In Costa Rica, 'green' means go

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Summertime is the "green season" in Costa Rica, when travel options abound. Here are a few:

• Through August, SunTrips is featuring weekly nonstop flights to San Jose, operated by Ryan International Airlines from Oakland, Calif., on Saturdays and from Denver on Fridays.

Seven- and 14-day packages, including roundtrip air fare, airport transfers, accommodations, hotel taxes and U.S. airport fees, are available, starting at $649 per person, sharing, from Denver and $699 from Oakland.

For further information and reservations, call (800) 786-8747 or visit www.suntrips.com.

• On Playa Tamarindo, the deluxe Cala Luna Hotel, with 20 rooms and a choice of two large pools and 21 villas with their own small pools, is offering a green-season special through Dec. 15 that features the fourth night free on a three-night paid booking.

Rates per room, per night, start at $139 for a deluxe room. For more information, call Cala Luna at (011) 506 653-0214, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web at www.calaluna.com.

• The new Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, occupying a private, 165-acre preserve that abuts Costa Rica's richest ecological area, Corcovado National Park, will have the following per night rates in effect through Sept. 30: the Mango Guesthouse with four rooms, $130 per person, double; a double-bedroom cabin, $150 per person, based on a minimum of three persons; and the single-bedroom cabin, $150 per person, double.

Rates include boat pickup and drop-off from town on arrival and departure, three meals, an introductory guided rain-forest hike on the preserve and use of kayaks and windsurfers and snorkeling and fishing equipment.

To book, call (866) 348-7610 or visit www.nicuesalodge.com.

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