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Costa Rica, Air/6 Nights, From $899

Act fast to save $300 off this three-stop tour of San José, Arenal, and Monteverde.

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to San José on American, Continental, Copa, Delta, TACA/LACSA, or US Airways; two nights each at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San José Corobici in San José (the first and the last), the Mountain Paradise Hotel in Arenal, and the Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde; breakfast daily; guided sightseeing; all transfers in an air-conditioned minivan; hotel taxes; fuel surcharges; and a $300 discount; from $899 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $80.

When Depart June 10, Sept. 16, 2011; add $50 for May 13, 27, Sept. 2; $100 for Apr. 29, July 8, Oct. 7; $150 for July 29, Aug. 12, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, 25; $200 for June 24.

Gateways Miami; add $80 for New York City; $250 for Chicago, L.A.; $300 for Atlanta, Houston; $370 for Seattle; additional gateways may be available.

The Fine Print The starting rate includes a savings of $300 per person. Additional airport taxes and fees are $80 per person. An additional $26 departure tax is due at the airport in cash in local or U.S. currency prior to leaving Costa Rica. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $399. Average group size is 8 to 10 participants. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Mar. 31, 2011; add $300 per person for bookings made after this date.

Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.

Why It’s a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip airfare between Miami and San José for travel in mid-June starts from $399 with taxes (Copa). Add $122 per person for two nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San José Corobici; about $119 per person for two nights at the Mountain Paradise Hotel in Arenal; and $125 per person for two nights at Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde; and you’d be paying a total of $765 for airfare, accommodations, and hotel taxes if you were to book them independently. For $214 more, Friendly Planet’s Captivating Costa Rica package includes airfare and six nights’ hotel, plus breakfast daily, local transportation from San José to Arenal, Monteverde, and back, fuel surcharges, and all taxes and fees. Plus, if you book by the deadline, you’ll save $300 per person off the regular package rate.

More Optional activities include a tour of the Arenal volcano ($49 per person) and a hiking tour to the Monteverde cloud forest reserve ($56 per person). Additional nights at the Crowne Plaza Corobici in San José are $150 per room per night. A three-night post-tour extension in Manuel Antonio starts from $399 per person; single supplement is $349.

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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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