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Central America on a shoestring travel guide

Central America on a shoestring - Costa Rica (Chapter)

8th Edition Oct 2013

This is the Costa Rica chapter from Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring guidebook.

Costa Rica is a land of staggering scenery, bountiful biodiversity and peace-loving locals. One-third of the country is protected, making it a wildlife wonderland. Annually it attracts more than one million visitors eager to catch a wave, climb a volcano or otherwise partake of paradise.

  • glide through the waterways of Parque Nacional Tortuguero, spying on howler monkeys, sloths, crocs and manatees
  • maps
  • groove to a reggae beat and slurp up spicy rondón in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • transportation
  • soak in the volcano-heated springs around La Fortuna
  • restaurants & accommodations

Coverage includes: Understand Costa Rica, Costa Rica Today, History - from lost civilizations to Columbus, the banana boom and the Contra conflict, The Culture, Landscape & Wildlife, Directory, San José, Central Valley & Highlands, Alajuela, Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, Heredia, Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, Cartago, Río Orosi Valley, Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú, Turrialba, Caribbean Coast, Tortuguero, Puerto Limón, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Manzanillo, Sixaola, North Central Costa Rica, Monteverde & Santa Elena, Tilarán, La Fortuna & Volcán Arenal, Los Chiles, La Virgen, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Guanacaste, Cañas, Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Liberia, Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja, Santa Rosa, La Cruz, Península de Nicoya, Playa del Coco, Playa Tamarindo, Playas Avellanas & Negra, Playa Sámara, Playa Naranjo, Paquera, Montezuma, Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco, Mal País & Santa Teresa, Central Pacific Coast, Puntarenas, Parque Nacional Carara, Jacó, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita, Southern Costa Rica & Península de Osa, San Isidro de El General, San Gerardo de Rivas, Parque Nacional Chirripó, Palmar, Sierpe, Bahía Drake,
Puerto Jiménez, Parque Nacional Corcovado, Golfito, Pavones, Neily, and Paso Canoas.

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