The Real Deal Vacation package to Costa Rica includes airfare from Miami to San José on American Airlines, two nights in San José at Hotel Balmoral, two nights in Arenal at Lomas del Volcán Hotel, two nights in Monteverde at Hotel Ficus Valverde, a seven-day SUV mini-manual car rental (Suzuki Jimmy or similar) with unlimited mileage, daily breakfast, and all hotel and air taxes and fees, from $819 per person—plus up to $140 per couple in car rental fees.
When May 23, 30, Jun. 6, 13, 27, Jul. 25, Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 2013; check Gate 1 Travel's website for more dates.
Gateways Miami ($819); additional gateway cities are also available.
The Fine Print Package price does not include car rental fees of up to $140. Based on double occupancy; contact the company directly for single supplement pricing. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between Miami and San Jose starts from $432 in mid-February (American Airlines). Add to that $102 per person including taxes for two nights at Hotel Balmoral, $125 per person including taxes for two nights at Lomas del Volcán Hotel, and $132 per person without taxes for two nights at Hotel Ficus Valverde, and you're already spending $791 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $28 more than that, this travel package gives you airfare and six nights in three Costa Rican cities, plus a seven-day SUV car rental with unlimited mileage, and covers hotel and air taxes and fees (not including $140 in car rental fees).
More Upgrade your vehicle to a compact manual SUV for from $46 more per couple, an intermediate automatic SUV for from $80 more per couple, or splurge for the standard automatic SUV rental for from $208 more per couple.
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