Costa Rica is a photographer's dream. Brimming with vibrant colors, smiling animals, secluded beaches, lush waterfalls, dense jungle, and rich countryside, there is no shortage of inspiration. As my husband and I roam the land of rich coasts, we have captured some pure photo magic.
Costa Rica is a special place, as it has stunning beaches along the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Caribbean Sea. With over 800 miles of coastline, and over 300 unique beaches, there exists the perfect beach paradise for everyone. The beaches are one of the main reasons we moved to Costa Rica.
BEACHES OF COSTA RICA...
Playa Manzanillo (Caribbean Coast)
Playa Chiquita (Caribbean Coast)
Playa Matapalo (Guanacaste)
Costa Rica is packed with abundant wildlife, which is another reason we fell in love with this country. One of our favorite animals to see in the wild is a sloth.
SLOTHS OF COSTA RICA...
A baby two-toed sloth.
An adolescent three-toed sloth waving and smiling at us after we saved his life as he tried to cross a busy highway.
A three-toed sloth mother and her baby.
Costa Rica has an immense variety of exotic birds and will make a birdwatcher out of anyone. Since moving here we have become avid birders and dedicate most of our days to birdwatching.
BIRDS OF COSTA RICA...
A ribbon of pelicans.
A top destination for surfers, the beaches of Costa Rica are known for their intense wave breaks. We love sitting on the sand and watching the surfers read the ocean like a book, carving their own path through the powerful water.
SURFERS OF COSTA RICA...
A young surfer at Playa Pavones on the Osa Peninsula.
Two surfers sharing a wave at Playa Dominical.
A surfer surfing the famous Salsa Brava wave break in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, on the Caribbean side.
Two competing surfers at Playa Barrigona, on the Nicoya Peninsula.
A surfer at Playa Dominical.
Famous for it's diverse variety of wateraflls, Costa Rica does not disappoint in this category. We have enjoyed many of the spectacular waterfalls in this country, but still have a lot more left to visit.
WATERFALLS OF COSTA RICA...
Catarata Llanos de Cortes
Catarata El Pavone
A 300-foot waterfall near our home in Osa Mountain Village.
The monkeys of Costa Rica have gifted us hours of entertainment during our time here.
MONKEYS OF COSTA RICA...
A mom and baby howler monkey.
A tiny squirrel monkey flying through the trees in our yard.
A young spider monkey.
Two white-faced capuchin monkeys making jungle love. (Jeesh, get a room.)
Costa Rica is overflowing with all kinds of animals, besides monkeys, birds and sloths. We are always ready with our camera to capture a new species.
ANIMALS OF COSTA RICA...
A pizote (coatimundi).
A green and black poison dart frog.
A colorful insect.
Our miniature dachshund Sophie, aka dogia Sofia, aka The Sophinator, aka Crab Killa, is soaking up every second of her pura vida days while they last.
IT'S A DOGS LIFE IN COSTA RICA...
And to round off our photo tour, Costa Rica is famous for it's rich sunsets over the ocean, layering the Earth below in a radiant hue of blinding colors. And no two sunsets are alike.
SUNSETS OF COSTA RICA...
Sunset at Playa Carrillo.
Sunset from our balcony.
Sunset at Playa Ventanas.
Sunset over Playa Uvita: the famous Whale's Tail beach.
Sunset from our balcony.
Pelicans flying into the sunset at Playa Samara.
My husband Andy and I, at sunset, on our favorite Costa Rican beach: Playa Carrillo.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.