Fodor's See It Costa Rica


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Fodor’s. For Choice Travel Experiences.

Praise for Fodor’s See It guides:
“…everything from the latest dish on local hotels and restaurants to Web sites, the nearest tram and metro stops, to prices. Best of all, it’s presented in a colorful, eye-catching format.”
-Frequent Flyer magazine

Fodor’s helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. While you’re at the helm, Fodor’s offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It’s like having a friend in Costa Rica!

Fodor’s See It Costa Rica is colorful and practical, detailing the must-see sights in Costa Rica plus:

·COLOR PHOTOS by the hundreds show you not only Costa Rica’s sights but also hotels, restaurants, and shops

·COLOR MAPS galore, including neighborhood maps, city plans, transportation maps, and floor plans


·INSIDER TIPS by the dozen

·RATINGS for key sights

·Hundreds of in-depth HOTEL and RESTAURANT reviews

·Detailed PRACTICAL information in every listing

Visit for more ideas and information, travel deals, vacation planning tips, reviews and to exchange travel advice with other travelers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400018451
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Series: Fodor's See It Guides Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Understanding Costa Rica     4
The National Parks and Ecosystems     10
The Animals and Birds of Costa Rica     14
Living Costa Rica     25
Wildlife and Conservation     25
People and Society     23
Arts and Crafts     30
The Economy     32
The Story of Costa Rica     33
Prehistory-1501: Pre-Columbian     34
1503-1820: Arrival of the Spanish     36
1821-1949: Independence and Democracy     38
1950-Today: Modern Times     40
On the Move     41
Arriving     42
By Air     42
Overland and Sea     45
Getting Around     45
By Car     46
By Air     50
By Bus     52
Children, Bicycling, Taxis, Visitors with a Disability     54
San Jose City Transport     55
The Sights     57
San Jose     58
Central Highlands     68
Northern Region     77
Guanacaste     90
Central Pacific and Nicoya     101
Southern Region     109
The Caribbean Lowlands     121
What to Do     127
General Information     128
Shopping     128
Entertainment, Nightlife     129
Sports and Activities     130
For Children, Festivals and Events     137
What to Do Listings     138
San Jose     138
Central Highlands     141
Northern Region     144
Guanacaste     146
Central Pacific and Nicoya     150
Southern Region     153
The Caribbean Lowlands     154
Out and About     157
Walks and Drives     159
San Jose's Squares     159
Orosi Valley     162
Volcan Poas and the Central Highlands     164
Monteverde     168
Guanacaste's Northwestern Beaches     170
The Pacific Coast Road     172
The Route of the Saints     174
The Caribbean Coast Road     176
Organized Tours     178
Eating and Staying     179
Eating in Costa Rica     180
Eating Introduction and Menu Reader     180
Eating Listings     182
San Jose     182
Central Highlands      184
Northern Region     186
Guanacaste     187
Central Pacific and Nicoya     189
Southern Region     191
The Caribbean Lowlands     192
Staying in Costa Rica     194
Staying Introduction     194
Staying Listings     195
San Jose     195
Central Highlands     197
Northern Region     198
Guanacaste     200
Central Pacific and Nicoya     202
Southern Region     205
The Caribbean Lowlands     207
Planning     209
Before You Go     210
Practicalities     212
Money Matters     214
Health     215
Safety and Finding Help     219
Communication     220
Tourist Offices and Tickets     221
Media, Books and Maps     222
Websites     223
Words and Phrases     224
Maps     229
San Jose street map     60
Atlas     230
Map indexes     244
Index     247
Acknowledgments and Credits     252
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