The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Belize City on a major carrier; a transfer to San Ignacio by private car; two nights in San Ignacio at the Crystal Paradise Resort in a garden-view thatched cabana; airport transfers; round-trip airfare between Belize City and Ambergris Cay; four nights in Ambergris Cay at the Caribbean Villas, including breakfast daily; and all taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges; from $1,275 per person.
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When: July 1–30, 2010.
Gateways: Houston; add $22 for Austin, Miami; $36 for Baltimore, Phoenix; $40 for Atlanta; $43 for Fort Lauderdale, Orlando; $59 for Chicago; $67 for Portland, Ore.; $77 for L.A.; $81 for San Francisco; $86 for Boston; $91 for D.C.; $237 for Denver; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement will vary depending on the departure date. Based on a July 14, 2010, arrival; rates on other days may vary. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Latin Destinations, 866/645-2846, latindestinations.com.
Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $531 flight between Houston and Belize City for travel in mid-July (American). Six nights' accommodations in the hotels would cost about $363 per person. So booking independently, you would expect to pay about $894 per person for airfare and accommodations, including all taxes. For $381 more per person, including all taxes, this deal adds in most transfers by private car and the round-trip local flight to Ambergris Cay, all in one booking — saving you time and offering peace of mind.
More: Add nights in San Ignacio from $45 per person per night, and in Ambergris Cay from $55 per person per night. Other hotels also are available at higher rates.
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