Photographer’s Paradise, Costa Rica Abounds With Wildlife


by Richard Thompson

Costa Rica is an amazing little country located just 10 degrees north of the equator. It is home to almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity, all contained on .03 % of the world’s land mass. The county is only about the size of West Virginia.

This tropical gem provides many opportunities for photographers. In addition to the wildlife, sunsets , and deserted beaches that I so enjoy shooting , it’s deep water port has an abundance of whale and dolphin, it has 6 active volcanos, and is known for some of the best surfing worldwide.

Once you arrive and make your way out of the hustle and bustle of San Jose, it is time to unwind and enjoy. Before you know it you will have forgotten all about having to lug that 35 pound backpack full of camera gear through the airport.

Costa Rica is considered a safe place to travel. The locals are very friendly, and non-confrontational by nature. I have read things like , “considering the average income is about $500 a month and imported items are very expensive, that petty theft can be a problem”, but in all the times we have been there the only problem we have ever had was getting short changed at a toll booth.  If you use your common sense, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.

Pura Vida, has become Costa Rica’s slogan, as well as being a way of life. The direct translation is “pure life” but it’s true meaning is much more than that. It’s living the good life, enjoying life’s simple pleasures, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying a slow, relaxed pace of life. This approach towards life maybe one of the reasons Costa Ricans enjoy a longer life expectancy than here in the states.

The photographs I have taken give only a small glimpse into the beauty that is Costa Rica.

All said, its hands down my favorite place to relax and my love for photography only makes it that much better. “Pura Vida”