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I suggest getting at least the Moon guidebook (which contains maps & directions) and as many of the printed maps listed below as you can manage, if you intend on driving.  Getting a little lost is half the fun.  Bringing a compass is also recommended for both hiking and driving.  Additionally, check the WEB and Costa Rican local publications.  No one source of information seems 100% accurate or complete.  The maps are available in downtown San Jose, but buy them ahead if you can.




Explore Costa Rica: fifth edition

By Harry S. Pariser

ISBN 1-893643-55-7



The Web Site includes photo tour, tips, itinerary, and updates.  The book is newly released and the most current guide to Costa Rica listed here.  This book contains some unique information not found in other travel guides.



Moon Handbooks: Costa Rica 2015

By Christopher P. Baker

ISBN-13: 978-1631211393

Price: $14.99 US




This is a very complete guide to Costa Rica.  I highly recommend the purchase of this book before your trip.



Frommer's Costa Rica 2016

By Eliot Greenspan

ISBN: 978-1628872040

US $16.63



This guide hits the high points of Costa Rica from another viewpoint for the non-budget traveler.  It is a good complement to Mr. Bakers book.  However, I suggest being skeptical of the ads inserted by the publisher.  The author does not have control of their content.



Choose Costa Rica 9th Edition

By John Howells

Price: $16.95 



This is the guide to travel and retirement in Costa Rica that first sparked my interest in this country. For that, I am indebted to Mr. Howells.





Google Maps – Time marches on, Google Maps seems to be useful both on the WEB and with the mobile APP. But be careful as an inaccuracy was part of a border dispute between Nicaragua & Costa Rica!



Maptak Online Costa Rica Maps



Check out this WEB site!  It holds Country, Province, City and National park online scalable maps and more.  The maps are useful and also very much works of computer based art.


The Toucan Guides Waterproof Roadmap & PDF Atlas

As an avid bike rider, where you have to pedal to recover from mistakes, the author learned the importance of accurate maps.  His passions for both accuracy and Costa Rica shows in the quality of these maps.  You can order & download these on line.


ISBN: 0-9763733-0-0  March 2005  $9.95


Costa Rica Road Map

Borch GmbH (Was Berndtson & Berndtson GmbH)

Dachauer Str. 6, D-82256 Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany 


http://www.amazon.com/  search for: 3866095104



Costa Rica

International Travel Maps

530 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1E9


http://www.amazon.com/  search for: 97815534121209781553412120



Costa Rica - Mapa Turístico

ICT (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo)

P.O. Box 777-1000 San José, Costa Rica

http://www.visitcostarica.com/ (Home Page)

http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/mapas/zonas.asp (Online maps)




Costa Rica Guide- General background information about Costa Rica, living and traveling there.



The Nicoya Peninsula Travel Guide on the Internet – A well done guide to the Nicoya including a section on Playa Junquillal and area.  Be sure to check the local map of Junquillal.




WANDER IN PARADISE // Treasured Memories from Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica – An impressive video shot in the Playa Junquillal area. I even recognize some rocks from our beach walks.



COSTA RICA IN 4K 60fps (ULTRA HD) – An incredible video from people that must love reptiles.  More Creepy crawlers than I have seen in Costa Rica in all my years.




A.M. Costa Rica



The Tico Times




Read the books, browsed the WEB and studied the maps and you still have questions?  Post your questions and get answers online at the sites below.  You might even get a reply from me there ! 


Lonely Planet Online  The Thorn Tree




José the “Go to Guy” – Problems solved, answers found.  José is bilingual (Spanish / English), an ICT Certified Guide, a real estate agent and an all around good guy.  Need to buy a rose on Valentine’s Day or get a phone in the Santa Cruz district?  José knows where and nearly everyone knows José.  Rates vary with the type of service.


Junquillal Properties

Cell: +506 (8538) 8367

Email: junquillalproperties@gmail.com

Web: http://junquillalproperties.googlepages.com/





Las Brisas del Mar beachfront vacation condo in Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica !

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