The Real Deal Vacation package to Costa Rica includes airfare from New York City to San Jose, with a return flight from Liberia, on United Airlines; one night in San Jose at the Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites; two nights in Arenal at the Lomos del Volcán Hotel; three nights in Guanacaste at the Sol Samara Hotel; a seven-day mini-manual SUV rental (Suzuki Jimmy or similar) with unlimited mileage; daily breakfast; and all hotel and air taxes and fees; from $729 per person—plus up to $140 in locally payable car rental fees.
When Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012 ($729).
Gateways New York City ($729); additional gateway cities also available.
The Fine Print Package price does not include locally payable car rental fees of up to $140 per couple. Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $302. The minimum driving age in Costa Rica is 23. 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 multicity airfare between New York City, San Jose, and Liberia starts at $419 in early September (American Airlines). Add to that $50 per person without taxes for one night at the Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites; $120 per person including taxes for two nights at the Lomos del Volcán Hotel, and $120 per person without taxes for three nights at the Sol Samara Hotel, and you're already spending $709 on airfare and accommodations alone. A seven-day SUV rental will cost you about $404 including taxes, bringing your total to $1,113 without this package. For $244 less, this travel package gives you aifare, the seven-day manual SUV rental with unlimited mileage, six nights in three Costa Rican cities, daily breakfast, and taxes and fees (taking into account the additional $140 car rental fees).
More Upgrade your vehicle to an intermediate automatic SUV for from $69 more per couple, a compact SUV for from $73 more per couple, or a standard automatic SUV for from $207 more per couple. You can also add a GPS to your car rental for $9 more per day (or $63 more per rental).
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