A Merry Cuban Christmas

There’s a good reason that many Cubans have never seen Santa, and it’s not because he couldn’t get a visa—nor that it’s never been known to snow in Cuba. To Cuba’s young, bearded revolutionaries, Christmas was both religious and capitalist at the same time, so the holiday was officially banned. Christopher P. Baker discusses the recent history of Christmas in Cuba and shares his own holiday experiences.

Moon Costa Rica

Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker shows travelers the way to the best of Costa Rica—whether it’s surfing the beaches of Golfo Dulce, hiking in Corcovado National Park, or dining in the upscale Escazu barrio in San José. Along with his in-depth coverage, Baker includes unique trip ideas for a variety of interests, such as […]

Costa Rica retires old money for new – spend now!

The Banco Central de Costa Rica has introduced the final denominations of a new family of banknotes. Author Christopher P. Baker has advice on when notes are going out of circulation and how to identify the banknotes that may be left over from your last trip.

Kurà, Costa Rica’s Newest, Most Sensational Hotel

Every time Christopher Baker explores Costa Rica while researching a new guidebook edition, he expects to discover new and exciting boutique hotels. As the first overnight guest in Kurà Design Villas, Christopher reviews this brand new, eco-friendly hotel located on along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast.