Rum and Reggae's Costa Rica

Rum and Reggae's Costa Rica

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by Jonathan Runge, Adam Carter
     
 

These travel guides offer a no-holds-barred look at tropical paradises. They provide both information and attitude, not hesitating to give scathing reviews when appropriate. Offered are undiluted opinions on hotels, resorts, villa rentals, cultural and recreational activities, restaurants, clubs, and beaches (including nude ones). Savvy travelers will appreciate

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These travel guides offer a no-holds-barred look at tropical paradises. They provide both information and attitude, not hesitating to give scathing reviews when appropriate. Offered are undiluted opinions on hotels, resorts, villa rentals, cultural and recreational activities, restaurants, clubs, and beaches (including nude ones). Savvy travelers will appreciate the irreverent honesty of these guides and know they are getting the lowdown from the experts.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Rum & Reggae is perhaps the extreme example of the opinionated guidebook."  —The New York Times

"An irreverent and highly personal guide with an emphasis on places to stay and places to party."  —Travel & Leisure

"Great coverage of Costa Rica's natural wonders."  —Library Journal

"The Simon Cowell of the travel world."   —San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle
The Simon Cowell of the travel world.
Library Journal
Runge, the author of 15 travel books (most for the "Rum & Reggae" series and most on the Caribbean), and Carter (Rum & Reggae's Brazil) present this guide to Costa Rica that, not surprisingly, concentrates heavily on coastal areas. While this focus is to be expected, given the series title, it becomes repetitive after awhile. Although some central parts of the country are described, chunks-like the lovely and diverse Orisi Valley-do not appear at all. And where there is great coverage of Costa Rica's natural wonders (the tourism motto is Pura Vida), there is very little emphasis on historical sites, of which Costa Rica has many. This series is touted as "witty and opinionated," but despite the occasional zing this reviewer generally found it did not live up to the hype. The series' "touristo scale," for example, is confusing and more annoying than clever. An optional purchase.-Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893675131
Publisher:
Rum & Reggae Guidebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Rum and Reggae Series
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Jonathan Runge is the author of 16 travel books including the Rum & Reggae series and Hot on Hawaii. He is the coauthor of Ski Party! He has contributed to such publications as Men’s Journal, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Out, and Skiing. He lives in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts. Adam Carter is a former reporter for The Hatchet,a Washington DC paper. His articles have also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Worldview Magazine.

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Rum and Reggae's Costa Rica 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guidebook is truly informative, with real opinions and solid recommendations. We used it to go to the Manuel Antonio area and found it to be both accurate and fun to read. We don't agree with the above reviewer's concern about the lack of historical sites -- most people generally go to Costa Rica for its adventure, not for its history. We thought the Touristo Scale was helpful and cute.