Shirtless Bear Grylls hits the beach in Costa Rica with his son (2024)

Bear Grylls took an afternoon dip with son in the Costa Rican sea as filming wrapped up for his latest Netflix show - Bear Hunt.

The former SAS trooper and his eldest child Jesse, 20, took a stroll down the black sand from their luxury hotel, which can cost more than £1,000 per night, before swimming in the Pacific Ocean.

He appeared topless wearing dark shorts alongside his look-alike son who wore a patterned green pair of trunks. The duo then chatted as they swam out a long way past boats in the cove.

Grylls, 49, is currently in the Central American country alongside Holly Willoughby, 43, to film the gruelling competition series that will set Netflix back at least £10 million.

The programme will see the action man track down 10 British celebrities in the jungle, testing their survival skills. Willoughby will present the show in her first major gig since leaving This Morning last year.

Bear Grylls took an afternoon dip with son in the Costa Rican sea as filming wrapped up for his latest Netflix show - Bear Hunt

The former SAS trooper and his eldest child Jesse, 20, took a stroll down the black sand from their luxury hotel, which can cost more than £1,000 per night, before swimming in the Pacific Ocean

The finalized cast remains a mystery but former Spice Girl Mel B, former Wimbledon champ Boris Becker and Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas are all rumoured to take part.

Locals told MailOnline filming in the country that borders Nicaragua and Panama had been taking place for at least a month, with many of the celebrities believed to no longer be in the country.

A number of the television producers working on the show had revealed on Saturday it was their last day on the project while others were seen flying home to the UK.

Earlier this week Becker had been spotted staying at the same hotel as Grylls and Willoughby, however, now appears to be in Lake Como, Italy, after making a brief stop in New York City for his son's graduation.

The former world tennis number one, 56, lay on the hotel's beachfront sun loungers alongside his fiancée Lilian, 33, who showed off her incredible physique in a black crop top and tight leggings.

Rugby legend Danny Cipriani, who is also thought to have taken part in the series that will air next year, is now in Los Angeles with his new girlfriend AnnaLynne McCord.

Earlier this week he had called the 90210 star his 'miracle' just months after separating from his wife Victoria.

Ballas, another rumoured contestant, was on Saturday seen running a dance workshop in Los Angeles, California.

He appeared topless wearing dark shorts alongside his look-alike son who wore a patterned green pair of trunks. The duo then chatted as they swam out a long way past boats in the cove

Grylls, 49, is currently in the Central American country alongside Holly Willoughby , 43, to film the gruelling competition series that will set Netflix back at least £10 million

The finalized cast remains a mystery but former Spice Girl Mel B, former Wimbledon champ Boris Becker and Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas are all rumoured to take part

Locals told MailOnline filming in the country that borders Nicaragua and Panama had been taking place for at least a month, with many of the celebrities believed to no longer be in the country

The programme will see the action man track down 10 British celebrities in the jungle, testing their survival skills

British rapper Big Zuu appeared to be back in the UK, sharing a video to his Instagram saying 'I know you lot ain't see me in a bit what's good?' He went on to post a snap of his friends outside a Drip water van at Hackney Fitness festival.

Meanwhile stunning model Leomie Anderson, who is also set to make an appearance on the show, appeared to have returned to the UK from Costa Rica after sharing snaps of herself at a Vogue Party in London this week.

Last month, Leomie had shared pictures on Instagram posing in a red bikini and a tiny blue mini skirt on the same beach Grylls and Becker have been spotted on.

The 31-year-old had a scare after finding a scorpion in the bathroom of her hotel room. Staff reportedly said it would take 15 minutes for them to save her so she trapped the creepy-crawly under a glass instead.

Lottie Moss - an OnlyFans star and Kate Moss' sister - shared a video of herself dancing on TikTok from a hotel near the airport in the country's capital, San Jose earlier this week.

Ted Lasso star Kola Bokinnil, interior design presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and rapper Big Zuuand Saturday's singer Una Healy are also thought to make an appearance.

Locals told MailOnline that the group had been filming in the vast mangroves in the area as well as off the lush white sand beaches off the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo.

The five-star hotel, which is surrounded by crystal clear waters and has villas costing more than £20,000 per night, is known for attracting celebrities from all over the world - including Beyonce and Willow Smith.

Yesterday Grylls, who is known for his adventure shows such as Running Wild with Bear Grylls, shared a photo of himself and Jesse sitting on a wooden platform in a forest as rain pours down.

