Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica


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Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Count butterflies and orchids in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, have a fresh cup of coffee amid San Jose's Spanish-colonial buildings, or kayak past dolphins in the Golfo Dulce; all with ...

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Count butterflies and orchids in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, have a fresh cup of coffee amid San Jose's Spanish-colonial buildings, or kayak past dolphins in the Golfo Dulce; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Costa Rica and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, music, dance, landscapes, wildlife, shopping, and more
  • Over 40 color maps
  • Useful features - including Wildlife Guide, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Travel with Kids
  • Coverage of San Jose, Central Valley, Central Pacific Coast, North and Monteverde, Caribbean Coast, Peninsula de Nicoya, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica, our easy-to-use guide, is perfect for travelers who seek the most popular attractions a destination has to offer. Filled with inspiring and colorful photos, this guide focuses on the best of the best.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends a wide range of experiences, both popular and offbeat, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet's Costa Rica guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Nate Cavalieri, Adam Skolnick, and Wendy Yanagihara.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742202228
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Lonely Planet Discover Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 186,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

This is Costa Rica 6

Costa Rica Map 8

Costa Rica's Top 25 Experiences 10

Costa Rica's Top Itineraries 32

Month by Month 42

What's New 46

Get Inspired 47

Need to Know 48

San José 51

Highlights 54

Best 58

Walking Tour 60

San José 62

Around San Jose 73

Central Valley 77

Highlights 80

Best 84

Itineraries 86

Alajuela 88

Parque Nacionai Volcán Poás 90

Sarchí 91

Los Angeles Cloud Forest Adventure Park 93

Palmares 93

Heredia 93

Barva 95

Cartago 97

Parque Nacionai Volcán Irazú 98

Valle de Orosi 99

Parque Nacionai Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte 100

Turrialba 101

Monumento Nacionai Arqueológico Guayabo 102

Northern Costa Rica 105

Highlights 108

Best 114

Itineraries 116

La Fortuna & Around 118

Parque National Volcán Arenal 125

El Castillo 127

Laguna de Arenal Area 129

Nuevo Arenal 131

Nuevo Arenal to Tilarán 132

Tilarán 133

Monteverde & Santa Elena 135

Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde 146

Reserva Santa Elena 148

Liberia 148

Volcán Miravalles

Area 153

Parque National Rincón de la Vieja 154

Parque National Volcán Tenorto 156

Parque National Santa Rosa 158

Llanos de Cortés 159

La Virgen 160

La Virgen to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí 162

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí & Around 164

South of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí 165

Peninsula de Nicoya 167

Highlights 170

Best 174

Itineraries 176

Playa del Coco 178

Playa Brasilito 180

Playa Conchal 181

Playa Grande 181

Parque National Marino Las Baulas do Guanacaste 182

Playa Tamarindo 183

Playas Avellana & Negra 186

Nosara Area 188

Playa Samara 192

Montezuma 194

Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco 198

Mai País & Santa Teresa 199

Central Pacific Coast 205

Highlights 208

Best 214

Itineraries 216

Parque Nacional Carara 218

Jacó 218

Playa Hermosa 221

Quepos 222

Quepos to Manuel Antonio 223

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio & Around 225

Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge 230

Dominical 231

Uvita 235

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena 237

Ojochal Area 238

Southern Costa Rica 241

Highlights 244

Best 250

Itineraries 252

Bahía Drake 254

Bahía Drake to Parque Nacional Corcovado 257

Sierpe 258

Puerto Jiménez 258

Cabo Matapalo & Carate 262

Parque National Corcovado 263

Golfito 265

Zancudo & Pavones 266

Parque Nacional Isla del Cocos 268

San Istdro de El General 269

San Gerardo dc Rivas 270

Parque Nacional Chirripó 271

San Gerardo de Dota 273

Parque Nacional Los Quetzales 274

Reserva Indigena Boruca 275

San Vito 277

Parque Internacional La Amistad 281

Caribbean Coast 283

Highlights 286

Best 290

Itineraries 292

Puerto Limon 294

Moín 296

Cariari 296

Tortuguero Village 296

Parque Nacional Tortuguero 302

Cahuita 305

Parque Nacional Cahuita 309

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 311

Manzanillo 315

Costa Rica Today 320

History 322

Family Travel 332

Costa Rica

Outdoors 335

Tico Way of Life 340

Costa Rica Landscapes 343

Wildlife Guide 348

Shopping 353

Directory 356

Accommodations 356

Business Hours 357

Climate 357

Customs Regulations 358

Discount Cards 358

Electricity 358

Food 358

Gay & Lesbian Travelers 359

Health 360

Internet Access 362

Legal Matters 362

Money 363

Safe Travel 363

Telephone 364

Time 365

Tourist Information 365

Travelers with Disabilities 365

Visas 365

Women Travelers 365

Transport 366

Getting There & Away 366

Getting Around 366

Language 371

Behind the Scenes 373

Index 374

How to Use this Book 383

Our Writers 384

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