Costa Rica For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 5, 2007 - Travel - 408 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 Jose; 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 villa or an Ecolodge tent. This friendly guide clues you in, with:
  • The real 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
  • 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, 2nd 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
38
6
Introducing Costa Rica
7
Days 8 9 and 10 39
10
Days 11 12 and 13 39
13
39
14
Discovering Costa Rica with Kids 39
15
40
18
Taking Care of the Remaining Details 84 Getting a Passport
84
San José and the Central Valley
95
San José
102
Exploring San José
126
Guanacaste and Environs
151
Guanacaste
163
Exploring Guanacaste
175
Manuel Antonio and Environs
187

Deciding Where and When to Go
26
Day 3
31
Following an Itinerary
35
Exploring Costa Rica in One Week
36
Day 5
40
Having a HighOctane Week of Adventures
41
Getting the Most out of a Week on the Gold Coast
43
Planning Your Trip to Costa Rica
45
Managing Your Money
47
Transportation
48
Lodging
49
Dining
50
Cutting Costs But Not the Fun
51
Cutting other costs
52
Handling Money
53
Exchanging money
54
Getting to Costa Rica
59
Getting Around Costa Rica
67
Catering to Special Travel
77
Manuel Antonio and Environs
190
Manuel Antonio
195
Living the Lush Life
209
Central Pacific Playas
211
Monteverde and Environs
235
Monteverde
241
La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano
257
Along the Shores of Lake Arenal
271
Touring the Rest of Costa Rica
279
Malpaís and Santa Teresa
293
Puerto Jiménez
311
Cahuita
327
Puerto Viejo
341
Ten Myths about Costa Rica
357
Ten Costa Rican Moments
360
Quick Concierge
363
Index
371
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About the author (2007)

Eliot Greenspan is a poet, journalist, musician and travel writer who took his backpack, mandolin, 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, Frommer's Guatemala, Frommer's Ecuador 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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