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With a wealth of attractions and adventures, Costa Rica is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the Americas. Whether you want relaxation or excitement, you’ll find it. Stroll leisurely on the beach or zip through the treetops on a canopy tour. Explore urban San Jose or incredible national parks with unspoiled wilderness. Choose the Caribbean Coast or the Central Pacific Coast. Lounge beside an infinity pool or battle a billfish. Seek out exuberant nightlife or take in the lush tropical scenery. Go ...
With a wealth of attractions and adventures, Costa Rica is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the Americas. Whether you want relaxation or excitement, you’ll find it. Stroll leisurely on the beach or zip through the treetops on a canopy tour. Explore urban San Jose or incredible national parks with unspoiled wilderness. Choose the Caribbean Coast or the Central Pacific Coast. Lounge 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:
Like every For Dummies travel guide, Costa Rica For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes:
In This Chapter
* Scoping out Costa Rica's top accommodations
* Finding the finest restaurants
* Exploring the best beaches, adventures, and attractions
For such a small country, Costa Rica is a rich and varied destination. You can visit rain forests, cloud forests, and active volcanoes. You can walk along miles of beautiful beaches on either the Pacific or the Caribbean coast. And, you can stay at luxurious large resorts or romantic boutique getaways.
Adventure hounds will have their fill choosing from an exciting array of activities, and those just looking for some rest and relaxation can grab a chaise lounge and a good book.
This chapter is designed as an at-a-glance reference to the absolute "best of the best" that Costa Rica has to offer. These attractions are highlighted by - what else - a Best of the Best icon when they appear elsewhere in this book.
The Best High-End Hotels and Luxury Resorts
As recently as five years ago, finding anything to fit in this category was difficult. Not any longer. Costa Rica now boasts quite a few top-notch luxury properties ranging from isolated and unique boutique hotels to large beach resorts. The following are the best of the best:
The Best Accommodations Values
Not looking to spend a fortune? No problem. Costa Rica is chock-full of excellent hotel and lodging values. Get the most for your accommodations dollar by booking into one of these fine establishments:
The Best Ecolodges
Costa Rica is a major ecotourism destination, and you'll find a wealth of wonderfully run ecolodges and nature resorts. Some of them, including several listed here, make a strong case for being listed among the top luxury hotels in the country.
The Best Restaurants
Although Costa Rica is not known for its fine food, you'll have no trouble dining well. The following restaurants run the gamut in terms of cuisine and ambience, from local fresh seafood served on plastic lawn chairs set in the sand to top-notch Pacific-Rim fusion served in an elegant and refined setting. If your travels take you near any of these, don't pass up the chance for a meal:
The Best Beaches
With more than 1,200km (750 miles) of shoreline on its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Costa Rica offers beachgoers an embarrassment of riches.
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Part I: Introducing Costa Rica.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Costa Rica.
Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Costa Rica.
Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go.
Chapter 4: Following an Itinerary: Five Great Options.
Part II: Planning Your Trip to Costa Rica.
Chapter 5: Managing Your Money.
Chapter 6: Getting to Costa Rica.
Chapter 7: Getting Around Costa Rica.
Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations.
Chapter 9: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests.
Chapter 10: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.
Part III: San José and the Central Valley.
Chapter 11: Settling into San José.
Chapter 12: Exploring San José.
Part IV: Guanacaste and Environs.
Chapter 13: Going for Gold in Guanacaste.
Chapter 14: Exploring Guanacaste.
Part V: Manuel Antonio and Environs.
Chapter 15: Enjoying Magnificent Manuel Antonio.
Chapter 16: Living the Lush Life on the Central Pacific Coast.
Part VI: Monteverde and Environs.
Chapter 17: Visiting the Cloud Forests of Monteverde.
Chapter 18: La Fortuna and the Arenal Area.
Part VII: Touring the Rest of Costa Rica.
Chapter 19: Seeking Solitude in Southern Nicoya.
Chapter 20: Exploring Southern Costa Rica.
Chapter 21: Chilling on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Myths about Costa Rica.
Chapter 23: Ten Costa Rican Moments.
Appendix: Quick Concierge.
Posted April 8, 2010
Easy to use - The book is divided by area and information for each area is presented in a set format so we knew right where to look for specific information as we traveled across country.
Accurate information - We found the tips on where to stay, eat, and shop very helpful. Activities information was up to date and more extensive than could be provided by hotel staff.
We appreciated the additional general information about traveling in Costa Rica - re: money, innoculations, tipping, etc.
I would recommend this book and a trip to Costa Rica.
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