Recommended Costa Rica Guide Books and Travel Maps

Costa Rica Guide Books

Moon – Moon guidebooks are easy and accessible. The authors of this Costa Rica guidebook clearly care about their readers, and as such are not afraid to tell it like it is – they relate the pros and cons about places, hotels, tours and restaurants, and allow readers to make the final decision. The layout is logical and includes detailed maps.
Lonely Planet – Lonely Planet is the largest guidebook publisher in the world. Naturally, this is a company that knows a great deal about travel. Their Costa Rica guidebook is informative and honest, filled with practical advice that caters to all budgets and styles.
Frommer’s – Frommer’s Costa Rica guidebook is filled with gorgeous color photographs and helpful pullout maps. Researched by a longtime resident, this up-to-date guide has candid reviews of hotels and restaurants, as well as helpful ideas for planning your trip throughout the country.
The Birds of Costa Rica – this field guide will help both expert and aspiring birders distinguish Costa Rica’s bird species by their coloring, call, and habitat range. It features descriptions and illustrations of over 820 birds and is designed in a portable, easy-to-carry fashion.

Costa Rica Maps

National Geographic – this waterproof, foldable road and travel map includes highways, paths, international airports, surfing sites, dive areas, national monuments and more.
International Travel Maps – this folded, color map has information on roads (including seasonal roads and paths), highways and traveler’s information. Color changes show elevation levels and icons distinguish between international airports, archeological sites, bird sanctuaries, beaches and volcanoes.