This is based on our full Adventure Guide to Costa Rica. It zeroes
in on the Northwest and Nicoya Peninsula, including the Arenal
area, Monteverde and its Cloud Forest, Liberia & Guanacaste,
plus all the many beaches and national parks. It contains all the
practical travel information you need: places to stay and eat,
tourist information resources, travel advice, emergency contacts
and more plus condensed sections on history and geography that give
you good background knowledge of the destination. Plus, this
edition is in full color throughout. The authors are fascinated
with the destination and their passion comes across in the text,
which is lively, revealing and a pleasure to read. Sidebars
highlight unusual facts and tell of local legends, adding to your
travel experience. Detailed town and regional maps make planning
day-trips or city tours easy. Adventures covered range from town
sightseeing tours and nature watching to sea kayaking and organized
jungle excursions. Travelers looking for a more relaxed vacation
may want to sign up for language classes or take a course on
traditional regional cooking these cultural adventures will
introduce you to the people and afford you a truly unique travel
experience. We travel to grow - our Adventure Guides show you how.
Experience the places you visit more directly, freshly, intensely
than you would otherwise - sometimes best done on foot, in a canoe,
or through cultural adventures like art courses, cooking classes,
learning the language, meeting the people. This can make your trip
life-changing, unforgettable. All of the detailed information you
need is here about the hotels, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing.
But we also lead you to new discoveries, turning corners never
before turned, helping you learn about the world in a new way -
Adventure Guides make that possible. Following are a few reviews of
the full guide: I am here in Costa Rica in an internet cafe and had
to take the time to tell everyone what a good book this is. It
really gave us everything we needed to plan our trip and now that
we are here, we use it to find just about everything. If you have
not visited Costa Rica yet, get a copy of this book and come on
down -- it is fabulous. -- PURA VIDA My husband and I just spent
our honeymoon in Costa Rica and believe it or not, found this
Adventure Guide to be the best resource for exciting things to do
and see. It was also accurate for finding hotels that had that
little bit of extra ambiance we wanted for romance. We had used
Lonely Planet guidebooks on other trips but found this guidebook to
be much better. It's easy to use, has lovely photographs, and for
rainy nights it made good armchair reading. I heartily recommend
the Adventure Guide for a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. --
Amazon reviewer. I took off a point for the pedestrian writing and
the sub-standard photos. (The numerous quotes struck me as
tangential, but I really liked the design ephemera, including the
original luggage tag from Hotel Europa, CR's oldest hotel, a nice
touch ) Now, on to the good stuff: First off, Bruce & June
Conord's alternative accomodations was imaginative and
indispensable for me, and of course, in the true spirit of
adventure. Secondly, of all the rough-and-tumble excursions they
present, my favorite was their walking tour of historical San Jose.
On foot is really the only way to see Costa Rica's one and only
capital city. -- Amazon reviewer"
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