Filming in Filming in Costa Rica

Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, Costa Rica is home to about 4.5 million people and offers filmmakers tropical filming conditions. As a result the country’s climate is split between the dry and wet seasons, with the dry season running from December to April.

Costa Rica has abundant wildlife and despite its small size offers 6% of the world’s total biodiversity. In addition the varied landscapes include savannas, volcanic regions, tropical rainforests, reefs, wetlands and mountain peaks.

Filmmakers will find some of the most experienced crews in Central America, while the lack of sales tax is an attractive financial incentive. Producers could well benefit from Costa Rica’s geography as the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines are only about five hours’ apart.

There’s also the added bonus of many of the country’s locations making handy doubles for Africa, Europe and the US; always useful for productions seeking eclectic options on a tight schedule.

Images courtesy of Banana Films, San Jose -