What comes to mind when you think about Costa Rica? Yes… Nature! rainforests, wildlife, adventures. And well! For some reason, it is up until now that Hollywood goes to Costa Rica and movies are being filmed in the gorgeous nature of this country. Check here a list of the movies filmed in Costa Rica, partially or totally.

Spy Kids 2:

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams is a 2002 film, second part of the children’s spy series, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. In this film act Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi and Mike Judge, Ernesto among others.

The Island of Lost Dreams Some of the scenes from this movie that came out in 2002 were filmed in Manuel Antonio National Park and Arenal Volcano.

After Earth:

After Earth is a science fiction and adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith in the lead roles. The film, co-produced by Smith, Shyamalan and others, was filmed in Costa Rica, specifically in La Fortuna de San Carlos and Sarapiquí. The premiere took place on May 31, 2013 in New York and is distributed by Columbia Pictures and Sony Entertainment.

After Words: 

Academy Award Winner Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as a librarian who attempts to escape her mid-life crisis by traveling to Costa Rica. There she meets a younger man (Oscar Jaenada – Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides) who takes her on an unexpected journey filled with adventure and romance.

Suicide Squad:

The action film was just released in 2016; a secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous super-villains to form a defensive task force. Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, among other great Hollywood names; some of the scenes were filmed in Sarapiquí (Hacienda Sueño Azul) and Pococí, Costa Rica, they are at the beginning of the film in the intro of June Moone, the archaeologist played by Cara Delevingne.


Paddington is a British comedy film directed by Paul King, written by King himself and Hamish McColl, and produced by David Heyman. The film is based on Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear. Among his protagonists are Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, with Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the bear character. The cute bear is actually from Peru in the story, but the rainforest shots at the beginning of the movie were filmed in Costa Rica.


Congo is a 1995 American film directed by Frank Marshall, best known for his role as producer, and starring Laura Linney (Kharen Ross), Dylan Walsh (Dr. Peter Elliot) and Ernest Lee Hudson (Munro), among others . It is an adaptation to the cinema of the novel of Michael Crichton, Congo.

Released in 1995, this action movie is about an expedition to the African Congo that ends in disaster and a team decides to find out what went wrong. It was filmed in 8 locations, one of them being San Carlos, Costa Rica.

The Blue Butterfly: 

The Blue Butterfly is a 2004 Canadian drama/adventure film, directed by Léa Pool, produced by Porchlight Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis, distributed by Monterey Media and starring Marc Donato as Pete Carlton, a boy terminally ill with cancer, whose final wish is to find the elusive blue morpho butterfly. William Hurt plays entomologist Alan Osborne, who takes him to the jungles of Costa Rica to find the insect, based on a true story, this movie was filmed partially in Puerto Viejo, Limon.

1492: Conquest of Paradise:

1492: The Conquest of Paradise is a 1992 epic and dramatic film directed by Ridley Scott (who also produced it, along with Alain Golbacas) and written by Roselyne Bosch. The plot recounts Christopher Columbus’ journey to the West Indies in 1492, which led him to meet a continent unknown until then by the inhabitants of Europe and Asia, October 12 of that year. The film also highlights the relevance and effect of the encounter of these “two worlds” on the original peoples during the first years of the conquest.

A lot of the filming took place in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

The Last Full Measure:

This is actually a film in the making, a political drama based on a true story on Air Force doctor William Pitsenbarger who saved the lives of many marines ambushed in a battle of the Vietnam War. Back in May this year actors Sebastian Stan and John Savage were in Costa Rica shooting some of the scenes for this movie. 

Jurassic Park:

Contrary to what many think, none of the scenes were actually 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 came for a vacation with his family.

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