Costa Rica Air/Hotel Package

Roundtrip airfare from Miami and four nights for $379

The Real Deal: Roundtrip airfare from Miami to San Jose plus a four-night stay at the Best Western Irazu Hotel

When: Through Nov. 30, 2005

Gateways: Miami; other gateways available for an add-on charge.

Details:Package includes round-trip airport & hotel transfers, breakfast daily, all hotel taxes & service charges.

Book By: Nov. 25, 2005

Contact: Jet-a-Way Holidays, jetawayholidays.com

The name does not lie. Costa Rica, Spanish for the rich coastline, really is what its name claims--at least in terms of natural wonders.

Praised by our government as Central America's success story for maintaining a peaceful existence for almost an entire century in the midst of a not so peaceful world, Costa Rica seems to have it all. Home to some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, with its jungles, mountainous terrain and four volcanoes (two of them active), this oldest democracy in the region is made for adventure.

But it's also just as ideal for lounging on the beach and basking in the tropical sun--and with its two coastlines, you can choose between swimming in the Caribbean Sea or the North Pacific Ocean.

Here's a way how you might enjoy all that for fairly cheap. Jet-a-Way Holidays is offering a five-day Costa Rican sampler that for $379 takes you from Miami to San Jose and back and it includes a four-night stay at the Best Western Irazu Hotel, (which bears the name of one of the volcanoes whose eruption in the 1960's was quite destructive). Housing the largest 24-hour casino in the country and equipped with an outdoor pool, tennis courts and spa facilities and, of course, a bar, the hotel--10 minutes from downtown San Jose and the airport--seems to be a leisurely adventure of its own. Hotel-to-airport transfers, daily breakfast and all hotel and service charges are part of Jet-a-Way's deal, which is good for travel through November 30. Here's a sampler of add-on charges apply for other US gateways:

 

  • Washington, D.C. - $10
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  • Orlando - $40
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  • Atlanta/Los Angeles - $70
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  • Philadelphia - $80
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  • Boston/Chicago/Denver/New York/San Francisco/Seattle - $110
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  • Dallas - $160
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  • Houston - $250
  • Since we try to find you trips that won't dig a hole in your pocket, we suggest you keep an eye on that extra change by looking out for pickpockets and purse slashers in San Jose's crowded public quarters. But isn't that the case anywhere you travel, even in places as tame as Western Europe (Rome, anyone?). Just follow the common sense precautions by not carrying too many valuables with you. Oh, and look out for mustard ("accidentally" spilling condiments on tourists and then "helping you clean up" seems to be a popular trick.)

    If you decide to go to Costa Rica, forgoing the Jet-a-Way deal, be prepared to pay anywhere from $210 (American Airlines) and up for a roundtrip from Miami to San Jose and at least $70 a night for a double room at a low-priced hotel.

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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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