Jurassic World Draws More Tourists to Costa Rica
- By Jaime Lopez – June 14, 2015
One of the most lucrative film enterprises in history features Costa Rica as a fictional backdrop; alas, our country has not been able to profit from this sci-fi relationship -until now. The buzz created by the release of Jurassic World could translate into a Jurassic perk for Costa Rica in the form of increased tourism.
Reviews for the long-awaited summer blockbuster are in, and for the most part they indicate that the wait was worthwhile. The most recent sequel of the fantastic universe created by the late novelist Michael Crichton once again travels to Isla Nublar, which is fictitiously located off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica; in fact, Mr. Crichton based his research on Isla del Coco (Cocos Island) and the Galapagos archipelago.
One of the many neat aspects of Jurassic World is that it pays homage to the original cinematic masterpiece created by Steven Spielberg more than twenty years ago. The new screenplay suggests that the original Jurassic Park has expanded well beyond is original premise to encompass the entire island. Just imagine what would happen if Disney was able to develop the entire Cocos Island off Costa Rica into a luxury amusement resort… Such is the scary proposition behind Jurassic World.
The wonderful visuals created by the Jurassic World filmmakers are prompting movie audiences to wonder if such a place exists on Earth, minus the dangerous dinosaurs running amok, of course. The answer thus far is yes, you can replicate a good portion of the Jurassic Park universe ambiance by traveling to Costa Rica and arranging and expedition to Cocos Island.
Let’s review some recent recommendations by trustworthy sources on this matter:
Smithsonian Magazine: Where to Visit the Real Jurassic World After You See the Film
Cocos Island, an island west of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean, was likely the inspiration for Isla Nublar. As a filmmaker who visited Cocos while producing an IMAX film puts it, “Cocos Island looks and feels like Jurassic Park.”
At Cocos Island National Park, there are no scientists breeding Indominus rex, the new dino that terrorizes Jurassic Word. According to Unesco, divers rate it one of the best places in the world to view large open-sea creatures such as sharks, rays, tuna and bottlenose dolphins.
This one is from National Geographic:
Three hundred forty-two miles west of mainland Costa Rica lies an oceanic island so spectacular Jacques Cousteau called it the “most beautiful island in the world.” Cascading waterfalls cut through lush foliage, the symphony of a thousand seabirds fill the sky, and the surrounding deep waters host a diversity of wildlife found almost nowhere else on the planet. Isla del Coco’s extreme wild beauty appears Jurassic – and was in fact used in the movie of the same name.
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This summer, Expedia’s cheapest flights from New York to Costa Rica start around $459 (economy) per person, or $1,080 (first class) – Note: The Costa Rica Star has found much cheaper airfare.
Given that it takes 36 hours to get there by boat, group expeditions to Isla del Coco generally last 10 nights and average $5,000 to $7,000 (offered by Undersea Hunter Group and Aggressor Fleet dive tours). Its waters are a divers’ paradise full of hammerheads, manta rays, and whale sharks, which are thought to have existed during the dinosaur era, so it’s basically the next best thing. Isla del Coco’s visitors sleep on boats, as it’s a national park without accommodation. – Note: Lodging in the Pacific Coast is plentiful; moreover, it can be very luxurious as well.
As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, the Board of Tourism (Spanish initials: ICT) has already entered movie theatersin the United States and Canada for the purpose of marketing our country as an ideal tourist destination. With the sheer success of Jurassic World (more than $80 million at the U.S. box office its first day alone), it can be safely assumed that our tourism industry is getting ready to count Jurassic dollars.