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With travel writer and publisher Harry S. Pariser


Be wary of locals who want to take you to watch the deshove (egg laying) off season (Feb. through Nov.). Make sure that their flashlight is covered with red plastic. Remember, visitors may not have flashlights, and photography of any sort is strictly prohibited. There are sound reasons behind these prohibitions; follow them! Also, absolutely do not go on hatchling tours. This is a disgusting scam where a person goes in front of your “guide” and digs out hatchlings who run down the beach. All of this is very impressive but quite fatal. As most of these tours are held in the late afternoon when fish are active, the hatchlings are likely to end up as fish meal. Newly-hatched turtles may need to wait for several days before their shell to harden and are ready for the march to the sea. File a written report with the ranger station if you are offered one of these tours, as they are strictly prohibited. If you really want to have a bona fide hatchling experience, take a walk on the beach early in the morning. Also, you may see hatchlings running to the sea on a night “egglaying” tour in Sept. or Oct.

– From Explore Costa Rica, 2007 by Harry S. Pariser

What could be a better job than traveling around the world and writing about your experiences? Today we hear from one lucky guy who gets to do that.

Harry S. Pariser is a writer, artist, photographer, and graphic designer. Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of the College of Communications of Boston University. Mr. Pariser’s first two books, Guide to Jamaica and Guide to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, were published in 1986 and 1987. He has also penned guides to Barbados, Belize, and the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Pariser has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. He has lived in Japan–in Kyoto, in the historical city of Kanazawa (facing the Japan Sea), and in Kagoshima, a city at the southern tip of Kyushu across the bay from an active volcano.

His articles and photographs have appeared in The Japan Times, Costa Rica Outlook, Belize First, Caribbean Travel & Life, the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Frontlines,, India Currents, and, among others.

In 1995, Mr. Pariser received the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Award for his Adventure Guide to Barbados. You can read some of his articles at

Mr. Pariser enjoys painting, cooking, backpacking and hiking, photography, and listening to music, especially jazz, salsa, calypso, and African pop. His other interests range from politics to anthropology to linguistics to cinema, theater, and literature. He lives in the Inner Sunet area of San Francisco.

Join Harry and host Paula B. as they explore the world of travel writing and publishing, including:

  • What his travel guides cover
  • How he decides which places to write about
  • How long he spends in each place
  • How he conducts his research while touring
  • What he looks for in a destination
  • What it’s like to publish travel guides in a crowded market
  • What a great travel guide should do.

Interviewee: Harry S. Pariser
Host: Paula B.
Date: January 22, 2007
Running time: 43:00
File size: 43 megabytes
Rating: G
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