Frommer's Costa Rica [With Pocket Map] Paperback – Nov 15 2011
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From the Back Cover
- 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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I was doing a lot of research on Costa Rica prior to receiving this book and a lot of the places/companies I've read about are either not in the book at all, or mentioned in passing as a one-liner. Including the gorgeous hotel I stayed at in the Arenal Volcano National Park (Arenal Manoa), which was not even mentioned in this book and yet has 481 reviews on TripAdvisor with an average rating of 4.5. I really think this book tried to mention as many places as possible. It reads like a list of mentions of various hotels and restaurants. Once in a while there is a more detailed description but this book really lacks the detail you would need to decide between 2 or 3 places. It justs lists the 3 and you have to go do further research to make educated decisions. Some of the suggestions are very outdated. One of the restaurants it mentioned in Brasalito is a shell of a building now, makes me wonder if this "updated for 2012 version" was actually updated at all.
In the case of the 2 guide books i bought for Costa Rica, i think i was better off with no guide book at all and just doing my own research on TripAdvisor. We luckily had Wifi at most hotels and restaurants in Costa Rica and relied quite heavily on the TripAdvisor app for our nightly restaurant selection.
Out of the 21 reviews, 20 are from Vine members, the only 1 star review coming from someone that actually paid for the book.