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Frommer's Costa Rica [With Pocket Map] [Paperback]

Eliot Greenspan
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Nov. 15 2011 Frommer's Costa Rica (Book 914)
  • Full-color throughout, with a free full-color foldout map and a new wildlife chapter with photos. With Frommer's in hand, you'll experience the wonder of Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity, as we point out the best places to see hundreds of unique, colorful species of animals and plants.
  • Completely updated every year, Frommer's Costa Rica features gorgeous color photos of the lush rainforest and the spectacular beaches that await you.
  • Personally researched by a longtime resident, it's the only truly up-to-date guide that gives you such in-depth coverage of this fast-changing country, with recommended accommodations in every price category. This edition also features expanded coverage of the Central Valley, the Nicoya Peninsula, and Guanacaste.
  • Insightful commentary and opinionated reviews. You'll visit rugged wilderness preserves and sleepy beach towns, spectacular orchid gardens and mineral hot springs at the foot of a steaming volcano. There are adventures here to suit all ages and abilities: swooping from treetop platform to treetop platform on a canopy tour, taking a dip in a jungle swimming hole, spotting playful spider monkeys as you hike through lush foliage, windsurfing on Lake Arenal, or watching endangered sea turtles nest on the beach.

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  • Hundreds of color photos
  • Free pocket map inside,plus easy-to-read maps throughout
  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information
  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas
  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Eliot Greenspan is a poet, journalist, musician, and travel writer who took his backpack and typewriter the length of Mesoamerica before settling in Costa Rica in 1992. Since then, he has worked steadily as a travel writer, food critic, freelance journalist, and translator, and continued his travels in the region. He is the author of Frommer’s Belize, Frommer’s Ecuador, Frommer’s Guatemala, Costa Rica for Dummies, and Costa Rica Day By Day, as well as the chapter on Venezuela in Frommer’s South America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide March 13 2013
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Used it almost every day during my trip. It even had information on the small city i was at. So well worth it
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are there any reviews from non-Vine members? July 9 2012
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What is up with all of the glowing reviews from Vine members, many who have not even been to Costa Rica!

Out of the 21 reviews, 20 are from Vine members, the only 1 star review coming from someone that actually paid for the book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference!!! May 4 2012
By Richard Staats - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been planning a trip to Costa Rica for several years, and this is the best guide that I have read yet.

Not only does Frommer's Guide cover the basics, e.g., getting there, eating, lodging, and transportation, the book is loaded with illustrations, photos, insightful comments, and helpful diagrams.

Travel Guides often fail because of one of two extremes being too inclusive, or being so general as to not give specific enough guidance.

The Frommer's Guide takes an excellent middle of the road approach.

While all travel guides try to convey where to go, the Frommer's Guide for Costa Rica is also willing to tell you where to avoid.

As a frugal traveler who values personal safety, I appreciate that. (Sadly, there are many areas in Costa Rica that are dodgy now that were perfectly safe a few years back, but I would rather know than be caught in a risky situation unaware.)

I found the nightlife descriptions and the shopping sections for each area to be the most unique and helpful in the Guide.

Pick up this book and prepare to enjoy the Pura Vida of Costa Rica!

In service,

Rich
The Original Dr. Games since 1993
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You REALLY need to know what you want out of your trip, before you purchase a book Oct. 27 2012
By Drew Cheney - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife, 18-month-old son and I were able to get this book a few weeks before we left for a trip to Costa Rica, so I was able to compare information in this book to other information I found on-line, and to "on the ground" information once we were in Costa Rica.

I need to draw a VERY solid line before this review continues: If you're the type of person or group that feels comfortable with going to a new place and simply partaking of whatever "easily-accessible" activities or attractions there are, and not going too far off the beaten path, you'll have no problems with this book. If anything, this book will actually have more information than you actually need, so be sure you know what you expect from your trip before you simply read a travel book cover-to-cover.

That said, the only thing I can honestly say about this edition is that it's inconsistent. To be fair, Costa Rica feels a lot bigger than it is, and there are all sorts of awesome little things tucked away around the next corner, so there is NO way for someone to compile travel information that will cover every single type of traveler and every single slice of life in a country. With that in mind, this book does pretty well with giving you the general vibe/feel of an area, and tries to point out some good must-sees in just about every area.

Traveling with a toddler wasn't hard, but (not surprising) this book didn't cover that aspect. I really didn't expect that, though, as we're not exactly the target demographic of Costa Rica travelers (I'm guessing). As an aside: A LOT of friends and family asked us, "You're taking a TODDLER to COSTA RICA? Isn't that DANGEROUS?" To be honest, we felt more safe in Costa Rica than we did here in California. The book has some great safety/planning information, so that is a definite plus if you're not used to traveling in countries like Costa Rica.

Obviously, more popular places will have more information. Other super-awesome places that are off the beaten path won't even get a nod. The other problem is determining the starting-point for very subjective reviews: Some eateries we tried were recommended, but they were simply "gringo-style" Tico food, so we thought they weren't that good. Other eateries, however, barely got mentioned, and they were WONDERFUL. It's all about what you expect.

So. For an overall-vibe-get-to-know-Costa-Rica book, this is definitely a good start. When it comes to planning the perfect trip, however, you'll definitely need to diversify your sources.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice semi-glossy guidebook for independent travelers April 4 2012
By l2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Some guidebooks like the DK Insight books are full of big glossy photos, but have relatively poor depth and breadth. Other guidebooks like Lonely Planet have great breadth, but few photos so it is hard to distinguish one location from another. This Frommer's book is somewhere in between. There are lots of photos, but none are full page. The book covers all the major tourist districts as well as many lesser known areas. Frommer's also has reviews of restaurants, hotels, and local attractions all over the country (though not as many as Lonely Planet). If your'e travelling independently, you're probably not going to exclusively use the reviewed accommodations and activities, but they should give you a flavor for what to expect in various parts of the country.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy if not complete guide March 16 2012
By A.M.Boughey - Published on Amazon.com
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Like other Frommer guides, packed with photos' to drool over, and gives a sweeping view of Costa Rica, covering most places people are likely to visit, in almost 600 pages.
Costa Rica is beautiful no doubt, and also unspoiled in a nice way, however it also has a strong third world feel in the remote areas, and less populated vacation spots.
What the guide does well, is prepare you for most things, and how to get from a to b, and from volcano to beach.
Be advised, mapping distances for driving is not like driving here in the USA, firstly everything is in kilometers, that's no big deal, but speed limits are strictly enforced, especially for tourists (you would never know it when you see how most of the locals drive). Most driving excursions that would take 2-3 hours here, take 5-6 there, so allow for that. These facts are only brushed over. I didn't see much about car rental mandatory liability coverage either, you sign, and get billed later, it's pricey.
Back to the book, it's a lot to wade through, even though it's good, but I fancy it will be more for frequent travelers or ex pats, than first time travelers.
4 stars overall, very worthy, just not complete. That's not a complaint, No guide is really I guess?
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