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redconley Jun 12th, 2007 10:26 AM

Best Costa Rica Travel Guide
What travel books for Costa Rica are most recommended; Fodors, Lonely Planet, etc?

shillmac Jun 12th, 2007 01:58 PM

A lot of people like Moon Handbook (Chris Baker) or Lonely Planet. Fodor's is okay (and you will see some familiar names in there!), but most have said they didn't find it as helpful as some of the others.

You might also consider the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide for Costa Rica.

Pat_Hewitt Jun 12th, 2007 03:46 PM

The Lonely Planet just changed authors in the last couple of years. I don't know why, I thought the first guy was pretty good. But if I read the bio of the new author correctly, she stated that this was her first international trip? This didn't sound quite right.

I have always liked the New Key to Costa Rica, and the Moon Handbook. Actually had a chance to meet Chris at a tourism convention last year. Interesting guy.

Hope this helps! Let me know if I can offer more advice.

Warm Regards,
Pat Hewitt
(Travel professional)

dariow Jun 12th, 2007 05:02 PM

I have read Fodors and Lonely Planet.

The truth is that I have learned more from posts here than I did from either of those publications.

volcanogirl Jun 12th, 2007 06:03 PM

We really like Costa Rica for Dummies. What does that say about us? :) We also use when we're checking out hotels.

allison04 Jun 12th, 2007 06:40 PM

I like Lonely Planet and Frommer's, but I think I have the 2004 editions.

Otis_B_Driftwood Jun 12th, 2007 08:01 PM

Fodors and Frommers are good books for finding accomodations and dining but for doing things, our favorite was The National Geographic Traveler guide to Costa Rica. It's by Christopher Baker who also does the Moon Handbook.

National Geographic also has a fine map which we used during our trip. Both are available through

Another good one is the Footprint guide but it hasn't been updated since 2005.

netta7 Jun 13th, 2007 06:23 PM

We have just about every guidebook checked out from the library right now. The Moon book is good but a bit dated. The new edition is due out soon I think. We have enjoyed Explore Costa Rica by Harry Pariser. It's very detailed and the latest edition was published in the last 6 months.

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