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  • Series: Moon Handbooks
  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 5th edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566916089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566916080
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest in the batch of Moon Handbooks releases proves again that Moon is one of the finest travel series around. What sets Moon apart from most guidebooks is the attention to detail, and more importantly, a respect for the topic.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on August 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
EVERYONE has LP Costa Rica. In the month I was in Costa Rica I saw only one other person with this book--if you want to know where to stay, avoid the LP places and stay in the tiny places this book rec's.

The prices are a bit out of date because of the book's publication date, but this book is fantastic if you're on ANY budget.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cara G on January 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've used a prior edition of this guide but this new edition is substantially changed including itineraries and sites rated must-see by the author. The book is packed with insight but this edition is LOTS easier to use. The author is really guiding travelers based on their interest, time, and travel experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel R. Savitch on February 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Very helpful book! It was 1 of 6 books I bought to help me decide whether I wanted to live in Costa Rica for retirement. It was very comprehensive and 1 of my favorites with up to date information.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James S. Dodds on June 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Well written and organized, with good historical and cultural detail, good maps, clear explanations. However, if you follow the book's recommendations you will stay in nice places and eat good meals, but they will always be securely on the tourist track; you'll never hear about the cheap little fantastic mom and pop casados shop down a narrow alley or the obscure locally-owned bed and breakfast in the heart of town. If you read critically you'll also find some petty judgementalism. You get the impression the author really doesn't like Ticos all that well.

Some of the info in the book also turned out to be suspect. For example, we were surprised to find that one resort the author heralded as a "must see" - complete with a detailed description of its lakes, fountains, restaurant, and cabins - had in reality never been built. Seems the Costa Rican government wouldn't allow it because it was an ecological disaster. We found several such strange inconsistencies in the book, as if the author relied on slick promoters as much as his own experience when putting together the narrative.

The book did the trick for us, we had a great and flawless trip using it, but felt like our options were limited. I have liked the other Moon guides I've used, but next time I'd probably buy Lonely Planet. It all depends on the author.
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