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