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Puerto Plata, air/4 nights, from $355

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on a major carrier; four nights' accommodations at the all-inclusive Sun Village Resort; all meals, snacks, and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic); nightly entertainment; equipment rentals for nonmotorized water sports; and hotel taxes, from $355 per person—plus about $148 in airport taxes and fees.

When: Sept. 2–Dec. 18, 2009.

Gateways: New York City; add $40 for Boston, $110 for D.C., $112 for Chicago, $173 for San Francisco, $178 for St. Louis, $259 for Atlanta, $271 for Dallas; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include taxes and fees of about $148 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $172. Based on weekday departures; weekend rates might be slightly higher. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Aug. 31, 2009.

Contact: The Vacation Travel Mart, 800/288-1435, vacmart.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $394 round-trip fare for travel between New York City and Puerto Plata in mid-September (American).

The hotel stay would cost about $275 per person, including taxes. So booking independently, you would expect to pay about $669 per person. This package, taxes included, costs $503 per person—a savings of $166.

More: Upgrade to a superior room for about $75 per night. Add airport-hotel transfers for $22 per person each way. Add nights from $76 per person per night.