The Fifth Edition of Explore Costa Rica, a comprehensive travel guide, has just been published by San Francisco’s Manatee Press.

The 668-page Explore Costa Rica covers internal air flights, bus travel, ferry schedules, what to do, what to avoid, studying Spanish, volunteer programs, and sustainable tourism, and includes maps, color and black-and-white photos, web sites, and useful tips.

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The guide is humorous, informative, educational, and highly detailed. It supplies invaluable and candid advice on hotels, inns, resorts, camping, restaurants, sights, and tours.

If you are looking to settle in Costa Rica, it provides you with background on all the areas, so you can get an idea of where you would be most interested in. As the book costs less than your airport departure tax, it’s good value.

Author Harry S. Pariser explains why Costa Rica so appealing to travelers: “For many reasons. Costa Rica has a good infrastructure relative to its neighbors. It is peaceful, friendly and environmentally concerned and has relatively high standards of living, literacy, education, hygiene, and safety.

One may visit both coasts in the course of a single day, and Costa Rica offers virtually every type of activity you can imagine: kayaking, hiking, windsurfing, surfing, rock climbing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, ballooning, and more!”

“It is also distinct in that Costa Rica is compact and relatively easy to get around in. Costa Rica maintains extensive tracts of rainforest, a number of cloud forests, tropical dry forests, and spectacular volcanoes; beaches line both coasts. Legendary for its biological diversity, visitors may easily spot monkeys, toucans, coatis, and other creatures.”

Costa Rica is also unique in having hundreds of nature lodges and bed-and-breakfast inns. Many of these are quite amazing places to stay: each has a distinct character and personable proprietors. Some own private nature preserves with trails. All are covered in my book which is more personal than most.

Included are many useful tips, readings, reader recommendations, and special places. I provide extensive information on wildlife, rainforests, national parks, ecotourism projects, history, and environmental conroversies.

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It is hand-tailored for visitors who travel to learn and grow. Included are numerous color and black-and-white photos, 36 maps, and thousands of fax numbers, web sites, and e-mail addresses.

It is helpful for every visitor-students, surfers, divers, parents with children, birdwatchers, and hikers. It even has a page on travel tips for the disabled.

Although Explore Costa Rica is available in bookstores, best way to order is from the publisher directly for for US$23 plus US$4 additional for shipping and handling in the US, US$6 for priority mail shipping, and US$10 for shipping to Costa Rica, Canada, and the rest of the world via USPS Global Priority Mail.

(The book is not available in Costa Rica and will be available in the UK and Europe only in approximately Feb. 2007.)

Ordering your copy of the new Explore Costa Rica by Harry S. Pariser is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

  1. To order with Google Checkout, please click here.
  2. To order with Paypal, please click here.
  3. Or, you may order by telephone with a credit card from SCB Distributors (800) 729-6423

For more information please visit Save The Manatee.

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