With a wealth of attractions and adventures, Costa Rica is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the Americas. Whether you want relaxation or excitement, you’ll find it. Stroll leisurely on the beach or zip through the treetops on a canopy tour. Explore urban San Jose or incredible national parks with unspoiled wilderness. Choose the Caribbean Coast or the Central Pacific Coast. Lounge beside an infinity pool or battle a billfish. Seek out exuberant nightlife or take in the lush tropical scenery. Go golfing, snorkeling, volcano viewing, river rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Stay in a luxurious resort or a rustic wooden cabin . . . a Mediterranean villa or an Ecolodge tent. This friendly guide clues you in, with: <ul> <li>The lowdown on how to get to Costa Rica and how to get around after you arrive <li>Details on San Jose and the Central Valley; the Guanacaste area, Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast”; the Manuel Antonio area, the most popular ecotourism destination; the Monteverde area with its misty cloud forests; and the rest of the country <li>Suggested itineraries to help you make the most of your time <li>A “Quick Concierge” section with key phone numbers, Web addresses, and other handy how-to’s for traveling in Costa Rica </ul> <p> Like every For Dummies travel guide, <i>Costa Rica For Dummies, 3rd Edition</i> includes: <ul> <li>Down-to-earth trip-planning advice <li>What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip <li>The best hotels and restaurants for every budget <li>Lots of detailed maps </ul>
Part I: Introducing Costa Rica.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Costa Rica.
Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Costa Rica.
Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go.
Chapter 4: Following an Itinerary: Five Great Options.
Part II: Planning Your Trip to Costa Rica.
Chapter 5: Managing Your Money.
Chapter 6: Getting to Costa Rica.
Chapter 7: Getting Around Costa Rica.
Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations.
Chapter 9: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests.
Chapter 10: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.
Part III: San José and the Central Valley.
Chapter 11: Settling into San José.
Chapter 12: Exploring San José.
Part IV: Guanacaste and Environs.
Chapter 13: Going for Gold in Guanacaste.
Chapter 14: Exploring Guanacaste.
Part V: Manuel Antonio and Environs.
Chapter 15: Enjoying Magnificent Manuel Antonio.
Chapter 16: Living the Lush Life on the Central Pacific Coast.
Part VI: Monteverde and Environs.
Chapter 17: Visiting the Cloud Forests of Monteverde.
Chapter 18: La Fortuna and the Arenal Area.
Part VII: Touring the Rest of Costa Rica.
Chapter 19: Seeking Solitude in Southern Nicoya.
Chapter 20: Exploring Southern Costa Rica.
Chapter 21: Chilling on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Myths about Costa Rica.
Chapter 23: Ten Costa Rican Moments.
Appendix: Quick Concierge.
Series: Dummies Travel
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 2nd November 2009
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.3 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.432