Costa Rica, Air, Car, 7 Nights, from $1,338
Visit volcanoes, rainforests and the crystal-blue Pacific on a week-long eco-journey through Central America’s lushest countryside.
The Real Deal Vacation package includes round-trip airfare to San Jose on American Airlines; two nights in Arenal at Arenal Volcano Inn; two nights in Monteverde at Hotel Fonda Vela; three nights in Manuel Antonio at Byblos Resort & Casino; seven-day car rental; daily breakfast; hotel taxes; airport taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges; from $1,338.
When Through Dec. 20, 2012 ($1,189).
Gateways Miami ($1,189); add from $60 for San Francisco; from $100 for Washington, DC; from $110 for New York; from $120 for Boston; from $170 for Chicago; from $210 for L.A.; from $240 for Philadelphia; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Does not include car rental insurance. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $519. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By June 30, 2012.
Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from Miami to San Jose starts from $468 with taxes for travel in mid-June (American Airlines). Add to that $200 per person without taxes for two nights at Arenal Volcano Inn, $271 per person for two nights at Hotel Fonda Vela, and $271 for three nights at Byblos Resort & Casino, and you’d be paying $1,210 for just the airfare and accommodations. For just $128 more than that, this package covers the flight, seven nights’ hotel accommodations, plus a seven-day car rental, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.
More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including a half-day hike on the active western slope of Arenal Volcano from $55 per person, and a half-day naturalist-led hike in Manuel Antonio National Park from $65 per person. Room upgrades are available from $119 per person. Extend your stay in Arenal from $57 per person per night, in Monteverde from $62 per person per night, or in Manuel Antonio from $99 per person per night.
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