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Cheap Costa Rica Vacation: Tips For Cheap Vacations

A cheap Costa Rica vacation is not as difficult to achieve as you might have thought, provided you do a little planning. Some of the things to take into consideration include when and where to buy your flight, what kind of accommodations you choose, and what time of year you go. We'll go over these topics below.

Airfare to Costa Rica

Often you will find that the most expensive part of traveling to a destination for your vacation, be it Costa Rica or elsewhere, is the plane ticket. There are a few things you can do to try and get the best price though.

Buying ahead is key to getting a good price. Research has shown that the optimal time to buy is two months prior to departure on a Wednesday. Also, leaving and returning in the middle of the work week is often cheaper.

Watching for specials is another great way to catch discount airfares for your cheap Costa Rica vacation. Most of the major web travel portals like Expedia.com will have a Deals and Offers page where you can sign up to receive weekly offers. Travelzoo.com specializes in providing its subscribers with the latest deals in travel.

If you have a particularly flexible schedule, then you can try out the ultimate in cheap travel: the travel auction site. Priceline.com is just one of a few companies that offer auction based purchasing, but there are other sites like SkyAuction.com. You can save a significant amount this way, maybe 50 percent or more.

Costa Rica Hotels and Accommodations

If you're a backpacker, then there are plenty of reasonably priced hostels in Costa Rica. For couples though, the idea of dorm rooms can be somewhat off-putting. However, hostels often have private rooms available for a slightly higher price. If all you need is a place to crash at night and a little privacy this can be a great option and something that is not always considered by people who book hotel rooms from abroad. A couple of good hostel booking sites are hostelbookers.com and hostelworld.com.

Otherwise, as I mentioned in the airfare section, auction sites can be a great way to get a significant discount on a hotel room. While hunting for cheap hotel rooms on auction and travel deal sites, another option is the vacation rental house. Choosing a vacation rental when you're traveling in a group can be quite cost effective, and if you're in low or shoulder season, you may have some bargaining power especially if you're in an area with numerous properties for rent.

Best Time of Year for a Cheap Costa Rica Vacation

December to April is considered Costa Rica's dry season, and for this reason it's also the country's high season. Prices rise and availability goes down. If you're willing to risk a couple showers for a better price though, it's perfectly fine to travel to Costa Rica during the shoulder season, or the months just proceeding and following the dry season. In fact, June and July are often considered a mini-dry season. During these times of fewer tourists businesses are willing to be more flexible on price especially if you make it clear you're shopping around.

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