The Best Photography in Costa Rica

Looking for the best photography in Costa Rica? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Costa Rica. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Costa Rica

  • Jacó, Costa Rica

    Catch Waves and a Sunset at Playa Jacó

    5.0
    There are hotels nearby, but if you are staying in San Jose this is a great day trip since it is only a couple of hours away by bus. Jaco is a big, wide open beach with room for everyone. Even on packed days, it doesn't feel very crowded. It's a pretty famous surf spot in Costa Rica, but even wit...
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  • San Carlos, Costa Rica

    Hike the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges

    5.0
    1.9 mi
    The Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park is just a short 15 minute drive from downtown La Fortuna. Shuttles are available for $18-25 or you can find a tour that includes transportation, admission, and a tour guide (about $60). General admission is $24 for a self guided tour.This easy hike is onl...
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  • Quepos, Costa Rica

    Explore Playa Espadilla Beach

    5.0
    The beach just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park is called Playa Espadilla and you can camp here for free if you have a tent or hammock. This is a safe place, accustomed to tourists, but be careful with valuables while camping on the beach - always a good idea, anyway.The alternative would ...
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  • Dominical - San Isidro PZ, Costa Rica

    Hike to Nauyaca Waterfalls

    5.0
    3.75 mi
    With so much to explore in Costa Rica, I suggest you try and make time for Nauyaca Falls.You start by going to a small office on the side of Route 243 between Dominical and San Isidro. There you can purchase your entry ticket ($8) and decide if you want to hike to the falls or take a horseback r...
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  • Poás, Costa Rica

    Hike Around Poás Volcano

    3.4
    2 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Poás Volcano was last active briefly in 2014, but most notably in 2009. It's one of the most active volcanos in Costa Rica. The main crater, Laguna Caliente, supports almost no aquatic life due to the incredibly high acidity.There's a $10 entry fee into the park per person. About a quarter mile a...
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  • Terciopelo Cave Ranger Station, Barra Honda National Park, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    Climb into the Terciopelo Cave

    2 mi / 100 ft gain
    Riddled with stygian chambers much like the holes in Swiss cheese, Barra Honda is unique among Costa Rica's network of national parks. According to its website, the National Park's crowning glory is its 42 known caverns, less than half of which have been explored by humans. Terciopelo, named afte...
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  • Las Pailas, Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica

    Hike the Las Pailas Trail

    5.0
    Rincón de la Vieja offers an immense variety of scenery and wildlife. The trail, Las Pailas, twists around the base of the volcano through jungle, geysers and low-dry foothills. The cinder cone volcano, Rincón de la Vieja (6217 ft/1895 m), is the main attraction.From the ranger station, the tra...
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  • Bagaces, Costa Rica

    Swim at Llanos de Cortez, Costa Rica

    Llanos de Cortez is a hidden gem in the northwestern portion of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region. This region is known for being dry and flat so finding waterfalls out in this area are a nice treat.  Accessing this waterfall is relatively easy. The parking lot is pretty close to the waterfall ...
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  • Brasilito, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

    5.0
    Concha is the Spanish word for "shell" and as the name states, you will find the whole beach is made up of tiny sea shells.To get to this beach you will have to start at Playa Brasilito and make your way to Hotel Brasilito. When you arrive at the hotel you will continue down the road "Brasilito B...
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  • Rio Celeste , Costa Rica

    Hike the Rio Celeste in Costa Rica

    5.0
    3.7 mi
    A long drive and a muddy trail may not sound appealing at first, but the first glimpse of this brilliant turquoise river makes it all worth it. From the town of Bijagua, take the unpaved road with signs towards Tenorio Volcano National Park and Rio Celeste. Eventually you'll come to a parking lot...
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  • Punta Leona, Costa Rica

    Relax in Punta Leona, Costa Rica

    Punta Leona is a peninsula located south west of San Jose and Alajuela. Head west towards Punta Arenas, then south on interstate 34. Entering "Parqueo Punta Leona" in your GPS will take you to the right location. This parking area will take you to Playa Mantas, This is a dark sand beach with many...
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  • Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

    Hike to Catarata del Toro

    5.0
    1.5 mi / 900 ft gain
    Catarata del Toro is located in the small town of Bajos del Toro. This waterfall is located on a private reserve in the rain forest that includes nature trails, a hummingbird garden, a restaurant, restrooms, and more. There is a $10 (5000 colones) entrance fee. The beginning of the trail is fairl...
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  • Quepos, Costa Rica

    Hike Sendero Punta Catedral

    1 mi
    To access this trail, you must pay the $16 park entrance fee. It's a 1.25 mile from the entrance gate along a gravel road but there are signs marking the way to the trailhead.  Translated, Sendero Punta Catedral means Cathedral Point Trail. It is a 1 mile long trail that circles Cathedral Point p...
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  • 34, Costa Rica

    Photograph Crocodiles under the Tarcoles River Crocodile Bridge

    5.0
    The Tarcolos River is probably the most polluted river in Costa Rica and ironically also one of the biggest tourist attractions.  Despite the nearby national park and renewed focus on the environment it's 67% sewage and industrial waste. But with around 25 crocodiles per square kilometer you woul...
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  • Playa Corozalito, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Corozalito

    I have been to many beaches in Costa Rica. I have never experienced a beach as beautiful (yet) as this one. The approach to the water is a gradual, barely noticeable ease into the ocean. From my first time here and all the subsequent visits, the beach and ocean floor were completely void of rocks...
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  • 9.978336,-83.845142, Costa Rica

    Explore Irazú Volcano National Park

    0.4 mi
    This place is a must see if you're spending time in Costa Rica. The easy access from different towns via public transportation is very affordable and worth your time and money!  There are several different ways to reach this park, the main one being taking a bus from San Jose (the city of Cartago...
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