THE VALUE: In comparison, summer fares to popular Caribbean locales such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Saint Lucia range from $350-$500 (from New York). When you factor in a car rental which costs about $150/week, and accommodations for six nights (easily $600 at a 3-star hotel), its a no brainer. In the battle of affordable travel this summer, Costa Rica knocks out the Caribbean in the first round and saves you hundreds on your vacation.
CATCH: If you cant drive a stick, its going to cost you. Upgrades to an automatic vehicle cost around $150 (but rates vary depending on travel dates).
THE DETAILS: In order to lock in the $499 rate, you must book by June 23 using promo code SHCRFD50 (otherwise the price jumps to $549). Visit www.gate1travel.com.
WEVE GOT MORE: Want to learn more about Costa Rica? Take a look at our Costa Rica Travel Guide.
Looking for more ideas for summer travel? See our Top 10 Summer Destinations.
Head over to our Adventure Travel blog for more off-the-path expeditions.
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