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Costa Rica

Creator: Matthew Firestone, Carolina Miranda, César G. Soriano | 2010-11-01

Complemented by easy-to use, reliable maps, helpful recommendations, authoritative background information and up-to-date coverage of things to see and do, these popular travel guides cover in detail countries and regions around the world ...

About this book
Nobody knows Costa Rica like Lonely Planet, and our 9th edition helps you build the perfect itinerary. Whether that "s whitewater rafting down the R o Reventaz n, sunbathing in laid-back Montezuma, quetzal-spotting in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, or swaying to reggaet n at an open-air bar in Cahuita “ you decide. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In this Guide: Essential highlights chapter showcases the very best of Costa Rica Tailored itineraries for easy trip planning Unique Green Index helps you step lightly on your travels



414 pages

Costa Rica

Creator: Les Beletsky, Priscilla Barrett, David Beadle | 2005

Here is all the information they need to find, identify and learn about Costa Rica's magnificent wildlife.

Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated

About this book
Most travelers to Costa Rica want to experience its lush tropical forests and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife: toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles, and snakes. Here is all the information they need to find, identify and learn about Costa Rica's magnificent wildlife.



48 pages

Costa Rica

Creator: Tracey West | History - 2008-09-01

Introduces the history, languages, geography, education, and culture of Costa Rica.

Publisher: Lerner Publications

About this book
Pack your bags! We're headed to Costa Rica. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore Costa Rica's beaches and tropical rain forests, listen to the marimba, and try a plate of gallo pinto. A special section introduces Costa Rica's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world.


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  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet Costa Rica (Travel Guide)

    Book (Lonely Planet)

    Rating (20 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Lonely Planet

    Fortunately they're on a strong up with the 11th edition

    Lonely Planet Costa Rica has had its ups and downs over the years with some of the editions (starting around the 7th) suffering from some stale information and some strong opinions about the over-commercialization of Costa Rican tourism that came across as preachy to many readers. Fortunately they're on a strong up with the 11th edition. They've done a great job converting to full color using it to make things clearer and to give a better picture (literally) of what to expect and look for. The maps especially have benefited immensely from the addition of color. The specialty blurb sections (What's New, Itineraries, Eat and Drink Like a Local, Activities Guide, Travel with Children etc) that in previous editions seemed to be tacked on as a sort of lame attempt to appeal to the internet generation's expectations of brightly colored graphic heavy splashes of information have matured into useful and informative short chapters. They've freshened up a lot of descriptions, removed... 5/5 Ray D. Krueger Koplin "Ray" - See all my reviews This review is from: Lonely Planet Costa Rica (Travel Guide) (Paperback) Lonely Planet Costa Rica has had its ups and downs over the years with some of the editions (starting around the 7th) suffering from some stale information and some strong opinions about the over-commercialization of Costa Rican tourism that came across as preachy to many readers. Fortunately they're on a strong up with the 11th edition. They've done a great job converting to full color using it to make things clearer and to give a better picture (literally) of what to expect and look for. The maps especially have benefited immensely from the addition of color. The specialty blurb sections (What's New, Itineraries, Eat and Drink Like a Local, Activities Guide, Travel with Children etc) that in previous editions seemed to be tacked on as a sort of lame attempt to appeal to the internet generation's expectations of brightly colored graphic heavy splashes of information have matured into useful and informative short chapters. They've freshened up a lot of descriptions, removed... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 20, 2014

    Outstanding traveling companion

    0 5/5 Erik Dolson (Central Oregon, USA) - See all my reviews, December 16, 2014

    Another fine LP planet book - covers the whole country - a bit heavy to carry

    In anticipation of a cruise which I booked which was stopping in Puerto Limon, I got this new Lonely Planet book. I've always found the LP series to be first rate. If there is one "issue" with this book it is that it is heavy - almost a pound and is bulky. I'm not deducting any stars but making you aware. But it's great to make notes from. Each regional chapter segregates info on Where to go, when to go, what to see and how to get around. The print is easy to read and so are the maps. There are no pull-out maps so you might want to either copy them or just tear out the ones you need. There are nice sections on history and even photos identifying wildlife you will see.. I don't use these guides for accommodations - and the listings are limited - but that's the only part of LP guides I don't use. I also like that the books are well bound. Costa Rica is a BIG country and most visitors only go to one part, so there will - of course - be sections that are not relevant to your trip. But... 4/5 Steve Ramm "Steve Ramm "Anything Phonogra... (Phila, PA USA) - See all my reviews, February 2, 2015
    List Price: $24.99


  • Toucan Maps Inc.

