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Costa Rica 10 (Anglais) Broché – 29 novembre 2012

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- Features chapters on outdoor adventures - Includes a ‘Family Friendly’ icon throughout the book and dedicated Travel with Children chapter - Tips and advice for fi rst-time visitors - Includes a guide to the country’s wildlife

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not very useful for a small family in 2013 23 février 2013
Par Hartley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In 2013, with a family of 3 and a rental car, the book was not useful. We spent more time flipping through the book looking for information than we did reading the information available. (I used the then-current Lonely Planet guide heavily during a 3-month long trip to Costa Rica in 1998, and it was great then. I think that both the book and my needs have changed in the last 15 years.) A complete lack of road maps made this guide useless for navigation. The index doesn't allow you to look up sites of interest by topic (say "butterflies" or even the name of a city). The restaurants that were recommended by the Lonely Planet guide were uniformly mediocre, compared with the restaurants we happened upon without the guide (most of which we loved). Unfortunately, I don't have a good recommendation of a better guide, but this one wasn't for us.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Guide for all Budgets 5 avril 2013
Par C. Klaassen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
We are planning a return visit to Costa Rica this summer. We first visited the country in 2010 and used the Fodor's Costa Rica 2010 (Full-color Travel Guide) and Frommer's Costa Rica 2010 (Frommer's Color Complete) guide books. We wanted an updated guidebook with perhaps a little different perspective for this trip and this book certainly fits the bill!

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.

Highly Recommended.

*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.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Lonely Planet has sold out!! 19 janvier 2013
Par JKL - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have really enjoyed Lonely Planet's books in the past. This one was disjointed, poorly edited, and most concerning seems to have eliminated many of the best features of the previous editions. It seems geared to relatively well off travelers, not those on a budget, and they have eliminated many of the useful sidebars from previous editions. Nowhere is it mentioned that hotels and hostels in Costa Rica often require reservations, and that these are non-refundable. This is hugely important, and was mentioned in previous copies. The author's earlier concerns with the environmental impact of canopy tours and the mistreatment of horses used for trekking are nowhere to be found. This is the kind of information that has set LP apart in the past. Now it reads like an ad for the country, not an unbiased and savvy guide. What happened??? Next time I'm getting the "Rough Guide" or the "Moon" books.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Missing some (formerly) LP signature features 18 avril 2013
Par korova - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
The 2012 edition of Lonely Planet's Costa Rica guide mostly lives up to LP's usual standards. The guide contains a blend of practical advice, historical facts, travelers' stories, and inspiring photographs. It is the sort of guide that can be used both for trip planning and for taking along on the trip itself.

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.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lonely Planet Quality, New Look 18 mai 2013
Par Ellie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
My family has traveled around the world and we have come to depend on Lonely Planet when we need the no nonsense guide to a country or region- and that is exactly what we got with Lonely Planet Costa Rica. Although it had a new layout that segmented the regions of the country better than the old style, the same blunt writing style, full color pictures, and comprehensive reviews were vintage Lonely Planet. As Costa Rica is known for their ecotourism, the majority of the guide deals with the abundance of beaches, forests, nature hikes, and adventure tourism opportunities. However, as my trip to San Jose was mostly for business, I would rate the section on the capital as adequate as best. The writers were a bit dismissive of the city and I felt they could have done a better job finding out of the way restaurants, bars, and quirky places as they do in most of their other guides. Also, they seem to have done away with their history background on the country- although a small thing, I always enjoyed reading it in other guides to get a sense of the place I was visiting. It is clear the writers preferred to concentrate on the nature outings for Costa Rica. Overall though, the guide was helpful and informative and a solid Lonely Planet edition.
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