Planning a Costa Rica vacation? You can save big by taking advantage of Costa Rica package deals. Costa Rica package deals combine airfare, hotel accommodations, and activities for a final price that can be much, much lower than the sum of the separate package parts.
What’s more, Costa Rica package deals make vacation planning easier and quicker, while still leaving the bargain-focused traveler with down-time to wander and browse.
Get started searching for you perfect Costa Rica package deal by checking airline websites. Most major airlines offer Costa Rica package deals that combine airfare and room accommodations at one single bargain price.
Try American Airlines Vacations (www.aavacations.com), Delta Vacations (www.deltavacations.com), Continental Airline Vacations (www.covacations.com), and United Vacation (www.unitedvacations.com).
You can also find terrific Costa Rica vacation packages at the big airline travel agencies: Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, Site59, and Lastminute.com.
If you have your heart set on a specific hotel, check that hotel’s website for a Costa Rica package deal. Some big Costa Rica vacation hotels also offer a variety of all-inclusive packages, meaning your stay with them includes your room, meals, and often some activities too.
Costa Rica package deals can save you big money, but don’t make the mistake of assuming this is automatically the case. Some agencies tack on a hefty service fee for themselves as part of the ‘deal’, and this can actually make their package cost more than if you put the same vacation together yourself by booking each separate component without them.
Be honest with yourself about what is most important to you when shopping for a Costa Rica package deal. If sleeping in a hostel or tent with a bunch of student backpackers isn’t for you, don’t book that accommodation just to save money.
If you aren’t familiar with the accommodations or services offered as part of a Costa Rica package deal, send some quick emails to friends, make a few calls, do some Internet research, read some reviews, and find out what you are getting into ahead of time so you aren’t unpleasantly surprised when you arrive. Be clear about the size of the room and the beds. Don’t assume anything.
Finally, be aware that most Costa Rica package deals require a large upfront deposit that may not be refundable. If you need to back out of any part of your packaged Costa Rica vacation, you may lose what you paid for it.
In some cases, the savings are so great that it doesn’t much matter if a massage is included and you never get one. In other cases, you might want to keep shopping.