Best Guidebook for Costa Rica


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General Guidebook with Complete, Current and Accurate Listings and Entertaining Interesting Writing

Lonely Planet comes first with Fodor’s following a close second.  If you need a deciding factor Lonely Planet is still geared a bit more towards budget travelers.

Off the Beaten Path, Parks, Reserves and Nature Emphasis

James Kaiser has done an excellent job in The Complete Guide presenting his highlighted destinations and the top lodges, restaurants and activities in each

Graphic Laden Armchair Introduction

The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is our personal favorite but if you prefer photographs to watercolor illustrations the National Geographic Traveler is a better choice.



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