Moon Costa Rica
By Christopher P. Baker
Tenth Edition, December 2015
Price: $22.99 USD
This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and detailed maps to help with trip planning.
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 “Sweet Retreats,” “Best Beaches,” and “Adrenaline Rush.” Complete with details that range from where to surf to which spots are the best for seeing wildlife, Moon Costa Rica gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
- San José
- The Central Highlands
- The Caribbean Coast
- The Northern Zone
- Guanacaste and the Northwest
- The Nicoya Peninsula
- Central Pacific
- Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula
- South-Central Costa Rica
What’s inside Moon Costa Rica
Enjoy the very best of Costa Rica with these itineraries:
- Best of Costa Rica
- Best Beaches
- Sweet Retreats
- Top Wildlife Spots
- Surf’s Up
- Family Fun
- Adrenaline Rush
Explore what Costa Rica has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- San José
- The Central Highlands including Escazú and Vicinity, Cariari to La Guácima, Alajuela and Vicinity, Grecia to Zarcero, La Garita to San Ramón, Heredia and Vicinity, Braulio Carrillo National Park and Vicinity, Cartago and Vicinity, Ruta de Los Santos, Turrialba and Vicinity
- The Caribbean Coast including Highway 32 to Puerto Limón, Puerto Limón and Vicinity, Tortuguero, Barra del Colorado, Cahuita and Vicinity, Manzanillo and Vicinity, and Rio Sixaola Region
- The Northern Zone including Ciudad Quesada and Vicinity, La Fortuna to Tabacón and Arenal Volcano, Laguna de Arenal, Los Chiles and Vicinity, Highway 4 to Upala, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and Vicinity
- Guanacaste and the Northwest including The Southern Plains, Monteverde and Santa Elena, Cañas and Vicinity, Liberia and Vicinity, The Far North
- The Nicoya Peninsula including Highway 21: Río Tempisque to Santa Cruz, Playas del Coco and Vicinity, Playa Flamingo and Vicinity, Tamarindo and Vicinity, Tamarindo to Junquillal, Junquillal to Carrilo, Playa Camaronal to Playa Manzanillo, and Southern Nicoya
- Central Pacific including Tárcoles to Playa Herradura, Jacó and Vicinity, Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Savegre to Dominical, and Costa Ballena
- Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula including Valle de Diquis, Osa Peninsula, Golfo Dulce, The Burica Peninsula, Ciudad Neily and Vicinity
- South-Central Costa Rica including San Isidro and Vicinity, Chirripó and Vicinity, La Amistad International Park and Vicinity
Resources include a Spanish Phrasebook
Christopher P. Baker was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He received a BA in geography from University College, London, and masters degrees in Latin American studies from Liverpool University and in education from the Institute of Education, London University.
He began his writing career in 1978 as a contributing editor on Latin America for Land & Liberty, a London-based political journal. In 1980, he received a Scripps-Howard Foundation Scholarship in Journalism to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
Since 1983, Christopher, the 2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, has made his living as a professional travel writer, photographer, lecturer, and tour guide. He specializes in Cuba and Costa Rica, about which he has written six books each, including Moon Cuba; his most recent coffee-table book, Enchanting Costa Rica. He is also the author of the Costa Rica Pura Vida! travel app. He has contributed to more than 150 publications worldwide, including CNN Travel, National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, and The Los Angeles Times. He is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.
Christopher has been profiled in USA Today, appears frequently on radio and television talk shows and as a guest-lecturer aboard cruise ships, and has spoken at the National Press Club, World Affairs Council, and on National Geographic Live. He is a National Geographic Resident Expert and leads tours of Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, and Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions, as well as group motorcycle tours of these destinations for MotoDiscovery and Motolombia.
Christopher promotes himself through his website: christopherpbaker.com.