Costa Rica As Seen Through Instagram Photos

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Since I was a little kid I can remember always wanting to take photos and not being afraid to ham it up in front of the camera myself. At school I was always the one taking a photo at dances, on class trips and even just in class. At the age of 12 I had learned how to develop my own B&W film and prints. I remember I got my first digital camera when I was 15, it was a brick and was only 3.3 megapixels, but I was the coolest kid (or so I thought). I even had a chance encounter with Dame Judy Dench while taking photos at a wrap party for one of her films and she looked at it and said “Oh is that one of those new digital cameras?” “M” from James Bond was saying that to me. Pretty crazy.

As I’ve gotten older many cameras have passed through my hands and now I find the one that I most commonly pick up… is my iPhone. I’m sure this is the same for many people out there. I sometimes find myself realizing I could get a much better shot with my DSLR but my iphone is just always there. That is how I’ve also become addicted like many to Instagram, especially when traveling. (I can only instagram so many photos of my cats at home… right?). I think what I am most addicted to is sharing my photos with the world and instagram is a great platform for it.

Recently I was on a two week trip to Costa Rica and I took some amazing shots while on my trip with my iphone and also with my Samsung Galaxy S3. Similar to my two other posts from South Africa and Indonesia, I now present to you “Costa Rica As Seen Through Instagram Photos“:



One of the coolest things that I did on my Costa Rica trip was visit a Vanilla Farm. We learned about the whole process to grow and make Vanilla along with other foods and spices like chocolate, cinnamon, cardamon, pepper and more it was very very cool!bribri

One afternoon we took a 90min boat ride in a motorized dug out canoe up a rive with Costa Rica on one side and Panama on the other to reach a Bribri village. Home to indigenous people of Costa Rica we learned about their community and how to make chocolate. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life.


Here I am riding in a canoe on a nature / bird tour at the Sloth Sanctuary.


If you know me you know that I have a things for cats and this little kitten came up to me on the side of the road and was the most gorgeous thing ever. I wish I could of stuck him in my suitcase.


Costa Rica has beautiful oceans on either sides! I went on a catamaran trip on the pacific coast.

chocolate pod

Can you guess what is growing inside these interesting pods? Chocolate!! For reals! I was surprised too.


As I was going to bed one night I saw this guy scamper across my floor. A crab! And I couldn’t get him out so I trapped him under a glass until my friend woke up the next morning :)


I don’t think I was going crazy from lying in the sun but I thought this was a cute people of a couple Dinosaurs hanging out by the pool with me.


A frog in the rainforest! Perhaps a stereotypical Costa Rican photo?

green airplane

Flying over the country with Nature Air from San Jose to Quepos on the west coast, the scenery was so lush, green, and beautiful!


My favorite hotel that I stayed at in Costa Rica was called Arenas Del Mar. Each day they had a complimentary fruit of the day!


Every where I went in the country I saw these gorgeous hand painted masks! I wanted one so badly but they were very expensive! Gorgeous colors.


Plantain chips and dip! A tasty snack by the beach. 


This is Mojo. He is a baby sloth. I got to hang out with him and a few other Sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. Isn’t he adorable? Just melts your heart!


It rained A LOT on our trip but we were happily blessed with a few great sunsets on our trip.

zamora estate


Perhaps the Zamora Estate was my favorite hotel in Costa Rica. I wish I had gotten to stay there more than just one night. Located not far from downtown San Jose, the Zamora Estate is a great little hide away in the city, with amazingly generous owners, comfy rooms and the most delicious food. If you are spending a few days in San Jose I suggest this is where you should stay. Thanks to Latitudes Adventure for suggesting it for me.

I hope you enjoyed my Costa Rica instagram pics! Please follow me on instagram and stay tuned for my next instagram post about Las Vegas!

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  • Reply
    November 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Nice Trip to my country , it’s a shame that you can not get one of those masks , next time just to let you know you just need a friend in here and as a local I can get a better price for you , Hope you can come back in the future .

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    March 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Wez! I love images and I’m trying to switch things up a bit! I’m glad you like it :)

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    March 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Marco I keep making videos about them and I’m constantly saying ” awwww” its like cuteness overload! haha

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Superb photography! Costa Rica is indeed a paradise for nature lovers. Amazing floras and faunas along with mysterious rainforests always kicks my adventurous mind to go there! I shall obviously try hard to visit Costa Rica in the midst of this year. I’m also too curious to take a baby Sloth in my lap.

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      March 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Sheena you should definitely visit, I only have good things to say about the country! Well…. except for the rain :) haha

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    January 29, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Don’t worry I am tempted to take random kittens home with me too. And that baby sloth is so cute!

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      March 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      I haven’t seen a random baby kitten for a while… but I assume I would probably do the same as well… haha

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    January 25, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I love how your passion comes through in every pic and comment! Thanks for sharing with us all :)

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      March 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Darlene! Traveling is something I’m passionate so I’m glad to hear it is coming out in my writing too :)

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    January 25, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I love how your passion comes thru in evey pic and comment. Thankyou for sharing with us all!

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    January 19, 2013 at 3:47 am

    The smell of fresh vanilla pods has to be one of the nicest around.

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      March 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      It was overwhelming but in a good way! A very good way! haha

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