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La Romana, D.R., air/4 nights, from $785

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on American Airlines to La Romana; four nights at the 501-room Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in Bayahibe village; all meals, snacks, and drinks; daytime activities, including nonmotorized water sports; nightly entertainment; fuel surcharges; and all taxes and gratuities; from $785 per person—plus estimated taxes of $134.

When: Jan. 17, 2010; other travel dates are available through Jan. 31, but rates may vary.

Gateways: Miami; add $20 for Chicago; $73 for L.A.; $195 for Atlanta, Denver; $217 for Houston; $243 for Seattle; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Taxes and fees are about $134 per person. Airport-hotel transfers are $55 round-trip for two passengers. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $162. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Dec. 16, 2009.

Contact: Beach Destinations, 877/433-4378, beachdestinations.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between Miami and La Romana is $406 with taxes in mid-January (American). For an additional $513, the Beach Destinations package covers airfare, as well as four nights' all-inclusive accommodations, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, and all taxes and fees.

More: Some optional activities are available at the resort at an additional cost, including diving classes, horseback riding, and golfing. You must book these activities on location. Additional nights are $150 per person per night.