Costa Rica For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 12, 2006 - Travel - 384 pages
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With a wealth of attractions and adventures, Costa Rica is the hottest new vacation destination in the Americas. Whether you want relaxation or excitement, you’ll find it. Stroll leisurely on the beach or zip through the trees on a canopy tour. Explore urban San José or incredible national parks with untouched wilderness. Choose the Caribbean Coast or the Central Pacific Coast Relax beside an infinity pool or battle a billfish. Seek out exuberant nightlife or take in the lush tropical scenery. Go golfing, snorkeling, volcano viewing, river rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Stay in a luxurious resort or a rustic wooden cabin…a Mediterranean style villa or an Ecolodge tent. This friendly guide clues you in, with:
  • The rea1 deal on how to get to Costa Rica and how to get around after you arrive
  • Details on San José and the Central Valley; the Guanacaste area, Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast”; the Manuel Antonio area, the most popular ecotourism destination; the Monteverde area with misty cloud forests,; and the rest of the country
  • Five suggested itineraries to help you make the most of your time
  • Fun options for rainy days—even if you’re on the sunny coast

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Costa Rica For Dummies, lst Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss—and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages
 

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I havent made my trip to Cost Rica yet but so far this book has been very helpful in planning the trip. I intend to take it with me for onthespot referencing. It is written by Frommers and I found ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Manuel Antonio and Environs 183
4
37
6
Introducing Costa Rica
7
Deciding Where and When to Go
26
Following an Itinerary
35
Days 8 9 and 10
38
Day 3
39
San José and the Central Valley
95
San José
102
Exploring San José
125
Guanacaste and Environs
149
Guanacaste
159
Exploring Guanacaste
172
Manuel Antonio and Environs
183
Manuel Antonio
191

Getting the Most out of a Week on the Gold Coast
40
Day 4
41
Planning Your Trip to Costa Rica
43
Managing Your Money
45
Transportation
46
Lodging
47
Dining
48
Cutting Costs but Not the Fun
49
Cutting other costs
50
Handling Money
51
Exchanging money
52
Getting to Costa Rica
57
Getting Around Costa Rica
66
Catering to Special
77
Taking Care of the Remaining Details 84 Getting a Passport
84
Central Pacific Playas
209
Monteverde and Environs
231
Monteverde
237
More cool things to see and do
248
La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano
257
Touring the Rest of Costa Rica
275
Montezuma
281
Osa Peninsula
299
Chilling on Costa Ricas
322
Cahuita
325
Puerto Viejo
339
Ten Myths about Costa Rica
353
Quick Concierge
359
Index
367
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About the author (2006)

Eliot Greenspan is a poet, journalist, 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, freelance journalist, and translator, and continued his travels in the region. This is Eliot’s first For Dummies title. He is also the author of Frommer’s Costa Rica, Frommer’s Belize, Frommer’s Cuba, and The Tico Times Restaurant Guide to Costa Rica, as well as the chapter on Venezuela in Frommer’s South America.

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