Phoenix (3TV/CBS 5) -Travel newsletters are pushing out deals that seem “too good”.
The problem is that many “deal sites” rely on computer software rather than real people to find the lowest prices between cities. As a result, the low prices pushed on consumers often include travel issues such as unexpectedly long layovers.
For example, some travel sites advertise flights from Phoenix to Costa Rica for $220 round trip. $220 is an unprecedented deal as the average price rises in the $600s. A closer look at this alleged deal reveals that in Austin, Texas he needs an overnight layover of 12 hours. Austin is a great city, but his 12-hour layover ruins our Costa Rican vacation. Also, the need to stay in a hotel makes the deal more expensive.
In general, it’s rare to find a round-trip ticket from Arizona to Costa Rica for under $500. If you find one in the $400 range, grab it before it’s gone. Arriving in Liberia or San Jose, you’ll be surprised at the relatively low cost of car rentals and dining in Costa Rica. Whether you choose to stay in Costa Rica’s beautiful hotels, ecolodges, or hostels, your room rates are very reasonable.
Many of Costa Rica’s best activities are free, including visiting the various beaches of the Puerto Viejo region on the Caribbean coast. One of them, a rural town called Manzanillo, has an infamous shipwreck that you can explore.
Costa Rica’s wildlife is also an attraction. Encounter spider monkeys, sloths, lizards and more along the way. Costa Rica has new laws banning photos of people with wild animals, but you can learn about them at various sanctuaries. The Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo houses wildlife that has been injured by cars or power lines or has been unable to care for it. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, but it’s inspiring to see animals cared for in a sanctuary.
Central America is known for its coffee plantations, and several of Costa Rica’s coffee plantations offer tours. They highlight the changes farmers have made over the years to improve their surroundings and increase biodiversity. When it comes to the best time to travel by car in Costa Rica, the definition of the ‘wet season’ has become ambiguous as a result of climate change. No matter which month you visit, you may experience sunny or rainy weather.
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