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July 29, 2019

5 Books to Read in Costa Rica

5 Children Books about Costa Rica Worth Reading + 1 for Coloring

Are you an avid reader or just trying to get your kids prepped for the upcoming trip to Costa Rica? We’ve got a few children books suggestions to pass along. Our list includes a collection of stories written by local Jack Ewing, owner of Hacienda Baru, an option cooks, bug-lovers and birders, two choices for kids, plus a paperback travel memoir full of surf-trip-shenanigans to round out our list.



This is a great collection of stories that gives you an insider look at the jungle around your comfy vacation villa. If you don’t have time to order it before your trip, you can stop into Hacienda Baru and buy a signed copy of the book. The stories in this book, and in Jack’s sequel “Where Jaguars and Tapirs Once Roamed” all take place right in the area you’ll be staying – Dominical and the southern zone.

If you get a chance to read the children’s book before your trip you’ll know so much more about leaf-cutter ants, monkeys and toucans… that when you see them in person, you’ll know exactly what these interesting animals are up to.


This children’s book is full of stunning photography, but we know not everyone wants to see bug legs in full and magnificent detail. But… if there’s is a budding entomologist or other amateur bug collectors in your family, definitely order this one, the intro is written by E.O. Wilson as well.

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If there isn’t a single bug lover, we hope there’s a bird lover or two. Lots of guests like to use the bird of Costa Rica field guide to check off the which ones they see during vacation. We get so many return guests that you may want to bring your guide book back each year and keep marking off the many species you spot throughout your trip and any birding tours that we can book for you as well. Costa Rica is considered a birder paradise!!

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For the young reader that wants to know exactly what to expect on their upcoming family vacation to the tropics, Lovely Amelia lays it out with educational tidbits throughout. The reviews are good for this children’s book on Costa Rica, if your little explorer ends up reading it let us know what they thought in the comments.

Try out some Costa Rican recipes with this easy children’s cookbook. Costa Rican dishes aren’t too complicated and all use the same staples so almost anyone will be able to pull off these dishes, even true beginners. Once you arrive in Costa Rica, you’ll notice Ticos use the word “Soda” in lieu of “restaurant.” So whenever you see a sign with “Soda,” you can stop in for a traditional meal and usually some yummy fresh juice like “tamarindo.”


For the adults in the house — especially surfers — who’d enjoy a travel memoir with some criminal activity mixed in for suspense. Check out this children book. “In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica … Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, the waves he caught and lost en-route to finding his friend.” It’s has a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon, so 90 percent of Amazon readers gave it the thumbs up. It was written a long time ago, before Costa Rica became a tourist’s dream before our vacation villas were built. Even before they paved the road to Dominical! How times have changed.


If you have kids, or you’ve taken up adult-coloring-for-relaxation. This children books and adult books is sure to keep them entertained or keep yourself calm on your upcoming vacation to Costa Rica. Enjoy coloring in the scenery before your trip or bring this along to keep the kids occupied between swimming and adventure tours.

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