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Costa Rica For Dummies, 4th Edition

Costa Rica For Dummies, 4th Edition

Eliot Greenspan

ISBN: 978-1-118-08608-7

Nov 2011

408 pages

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  • Personally researched by a longtime resident, Costa Rica For Dummies covers all the highlights of this fast-changing country, with recommended accommodations in every price category. 
  • Insightful commentary and opinionated reviews. Details on San Jose 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 its misty cloud forests; and the rest of the country
  • Adventures 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, or spotting playful spider monkeys as you hike through lush foliage.
Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing Costa Rica 7

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Costa Rica 9

Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Costa Rica 19

Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go 27

Chapter 4: Following an Itinerary: Five Great Options 36

Part II: Planning Your Trip to Costa Rica 47

Chapter 5: Managing Your Money 49

Chapter 6: Getting to Costa Rica 60

Chapter 7: Getting Around Costa Rica 66

Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations 71

Chapter 9: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests 77

Chapter 10: Taking Care of the Remaining Details 83

Part III: San José and the Central Valley 93

Chapter 11: Settling into San José 95

Chapter 12: Exploring San José 124

Part IV: Guanacaste and Environs 149

Chapter 13: Going for Gold in Guanacaste 151

Chapter 14: Exploring Guanacaste 173

Part V: Manuel Antonio and Environs 185

Chapter 15: Enjoying Magnificent Manuel Antonio 187

Chapter 16: Living the Lush Life on the Central Pacific Coast 208

Part VI: Monteverde and Environs 237

Chapter 17: Visiting the Cloud Forests of Monteverde 239

Chapter 18: La Fortuna and the Arenal Area 259

Part VII: Touring the Rest of Costa Rica 281

Chapter 19: Seeking Solitude in Southern Nicoya 283

Chapter 20: Exploring Southern Costa Rica 301

Chapter 21: Chilling on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast 326

Part VIII: The Part of Tens 355

Chapter 22: Ten Myths about Costa Rica 357

Chapter 23: Ten Costa Rican Moments 360

Appendix: Quick Concierge 363

Index 371