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L’Auberge de Sedona

Sometimes, the best trip is the one you take with yourself. When you’re traveling solo, you get to explore a destination on your own terms with no compromise — and to fully engage with the destination. Here are just six places that we think are great for one.

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Aqua Wellness

Nicaragua ended up on our Top Budget Destinations of 2015 for a reason. This hot deal is just one example of the destination’s affordability — and at a time snow is frosting over most of North America, too.

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Long known as a mecca for surfers and sun-seekers, Costa Rica is, has been, and always will be a hotspot. But what many travelers are only just starting to discover is that Nicaragua, its central American neighbor to the north, offers much of the thrill, scenery, and sizzle — with a culture all its own. The fact that Nicaragua is an affordable destination, given its off-radar status, is a great reason to fold it into a Costa Rica itinerary. After all, both countries deliver their own brand of charm, and crossing them off your bucket list in one trip is both practical and illuminating when it comes to getting a feel for the region. Here’s how to create such a Central American tasting menu:

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Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown has one of the best jobs in the world. She’s been tasked with traveling around the country to find the best hotels and she’s explored Europe and Asia (to start) to learn about their unique cultures, foods, and sights. From South America to Southeast Asia, we’ve been following her ever since she started hosting shows on the Travel Channel, 13 years ago. 

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With this edition of our Monday Deal Alert, we’ve compiled some of the best airfare currently in the market, from West Coast escapes to journeys to Eastern Europe. Rates start from as little as $69, so whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or a long vacation, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to fly away this fall.

Virgin America’s current fall sale features amazing one-way rates between West Coast cities, like $69 between San Francisco and Las Vegas, $89 between Los Angeles and Portland, and $109 between Seattle and San Francisco. The sale doesn’t only apply to West Coasters, though: you can also fly one-way to Los Angeles from Chicago, Dallas, and Philadelphia for $139, or from Orlando, New York City, or Boston for $159. Just book your getaway fast – this sale ends at midnight tonight. Read more


In life, being in the right place at the right time is often due to serendipity, but in travel, it almost always results from good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, venture out between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, destinations are still welcoming travelers, and you can explore a locale at your own pace. We call this magical intersection of time and space the Sweet Spot and make it a point to round up the best of them for you each season. We’ve covered the 20 best places to travel for value this summer and grouped them by region – follow the links to the right to discover this season’s Sweet Spots.

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Age Discount Promo Adventure Travel

If you think adventure travel is just for the younger set, think again: A growing segment of senior travelers are looking to amp up their next trip with some adrenaline and adventure. And increasingly, tour operators are targeting this valuable demographic.

Case in point: Consider the incredible “Your Age is Your Discount” offered by Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality Resorts for six eco-luxe properties in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Back by popular demand, the promo works like this: The age of the oldest traveler in the room equals the percentage discount off the total hotel room rate.

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Lapa Rios EcolodgeWith age comes wisdom – and sometimes, huge savings on hotels. Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality is bringing back a popular promotion, whereby guests receive a percentage savings equal to the age of the oldest member of their group (be prepared to show ID!). All six Cayuga hotels (five in Costa Rica and one in Nicaragua) will offer the discount: Latitude 10 Beach Resort in Santa Teresa, Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the Osa Peninsula, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn just outside San Jose, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, The Harmony Hotel in Nosara, and Jicaro Island Ecolodge near Granada, Nicaragua. Note that at Lapa Rios, an all-inclusive, the discount is capped at 50 percent, but for all other properties there is no limit to the savings you receive. If your 100-year-old grandpa wants to come along, that means your party stays for free! Standard rates at participating hotels range from $180/night to $480/night. The offer is valid on all stays from August 28 to November 15.

THE VALUE: The discount applies to the entire stay, and there is no restriction on length of stay.

THE CATCH: Summer and early fall are rainy season in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

THE DETAILS: Check out Cayuga’s website for information on contacting the individual hotels about the offer.

WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights.

For general trip-planning information, see our Costa Rica Travel Guide.

