Which Guide book would you recommend for Costa Rica and Panama?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 21, 2013 1:35 PM Last Post By: Ashnee
Mar 20, 2013 6:59 AM
Which Guide book would you recommend for Costa Rica and Panama?Hi All
I have for a long time been loyal to LP as a travel guide but was very disappointed with their guide to Vietnam last year.
I will be travelling to Costa Rica and Panama at the end of the year and want to start reading up now, and will probably buy two separate books for these destinations. Which guide did you find most useful? The Moon Guides seem popular in this branch but I noticed that the CR Moon Guide is from 2011.
When I travel I what I most enjoy are my interaction with locals and like to include some villages or towns that are not dependent on tourist revenue, which really influences how locals engage with you.
A guidebook that assists in identifying quieter towns and has practical information such as maps and public transport routes and schedules would be ideal.
Suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Mar 20, 2013 7:07 AM
Mar 20, 2013 7:16 AM
2the moon guide is really the best overall. as for timely information -- the information from any guide book is about a year old by the time it is published. so use it as a "guide" and not as a "bible."
there are quite a few good online sources for costa rica -- here are some of them:
http://www.anywherecostarica.com - good general information about most areas
http://www.costa-rica-guide.com - also good general information
for one of the more off-the-beaten-path areas, look here: http://www.costaricanbirdroute.com/sites.htm this is mainly for birders - but - it's a great resource for that whole area which is not touristy at all and has a lot of wildlife.
the most touristy places are manuel antonio, monteverde, arenal and tamarindo.
the osa peninsula is fantastic and definitely not touristy. wiki travels has a great overview of that area.
in the northwest, bijagua which is close to the tenorio national park or the rincon de la vieja area are both great destinations and not touristy.
at least one new item: there is a departure tax and it is currently $29.
Mar 20, 2013 10:46 AM
Mar 20, 2013 11:22 AM
Mar 21, 2013 1:35 PM
5Thanks All and to Wiremu & Mrtim thanks for the extra tips on what to see/do. Have ordered two moon guides online since stores in South Africa don't stock them.
Most guides at least cover all the so-called "must dos" but I am looking for something more. Sometimes star tourist attractions can leave me underwhelmed whereas I have found charm in places that other travellers haven't considered to be much. Travel blogs can provide valuable gems of advice not covered in guides. Beyond they there is no substitute for your own feet and curious mind to help you find the less touristed spots.
I definitely agree with those saying a guide is not a bible.
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