanes: Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world. Starring: Harrison Ford.

  19. Runner Runner: Filmed in Puerto Rico, however, the film is based in Costa Rica. When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.

Know of any that missed the list!? let us know!!


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