I'm very much missing Costa Rica these days and thought I'd tell you about a spectacular area I was able to scout just before having to return to the United States in March this year.
Sarapiqui is an expansive area in the northern part of the province of Heredia. Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Sarapiqui is known for sprawling farmland, tropical flowers, abundant wildlife, isolated waterfalls, and rustic bridges. The massive Sarapiqui River flows through the heart of the region and provides irrigation for farmers, white water rafting for adventurers, and fantastic Costa Rica landscape photography opportunities.
Sarapiqui is overshadowed by the super popular tourist areas of La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and the Osa Peninsula. Because it's relatively unknown, locations are sparsely populated, which allows for tremendous photographic freedom.
A somewhat difficult to find location is Pozo Azul, a private property that's famous for its gorgeous waterfall. The secluded location is known to locals but very few tourists have ever heard of it. This provides photographers with time and space to explore and be creative without large crowds spoiling images.
Tropical flowers are plentiful in Sarapiqui and this colorful Heliconia, also known as a Parrot Flower, flourishes throughout the region.