Since Iva is in Costa Rica this week, and my pal Francesca is currently planning a January trip to this spectacular country — how about another new CR guidebook? (We featured two new Moon guides last month.) This time it’s Pauline Frommer’s turn to take a stab at the tropical Central American paradise. Her recently released guide to Costa Rica suggests ways for travelers to spend less and see more (just like in her other titles.) Pauline and her team of writers (David Appell, Nelson Mui and additional contributors) highlight “The Other Costa Rica”, a unique selection of tips and insider information that should help travelers get the most for their dollar.
Examples of some experiences suggested in the guidebook: hiking in Corcovado National Park, brushing up on your Spanish at one of San Jose’s language schools, art tours, cooking classes, scuba diving, nightime animal spotting and the Don Juan Coffee Tour outside Santa Elena. The book begins with a “Best of” section , then dives deeper into regions such as Arenal, Monteverde and the Osa and Nicoya Peninsula areas. Frommer’s book is one of the latest Costa Rica guides to hit shelves – be sure to check it out if your upcoming plans include a stop at this picture perfect place.