Costa Rica, Travellers’ Wildlife Guides
This outstanding book is a field guide to the natural history of Costa Rica featuring 350 color illustrations of common birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Introductory chapters cover habitats, parks and conservation in Costa Rica.
The Birds of Costa Rica
Richard Garrigues & Robert Dean (Illustrator)
Compact, portable, and user-friendly, The Birds of Costa Rica has proven to be the essential field guide for identifying birds in the diverse habitats of Costa Rica. This second edition, with revisions throughout, features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species found in Costa Rica.
Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles of Costa Rica, A Field Guide
Carrol L. Henderson
This guide from the author of Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica includes the mammals, amphibians and reptiles travelers to Costa Rica are most likely to see, including information on natural history, ecology and animal behavior as well as 249 color photos and 117 maps.
Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica
Carol Henderson & Alexander Skutch (Introduction)
A comprehensive photo guide to 300 commonly encountered and unusual species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and moths, and other invertebrates.
Costa Rican Wildlife
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles.
Mammals of Costa Rica
A palm-sized guide to the native mammals of Costa Rica, as the author puts it, “larger than a loaf of bread.” She includes some of the smaller species too, 65 in total.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
A double-sided color map of Costa Rica at a scale of 1:350,000, with good shaded relief.
Costa Rica Spanish Phrasebook
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
Moon Handbook Costa Rica
Christopher P. Baker
A great resource for the independent traveler, this guide features a thorough introduction to the land, history and culture Costa Rica, as well as astonishing practical detail on getting around, where to go, and where to stay.
Rough Guide Costa Rica
This compact guide includes an excellent historical and cultural overview of Costa Rica, paying special attention to its natural history.
National Geographic Costa Rica
Christopher P. Baker
The guide features 200 photographs, 20 maps and good information history, nature, culture and travel in Costa Rica.
The New Key to Costa Rica
A comprehensive, frequently revised guide to Costa Rica with excellent information on hotels, restaurants and excursions throughout the country.
Costa Rica, An Ecotraveller’s Guide
A compact, well-illustrated guide to parks, wildlife reserves and outdoor activities throughout Costa Rica, organized geographically. Featuring dozens of local maps, suggested walks and activities, and an overview of wildlife
Costa Rica’s National Parks and Reserves
A practical guide to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica focusing on its parks and preserves. It features profiles of Costa Rica’s 40 protected areas, including sketch maps, practical directions and trail information.
Wild Costa Rica
A wildlife photographer based in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hepworth writes with authority in this survey of the habitats, wildlife, protected areas and beauty of Costa Rica, featuring 200 color photographs.
A Neotropical Companion
A tropical primer aimed at the motivated general reader. It’s a systematic overview of the ecology, habitats, animals, plants and ecosystems of Central and South America.
History & Culture
Costa Rica in Focus
A concise guide to the people, politics, economy and culture of Costa Rica. The author explores the history of democracy since the abolition of the army in 1948, economic doldrums of the 1980s, and impact of tourism.
Culture and Customs of Costa Rica
Featured topics include Costa Rica’s, legacy of social reform, religion, social customs, media, and literature, national traits, cuisine, family roles, sports, and art and the performing arts.
Central America, A Natural and Cultural History
Anthony G. Coates (Editor)
A concise overview of the region with contributions by diverse authors on the geology, natural history and culture of the Central American isthmus. A publication of the “Paseo Pantera Project.” With charts, graphs and maps.
The Ticos, Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica
An insightful, fact-filled portrait of Costa Rican culture, history and society. This revised edition, by the same team that researched and wrote The Costa Ricans, brings the story up through the economic crisis of the 1980s and into the late 1990s. It’s an excellent survey for the interested traveler.