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baldi-beautiful-pools.jpgMillions of travelers have already discovered the charms of Costa Rica, from its cloud forests, pristine beaches, calming waterfalls, and smoldering volcanoes, there’s no doubt why the nation has been luring travelers away from the typical Caribbean route. Not to mention, this eco-tourism utopia comes with a downright affordable price tag – thanks in part to an increasing number of flight routes from major U.S. hubs. This 6-night air-inclusive vacation package includes two nights in each of the most popular tourist areas such as Arenal, which is home to hot springs and an impressive active volcano, the vibrant capital city of San Jose, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest where visitors will find zip-line and rafting tours. To top it off, this offer also provides a 7-day manual car rental and daily breakfast – all for just $499.

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), it’s 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.


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CATCH: If you can’t drive a stick, it’s 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


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WE’VE 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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