James Kaiser Teton kayak


Thanks for visiting my website. Here you’ll find information about my guidebooks, plus photos, comprehensive hotel listings and more. Although I’ve saved the best information for my books, this site will serve as a valuable resource for anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia or Joshua Tree.

About me

After finishing college I went back to Maine, where I was born and raised, and wrote and self-published Acadia: The Complete Guide. When it came out the response was overwhelming. People came up to me at book signings with dog-eared copies of my book, telling me it was the only guide they used. Thinking I might have a knack for guidebook writing, I headed West and wrote guidebooks to Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. After those books became bestsellers, I moved to Costa Rica and wrote Costa Rica: The Complete Guide. So far my guidebooks have sold over 130,000 copies, and each of my guides to AcadiaYosemiteGrand Canyon and Joshua Tree have been the bestselling guidebooks to their respective national parks.

So thanks for your support. Because of you, I’ve got the best job in the world!

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Question or comment? Email me: james@jameskaiser.com

In the News

Interview on 207

Huffington Post: Costa Rica’s Best Hidden Beaches

USA Today: Hidden Islands You’ve Never Heard Of (my pick: Isle au Haut)

Publishers Weekly: The Rise and … RIse of Indie Travel Guides

Tico Times: Guidebook Offers New Take On Costa Rica

Interview with Rudy Maxa

OARS: Where the Wine Flows Like Whitewater

Talking Travel Bargains with Pauline Frommer

Interview with Bonjour Colorado

Wandering Educators: Meet James Kaiser

Interview with Dave’s Travel Corner

Interview in The Dartmouth

Interview in the Bangor Daily News (my hometown paper!)