This fully updated new edition features illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside inspiring full-colour photography that brings Costa Rica's people and places to life at the turn of a page. The top attractions are highlighted to help you plan your trip priorities and a brand new 'Best of...' section provides the editor's top recommendations for your visit, from the most spectacular beaches and volcanoes to the best wildlife viewing opportunities, not to mention some handy money-saving tips. An in-depth 'Places' section covers the entire country in a region-by-region format, with all the principal sites cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps for easy navigation at a glance. Attractive colour-coded sections make the guide extremely easy to use, whether you want to read the full narrative, or simply dip in and out. Fascinating features explore Costa Rica's history, its magnificent national parks, fruit and other local produce, along with the Costa Rican people and their everyday life. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides a wealth of practical information, covering transport, accommodation for all budgets, climate, shopping, nightlife, festivals, health and much more, including an A-Z section of essential tips and useful contact telephone numbers. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.