The best Costa Rica books to read before you come
From the best travel resources to comprehensive field guides and engaging stories, these must-read Costa Rica books dive deep into the history, natural environment and wonder of this exotic destination. If you’re planning a visit to this remarkable and unique part of the world, you’ll surely want to put a few of these books on your reading list.
We are sure you already have done some resaerch, and also a typical Costa Rea Guide is already in your bedside table. So we decided to give you the “other” books that are also importants.
COSTA RICAN CULTURE
| By Barbara Ras
A collection of twenty-plus well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers who brilliantly introduce the allure of the country’s people, culture and land.
| By Richard Biesanz
This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society.
| By Lynn V. Hector
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history ranging from The Spanish Conquest to modern times.
COSTA RICA WILDLIFE & NATURAL HISTORY
| By Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook & Fiona Reid
This guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter in Costa Rica, including exquisite full-color illustrations for each.
| By Richard Garrigues, Illustrated by Robert Dean
This colorful and thorough resource covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of illustrations and color-coded range maps.
| By Willow Zuchowski, Photos by Turid Forsyth
Ranging from miniature epiphytic orchids to towering trees, and from mangrove forests lining coastal waterways to high-elevation cloud forests, Costa Rica’s rich and varied flora dazzles visitors and botanists alike. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica, the first popular treatment to include plants from all regions of the country, is an indispensable guide to native and exotic species found in the neotropics.
| By Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.