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Not up to the usual Lonely Planet standard
on 24 July 2013
I have come to trust Lonely Planet so much, that where ever I go I just order the LP book without even looking. Has worked every time until now. The information LP has got me used to just wasn't there.
1) Hotels. Normally there are cheap, medium and expensive ones, and good selection of each. This time I found far better deals from the internet myself, perfectly nice and respectable places but far more affordable prices than the "cheap" ones in the book. I especially don't understand why they weren't any Red Roof Inns in this book, as they were excellent value for money and far cheaper than the cheap ones listed here.
2) Activities. Sparse. The book tells you a lot about what you can do, eg boat rides, snorkeling, alligators, but has very minimal details of companies who provide these tours and services.
3) Maps. Poor. Normally LP has a map of each place introduced. Bigger places has a page or two sized map, small ones maybe just two inches square, but it's always there. Not in this one. There are no maps, you are left trying to locate places by the description only.
The book is very thick considering how little information is in it. This is because it concentrates on lengthy descriptions of things and places, which you could easily live without.
Not the usual Lonely Planet standard. I would recommend not to waste your money. For me, value of Lonely Planet is the details in it, to save me from having to surf the internet myself while travelling. With this one I had to do it anyway, so there was no point. Waste of money.