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We just returned from a fabulous 6 night stay in Costa Rica, toting our Fodor's Costa Rica 2011 Guidebook the whole way. For the most part, it was a valuable tool, but in a few areas it left me unfulfilled.

How do you decide what hotels and restaurants to include? We stayed at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste which is a gorgeous hotel completed in 2008, but is not mentioned in your guidebook at all except in a very vague statement in the Playa Avellanas paragraph. If I had not read the book from cover to cover, I never would have spotted it! Surely you must know that lots of people stay there and would like to refer to it in your book? And if you just have a bias against large resorts, then you would have given the Four Seasons the same treatment, but you did not. I am baffled. For anyone who is interested, the JW is a very nice resort which provided a lovely experience for a first time visitor to Costa Rica. I was looking for a hotel that would be a good fit for my family, including my 15 year old son who likes to surf and skim board. The JW is right in the midst of several beaches that are good for both of those activities.

We spent a couple of days in Tamarindo as well, and the hotels and restaurants that you included in that section were also incredibly sparse, and missing some highlights.

Overall, the guidebook was helpful, but I think you could do a more thorough job.

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