He captioned it: 'When it rains in the forest, it is beautiful to be in it with you.'

Grylls is seen in a soaking khaki shirt while his son sits topless in swimshorts. Meanwhile his son, who describes himself as an artist on social media, shared a video of him playing guitar on a cliff alongside the coastline.

Just minutes after posting the rainforest snap, the father-son duo appeared outside their hotel for a sunrise walk around 6am local time.

The pair were seen deep in conversation as they soaked up the morning rays, both walking barefoot wearing nothing but swimshorts to show off their toned physiques.

Grylls and his son, who bares a striking resemblance to his father, waved at early morning runners who jogged past them on the beach.

There has been a notable security presence and a number of staff members surrounding the hotel where the presenters are staying in the Guanacaste province.

Last month it was reported that Netflix had spent £1million on security to protect Willougby for the adventure show that is set to air next year.

It was claimed ex-special forces and former ­military guns for hire have been brought in to protect Holly from drugs gangs and kidnappers while in the Central American country which has seen a massive uptick in gang and drug violence in recent years.

The once peaceful nation saw a record number of homicides in 2023, and a 66 percent increase in murders from 2013 to 2023.

Bear Hunt marks Willoughby's first major presenting gig since she quit This Morning last year, just months after her scandal-hit co-star Phillip Schofield left in May 2023.

Willoughby pulled out from presenting an episode of This Morning on October 5 last year just moments before going on air after police informed her bosses about an alleged 'kidnap and murder' plot.

She then stepped down as host of the ITV flagship daytime show on October 10 last year, saying on social media it was an 'honour to just be part of its story', but that she felt 'I have to make this decision for me and my family'.

The budget for the Costa Rican adventure show is said to be £10million after the protection budget.

'Netflix are investing huge sums in creating a show which can rival ITV's I'm a Celebrity, by bagging big names and choosing a tropical location,' a TV insider previously told The Sun newspaper.

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'But keeping Holly and everyone fully protected in Costa Rica is the priority. That means hiring specialist teams of guards, many of whom will be ex-military and special forces experts.

'They'll also need specialist vehicles, safe accommodation and a secure location in which to film. That won't be straightforward or cheap in a country which has a very luxurious tourist trade combined with a dangerous underbelly.'

Grylls was spotted last week paragliding onto a black sand beach while his eldest son Jesse, who is a musician, took a solo skydive above the coast.

The action man was also spotted almost naked on the palm-tree filled beach as he enjoyed the £55 massage on the beach, wearing nothing but a towel around his waist.

Since arriving in Costa Rica at the end of April Grylls had been getting regular rub downs at the beach side parlour after discovering it when scouting locations earlier this year.

'The massage ladies love him and say he's a very friendly and down to earth guy,' a source told the paper. 'Bear speaks a bit of Spanish and they know a little English so that's how they communicate.'

Yet earlier this week those working in the area told MailOnline Bear had stopped his regular massages over fear of being pictured again.

Meanwhile Willoughby, who has not presented since Dancing on Ice in January, appeared relaxed on a beachfront as she walked down the beach in sunglasses, trainers and a band t-shirt.

Earlier this week it was revealed that celebrities starring on the show had been warned over the wildlife dangers posed while they film the show.

Bear is seen with his wife Shara in 2023

A number of the television producers working on the show had revealed on Saturday it was their last day on the project while others were seen flying home to the UK

The budget for the Costa Rican adventure show is said to be £10million after the protection budget

Those appearing on the gruelling adventure show were reportedly told to look out for rabid vampire bats and deadly snakes as they begin filming in the central American countries' rainforest

A medical team is also on standby at all times of the day and night to ensure the welfare of the stars on the show

A telly source teased the upcoming show is 'set to be a huge hit' and the streaming giant is 'ploughing loads of money into it' with intentions to already plan a second series

Holly will be the presenter for the competition show that will see celebrities go face-to-face in the jungle

Those appearing on the gruelling adventure show were reportedly told to look out for rabid vampire bats and deadly snakes as they begin filming in the central American countries' rainforest.

A medical team is also on standby at all times of the day and night to ensure the welfare of the stars on the show.

'The Bear Hunt is not for the faint hearted and all the celebrities who have signed up know they're going to be heading into the wild where it's teeming with animal nasties,' a source said.

A telly source teased the upcoming show is 'set to be a huge hit' and the streaming giant is 'ploughing loads of money into it' with intentions to already plan a second series.

Shirtless Bear Grylls hits the beach in Costa Rica with his son (2024)
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