40 Best Bargain Vacations
In April, May, and June
Nicaragua for $688
American Airlines flights from Miami, transfers, and five nights with breakfast daily at Villa Isabella in San Juan del Sur, a tiny surfing and fishing village on the Pacific Coast, two and a half hours south of Managua. When: April 1-30 ($722), May 1-June 30 ($688). Other Gateways: Dallas ($756/$724); New York ($883/$856); L.A., San Francisco ($936/$911); Chicago ($946/$921); Seattle ($1,070/$1,050). Details: Add $25 each way to travel Friday-Monday. Extra nights $38. Single supplement $267. Add three days in Nicaragua's former colonial capital, Granada, for $86 (includes transfers and two nights at the Hotel Colonial). Contact: Capricorn Leisure, 800/426-6544, capricorn.net.
Buenos Aires for $599 Copa flights from Miami (via Panama City), transfers, five nights of three-star lodging (at the Regis Hotel, near the Galerías Pacífico), breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: Until June 17. Other Gateways: New York (add $190), L.A. (add $230). Details: Extra nights from $25. Single supplement $120. Stop over in Panama City and see the canal for $122 more (includes one night at the Hotel Marbella, transfers, and a half-day tour of the Miraflores Locks). Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.
Brazil for $799 Air from Miami to Salvador, transfers, seven nights in a luxury room at the Marriott Renaissance Costa do Sauipe Resort (30 miles north of Salvador), daily breakfast, one greens fee, a horseback-riding excursion on the beach, a tour of nearby Praia do Forte, and unlimited tennis. When: April 3 and 24, May 1 and 15, June 26 ($799); April 10, May 29, June 12 ($899). Other Gateways: New York, Orlando, Philadelphia ($949/$1,049); Chicago, Houston, L.A. ($999/$1,099); Atlanta, Cleveland, D.C., Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco ($1,099/$1,199). Details: Add $170 for taxes. No extra nights. Single supplement $300. Contact: Traveland, 800/321-6336, traveland.com. [Editor's note: This story was accurate when it was published. However, since publication, Traveland has since ceased operation.]
Peru Tour for $739
LanPeru flights from Miami, transfers, seven nights' lodging at tourist-class hotels (three nights in Lima and four in Cuzco), breakfast daily, one dinner, guided sightseeing by private bus, half-day tours of Lima and Cuzco, and local flights between cities. When: April 12, May 3 ($779); June 7 ($739); June 28 ($869). Other Gateways: New York (add $171), L.A. (add $206). Details: These are cash-discount prices; add $25 for credit card payments. Build your own itinerary by adding optional tours: full-day Machu Picchu ($139), Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ($39). Extra nights from $24 (depending on international flight schedules, additional overnights in Lima may be required). Single supplement $161. Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Prague for $788
Czech Airlines flights from Montreal, New York, or Toronto, transfers, six nights at the three-star Hotel U Sladku (a 15-minute walk to Prague Castle), breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: April 1-May 31 ($788); June 1-30 ($1,171). Other Gateways: Boston, D.C. (add $46); Chicago (add $110); Miami, Orlando (add $146); Denver (add $182); L.A., San Francisco (add $256). Details: Extra nights $35. Single supplement $103. Contact: Summit International Travel, 800/247-1142, summittours.com.