Costa Rica

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano (Photo: iStockphoto/Martin Harrison)

Like St. Lucia, Costa Rica experiences a rainy season during June, July, and August. Costa Ricans call this time the "green season," since afternoon rains bring the country to life. Temperatures are still comfortable for travelers though, with average highs in the upper 70s. The Arenal Volcano, Monte Verde Cloud Forest, and fantastic waterfalls are great reasons to visit Costa Rica, and the still-recovering economy means that 2010 visitors will be able to grab better deals than ever.

I compared nightly hotel rates in Costa Rica, and found off-peak savings of up to $158.

Hotel Off-Peak Rate Peak Rate
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort $127 $285
El Silencio del Campo $119 $149
Crowne Plaza Hotel Corobici $103 $140

Off-peak nightly rates are based on travel from June 24 to 29; peak travel nightly rates are based on travel from January 20 to 25. All fares were found using Travelocity and include all taxes and fees.

Green season specials can be found around the country. Book two nights at the Lost Iguana Resort & Spa near the Arenal Volcano and get the third night free; or buy three nights and get the fourth and fifth nights free. At the Occidental Grand Papagayo, the summer sale offers a 42 percent discount with rates starting at $118 per person, and free accommodation for children 12 and under through August 31. Its sister property, the Allegro Papagayo offers rates starting at $74 and free accommodation for children 12 and under through August 31.

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At the Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort, the Third Night Free Package includes three nights' accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two, a group temazcal session for two, a $75 spa coupon per person, and more from $855 per couple for travel through December 15. The hotel also offers a Fourth Night Free Package for Two from $1,135 per couple through December 15.

Brendan Vacations has four specials to Costa Rica, including the Villa Sol Guanacaste package, which includes airport transfers, five nights' accommodations, daily breakfast, and other extras from $560 per person for travel through November 30.

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