Tican culture, salsa music, traditional beliefs, unique fauna and a stunning landscape are just some of Costa Rica's attractions. This diverse country is now one of the top destinations of eco-travelers, not to mention a hot spot for retiring North Americans. Costa Rica Alive! Explores it from top-to-toe - mountains, beaches, cities, villages, preserves and more. Alive! Guides tell you what's hot, and what's not, with plenty of suggestions for daytime activity and nighttime fun. Hundreds of restaurant and hotel profiles in all price ranges, including the best places to stay and eat if you're looking for pampering, adventure, nights in the city or value. Beyond where to stay and eat. Alive! guides focus on the things that make each destination unique - scenic fall drives on Long Island, spectacular rain forest lodges in Costa Rica. Full details on local celebrations, along with contact numbers for help in trip-planning. "Sunup to Sundown" sections describe daytime activities from sightseeing and swimming to shopping and beachcombing. "After Dark" sections give the lowdown on nightlife from mild to wild.
An "A-Z" reference at the end provides a comprehensive list of useful contacts, including ATM and bank locations, doctors and medical facilities, tourism offices, religious services and websitesshow more