9781593600686

Open Road's Best of Costa Rica, 1st Edition

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    9781593600686

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    1593600682

  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-07
  • Publisher: Open Road
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Summary

Newly revised for 2006 with expanded sections on great accommodations, fun restaurants, pristine beaches, incredible diving and many other watersports. From the cloud forest, dense jungle, sandy beaches, and tropical savannah to rushing rivers and

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
9(2)
2. OVERVIEW
11(8)
3. WILDLIFE
19(12)
Mammals
21(3)
Reptiles & Amphibians
24(1)
Flora
25(1)
Marine Life
26(5)
4. SAN JOSÉ & THE CENTRAL VALLEY
31(18)
One Great Day in San Jose
33(6)
Fanstastic Weekends
39(7)
Rafting
41(1)
Poas Volcano
41(1)
Coffee Tours
42(2)
Lankester Gardens
44(1)
Heliconia Island
45(1)
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
45(1)
A Wonderful Week
46(3)
Irazú Volcano
46(1)
Heredia
47(1)
Braulio Carrillo National Park, Volcán Barva
47(1)
Centro Neotrópico SarapiquiS
48(1)
5. THE NORTH CARIBBEAN COAST
49(11)
One Day Plans
52(1)
Fantastic Weekends
52(3)
Fishing in Barra del Colorado
52(2)
Tortuguero
54(1)
A Wonderful Week
55(1)
Up to Two Weeks
56(4)
Tortuguero National Park
56(2)
La Selva Biological Station
58(1)
Beaches
58(2)
6. THE SOUTH CARIBBEAN COAST
60(8)
One Day Plans
62(2)
Aviarios del Caribe
62(2)
Fantastic Weekends
64(2)
Beaches
65(1)
Cahuita National Park
65(1)
One to Two Weeks
66(2)
La Selva Biological Station
66(2)
7. NORTH-CENTRAL COSTA RICA
68(16)
One Day Plans
69(5)
Fantastic Weekends
74(5)
Arenal
75(1)
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
76(1)
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
76(3)
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
79(2)
One to Two Weeks
81(1)
Rincón de la Vieja
81(1)
Caño Negro
82(1)
Guanacaste National Park
83(1)
8. THE NORTH PACIFIC COAST
84(15)
One Day Plans
85(6)
Guaitil
88(1)
Playa Flamingo
88(1)
Curú Wildlife Refuge
88(2)
Gulf of Nicoya Islands
90(1)
Fantastic Weekends
91(1)
Playa del Coco
91(1)
One to Two Weeks
92(7)
Playa Potrero
92(1)
Playa Brasilito
92(1)
Playa Conchal
92(1)
Playa Tamarindo
93(1)
Playa Junquillal
94(1)
Playa Ostional
94(1)
Playa Islita
94(1)
Tambor
94(1)
Montezuma
94(1)
Cabo Blanco Reserve
95(1)
Mal Pais
95(1)
Santa Rosa National Park
95(2)
Beaches in Santa Rosa
97(2)
9. THE CENTRAL PACIFIC COAST
99(8)
One Day Plans
100(1)
Carara National Park
101(1)
Fantastic Weekends
101(1)
Playa Jacó
102(1)
One to Two Weeks
102(6)
Quepos
103(1)
Manuel Antonio
103(1)
Manuel Antonio National Park
104(1)
Dominical
104(1)
Ballena National Marine Park
105(1)
Chirripó National Park
105(2)
10. THE SOUTH PACIFIC COAST 107(11)
Fantastic Weekends
108(4)
Corcovado
109(1)
Las Cruces Biological Station/Wilson Botanical Garden
110(2)
One to Two Weeks
112(6)
Puerto Jiménez
113(1)
Casa de Orquideas
113(1)
