Mangrove trees send their roots down into brackish water.

Costa Rica’s Mangrove Estuaries

Learn about the life cycle of the incredible mangrove tree, standing above the water on stilts of interlocking curving roots, and the precious ecosystem mangroves create in Costa Rica’s estuaries.

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Moon Spotlight Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Moon Spotlight Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is a 110-page compact guide covering Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, including Puerto Limón, Tortuguero, Barra del Colorado, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo. Author Christopher P. Baker offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, including sightseeing highlights maps to make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is […]

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Moon Spotlight Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula

Moon Spotlight Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is a 97-page compact guide covering Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, including Highway 2 to Santa Cruz, Playas del Coco, Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo, Junquilal, Nosara, and Southern Nicoya. Author Christopher P. Baker offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, and sightseeing highlights maps make planning your time easy. […]

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Moon Spotlight Arenal & Monteverde

Moon Spotlight Arenal & Monteverde is a 100-page compact guide covering Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal & Monteverde, including Ciudad Quesada, La Fortuna, Guanacaste, and Liberia. Author Christopher P. Baker offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, including sightseeing highlights maps to make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations […]

A room in the Hotel Grano de Oro, San José, Costa Rica.

What to Expect from Accommodations in Costa Rica

To get the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, adjusting your expectations for your accommodations before departing is key. In this article, expert author Christopher P. Baker gives a rundown of what to expect from budget to high-end room rentals, dealing with staff, the importance of reservations, and tips on getting the best rates.

Hostal del Ángel. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

The Best Casas Particulares in Havana

Havana is blessed with accommodations of every stripe. The most enjoyable are arguably private room rentals (casas particulares) of a single room in restored buildings full of ambiance or an entire suite of rooms offering an intimate, unique experience. Of the many available, here are Havana’s best.

Traffic around Mall San Pedro in San José.

Getting Around San José, Costa Rica

Getting around San José is very easy if you’re in the know and extremely frustrating if you aren’t. Expert author Christopher P. Baker is here everything you need to know for getting around by rental car, bus, train, and taxi, from avoiding rush hour fines and overpaying on fares to bus routes and taxi regulations.

Sexy Las Vegas-style cabarets, such as Tropicana, remain a staple of Cuban entertainment. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Where to Catch Havana’s Cabarets Espectáculos

Spectacular, gaudy, decadent, or a combination of all three, Havana’s cabarets espectáculos definitely deliver. From the incredible and infamous two-hour show at the Las Vegas style Tropicana nightclub to small campy shows followed by steamy disco, here’s where to go to experience it all.