Item description for Insight Pocket Guide Costa Rica (Insight Pocket Guides Costa Rica) by Dona Haber...
One of over 400 titles in the Insight series, Compact Guide Costa Brava. This 104-page book includes a chapter detailing the history and culture of the Costa Brava, 13 tours taking in sights ranging from the renowned Museu Picasso in Barcelona to the impressive bay of Tossa de Mar, leisure-time suggestions, and a comprehensive information section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus around 180 high quality photographs and 16 maps. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Studio: Insight Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2005
Publisher Insight Guides
ISBN 9812580816 ISBN13 9789812580818 UPC 027793580816
Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Pocket Guide Costa Rica (Insight Pocket Guides Costa Rica)?
Only buy for the map... Jun 9, 2008
This book has an excellent map. However, other than that, it is anything but comprehensive. It offers no budget options and only covers very selected locations. Besides the map, it was not used at all on our 2 week trip to Costa Rica.
Map - 5 stars, Book - 1 star May 17, 2007
Buy this book for the map in back. When planning your first trip to Costa Rica it is extraordinarily helpful to have a detailed map of the entire country so you can get your bearings and get a feeling for the distance between Monteverde and Manuel Antonio, for example. The map also has a good "places" index where you can look up the names of towns, parks and beaches and find them on the map. This came in VERY handy because, as I found out, there are many places in Costa Rica with the same name (i.e. there are three towns named 'Matapalo', eight towns named 'San Isidro' etc.). If you are driving in Costa Rica, this map is a must. As an added benefit, the map has Recommended Itineraries that match those highlighted in the book.
The book itself, even the color pictures, is lackluster. They do a C or C+ job of providing a bare bones general overview of the country.
disappointing and unhelpful... Apr 13, 2001
...i lugged this around and liked, at first, looking at the pics -- however this book is not comprehensive in the least to the even slightly curious and adventuresome traveler. this is a tourist guide, not a travelling guide. fyi!
very good guidance - like Rick Steves Dec 27, 2000
Although I find the large Insight Guides to be useless, the pocket guides have worked VERY well for me in Morocco and in Costa Rica. By being condensed, they choose very interesting itinaries for you.
Comprehensive and thorough with great photos Sep 28, 2000
Vacation photos are the ubiquitous, clichéd chronicle of the average person's travels. Yet few travel books include more than a small smattering of so-so photos, offering only a peek at a destination's sights and environs; even though a great deal of our travel memories and experiences are through images. This book, along with the Insight Guides series in general, is different, offering a comprehensive set of fantastic photos that not only showcase the sights, but bring the details, richness, and life (some gorgeous, some gritty) of Costa Rica closer.
The accompanying text, while a bit uncharacteristic (likely due to editorial consistency), is informative and comprehensive, giving you a great overview of Costa Rica, its history, its people, and places of interest. Its travel information, such as lodgings, appears targeted towards middle-class travelers, although it touches on a wide range of styles and budgets. And when you're ready to plan your itinerary the maps outshine those of any other guide book, and are good enough to use on your trip, even for 90% of the driving most folks are likely to do.
Other guidebooks might offer more in-depth and "insider" information with a particular slant (e.g. the excellent, down-to-earth, and environmentally conscious book by Harry S. Pariser, "Explore Costa Rica") but the Insight Guide should be the first one you buy to "see" where your travels might take you.