Go for Less: Costa Rica

It sounds an awful lot like paradise, but what are its pitfalls? David Paul Appell, author of the affordable-travel guide book Pauline Frommer's Costa Rica, talks to WalletPop's Jason Cochran about the Central American dream destination, known for its rainforests and its wildlife.

Appell tips us off on how to pick the best region to explore, how to stay with a family that will teach you Spanish and cook your meals, and how to enjoy the tropical bounty without spending too much.

Appell, whom I worked with when he was former executive editor for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, has written for National Geographic Traveler and GQ and also runs the value-travel social media site Go-Lo.net.

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