    Waterproof Travel Map Of Costa Rica

    Book (Toucan Maps Inc.)

    Rating (107 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Toucan Maps Inc.

    Great guide

    We should have bought this map before we planned our trip. We went there for our honeymoon and we had a blast. The roads there are, hmm, different... Street names are rare, but between local directions and this map we at least made it close to where we wanted to be. This has a lot of great features like where activities are located with specific icons, blown up areas of popular destinations, and as it says it is waterproof (great for a rainforest no?).If we had bought this before we planned our trip it would have given us a general idea of what to do where without spending a lot of time online researching. First, let me say that while 3G and GPS signals are strong, we had more issues with the software and directions not being up to date (or correct for that matter) and it's good we brought a physical map as a backup. We ended up ditching the GPS and relying on the map only because it was easier and better. So, my advice, skip the GPS from the start and just buy this... 5/5 Paul G. (Oregon) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Waterproof Travel Map of Costa Rica (Map) We should have bought this map before we planned our trip. We went there for our honeymoon and we had a blast. The roads there are, hmm, different... Street names are rare, but between local directions and this map we at least made it close to where we wanted to be. This has a lot of great features like where activities are located with specific icons, blown up areas of popular destinations, and as it says it is waterproof (great for a rainforest no?).If we had bought this before we planned our trip it would have given us a general idea of what to do where without spending a lot of time online researching. First, let me say that while 3G and GPS signals are strong, we had more issues with the software and directions not being up to date (or correct for that matter) and it's good we brought a physical map as a backup. We ended up ditching the GPS and relying on the map only because it was easier and better. So, my advice, skip the GPS from the start and just buy this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 27, 2012

    This is the map you want to buy if you are coming to Costa Rica

    0 5/5 Noel Urena Chacon "Noel Ureña" (Costa Rica) - See all my reviews, March 27, 2013

    Really good map

    0 4/5 Lisa Cheever - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Waterproof Travel Map of Costa Rica (Map) It is durable and accurate and will be used in return trips. It gave a sense of where we were, where we wanted to be and what the relationship was between places and roads. The wiggles and joggles were accurate and the printing was nicely clear. Bring a map with you. It was hard to find a good one there. Even if you have GPS which we did we referred to this well appointed map. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 26, 2013
    List Price: $12.95


  • Fodor's

    Fodor's Costa Rica 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)

    Book (Fodor's)
    List Price: $24.99


  • FrommerMedia

    Frommer's Costa Rica 2015 (Color Complete Guide)

    Book (FrommerMedia)
    List Price: $22.95


  • DK Eyewitness Travel

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Costa Rica

    Book (DK Eyewitness Travel)

    Rating (8 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    DK Eyewitness Travel

    Excellent overview, better for the library than on the ground, but great either way

    I recently recommended the current version of this fine guide to a friend, and she returned with glowing reports. All of the comments from my original Review apply to this edition. in her opinion. So, unchanged except for a few updates, my original Review:A good friend used this fine guide during an eight day tour of Costa Rica in the fall of 2011, and I used it during three stops during a cruise along the coast line a couple of weeks later. The guide made wonderful reading for both of us before the trips, both of which had set itineraries with very few optional excursions; the pictures and the excellent text whetted the appetite and gave us leads on questions to ask our guides while we were actually in the country.As always with the Eyewitness series, the binding, the paper and the photographs were excellent. Christopher P. Baker, the main contributor [for both the earlier and the current edition], has done an excellent job of highlighting many of the best... 5/5 Robert C. Ross (New Jersey) - See all my reviews This review is from: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Costa Rica (Paperback) I recently recommended the current version of this fine guide to a friend, and she returned with glowing reports. All of the comments from my original Review apply to this edition. in her opinion. So, unchanged except for a few updates, my original Review:A good friend used this fine guide during an eight day tour of Costa Rica in the fall of 2011, and I used it during three stops during a cruise along the coast line a couple of weeks later. The guide made wonderful reading for both of us before the trips, both of which had set itineraries with very few optional excursions; the pictures and the excellent text whetted the appetite and gave us leads on questions to ask our guides while we were actually in the country.As always with the Eyewitness series, the binding, the paper and the photographs were excellent. Christopher P. Baker, the main contributor [for both the earlier and the current edition], has done an excellent job of highlighting many of the best... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 7, 2015

