Book Description

Welcome to Costa Rica - unmatched in beauty and biodiversity

Whether you want to experience incredible wildlife, scuba dive in crystal-clear waters or savor a cup of world-famous coffee, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Costa Rica has to offer. Inside you'll find a detailed guide to the country's animals, terrain and flora as well as information on local conservation efforts.

Home to some of the world's happiest people, Costa Rica offers visitors the promise of Pura Vida. With sun-drenched beaches, lush valleys, abundant wildlife and countless opportunities for outdoor adventure, it's easy to see why Costa Rica is considered to be paradise.

Our regularly updated guide brings Costa Rica to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography, and our trademark illustrations.

You'll discover:

- our pick of Costa Rica's must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems
- a detailed guide with information on animals, terrain, flora and conservation
- the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay
- detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy
- easy-to-follow itineraries
- expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe
- color-coded chapters to every part of Costa Rica, from Guanacaste and the Northern Nicoya to the Caribbean, San José to the Southern Zone

Travelling through central America? Look out for our DK Eyewitness guides to Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER
    1. Welcome to Costa Rica
    2. Reasons to Love Costa Rica
    3. Explore Costa Rica
    4. Costa Rica Itineraries
    5. Costa Rica For Wildlife
    6. Costa Rica For Photography
    7. Costa Rica For Adventurers
    8. Costa Rica For Coffee Lovers
    9. Costa Rica For Indigenous Crafts
    10. Costa Rica For Birders
    11. Costa Rica For Inspiring Landscapes
    12. Costa Rica For Foodies
    13. Costa Rica For Eco-Travelers
    14. Costa Rica For Beautiful Beaches
    15. A Year in Costa Rica
    16. A Brief History
    1. Costa Rica’s Habitats
    2. Terrain and Flora
    3. Conservation
    4. Animal Directory
    1. San José
    2. Central Highlands
    3. Central Pacific and Southern Nicoya
    4. Guanacaste and Northern Nicoya
    5. Northern Zone
    6. The Caribbean
    7. Southern Zone
    1. Before You Go
    2. Getting Around
    3. Practical Information
    4. Phrase Book
    5. Acknowledgments