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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.; 1 edition (July 30 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764567683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764567681
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,476,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For years, Costa Rica was the well-kept secret of a few biologists, backpackers, and beachcombers, but that's all changed. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Traveling the world on March 8 2004
Format: Paperback
The descriptions of hotels and restaurants in the guidebook are accurate and colorful. Frommer's prepares you for exactly what to expect, and in a few instances correctly identify places that are overrated.
In Costa Rica we found that many places were just that: overrated. It seems that places that the most commonly used guidebook, Lonely Planet, raved about had jacked up their prices and become content on coasting on that review, letting the money roll in without exerting any effort (or facility upkeep) to earn the money.
It is important to understand that Frommer's does not devote much attention to budget travel; it is not appropriate for people on a tight budget. Additionally, Frommer's is not very comprehensive (only listing a handful of hotels at each location) and Frommer's doesn't give you enough nuts & bolts about how to get to places, which buses to take, how much a taxi should cost, or the real "on the ground" grunt work that you need in a foreign guidebook.
Thus, my rating of this book as a 5-star is only as a secondary book. It is not sufficient guidebook by itself. But the information it does have you can really count on. Once you're in the country and a little tired out from travel, and frustrated by inaccurate and outdated info in other guidebooks (LP) you'll really appreciate this book's information.
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My husband recently took me to Costa Rica for my thirtieth birthday and we used this guide every day. We travelled to Santa Teresa & visited many places of interest & local places to eat in the area. The guide was most helpful. We went to the waterfalls in Montezuma & would not have known about them if not for the guide. The hotel/restaurant reviews were very accurate and saved us a LOT of heartache. Thanks Frommers!
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By Fatima Jinnah on Nov. 27 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been in Costa Rica for 2 months now and have one more month to go. I have been using this guide to find hotels, great places to eat, shop, and hang out at night. His recommendations are awesome and, of course, accurate. The only discrepancy has been some of the hotel prices. They seem to be quoted lower in the book by a few dollars even though I am traveling during the low season. His bus schedule times are pretty accurate although with so many fluctuations with scheduling it is best to call ahead. If you want more history on any particular region it would be best to do outside reading as this guide book is more to the point step by step instructions on how to get there and where to stay.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Would be perfect if it included more places March 8 2004
By Traveling the world - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The descriptions of hotels and restaurants in the guidebook are accurate and colorful. Frommer's prepares you for exactly what to expect, and in a few instances correctly identify places that are overrated.
In Costa Rica we found that many places were just that: overrated. It seems that places that the most commonly used guidebook, Lonely Planet, raved about had jacked up their prices and become content on coasting on that review, letting the money roll in without exerting any effort (or facility upkeep) to earn the money.
It is important to understand that Frommer's does not devote much attention to budget travel; it is not appropriate for people on a tight budget. Additionally, Frommer's is not very comprehensive (only listing a handful of hotels at each location) and Frommer's doesn't give you enough nuts & bolts about how to get to places, which buses to take, how much a taxi should cost, or the real "on the ground" grunt work that you need in a foreign guidebook.
Thus, my rating of this book as a 5-star is only as a secondary book. It is not sufficient guidebook by itself. But the information it does have you can really count on. Once you're in the country and a little tired out from travel, and frustrated by inaccurate and outdated info in other guidebooks (LP) you'll really appreciate this book's information.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guide Nov. 27 2001
By Fatima Jinnah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been in Costa Rica for 2 months now and have one more month to go. I have been using this guide to find hotels, great places to eat, shop, and hang out at night. His recommendations are awesome and, of course, accurate. The only discrepancy has been some of the hotel prices. They seem to be quoted lower in the book by a few dollars even though I am traveling during the low season. His bus schedule times are pretty accurate although with so many fluctuations with scheduling it is best to call ahead. If you want more history on any particular region it would be best to do outside reading as this guide book is more to the point step by step instructions on how to get there and where to stay.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Guide For A Great Travel Destination! Jan. 24 2004
By Patricia Gioieni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My husband recently took me to Costa Rica for my thirtieth birthday and we used this guide every day. We travelled to Santa Teresa & visited many places of interest & local places to eat in the area. The guide was most helpful. We went to the waterfalls in Montezuma & would not have known about them if not for the guide. The hotel/restaurant reviews were very accurate and saved us a LOT of heartache. Thanks Frommers!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
What you've come to expect Nov. 27 2004
By world traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lotsa solid information here, "best of's" gathered over the last nine years. But despite it's deceptive length of over 350 pages, Frommer's "Complete Costa Rica" misses out on many of the more subtle aspects of the experience this country affords.

Buy this for the condensed travel tip. Buy "Costa Rica: The Last Country the Gods Made" for an expansive, deeply researched, euriditely written book on a country whose "second bests" are well worth investigating.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good Way to Plan, but ASK the LOCALS! May 3 2005
By Emily Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very good resource to plan your trip, but once in Costa Rica I did not think the book was completely accurate. The locals had very different opinions about places and activities. It would have been nice if the book had included information about alternate forms of transport such as boats from town to town or Interbus. Overall a great resource to get started and get a good idea of what you want to do and where you want to go. Ask the locals before you make reservations. Pura Vida

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