A guidebook is one of those travel accessories that you can’t travel without. Here is where a guidebook becomes important: Costa Rica is a great place to visit, it has tons of stuff to do and lots of places to visit. But being a country with such amount of attractions how do you know what to do, what are the best places to visit where to stay and many more questions all of us travelers get. There are many guidebooks for Costa Rica out there but for me, these are the best:
1. Lonely Planet
This is a great guidebook and very complete too. This guide is broken up into regions and includes a wildlife guide along with a green guide. In it, you will find facts about this wonderful country, including some history and culture. You can also find detailed maps, itineraries and great suggestions on where to stay in Costa Rica, and even where to find the best massage in Tamarindo Beach.
This is a guidebook filled with beautiful pictures of the Costa Rican country. It has a section where you can find information about the different landscapes so you get an idea of which are the places that you would like to visit. There is also a super useful ad complete highlight section where you can find the best things to do in Costa Rica along with colorful maps.
This guidebook has lots of useful information about this beautiful country, some facts and the most popular places to visit. There is even a section with suggested itineraries. Some other things you will find in it are some suggestions for restaurants, tours, events and best traveling attractions. There is a selection of great luxury and mid-range hotels as well as some eco-lodges and bed and breakfasts. And of course maps.
4. Moon Guide
This is another great and complete guide for Costa Rica. This guide is broken down into many chapters, one for each Costa Rican Region and some with other useful information. First, there is a section where you can find out what the best activities and places in Costa Rica are. It also has is what I consider to be the best resource a traveler could have when traveling to a new country, a phrase book.
5. Rough Guide
Then there is the Rough Guide to Costa Rica is a guide book full of pictures and color. Any guidebook would be complete without maps and this one has plenty. It has a very useful highlight section with beautiful pictures of sunsets, boat rides, and local towns. In it, you will find information about Costa Rican culture, politics and wildlife along with some tips.