    pretty photos

    0 4/5 Jen (NY, NY) - See all my reviews This review is from: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Costa Rica (Paperback) Gorgeous book with amazing photographs. Lovely for pre-trip planning, but I wouldn't necessarily take it with me on a trip for day-to-day activity advice. (Lonely Planet or Frommer's would be better on that front.) This book gives you a fantastic idea of what to expect in CR and shows the beauty of the country! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 22, 2014

    with much useful information and great illustratuons and maps

    0 5/5 Bryan Ivory (N.C. U.S.A.) - See all my reviews, September 20, 2014
    List Price: $25.00


  • Destination Press

    Costa Rica: The Complete Guide, Eco-Adventures in Paradise

    Book (Destination Press)
    List Price: $22.95


  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week

    Book (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
    List Price: $12.99


  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica (Travel Guide)

    Book (Lonely Planet)

    Rating (6 reviews):
    (2.8/5)
    Lonely Planet

    VERY informative book

    0 5/5 C. Brown (Mountain Home, ID) - See all my reviews, January 5, 2015

    Leaves out basic, ESSENTIAL information!

    0 2/5 Linda Tomaselli - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica (Travel Guide) (Paperback) This book left out many ESSENTIAL things one needs to know about going to Costa Rica.#1 Do not rent a car! I was quoted $143 for 11 days. It turned out to be $790! They mentioned that I should not be surprised by the mandatory CDW insurance, but this was a major shock on the Richter scale! It almost ruined my whole trip from the very start.#2 Costa Rica traffic is horrible! There are no street signs or highway markers. If you must drive, get a GPS!#3 It leaves out essential information. For example, we killed ourselves to go to Cartago (impossible traffic) and see the Basilica. They did not tell us that the museum with early post-Columbian (1600's) artifacts was in the basement. Maybe one sentence could have clued us in. that was what we were looking for. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 16, 2015

    It is a good book. I was looking for something to help ...

    0 3/5 Shellene Bork - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica (Travel Guide) (Paperback) It is a good book. I was looking for something to help me learn more about Costa Rica since Google searches can be too much info at times. This book helped me and then I was able to Google certain topics for more depth. I would recommend it although I haven't actually used it for my trip yet! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 6, 2015
    List Price: $24.99


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic Traveler: Costa Rica, 4th Edition

    Book (National Geographic)
    List Price: $22.95


  • Travelogue Adventures

    Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries

    Book (Travelogue Adventures)

    Rating (10 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Travelogue Adventures

    This is the perfect travel guide to Costa Rica - for both visitors and people who live here!

