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Paperback Costa Rica: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette Book

ISBN: 1558686924

ISBN13: 9781558686922

Costa Rica: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette

(Part of the Culture Shock! Series)

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Culture Shock! Costa Rica breaks down the cliches about Central America's famously friendly people to reveal what it is that really makes them tick. The author, runner-up in the 1996 British Telecom Journalist of the Year Award, spent several months living among the Ticos to research this book, doing everything from living in indigenous communities to hanging out with the country's top surfers. The most popular travel destination in Central America,...

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great book! easy to read and definitely prepared me to study abroad in costa rica. When there, i felt like i was better prepared for the situations that came up because i'd learned about them from this book. Such as, carry your own toilet paper and how to work the showers! it was great knowing so much about the culture before i lived there!


If it's a 'traditional' travel guide you're after, with bus times and hotel prices, then this book isn't for you. But if you really want to get inside the Costa Rican mindset, then it's fantastic. I read this book before I visited the country and it really helped so many things about how the Ticos behave make sense to me. The writing style is fun, and I love how the author has peppered the whole book with little personal stories and experiences to illustrate her points. I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to do more than just scratch the surface of the country - especially good for anyone going to spend a long holiday in Costa Rica or even move there.
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