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Costa Rica, Air, Car, 5 Nights, From $669

Explore the tropical rain forest, visit Arenal Volcano, and play in the waves at Samara Beach.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

(Courtesy CliffK/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Liberia, Costa Rica, on Continental Airlines; airline fuel surcharges; one night at the Hacienda La Pacifica in Cañas, Guanacaste, an ideal spot for hiking, bird watching, zip-lining, and horseback riding; two nights at the Tilajari Resort in Arenal, located in the tropical rainforest and a 90-minute drive from the Arenal Volcano; two nights in Guanacaste at the Sol Samara Hotel de Playa—a short walk from the beautiful Samara Beach; a six-day manual economy sedan car rental (Hyundai Accent or similar vehicle) with unlimited mileage; and daily breakfast; from $669—including airport taxes and fees.

When Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 2012 ($669); add $10 for Jul. 29, 2012; add $50 for Jul. 15, 2012; add $90 for Jul. 1, 2012; add $110 for Aug. 26, Oct. 21, 2012.

Gateways New York City ($669); additional gateways also available.

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $231. 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 from New York City to Liberia, Costa Rica, starts from $370 in early September (United Airlines). Add to that $43 per person without taxes for one night at the Hacienda La Pacifica, $99 per person without taxes for two nights at the Tilajari Resort, and $95 per person without taxes for two nights at the Sol Samara Hotel de Playa, and you’re already spending $607 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $62 more that that, this package gives you round-trip airfare, five nights’ accommodations in three Costa Rican cities, a six-day rental car package, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.

More Upgrade your vehicle: Choose from an SUV mini manual for from $58.58, an SUV compact manual for from $95.62, an SUV intermediate automatic for from $131.92, or an SUV standard automatic for from $229.44.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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