5 Best Guides for Costa Rica Travel

A guidebook is one of those travel accessories that you can’t travel without especially if you are visiting a country that is new for you. Costa Rica is a great place to visit, it has tons of stuff to do and lots of places to visit. But being a country with such amount of attractions how do you know what to do, what are the best places to visit where to stay and many more questions all of us travelers get. Here is where a guidebook becomes important. There are many guidebooks for Costa Rica out there but for me these are the best:

1. Lonely Planet


This is a great guidebook and very complete too. In it you will find facts about this wonderful country, including some history and culture. This guide is broken up into regions and includes a wildlife guide along with a green guide. Some of the things it offers are detailed maps of the country, itineraries for different kinds of travelers, great suggestions on where to stay in Costa Rica, and interviews along with some collaborations with locals.

2. Fodor’s


This is a guidebook filled with beautiful pictures of the Costa Rican country. In it you will find a wonderful section that will give you helpful advices for planning a vacation, marriage or honeymoon in this fantastic country. It also has a section where you can find information about the different landscapes so you get an idea of which are the places that you would like to visit. There is also a highlight section where you can find the best things to do in Costa Rica such as canopy tours, turtle-nesting tours and bird-watching along with colorful maps.

3. Frommer’s


This guidebook has lots of useful information about this beautiful country, some facts and the most popular places to visit. There is a selection of great luxury and mid range hotels as well as some eco-lodges and bed and breakfasts. There is even a section with suggested itineraries. Some other things you will find in it are some suggestions of restaurants, tours, events and best traveling attractions. And of course maps.

4. Moon Guide


This is another great and complete guide for Costa Rica. This guide is broken down in many chapters, one for each Costa Rican Region and some with other useful information. First there is a section where you can find out what the best activities and places in Costa Rica are. You will also get some information about customs, food and currency along with the much needed health and safety information. And at the bottom there is what I consider to be the best resource a traveler could have when traveling to a new country, a phrase book.

5. Rough Guide


Last but not least the Rough Guide to Costa Rica is a guide book full of pictures and color. It has a very useful highlight section with beautiful pictures of sunsets, boat rides and local towns. In it you will find information about Costa Rican culture, politics and wildlife along with some tips. There are also some great suggestions about the best accommodations, restaurants, bars, and transportation. Any guidebook would be complete without maps.

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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