Corcovado National Park
113(3)
Drake Bay
116(1)
Caño Island
116(1)
Islas Cocos (Cocos Island)
116(1)
Golfito
117(1)
Zancudo
117(1)
11. BEST SLEEPS & EATS 118(58)
Hotels
118(1)
Eating Out
119(4)
Costa Rican Dishes
122(1)
San José & the Central Valley
123(11)
Best Sleeps in San José
123(3)
Best Sleeps Near San José
126(6)
Best Sleeps North of San José
132(1)
Best Eats - San José & the Central Valley
132(2)
North Caribbean Coast
134(7)
Best Sleeps in Parismina
134(1)
Best Sleeps in Tortuguero
135(2)
Best Sleeps in Barra del Colorado
137(3)
Best Eats on the North Caribbean Coast
140(1)
South Caribbean Coast
141(4)
Best Sleeps in Cahuita
141(1)
Best Sleeps in Puerto Viejo
141(2)
Best Eats on the South Caribbean Coast
143(2)
North-Central Costa Rica
145(7)
Best Sleeps in Fortuna/Arenal
145(1)
Best Sleeps in Monteverde/Santa Elena
146(2)
Best Sleeps in Rincón
148(2)
Best Eats in Fortuna/Arenal
150(1)
Best Eats in Monteverde
150(2)
North Pacific Coast
152(10)
Best Sleeps in the Papagayo area
152(2)
Best Sleeps in the Flamingo area
154(1)
Best Sleeps in the Tamarindo area
155(2)
Best Sleeps South of Tamarindo
157(2)
Best Sleeps in Tambor, Montezuma, Malpais
159(1)
Best Eats in the Flamingo area
160(1)
Best Eats in the Tamarindo area
161(1)
Best Eats in Tambor, Montezuma, Malpais
161(1)
Central Pacific Coast
162(7)
Best Sleeps in the Jacó
162(2)
Best Sleeps in the Manuel Antonio area
164(2)
Best Sleeps in the Chirripó region
166(1)
Best Eats in Jacó
167(1)
Best Eats in Manuel Antonio/Quepos
168(1)
South Pacific Coast
169(7)
Best Sleeps in Drake Bay
169(1)
Best Sleeps in Corcovado Park
170(1)
Best Sleeps in Puerto Jiménez
171(2)
Best Sleeps in the Golfito area
173(1)
Best Sleeps in Zancudo
174(1)
Best Eats in Puerto Jiménez & the South Pacific Coast
175(1)
12. BEST ACTIVITIES 176(13)
Shopping
176(1)
San José
176(1)
Sarchi
176(1)
Guatil
177(1)
Jacó
177(1)
Manuel Antonio
177(1)
Nightlife & Entertainment
177(2)
San José
177(1)
Jacó
178(1)
Manuel Antonio/Quepos
178(1)
Puerto Jiménez
178(1)
Fishing
179(4)
Caribbean Coast
179(2)
Jacó
181(1)
Manuel Antonio
182(1)
Puerto Jiménez
182(1)
Golfito
183(1)
Diving
183(2)
Caribbean
183(1)
Nicoya area
184(1)
Manuel Antonio area
184(1)
Drake Bay
184(1)
Isla del Coco
184(1)
Rafting
185(1)
Zip Lines
186(1)
Birding
186(1)
Surfing
186(1)
Mountain Biking
187(1)
Golf
187(2)
Central Valley
188(1)
Nicoya area
188(1)
13. PRACTICAL MATTERS 189
Airports/Arrivals
189(2)
Cruises
191(1)
Package Tours
192(3)
Getting Around
195(3)
Banking & Changing Money
198(1)
Business Hours
199(1)
Climate & Weather
199(1)
Consulates & Embassies
200(1)
Electricity
200(1)
Emergencies & Safety
200(3)
Health
203(1)
Etiquette
204(1)
History
205(3)
Land & People
208(3)
Internet Access
211(1)
Language
212(1)
Newspapers
212(1)
Passport Regulations
213(1)
Postal Services
213(1)
Telephones
214(1)
Time
215(1)
Tipping
215(1)
Tourist Information
215(1)
Water
215(1)
Weights & Measures
216(1)
Websites
216(1)
Essential Spanish
217

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