Guidebooks and other references:
More than 20 publishers put out new editions every year or two. Some rival publishers even share the same authors. Guides from Lonely Planet, Moon, and Fodor's are reliable and current, but browse the choices to see which best fits your style and budget. Please see the section on choosing guidebooks in Chapter 4, How to Plan Your Trip.
There are also some titles that aren't put out by the big corporations, including Adventure Guide to Costa Rica and Explore Costa Rica.
If birding is your passion, see The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide or Site Guides: Costa Rica; A Guide to the Best Birding Locations. Attractive coffee-table books include Hummingbirds of Costa Rica and 100 Butterflies and Moths: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica. Other nature guides include Tropical Plants of Costa Rica: A Guide to Native and Exotic Flora,The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas , The Mammals of Costa Rica: A Natural History and Field Guide, and Costa Rican Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Species.
For moving to Costa Rica, some of the most popular books are Living Abroad in Costa Rica, The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica (15th edition!), and Choose Costa Rica for Retirement: Information for Travel, Retirement, Investment, and Affordable Living. For etiquette, consider Culture Shock! Costa Rica: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette and Costa Rica: Culture Smart! A Quick Guide to Customs and Etiquette .
The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica & SW Nicaragua gives the lowdown on the big waves..
For more insight into the culture, read Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion.
The official site of the Costa Rica Tourism Board is www.visitcostarica.com.
The Tico Times ( www.ticotimes.net) is the weekly English-language newspaper.
Inside Costa Rica ( www.insidecostarica.com) is another good online news source.
MyCostaRicanGuide.com ( www.mycostaricanguide.com) has lots of facts and other resources.
InfoCostaRica ( www.infocostarica.com), run by a tour agency, has maps of each section of the country.
Fortuna Welcome ( www.fortunawelcome.com), run by a tour agency, has good background and useful hotel links for the Fortuna/Arenal region.
MAQBeach ( www.maqbeach.com) has info for the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area.
Monteverde Info ( www.monteverdeinfo.com) has been covering the Monteverde Cloud Forest area well since 1998.
The Costa Rica section of Boomers Abroad stuffs more than 100 useful links on one page ( www.boomersabroad.com).
The Costa Rican Hotel Association site ( www.costaricanhotels.com) has listings with detailed information and maps for more than 250 [per site] member hotels throughout the country.
Luxury Latin America ( www.luxurylatinamerica.com) has detailed reviews of the best upscale hotels in the country.
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