Junquillal Beach

Jan 05, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Lion


This morning National Geographic Sea Lion reached Playa Junquillal off Santa Rosa National Park, situated on the northwestern coast of Costa Rica. The winds were particularly strong this morning, and our ship and officers did a fantastic job navigating our ship to a safe, tranquil anchorage where we could safely disembark to walk, kayak or snorkel off the shore.

This afternoon we were truly surprised with rain. In this part of Costa Rica, at this time of the year, it should not be raining! It is not called the tropical dry forest for nothing, but climate has been a little crazy lately, and rain it did, making for a much cooler afternoon and ideal lighting for photography. We even got treated to a double rainbow, a perfect ending at Playa Junquillal.

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About the Author

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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