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Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Nice full colour guide, divided by geographical region and with additional sections on 'Top 25 experiences', 'Top Itineraries', 'Shopping', 'Culture', 'Activities', 'Family Travel, 'Food and Drink', 'History' and 'Getting Around'

The layout is clear, with headings colour-coded for each region (e.g green in the north, pink on the caribbean coast), and a reasonably sized font, though quite a lot of weird symbols are used that weren't instantly obvious to me (the scary-looking radioactive symbol actually means 'air conditioning'!).

Prices are given for hotels and restaurants, and there's a glossary of common Spanish terms. Also, I liked the fact that essential information like emergency telephone numbers are on the inside of the cover to be found quickly and easily.

Good size and weight, combined with loads of information makes this book ideal for actually taking on a trip, not just using in the planning stages.
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What a beautiful book! The waterfalls, the wildlife, the beaches, the sunsets, the colourful culture (gotta love those oxcarts!) - rarely have I read a holiday guide containing such wonderful eye-candy!

Drill-down and there's plenty of the usual Lonely Planet informative stuff about where to stay, what to do, food and drink and (importantly) potential pitfalls for travellers.

Has it tempted me to put Costa Rica on my holiday short-list for 2011? You bet!
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on 25 February 2011
Really good book. I strongly recommend it!! I always buy the lonely planet from the country we are going to. I have a real collection. For reading I prefer the Footprint guides though. Lonely Planet guides are somewhat of a dry summery of facts. Not these new Discovery Guides!! Full color, nice background stories, good pictures. Also very nice sugestions on itineraries. All in all I would say go buy it you won't regret it.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 January 2011
As I'm off to Costa Rica shortly this has been instrumental in discovering places to visit in the areas that I'm visiting so that I don't get to places and then waste time thinking "Now what?".

It highlights all the possible places to see which you might never find on your own (not without more time than I'll have there) so just by saving me time it's also saving me money.

The book is packed with colour (it says on the cover 'Full Color') and it is actually true.

Minus one star because only a few places to stay are mentioned. I think that if the publisher is going to only pick and choose it gives a false impression. Either list them all (as far as possible) or omit them all.

That notwithstanding, you would be mad not to get this book if you're intending to travel to Costa Rica.

Highly recommended.
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on 16 January 2011
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This is an other great Lonely Planet guide. It got loads of colour photos, maps, guides and glossaries. It has a list of the Top 25 things to do in Costa Rica as well as the usual tips on where to go and what to do. The photos are breath taking and really bring the book to life. It has some history included and well as a lot about culture.
This book is so easy to use. It's divided up into colour coded section so you can either read through it or easily flick to the bits that you what. It gives you just the right about of information although if you wanted something really in depth this wouldn't be the right book for you.
It's light enough and small enough to carry around. It's just brilliant. Can't praise it enough!
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VINE VOICEon 21 January 2011
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This book has everything you need to know when traveling around Costa Rica,lots of useful information and well layed out,so everything is quick and easy to find.
My Mum went on holiday to costa rica and took the book with her,she found it a great help,she said it made finding all the interesting places very easy.
The book is very high quality unlike alot of guide books that feel they might fall to pieces by the end of a short holiday,it has lots of maps and pictures of Costa Rica.
A book that anyone whos going there should take with them.
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Lonely Planet have done it again, with a beautiful colour guide, up-to-date and useful as well as a great souvenir of your travels to Costa Rica. It's really easy to use, with colour-coded sections you can flip to quickly, short, sharp descriptions of places of interest as well as hotels and restaurants, and packed with illustrations to whet your appetite and spark your interest in visiting some of the places on offer. It's concise but comprehensive, giving you just enough information on each place to feel well-equipped, but not overwhelmed with unnecessary detail and lengthy reading. The numerous maps are simple but very clear, giving you exactly what you need as an independent-minded visitor. 'Highlights' rundowns in each regional section are a great quick-fire way to make sure you've covered all the 'must do' sights and attractions before moving on.

The culture section is separate from the main guide sections at the back of the book, and includes a nice potted history of the region - a good way to round off an excellent guide. My only gripe is that it's a tad heavy for a guidebook, but on the other hand, you wouldn't cram this much information into a smaller tome. Highly recommended!
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on 11 June 2012
Great photos of Costa Rica and very useful general tips on travel locations. Good for planning. However I found this lacked detail. This mainly included further details about accommodation, dinning etc. The book is well catered for those with a higher budget. But I would buy the more detailed version if you more information.
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on 9 September 2011
This book is great if you are thinking about going or traveling with a company. But if you're traveling around and need information about hostels etc, buy the other one. I used this and struggled but luckily my friend had the other one which was more useful but less pretty.
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VINE VOICEon 20 January 2011
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This is Lonely Planet's first full-colour guide to the fascination Central American country of Costa Rica.
As with the rest of the Lonely Planet Discover Guides they are packed full of colourful, high quality pictures as well as loads of information on places to go and see. There is lots of other useful information which is broken down into regions of the country complete with maps on how to get there.
If you are planning your first trip to Costa Rica then this guide should prove an essential guide to help you have a fantastic trip and discover lots of the country's treasures.
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