- Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet; Auflage: 10th edition. (1. Oktober 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1742200184
- ISBN-13: 978-1742200187
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 2,1 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 47.345 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Costa Rica (Lonely Planet Costa Rica) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2012
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BellaOnline, May 2013 The book's photos make me drool with desire to get out to the jungles, eco-lodges, mountains, volcanoes, beaches, rivers and national parks right now. They make me want to pick up surfing and live in Playa Grande. Midwest Book Review, January 2013 From hostels and local transportation to sights and activities, this is packed with destination-oriented travel plans perfect for any journeying to Costa Rica.
The ultimate guide of this popular destination
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Das Layout ist etwas farbiger und freundlicher. Aber es fehlen einige der Straßenkarten von kleinen (aber strategisch wichtigen) Ortschaften, die LP sonst so gut machten. Die Übersichtskarten der Regionen sind zwar teilweise farbig aber weniger informativ als früher.
Erschreckend sind teilweise Hotelschilderungen. Was einem mitunter als großzügiges, modernes Zimmer versprochen wird und sich dann als Loch entpuppt. Waren die Tester wirklich jemals hier?!
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After an introduction and activity guide, the book is divided into 9 different sections based on regions of the country. (Since our travels will be limited to the northwestern and nicoya peninsula regions my review is largely focused on those areas.) As with most guidebooks, we are given a good overview of regional activities and sites and also offered some choice accommodations and good eats. Where this guidebook stands out is the focus on the budget minded traveler who is looking for more than a tour bus vacation experience. The book reads like the authors genuinely know the area and are giving readers the "low down" on each town within each region
Having spent time in Monteverde and the Arenal regions, I was interested to read the author's take on the locations. I thought they gave a very good overview of the areas, gave some tips I wish I had known before our last trip, and pretty much guided travelers of all budgets in a comprehensive way. The book is particularly great for the cost conscious traveler. (Quite logical because those with unlimited resources likely work with a travel agent and have a personal driver.)
I thought the authors outdid themselves in the Nicoya section of the guidebook. There are so many beaches and towns in that area and I was cross-eyed trying to figure out which one would be best for the family. The authors provided a broad sketch outline of the assorted beaches, and then drilled down on the detail, even providing links for print ahead maps* of problematic towns. I did not end up booking any of the hotels they recommended but found a great villa on the beach in an area they recommended. (For the record we are staying at a place in Nosara.)
I also appreciate the tone of the guidebook. It is humorous in places but without the over-the-top ridiculousness certain well known travel writers bring to the table. I also appreciated the broad approach to travel safety precautions. The authors address certain issue that other travel writers avoid because the subjects are on the provocative side.
As for who will find this guide the most helpful: I can see this guide appealing to the hostel dwellers probably the most. (I am not limiting that to young people btw. The hubby and I will likely join that group once the kiddos are out of the nest.) That said, it is a great guide for all ages and pocketbooks.
*Speaking of maps, this book does not come with a pull out full sized map but has great large and small section maps in the book. I was more than happy not to have a full sized map anyway because the hubby is a fussbudget and I can't fold a map to save my life.
Long-time LP readers will quickly see the format and organization of this guide has been substantially changed from previous years. Most of the information you've relied upon in the past is still there but there are several new features as well. One of the best is a FAQ of sorts near the beginning of the book called "Need to Know." It gathers together critical information that is frequently needed both pre-trip and intra-trip. Also, LP has done away with the glossy-paper photo sections and now uses color throughout the entire book. This change has especially improved the local maps by making them immensely easier to read.
Those who are unfamiliar with Lonely Planet should know a few things before purchasing this book:
* LP targets independent, do-it-yourself types of travelers (who often have backpacks, railpasses, and youth hostel cards).
* Travelers who are focused on staying in top-ranked hotels and eating at expensive restaurants probably won't find LP's sleeping and eating recommendations to be extensive enough. While there is some coverage of high-end, trendy, and luxurious places in this guide, it is not LP's strength.
* Most LP guides that cover large regions, including this one, are written by a team of contributors.
* New editions of a guide usually are updates of previous versions and are not entirely rewritten from scratch.
So, how useful is this guide to Costa Rica? As with most things, it depends. If you want to travel around Costa Rica in DIY style or you want better coverage of cultural and outdoor activities than is offered by more mainstream guides, such as Fodor's or Frommer's, then LP is a good guidebook for you. On the other hand, if you aren't interested in straying off the beaten path much or aren't open to trading off comfort and predictability for character and the unexpected, the LP ethos may not be a good fit for you.
Bottom line: I have used LP guidebooks for many years and have always found them to be useful. This guide to Costa Rica is no exception. However, some sections that used to be included in all LP guidebooks were removed in the redesign. While the omission of these sections won't have much effect on trip planning, the missing information, especially from the old Health chapter, was often invaluable during a trip. In addition, LP has not included a pullout street map of a popular city with this book as it does in virtually every other of its redesigned country guides. For me, this brings what could be a 4 or 5 star rating to a 3 star rating.