Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com) is now offering trips to Central and South America. Book this four-night Costa Rica vacation by Oct. 23 to receive a $50 discount for Frommers.com readers (the four-night package is regularly $799).
Stay at the Playa Espadilla Hotel, a two-minute walk to the beach and within easy walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park. While you're hiking through the park, you may spy four species of monkeys or scarlet macaws. The property itself overlooks a biological reserve, which the hotel owns.
Why is this a deal? According to a Kayak search, non-stop airfare starts at $478, including taxes. If booked online, four nights at the Playa Espadilla Hotel would cost $480-$600, or about $240-$300 per person.
If you book separately, you're looking at a minimum of $718-$778 for four nights' hotel and airfare, with taxes. A five-day rental would cost about $150, or at least $75 per person before taxes. That brings the airfare/hotel/car rental total to at least $793-$853, or $819-$879 with taxes.
After factoring in the government taxes and fees ($106), the $799 Go-Today package would cost $905 (or $855 after the special $50 discount). So why go with a package? On a trip this short, sometimes it's worth turning the booking details over to someone else so you can just relax. And in competitive market such as Costa Rica, there's no guarantee you'll be able to book every element and get the same prices; with a package, you have a better idea of what to expect.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Miami to San José, Costa Rica; four nights' hotel in Manual Antonio; a five-day car rental (4WD with a manual transmission, unlimited mileage, and loss damage waiver); breakfast daily; hotel taxes and service charges; and airline fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government taxes and fees of about $106
When: Through Oct. 31 (from $799, or from $749 with discount); Nov. 1-28 (from $849, or from $799 with discount); Nov. 29-30 (from $899, or from $849 with discount); Dec. 1-13 (from $949, or from $899 with discount); Jan. 1, 2012-March 26 (from $949, or $899 with discount)
Book By: Oct. 23 in order to receive the $50 discount
Other Gateways: New York (add $150), Los Angeles (add $194), Chicago (add $206)
Single Supplement: Up to $400
Other Details: Mention promo code FRCR1 when booking.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.