Aqua Nicaragua EditTreat yourself to all-natural luxury at the tree-top villas of Aqua Wellness Resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. Right now this eco-luxury resort is offering a soft opening rate of up to 40 percent off through May 30 with prices starting from $111 per night! Relax and rejuvenate in the harmony of nature: all 16 of the resort’s villas are nestled in the hillside’s tropical dry forest, and just steps from the secluded beaches of Redonda Bay. Enjoy fresh meals made from all local ingredients, personally tailored yoga classes for all experience levels, volcano and lake excursions, colonial Granada tours, and more!

THE VALUE: Depending on room type, the soft opening discount can save travelers more than $75 per night!

THE CATCH: A 17 percent Nicaraguan tax is not included in the nightly rate.

THE DETAILS: To book your stay, visit

WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on flights to Nicaragua!

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Jicaro Island EcolodgeThe Deal Book two nights and get a third free, including extras like yoga classes and bird-watching tours.

Stay Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Nicaragua, a private island resort on Lake Nicaragua, opened last January. It’s a short boat ride from the city of Granada. Overlooking the lake and Mombacho Volcano, it offers nine, two-story casitas built of Rainforest Alliance–certified wood fitted with private decks and hammocks. Meals at the lodge, covered by the rates, are prepared with freshly caught fish.

Details Rates, valid for stays till March 31, start at $480/night and include all nonalcoholic drinks, meals, and taxes.

Book It Call 011-505-255-6353 by March 30 and mention Smart Luxury Travel package.

From the Winter 2010/2011 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by

Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find flight, hotel, cruise, and more travel deals to Nicaragua.

Orquidea del SurThe Deal The discounted four-night package deal includes a stay in one of Orquidea’s oceanview suites, round-trip airport transfers, all meals and drinks, a massage, a half-day horseback ride on the beach, and a half-day boat excursion.

Stay Nestled above the shores of Playa Yankee, near where Survivor: Nicaragua was filmed, Orquidea del Sur is a villa-style bed and breakfast with only five indulgent suites. Luscious tropical gardens surround the rooms, pool, and Jacuzzi. Surf-centric San Juan del Sur is less than a 30-minute drive north.

Details A special rate of $168/night a person for the four night-package reflects a 30 percent discount and is offered for stays through April 30.

Book It Call 011-716-406-4411 or email and reference promo code SLT 69999.

From the Winter 2010/2011 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by

Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find flight, hotel, cruise, and more travel deals to Nicaragua.

labor-day.jpgWe know how it goes – year after year summer flies by and all those exciting travel plans get lost somewhere between great idea and execution. So before your office’s summer Fridays end and the kids head back to school, pack up your shorts and swimsuits and head out for one last summer hurrah. Here are a few fab deals for the upcoming holiday weekend. Read more

cr_edit.jpgCelebrate the arrival of spring by hopping a flight to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, or other sun-filled destinations from just $163 round-trip (without taxes), courtesy of TACA Airlines‘ new fare sale. This deal is available for travel through May 31, but tickets must be purchased by March 10. In addition to this sale, there are a number of other unadvertised price reductions to Central and South America from TACA’s top competitors. Our editors put these fares to the test and found prices as low as $240 round-trip – taxes included!

Sample fares (round-trip, taxes included):

•    Orlando – Managua, Nicaragua: $240
•    Orlando – Honduras: $402
•    Los Angeles – Costa Rica: $445
•    Houston – Belize:  $492
•    Dallas – Guatemala: $524
•    San Francisco – El Salvador: $554
•    Orlando – El Salvador: $554
•    Chicago – Ecuador: $607
•    And more!


By: Carolyn McCarthy

Hopkins, Belize is one of the best beaches in Central America

Francis Ford Coppola PresentsThe Turtle Inn welcomes guests to powder-soft sands in Hopkins, Belize, one of our favorite picks for Central American beaches

Central America has always attracted intrepid visitors in search of unfiltered natural beauty. Now, a set of top-tier, and often eco-friendly resorts is reinventing the region as a world-class beach destination, complete with unspoiled coastlines, coral reefs, and corduroy waves.

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