    There were several things I loved about this e-book:1. It's divided into "what kind of trip you want to take" sections (family, adventure, wildlife, birding, eco-treking... to name a few!), so you can easily go to the section that fits your trip plans the best.2. It covers all the "best things to do in Costa Rica" (in my opinion).3. It has maps, so you know where things are in relation to the whole country.4. It gives you a "trip plan" - based on what you want to do and for what length of time (this is great for those people who are visiting Costa Rica for the first time and have no idea where to start).5. It gives you tons of links to the back of the book for detailed travel information (plane, bus, rental cars, shuttles...) and activity details (websites, prices, phone numbers, hours open...).Personal things I liked about this book:a) Reading about Manuel Antonio (we are going there soon, and I've added a few things to our... 5/5 Jen Beck Seymour - See all my reviews This review is from: Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries (Kindle Edition) There were several things I loved about this e-book:1. It's divided into "what kind of trip you want to take" sections (family, adventure, wildlife, birding, eco-treking... to name a few!), so you can easily go to the section that fits your trip plans the best.2. It covers all the "best things to do in Costa Rica" (in my opinion).3. It has maps, so you know where things are in relation to the whole country.4. It gives you a "trip plan" - based on what you want to do and for what length of time (this is great for those people who are visiting Costa Rica for the first time and have no idea where to start).5. It gives you tons of links to the back of the book for detailed travel information (plane, bus, rental cars, shuttles...) and activity details (websites, prices, phone numbers, hours open...).Personal things I liked about this book:a) Reading about Manuel Antonio (we are going there soon, and I've added a few things to our... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 15, 2014

    Informative and Well Thought-Out

    As someone who has visited Costa Rica and been to some of the locations discussed in this guide, I found the authors' descriptions to be very accurate. It contained a lot of useful information and takes into consideration some very important things that the first time visitor may not think of.The transportation guide is a great addition with tips on travel and especially the typical road conditions in certain areas. There are many roads that can be all but impassable without 4 wheel drive and I love the fact that they point these types of things out as you travel from point to point along your itinerary.I'll be sure to use this book on my next trip. I love to explore new places, but I hate the planning. With the basic itineraries laid out for you, the optimal amount of time can be spent in each location and then you can move on to somewhere new and exciting without worrying that you missed something.I'm not one to st sit around on vacation and the... 5/5 Jonathan Harris - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries (Kindle Edition) As someone who has visited Costa Rica and been to some of the locations discussed in this guide, I found the authors' descriptions to be very accurate. It contained a lot of useful information and takes into consideration some very important things that the first time visitor may not think of.The transportation guide is a great addition with tips on travel and especially the typical road conditions in certain areas. There are many roads that can be all but impassable without 4 wheel drive and I love the fact that they point these types of things out as you travel from point to point along your itinerary.I'll be sure to use this book on my next trip. I love to explore new places, but I hate the planning. With the basic itineraries laid out for you, the optimal amount of time can be spent in each location and then you can move on to somewhere new and exciting without worrying that you missed something.I'm not one to st sit around on vacation and the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 8, 2015

    Perfect Planning Tool! Thanks!!

    I've been traveling a lot since last year, with very little time during trips to plan my Costa Rica adventure. I was stressed out because I'm a planner, but I didn't have enough time to read a big guide book before leaving for my trip. I was thrilled when I found out the authors, Matt and Jenn, were releasing a guide/itinerary book just in time for me to plan my trip and make the necessary reservations. I had already read their previous book "Two Weeks in Costa Rica" (which is an enjoyable must-read, by the way), and was excited to read this new book, especially because Matt and Jenn know Costa Rica extremely well. Not only have they been traveling there for years, they've been living in Costa Rica, permanently, since 2013. And that's exactly the kind of guidebooks I like to read, written by people who know the place I'm going to visit intimately.I leave for Costa Rica in a couple of days, and I'm totally relaxed. I used the guidebook to choose my itinerary and pick a few... 5/5 Travel with G. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries (Kindle Edition) I've been traveling a lot since last year, with very little time during trips to plan my Costa Rica adventure. I was stressed out because I'm a planner, but I didn't have enough time to read a big guide book before leaving for my trip. I was thrilled when I found out the authors, Matt and Jenn, were releasing a guide/itinerary book just in time for me to plan my trip and make the necessary reservations. I had already read their previous book "Two Weeks in Costa Rica" (which is an enjoyable must-read, by the way), and was excited to read this new book, especially because Matt and Jenn know Costa Rica extremely well. Not only have they been traveling there for years, they've been living in Costa Rica, permanently, since 2013. And that's exactly the kind of guidebooks I like to read, written by people who know the place I'm going to visit intimately.I leave for Costa Rica in a couple of days, and I'm totally relaxed. I used the guidebook to choose my itinerary and pick a few... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 22, 2015
    List Price: $11.95


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